The Band Aid

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Shoulder Blade Squeeze – What Is It Good For? Posture! Our sedentary society encourages the slumped posture. Shoulder blade postural muscles weaken as the pectoral muscles in the front of the chest become tight and pull the shoulders forward.  Poor posture results from the imbalance of these muscles in the front and back of …

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Does Your Headache Get on Your Nerves?

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | January 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

“I Have Tried Everything to Help My Headache!” Do you have a headache that nothing seems to make better? One comment I hear is that “I’ve been told it is all in my head.” Translation: you have a psychological rather than a physical problem. Mental stress issues certainly have a role in many, if not …

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A Headache-Producing Muscle That Comes From Your Shoulder Blade

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | December 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is Tough to Reach the Shoulder Blade Muscles The levator scapulae is a headache-producing muscle that originates on your shoulder blade. This muscle sends out its ropy muscles to attach to the upper four vertebrae of your neck. Think of this muscle as an octopus, or half of one anyway, as it prepares to …

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A Weak Link in the Chain Can Cause Headache Havoc

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | December 13, 2020 | 1 Comment

Chronically Tight Neck Muscles Trigger Your Headaches! Your persistent tight neck muscles have triggered your headaches for years. You massaged them, heated them, stretched them, and twisted your neck in every way imaginable to get them to let go. Yet everything you have done is a temporary fix. Your neck muscles rebound, re-tighten and are …

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Be A Better Belly Breather!

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | November 28, 2020 | 1 Comment

Stress is a Major Cause of Many Headaches Overcome the stress that triggers so many of your headaches! The mental strain of your daily activities overflows into the muscle tension of your headache. You need to short-circuit the stress trigger before your headache takes hold. How Can Mental Stress Produce Physical Triggers? People under stress …

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Improve Your Poor Posture with Theraband

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | November 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Posture Problem  You look older and less fit when you have poor posture. Poor posture also can produce physical problems. You lose vertical height and appear shorter than you were made to be. Headaches can result. You lose proper jaw alignment, and as a result you develop an annoying “click” in your temporomandibular joint. …

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Headache Help in a Hurry With Acupressure

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | November 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Acupressure Treatment Philosophy  Use acupressure to see immediate results with your clients. I like self-help treatment techniques that people can learn to treat their own ailments. Acupressure techniques impress clients with their effectiveness and simplicity of use. Plus, do not underestimate the “cool factor” of pressing a point on the arm or leg and watching …

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Triple Heater for your Neck – Acupressure Points TH 4, 5 and 9

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | November 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

What Does Triple Heater Mean? The Triple Heater is one of the twelve classic meridians that traverse through the body. The Triple Heater Meridian starts in the back of the hand and progresses up to the side of the head. The comprehensive diagram depicts three of the main Triple Heater points for neck and shoulder …

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The Longus Colli and Longus Capitis Muscles – Work the Front of the Neck to Help the Back of your Head

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | October 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Longus Colli and Capitis Muscles Can Help Your Headaches If you suffer from headaches, the names of these muscles should be part of your vocabulary. Decrease your headaches by activating these muscles. These muscles are masterfully displayed in the illustration by artist Patrick McRae.      What Happens if the Longus Capitis and Longus Colli Muscles …

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Miserable Muscle Number 4 – The Suboccipitals. The Head Holder Muscles.

By Craig Sather, Doctor of Physical Therapy | October 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Miserable Muscles Number 4 – The Suboccipitals. The Head Holder Muscles.   What Are the Suboccipital Muscles? The subocciptal muscles are the four muscles in the upper neck, and two of them are connected to your neck and your skull.  The suboccipital muscles are small but they have a big effect on your headache. They can project …

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