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Most Helpful Movements for Common Shoulder Issues

This is a look at a series of helpful exercises for those who have rotator cuff issues. Most mild to moderate cases of bursitis, adhesive capsulitis, and various forms of impingement can be overcome by improving shoulder and spinal mobility using the exercises shown here.

It's always prudent to consult with your own health care providers before trying any program of care. Read more about Most Helpful Movements for Common Shoulder Issues

 

Release Tight Shoulders

Updated on June 12, 2019

This is a look at how to use a massage ball to release a tight shoulder. Specifically, how to work out hypertonicity through the rhomboids and the muscles that make up the bulk of the posterior shoulder region - teres minor, infraspinatus, posterior deltoid, and the lats.

The ball used in this video can be found here: Read more about Release Tight Shoulders

 

When Our Loved Ones Suffer

When a loved one experiences something hurtful and is suffering, I think the instinct for most of us is to identify silver linings and do what we can to fix things.

As a parent to 13 and 11-year old boys, I've come to feel that while there is value in trying to be helpful when they are feeling down, what I'd most like to do beyond offering empathy and a comforting presence is to have them feel the belief that I have in them to eventually find a way to a better place, to transcend their suffering through their own thoughts and efforts. Read more about When Our Loved Ones Suffer

 

Cui Lina: An Inspiration To Many

Many thanks to Asian Boss for sharing Cui Lina's inspiring journey with the world. Read more about Cui Lina: An Inspiration To Many

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

Updated on June 5, 2019, originally posted in June of 2015

If you have a chronic musculoskeletal injury that isn't responding to appropriate rest, stretching, and other rehab measures, you might consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of blood from your arm, using a centrifuge to collect the platelets in your blood, and then injecting concentrated platelets into injured tissue(s).

The idea is that natural growth factors that are secreted by your platelets can promote healing that would otherwise be difficult because of inadequate blood flow and healing capacity. Read more about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

 

That Magic Finger

Originally posted in May of 2015

From the time our older son was a toddler, he has shown a disposition for sport. Though quite shy by nature, when it comes time to run and hit fuzzy balls, his eyes sparkle and he exudes the kind of joy that I imagine all parents wish upon their children.

As he has grown to love competing on the tennis court, as a family, we have struggled to figure out how to deal with those who blatantly cheat. It's the dirty little secret of the junior tennis world, only it isn't a secret at all. In this gladiatorial sport that often involves the one-on-one intensity of boxing, there are some families who simply don't mind their children cheating others for a win. Our son is now 9 years old and we have been witness to ruthless repeated cheating by kids who clearly know better, all while their parents stand by with their steely gazes, clearly not bothered that their children are robbing others of their hard work. Read more about That Magic Finger

 

Healthy Berries and Cream

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Updated on June 3, 2019

I have this cousin who has long had a serious weakness for creamy desserts. Specifically, creamy vanilla icing commonly found on top of cupcakes. About a year ago, she decided to eschew dairy to see if avoiding casein and whey would help her overcome chronic eczema. She went all out, and within a month, her rashes melted away - it was one of those cases where the improvement was so rapid that the doer swore off pasteurized and homogenized dairy for life. Read more about Healthy Berries and Cream

 

Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

It’s how we behave during times of conflict that ultimately determines the quality of our relationships.

To like, love, and even to adore are effortless when all is good.

But how well do we listen with deep intent to understand when there is disagreement?

How capable are we of considering our shortcomings and how we might have contributed to any conflict at hand?

If we can’t offer heartfelt empathy, and we refuse to take responsibility for our contributions to hurt feelings, the fracture only grows wider. Read more about Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

 

Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

Updated on May 29, 2019

I was introduced to the practice of taking cold showers for multiple health benefits by a good friend in graduate school more than 20 years ago. I still remember the shock of giving it a go for the first time in the middle of a harsh winter in a suburb of Chicago. My body immediately began hyperventilating as I summoned all of my resolve to take on that icy cold water from Lake Michigan. Beyond the initial moment of impact, what I remember most was a deep sense of satisfaction afterward for getting through the experience. Read more about Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

 

When We Have Trouble Forgiving

Originally Posted in October of 2018

Dear Reader,

If you've been receiving my newsletter for a long while, you likely know that I've had some profound ups and downs with my parents over the years, mostly with my dad.

In recent months, I was in a bit of a dark place with deep wounds bubbling up to the surface. I tried a number of things to bring peace to my heart but it feels as though some wounds are like fault lines that lie dormant for long stretches, only to suddenly come to life with unstoppable waves of destructive force. Read more about When We Have Trouble Forgiving

 

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