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When a new client comes into my office after reviewing their health profile, I check their posture. Working with people is extremely rewarding because they are eager to learn why they are hurting, how did they get that way and how to solve it. Almost all of my client’s seek my help because they have given up and want answers. We become a team and like Sherlock Holmes, the mystery unfolds!

A 24 years old client was referred to me, who was complaining about constant neck pain. There are several reasons why neck pain exists, so after reading her Health Profile to eliminate any medical reasons, I checked her posture. There it was, as clear as day, her right hip hiked up close to her lower rib cage. Her fascia, the sweater of netting that covers our muscles and holds us together was bunched up on the right side of her hip. We call that hip hiking and it’s good that we found it because when I questioned her in more detail, she admitted that her knee hurting and lower back also cause her problems. After updating her file, we began to work the areas of body, her side lines of fascia.

Problem: Fascia bunched up and muscles contracted.
Posture: Hip hiking, when one hip rides higher than the other.
Protocol: Increase the length of her right side with manual manipulation of the fascia and relieve any Myofascial Trigger Points. Client is instructed to use her breathe.
Results after treatment: client posture improved 50 % and the pain subsided but she will need a few more treatments to help move more fascia.
Client home stretching program: Client was instructed to do prescribe stretching.

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