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Shoulder Pain Relief with a Tennis Ball and Stretching

You can get relief from shoulder pain by using a tennis ball on the shoulder. The process is fairly simple and effective. However, you will need to be careful to avoid a few basic mistakes. Done well, you get relief. Done poorly, you can aggravate the problem. The Landscape The Playing Field The infraspinatus is …

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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. As well, hip flexor muscles include other muscles: Iliopsoas Psoas Major Iliacus Rectus Femoris Tensor Fascia Lata Sartorius Gluteus …

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General Self-Care Stretches and Exercises

This is a collection of self-care posts to rehabilitate muscle. The posts are not always specific to a particular trigger point pattern. They include; stretch routines that help multiple patterns; guidelines for exercise, self-calming techniques, example videos, and more… If you’d like to see self-care for a specific pain pattern, find the pain pattern in …

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Self Care – TMJ stretch

Here, you will find a safe, basic routine for balancing the musculature that supports the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). It provides relief from mild TMJ dysfunction, especially when used daily. The temporomandibular joint could be to be the most complex joint in the body. It has to accommodate a combination of hinging, gliding, and rotary motions. …

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Self Care – Tuck Tilt Turn Lift to Correct Forward-Head Posture

Tuck, Tilt, Turn, and Lift is an excellent exercise to correct Forward-Head Posture. This exercise also relieves Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. Also, this process will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you more accurately target your neck problems. This series of stretches will help you sleep if you do …

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Self Care – Seated Posture

There are a number of posts where I discuss problems created by poor seated posture, so here’s a post about how to sit to avoid creating problems. In this post, I explore 2 different approaches to minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting at a desk. First, actively sitting in a balanced posture and secondly, …

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Self Care – Cough less and cough with less pain

When you stop coughing, continue to practice social distancing. Act responsibly in protecting the health of yourself and others. Practically speaking, you can stimulate the skin in a waythat reduces the frequency and pain of coughing. This is based on a neurological principle discovered by English surgeon John Hilton. Loosely stated, hot, cold, and pain …

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Self Care – The Box – Ice and Stretch for Your Neck

“The Box” is a routine that I’ve given many clients over the years. When used with Ice-and-Stretch, it is quick, easy, and very effective. It is a well-rounded approach. At the first pass, use it as a complete routine. Some areas will seem tighter and more sensitive to the ice. Revisit that sensitive area after …

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Self Care – Guidelines for using an Ice Pack

Ice packs are a great way to reduce swelling and inflammation, increase circulation and relieve pain. They can be ineffective and even create some problems if used improperly. How Ice Packs Work Ice packs create a local “emergency” because of the temperature change in the area. This creates immediate and extended responses: The cold compresses …

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