Sciatica and Buttock pain relief: Restore balance to muscles and joints

Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Low back pain, Pain relief, Sciatic pain, Self-treatment tips, Understanding pain

When sciatica type symptoms get the better of you and nothing you do seems to make it better, here is a tip for pain relief to investigate from my checklist for corrective actions and treatments Part 1. Restore balance to muscles and joints with manual muscle therapy, appropriate daily stretching and a careful corrective exercise. […]

July 10, 2010

Shoulder and arm pain reaching: A Neuromuscular Therapy point of view

Arm pain, Bursitis, Muscle information, Neuromuscular therapy, Repetitive strain, Rotator cuff, Shoulder pain, Surgery, Tendonitis

As a Neuromuscular Therapist practicing in the Boston area for nineteen years, how do I think about the causes of pain in the shoulder and arm when patients lift their arms or reach for something? With everyone on computers now, it is a common problem to have a work station that is too high and […]

June 23, 2009

Sciatica, piriformis syndrome, restless leg: The best 5 stretches

Back pain, Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Hip pain, Leg pain, Low back pain, Sciatic pain, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

For anyone with piriformis syndrome, restless leg syndrome, low back pain, hip pain, buttock pain, sciatica pain, thigh pain and back leg pain, these 5 specific stretches will help. If you feel discomfort or pain when you stretch, that’s the place that needs it. You won’t harm yourself even if it hurts if you stretch […]

June 21, 2009

Arthritis pain relief: An explanation that makes sense

Acute pain, Arthritis pain, Chronic pain, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

In osteoarthritis (rheumatoid arthritis is a different story) there is inflammation in a bony joint with pain and swelling, sometimes resulting in changes to the bone. Joints have nerve endings that tell the nervous system what the joint is doing. Those nerves activate when the pressure in the joint is excessive. Prolonged pressure compromises the […]

June 6, 2009

Thumb and wrist pain: 6 Self-treatment tips

Arm pain, Hand pain, Repetitive strain injury (RSI), Stretching (Active Isolated method), Thumb pain, Wrist pain

Here are 6 tips for treating your painful thumb and wrist that I teach in my Neuromuscular Therapy center near Boston. There are two basic stretches, three tips for self-applied pressure and one strengthening exercise. Stretch for thumb tendonitis (deQuervains tenosynovitis): Enclose your thumb in your fist and cock your wrist till you feel a […]

June 5, 2009

Thumb and wrist pain: A Neuromuscular Therapy point of view

Acute pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Chronic pain, Hand pain, Muscle information, Neuromuscular therapy, Repetitive strain injury (RSI), Thumb pain, Wrist pain

As a Boston area Neuromuscular Therapist, how do I think about thumb and wrist pain? Thumb and wrist pain tends to come from an old injury or from overuse in an occupation, on a computer with a mouse, playing some musical instruments, or from writing, weeding, painting, crafting, or doing needlework that requires a pincer […]

June 3, 2009

Thumb and wrist pain: The case of Ruby Q.

Acute pain, Arm pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Chronic pain, Hand pain, Neck pain, Repetitive strain injury (RSI), Shoulder pain, Thumb pain, Wrist pain

Ruby Q. was a regular Neuromuscular Therapy patient in my metro-west Boston clinic for stress-related muscle pain in her neck and shoulders. Upper body tension is often the cause of pain in the forearm and hand when there is repetitive stress. (E.Pascarelli, MD) The connection between upper body tension and hand and arm pain is […]

June 2, 2009