Topic: Bodywork

Dr. Joan’s Approach to Soft Tissue Therapy

Dr. Joan’s Approach to Soft Tissue Therapy

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 […]

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Most People Have Adaptive Muscle Shortening-Do You?

Most People Have Adaptive Muscle Shortening-Do You?

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 […]

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Is It Smart to Ignore Muscle Pain?

Is It Smart to Ignore Muscle Pain?

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 […]

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Assess Yourself for Jaw Problems

Assess Yourself for Jaw Problems

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 […]

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Are You Heading for a Nursing Home?

Are You Heading for a Nursing Home?

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 […]

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