Practical Bodywork Blog

Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Avoid Being Swallowed

It’s impossible to overstate how big an effect your environment has on your nervous system. Living in urban environments, it’s easy to forget that human beings evolved, literally, in nature. Our nervous systems are attuned to cues that have been in place for millions of years–when to wake up (light gets blue), when to go to sleep (light gets rosy and […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Hobble Your Ankle Without Falling Down

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: How To Hobble Your Ankle Without Falling Down

Update on the crippled ankle: last weekend I used a foam roller on the spot where my hamstrings attach to my ischial tuberosity–the butt bone–and my ankle joint cracked. It’s been getting gradually better ever since. The first thing I do every day is foam-roller that same spot, because it seizes up overnight. So, how does that work? This diagram […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Is ‘Tapping’ For Real?

Posted by on September 03, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: Is ‘Tapping’ For Real?

Full disclosure: I just did this. Three times. I felt like a real fool. But I’ve had an inflamed ankle for way too long now, especially considering that my job is to relieve problems like chronically inflamed ankles. I know what’s causing it. I got into this line of work partly because of first-hand experience with intractable pain. I’ve done […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: What About This Four-Cups-of-Coffee Bombshell?

It’s been all over the news: a study published last week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that drinking more than four cups of coffee a day may be hazardous to your health, particularly if you are under 55. The researchers found that younger men who passed the 28-cup weekly threshold – which works out to about four cups per day […]

What To Do When Pain Disturbs Your Sleep

So many of my clients know the drill. Pain wakes you up, you sleep badly, the pain gets worse because you haven’t slept well. Talk about negative feedback loops! It can make you desperate. Web MD has a great checklist for helping yourself sleep better when you’re struggling with the pain/lousy sleep cycle: Cut back — or cut out — […]