Category: Self-care

Self Care – Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Once in a while, this problem starts by awkwardly reaching up and back, but usually, this is a chronic problem.  The muscle tightens because the upper ribs have become chronically elevated. Also, there is theContinue reading

Doorway stretches for Chest Muscles

These doorway stretches are classic because they’re quick, effective and can be done almost anywhere. It is easy to stop at most doorways on your way back from the kitchen, office or bathroom. Even withContinue reading

Self-Care – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping people who awaken with stiff and swollen hands. The anterior andContinue reading

Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

Stiff and swollen hands are usually a problem when one sleeps on their back (as is often recommended) with their arms by their side. Some people avoid this problem, as well as “numbing and tinglingContinue reading

Quick and easy hangover relief

Client’s Description Crapulence – Sickness caused by excessive drinking. 2. Excessive indulgence; intemperance. [From late Latin crāpulentus, very drunk, from Latin crāpula, intoxication, from Greek kraipalē.] crap′u·lent adj. People complain of headache, nausea, and misery that followContinue reading

Key concepts when managing trigger points

Extensive research has shown the characteristics of each specific trigger point, including the area of sensation and impaired activity. This is essential in connecting the trigger point to the client’s complaint. It is a startingContinue reading

Why are the unfamiliar activities painful?

It’s a great question. I often state its counter part, “Other people do that and don’t have pain. Let’s work so that you can do that without pain, too.” Let’s briefly look at few things aboutContinue reading

Stretching for scalenes

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. They were published in the self-care section on scalenes in the research of Janet Travell, the physician to two presidents. ClinicalContinue reading

Basics of Ice and Stretch

You can get rid of pain, soreness and restricted range of motion quickly with ice-and-stretch. You can adapt any stretch routine that you have to be faster, more effective and easier by changing it toContinue reading

Breathing Exercises for Upper Back Pain

Breathing exercise for upper back pain

I have many clients who come to me for problems in their upper back. Some have “forward head posture.” Some have that sharp stitch when they take a breath. Some have pain between the shoulderContinue reading