After the birth of my 3rd child, via c-section, I embarked on an intense fitness endeavor in pursuit to restore my pre-pregnancy body. Within a year I had surpassed my goals but was experiencing back pain. I was in the best shape I had ever been in my life and the lowest weight I had been in years. I golfed with my gal pals Thursday evenings. After golfing on a Thursday, I began experiencing an odd sensation in my right hip. No pain, but a peculiar feeling. The symptoms further progressed the more active I became.
Long story short, I ruptured a disc in my lumbar region and underwent immediate surgery due to loss of function in my right lower extremity. I was terrified! Afraid I’d never return to my former level of activity and potential never get rid of the pain. During this time I was training to become a pelvic floor occupational therapist. I began learning about the importance of the pelvic floor and inner core. Which brought me...
Do you have back or neck pain/tension, SI pain, sciatica, or anxiety? Most people experience stress in some way, shape, or form. Life, in general, can be stressful. Do you have a daily practice focusing on stretching, breath or breathing? If not you’ll want to continue reading!
Our bodies were created with a survival instinct. When we perceive danger with one of our 5 senses our sympathetic nervous system is activated and it responds with a physiological reaction called “fight or flight” (stress response). Our brains initiate an electrochemical response which may include an increased heart rate, constricted muscles, short/rapid breaths, chest tightness, dilated pupils, sweating, trembling, and difficulty focusing.
This comes in handy when we need to run from danger or fight for our life. But we also know that our bodies may respond as if we are in danger when, in reality, we are not. Have you ever woken from a dream in this state?...
Practicing gratitude can keep our hearts open to the tenderness in our daily experiences. Choose to focus your time and attention on what you appreciate. Appreciation softens us and soothes our minds by connecting us with the ordinary things that we may otherwise take for granted.
Whether it’s choosing to write a few sentences in a journal, or simply taking a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform your life. Research shows that gratitude is one of the keys to happiness, well-being and life satisfaction. Read on for 3 ways to practice gratitude.
Say “thank you” and mean it. Saying thank you can be a gift, and one that feels good, too. Offering appreciation to one another is powerful. Be grateful for the kind words people say about you and believe them.
The next time you...
Here are some quick tips to tame your tension. Try them out and let me know which one helps you best.
Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
Studies consistently show that increased physical activity is linked to lowering breast cancer risk. It’s thought that physical activity regulates hormones including estrogen and insulin, which can fuel breast cancer growth. Fat cells produce estrogen, and high levels of estrogen have been linked to certain cancers. Working out can shrink the size of fat cells, so your body pumps out less estrogen. Regular exercise also helps women stay at a healthy weight, which also helps regulate hormones and helps keep the immune system healthier. Even older women need to be concerned about estrogen, because of it being produced by fat cells post-menopause.
There is no magic number of hours a woman should exercise to prevent or lower...
According to Kay and Shipman, authors of "The Confidence Code", women are wired to be less confident than men.
According to Mayo Clinic, any extended sitting — such as at a desk, behind a wheel or in front of a screen — can be harmful.
But based on multiple studies, the answer to the above is still up for debate!
However, it seems clear that less sitting and more moving overall contribute to better health.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, back pain is one of the American’s most common health problems, with 1 out of 4 people experiencing back pain 1 day out of every 3 months. More pressure is applied through your low back when you sit versus stand.
You might start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance or finding ways to walk while you work.
Through Myofascial Release, as a patient and as a therapist, I understand the importance of treating the whole body, not just the symptoms, and that every ‘body’ is unique based on their response to life circumstances.
Myofascial Release (MFR, John F Barnes approach) is a very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, varied, sustained pressure and elongation into the body’s fascia. Fascia is the body’s connective tissue. Think about it as a three-dimensional spider web that is found throughout the entire body. It extends from head to toe, surrounding every system in our body, and is responsible for our structure/shape.
These techniques can help eliminate pain and restore posture and motion. It is gentle in nature and can help people with many degrees of pain, from chronic pain syndromes to injury recovery.
Fascial restrictions do not appear on standard medical tests and can only be felt through hands-on...