The facebook gnomes just kept showing this pillow to me! They are sooo tricksy. As a PT who specializes in helping get good sleep (you can't heal if you don't sleep), I just couldn't resist. I had to try it out for myself and I wanted one for my patient's to try as well.
You'll find my review and some tips for use of the pillow below...
A few notes: this is the pillow designed more for shoulder pain than GERD, the elevation is not as high
my take aways(in case you don't feel like watching me get snuggled up in a pillow):
* it's hot
* it does relieve pressure on your shoulder
* You still probably need another pillow to get yourself positioned just so
* it ain't cheap, but then, neither are you ;)
Even if you're doing core exercises, you may not be ready for specific activities like weedeating! Weedeating is a diagonal activity and you could be week in the specific directional diagonal that you need.
We are in the thick of gardening and yard care season here in Western North Carolina, so we wanted to take this opportunity to give a series of tips and recommendations for taking care of your garden and lawn without hurting your back or knees! It's normal to have sore muscles after you've done an increased amount of work outside that your body is not accustomed to doing. But injuries that result in persistent back or knee pain are different though, and with some care and modification you can be more likely to prevent these kinds of injuries and keep your garden green and lovely!
Prior to living in the western slope of Colorado, I thought rock climbing was a myth created by advertisers to make me feel like I was not adventurous enough. Turns out it’s no myth. The rock climbers are real! Turns out they’re in western North Carolina too! What an amazing physical and mental challenge rock climbing affords to its participants. There are so many benefits to this activity: being outdoors, working together with others, activity and exercise. If you’re belaying, the activity can take a toll on your neck though. Any postural position held for long periods of time, particularly at end range, can cause pain,
Pects and Lats. For some reason I left PT school thinking the former moved your arm toward your chest and the latter helped you wipe yourself. Certainly functional, but not very exciting. Oh, and by the way they seem to get tight and keep shoulders in a forward rounded position-quite inconvenient. Then recently, I was in a Thomas Myer’s class on fascia and the instructor was going over the functional anatomy of these two muscles. They both do this funny little twist before they insert on the arm bone when it’s at your side. Weird thing for a muscle to do that’s trying to pull and exert force.
It’s the season of resolutions, optimism, and fresh starts as we ring in 2018. For many of us though, January can be a long month with cold, short, dark days and resolutions can quickly become a distant memory as the stressors of everyday life return. There’s good news though. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University suggests a simple prescription for those stressors. “If you could give one magic pill that would improve physical health, mood, and reduce weight, it would be exercise.” He goes on to report that in terms of stress relief and anti-depressant effects, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a day are enough to get the benefits. What a powerful image of exercise as medicine. It’s never too late to start something good for yourself. Now is your chance to “tap your potential” by treating yourself right, feeling better, and enjoying your new year!
Most of us have experienced some kind of low back in our life. Did you know that low back pain can result in decreased hip mobility on the side of pain. And decreased hip mobility can lead to low back pain. What a vicious cycle! Here is a simple exercise you can do to help restore hip mobility…
We all know stretching can help maintain flexibility, but is it the best thing to do immediately before an athletic activity? Current research suggests no. Literature has shown that passive static stretching to lower body musculature actually decreases strength and stability. Instead, warm up with active, dynamic, light resistive movements. For a dynamic activity to help lengthen hamstrings click above…