Treating Levator Scapulae Trigger Points
Almost all neck pain is associated with trigger points, and the levator scapulae is commonly involved
Trigger points in levator scapulae evolve over time and their development is typically linked to work-hobby posture.
Levator Scapulae - Common Trigger Point Sites
Here's a terrific exercise that we often recommend to clients, especially those who work with technology or in office environments.
This exercise will be well known to anyone who practices Yoga, but really anyone should be able to perform this exercise safely and effectively.
Breath, stretch, expansion, relaxation, release.
Lie on the belly (prone position), arms elevated with one hand on top of the other.
Rest the forehead on the hands.
Extend the body, and position the feet mat-width apart, with the legs rotated out.
Warm the body with the breath, or engagement of the core.
Makara = sea creature; (mak-ah- RAHS-ana)
This position is ideal at the beginning of an exercise class, or simply as a warm-up to prepare for a new day, or to relieve some of that pressure that you feel in your neck and shoulders when you return home from work!
Awareness of breath and how the body responds on the inhale and exhale is deeply experienced through the support of the floor.
The legs can rotate in if the feet are compromised. If lying on the belly is uncomfortable, one can turn over onto the back.
A blanket can be rolled under the chest and shoulders for support.
Remember to keep the neck extended, not lifted.
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Niel Asher Education is a leading provider of distance learning and continued education courses.
Established in the United Kingdom in 1999, we provide course and distance learning material for therapists and other healthcare professionals in over 40 countries.
Our courses are accredited by over 90 professional associations and national accreditation institutions including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Full details of all international course accreditations can be found on our website.
Printed course materials and other products offered on our websites are despatched worldwide from our 3 locations in the UK (London), USA (Pennsylvania) and Australia (Melbourne).
We are honored to have received the "Excellence in Education" Award from the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists.
Since 1999 Niel Asher Education has won numerous awards for education and in particular for education and services provided in the field of trigger point therapy.
Award Winning Instructors
Niel Asher Healthcare course instructors have won a host of prestigious awards including 2 lifetime achievement honorees - Stuart Hinds, Lifetime Achievement Honoree, AAMT, 2015, and Dr. Jonathan Kuttner, MD, Lifetime Achievement Honoree, NAMTPT, 2014.
If you are a qualified/licensed manual therapist or exercise/fitness professional you can expand your credentials with NAT certification.
In addition to national accreditation for continued education, each course that we offer includes "NAT Learning Credits". By taking and completing courses you can accumulate NAT credits to qualify for NAT certification.
There are currently 3 levels of NAT certification. Certifying NAT is a valuable way to show your clients that you take continued education seriously, and to promote your skills and qualifications.
Most of our courses are accredited for CE/CPD/CPE. A full list of CE accreditations can be found by clicking on the link below.
Niel Asher Technique
Since 1999 the Niel Asher Technique for treating trigger points has been adopted by over 100,000 therapists worldwide, and has been applied to the treatment of a number of common musculoskeletal injuries.
The Niel Asher Technique for treating frozen shoulder was first introduced and published in 1997 and has been widely adopted by therapists and exercise professionals working within elite sports and athletics.
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