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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. It is a well-rounded approach. It is best used as a complete routine. When an area seems particularly restricted or sensitive to the ice, it should be revisited after the first round of a complete routine. The Box refers to an imaginary …

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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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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 a number of 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 …

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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. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping the problematic effects of tight scalene muscles. In this post, they …

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Ice Plunges For The Ankle and Foot with Video Demo

This is an amazingly effective therapy for sprains/strains and other trauma to connective tissue and joints. My clients who are competitive athletes find it to be one of the fastest ways to recovery from injury. Clients that plunge once or twice a day for several days usually have amazing progress and recovery. One client who …

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Painful, Unstable Ankle

Client’s Description People often come in complaining that they have twisted their ankle and wonder if it is sprained. They associate it to stepping off a curb where the ball of the foot hits the curb and the outside edge of the foot twists down. Others come in complaining that the ankle feels weak and painful. …

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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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