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Three Injury Types and How They Impact Self-calming

We typically think of falls, being hit by something, or being in a motor vehicle accident as a cause of pain or mobility concerns.

These types of injuries are the leading causes of nonfatal preventable injuries treated in hospital emergency departments:
(United States, 2019)

  1. Falls – 8,049,8822
  2. Struck By/Against – 3,183,7723
  3. Motor Vehicle-Occupant – 2,108,1474

What you might not realize, is that these incidents can also relate to why you are having a harder time dealing with your stress and anxiety. Read more

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Yes, Long COVID and Diaphragm Have a Connection 😵

How can long COVID have so many lingering issues?

According to the CDC, new or ongoing symptoms of long COVID may include:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • tiredness or fatigue
  • difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • cough
  • chest and/or stomach pain
  • headache
  • heart palpitations
  • joint and/or muscle pain
  • pins and needles
  • diarrhea
  • sleep problems

Many of us know someone who just hasn’t completely bounced back from being sick, especially COVID. Read more

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Anxiety, Calming, and the Diaphragm

Gaining a new sense of calm

You have a hard time staying calm, and new situations get you ramped up pretty quickly.

Sound familiar? These are common feelings for many of our clients, young and not so young.

A common way to help find calm is to lie down with your legs flexed and focus on breathing. Yes, in the moment, this can calm you. And, it feels so relaxing!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have that deeper level of calm available all the time?

Read more

Diaphragm

More Reasons the Diaphragm is Key to Your Pains, Fatigue, and more…😳

Insights to the many ways your diaphragm should support you …

The diaphragm affects everything!

When I teach Bridging® we spend a lot of time discussing diaphragm connections and function, as well as the events in a person’s background which likely impact diaphragm function.

This is why:

“The diaphragm affects everything in the body, AND everything in the body affects the diaphragm.”  Read more

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Does Your Breathing Cause Your Body Stress?

Pain? Tight hips, low back? Rounded posture? Fatigue? Is breathing the root cause?

We breathe over 1 million times a day!

For something that should be automatic and easy, it’s been amazing how many people we meet whose breathing mechanics don’t work correctly.

We meet because you are looking for pain relief at the knee, hip, low back, neck and shoulders. We find your breathing mechanics have hijacked muscles to help which shouldn’t be involved in breathing. This is why you continue to have pain. Breathing is more important to survival than walking or running. When I’m teaching, I remind students that ‘Breathing always wins!’ Read more

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Breathing, Posture, and Endurance

“Feels good to be able to fully breathe in again!” – Runner training for 2021 Chicago marathon

Breathing and the Marathon Training Plan

My friend is training for the Chicago Marathon, not her first, but she has been struggling for her breath after 4-5 miles. Since her training plan calls for a 10-12 long mile run at this stage, it doesn’t bode well for her preparation. She told me she was getting worried. Read more

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Crazy Question: What If Your Core Never Really Worked the Right Way?

Core activation fiction

Do you have to work harder than others to keep a strong and active core?

Looking for clues to unresolved pain, stiffness, or anxiety — all common when the core activation isn’t fully developed?

The sports industry, exercise world, and pop culture would have us believe that all we need for a great core is more — more exercise, more equipment, and more discipline. Really???  Read more

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Core Exercise vs. Activation

Have you been told you need to activate your core muscles before exercising or lifting?

You are returning to your active lifestyle and workout routines. A common part of a well-rounded workout routine focuses on your core.

Great core function is much more than doing a bunch of crunches. However, when choosing any core exercise you make one big assumption — that your core is activating correctly.  Read more

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Have Chronic Pain? Here’s Another Cause

Chronic Pain? Often a long forgotten or key injury is at play

Chronic pain is the top reason clients (teens and adults) seek out Bridging® for relief.

What does chronic pain look like to you?

  • Pain that keeps you from sleeping
  • Pain that keeps you from daily life activities
  • Pain that keeps you from fun with friends

Read more

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Pain — The #1 Reason Teens and Adults Seek Out Bridging® Relief

Insights about Chronic Pain

feeling stressed80% of childhood chronic pain continues into adulthood.

Many study* participants reported the pain was the result of a sports injury. (*Source: Chronic Pain in Adolescents Children (Basel) Dec 2016 Freiedrichdorf et al.)

17% of adults with chronic pain had it as a child.

Chronic pain is also a significant post-operative complication.  Read more