What are Trigger Points? They are more than knots!

Trigger points are little nodules in tight bands of muscle tissue. They are palpable “knots” that feel like grains of rice or small peas in tight muscle. They create a pain pattern that can be dull, aching, or sharp, and cause the muscle to contract. The pain  can radiate around the trigger point, or it can refer … Continue reading

Hip Labrum Surgery Recovery – Two Years Later

It’s been over two years since my hip labrum surgery for labral tear and complex FAI. I’m happy to report that I am still mostly pain free and am back to most of the activities I did prior to my injury. I say “mostly pain free” because there are days and weeks that my hip … Continue reading

Migraines: A different type of head pain

This is the last post in our series about headaches. Today I’m talking about the migraine. Migraines are usually debilitating, one sided headaches that can cause nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, and a phenomenon called “auras” in which there are floaters or a waterfall over the vision. Migraines are considered vascular headaches and happen when there is … Continue reading

Headaches: Stress-related headaches and solutions

Part one – Stress and tension At The Neuromuscular Studio, we see many many clients who have frequent headaches – everything from stress-induced tension headaches to injury-related whiplash headaches to debilitating chronic migraines. I recently attended a workshop at Chandler Physical Therapy where Eric Christensen, DPT reminded me of a few things about headaches. I’d … Continue reading

Guest Blog: Breathing and Neck Pain

Breathing is part of life. That’s an understatement, right? This comes before anything else we need to survive. Without fresh O2, we are doomed to be part of history rather than the present. So why, if it is so important, do we pay absolutely no attention to it? Breathing is one of those funny things … Continue reading

Pokemon Go neck… no, seriously. It’s real!

We’ve talked about “Text neck” before: the pain in your neck caused by keeping your head in a forward and down position for extended periods of time while texting. But now there is a new name for it: “Pokemon Go neck”. The newest technology craze is getting people up and moving, but because it requires … Continue reading

Abdomen and the pelvic floor, pain and connective tissue

I had worked with pregnant women for years before becoming pregnant myself, but No One could have prepared me for the changes I would experience in my abdomen and pelvic floor during pregnancy and postpartum. I learned all about the biomechanical aspects of pregnancy while going through it: the changed gait, the changed center of … Continue reading

Hip labrum and FAI surgery: Week and Day of Surgery

My last post about my hip labrum and FAI surgery indicated that my surgery date was going to be 12/15/15. I had my pre-op testing at the hospital on 12/1 which included a complete blood count, EKG and chest X-ray. I received a call the next morning from my surgeon, Dr. Tim Bert‘s, office (Hedley … Continue reading

Preventative massage therapy creates lasting wellness

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how our treatments can help to correct the soft tissue aspects of injury and biomechanical dysfunction, but prevention of injuries and pain is just as important. When our muscle and connective tissue is regularly treated though massage therapy, there is less tension placed on our joints and … Continue reading

Myofascial Pain prevention: Surgery Scars

Anyone who’s had a surgical procedure knows how unsightly the scars can be, and how they will look after they heal is a concern. But to us, more important that esthetics, is how your tissue will function after the surgery. Scar tissue is dense, and as a part of the healing process it can become … Continue reading