If you ignore a sprained ankle, it doesn’t just go away
A sprained ankle from childhood, or later, from sports or athletic injuries, can become a problem if it is ignored.
It is easy to say, “it’s just a sprained ankle,” and continue to walk on it. Walking is a priority in our busy lives. It’s so important that you may override pain signals.… Read the rest
Chronic Low Back Pain Relief
If you have had back pain from a recent tweak (who hasn’t?), it often gets better without treatment. Chronic low back pain is different. Many people find relief from massage. This has more and more support from research. In one study testing non-pharmaceutical options for low back pain, the massage group “used the least medications…and had the lowest costs of subsequent care.… Read the rest
I learned this from a book loaned to me by my qigong instructor (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Qigong and Tao Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis). I teach an adapted version to my clients who have acute localized pain. You don’t need to be a Qigong Master to use this. But you do need to focus your attention on the area with intense pain, and it is helpful if you can reach the area comfortably, or have a friend touch it.… Read the rest
What is going on when you experience chronic pain? You have pain nerve signals to various body systems, including the immune system and the brain. You may have muscle guarding, contracting nearby muscles or more distant ones, as you attempt to minimize the impact of pain and continue your life. Other times, you may stop moving to let an area heal, which may even decrease the ability of the body to eliminate toxins because of lack of exercise.… Read the rest
If you are a gardener, you probably know you need to use your legs to lift, keep a straight back to dig or rake, balance your weight to shovel. However, you may not know the hazards of crouching forward for a long time. You may not even associate subsequent pain in walking or standing with the gardening you love.
As a dedicated gardener, you might not change position often.… Read the rest
Both physical and mind-body techniques can bring pain relief. I listen to you for how the pain started, research your condition, and work in cooperation with your body. I will find what you have already done, ask you to move so I can see what makes it worse and better, then work with how your body spells “pain relief”.… Read the rest