trigger points

Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about this spot in their neck being tender when they touch it while turning their heads. I have to admit; I find it interesting that they don’t really complain about pain there but that it is tender to touch. They usually don’t complain about the headache at first but, almost always, they tell …

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Stiff Hip with Spot of Pain in Calf

People usually complain of a specific spot on the upper, outside of their calf. When questioned, they also have a stiff hip and sometimes have groin pain. Groin pain often prompts a visit to the MD where this usually is referred to as a hernia although not one severe enough to repair. If you have …

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Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

People complain of pain in their temple(s) but touch the spot just above the temple. It takes a little investigative work to nail the right trigger point. At times this occurs by itself. Often, this headache pain occurs with other pain patterns. It can be hard to single out without specific questions. It occurs most …

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Therapist Notes – Splenius Capitis

Splenius capitis originates from the lower cervicals and upper thoracics and inserts on the occipital and temporal bones so that it is in a perfect position to counter sternocleidomastoid to pull the head around. It also serves as a wrap to hold the lateral neck muscles against the neck during movement. The splenii muscle trigger point …

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Therapist Notes – Stiffness at the base of the neck

This trigger point comes from the splenius cervicis muscle. The trigger point is actually near C7 at the base of the neck but does not release easily or completely when the costovertebral joint of T3 is displaced. The lower cervicals should be mobilized before attempting to release the tendons in the pocket between the upper …

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Therapist Notes – Pain inside shoulder blade when slouching while seated

Pain between the shoulder blades is seldom rhomboids unless the client has trapped the rhomboid muscle against a hard surface or they have extremely imbalanced extrinsic back and extrinsic chest muscle. When the problem is postural, the shoulders and upper back are notably rounded or the upper back is very straight and shoulder blades are …

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Back Pain Across the Lower Ribs

Client’s Description These people complain of a band of pain across the mid back. They reach back and trace a band across their mid back. At this point, I have them stroke an ice cube over the arch of the ribs, in the front. They usually have a look of disbelief but comply. Then, I have …

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Aching and Burning in the mid back

Client Description These people complain of aching or burning pain over the kidneys. Many of them have already had their kidneys checked but have not found any problems. If they have not had their kidneys checked, I refer them to a medical doctor. If this is your pain pattern, you should seek medical treatment before you consult …

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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 as when driving, or …

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