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Hula Some More!

Hula Some More!

So you're feeling good about the Forward and Backward Hula's? Let's keep on working! Hula Dancer I Stand in the middle of your hula hoop, holding it up around your waist. Rotate those hips/pelvis around clockwise three times, then counter clockwise three times. Feel...

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Pain in the Neck!

Pain in the Neck!

Literally, you've got a pain in the neck! Use these three strategies for self care. 1. Chin Tucks 2. Posture 3. Positioning Chin Tucks: To align your ears over your shoulders, pull your neck slightly backwards. While your neck should not remain flat, this flattening...

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Press Away Back & Sciatic Pain

Press away pain that originates in your back but radiates into your sciatic nerve zipping down your leg. https://video.wixstatic.com/video/ad70c9_4de106cc56ab441495b71d17ae758810/1080p/mp4/file.mp4 Assume a belly-down position on a bed. Allow your feet to hang off the...

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Back Pain No More!

Back Pain No More!

In an effort to centralize back pain that may have started radiating into your butt, hip, thigh and down your leg, try these resting positions while lying on your bed. Prone Propping aka TV Watching Position Allow your thoracic spine to sink down between your shoulder...

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Getting the Juices Going in the Morning

Getting the Juices Going in the Morning

Get the juices going in the morning by moving your spine and SI joints before you even leave the bed. Propping up on elbows aka TV Watching Prop up on elbows 15-20 sec. let your feet hang off the end of the bed. Bridges Lift bottom up, lifting off the bed. 5x...

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Noodle Therapy

Noodle Therapy

Use your noodle, pool noodle that is, to stretch your shoulder. Whether trying to ward off a "Frozen Shoulder" or simply keeping one's posture and shoulder limber, using a pool noodle is a great therapy tool. L

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Noodle-DE-DO

Get your neck, shoulders, posture, back and balance moving! Never has a foam pool noodle found so many uses! Sure kids LOVE them around a pool. As a physical therapist, I LOVE them as one of my useful props: another dime-store find that gets anyone moving. Brightly...

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Punch Balloon Fun

Punch Balloon Fun

Using a dime store party punch balloon, work to gently stabilize the rotator cuff muscles. Keep the balloon low to your side until you can raise your arm levels pain free. https://video.wixstatic.com/video/ad70c9_d86adc936f254f8799261fb3350e64c3/1080p/mp4/file.mp4

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Parking Lot Balance Beam

Parking Lot Balance Beam

This is a challenging balance activity that may require a friend's help for safety.  A parking lot cement stop is a great balance beam for those people wanting to further develop their balance. Use your best safety judgement on this one! https://youtu.be/lXyV5S9CuT0

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