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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 Playing Field The infraspinatus is …

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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. As well, hip flexor muscles include other muscles: Iliopsoas Psoas Major Iliacus Rectus Femoris Tensor Fascia Lata Sartorius Gluteus …

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General Self-Care Stretches and Exercises

This is a collection of self-care posts to rehabilitate muscle. The posts are not always specific to a particular trigger point pattern. They include; stretch routines that help multiple patterns; guidelines for exercise, self-calming techniques, example videos, and more… If you’d like to see self-care for a specific pain pattern, find the pain pattern in …

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Self Care – TMJ stretch

Here, you will find a safe, basic routine for balancing the musculature that supports the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). It provides relief from mild TMJ dysfunction, especially when used daily. The temporomandibular joint could be to be the most complex joint in the body. It has to accommodate a combination of hinging, gliding, and rotary motions. …

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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 Lift to Correct Forward-Head Posture

Tuck, Tilt, Turn, and Lift is an excellent exercise to correct Forward-Head Posture. This exercise also relieves Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. Also, this process will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you more accurately target your neck problems. This series of stretches will help you sleep if you do …

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Self Care – Seated Posture

There are a number of posts where I discuss problems created by poor seated posture, so here’s a post about how to sit to avoid creating problems. In this post, I explore 2 different approaches to minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting at a desk. First, actively sitting in a balanced posture and secondly, …

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