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Treating Neck Pain and Stiffness

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  Muscles of the Neck and Shoulders         Maureen Abson Presents Healing Massage Techniques for the Neck Muscles.    The neck is a complex and multidirectional part of the body.  It is made up of 7 cervical vertebrae (C1-C7) connected with muscles and ligaments, intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers, and within this a complex system of nerves.  The complexity of the neck's anatomy makes it incredible versatile in how it can move but also leaves it susceptible to injury.             Dr Jonathan Kuttner explains the potential dangers of manipulative adjustments...

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Neck Arthritis (Cervical Spondylosis) - Trigger Point Therapy

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Cervical Spondylosis            Torsional Release for Trigger Points in the Neck    Most cases of neck arthritis respond well to conservative treatment Cervical spondylosis is extremely common. More than 85 percent of people over the age of 60 are affected. The condition most often causes pain and stiffness in the neck—although many people with cervical spondylosis experience no noticeable symptoms. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in most cases, cervical spondylosis responds well to conservative treatment. Neck arthritis can manifest for a number of reasons including, genetic (inherited), occupational and/or historic trauma. Cervical spondylosis is...

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Treating the Levator Scapulae

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    Levator Scapulae Muscle     Treating Levator Scapulae Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Ischemic Compression Technique Stretching for Levator Scapulae   Almost all neck pain will have myofascial trigger point contributions, and levator scapulae is commonly involved Levator scapulae is deep to the SCM and trapezius. It is named after its action of elevating the scapula. The levator scapulae acts eccentrically to decelerate the downward forces created by the lower fibers of the trapezius and serratus anterior. The levator scapulae decelerates contralateral side flexion in the cervical spine. Almost all neck pain will have myofascial trigger point...

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Tension Headache | Self Help Tip | Trigger Point Release

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  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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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Trapezius for Head, Neck and Shoulder Pain

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  Stuart Hinds: Treating trapezius trigger points with a Muscle Energy Technique (MET).        Just about everyone has trapezius trigger points. In most cases they can be treated simply and effectively for relieving head, neck and shoulder pain. Treating trigger points in the upper trapezius can have a profound effect for many painful conditions. In addition to compression techniques, we often use the following muscle energy techniques (MET's) to target the treatment areas (taught bands/trigger points).     MET Treatment of Right Upper Trapezius The therapist places the right upper trapezius in a position of bind, and asks the...

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