Natural Pain Relief - Feeling Better Faster

If you google “natural pain relief”, you will be inundated with a countless number of commercial products, supplements, herbs, etc. You could have your own small pharmacopeia of over-the-counter remedies. 

The question is do any of these products actually work?

Besides natural pain relief options, you have the option of prescription medications. With the rise in opioid use and abuse, many physicians are a bit more stingy with prescribing pain medication and many patients are shying away from wanting to even start them. Unfortunately, there are still too many people dependent on both prescription and over-the counter medications to mask their pain - whether it be physical, psychological, or emotional pain that grips them.

What happens when the prescription medications no longer work or the physician stops prescribing them?

Many people turn to alcohol and/or illegal substances to self-medicate. What starts out as one drink turns into another and another and another....

Continue Reading...

How Do I Get Rid Of A “Kink In My Neck”?

As I write this blog, I am reminded that September 6th is National Read A Book Day.

Have you held a book in your lap and after reading it for awhile, tried to look up but felt a “kink in your neck”?

Or, maybe your son or daughter stayed up late cramming for an exam and then complained about a “kink in their neck” the next morning?

In my own personal experience, I have awakened with a “kink in my neck”.

Why does this happen?

One of the most common reasons the “kink in the neck” occurs is because of muscle imbalances. 

What’s out of balance?

Stand up wherever you are right now.

Stand and move your chin to your chest to look down at your feet. Do you feel a pull in the back of your neck?

Imagine standing or sitting in this position for 1 hour. The muscles in the back of your neck would get nice and stretched but the muscles in the front of the neck would get nice and tight. 

When someone is reading for awhile and...

Continue Reading...

Self-Massage Technique #2: Who Knew That Rolling Foam Along Your Back Could Reduce Tightness?

Not all foam is created equal.

You actually need a foam roller to reduce muscle tightness, muscle tension, and muscle soreness.

A foam roller is another tool that allows you to reduce muscle soreness in the comfort of your own home. Using a foam roller when you are feeling tense after a day’s work or feeling tight after a challenging workout will help promote circulation and muscle recovery so that you feel looser and less sore.

And, please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family who may also benefit from less muscle tension and soreness.

Continue Reading...

Self-Massage Technique #1: Can Rolling a Stick Over Your Body Really Help Relieve Muscle Tension and Muscle Soreness?

The answer: “YES!”

I know it sounds a bit crazy that a little tool called “the stick” can work wonders on your body… except that it really does… if you know how to roll this stick over your body correctly.

Many people keep their muscles tense because of stress, poor posture, and overdoing their activities. Many people also do not know how to correctly ease this muscle tension or help decrease muscle soreness themselves.

One simple technique using “the stick” or a rolling pin can help increase circulation, decrease muscle tension, promote muscle relaxation, and decrease muscle soreness. You can use “the stick” on muscles at the base of your head, along your neck and upper shoulders, low back, buttock region, thighs, lower legs, and even the bottom of your feet.

And, please feel free to share this blog with your friends and family who may also benefit from less muscle tension and soreness.

Continue Reading...

7 Great Things To Do In Southeastern WI If You Didn’t Have To Worry About Back Pain

80% of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. If you are living with back pain, then you might also feel pain in your butt and down your leg – also known as sciatica. Back pain can limit your ability to sit, stand, walk, and sleep. It can be so painful that you stop doing the things you love to do.

But what if you didn’t have to live with back pain?

Can you picture it?

Could you be:

1) Enjoying the beauty of Petrifying Springs

Without the achy soreness of back pain, you could be sitting at a picnic table laughing with your family or friends, riding your bike, playing with your dog at the Dog Park, hiking or walking the trails, running the bases on the softball field, or chasing your kids on the playground at this 360-acre park.

http://www.co.kenosha.wi.us/1652/Petrifying-Springs-Park

 

2) Relaxing at Racine North Beach

If your back pain or sciatica wasn’t limiting how far you could walk or how long you could sit in one spot, you...

Continue Reading...

Good Pain vs Bad Pain

Pain can be both good and bad.

It is good because it warns you to withdraw like when you touch a hot stove and immediately withdraw your hand.

