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    Anatomy of the Elbow, Part 2

    Posted on April 3, 2013 by in Anatomy, Human Body, Muscle Pain

    Before we get into the ligaments and muscles of the elbow, I want to relate an experience I had yesterday. Recently I began to work with a fellow massage therapist. She has been booking 2-hour sessions, which is fabulous for me. The index finger on her right hand has developed some arthritis. It is swollen, stiff, and the range of motion is fairly limited. She has had these symptoms for two years! I said something to her about how she should have had it worked on before now (because massage therapists chronically do not get enough bodywork!), and she responded that she had tried a few times, but she couldn’t find a therapist that knew what to do with her arm and hand.

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  • Stretching Shoulder

    Posted on August 12, 2011 by in Anatomy, Human Body, Muscle Pain, Physiology

    On to muscles.  Remember that muscles move bones at joints, which means that all shoulder muscles cross the shoulder joint and perform some movement or action at that joint.  Also, muscle tissue has two very distinct characteristics.  First, it has contractibility, the ability to shorten and then return to its normal.  Second, muscles have extensibility, […]

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  • Anterior Lateral Shoulder

    Posted on August 12, 2011 by in Anatomy, Human Body

    Let’s talk about the shoulder.  Beginning with the lateral (outside) and anterior (front) shoulder.  I make this distinction because people will point to three different areas when talking about their shoulders.  We will begin with lateral and anterior shoulder, and we will begin at the beginning with the anatomy.  The glenohumeral (shoulder) joint is an […]

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