The last few days have been tiring and stressful for all of us here in Houston and the surrounding areas. It is amazing to see how our communities come together to help each other. In my existance of being a Houstonian I have never witness this kind of wide spread flooding.
Hip flexors are either a big topic or not even mentioned in the healthcare world. With the excessive amount of sitting that takes place in our lives it is important to know more about this group of muscles and how they affect your body and the way it moves and opposes gravity. In this video I will show you 2 stretches that will help to loosen and lengthen.....
“Decending into the Grand Canyon is Optional, but coming out is Mandatory.”
I saw this on a t-shirt after we made our 18 mile trek down into the Grand Canyon across a trail call Tonto’s Trail and then we ascended up to the top. On the way there I was reminded of my kids asking the question “Are We There Yet?”
IT Band (Iliotibial band), tightness affects many people and athletes of all types specifically runners. IT band tight can cause knee pain, hip pain and even affect the ankle and foot. When addressed properly the IT Band will loosen and relieve tension in those areas. The IT band is a long tendon that has muscular attachments at the hip. The muscle that attach at to the hip are the Tensor Fascia Lata and the Gluteus Maximus. When these muscles contact they tense the IT Band. Therefore if they are not addressed then the IT band will continue to be tight.
Sleep, Breathe, Eat, Move, Hydrate, Stretch, Cold, Electrify! 8 ways to recover.
Sleep- Obtaining 8 hours of sleep overnight helps the body recover and rejuvenate. Getting to bed between 10 -10:30 and waking at 6-6:30 give the body time to recover. From 10pm - 2am your body does physical repair and between 2am - 6am your body does mental repair. So get to bed on time and give your body the sleep it requires to feel good in the morning!
We address carpal tunnel syndrome we take a whole body approach to addressing pain. the nerve that supplies your hand comes from your neck (cervical spine) it travels out of the neck and through the shoulder underneath your collarbone (clavicle) down the upper arm, into the forearm and finally through the carpal tunnel and finally into the hand and fingers. There are lots of opportunities for the this nerve to get entrapped or pinched! You could have a nerve impingement in the neck that is causing carpal tunnel symptoms.
A great Tricep stretch to improve mobility for the front rack position to prepare you for Front Squats, Clean and better shoulder mobility.
Headaches can be caused from stress or from muscle tension. These can range from the regular tension headache to the migraine headache. Headaches that are stressed induced will be relieved from massage, however if these headaches are recurrent then it is critical for the therapist to do a thorough evaluation of the client’s posture to determine if the position of the hips are causing the muscles of the cranial base to tighten. This will eventually bring on a headache.
Sitting at an office desk, driving for long periods of time, reading while in bed or slouched in a chair, all have the capacity to effect the position of the cranium which will cause muscular imbalances which may lead to recurring headaches. These headaches may be called "tension headaches" or "migraine headaches".
How Paths in Healing Addresses Headache and Migraine Pain
During the massage session, we focus on obtaining relief from the headache as well as gathering information so as to determine why the headaches exist. A postural charting and detailed assessment allows us to find the true symptom of what is causing the headache, especially if they are reoccurring. If it is a postural problem we will address the muscles that are involved elsewhere in the body that may be contributing to the inefficient posture which contributes to the recurring headaches. In this manner we not only address the pain of the headache but we also address the reoccurrence of such pain.
To enhance the massage we also use essential oils and Sound and Vibration.
Cervical/Neck Pain could be from a pinched nerve, a narrowing of the spinal canal (cervical stenosis), stretched nerves, pulled or strained muscles, sprained neck, whiplash, or pain from numerous muscles that support and move the neck. Being that the neck is relatively more unstable than the rest of the spine leaves it susceptible to more injury than the rest of the spine....