Chronic lower back pain? It might be your abdominal scars.
Whether you have had a surgical procedure through an external incision or a less invasive, internal procedure, the resulting scar tissue knits together the disrupted tissue as a means to healing. In a perfect world, that is all it does in order to heal the body. However, scar tissue can also bind to other surrounding tissue, including nerves, arteries, and fascia which form adhesions. This binding may restrict movement in the area, cause shifting in the body; forward, sideways and/or twisting, which can cause or worsen existing back pain.
For abdominal surgeries, it is easy to see the surgical scars that result from being cut through the skin, but once the scalpel cuts through the dermal layer, it must also cut through muscle, connective tissue (fascia), and sometimes an organ. Many times the deeper scars are not directly under the surface scar seen on the skin. Layers of scarring must heal in their respective tissues. If there was no excision through the skin, it may be difficult to know exactly where the scar has formed. These recommendations may help identify underlying scar tissue.
Perform this self assessment by LOOKING and FEELING in the scar region.
Where the scar is visible,...
Back Pain From Old Abdominal Surgeries
Alternatives to foam roller may offer more relief.
Are youusing a foam roller for sore muscles? There may be a better way to achieve relief.
A foam roller being used for tissue release is a common sight at the gym. I frequently see the same people rolling the same body parts, including their thighs and back. But is it providing them any relief?
Chronic tightness and tenderness in some parts of the body actually result from constant tension in other other parts of the body. If you know where the connection is, you can gently release it yourself. Here is an example.
The lower portion of the outer thigh extending to the knee, is referred to as the iliotibial band, IT band or ITB.
Massaging, or attempting to release the IT band of tissue (connective tissue) with your hands or a foam roller, tends to be painful and not very effective. That tender area is actually due to tensionin the muscles of the inner thigh.
Releasing the tension in the inner thigh muscles helps reduce the constant pull which causes the pain in the outer thigh.
If you press deeply into the inner thigh corresponding to the same area on the outer thigh, you will probably feel tender. If this is the case, you can massage...
Foam Roller Alternative- Hands-on Technique
Dodging foot traffic can cause knee and leg pain
Leg Pain Caused Me Difficulty Bending My Knee and Walking
I was enjoying the season with my daughter in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend. What I didn't realize was that it would lead to severe leg pain when I returned home.
I was doing plenty of walking, visiting museums ... and shopping. I had carefully chosen to wear either my walking boots or my running shoes when we went out. All that I was thinking about was enjoying my daughter and my activities. I probably walked more than 5 miles, which is not a feat in itself.
The problem was that for two days I was dodging other people who were doing the same. I was stopping, starting, side stepping, turning, all very quickly. Then, I took the bus for 3 1/2 hours back home, sitting the whole time.
Knee pain set in and I could not fully bend my knee without pain.
As a physical therapist, I realized that my knee had been twisted, by moving quickly in so many directions, and then sitting for so long in the shifted knee position. With only one physical therapy treatment, I was able to re-position my knee to...
3 Tips to Managing Leg Pain from Overuse
Sinus problems do not have to persist in Spring allergy season.
Sinus sufferers, beware! The air is warming, Spring is arriving, trees and flowers are blooming and there are irritants in the air. It's hard to enjoy the beautiful weather when you can't breathe well. Sinuses can get clogged from all of the mucous that is caused by the response to these allergens. Blowing your nose to rid of the mucous may even worsen the condition.
It's bad enough you have to feel the initial effects of allergies, but the aftermath is sometimes worse. After the sneezing, watery eyes and drippy nose, your whole head starts to feel swollen and congested. Just as your condition is starting to calm and you finally can get a few breaths of air in through your nose, BOOM, a second round begins. You didn't even finish recuperating from the first round!
Compound these effects as they repeatedly attack you and you may feel wiped-out with a lot of head pressure.
Sinus medications and neti pots may be helpful, but are mostly very temporary and do not address the ongoing pressure. And repeatedly blowing the nose can prove to be fruitless as air won't move freely in or out....
Sinus problems, Spring allergy season eased with PT
I asked several people how they define the look of "old age", and their results were:
Standing in a forward bent posture
Sagging, asymmetric facial, neck and body muscles
Moving more slowly
I would have to agree.
But, barring a disease process or significant injury, this definition may not need to pertain to YOU.
Many people do not realize that the stereotypic look of "old age” can happen at 45 years old or may not even happen by 80 years old.
An 80 year old with an upright posture and facial symmetry, may look younger than a 60 year old who is bent forward with facial tension.
Healthy Aging may reduce the look of "old age".
Healthy Aging techniques may help reduce or even reverse these poor postures and facial asymmetries.
Patients have seen their forward bent postures change to more upright as I use my integrated approach.
My Refaceé® technique for wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation may also slow your facial and neck appearance of aging.
The approach I use includes the use of craniosacral therapy, positional release, visceral mobilization, and muscle energy techniques.
These re-balancing techniques have been found to reduce the tension in some muscles, while allowing others to work better.
