Here you are reading this article about headaches and posture. Stop! Look at yourself.
How’s your posture?
Are you slumped and slouching? Is your back rounded?
Where are your shoulders? Are they hiked to your ears or rounded forward?
Are you sitting on your tailbone instead of on your sitbones?
Are you using a laptop?
Did you know that poor posture causes headaches? I remember getting an email from a young woman a few years ago and she said Continue reading
Got jaw pain? Here’s something that may help.
Fake chewing. Here’s how:
- Put your lips together.
- Teeth apart.
- Pretend you are chewing.
That small movement uses your jaw muscles and increases circulation in them. That’s why it helps them relax.
Some people with tight jaw muscles and TMJ pain find that chewing actually Continue reading
Do you have tight muscles in your shoulders? Do you have headaches? Do you suspect they are related?
You bet they are!
The muscles on the tops of your shoulders are called the upper trapezius muscles. They are responsible for causing headaches when they get tight and all knotted up.
They cause muscle strain headaches. They can also Continue reading
Can you get rid of your knee pain naturally? Lisa did.
She sent a very nice email to me and I will share part of it with you.
>> From your information I have managed to control my knee pain by
>> strengthening my front muscles of the thighs through exercise and
>> Even I am sitted at my work desk I keep raising my legs to strengthen my
>> thigh muscles and it works.
>> I have also managed to get rid of the knots in my upper back!
>> You are wonderful.
I love the last part of the email, of course, but I also love that Lisa took action. That is how she got rid of the pain in her knees and the knots in her upper back.
Lisa found what she needed to know. She took the necessary steps to get pain relief.
And she got rid of her knee pain naturally. 🙂
Benjamin Franklin said energy and persistence conquer all things. True? Yes!
But sometimes you just don’t feel like you have the energy you need. Maybe you feel like that all the time. 🙁
Bodies have certain needs. If you don’t meet those needs, you suffer. If you DO meet them, you succeed!
Here’s how you can meet the needs of your body and have the energy to persist:
- Eat real food–things that grew rather than from factories.
- Make water your beverage of choice. That’s what most of your body is composed of and needs.
- Use your body every day–stretch and move. Move in directions that you don’t usually move in.
- Get enough sleep. Make your sleeping space relaxing and start Continue reading
ice is good medicine! Here’s how to use ice for muscle pain relief.
Lots of folks think heat feels better (including me) but sometimes (lots of times) ice is the way to go.
And, I also think ice feels great. Sometimes a bit uncomfortable but it has such a nice numbing effect!
Using ice as a natural pain relief aid is so nice; you don’t have to worry about nasty side effects or anything. That’s another reason to love cold therapy.
But do be sure Continue reading
Someone recently asked me which medical interventions I like best. She said she heard of a certain therapeutic device often used in physical therapy clinic.
I don’t think she quite had the gist of what I do yet.
Rather than use medical interventions, when it is possible, I suggest the use of natural therapies such as:
- massage and other self-help muscle/soft tissue treatment to eliminate tight muscles that cause pain
- correcting diet and eating REAL food and getting rid of vitamin and mineral deficiencies because bodies need these little powerhouses to function well
- drinking plenty of water so support muscle function
- correcting posture that strains muscles and causes dysfunction and pain and getting back into neutral positions.
We used to be in neutral, balanced postures when we were little children.
What happened was we got into bad furniture, car seats, desk chairs and habits.
But we can change! 🙂
Conventional medicine usually treats symptoms. Rather than treating symptoms, my goal is to help people get to the root of the pain–to the cause–and get rid of the cause.
Bodies are so logical! But they complain when we do things they don’t like.
And that’s what causes pain.
I just discovered a social sharing site called Pinterest. It’s interesting!
Go to http://Pinterest.com/KathrynMerrow and you will find my Pinterest Board. It’s all about natural pain relief and living the good life.
Click on the Board and it will open up.
My goal is to create a relaxing, soothing, helpful, healthy and fun Board.
Go on–relax a while. And let me know what you think.
I received two emails this past week from people with extensive discomfort and pain. The really cool thing is they were both thank-you notes from people who took action and are getting better. Part of one is below.
Remember: It doesn’t matter if you educate yourself about your pain and other uncomfortable symptoms unless you take action.
There is a saying that you can’t hire someone to do your sit-ups for you. You have to do them yourself. (But I am not a fan of sit-ups; just suck your belly into your spine and hold it.)
“I stumbled upon your site and was astonished at my complete ignorance about the mechanics of my own body – specifically how my neck, shoulders and arm were all so closely related.
When I read your article that explained how the muscles of the shoulder can become imbalanced – I knew I was on to something – you described many of my issues and the subsequent pain perfectly. I immediately put some of your tips into practice – the shoulder rolls, the arm circles and using the bed as a resistance training tool..and even though the movements were painful at first, I kept at it because it was a good pain, if that makes any sense.”
I have experienced and Continue reading
Did you know there are REAL scents that can actually help you feel better? They are essential oils.
They are not really oils (so they aren’t oily) but they are extracted or distilled from real plants and flowers.
On the other hand, we have FAKE smells. They are created in laboratories. From chemicals.
This article came about because I saw an ad for a ‘wonderful smell’ that would make you feel like you were on a tropical vacation every time you get a whiff of it. You will catch the scent every time you walk in the area and every time you walk past you will breathe–are you ready?–chemicals into your beautiful body.
And so will your kids. And your pets.
Do you really want regular doses of chemicals that you don’t need and your body doesn’t like? Really?
What’s the option to the fake scented products that make your home smell ‘fresh’ and ‘clean’?
Buy essential oils.
You can make your own Continue reading