Practical Bodywork Blog

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 — […]

The Traps of Treating Pain

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Pain | Comments Off on The Traps of Treating Pain

Doctors admit that there are sometimes few good options for treating chronic pain: Doctors hate pain. Let me count the ways. We hate it because we are (mostly) kindhearted and hate to see people suffer. We hate it because it is invisible, cannot be measured or monitored, and varies wildly and unpredictably from person to person. We hate it because […]

The Five Stages of Healing (Bodyworker Edition)

Posted by on April 07, 2013 in Ankle pain, Exercise, Medicine, Pain, Physical Therapy, Plantar fasciitis, Rolfing, Stress, Yoga | Comments Off on The Five Stages of Healing (Bodyworker Edition)

Like a lot of other practitioners, I tend to suffer from bodyworker machismo. I spend my days treating other people’s pain, and ignoring my own. Which is exactly what I advise my clients not to do. Recently, I hurt my foot. The technical description of what I did was tearing the plantar fascia on my right heel, after changing my […]