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Blogs and Articles — Neck

What Every Therapist Needs to Know About "Whiplash" (WAD)

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Whiplash - An Overview     "The sudden force will often stretch or tear the muscles and tendons of the neck" Whiplash, more correctly known as whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is a term used, fairly loosely, to describe a neck injury where the head is either suddenly jolted backward and then forward, or forward and then backward, in a whip-like movement, or it may be suddenly and forcibly rotated depending on the angle of the neck when the incident occurs. This sudden force can stretch and/or tear the muscles and tendons in the neck. Most commonly this is as a result...

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Head and Neck Pain - Tension Type Headaches

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Trigger Point Anatomy - Occipitalis   Tension headaches are remarkably common - but do you really need to turn to drugs for pain relief? Tension headaches are the most common type of headache we experience. While they don’t link to any underlying medical condition they can be debilitating and distressing to sufferers. Too often the given solution is to mask this pain with medication but the root cause is typically muscle tension, itself often resulting from stress - so these are headaches that can usually be addressed successfully with massage and manual therapy techniques.     Trigger Points Trigger points (tight...

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Posture Muscles - Awesome Stretches for Neck and Shoulders!

Posted by Julian Knight on

  Neck Pain and Stiffness is often associated with active Trigger Points in the Scalenes Muscles and is relieved when these are released   The more time spent with a forward head posture, the more likely it is that one will develop neck and shoulder problems Most neck pain that is not caused by whiplash or other trauma has a postural component as part of the underlying problem. Sitting atop the body, the health of the neck is subject to the curvature of the spine and the position of the head above.Neck pain is often associated with trigger points, and these...

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Stretching for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation - Splenius Cervicis

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Splenius Cervicis - Common Trigger Point Sites   Trigger points in Splenius Cervicis commonly refer pain to the head, but may also be associated with neck pain/stiffness and referred pain to the shoulders/upper back. The cervical muscles, including splenius cervicis, are important to core musculature and full-body movement . A short splenius cervicis can cause the displacement of the cervical or thoracic vertebrae, with a knock-on affect to the splenii muscles, semispinalis, multifidus, and rotatores, and thereby the  positioning of the thoracic ribs. These changes then result in postural adaptations up and down the kinetic chain. Trigger Points - Common Symptoms...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD or/ TMJD)

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

    TMJ Disorders - Anatomy Overview     It is estimated that 20–30% of the adult population will have TMJ problems at some point in their life TMJD disorder is sometimes called the ‘Great Impostor’ because of the multiplicity of symptoms. Pain, stiffness, clicking, clunking or popping sounds, and aching in the jaw muscles characterize this debilitating problem. Classically the headache is strongly felt in the region of the ear. Types of TMJD's Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD's) are problems affecting the joint between the lower jaw and base of the skull. There are two temporomandibular joints (TMJ's), one each side of the jaw, that allow...

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