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A Hidden Cause of Joint Pain

By | 2015-06-10T14:47:33+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Back Pain, Nutrition|

You probably know how important I believe posture is in preventing or eliminating back and joint pain. It makes a huge difference and is something that you have control over, so practicing Balanced posture can dramatically affect your levels of pain and tension. […]

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Are You Passionate About Your Health?

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Back Pain, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Videos|

Around 1990 I began to hear Flamenco-influenced music on the radio by musicians like Ottmar Leibert, Strunz & Farah, and the Gipsy Kings. I loved the music and really wanted to dance to it, but I didn’t know how. When I saw my first Flamenco show I knew I was ready to dive in immediately. Flamenco became my passion from 1991 until around 2000, when I retired from performing and teaching. I know very talented Flamenco dancers that have had to give up dancing due to back or neck pain. This is too bad, but isn’t surprising considering the typical [...]

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Yoga You Can Do in Bed, part 2

By | 2014-11-06T14:48:50+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sleeping Posture, Yoga|

Last month I talked about how doing yoga poses in bed can help you to relax and have a more restful and relaxed sleep. Morning or evening stretches in bed can also help you reduce pain and arise without stiffness. I do one stretch every night before I go to sleep (the “Crescent” stretch described below). Crescent Pose I learned this stretch from Jean Couch, director of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, CA (www.balancecenter.com).  A few years ago I was noticing pain in the side of my hip while sleeping on my side. It was getting worse, and one [...]

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Yoga You Can Do in Bed

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Back Pain, Relaxation, Yoga|

A new mattress company called Casper (caspersleep.com/mattresses) contacted me looking for examples of yoga poses you can do in bed. So here are some for you to check out! Though it's generally easier to maintain healthy alignment doing yoga on a flat surface with a sticky mat, you can also get benefits from doing some yoga in bed. Are there reasons to expand your repertoire of stretches to some done in the comfort of your own bed? What are the Benefits? Doing a before-bed stretch could help you relax and get to sleep more easily, and maybe have a more [...]

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Get Relief from Tailbone Pain

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 August 20th, 2014|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find after sitting for long periods that your tailbone is achy or sore? Coccyx or tailbone pain, or "coccydynia" is less common than low back pain, but can be very painful and annoying. I've experienced this, and have found that posture has a huge impact on the level of pain in this area. Where is your coccyx, or tailbone? Your coccyx or tailbone is a small bony section at the bottom of the spine. It's normally composed of 3-5 segments which are usually fused, and it's attached to your sacrum, which is the most posterior (rear) part of [...]

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Yoga and the Middle Path

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 June 6th, 2014|Body Awareness, Healthy Posture, Yoga|

I recently attended the exhibition "Yoga: the Art of Transformation" at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, CA.  It was a fascinating exhibit, with sculptures, painting, videos and films, and illustrated books showing yoga asanas (poses or postures).* While many people believe that yoga asanas are ancient, the experts that comment on the pieces in this exhibit state that modern Hatha Yoga asanas are much more recent, developing mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries as a combination of various elements including calisthenics and wrestling.  Ancient texts only describe seated postures to prepare one for meditation. The famous Yoga [...]

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Dowager’s Hump — How to Prevent or Correct It

By | 2014-04-11T15:58:12+00:00 April 11th, 2014|Aging, Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Shoulders, Sitting Posture|

Many people I meet are concerned about getting more rounded and stooped over as they get older.  I know I was! Your thoracic vertebrae (in the upper spine) have a slight forward curve naturally (a “Kyphosis”). In many people in the industrialized world, this curve can become extreme. When the extreme curve is high up in the thoracic area and into the cervical spine (neck area), it is sometimes called a “Dowager’s Hump.” This can lead to back and neck pain, due to strain on the muscles that occurs with misaligned posture, and loss of height.  Over time, this change [...]

Can Technology Help Your Back or Joint Pain?

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 February 12th, 2014|Back Pain, Technology|

I sometimes get asked about various apps that purport to help people improve their posture. Do they really work? Can they reduce back pain? The idea behind these is that the app catches you when you're unconscious and reminds you to stop slouching or improve your posture. That might be helpful, as we all go unconscious a lot. I know that I did, especially when I was first learning Balanced alignment. It's probably a good thing in a way, since you wouldn't want to change everything all at once. Some amount of forgetting probably allows your body to gradually get [...]

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Great Stretch for Good Posture & Healthy Shoulders

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 January 10th, 2014|Healthy Posture, Shoulders|

In the last 2 months I've talked about a simple exercise to heal shoulder injuries, and how to stop a main cause of shoulder injuries (by getting the pelvis underneath your spine rather than in front of it). I also mentioned my article from August, 2013 that goes over how foam rollers can help to straighten your upper spine, which really helps your shoulders. (You can find this here on the blog.) This month I'd like to address another component of shoulder problems - tight muscles in front of the shoulders. The "pecs" (pectoralis minor and major) are chest muscles [...]

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Stop a Major Cause of Shoulder Injuries

By | 2017-01-30T16:49:24+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Healthy Posture, Shoulders, Yoga|

One major cause of shoulder injuries has to do with the alignment of your spine.  Last month I gave you an exercise to help heal shoulder problems. This month we'll look at how the spine affects the health of your shoulder joints. The 3 Curve Model The spine has 3 curves normally - a lordosis in the lumbar (or lower) spine, a kyphosis in the thoracic spine (or mid to upper), and a lordosis in the cervical spine (neck). Lordosis means a backbend, kyphosis means a forward bend. Most people in industrialized countries have much more rounded spines than we [...]

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