Stretching

Self Care – Pain in the Sacrum or Crest of the Hip While Sleeping

If possible, discontinue running and walks on uneven ground for a short while until the muscle has been relieved and the hip is stabilized. Obese clients benefit from weight loss and light exercise. Some clients have taken on exercise that is too intense or shifts from one leg to the other, which aggravates the condition. …

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Self Care – Forward-Head Posture

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is also known as iHunch or iPosture because it is so often created by texting. Keep your hips against the back of the chair while sitting for long periods. The guy on this end of the picture is the worst but it isn’t just that his head is forward. The woman next …

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Self Care – Tuck, Tilt, Turn and Lift – Retraining Your Forward-Head Posture

This is a key exercise for Forward-Head Posture and Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. It will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you be more specific in understanding and targeting your neck problem with self-care. This series of stretches helps you sleep if you do it before bed. It offers …

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Self Care – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces a lot of different symptoms. This Self-Care post is used for several different posts about specific problems. Managing this muscle has a lot of great benefits from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead or getting rid of a nagging cough. This looks so …

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Self Care – Seizing Hamstring

Avoid these perpetuating activities: If possible, discontinue running and walks on uneven ground for a short while until the muscle has been relieved and the hip is stabilized. Cycling and stair climber machines are particularly aggravating. For clients that run competitively, they generally need the patch below before heading out for a run and the …

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Self Care – Pain Down the IT Band, Extending Behind the Ankle

Avoid these perpetuating activities: If possible, discontinue running and walks on uneven ground for a short while until the muscle has been relieved and the hip is stabilized. Work to change positions regularly during prolonged immobility such as long drives. Clients that cannot avoid pain during the long drives will keep a tennis ball in …

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Self Care – Multifidi and Quadratus Lumborum

Activities to avoid: Avoid the teetering exercises listed in the post on this trigger point. This includes things like vacuuming, sweeping, raking, working on a low counter, or doing dishes. Also, avoid exercises where you bend forward like moving boxes or picking up grandkids. Cycling usually aggravates the low back as well. Avoid the activities …

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Self Care – Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

This typically comes in one of two postures: rounded shoulders with short tight pecs and shoulder blades that lay close to the back or high and tight shoulder with overstretched pecs and shoulder blades that wing out. Working on a low desk with a laptop can also lead to the hooked shoulders and a short, …

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Self-Care – Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

This problem in the forearm comes out of trigger points in the sternal division of the pectoralis major muscle in the chest. Change these activities: Avoid activities where you push your arm(s) together in front of you. This typically involves exercises like pec deck machines and chest flys. Most people don’t associate forearm pain with …

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