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Pain in the Sacrum or Crest of the Hip When Sleeping on Side

These people reach back and put their hands on the center of their hips, just below the belt line and say. “It hurts right here.” They go through explanations of wanting to sleep on that side but wake with aching pain in the middle of their hips. They often explain that they have tried sleeping …

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Trigger Points – Pain Down the IT Band Extending Behind the Ankle

The people complain of pain down the side of the thigh. When questioned, they will often say that it extends down the calf. It is important to understand where it goes as other patterns extend in front of the ankle and into the foot. These people are clear that it goes behind the ankle. When …

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Self Care – Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

Avoid / Change these activities: Texting while bending the neck instead of looking down with the eyes can cause this pain-in-the-neck that is a headache. So, in this picture, he is the pain in the neck, a headache, and an eyesore. Avoid this sharp bend at the base of the neck instead of using his …

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Trigger Points – Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about this spot in their neck being tender when they touch it while turning their head. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t really complain about pain there but that it is tender to touch. They usually don’t complain about the headache at first but, almost always, they tell …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. Try using an Ice Pack It’s simple and often works, especially when you have overstretched by tucking your chin to read. Place an ice pack at the base of …

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Therapist Notes – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Review the anatomy. Multifidi vary greatly in their pain patterns. Multifidi of the upper spine and lower spine produce patterns above and below the trigger points where patterns through the middle of the spine create sharp patterns around the vertebrae. Mobilize the upper cervical vertebrae. Multifidi trigger points are strongly governed by vertebral mobility. Even …

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Self Care – Calm Yourself In 3 minutes with Ice-and-Stretch

Polyvagal theory is complex, It proposes that vagus nerve function impacts our ability to stay calm and read people in a non-threatening way. It was developed by Steven Porges who has a number of videos about it on-line. Practically speaking, when I use techniques that focus on improving vagus nerve function people are less anxious. …

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Trigger Points – Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

Client’s Description People complain of pain in their temple(s) but touch the spot just above the temple. It takes a little investigative work to nail the right trigger point. At times this occurs by itself. Often, this headache pain occurs with other pain patterns. It can be hard to single out without specific questions. It …

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Self Care – Headache at the back of your head

Self-care is focused on stretching and avoiding compression of the neck just under the skull. The trigger point will release and the headache/tension is relieved when the upper and mid cervicals are able to move without binding restrictions. Avoid postures where you jut your chin forward and compress the top of the neck. This is …

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