Living With Chronic Pain

How to Effectively Stretch When Living With Chronic Pain

A good exercise program focuses on three elements- strength, stamina and suppleness. Finding a level that works for you is imperative. Start slow, perform each well, and progress as tolerated. If it hurts one day, don’t stop. Just do a slower, smaller stretch. You may be surprised how that warms up the area and allows… Continue reading How to Effectively Stretch When Living With Chronic Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

Stretching Matters

As I’ve shared before, long, hot, soothing baths and exercise get me through my day. The first loosens my tired, aching, knotted muscles. The last stretches, warms and releases pent up inflammation and spasms. They both improve function and help me to decompress. Stretching can also prevent that annoying slump in our shoulders and back… Continue reading Stretching Matters

Living With Chronic Pain

(More) Self-Massage Ideas

Last week we focused on how to give yourself a head, neck and upper body massage. Now let’s talk about ways to soothe and calm aches and pains throughout the day in the rest of the body. Abdominal relief Long hours and quick bites between work add up to a growling, uncomfortable belly. These techniques… Continue reading (More) Self-Massage Ideas

Living With Chronic Pain

Simple Techniques for a Do-It-Yourself Massage

I used to love getting a massage. But that was before I had back issues. When it didn’t matter if the pressure was too much, the positioning too painful or my muscle spasms too sensitive to allow any intervention. That’s why doing it myself is such a wonderful option. I choose the force, depth and… Continue reading Simple Techniques for a Do-It-Yourself Massage

Living With Chronic Pain

Don’t Have A Masseuse? Be Your Own!

Remember the fight or flight syndrome I talked about in earlier posts? Most of us live in this state, perpetually ready to react to any stressor. By the time we get home, hormones like cortisol and catecholamines, required to fight or flee and the resulting tension and have overwhelmed us. Constricted muscles limit blood flow,… Continue reading Don’t Have A Masseuse? Be Your Own!