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Self Care – Back is out but it hurts in the front

Groin and abdominal pain can be an indicator of serious internal organ problems. See your doctor and be gentle with anything you do for self-care. Warm up and limit your range of motion in kicking. The back-end of the swing over-stretches this muscle and the forward reach tend to drive this into spasm. Avoid rhythmic …

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Therapist Notes – Iliopsoas Complex (Deep Abdominals)

Therapist are usually very opinionated about their approach to the iliopsoas complex. Its impact on posture, digestion, emotions, and much more is fodder for lengthy bodywork discussions. Even after 30 years, I’ve learned more by putting together these illustrations and posts. I find that craniostructural work is always the first step for lasting relief, followed …

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Back is out but it hurts in the front

People complain of a stiff and/or painful back but it is most painful near the fold of the hip in the front. They move stiffly and tend to have other back problems. The low back has flattened and become stiff. It may or may not have pain that feels like they are fragile and may move in …

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Pain when pitching or reaching behind your body

Client Description People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder, back of the upper arm, forearm, and hand. The primary complaint is in the shoulder, especially when reaching behind the back to fasten a bra, tuck in a belt, etc. This, in fact, is the test for problems with this muscle and infraspinatus. Both …

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Pain Behind the Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Client’s Description When the trigger point is less advanced, people hold their arm out with the elbow away from their side,  reach around to touch the back of the shoulder behind the arm pit and say that it hurts there. If I ask if they can reproduce the pain, they cautiously rotate their hand back to …

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Shoulder Pain and Clicking While Grooming

Client’s Description People complain of pain in their shoulder when brushing their teeth, combing their hair, putting on make-up, shaving their face, etc. The pain is usually described as being achy and deep in the shoulder. Their primary complaint may also include pain while carrying something by their side like a suitcase or bucket. This trigger point usually doesn’t disturb …

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Ice Plunges For The Ankle and Foot with Video Demo

This is an amazingly effective therapy for sprains/strains and other trauma to connective tissue and joints. My clients who are competitive athletes find it to be one of the fastest ways to recovery from injury. Clients that plunge once or twice a day for several days usually have amazing progress and recovery. One client who …

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Trigger Points and The Seizing Hamstring

This is a great example of how trigger points can create a confusing referral pattern that leaves you chasing the wrong muscle. These people grab their hamstring and talk about how painful it is. They are often quite careful about not stretching their ham too aggressively. They may spasm easily when the knee is flexed to …

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