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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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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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Stretching for scalenes

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. They were published in the self-care section on scalenes in the research of Janet Travell, the physician to two presidents. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping the problematic effects of tight scalene muscles. In this post, they …

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Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

People complain about awakening with stiff and swollen hands. Some of them have problems with tingling and sleeping hands in the night. They often get up and move their arms around until the tingling stops, and the arms are awake again. Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when they hold their arms near shoulder level as …

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Shoulder Pain While Steering

This is an interesting pattern as I usually only see a few cases a year of it but have seen a lot of it this year. Research also speaks of it as being a less frequent pattern, so why are there so many more cases of it in my practice now? Client Description People hold …

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Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

People complain of pain under the shoulder blade that can’t be reached. It aches fairly constantly. This pain can become so vague, unreachable, and constant that people do not consider it in their pain patterns anymore. When that happens, and this trigger point continues to worsen, people begin to complain about the elbow and wrist pain. People …

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Unresolveable Tennis Elbow

Client’s Description People complain about tennis elbow that bothers them even though they’ve tried many different things around the elbow to get relief.  They usually don’t talk about the shoulder problem until asked. For tennis players, when asked, they will often reveal that the elbow pain is worse when serving as this muscle helps to lift …

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Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

People complain of pain that disturbs their sleep when lying on the painful shoulder or on the opposite shoulder. It is a deeper pain than the illustration suggests. They have spent most of their time sleeping on that shoulder with that hand in front of them. It usually comes on gradually over months and eventually gets …

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