Practical Bodywork Blog

Touchy Topic Tuesday: Blame Is Of The Devil

Posted by on October 01, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on Touchy Topic Tuesday: Blame Is Of The Devil

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them. -T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965) A new book, ‘Scarcity,’ details groundbreaking research on what poverty does to the mind: Worrying about money when it is tight captures our brains. […]

Touchy Topic Tuesday: I Am Embarrassed To Tell You This, But…

…I’m wearing an ankle brace. Turns out my crippled ankle wasn’t psychosomatic after all. According to my fabulous new podiatrist, I have posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, caused by the extra bone in my flat, flat foot torquing my gait and stretching the tendon until it is practically shredded. He says if I don’t wear this brace, I’m a candidate for […]

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 […]