Advocate, Caregiver, Friend, Daughter to Aging Parent

Oregon leads the nation in alternatives to nursing homes for an aging parent. If you live in the Portland area, you have a lot of choices. Four options are listed below, and additional blog posts will discuss other facilities and Rosi’s experiences with her Mom. Links are provided to additional information from the State of Oregon(in blue), and private agencies (in green).… Read the rest

Brain Injury Recovery, Pt.1

11477707_sI am mostly an authority on my own brain injury and recovery, although I have been in many brain injury support groups, and have treated people with TBI and PTSD as part of my massage therapy practice. I have been discovering how to recover for 43 years, on my own, because there were no brain injury rehab units in 1970. And doctors did not believe the adult brain could heal from the massive damage I sustained.

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Preventing Falls in Aging

A fall is a risk factor for frail elderly, old-old, or people who do not combine exercise with joint mobility, balance training and proprioceptive stimulation. For frail elders, it is often the trigger for a steep decline, since pain impedes movement, decreases circulation and appetite. A fall that is accompanied by hip fracture or compression fractures of the spine can be the beginning of the end for the 75% of older adults who do not recover completely.… Read the rest

Breathing to Release Neck/Shoulder Tension & Arm Pain

Conscious Breathing

The lungs extend up under the collarbone. Tension sometimes restricts breathing at the diaphragm, at the base of the lungs. We can change that by conscious breathing and massage.

Most of our breathing is automatic, and we are usually not aware when and how we restrict it. However, we can use the breath as a unique vehicle to responsibly meet and heal from tension, emotional or physical pain, and trauma.… Read the rest