This stretch could be good for you if you often:
- Crane your neck forward when working on a computer or something else in front of you
- Experience stress
- Breathe more with the upper part of your torso.
- Hold your head at a particular angle such as when reading, talking on the phone, or working with machinery Continue reading
It’s easy to find out what plantar fasciitis is by just googling it, but it can be difficult to wade through the multitude of devices, orthotics, medications, exercises, and other means by which people attempt to alleviate their foot pain. I’m going to share with you some of what I find to be the most impactful tools for plantar fasciitis pain. They tend to be great to use for the majority of musculoskeletal conditions from the feet to the hips (barring tendon ruptures and bone fractures), but it’s always best to get the opinion of your health care provider if you aren’t sure whether something is safe for you to do. Continue reading
The adductors (muscles of the groin and inside of the thigh) are often left out when we think of self care for the hips and low back, but they are important hip flexors and stabilizers, heavily involved in holding us upright and allowing us to bend, squat, run, and jump with ease. Furthermore, they all attach to the pelvis, and when tight, their pull can affect alignment of all the surrounding tissues, including the back. Continue reading
There are several reasons massage therapists recommend drinking water after a massage session. And there are many different “answers” they will give as to why. However, I’m here to clarify once and for all the “TRUTH” behind this steadfast advice. Continue reading
This stretch can feel great for anyone experiencing tightness in their piriformis or gluteus muscles, and people with sciatica symptoms because loosening these muscles is one step in reducing tension on the sciatic nerve.
There are so many reasons we are compelled to crane our heads forward without realizing it. It may work out fine for horses, but it makes hard work for human neck and back muscles. Continue reading
We rely on our hands for so much. To underline how important they are, we need only recall a time when we had a broken wrist, cut on our hand, or even just a lightly sprained finger to see how changed every daily action becomes when we don’t have full function of our hands. From tying our shoes and brushing our hair to using tools and playing musical instruments, it’s obvious our hands are quite capable, so here’s a few ideas on how to keep them that way. Continue reading
Our feet are our foundation. Anything affecting their ability to function will have an effect higher up. So taking care of our feet is equivalent to caring for our whole body. I can summarize what I’ve learned so far about keeping feet healthy in two words: go barefoot. Continue reading
This is a great stretch for people who get an ache in their upper back between their shoulder blades, as well as those with neck pain or who spend a lot of time doing stuff with their arms down in front of them… Continue reading
Breathing is such a critical part of life that people have written books about it, and some bodyworkers specialize solely in teaching people to breathe more fully and easily. But I’m just going to focus on a few aspects of breathing and how it plays a role in my massage work so far.