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Hi everyone! I'm so glad there is this community! [May. 15th, 2005|11:24 am]
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I hope you don't mind me going on a tangent. ;)

I have "TMJ" or Mandibular Pain Disorder, from whiplash from being rear ended, and constant headaches and pain in my upper back and neck. It's been 8 months and now after the chiropractor I'm in Physical therapy and I'm just waiting to get better, but I don't feel like I'm actually helping!!

The Physical therapist says it's from how i position myself, and hold my mouth, etc. . . but no matter what she says I always feel like i'm doing it wrong! (Suck in stomach, hold up chest, keep head in position like i'm getting a picture taken) When I do that I feel like a barbie doll showing off my chest and it makes me so self concious. I have large breasts and I've become accustomed to hiding them by slouching over or holding my arms more in front of me. So it's all weird, and it's all new, but I want the pain to go away! :-/

Also, if I do hold what I call the "barbie doll/manequin" position, I don't know how to do it while sleeping/eating/working/sitting/blah blah blah...especcially excersizing! I used to do a ton of yoga/situps etc before this and now when I read about excersizes all I can think about is "if you do it wrong you may hurt yourself" I know I should just live life and try to just plain excersize to make my body stronger...but I'm sooo overly concerned with "what if I hurt myself?"

My neck became straightened after the accident, it lost it's curve and is constantly cracking and things. My shoulders are always slouched or I'll have extra curve in my back with my bum sticking out...they say I need to be flatter...you know, just plain straight. My teeth are always clenched. I got a mouth piece and I've been working on it. And most of all, I'm always looking UP. I just want to be normal and not be able to feel my every movement anymore.

Does anyone have any advice? Thanks!
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Self-myofascial release [May. 12th, 2005|12:11 pm]
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foam roller

Self-myofascial release (SMR/SMFR)

Myofascial release (a deep tissue massage therapy, like rolfing, hellerwork etc.), that you can do on your own! It can be convinient to be able to do it anytime that suits you, and also, economically speaking - not everyone can afford to go to a body therapist.

All you need is a foam roller (a roller made of foam, nothing more!) By using your bodyweight, you roll over your muscles, massaging them and releasing the fascia. SMR has many benefits, but one very important is that it can help correct muscle imbalances. It could be considered a sort of stretching, but along with the benefits of regular stretching, SMR also offers release of adhesions and scar tissue. SMR is a pretty simple technique to learn, I suggest looking through the links provided on the userinfo page, as they contain more specific instructions and illustations.

A foam roller usually costs between $5-20 depending on size and where you buy it, and they can be found on many online stores.

I have tried SMR myself, although not for long so I can't say anything yet about long-term results, but I can say, it feels good. The first time you try it it's quite unpleasant, well actually I'd say that it hurts. And as far as I've heard, it's supposed to hurt some, but in a good way. Especially the IT-band (long muscle that runs along the outside of the thighs) hurts for most people, but don't skip that part, because tight IT-bands affects lordosis. One good thing, is that while rolling it may hurt but once you get off the roller, you feel this relief.

(cross-posted to community userinfo)
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updated community info [Apr. 28th, 2005|11:59 pm]
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Just a quick note:

Updated community info with
- new presentation text
- added links to related LJ communities, rolfing, and more.
- added "An overview of various treatment options"
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I want to be rolfed! [Apr. 27th, 2005|01:51 pm]
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I'd like to thank martinanonymous for inspiring me to dig into info about rolfing. I've decided that this is something I really want to do, so I've made an economical plan, and appearantly I'll need $2100.

(Note: I live in Sweden, so these numbers are calculated into dollars, since it's an international currency)

Each session costs $114 (the price of the rolfer I'll go to), and usually you go through 10 sessions, so this adds up to $1140. Then I'll have to travel 310 miles each time, and that will cost $1000 in total.

Hopefully I'll have the money within 6 months or so.

I get this slight feeling that I'm crazy, wanting to pay $2100 for massage! But seriously, I'd pay anything to get rid of my problems. I just hope it will help some at least.
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New! [Apr. 24th, 2005|06:51 pm]
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Hi, my name is Jenna, and I'm new.
I'm 24, married, 1 daughter named Dominique (my icon).
I have kyphosis and lordosis. Recently diagnosed.. for about a week (haha).
I'm getting my brace (more like a corset) in a few days.
I'm actually pretty excited about it.
Anything that could help, I'm excited about.

So... hi! *waves*

EDIT: I also need 8 weeks of physical therapy.. (boo).
So I should be starting that soon, as soon as I get my brace..
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a bunch of Rolfing questions [Apr. 2nd, 2005|10:56 am]
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I have a LOT of questions... I realize that you guys might not be able to answer all of them esp. since there are so few members. But if I only get one answer to one question, it will already help...

- Will Rolfing just help clear up the problems I have now, or will it help me prevent these problems in the future? If the latter, will it only help certain movements, or can I carry these skills over to all areas of my life?

- Do I just need those ten sessions, or do I need to regularly return to relearn this stuff? If the latter, how often? Once a month, once a year, whenever problems come up?

- I've read that emotional stuff can come up when physical tension from certain parts of the body are released; does that mean it's in any way dangerous/a bad idea to do this if I have emotional issues/anxiety problems?

- I had surgery on my chest three and half weeks ago... how long do I need to wait to do this so I don't hurt myself?

- Exactly how are the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, somatics, and Rolfing different?

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my first meeting with a physical therapist [Mar. 20th, 2005|03:55 pm]
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I recently went to see a physical therapist for the first time, and the whole thing was great because she confrmed that I pretty much knew what I need to know. She confirmed that my kyphosis is postural (that I have kyphosis because of weak muscles, and not because of spinal deformity, which would be much worse) and that was such a relief, because now I know that it's possible to get rid of my postural problems, as long as I have the energy to keep trying. One more thing she confirmed was that I train correctly. I've thought about putting up my training program on the web, but I figure I better see first if it gives any results.. then again, results as in getting rid of severe postural problems can take a very long time so that's not very practical either. I'll have to get back on that.

On to a few things she reminded me of:

- When thinking about posture it's not only - "suck your stomach in and lift your chest", you should start at your feet. She told me I stood on my heels and that you should have your bodyweight evenly distributed on toes and heel, so your bodyweight should be in the middle of your feet. She said that you should stand in such a way that you at any time easily can rise up on your toes.

- Sitting right. I thought that you should suck your abdomen in as hard as possible to convince the body that you didn't want to have lordosis (sway back) but she said that some degree of lordosis is natural and you should not forget about that. She said you should put your hands under your butt and then rotate your pelvis forward and backward (from exaggerated sway back to almost flat back) and stop where you feel your "sit-bones" the most, and that will be the correct sitting position.

'll get back on more things another time.
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Bad posture and me [Jan. 24th, 2005|01:40 pm]
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It started in school.

I'd never sit correctly in my chair and my posture has been down hill since then. Now, my spine is a rigid peice of shit on a stick and it's hard to enjoy a full life. My career as a bullrider has been put on hold until I can figure out this spine stuff and my days have been reduced to lounging on my futon watching cable television, drinking cofee and investing my unemployment in the stockmarket.

If only I knew.

If only.
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