We all heard that command from our parents and teachers as we were growing up but did any of us realize just how important their advice was? The longer I practice the more I realize that proper posture is an essential part of good health. Over and over I find that no matter the problem[…]
Stress is the silent killer. Your muscles contract as your heart rate increases and your breathing gets more shallow. It leads to multiple health problems and compounds your existing ones. Stress is most often caused by your perception of a situation which means you have control of lowering your stress. This killer can be caught[…]
My last day helping people for 2013 and I have 6 wonderful folks on the books. It’s been a wonderful year and I’m eagerly looking forward to 2014 and the continued opportunity to be of service. Truly I am blessed. Thank you all so very much!
If you find your stress is mounting as Christmas fast approaches check to see if you are breathing up in your chest. If so, take a moment to refocus your breathing back down into your diaphragm and see if that doesn’t just help to take the “edge” off.
Yesterday the digging out of cars in Boston began after some sleet fell on top of the 4 inches of snow we had thus greatly increasing the weight of the snow. It was more important than ever to keep those knees bent and lift with one’s legs. Form matters, whether lifting in the gym or[…]
Quite a bit of snow is predicted for tomorrow afternoon into Sunday. When you get out there to shovel make sure you keep you knees bent and you switch stances as well as the way you grip the shovel frequently. Do not only shovel snow one way. Every winter I get many calls from patients[…]
Over the 20 years I have been treating patients I have found that excessive tension in the forearms leads to excessive tension in the shoulders. Whether you are spending a lot of time gripping a hammer, on a keyboard or working on patients, stretch those finger flexors and relax your forearms.
Lately, I have had a number of prospective physical therapy students contacting me about observing my practice. Since the newest requirements for application to graduate school requires these students to have a number of observational hours of various physical therapy practices this makes perfect sense. However, the students that have been observing me often continue[…]
Far too many people both sit and stand with very poor posture and this leads to all sorts of chronic pain and problems (Please see my previous blog). One of the simplest ways you can help yourself feel better is to correct your own posture. Here’s how: SITTING Let’s assume you are sitting with a[…]
The definition of massage according to Mosby’s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (c) 2005, Elsevier is: the application of diverse manual techniques of touch and stroking to muscles and soft tissue to achieve relaxation and to improve the client’s well-being. In other words, the primary function of massage is to promote relaxation. Bodywork on[…]