For over 35 years, I have enjoyed integrating my knowledge and experience to help the body.
By re-balancing the core and facial...
What's the Look of "Old Age"? - Redefining the Stereotype
As we get older, we tend to think more about our Aging Body.
My definition of an "Aging Body" is the use, misuse and abuse of our body over the years. It's the wear and tear to which we subject ourselves... and the older we get, the longer we've been doing it.
We tend to live our lives, doing the same things day after day, year after year. Therefore, the body has a tendency to move in the same ways which overwork some areas, while underworking others. This results in uneven muscle tension and asymmetries of the body and face.. that is "the use".
Then, there's the "misuse". We're talking about lying on the couch, (always in the same favorite spot), reading or watching TV, carrying a baby in the same arm, letting the dog take you for a walk, or sitting in the same poor posture at work, everyday.
"Abuse" is when you knowingly overuse your body. Examples include gardening all day...then doing it again the next day, over-exercising, wearing the wrong shoes - because they look good. You can substitute your own bad ideas.
Over time our Aging Body begins to look, sound and feel older.Looking older may present as:
a forward head and rounded shoulders
a hump at the base of the neck or upper...
Aging Body -Part 1 - What it Means
Body symmetry may help relieve pain, and help to age gracefullly
Body symmetry, or how your body is balanced, should be optimal if one is to age gracefully.
Without body symmetry, you could be more likely to fall or experience pain.
Pain may arise from the tension in muscles working to prevent the body from tipping or from leaning towards one side, each resulting in a limp.
A simple at home test can determine if you maintain good body symmetry. This is a test I do periodically to ensure well balanced health.
Body Symmetry Test - "The Belly Button Test"
Unless you no longer have a belly button, the position where it sits is informative to your body symmetry.
I check my body symmetry by standing in front of a mirror while wearing a pair of pants or skirt that has a central point (i.e. snap, zipper).
As I stand WITHOUT shifting, I lift up my shirt to expose my belly button.
IT SHOULD BE CENTERED AND NOT TILTED OR PULLED.
Good body symmetry
Poor body symmetry. Needs help.
If it is centered, you're good to...
Testing Your Body Symmetry
Aging gracefully is not difficult if you don't have major diseases or bad injuries. Knowing which postures and movements are good for the body and which are not is a simple means to healthy aging. The bottom line is keeping muscles balanced.
By understanding what "aging" means, you can understand how slowing down the effects of aging can be managed by reducing the prior wear and tear effects of aging and
learning how to lessen further wear and tear to the body
Here are a few tips to get you started. There are many things you can do to help the body maintain balance. Check back for more!
Aging gracefully requires you to treat your body kindly.Strive for symmetry:
1. set up your workstation so that you spend equal time looking and moving to the left and right
2. use your non-dominant hand more often
Here's why: By always turning your head in the same direction and moving in one direction, or by only using the same hand, those muscles develop greater tension being used more often than the other; while less used muscles get flabby and weak. This eventually moves the body to an off-centered position and may lead to pain.
Stand up slowly and fully before beginning to walk:
Aging Gracefully: 6 Tips- Aging Body Part 2
The Aging Face presents in different ways for different people. Signs of the aging face include changes in skin texture, lines, wrinkles and furrows. This happens because various structures of the face recede, which may be due to the overuse of some facial muscles and the underuse of others. And if the rest of the body is shifted from center, it may accentuate the effects.
Let's look at some changes that occur in the Aging Face.
Facial expressions account for a portion of the changes. Some people furrow their brow, others purse their lips, still others squint or smile a lot. I think the effects of gravity are sometimes overstated. For instance, smile lines cannot be due to gravity - unless a person's usual position is a headstand! Upper lip lines also seem to defy gravity. The muscles used in these expressions become overused in time and feel tense. The facial muscles that aren't being used as much tend to sag over time. The result is lines, wrinkles and furrows, as well as facial asymmetries.
Here are some other changes observed in the Aging Face all due to tension in the muscles:
Eyes appear unlevel or asymmetrically shaped
Cheek fullness is more on one side
Neck is sagging
The Aging Face - 5 Tips- Aging Body Part 3
3 Tips for Better Balance
Having good balance is so important for fall prevention and healthy aging. Everyone has experienced a misstep or tripped sometime in life. The ability to recover without falling so often requires being able to balance on one foot.
Schehr Center for Wellness Balance Video
Test your safety for fall prevention, attempt to stand balanced on one foot. Then, try the other.
To be well balanced, barring any medical disorders, you should be able to stand on one foot for 30 seconds. If you can stand for at least 15 seconds, practice more, gradually increasing your time to 30 seconds. You must be able to shift your body over your base of support, which in this case is one foot. There are several reasons that this may be difficult, but the more balanced you are, the safer you are.
If you are unable to balance on one foot for 30 seconds, try these 3 things.
Stand, feet apart. Place your hands on your waist. Use your hands to guide your body, shifting over your right foot as you pick up the left. Do the same with balancing on the left foot, picking up the right. If you are starting...