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Self-Care – Hard to Resolve Forearm Pain

This problem in the forearm comes out of trigger points in the sternal division of the pectoralis major muscle in the chest. Change these activities: Avoid activities where you push your arm(s) together in front of you. This typically involves exercises like pec deck machines and chest flys. Most people don’t associate forearm pain with …

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Self Care – Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

Pain in the base of the head and with earache is a referral from a muscle is deep in the upper neck. It’s behind the soft palate, and can be difficult to release on your own. In most cases, these strategies can be effective, especially when used over several days. Quit craning your neck while …

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Self Care – Cough less and cough with less pain

When you stop coughing, continue to practice social distancing. Act responsibly in protecting the health of yourself and others. Practically speaking, you can stimulate the skin in a waythat reduces the frequency and pain of coughing. This is based on a neurological principle discovered by English surgeon John Hilton. Loosely stated, hot, cold, and pain …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. Also, avoid sleeping with a draft on your neck or with an awkward twist. If you’re traveling, us a pillow like the one below. Try using an Ice Pack. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. …

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Self Care – Calm Yourself In 3 minutes with Ice-and-Stretch

Polyvagal theory is complex, It proposes that vagus nerve function impacts our ability to stay calm and read people in a non-threatening way. It was developed by Steven Porges who has a number of videos about it on-line. Practically speaking, when I use techniques that focus on improving vagus nerve function people are less anxious. …

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Self Care – Headache All Over Or In A Band Around The Head

Avoid the activities that aggravate this like jutting your chin forward to look at the computer screen, bobbing your head up and down as when discussing the expensive wine list, or craning your head up to paint the crown molding. If you watch videos of people painting crown molding, You’ll see that most of them …

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Self Care – Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Typically, people ignore this pain that can’t be reached under the shoulder blade until it becomes chronic. At that point, these trigger points are stubborn and require a little regular self-care for lasting changes. That almost always means some changes in activities. As well, stretching and exercises are needed to free the tight joints and …

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Self Care – Doorway stretches for Chest Muscles

These doorway stretches are classic because they’re quick, effective and can be done almost anywhere. It is easy to stop at most doorways on your way back from the kitchen, office, or bathroom. They stretch the extrinsic chest muscles. Even with minimal effort, a few stretches a day can offer notable relief and postural change. …

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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 many 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 that release …

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