Sciatica: How to Get Rid of That Pain in Your Butt!

Sciatica: How to Get Rid of The Pain in Your Butt

Carol came to see me after returning from her most recent vacation. While she looked lovely and tanned, she was also in a great deal of pain.

She and her husband had gone on a road trip and the long hours spent sitting in the car had wreaked havoc on her back.

When I asked her about the pain, she described it as being “a sharp pain that starts at the top of her butt and goes right down her leg”.

I knew what it was right away – and it’s quite literally a pain in the butt.

SCIATICA.

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What are triggers points and myofascial pain syndrome?

Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

TRIGGER POINTS (TrP’s) are actually very common and can occur within any muscle of the body. Patients of mine who have trigger points often report persistent, chronic pain that results in a decreased range of motion of that particular muscle.

 

The most common muscles affected are in the head and neck area, which can lead to symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ear(s), and even eye pain.

 

“The daily clinical experience of thousands of massage therapists, physical therapists, and physicians strongly indicates that most of our common aches and pains — and many other puzzling physical complaints are actually caused by trigger points, or small contraction knots, in the muscles of the body.” ~ Clair Davies

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Self Myofascial Release Techniques (SMR) with Emma Simpson

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR): What it is and Why You Need it in Your Life

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a massage every single day? Imagine how great it would feel to get rid of all your tight knots and sore muscles on a regular basis.

 

Practically heaven right?

 

For most of us, it’s fairly unlikely that we could fit this into our busy lives. However, there is a way to get that “ohh, I just got a massage feeling” every single day! And the best part is it doesn’t take a ton of time, it’s inexpensive, and it’s really quite simple.

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Intraoral TMJ Massage - benefits & what to expect

Intraoral Massage Therapy: You’re going to do WHAT in my mouth?!

When you think of massage therapy, you think neck and shoulder pain alleviation, right? Well, there’s so much more to it than that!

 

You might even be shocked to learn that many Massage Therapists are trained in massaging and doing manual manipulations inside the mouth.

 

Umm, what? And more importantly, WHY?!

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The language of pain - what chronic pain and discomfort is signalling to your body

The Language of Pain – What Chronic Pain is Telling Your Body

Did you know your body communicates with you around the clock?

 

Many of us are often too busy and stressed with everyday responsibilities, like work and childcare, or distracted with television and technology, to recognise and receive the messages our bodies are sending us.

 

But, you can gain valuable insight into your current state of health when you tune into what your body has to say.

The Language of Pain…are you listening to your body’s signals?

One of the most common languages our body uses to communicate with us — is PAIN.

 

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as, “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.

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Simple Meditation for Beginners - Real People!

Meditation Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation for Real People

When I am feeling super anxious and stressed, I have this cool little tool that helps me chill out and come back down to earth within minutes. You too may have heard of MEDITATION and all the benefits that come along with it.

 

Meditation can be an amazing tool to help us slow down and be in the moment. However, it often gets a bad rap. There are a lot of ideas about what meditation is (and what it isn’t) that just simply aren’t true.

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Stress and the impact on health - it's a full body response!

Full Body Stress Response – The Far-reaching Impacts on Your Health

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on stress and how it impacts your body AND your mind…

 

Considering that being chronically stressed, as so many of us are these days – you might think that stress only affects your nervous system. After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it’s quite literally unnerving!

 

But, stress also compromises your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, other major organs, and even your posture and alignment — it truly is a full body response!

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The impact of stress on the body

Full Body Stress Response – The Real Reasons Why You Feel So Terrible!

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on stress and it’s impact on your body AND mind…

 

According to the Australian Psychological Association (APA),

“Seventy-two percent of Australians admit that stress affects their physical health, and 64% of us claim it’s not doing us any good in the mental health department, either.

The three main causes for stress in Australia are: financial concerns, health issues and family issues.”

Considering that being chronically stressed has become so mainstream these days, and it is such a regular (daily) occurrence, you might think that stress only affects your nervous system?

 

After all, that’s where you perceive it to be in abundance – because it is quite literally unnerving!

 

In actuality, stress, whether the source of it is physical, mental, real or imagined – also compromises your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, most major organs, and even your posture and alignment. It really is a full body response!

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Emma Simpson - Self-care makes me a better mother and health practitioner

How looking after myself makes me a better Mother & Health Practitioner

This has been a hot topic to say the least these days…self-care, self-love, me time, putting yourself first before others. No matter which way you want to spin it, it’s become a “thing”. But, here’s the definition of Self Care that I identify with the most:

 

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept, in theory, it’s something we very often overlook.

Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.”

~ World of Psychology

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What Does Posture Have To Do With Mental Health?

What Does Posture Have to Do With My Mental Health?

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

Here’s what Social Psychologist, Amy Cuddy had to say about this in her 2012 TedTalk “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”

“Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Power posing — that is, standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.”

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