As requested by multiple clients: here’s a good foam rolling video for the hamstrings, aka the backs of the thighs.
Ugh, this is so difficult to answer because it’s almost something that I physically have to demonstrate on a person. I personally have TMJD. Which, sidenote: it is not TMJ like most people think, it’s TMJD. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, aka the place where your temporal bone (side of your head) meets your… Continue reading Reader Response: hi! i was wondering if you had any tips on how to keep your jaw muscles and joints etc in good shape? i have a generalised anxiety disorder and i went through a bad break-up that apparently triggered nightly grinding of teeth. i have a dental guard now to make sure i don’t grind my teeth to bits but is there anything else i can do to make things better? i’m honestly a little terrified of damaging my jaw irreversibly but i can’t control my muscles when i’m asleep, you know?
Another Youtube link, this time for those of us–myself included–who are dealing with some stage of head colds. The terrible, terrible head colds. Will I ever breathe again? Scientists are skeptical. Anyway, if you find yourself stuck with plugged ears, a blocked nose, or just that nasty cement feeling in your head, then try this… Continue reading Clear Out That Head Cold: manual lymph drainage for the head
Another Youtube video on foam rolling, this time for the hip adductors.
One of the most frequent things I recommend as a massage therapist is foam rolling. Foam rollers are cylindrical pieces of hard foam that people can use to perform self-massage; most frequently they’re used to self-massage the back, legs, and hips, but especially dexterous folks can use them on the chest and shoulders. Of course… Continue reading Foam Rolling
For those who don’t know, TENS units (short for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) are little zappy things that stimulate your muscles. After they’ve been stimulated for a while, muscles automatically relax as part of the body’s effort to recover from the recent exertion. TENS units do that artificially via electrodes, which is why chiropractors, PTs,… Continue reading Reader response: Hey, I just bought a TENs unit for backpain. Can you give me more information about the safety and what you use? I have unbearable menstrual pain but cant take bc, and end up missing work for 2-3 days because of it.
Well, first off: Thai and shiatsu are both deep tissue massage. All that “deep tissue” means is that it’s having an effect on the deeper tissues of the body beyond the initial layer of skin, connective tissue, and maybe the top layer of muscles. There are LOTS of muscle layers in the body–at any one… Continue reading Reader Response: As a massage therapist, could you give a rundown on what you would recommend for a client? What exactly are the benefits of Thai vs shiatsu vs deep tissue?