The Secret Muscle That Is Causing You Shoulder Pain (it’s not what you think!)

Last week, I was lifting a 45 plate (that normally is not heavy for me) and trying to get it on the bar. All of a sudden I had a sudden pain in my shoulder. Being a very curious person, I tried it again-- there it was again! So of course I started massaging my rotator cuff muscles. I started with the Supraspinatus, which does abduction of the arm. While it was sore, it just was not triggered the shoulder...

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The Secret To Your Hip Pain (and how to fix it)

You've been working out hard, and now your hip is killing you. No matter how many times you perform the "couch stretch", you can still feel a nagging tightness and ache in the front of your hip. It might even be radiating to the back of your hip into your glutes. Ugh, what a pain in the ass! The Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL) is a small muscle which attaches inferiorly to the long thick strip of fascia, known as the...

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The #1 Reason You Have Head, Neck & Shoulder Pain (and how to fix it!)

I would say that 90% of the clients that come in with head, neck and shoulder pain also have a very popular postural condition. Often times it is not diagnosed because most people don't see a PT unless they have had a major injury or a car accident. And yet, almost everyone has got it! Most of our doctors are NOT focused on this, and looking at our posture is our mom's job anyway.Right? But by the time you are...

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Benefits of Using Medical Massage Therapy to Treat TMJ

  When we speak of TMJ, we are referring to the temporomandibular joint. This joint is located in front of the ear on both sides of the face, and it is surrounded by muscles and ligaments that hold the lower jawbone (known as the mandible) in place. The TMJs are the two most used, but also the most complex joints in the entire body. The Mayo Clinic has stated that pain associated with the temporomandibular joint occurs on the side...

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How to Effectively Reduce Muscle Soreness After Working Out

Last year I took a break from lifting (it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be). Boy, was my body happy! I focused most of that time on yoga and low-impact activity. Reducing muscle soreness was just not a big deal last year, until I decided to go back to lifting. But first, the reason for the break: My body just wasn't recovering as quickly. I was tired all the time. And I had chronic inflammation. Naturally, when...

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How to Identify Where Your Pain is Coming From and What It Means

Because pain is a primary indicator in many diseases, it's important to be able to identify and describe pain to your health practitioner. First let's talk about how to identify where the pain is coming from. Where is the Pain? Localized pain is confined to the site of the origin of the pain. (For example: If I stub my toe, I now feel pain on that toe) Projected pain typically is a result of proximal nerve compression. This pain is perceived in...

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Sports Massage for Pain/Weakness When Lifting Your Arm

Over the last few months we have had several athlete's come in with a nerve-like sensation down the arm and a feeling of weakness or pain when they lift the arm. As with every treatment, I try to first identify what exercise caused the initial pain. Some have said they were doing power snatches others were doing handstand pushups, but a few things are common in all of the cases we have seen: They have trouble lifting their arms without feeling...

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What is Medical Massage?

In order to talk about what Medical Massage is, let's first describe what it is not. Medical Massage is not a relaxing massage you might get for stress relief, like a Swedish Massage. While for some, getting rid of chronic pain could be a relief, often times there is a bit of pain that comes with ridding yourself of that chronic issue. Most people who come in for a Medical Massage might be thinking they need a doctor's note for it,...

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How to treat Fibromyalgia with Medical Massage Therapy

  Fibromyalgia is not a life-threatening disorder, but it is associated with fatigue, chronic pain, memory issues and severe mood swings.  This syndrome affects more women than men, but children and men are also affected with fibromyalgia.  Other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia are tension headaches, stiffness throughout the entire body and disruption in sleep patterns.  In some cases, the patients suffer from so much fatigue and pain that they are restricted to bed rest for days.  It is estimated that...

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