Pain lets you know that something is wrong like when you wake up in the morning and feel back pain. If this happens for several mornings, the pain will eventually prompt you to seek a qualified medical specialist like a physical therapist.

Pain can also create a muscle spasm to guard or protect the injured area of the body.

Pain is bad when you 1) have to stop doing what you want to do, 2) can’t do what you want to do without thinking about whether or not you have or are going to have pain, and 3) when your muscles begin to weaken from lack of activity or when your circulation becomes poor from lack of movement.

Pain that gets in the way of you being able to enjoy your life is absolutely bad pain that needs to go away ASAP!

What kind of pain do you have?

Is it dull? Achy? Comes and goes?

Is it sharp? Shooting? Feel Numb? Tingling?

If...

Continue Reading...

When a Headache is Not Just a Headache but a Disorder of the Nervous System

If you have ever suffered from a migraine, you are not alone.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 12% of the population experiences migraines. That’s roughly 38 million men, women, and children in the United States. The Migraine Research Foundation states that “Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world” and “is the 8th most disabling illness in the world.”

Many migraine sufferers do not seek medical care for their pain and are never diagnosed. Those who do seek treatment may be misdiagnosed with sinus-related disorders or hormonal imbalances.

Migraines are NOT JUST HEADACHES – they are actually a disorder of the nervous system and one of their symptoms is a headache. Other symptoms typically include light sensitivity, nausea, auras (changes in vision sometimes described as flashes of light), and sometimes vomiting.

If so many people, especially women, suffer from migraines, then why don’t they seek...

Continue Reading...

Ouch! My Jaw Hurts!

When pain occurs in the jaw, it can be difficult to talk and eat. The joint of the jaw is called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. Jaw pain can be a symptom of temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMD.

What causes TMD and jaw pain?

1. Teeth that are not aligned (such as an under bite where the bottom teeth are more forward than the top teeth or an overbite where the top teeth are more forward and rest over the bottom teeth). Malaligned teeth can create abnormal forces across the TMJ.

2. The muscles surrounding the jaw are in constant contractionThis means that the muscles never stop working. For example, a person who has difficulty sleeping may not be able to find a comfortable resting position and this could contribute to their jaw pain. The function of the temporalis muscle is to close the mouth. It has to constantly work against gravity to keep the mouth closed so that a person does not walk around...

Continue Reading...

DIY Series – How to Perform Self-Massage with a Tennis Ball

Have you ever had that spot on your back right by your shoulder blade that felt tight, yet you couldn’t reach it?

Do you sit at a computer all day and experience shoulder and neck tension that doesn’t seem to go away?

If you answered “YES”, I can totally relate!

That’s why I do self-massage with a tennis ball. It’s a quick technique that can reduce tension and ease muscle tightness.

To learn more, I encourage you to watch a video from a DIY series I recorded during a recent Facebook live session.

You will learn:

  • What happens to your body when self-massage is applied
  • Why you would want to perform self-massage
  • When NOT to perform self-massage
  • How to perform self-massage with a tennis ball

You may view the video here:

All you need now is a tennis ball to melt that tension away. If pain and tension is not relieved despite using the tennis ball for 7 days, then it probably isn’t going away on its own and you need an expert to intervene. You...

Continue Reading...

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month, so I would be remiss if I didn’t share how amazing this profession really is. What also amazes me is that so many people don’t really know or understand what physical therapists actually do.

When people think of physical therapy, they often think of a person who had surgery going to rehabilitation or an athlete in rehabilitation trying to get back to their sport.

PHYSICAL THERAPY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN REHAB AND SPORTS!

Yes, I am shouting aloud – not in anger or hostility – but in a loving fun and kind way because I admit that my profession does a poor job of teaching people about what we do

I want to change that.

Did you know that physical therapists like myself are back and neck specialists?

  • I know how to use 5 different levels of mobilizations to move the joints of the spine - this sometimes creates a “pop” and sometimes it doesn’t; although the “pop” sounds like something cool just happened,...
Continue Reading...
Close

“Fill Out The Form To Get YOUR Special Report That Answers The 48 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Physical Therapy” (...It’s Currently FREE!)

Leave Your Details And Get All This Information NOW...