Motivational Post

Every time I run into this motivational quote I love it all over again.

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.”  – Janet Ackerman

Why do I love this quote?

Because it encourages me to live fully.  To share good times and good stories; to help as many as I can much as I can; to eat as healthily as I can so I can live wide while feeling well and strong.

I want to leave a wide footprint.  In order to do that, I must be healthy and well and fully functional until it’s time to leave this life I love.

And I want to help you leave a wide footprint, too.

Let’s be healthy together.  🙂


What Causes Muscle Knots In Your Upper Back?

What IS the most common cause of muscle knots in your upper back?

When muscles are stretched too far too often they develop “knots.”  Those knots are a special type of contraction that keep the muscles from being stretched too far and injured. This is the most common cause of muscle knots.

This type of knot doesn’t relax well when someone presses on it.  It cannot relax because it’s already stretched too far.

A different type of knot occurs when you are actively using a muscle.  For instance, if you are carrying something that causes you to hike your shoulder and get a knot on the top of your shoulder.  That knot is a ‘normal’ contraction and will respond well to pressure.

What’s inside muscle knots?

Nothing but muscle tissue is inside.  There are some chemical changes in the tissues but there is nothing to squeeze or cut out.

How can you get rid of those miserable knots in your upper back?

The over-stretched type of knot needs treatment in many places to help it relax.  You cannot have someone blast away on it because it can’t relax that way.  Rather, you have to go on a search for tight and tender areas that surround the knot.  After you relax those muscles then the knot can relax, too.

The most common places to find tight muscles that are causing your upper back knots are:

  • On the front side of your ribs.
  • On the side of your ribs.
  • Lower on your back, below your arm pit.
  • On your upper arm.
  • Your upper chest where it attaches to your arm.
  • Your neck muscles.

Press into those areas looking for tightness and tenderness.  Press into the muscle not just the skin.  Pressure is a type of massage that can help those areas relax.

If you can’t effectively massage or press into those areas a skilled massage therapist can help.  But be careful:  If a therapist is not very skilled he or she will blast away on the knot and it won’t help.  You may have to direct the therapist where to work  if that is the case or just go to someone else.

You can discover more about getting rid of those miserable knots in your upper back by downloading a free report from me at Knots In Your Back.

The hardest area for you yourself to help relax are the muscles on your neck.  When you move your arms, they tend to tighten.  I cover those muscles in the Knots In Your Back program.

You can also find lots of articles about the knots in your upper back at Simple Back Pain Relief.






Muscle Strain In Your Upper Back–Why Do You Have Tight Shoulder Muscles?

I’ll bet you have tight muscles in your upper back and neck.  That’s called muscle strain and most people have it.

Some people have it all the time and some people only have it occasionally.

What Causes Muscle Strain?

Your head is supposed to sit over your spine just like a toddler’s head does.  The problem is, for one reason or another, when we are passed toddlerhood, our heads move forward.

Your head is heavy!  Now your muscles have to work to hold up your heavy head.  When you were a toddler your spine bones held it up.

The job of bones is to hold us in the correct place.  However, when we get out of the correct, neutral posture then your muscles take over the job of bones.

And that’s not the job of muscles.  Their job is to help you move not to hold you up.

So your muscles get strained.  They are working too hard.  They are not happy.

Your tight shoulder muscles are a symptom; they are complaining.  That’s what symptoms are:  complaints.

How Can You Get Rid Of Muscle Strain?

1.  Take the strain off the neck and back muscles by improving your posture.  Sit up straight.  Stand up straight.  How can you do that?  Lift your breastbone.  Pretend there is a string attached to your breastbone and it is pulling you up to the sky.

2.  Strengthen your back muscles.  The muscles in the front of your body are already tight and short even though they don’t complain.

3.  Stretch the muscles in the front of your body.

You can learn an easy way to do #2 and #3 by watching this little video.

And here are 6 ways to help your shoulders relax: 

There are lots of upper back pain relief articles at that website.  Spend some time and look around.  You CAN get rid of the muscles strain in your upper back naturally.


A Natural Way To Treat TMJ Pain

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 Tight Muscles In Your Shoulders Cause Headaches?

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


You Can Get Rid Of Knee Pain Naturally!

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
>> massage.
>> 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.  🙂


Energy And Persistence Conquer All Things!

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

Natural Pain Relief Using Ice Therapy

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.

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Can You Get Rid Of Pain Naturally?

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?

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.


Are The Wonderful Scents In Your Home Killing You?

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.

Yuck.  🙁

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.

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