Plantar Fasciitis- Healing your heel!

Plantar Fasciitis is one of those injuries that many people experience at one time or another.  It’s no fun, as it makes the basic activity of walking a pain in the…heel!!! Plantar Fasciitis is usually caused by irritation or tearing of the thick fascia on the arch of the foot and may include  strained Quadratus Plantae, Flexor […]

PLEASE be careful!

As I watch myself, my friends and colleagues aging, my Occupational Therapy training makes me want to get on a soapbox and proclaim “PLEASE- be careful!!” Falls, as we age, are more likely to become medical events we would rather not experience. Our older bones are less able to take a tumble, and recovery can […]

Using Self Care Tools

In my last post I listed a few of my favorite Self Care Tools that I recommend to clients.  In this post, I will describe how to use these Self-Care Tools. PINKY BALLS (or alternatively tennis balls) are useful to massage your back. Lie on the floor on your back, feet flat on floor and knees […]

Self Care Tools

My clients know that I believe in Self Care. I like to give techniques and tools that can be used at home to keep your body comfortable and pain free. Self care also can help injuries to heal faster and with less scar tissue and adhesions. Here are some Self Care Tools that you can use […]

Smart Snow Shoveling

Ah……winter!!!  Snow…..and then comes snow removal.   Snow shoveling can create strain on not only  your muscles and structure, but also your heart. If you have read my first two blogs, you already have some tips that will apply to snow shoveling. Like any other activity, WARM UP  before you demand hard work from your […]

Warm Up and Stretch Out

The beautiful warmer weather beckons us to exercise outdoors and many of us will be starting walking or jogging routines now.  Seems like a good time to talk about warming up and stretching. KEY:  WARM-UP FIRST,  STRETCH OUT AFTER.   My massage teacher, Ben Benjamin,  was a dancer turned Medical Massage Therapist who worked with […]

Spring into yardwork–mindfully!

If you’re anything like me, the first warm days of spring have you itching to get into the garden. But gardening can often take its toll on our backs. Too much forward bending can be hard on discs. Here are some tips to help you do what you love without stressing your back. First of […]