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

Here, we explore how to get relief on your own from pain in the sacrum (center of your hips) when sleeping on your side. In some cases, sitting or standing for long periods produce pain. How people describe this pain and the activities that activate it are discussed more extensively in this other post. If possible, …

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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, 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 – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces many different symptoms. These self-care exercises work for any of the posts about sternocleidomastoid. Managing this muscle has benefits ranging from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead, or getting rid of a nagging cough. This guy looks so sophisticated and peaceful, and I …

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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

Here, you can find ways to get relief on your own from trigger points in the pectoralis minor. Typically, this includes pain in the front of the shoulder and, often, pain in the forearm, and occasionally the hand. You can read more about how people describe this pain and activities that typically create the problem …

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