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Stiff Neck: Pain Patterns and Self-Care

These posts are all related to your painful, stiff neck. Most people refer to the limited, painful rotation when they speak of a stiff neck. However, a small majority of people refer to difficulty in lateral movement (leaning from side to side). The majority of rotation (about 70%) happens in the joint between the first …

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Forward-Head Posture Overview

These people complain of neck pain, stiffness and headaches that come from their neck. It often creates problems with restricted breathing and pain that radiates into the chest, upper back, and arms. Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined simply, …

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Self Care – Forward-Head Posture

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is also known as iHunch or iPosture because it is so often created by texting. Keep your hips against the back of the chair while sitting for long periods. The guy on this end of the picture is the worst but it isn’t just that his head is forward. The woman next …

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Self Care – Tuck Tilt Turn Lift to Correct Forward-Head Posture

Tuck, Tilt, Turn, and Lift is an excellent exercise to correct Forward-Head Posture. This exercise also relieves Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. Also, this process will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you more accurately target your neck problems. This series of stretches will help you sleep if you do …

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Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain about a tender spot at the top of the neck while turning their heads. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t complain about pain during an activity or in general. They usually complain that …

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

Here, you’ll find how to get relief on your own with stretching, exercises, icing, etc. Look at this other post to learn more about how people describe this condition or aggravate the problem. Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc., with your head on the arm of the couch. Also, avoid sleeping with a …

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

Here, you can find relief on your own from pain at the base of the head and under the shoulder blade. You can read more about how people describe this pattern and the activities that create the problem in this post. Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially, under a draft. Chill aggravates this pain …

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Self Care – Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

This trigger point pain pattern creates pain in the upper neck and tension when the muscle is compressed or stretched. You can get relief with some changes in your activity. As well, you can typically get lasting relief with a few simple exercises. An underlying chronic condition like fibromyalgia or structural problems in the upper …

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Self Care – Headache At Your Temple

Here, you will find relief through self-care for the headache at your temple that often comes with a stiff neck on the same side. This other post describes how people experience and create this trigger point pattern. This headache at the temple is one of the most common trigger points. There are many ways to …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus on pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. …

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