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Self Care – Neck Pain with Sore Shoulder

This post has quick relief and lasting relief strategies for the trigger point that creates pain in the upper neck and top of the shoulder. This is a tough trigger point to treat and requires persistent self-care. Often, people choose professional help to make underlying structural changes, hone self-care strategies, and stay focused. Pay attention …

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Self Care – Stiffness at the base of the neck

Self-Care for this pain stiff pain at the base of the neck can be quick and effective when the person is active and healthy. During the stretching, this person often gets a shifts in their neck. For the older or less-active person, this requires some relief strategies with more persistent stretching. If this is wincing …

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Self Care – Pain Between Shoulder Blades When Slouching

Change these activities: The rhomboid major and minor muscles refer pain between the shoulder blades while slouching. You can usually quick to get relief when the muscles are no longer chronically overstretched. So, changing your activities makes a big difference in getting results. Strengthening your back helps to make lasting changes that prevent the return …

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Superficial strip of shoulder pain when reaching up

People complain of a strip of pain in the front of the shoulder when reaching up. They often say this is “biceps tendon pain” because it feels more superficial. When I ask if there is a motion that creates the pain, they lift their arm in front of them. It bothers them more as the elbow …

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Shoulder Pain Reaching Up and Around

People usually complain of vague pain in the back of the arm that is sharper at the shoulder. This pain often occurs in passive postures where they are using the long head of the triceps to stabilize the arm. This trigger point has two different focuses of pain. The focus of pain at the shoulder tends …

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Sore Shoulder from Strap or Lifting Overhead

Active people complain of pain on the top of their shoulder when lifting their arm. When I ask them to lift their arm, it doesn’t really hurt until their elbow gets level with their shoulder and the tip of the shoulder begins to rotate upward. This is the point that the middle trapezius strongly engages. Sometimes …

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Unresolveable Tennis Elbow

People complain about persistent tennis elbow even though they’ve tried many different things around the elbow to get relief.  They usually don’t talk about the shoulder problem until I ask them if it has troubled them. When asked, tennis players will often reveal that the elbow pain flares up when serving as this muscle helps to …

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Shoulder Pain and Clicking While Grooming

Patients complain of pain in the 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 sides like suitcases or buckets. This trigger point usually doesn’t disturb sleep but is …

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Stiffness and Pain at the Base of the Neck When Turning

People turn their head and complain of stiffness that focuses on a spot on one side of the base of their neck. When I ask for more details, they often turn their head slowly until they say, “There. It hurts right there.” When I ask them to touch where it hurts, they lay their hand …

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Stiffness up the side of the neck when turning

People complain about pain while turning the head and usually trace up and down the side of their neck while talking about it. They often complain about turning to look when they change lanes or tend to a child in the back seat. Most often, they have trouble turning it to the side that hurts …

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