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Tension Headache | Self Help Tip | Trigger Point Release

Posted by Judith Winer on

  A tension headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headache. These generally occur when neck and scalp muscles become tense, or contract. The muscle contractions can be a response to stress, depression, a head injury, and anxiety.  Tension headaches are often associated with trigger points in the suboccipital muscles. For those of you that have a partner or friend to work with, here's a simple technique that is usually beneficial whether or not you succeed in hitting the exact...

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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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Trigger Point Therapy - Multifidus / Rotatores

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

  Multifidi and Rotatores - Trigger Point Anatomy       Trigger Points in Multifidi may be the cause of a high percentage of back pain, and may increase the chance of back injuries occurring The multifidus muscles help to take pressure off the vertebral discs so that our body weight can be well distributed along the spine. These muscles are a major contributor to neuromuscular efficiency of the “core.” The superficial muscle group keeps our spine straight while the deep muscle group contributes significantly to the stability of our spine. These two groups of multifidus muscles are recruited during many...

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Stretching for Pain Relief - Shoulder & Neck Pain

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Shoulder Pain and Rhomboid Trigger Points    Trigger points are common in all the main shoulder and neck muscles In fact just about all of us have latent trigger points, usually as a result of poor posture .... one of those simple things that they used to teach in schools but has long ago vanished. Failure to work on your posture and to take simple steps to promote shoulder and neck health will often (increasingly often) lead to active trigger points, and a whole host of potential musculoskeletal injuries as you get older. So if you spend more than 2-3 hours...

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