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The Gift of Relief and Self-Care

It was the night before ChristmasAnd all through the houseMother’s back was achingDad was being a grouse. The children were all snuggledUp in their bedsUnable to sleepBecause of the dread They’d seen mama grimaceAnd Daddy complainWould tomorrow be a bust?On account of their pain? Looking for a gift that will bring longer-term happiness than a …

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Self Care – Pain in Shoulder or Forearm while Steering

You can get temporary relief from pain in the shoulder and forearm while driving by changing your steering habits and using topical creams. Lasting relief is possible with stretching in most cases For Your Safety, Change Driving with your hand on the top of the steering wheel is dangerous in cars with airbags. Also, the …

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Self-Care – Mid Back Pain that May Stiffen the Low Back

Mid-back pain that extends extends upward, forward and stiffens the lower back requires some focused self-care. The trigger point for mid-back pain is easily aggravated when cycling. This is especially true when you bend over the handlebars with your head low. Consider changing up your cycling routine by using a recumbent for a while. OK. …

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Self-Care – Radiating Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

If this is acute and sharp, you will have to be very careful with remaining upright and avoiding bending and breathing deeply. Yeah, just get it fixed. This will be a little aggravation in most movements until you get this released. If this is chronic, it is easier to manage. When you are out on …

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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 infraspinatus is a tough, flat …

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Self-Care Wide Band of Pain Across Top of Hips

Avoid abdominal work that crunches the abdomen until you get this worked out. Twisting exercises tend to be less likely to agitate this trigger point. This version of the teaser shows how she has rolled onto the top of her sacrum, which focuses the contraction on the lower abdomen and activates this pain pattern. A …

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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. Hip flexor muscles include: Iliopsoas Psoas Major Iliacus Rectus Femoris Tensor Fascia Lata Sartorius Gluteus medius (anterior section) This …

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Self Care – Stiff and Slow When Rising From Seated Position

Client Description Use the arms of the chair to help push yourself out of the chair and keep your head back. As your head drops forward, you will find that your back feels more fragile and painful. Avoid sitting with your knees above your hips. Having your knees flexed at more than 90 degrees will …

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Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

Avoid spending long periods with your hips flexed. This sleeping position, with the pillow between the legs, is great for relieving hip and low back pain that comes from the gluteal muscles but makes this pain along the low back worse. Driving, working at your desk, and other seated positions should be avoided for extended …

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Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

People with this pain run their hand up and down along one side of their low back and say that it hurts there. They often say that they have pain along one side of the low back when they get up from sleep, after a drive or some other activity where the hip flexes for extended …

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