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Steve and Suzanne Chaney

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This blog is about your health and what you can do to improve it. The problem is not in finding health tips. There is an endless stream of health information on the Internet. The problem is in finding health tips that you can trust.

There are a lot of health information web sites created by companies and individuals who want to sell you something. Somehow the information they provide is all related to the products that they are selling. But is that information accurate? Is there really good scientific evidence that the products they are selling work?

There are health information blogs created by individuals who have had remarkable “cures” from some pretty devastating diseases. They are passionate about recommending what has helped them. But will it help you? Is there any scientific evidence that their recommendations actually work? Could it have been something else in their life that changed and gave them such remarkable results?

There are the health information blogs created by the sensationalists. These are often people with some pretty impressive credentials, but they prefer the sensational rather than a balanced interpretation of the science. They are the kind of people who “never let the facts get in the way of a good story”. When they say that “They are giving you the facts that ‘the establishment’ won’t tell you”, you need to ask what “the establishment” knows that these people aren’t telling you.

And there are the health information blogs created by the naysayers. These are the people who will tell you things like “vitamins will kill you”, “cholesterol isn’t bad for you”, and “it doesn’t matter how much you weigh”. You probably know that these pronouncements run counter to what the majority of health experts are saying, but they are confusing.

No wonder you are confused! That’s why I decided to create this blog. First, a bit about me (You’ll find more information about me when you click on “Experts”): I am Dr. Steve Chaney. I have a PhD in Biochemistry. I ran an active research program and taught Human Metabolism and Nutrition to medical and dental students for 40 years. I have published over 100 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and I keep abreast of the latest scientific literature on holistic approaches to better health.

I created this blog because people like you need a place that they can rely on for up-to-date, scientifically accurate health information without hype or bias. I pledge to provide you with accurate health information based on the latest clinical studies. I will tell you about the strengths and weaknesses of each study and how the studies relate to you. I will also report on some of the more sensational and negative claims in the media in order to help restore balance to the discussion.

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Yoga Pain Relief From Tight Muscles

Posted July 17, 2018 by Dr. Steve Chaney

Yoga Shouldn’t Cause You Pain

Author: Julie Donnelly, LMT – The Pain Relief Expert

Editor: Dr. Steve Chaney

yoga pain relief

Do you love to practice yoga?  Do you feel energized after stretching your muscles?  Or do you have yoga pain that prevents you from moving easily after your session is complete.  You probably would like to know how to achieve yoga pain relief from tight muscles.

Why Tight Muscles Cause Yoga Pain

A muscle originates on a bone, merges into a tendon, crosses over a joint, and inserts into another bone. When the muscle contracts it pulls on the tendon, and the joint moves.  However, if the muscle is strained either by repetitive use, or trauma, it becomes too short.  Now you will feel pain when you try to lengthen it to its normal length.  If you try to stretch it you’ll feel even worse pain, and you won’t be able to move properly.

yoga pain relief stretchHere is an analogy to help you better understand the concept. If you tied a rope between two trees and knotted the rope, the flexible tree would bend. If you then tried to force the flexible tree to stand up straight, the knots would get tighter. Also, the fibers outside of the knots would over-stretch.

This is what happens in your body when a muscle is shortened by spasms (knots).  And in your body, the two ends are attached to a bone. As a result, when you try to stretch the knotted muscles, they put a strain on your joint.  You feel pain, and you may have even injured your muscles.

It makes sense to untie the spasms before you stretch.  This would help prevent the need for yoga pain relief.

How To Prevent Yoga Pain By Releasing Muscle Spasms First

yoga pain relief bookFor over 15 years I have been helping people around the world via email and Zoom consultations.  A person orders a consultation, sends me an email explaining the problem, and I send back some treatment ideas. Along with the consultation they get a copy of Treat Yourself To Pain-Free Living  so they can do the treatments I suggest.

An amazing yoga instructor in Texas, named Ana, was having pain in her calf muscles. She was accustomed to yoga eliminating all pains, so she was frustrated that the pain didn’t disappear.  She found me by doing an internet search and decided to have a telephone consultation.

Ana sent an email to me describing her problem.  I told her to order the Treat Yourself To Pain-Free Living book and described the self-treatment for her calf pain.  We then made an appointment to talk in two weeks.

yoga pain relief calfThe treatment for the pain in her calf muscles is shown on the left. You lie on your back and put your calf over top of your opposite bent knee.  Press down and slowly move your leg up toward your head so your knee moves down your calf.  If you find a sore point, that’s a spasm. Hold your pressure on the point for about 30 seconds, then release the pressure for about 30 seconds.  Then repeat 1-2 more times.  It will hurt, but since it’s releasing the spasm, you’ll find it will hurt less each time you do it.

It took Ana just two days to resolve her calf issue and get yoga pain relief. By then, her book had arrived. Since she still had 12 days before we talked, she decided to use the information in the book and work on her hips.  She was shocked to find her hips actually had a lot of spasms.  She treated them as the book showed, and her yoga improved.  Then she took a look at her shoulders that were also “fine.”  Again, she was shocked to find they also had multiple spasms. She treated them as shown in the book, and again her yoga improved.  She was thrilled!

Yoga Pain Relief

yoga pain relief dvdWhen we finally spoke, Ana had made the decision that this was information that needed to come out to yoga instructors everywhere.  That was the beginning of Trigger Point Yoga.  Ana and I worked together to create a product to teach how to release tight muscles before stretching.

Ultimately the product name was changed to Focused Flexibility Training so athletes would also release muscles before stretching.

It’s important to release the spasms that tie your muscles into knots before you stretch.  Focused Flexibility Training shows you where to press, and how to best treat the knot.  And the yoga stretching DVDs are truly first-class.

 

Wishing you well,

Julie Donnelly

About The Author

julie donnelly

Julie Donnelly is a Deep Muscle Massage Therapist with 20 years of experience specializing in the treatment of chronic joint pain and sports injuries. She has worked extensively with elite athletes and patients who have been unsuccessful at finding relief through the more conventional therapies.

She has been widely published, both on – and off – line, in magazines, newsletters, and newspapers around the country. She is also often chosen to speak at national conventions, medical schools, and health facilities nationwide.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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