self-care

Self Care – Back is out but it hurts in the front

Groin and abdominal pain can be an indicator of serious internal organ problems. See your doctor and be gentle with anything you do for self-care. Warm up and limit your range of motion in kicking. The back-end of the swing over-stretches this muscle and the forward reach tend to drive this into spasm. Avoid rhythmic …

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Therapist Notes – Iliopsoas Complex (Deep Abdominals)

How therapists approach the iliopsoas complex is highly opinionated. Its impact on posture, digestion, emotions and much more is fodder for lengthy bodywork discussions. Even after 30 years, I’ve learned more by putting together these illustrations and posts. I find that craniostructural work is always the first step for lasting relief, followed by balancing the …

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Self Care: Headache In The Eyebrow

Clenching during weight-lifting or heavy work should be avoided. A mouthguard can be used as a reminder when clenching is not easy to stop voluntarily. If you look at Arnold during his career, he manages to keep his jaw down by using an open mouth screaming motion when working out. Still, you can see, during …

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Self Care – Pain through the SI Joint when standing on one foot

If possible, discontinue the rough or jerky sports movements like jumping, and quick changes in direction. Also avoid strong side-to-side movements like cycling, skiing, and stair climber machines. It is usually aggravated by sleeping on one side with the painful leg draped forward at a sharp angle. People who sleep on their side consistently get …

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Self Care – Earache with Jaw tension

Avoid vigorous or uneven or unusual jaw activity, like crunching ice, busting popcorn kernels, or chewing on toothpicks. Taffy, excessive gum chewing are also problematic. When this is a result of clenching during sleep, mouth guards are a great temporary solution. In the long term, they should not be needed when the TMJ is properly …

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Self-Care – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

Avoid wearing hats that are too tight across the back of your head. Joe Torre chooses to wear it above occipitalis muscle instead of wearing it loosely. Avoid laying your head on the arm of the couch or some other firm surface until you massage this out. Even a pillow can bother this headache and …

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Self Care – Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

Once you have this, it tends to be difficult to avoid the tender pain as most of the things that bother it are sudden or involuntary. That being said, this is aggravated by sudden movements like sneezing, losing your balance, or looking over your shoulder to change lanes. It is also aggravated by odd sleeping …

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Self Care – Sharp Pain in Front of Shoulder, Tight Low Back

Avoid things that overload this section of the latissimus dorsi by pulling it up and forward. Exercise is one of the most common activities to change, especially some sort of pull-down or pull-up that jerks or stains the muscle. a more fragile individual may get this from reach up to get assistance as they fall …

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