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Subscapularis – Massage Notes

Subscapularis trigger points can be painful and difficult to treat with a neuromuscular massage. Preparing the surrounding joint structures can make the release faster and easier for the practitioner and the patient. Read about this shift in my approach to bodywork while treating the subscapularis – The Godfather of Organized Pain. Integrative Craniosacral Releases for …

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Supraspinatus – Massage Therapy Notes

Neuromuscular massage of the supraspinatus muscle is traditionally a simple process of frictioning tendons and glides through the belly. A few more steps really help it to release easier. Extra Attention to the Base A little extra attention to the base of the neck is helpful. I often find that mobilizations around the lower cervical …

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Teres Minor – Massage Therapy Notes

Neuromuscular massage usually addresses teres minor after other shoulder trigger points. It is the lesser of the rotator cuff muscles and often overlooked. This happens because the teres minor usually doesn’t produce symptoms until the surrounding shoulder muscles have been released. Think of it as a fourth head of infraspinatus. In fact, the inferior belly …

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liocostalis – Massage Therapy Notes

Massage and bodywork for iliocostalis thoracis may involve more than local joint work and trigger point release. Overstretching of the iliocostalis is often due to chronic flexion of the trunk. In that case, pelvic balancing focus on the anterior thorax for lasting relief. In those cases, use these suggestions for palliative relief. Pelvic balancing and …

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Middle trapezius – Massage Therapy Notes

The middle trapezius is often part of a larger problem with high-tight shoulders. Integrative Neuromuscular Massage involves addressing the other elevators of the shoulder girdle, especially the serratus anterior. Many therapists don’t treat these areas because it is inconvenient, awkward, and difficult on the hands. The middle trapezius is often part of a larger problem …

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Rectus Abdominus and Pyramidalis – Massage Therapy Notes

Sagittal suture restrictions are classically known from Applied Kinesiology as a governing the rectus abdominus. Test to localize the sutural restriction before and after treatment. Frontomax and Frontonasal techniques govern the pubic symphysis. Test to the pubic symphysis before and after the technique to verify proper release. From the Structural Overview in Neuromuscular Assessment Guides: …

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Iliopsoas Complex (Deep Abdominals) – Massage Therapy Notes

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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Masseter – Massage Therapy Notes

Atlas mobilizations change the balance of the TMJ mechanism. Evaluate and balance the atlantooccipital region before continuing on to direct TMJ treatment. Treatment of the Masseter External masseter work is often enough to release the pain patterns and provide lasting relief, especially after it follows Functional Integration through craniostructural work. Even without craniostrucural work, this …

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