stiff neck

trigger points that create stiffness in the neck

Self Care – Tuck, Tilt, Turn and Lift – Retraining Your Forward-Head Posture

This is a key exercise for Forward-Head Posture and Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. It will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you be more specific in understanding and targeting your neck problem with self-care. This series of stretches helps you sleep if you do it before bed. It offers …

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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 these activities: Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. If you’re a yoga practitioner, you should avoid headstands until you get these headaches under control. I’ve had a number of clients that have reactivated this headache with headstands. For quick relief: This problem often …

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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Activities to Avoid and Change: Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this condition more than the awkward position. Set up a better work environment for your neckat your home or office desk. This post discusses how to choose a seated posture that supports you to have less pain and …

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Self Care – Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

Avoid activities that aggravate the upper trapezius: Once the trigger point is activated, there are a number of known activities that keep it aggravated. A backpack, ill-fitted bra straps, a tight coat or shoulder bag will press into this area and are known irritants and create additional microtrauma. Using a cane that is badly fit …

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Self Care – Headache At Your Temple

This is one of the most active trigger points among clients because there are so many ways to activate the pattern and the trapezius is hard to avoid moving during the normal day. If the stiff neck or headache is persistent see your bodyworker for lasting relief. This problem can be hard to resolve when …

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