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Therapist Notes – Infraspinatus

Anatomy Review? The infraspinatus muscle is a common problem in the shoulder and the most likely to generate pain when the client sleeps on their side. Its position in the shoulder is critical for stabilizing the head of the humerus from shifting forward. There are several other muscles that produce similar symptoms. Here are other …

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Trigger Points – Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

Client’s Description 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 …

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Trigger Points – Superficial strip of shoulder pain when reaching up

Client Description   People gesture up and down the front of the shoulder and complain of “biceps tendon pain.” 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 moves above the shoulder. They may not get that rotating the …

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Trigger Points – Pain when pitching or reaching behind your body

Client Description People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder, back of the upper arm, forearm, and hand. The primary complaint is in the shoulder, especially when reaching behind the back to fasten a bra, tuck in a belt, etc. This, in fact, is the test for problems with this muscle and infraspinatus. Both …

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Trigger Points – Vague pain in the back of the shoulder and arm

Client Description People usually complain of vague pain in the back of the shoulder and arm. This pain often occurs in passive postures where they are using the long head of the triceps o stabilize the arm. This might happen when they are holding their arms in during crowded travel. It could also happen when they are …

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Trigger Points – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Client’s Description 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 …

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Trigger Points – Spot of pain behind shoulder

Client’s Description People complain of a spot of pain deep in the back of the shoulder. It often occurs after other shoulder pain, particularly after this trigger point, has been treated and released. It is a lingering pain that is hard to connect to an activity but often bothers them when I ask them to stretch  the …

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Trigger Points – Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

Pain across the chest and down the arm is similar to the sensations of heart attack. Most of my clients have already checked with their heart specialist and tests show that they are OK. People with these symptoms need to check with a medical doctor before getting bodywork that may mask important indicators. People usually complain …

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Trigger Points – Pain Along the Collar Bone and Down the Arm

People seldom have any part of this pattern as their primary complaint, but when they do, it is usually biceps pain. When this is a problem, the entire pattern can usually be elicited by pressing up under the collar-bone near the sternum. It is surprisingly intense for a pattern that is seldom a part of …

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Trigger Points – Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

People complain of pain in the front of the shoulder when lifting the elbow above the shoulder or back at shoulder level. This pain is less distinct and focused unless the person has a specific activity that they need to do and cannot adapt to their movement. For instance, one case was a weightlifting enthusiast who …

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