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The Gift of Relief and Self-Care

It was the night before ChristmasAnd all through the houseMother’s back was achingDad was being a grouse. The children were all snuggledUp in their bedsUnable to sleepBecause of the dread They’d seen mama grimaceAnd Daddy complainWould tomorrow be a bust?On account of their pain? Looking for a gift that will bring longer-term happiness than a …

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Self Care – Pain in Shoulder or Forearm while Steering

You can get temporary relief from pain in the shoulder and forearm while driving by changing your steering habits and using topical creams. Lasting relief is possible with stretching in most cases For Your Safety, Change Driving with your hand on the top of the steering wheel is dangerous in cars with airbags. Also, the …

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Self-Care – Mid Back Pain that May Stiffen the Low Back

Mid-back pain that extends extends upward, forward and stiffens the lower back requires some focused self-care. The trigger point for mid-back pain is easily aggravated when cycling. This is especially true when you bend over the handlebars with your head low. Consider changing up your cycling routine by using a recumbent for a while. OK. …

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Self-Care – Radiating Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

If this is acute and sharp, you will have to be very careful with remaining upright and avoiding bending and breathing deeply. Yeah, just get it fixed. This will be a little aggravation in most movements until you get this released. If this is chronic, it is easier to manage. When you are out on …

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Self Care – Irritating tags, Burning Shoulder Tension

You can get relief from burning shoulder pain and irritating tags with a little self-care. Most of the time, this is a chronic problem. Sedentary people often need some bodywork to help release this pattern. If not bodywork, some ongoing self-care or exercise is needed to restructure the shoulder girdle. Otherwise, this problem lives on …

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Self-Care Wide Band of Pain Across Top of Hips

Avoid abdominal work that crunches the abdomen until you get this worked out. Twisting exercises tend to be less likely to agitate this trigger point. This version of the teaser shows how she has rolled onto the top of her sacrum, which focuses the contraction on the lower abdomen and activates this pain pattern. A …

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Self Care – Sharp Pain Across Top of Hips

This pain pattern indicates disc compression at the lumbosacral joint. If this pain is chronic or debilitating, seek professional help. Like this other pain pattern, spending lots of time with your hips flexed (i.e. extended forward or backward) will make this worse. Sleeping in a flexed position, sitting for long periods, driving, etc. Avoid activities …

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Self Care – Kneeling Stretch for Hip Flexors

This is one of the classic stretches for hip flexors, and for good reasons. It gives you lots of control and allows you to be very specific. Most people think of Iliopsoas as the hip flexor. Hip flexor muscles include: Iliopsoas Psoas Major Iliacus Rectus Femoris Tensor Fascia Lata Sartorius Gluteus medius (anterior section) This …

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