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Neck Pain

Self Help Massage Tools!

In between massage sessions, here a few tools you can use: Here is a partial list of body tools – (self help devices that allow you to do body work (massage, acupressure) without the need of assistance). TheraCane – An acupressure tool that loosens tight, painful muscular areas.  You use leverage and slight downward pull…

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Why It’s Better to Be Gumby (Flexible)

Okay, I hate to admit it, but I haven’t always been the best when it comes to stretching, but I have vowed to make it more of a habit from here on in.  As I approach the half century mark the latter part of this year, it has become abundantly clear to me that I…

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Change Your Workout to Improve Shoulder Posture

One of the most important and long lasting ways to eliminate neck and shoulder pain is to change your posture.  I am sure that you have all heard it from your CMT, but, how can you change your posture after it’s been that way for decades?  The body has already been trained to remain in…

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TMJ Pain

What is the TMJ? “TMJ” stands for Temporo Mandibular Joint.  Your TMJ is basically your jaw joint that joins and hinges the jaw (mandible) onto the skull (temporal plate of the skull) which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head.   Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder TMJ Dysfunction or…

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Major Causes of Neck Pain

According to several studies, about 67 percent of adults experience severe neck and shoulder pain in their lifetime. As a CMT, I would have guessed the actual number is much higher than this. As it turns out, neck pain is one of the primary reasons people visit their physician. Unfortunately, many people don’t know what…

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Headaches to Watch Out For….

I was at the gym this morning when all of a sudden I had a pounding headache, one like I had never had before.  For someone that rarely has headaches, especially of this type, was odd.  I tried to continue my workout, but the pounding would not subside.   I went home, popped and aspirin and…

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Proper Posture & Ergonomics for Work & School

Don’t just sit there…. Get to work!”  used to be a familiar sound from the boss.  These days, however, most all of our jobs are sedentary. As you can imagine, spending 8 hours a day in one position is not ideal for our bodies.  Improper sitting can subject your body to unnecessary stress that may…

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Relieve the Discomfort of Airplane Travel

  I thought I’d share a few tips on how to cope with all the hours of sitting in a cramped little seat with the tiny fork and knife set, the tiny meal, served in the tiny dishes, with the tiny drink in the tiny cup. When traveling, your biggest enemies are inactivity and improper…

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Hot or cold compresses for achy muscles/ joints?

Both hot and cold compresses can ease pain, but the trick is knowing which one to use when. Any time you have a sudden onset of discomfort (either from a new injury or a flare-up of an existing one), apply a cold pack for 20 minutes, several times a day. Icing the area decreases blood…

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Find Painful Muscle Relief Through Trigger Point Massage

What exactly is a Trigger Point or, Myofascial Trigger Points (TrP)?  They are simply a firm, tangible, tender spot found in any given muscle group with symptoms including deep, aching pain, numbness, inflammation and a loss of range of motion.  Many people would compare these spots to knots.  In my practice, I see these occur…

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