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Self Care – Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

This muscle is deep in the upper neck, behind the soft palate and can be difficult to resolve on your own but these strategies can be effective in most cases. Quit craning your neck while twisting your head so much. Fix the ergonomics at your desk or where you watch TV. Alternate bird watching with …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. Try using an Ice Pack It’s simple and often works, especially when you have overstretched by tucking your chin to read. Place an ice pack at the base of …

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

In today’s culture, this is almost always a problem with being chronically bent forward while working on paperwork or with a screen. One of my clients also got this from knitting while her family watched TV at night. This post offers a couple of different approaches to being seated without pain, one for the more …

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Self-Care – Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

This pain is more likely to be caused by a weak and overstretched muscle instead of a short-tight one. As much fun as it is to shop online, it is better for your back if you don’t lean into those elbows. Prolonged periods of leaning on your elbows, whether it is shopping, Zoom conference, finances, …

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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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Sharp pain in the center of the low back when rising

Client Description These people complain of sharp pain across the low back when getting out of bed, out of a car, or standing from a chair. They may also be slow to rise from a seated position. This happens when psoas major is tight on both sides and compresses the L5-S1 joint. You can see from this illustration of psoas major how it …

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Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

People complain of nagging pain in the upper or mid-back, just inside the base of the shoulder blade. They have trouble determining what causes it or what to do for relief. They may also complain of sore ribs on that side, just under the armpit or fibrocystic breasts. They usually have a straighter upper back …

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Using the anatomy illustrations to assess restrictions.

I have taken on a new project to teach anatomy for yoga. I am in the process of building an anatomy section for a quicker, practical understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. I will be expanding my posts on the origin, insertion, function and trapped bones.  When I talk to yoga teachers, the illustrations seem …

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Yoga, “that good stretch feeling,” and trigger points

Stretching can be a useful daily ritual of relief. It changes a stiff body into something that has less pain and stiffness. I give it to my clients to manage their daily pain, and it helps. It can really ease your activities of daily living. Client’s love “that good stretch feeling.” It really should be …

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Sore shoulder from strap or lifting overhead

Client’s Description People complain of a couple of different things. Active people complain of pain on the top of their shoulder when lifting their arm. When I ask them to lift their arm, it doesn’t really hurt until their elbow gets level with their shoulder and the tip of the shoulder begins to rotate upward. This is …

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