With the arrival of autumn, everyone is talking about the changing colors and the fall festivities. When we think of fall, we think of hiking, biking, and many other outside activities. It all sounds so exciting and enjoyable, but then you remember the soreness that follows, or back pain that accompanies it.
Don’t let those thoughts stop you from enjoying the beauty of the changing season. You can utilize the power of medical massage to prepare or recover from a long day outside.
Dr. Joan can alleviate those aches and pains that come from such fall activities. Whether you […]
Too many of us suffer from musculoskeletal pain that can be cured. We need someone who can help us identify how we can improve musculoskeletal health by improving posture, work habits, ergonomics, and fitness activities. Learning how to use your body better, and how to appreciate and support your body is a major part of achieving pain-free living. I offer my services to help you make these positive changes.
You are likely looking for someone who can provide high quality and effective soft tissue therapy. That person is me. I am glad you landed on my website. I love the human […]
When a muscle is forced to remain in a shortened position for a long period of time it becomes chronically shortened. Poor posture causes adaptive muscle shortening. Most people have adaptively short muscles of the chest, front of the neck, front of the shoulders and upper arms. When you slump your head and shoulders forward day after day, certain muscles become chronically shortened. These muscles include the pectorals, the anterior deltoids, the scalenes, and the coracobrachialis.
So what’s the problem? In many cases the chronically shortened muscles will not complain. But there are other consequences to adaptive muscle shortening of the […]
Muscles enable us to move. You wouldn’t blink an eye, smile or chew without muscles. Healthy muscles are strong. Strong muscles keep us active and able to accomplish life’s tasks. When muscles are in trouble, there will be problems with the joints. Muscles work in pairs and also in groups. When a core muscle like the psoas major is weak on one side and too tight/strong on the opposite side, you will lack mechanical balance. This lack of balance shows up as poor alignment of major parts of the body like the spine and pelvic girdle.
There are many signs that […]
Check-out your jaw action before you face a pain or bite problem. You can use a mirror to assess yourself. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or friend to help you observe your jaw position and movement. Here’s a list of what to look for:
1 Slowly open your mouth as wide as possible. It should open 2-3 inches without pain.
2 Push your jawbone forward and pull it back several times. If there is pain or popping sounds you have a jaw problem.
3 Very slowly open your mouth as wide as possible. You have jaw problems if your […]
About 50% of nursing home residents are under the age of 85. Why are they there?
A significant number of residents have memory problems or problems making daily decisions. Persons with serious dementia certainly need nursing home care. Neurofeedback training can help other older adults who have less-serious memory and decision-making problems to improve mental function and remain in their homes.
Almost all nursing home residents have some type of physical disability that interferes with activities of daily living like cooking, bathing, shopping and cleaning. Many people could remain safely at home, able to do chores of daily living, if only they […]
The human brain is one of the most amazing organs in our body. Its optimal function is imperative for life. It is a very soft structure, protected only by the bony skull. The skull is a hard covering with space between the soft brain and the inner surface of the cranial vault.
A blow to the head or any movement that causes the brain to move inside the skull easily bruises the brain. This is an image of what happens when you suffer from a concussion:
As you can see the brain is tossed around within the skull causing it […]
Believe it or not, I recently received a phone call from a local pediatrician (who is one of the more “open-minded” doctors I have met) asking me to see one of his patients (diagnosed with ADHD) for an EEG evaluation and neurofeedback training. He referred to a recent research paper, published by “Pediatrics – Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics”, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/133/3/483.full.html
The article appeared in the February 17, 2014 journal. Basically, neurofeedback was used to help students with ADHD gain better concentration, attention and focus. The outcome in the study was quite impressive:
“This randomized controlled trial included
I just received three phone calls today from women who were desperately searching for answers to their crazy behaviors and why they don’t feel like themselves. You may be in the same situation. Do the following scenarios sound familiar?
- If you are tired, stressed out, constantly battling weight and with a sex drive that is either gone south or off the planet, there is hope.
- If you are yelling and screaming at your kids and husband for no apparent reason, there is a reason.
- If you are in pain during your menstrual cycle so severe that you have to stay home from […]
Of course not, unless you want to keep the pain you’ve had for years; unless you want to continue feeling tired, sluggish, and fatigued; unless you aren’t concerned about your overall health; unless you want to continue in unhappy, non-supporting relationships.
We know we need to make changes in our life when our life is not bringing us joy, happiness, inner peace, physical vitality and a sense of “aliveness.” But, who wants to do the arduous work of making changes? Is it easier to just accept things as they are or is it better to begin to take an honest inventory […]