Wouldn’t it be nice if, whenever you had pain, tension, or reduced ability to move, that you could just call one person who’d make it all better? Sometimes that happens. Hooray!! But sometimes it doesn’t. *sad trombone* The Case for Seeing More Than One Practitioner Sometimes you need 2, or more, therapies/activities to get your […]
“On a Scale of 1 to 10, where would you rate your pain right now?” On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you hate that question? If you’re like a lot of people your answer to the second question is somewhere around 11. And you’re probably not much fonder of the the […]
I cannot tell you how many times new clients have told me about some of the amazing things previous massage therapists, doctors, PTs, etc. have said to them. And by amazing, I mean completely unprofessional and rude. I doubt any of them intend to be unprofessional, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are. […]
OW! What Just Happened? You raise your arm above shoulder height and it feels like someone’s sticking a knife in you. What the what?!? It didn’t hurt the last time you did that. Or maybe it did, just not as much. Maybe you have pain somewhere else that’s triggered by a different movement. Maybe you […]
What is Pain? Pain is one of those “you know it when you feel it” kind of sensations. But it’s also a strange phenomenon, when you think about it. A snowball is cold, so it feels cold when you touch it. A block of concrete is rough, so it feels rough when you touch it. […]
It’s not a competition You’ve heard the argument a million times: The only person you should compete with is yourself. I know you’re just trying to get some perspective on how “bad” your body is, but comparing yourself to other people isn’t the way to do it. Your body is different than everyone else’s. It’s […]Continue Reading...
Clients are always surprised when I tell them that I MAY be able to help them with their tinnitus. Are you surprised, too? Confession: Until a couple years ago, I would have been too. What is Tinnitus? According to the Mayo Clinic, “Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is […]
One of the most common questions I get asked, by massage newbies and veterans alike, is some variation of, “How often should I get massage.” I’m gonna sound like a broken record, and you might be tired of hearing it but… It depends. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I lied… I’m not really sorry. #SorryNotSorry […]
Posture gets a lot of press. Every week I see several articles about it in my email or social media feeds. Most of these articles are different versions of the same story of how your horrible posture is causing all your pain. This is nothing new, it’s been the accepted wisdom for a very long time. […]
Many people soldier through their pain as though it’ll just go away on it’s own. Some push through as though there’s some sort of badge of honor to be had by not getting it treated until they absolutely can’t take it anymore. Whether you think it’s more manly to work through your pain, are too Type A […]
Pain is a really complicated topic, and there’s a lot we don’t know about it. There are books and conferences dedicated to the subject. There is a ton of research being done trying to figure out what causes it, what makes it better, what makes it worse, and how we might be able to predict […]
I see clients every day with one sort of shoulder pain or another. Some days, every client I see has shoulder issues. Every. Single. One. In my 10+ years of specializing in neck and shoulder issues, I’ve found that there are 5 main, preventable reasons for shoulder pain. I’m not feeling particularly wordy today so I’ll […]
Confession: I used to carry a ginormous purse. And by ginormous, I mean positively gargantuan. A few of the things I carried in my purse at the time were a full-size hair brush, a comb, a full-size bottle of hairspray, a huge wallet, my entire makeup bag, feminine hygiene products, a small travel-size kit with […]Continue Reading...
An interesting thing happened a few months ago. I was contacted by a book publisher who noticed my blog posts on pain and stress. They said that they thought I’d be a great person to review a new edition of their book “Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Pain,” and wondered if I’d be interested. […]
Do you have neck, shoulder, or other upper body pain that can be alleviated with massage or stretching, but returns a couple hours or a couple days later? Do you wonder if there’s more wrong with your posture than you thought? It’s possible. Are you perhaps not relaxing or stretching enough? Maybe. But let me give you another […]