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Self Care – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Avoid things that yank your elbow from front to back like cranking the lawnmower, raking, or letting that dog jerk the leash. This also gets aggravated by letting the rowing machine jerk forward during the exercise. One client activated by compressing the armpit against a chair back while twisted to talk to the person behind …

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Self Care – Pain in the Biceps, Maybe Collarbone, Forearm

This post describes how you can get relief from pain in the biceps that is sometimes felt in the collar bone or forearm. More detail about how patients describe this and activities that aggravate it can be found in this other post. Once this trigger point has become irritated, activities that press down will elicit …

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Self Care – Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Here, you can find ways to get relief on your own from trigger points in the pectoralis minor. Typically, this includes pain in the front of the shoulder and, often, pain in the forearm, and occasionally the hand. You can read more about how people describe this pain and activities that typically create the problem …

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Self-Care – Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

This problem in the forearm comes out of trigger points in the sternal division of the pectoralis major muscle in the chest. Change these activities: Avoid activities where you push your arm(s) together in front of you. This typically involves exercises like pec deck machines and chest flys. Most people don’t associate forearm pain with …

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Self Care – Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Typically, people ignore this pain that can’t be reached under the shoulder blade until it becomes chronic. At that point, these trigger points are stubborn and require a little regular self-care for lasting changes. That almost always means some changes in activities. As well, stretching and exercises are needed to free the tight joints and …

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Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and in the thumb, and index finger. It doesn’t always create pain in the hand; sometimes it is tingling like it is “falling asleep” or “going numb.” Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when reaching out with the hands near shoulder level, like when you’re driving …

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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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Pain when pitching or reaching behind your body

People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder, back of the upper arm, forearm, and hand. The primary complaint is often in the shoulder, especially when reaching behind the back to fasten a bra, tuck in a belt, etc. The other common complaint is focused on forearm pain. Patients usually complain about the shoulder …

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Tender, Sensitive Breasts

Client Description Women complain of fibrocystic nodules in the breast tissue and tenderness. Men and women both complain of a hypersensitive nipple. The illustration shows a solid area, but the reports are about sensitivity or nodules that are more localized within that area. This trigger point is aggravated by persistent or abrupt motions that stretch the …

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Shoulder Pain Reaching Up and Around

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. 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 …

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