Surgery to Cure Back, Hip, or Shoulder Pain? 2 Things to Cut Before Your Body

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A lot of times people with back, shoulder, or hip pain are thinking about what they need to cut. Medical articles written by or inspired by surgeons promote the idea that surgery is the best answer to all kinds of chronic pain conditions.

So people are led to believe they need a surgeon to cut some bone, some ligament, some tendon, some muscle...

This comes from the medical/orthopedic model of chronic pain: if something hurts, it's because something is malformed or permanently damaged.

But this orthopedic model ignores the regenerative capacities of the body AND ignores an even bigger issue.

Scientific research consistently shows that...

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Don't get trapped in an A hole

You’ve been spinning your wheels in chronic pain. Maybe you’ve got shoulder pain. Back pain. Hip pain. Knee pain. Whatever it is, you’ve been in pain for a while.

You keep thinking “I’VE GOT TO GET OUT OF PAIN.”

Every day, you’re obsessing about the pain you’re in and how to get away from it.

You’re in a hole. You’re in a hole of AVOIDANCE. An Avoidance Hole. Or an A Hole for short.

Nobody wants to be stuck in an A hole. It’s miserable. It smells bad. And it’s totally unproductive.

All your obsessing about avoiding pain doesn’t solve anything. You rest more. You use pain patches. You use pain pills. You avoid things you used to love. 

And still your body...

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How do you fix repetitive strain and overuse injuries?

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If you’ve been told you have a repetitive strain injury (RSI), you may have been told that rest is the only way to fix your problem. Often, repetitive strain injuries go by the name of tendonitis or tendonosis. When your pain is in the hands and wrists, you may be told you have carpal tunnel syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome.

In this article, we’re going to talk about perspective shift that can help you get rid of your repetitive strain injury, no matter what it’s been called. 

Watch this video for a quick summary of repetitive strain injuries.

 

Conventional medical treatments for repetitive strain injuries

If you’ve been to a...

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How do you relax tight muscles? Does massage make you more flexible? What to do when you’re stuck and stiff.

If you have “tight muscles” or muscles that always feel tense, you’ve heard of massage. You’ve probably had a friend or loved one give a massage to your stiff, tense muscles. You may have shelled out a few hundred or thousand dollars to massage therapists to fix your knots.
 
If you’re a gym rat or athlete of any kind, you’ve heard of self-myofascial release. You’ve foam rolled your aching muscles to aid your recovery from tough workouts and to improve your range of motion. We’re going to call that massage or self-massage. 
 
But have you ever figured out when massage is NOT good for you? When self-myofascial release might be a waste of time? 
 
In this article,...
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Joint Injections for Pain – Do Risks Outweigh Benefits?

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Introduction to Joint Injections for Pain Relief 

Steroid injections are becoming as common as advil these days to treat joint pain. Doctors offer steroid injections to people suffering with hip, shoulder, knee, back and other joint pain as a way to relieve pain. Some swear by it and some feel absolutely nothing afterwards. 

Up until recently, these joint injections were thought to be low risk with nearly no side effects.  However, a recent study from the medical journal, Radiology, calls into question the safety of injections for joint pain

Let’s take a closer look at this study on steroid injections and what it means for you. The study...

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How to roll over in bed during pregnancy

You're pregnant. Your belly is bigger than you ever imagined, and your abdominals no longer work. At all. They're too stretched out.

It turns so bad to roll over in bed...

Is it even possible to roll over in bed without using your abs? Yes, yes it is!

How to roll over in bed during pregnancy

Let's cut straight to the chase. The video below shows you clear instructions on how to roll over in bed in your third trimester.

Got it? Good!

Problems rolling over in bed like this?

Note that if you're doing this in a small bed, you may need to the movement.

If you find that you don't have enough room in your bed to roll as shown in the video here's the trick. Push your foot harder into the bed to lift your butt/hips off the bed, and shift your...

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Mattress firmness: firm, soft, medium? How to choose the right bed

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You just want a good night's sleep.

Maybe your bed is super old. 

Maybe you're 99% sure that your current bed is contributing to your back pain, hip pain, or shoulder pain. 

As you start navigating the many options of beds, you realize that you have to choose a mattress firmness. Soft vs. firm? Medium? 

What's the difference?! 

This video will explain how to choose the right mattress firmness for your particular style of sleeping. And it'll cover key aspects to consider if you have back pain, shoulder pain, or hip pain. 

This video is based on years of experience with different beds contributing to or causing me all kinds of aches and pains. 

I...

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Why Health is Countercultural (and how to be healthy and fit)

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Normal life makes you unhealthy

This morning I had a REAL conversation with a client.  She's been digging into understanding and exploring her body.  She's asking the right questions and putting in the work.  This brought her to a very interesting conclusion that she was excited - as well as distraught - to share with me.

"I realize that everything in my life is set up for my body to fail me."

What she meant:  "my environment and lifestyle don't promote the health of my body."

She was not saying that she has been choosing an unhealthy lifestyle... She was saying that most of her everyday activities - her "normal behaviors" - are unhealthy for...

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