Tag: upper arm

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

Once in a while, this problem starts by awkwardly reaching up and back, but usually, this is a chronic problem.  The muscle tightens because the upper ribs have become chronically elevated. Also, there is theContinue reading

Therapist Notes – Infraspinatus

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 headContinue reading

Self Care – Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

This trigger point is perpetuated by a small problem in the position of the shoulder joint. Typically, it just gets worse over time. You should see a bodyworker that knows shoulder work. Most NMT therapistsContinue reading

Self-Care – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping people who awaken with stiff and swollen hands. The anterior andContinue reading

Therapy Notes – Scalenes Supine

Palpation Structural anomalies are common in the scalenes. Developed palpation skills are needed to reach the proper belly for assessment and treatment. Be aware that the lateral tip of the cervical transverse process is bluntContinue reading

Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

Stiff and swollen hands are usually a problem when one sleeps on their back (as is often recommended) with their arms by their side. Some people avoid this problem, as well as “numbing and tinglingContinue reading

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

The scalene muscles produce several different problems from the torso into the arm and hand, but this is the most common complaint. Client’s Description People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and inContinue reading

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 inContinue reading

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 aContinue reading

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 theContinue reading