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How to safely Treat Neck Pain and Stiffness

Posted by Judith Winer on

      Dr Jonathan Kuttner explains the potential dangers of manipulative adjustments and how neck pain and stiffness can typically be addressed with other massage and manual therapy techniques.   NAT Online Certification Course - Treating Chronic Neck Pain - for Massage and Manual Therapists       Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area More articles about Neck Pain and Stiffness NAT 5 Step Shoulder Technique Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as a Trigger Point Therapist Trigger Point Workbooks            

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

Posted by Judith Winer on

  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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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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