• Just Say No to Stress

    Posted on May 3, 2012 by in Stress

    If you’re like most people, you’ve got a fair amount of stress in your life. You know it takes a toll on your physical and mental health, but what can you do about it? Well, there are two ways to deal with the stress in your life: stress relief and stress reduction. Stress relief is […]

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  • It’s Time to Think Outside the Back

    Posted on April 26, 2012 by in Pain Relief

    Many muscular causes of back pain do NOT originate in the back. Don’t believe me? When was the last time you got a massage because you had pain between your shoulder blades? Did your therapist spend most or even all of the session working on your back? If so, I bet it felt good while […]

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  • Why Sitting Hurts Your Back (& How You Can Ease the Pain)

    Posted on April 19, 2012 by in Pain Relief

      Of all the activities you might do, including bending over to pick something up (tsk, tsk, tsk), sitting is the worst for your low back.  The worst! Can you believe it??!? Which of the following do you think might be the reason why? Slouching Sitting up “straight” Using the chair’s back rest Not using […]

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  • Beauty is Bad for Your Back

    Posted on April 12, 2012 by in Pain Relief

    “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” ~ Billy Crystal as Fernando  on Saturday Night Live – yes, it was years ago but I’m old 😉 Our society favors beauty, often at the expense of physical comfort. There are lots of ways that beauty compromises our health and hurts our back but I’m […]

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  • Is Money the Root of Your Low Back Pain?

    Posted on April 5, 2012 by in Pain Relief

    They say that money is the root of all evil, but did you know that money could also be the root of your low back pain? Well, not money itself so much as fear, worry, and anxiety about money. You see, money concerns are a stress, and stress evokes that lovely fight or flight response […]

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  • Simple (But Effective) Neck Stretches

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by in Neck Pain, Stretches

    I’m often asked about good stretches for a tight neck.  So this week, I’m going to share some of my favorite  neck stretches that will benefit almost everyone. They’re mostly in picture form, they’re that simple. Begin each stretch by moving your head as far as you comfortably can in that direction, or until you […]

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  • How to Prevent Neck Pain

    Posted on March 21, 2012 by in Neck Pain, Pain Relief

    Last week I asked the fans of my Facebook pages if they had any questions about neck pain, and I promised to choose one to blog about this week. They were all great suggestions and they all involved some version of “how do I avoid neck pain while_____.” I couldn’t choose just one, so I […]

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  • Why You Store Stress in Your Neck

    Posted on March 14, 2012 by in Neck Pain, Stress

    I hear it all the time… “I carry my stress in my neck and shoulders”. I want to reply: “Of course you do, everyone does.” Let me explain… We have an ancient stress management system in our body that we call “fight or flight.” I call it ancient because it’s been around as long as […]

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  • The 5 Best Essential Oils For Neck Pain

    Posted on March 8, 2012 by in Aromatherapy, Neck Pain, Pain Relief

    Neck pain hits everyone at one time or another. Whether you slept wrong, turned too quickly, have bad posture/ergonomics, or just have a lot of stress, neck pain often affects your range of motion. If you lose too much range of motion, it can be dangerous; think driving your car when your can’t turn your […]

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  • Is Your Pillow a Pain in Your Neck?

    Posted on March 2, 2012 by in Neck Pain, Pain Relief

    Did you know that your pillow could be causing at least some of your neck pain? It can also cause neck tension which develops into headaches. Not having the right pillow can also make you snore, which might wake you up during the night and leave you tired throughout the following day; or it might […]

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  • A Little Compassion is Good for the (Tired) Soul

    Posted on February 23, 2012 by in Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain

    Merriam-Webster defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Most of us think of compassion as something we show to other people when they’re going through a temporary rough patch. But what about you? Do you ever consider having compassion for yourself? Maybe you can have compassion for yourself […]

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  • Decrease Fatigue With Essential Oils

    Posted on February 16, 2012 by in Aromatherapy

    Essential oils are a great way to combat the effects of fatigue from an intensive period of overwork, travel, insomnia, or other stress; but they are intended to be a short term solution to a temporary problem. There’s one caveat, however. Essential oils have several properties and all of those properties will be in effect […]

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  • Rest is Not a 4 Letter Word

    Posted on February 9, 2012 by in Self Care

    Do you get enough rest? I don’t mean sleep; I mean rest. They are two different things as far as your body is concerned. You see, the body has 3 “modes” of operation; work, rest, and sleep, and it needs to engage in all 3 on a daily basis in order to be healthy. Most of […]

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  • Fighting the Winter Doldrums

    Posted on February 3, 2012 by in Self Care

    By February, most of us are tired of winter. The overcast skies, the early sunsets, and the sometimes bitter cold takes a toll on us. For those of us in the northern climes, sunlight is in short supply, and even though the days are getting longer they don’t seem to lengthen quickly enough to keep […]

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  • Migraine Forecast

    Posted on January 28, 2012 by in Headaches

    The last few posts were a bit on the long side, so I’m going to keep this one short! Do you ever wish you could predict when your migraines would hit? In some cases, it is possible! You have to know your triggers, of course, in order for prediction to work. The first three involve […]

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