Living With Chronic Pain

Post Holiday Recovery

We all know the saying- I need a vacation from my vacation. It may sound crazy, but all too often any break from our routine can actually exacerbate pain. Time off to relax, decompress and let go of daily commitments is essential. Whether it’s an opportunity to travel, shelter at home or a hiatus from… Continue reading Post Holiday Recovery

Living With Chronic Pain

20 Tips to Stop Morning Pain

For those of us who suffer from chronic pain, morning stiffness and trouble getting out of bed are common complaints. We just don’t jump out like we used to. Anything can impact pain- a long day at work, the weather, travel, a sleepless night, and additional stress, but nothing compares to those first few minutes… Continue reading 20 Tips to Stop Morning Pain

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