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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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Torsional Release Technique | Trigger Point Therapy | Neck Pain

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

Chronic neck pain is rampant - especially amongst millennials and younger populations   So-called ‘text neck’, is becoming a common description for a range of painful musculoskeletal injuries , and something that is set to grow at a phenomenal rate as a result of our ever increasing use of phones and tablets. A recent report by Facebook showed that close to 80% of people aged between 18 and 44 have their mobile phones with them almost all the time – meaning that they only spend two hours each day (apart from when they are asleep!) without a phone or tablet device in their hands.   Seated...

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