Stretches and Exercises

Self Care – Breathing Exercises to Reduce Shoulder Tension

One of my clients describes this as the best exercise for shoulder and upper back tension. He thinks that it should be the first exercise that I give people. Regardless of their problem. It really does reduce shoulder and upper back tension in a magical way. I noticed big differences over the 1st month that …

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Self Care – 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. They stretch the extrinsic chest muscles. Even with minimal effort, a few stretches a day can offer notable relief and postural change. …

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Self Care – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

This stretch routine is much faster and effective if it is done with the ice-and-stretch method. I’ve done this routine with many clients, first without ice and then with ice-and-stretch. They all remark that it is amazingly easier and more effective with ice. This simple set of stretches has 3 parts: 2 stretches that release …

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Stretching for scalene muscles

Here are some specific stretches for scalene muscles 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. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping the problematic effects of tight scalene muscles. Helpful …

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Self Care – Basics of Ice-and-Stretch

Pain. Soreness. Restricted range of motion. The combination of stretching and icing can rid these ailments quickly if done correctly. In fact, any stretching routine can be faster, more effective, and easier when combined with icing. Ice-and-stretch is a great adaptation of two other popular routines: Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Stretch-N-Spray. Ice and stretch …

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Self Care – Breathing exercise for upper back pain

This breathing exercise for relief from upper back pain can be very effective when done properly and regularly. It is relaxing and works well for clients that don’t want to use something like a yoga wheel. Also, some people like it who don’t want to “pop their back.” I have given this technique to a …

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How I became a fan of Active Isolated Stretching.

In the mid-90s, I had a client. Let’s call him Rastus. I used craniostructural techniques to, at first, deal with his headaches. They, however, made big differences in his demeanor. Rastus was in his early 40s and pretty aggressive but the cranial work made him surprisingly agreeable. His wife paid for him to get weekly sessions. Rastus loved …

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Self Care – Releasing hip trigger points with a tennis ball

This is a VERY useful home care activity for clients with chronic trigger points in the hips. This not only includes clients with hip pain but the pain that extends down the side of the leg, down the back of the leg and seizing hamstrings. Your neuromuscular therapist can use assessment to pinpoint the spot …

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Self Care – Headache Relief Through Ice And Stretch

Many of my clients with “migraines” or “sinus headaches” actually have cervicogenic headaches (originating from the neck). Many of my clients, as well as people who have found this on the web have relief from these dabilitating headaces by using this process.You can get relief from your headaches too. Most of us are familiar with …

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