therapy concepts

Using the anatomy illustrations to assess restrictions.

I have taken on a new project to teach anatomy for yoga. I am in the process of building an anatomy section for a quicker, practical understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. I will be expanding my posts on the origin, insertion, function and trapped bones.  When I talk to yoga teachers, the illustrations seem …

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Key concepts when managing trigger points

Extensive research has defined the characteristics of each specific trigger point, including the area of sensation and impaired activity. This is essential in connecting the trigger point to the client’s complaint. It is a starting point in a treatment plan and a checkpoint in the assessment of how effective the treatment has been. Most of …

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Aching mid-back with tired triceps

People complain of an area of aching pain at the base of their shoulder blade. They can’t reach it and may ask to trace the spot on my back or on the illustration that I have on the wall. It has a constant ache that unexpectedly becomes more painful on certain movements. It can be painful if …

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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Notes on William Garner Sutherland

William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954) is largely regarded as the father of cranial osteopathy, which is at the root of most craniosacral approaches. Several other noted osteopaths and chiropractors explored craniosacral approaches around the same time including Still, Cottam, DeJArnette and Weaver. Sutherland, however, is largely regarded as the first one who fully developed the work and …

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Do You Find Trigger Point Illustrations Confusing?

Most books and sites on trigger points are usually focused on a the characteristics of a trigger point. They help you primarily understand its areas of referral, impaired functions, sensation, activities of onset, etc. If you’re a therapist that can be interesting for detailed assessment. Most people are overwhelmed by all that. I’d venture to …

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Why are the unfamiliar activities painful?

It’s a great question. I often state its counter part, “Other people do that and don’t have pain. Let’s work so that you can do that without pain, too.” Let’s briefly look at few things about trigger points that will answer this question: what they do, their levels of activity, what makes them more active, how …

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