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Happy New Year! Some of us are probably well on our way to achieving our 2014 goals and resolutions! We might be hitting the gym more, eating better, working on improving a relationship, breaking a bad habit, growing our businesses, taking more time for family, etc. However, unfortunately, millions of us are dealing with pain getting in the way of our lives both physically and emotionally and sometimes making it hard to consider much of anything else!
Do you wake up in the morning already in pain or sleep in pain during the night? From the myofascial perspective on pain, the posture in which we sleep is extremely important. This issue of Muscle News will focus on the 6 Tips for Pain Free Sleep shown below, also known as the"Getting Out of the Womb" Sleep Posture.
The subject of this issue of Muscle News is more serious than our usual topics. Recently, an American soldier tragically took his life after dealing with chronic pain and we thought it appropriate to address those of us who suffer from chronic pain or who have loved ones who suffer from it. Iraq War veteran, Daniel Somers, suffered from the painful condition known as Fibromyalgia, as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other medical conditions.
The Restful Legs Recipe is something we all can benefit from due to our modern sedentary lifestyle. As one trigger point therapist pointed out at an event this week, "Sitting has become an Olympic event." She explained that we "practice" sitting hunched over a desk, a computer or a steering wheel more hours per day than many Olympic athletes might practice their sport. All this sitting leads to shortening of our hip, thigh and leg muscles, causing trigger points and all manner of muscular and joint problems. The Restful Legs Recipe is a great solution to balance out all this sitting.
When it comes to pain we'd rather live without. Toothache and TMJ (Jaw Joint) pain certainly rank among the least tolerable. Fortunately, a common culprit is often responsible for these symptoms: A powerful jaw muscle within the rear of the cheek, named the Masseter. Fortunately, trigger points in the Masseter can be treated by a trigger point therapist or by you at home! If anyone you know suffers from these symptoms, have them perform the following quick tests and self-care tips below to identify possible trigger points and myofascial dysfunction in the Masseter.