It sounds kind of odd, doesn’t it? “I don’t want someone manipulating my viscera!?!” If you’ve got heart burn, digestive issues, or problems with your menstrual cycle–visceral manipulation can be very helpful. ‘Viscera’ relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation, or VM, is a gentle […]
Is it a migraine or a tension headache?
Hello Everyone! Here’s a little information about tension headaches. I see a lot off people who have gone to the doctor for years, received brain scans and took powerful medications because of debilitating head pain. I mean, “shut-yourself-up-in-a- dark-cold-cave-would-somebody-please-shoot-me-I-think-I-just-threw-up-my-soul” head pain. It’s awful, I speak from experience. I thought it was a migraine, and some […]
Valgus Knee Fault Self-Care, to help prevent ACL injuries.
Howdy Folks! Here’s a little self-care for all of you who have valgus knee issues. It’s a big deal. Here’s a link to a study pointing out valgus collapse of the knee as a major contributor to non-contact ACL injuries. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19372087 If you want to learn more about how I treat this issue or others […]
Barista Arm! Self Treatment for Tennis Elbow a.k.a. Lateral Epicondylitis
Hi Folks! Here’s a short video of me explaining the pain patterns and symptoms of a strained brachioradialis a barista had at the awesomely amazing Not Just Coffee in Charlotte, NC.Pain on the lateral side of the elbow is called tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. You can think of the brachioradialis as the […]
Why it hurts not to have youthful posture.
There’s this crazy idea that because we get older we have to be slump shouldered, hunched over and in pain. That because we age, our posture is supposed to collapse. It’s not true. Posture is not age-dependent. You can regain a youthful posture. You are not destined to be a certain shape because you are […]
Flexiholics: A story of chronic back pain, neck pain and headaches
What does it mean to be flexed? Straighten out your arm in front of you, now flex those guns of yours. See how your bicep shortened? Yep, that’s flexion. If you were to hold your arm in that position passively (that means knock it off with the gun show) for 8-10 hours a day since […]
The newly discovered anterolateral ligament. It’s ALL good.
A new knee ligament? How did we miss that? So how long have our knees been around? As far as I can tell, a very VERY long time. The oldest homo erectus we’ve found is 1.9 million years old, but that’s just the oldest one we’ve found. Our knees were a bit different than his, […]
What the heck is Structural Bodywork?
Structural Bodywork is the specific treatment of soft tissue pain due to injury, malalignment and postural deviations. Structural bodywork is not really a massage, though it operates under a massage license most of the time. And it’s not the same service you would get from a physical therapist or chiropractor. The roots of structural bodywork […]
The importance of posture
Your posture is ridiculously important. At any given time we should expect our future selves to travel back in time just to tell us to stop slouching. And it’s not just because incorrect posture doesn’t look so hot. If you are crooked now, then later you’ll be even more crooked unless you do something. So […]