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Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about a tender spot at the top of the neck when they touch it while turning their heads. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t complain about pain during an activity or in general. They usually complain that it is tender to touch. When I press them what touches …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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Therapy Notes – Lower Trapezius – Massage and Bodywork

This post focuses on the therapeutic release of trigger points in the lower trapezius through massage and bodywork. It includes soft joint mobilizations, treatment sequencing, and classical neuromuscular protocols. It is separated from the other sections of the trapezius as it has a very different function. Also, because of its location and the difficulty of …

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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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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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Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

People complain about pain in the upper neck that makes them irritable. As they continue, they often describe that sensation that extends down toward the shoulder as tension instead of pain. At the same time, they describe things that aggravate it but seldom can describe the incident that created the injury. Other trigger points produce pain …

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Upper Neck Pain with Sore Top of Shoulder

People often complain of pain in the upper neck with soreness on the top of the shoulder. Most often, they are focused on the pain in the upper neck than the top of their shoulder. Many patterns create pain and tension at the top of the neck. This referral pattern is not among the most …

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Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

How People Describe This Headache at the Base of the Head with Earache People with this referral pattern and complain of headache and pain at the base of the head. Several trigger points create pain in this area. Trigger point assessment does a great job of connecting the problem to the muscle with NMT assessment. I …

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Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

People complain of a headache behind the eye.  When the headache pattern is severe, they trace their hand along the side of their head from the back of their neck, across their ear, and focus their fingertips on the eye.   There are several headache patterns in the eye, so I always ask for as …

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Headache at the base of your head

This headache pattern creates a strong band of tension along the base of the head that comes up over the back of the head. When it is only active on one side, the pain is focused at the base of the head and creates tension that mostly radiates up the back of the head. When …

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