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Conquering Your Fear of Re-injury heal yourself healing an injury healing and injury healing chronic pain pain free athlete posture therapy self healing the pain free athlete Dec 19, 2017

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, available on Amazon.

As you resume sports, your primary fear is most likely re-injury. Because of your previous injury, you may have been through extensive rehabilitation, unable to play your sport, and you don't want to go back to...

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Healing is Possible! heal yourself healing an injury healing and injury healing chronic pain pain free athlete pain free body self healing self-compassion the pain free athlete Sep 28, 2017

Please enjoy the beginning of Chapter 1 from my book, Winning the Injury Game, available on Amazon. Download the entire chapter.

Your body is wonderfully resilient. It wants to serve you and make possible all the sports and activities you love. However, I know this is hard to hear right now....

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Find Non-Movement-Based Techniques to Manage Stress athletic injury balance breath meditation heal yourself healing an injury healing and injury self healing stress stress management stress relief stress response Feb 02, 2017

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, available on Amazon.

Injuries raise your stress level. Looking back at the previous tips (for your healing journey), each of these could be a source of stress. Your stress may escalate because you have overloaded your mind or body...

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Beware of Stretching Your Hamstrings balance body awareness corrective exercises hamstrings heal yourself posture posture alignment stretching Jan 04, 2017

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, available on Amazon.

 

Muscles need to be balanced between the front and back as well as the left and right sides of the body to maintain aligned posture. Aside from the rounding of the upper body, another common postural...

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Osteoarthritis is a Symptom of Postural Misalignments heal yourself healing chronic pain hip degeneration hip osteoarthritis hip pain hip rehabilitation hips osteoarthritis self healing Aug 24, 2016

At 38, my doctor diagnose me with severe (grade 4) bone-on-bone left hip osteoarthritis. Since I was too young for a joint replacement, he advised me to reduce my activity level and avoid any movements that hurt. When the pain was excruciating enough, and my activity limited enough, they would...

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What is Athletic Toughness? character strengths heal yourself pain free athlete racing self self-compassion self-discipline the pain free athlete May 23, 2016

Is athletic toughness pushing through the pain and possibly compromising your body for future sports participation to compete in a race?

OR

Is athletic toughness having the integrity to listen to your body, make self-respecting choices and think beyond today’s game? 

Depending on when...

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Who's in Charge of Your Health? heal yourself healing chronic pain health health goals self healing Apr 19, 2016

My mother's doctor told her that she had six months to live. She followed her doctor’s prediction and died within that time period. A client informed me it would take a year to recover from his plantar fasciitis. He didn’t make any progress until 12 months had passed. My own doctor...

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Practice Self-Compassion for Better Health heal heal yourself health self healing self-compassion self-discipline Feb 16, 2016

Ah, February. The month of love and hearts. Here in the US, we recently celebrated Valentine’s Day. On this day, we express our affections for others. Of course, this is a wonderful thing to do! But what about giving ourselves love and compassion?

Why does it matter? Well, research has...

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Overcome Fear to Reduce Stress and Heal courage heal yourself lissa rankin mind over medicine self healing the fear cure the pain free athlete Oct 27, 2015
Fear is a risk factor for disease and pain. 
Fear raises your stress.
Stress reduces your ability to heal.

Recall my previous blog, Stress Prevents Self-Healing, where I reviewed the book Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D. In her book, Dr. Rankin details how stress...

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Take Care of Yourself: Think MOVE! endurance exercise exercise exercises heal yourself self healing self-discipline therapy exercises May 18, 2015

Guest Blog by freelance writer-editor and Friend of The Pain Free Athlete, Denise Sessions.

When I heard that prolonged sitting, such as at my desk job, put me at risk for certain diseases, I was surprised. I thought I was doing what I needed to do. I worked out every day, not only to maintain...

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Stress Prevents Self-Healing heal yourself lissa rankin mind over medicine nervous system relaxation response self healing stress response the pain free athlete Jan 08, 2015

Within your body, you have a powerful source of self-healing. To illustrate, think of the many bruises, cuts and blisters you’ve had that your body has repaired. Additionally, think about the colds, injuries and infections that you’ve overcome. This self-repairing biological system...

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Pain is Your Ally In Healing chronic pain freedom from pain heal yourself healing an injury healing chronic pain pain free athlete self healing self-compassion the pain free athlete Sep 08, 2014

“Pain is part of the body's defense system, producing a reflexive retraction from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future.”

This is the evolutionary and behavioral role of pain as described...

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