When Caroline was little, redirection worked amazingly well. However, when we reached the point when distractions and redirections no longer worked, I realized I needed to figure out a way to come to some kind of agreement with this child who had an iron will and a mind of her own (from the womb). Thus began the negotiation phase of our relationship.
Pinterest is full of pins that link to articles about why people don’t negotiate with their children. Some people call a child’s persistence nagging. I never thought of persistence as nagging. I chose to think of it is … Read more »
Geocaching is the intersection of old-fashioned treasure hunting and space age technology. Using a special geocaching app on your smart phone, you seek out caches hidden literally all over the world. The caches range in size from huge to micro. Getting started with geocaching is super easy!
The geocaching program shows you which way to walk. When you get within twenty feet or so of the cache, the programs dings to let you know you are close. Then you have to figure it out from there!
Caroline and David started geocaching as soon … Read more »
I feel as though I straddle two different worlds. My childhood was during the 1970s so I remember life before the technology we think of as essential today: computers, answering machines, VCRs, video games, calculators, cordless phones, cell phones, remote control TVs, etc. I can put myself in that time and know what it was like to need change for a pay phone, have no way of getting in contact with someone quickly, and watching only three television channels. I learned to use a computer my last year of college. I didn’t own a cell phone until … Read more »
Over time I realized that physical therapy alone wasn’t going to solve my issues. I got to the point I was so desperate to get well that I was willing to try chiropractic care. I say that because I was highly skeptical of chiropractors. So no one is more surprised than me to be here writing about how essential chiropractic care was to my recovery. (In fact, I was going to need to use a three pronged approach to my problems when I also added in the massage element that I’ve already written about here).
Bad Experience … Read more »
We live in a time of information overload. A significant portion of that information overload tells us exactly what is going to kill us and why. It’s often conflicting information. Coffee will kill you and save your life. Fat will kill you and save your life. Eat more of this and less of that except someone else says exactly the opposite. It’s easy to start doubting everything you hear and read because it must all be hype and hot air. That was how I felt about fluoride until I had a very powerful experience with it.
Fluoride Side … Read more »
Sometimes bad things happen that turn out to be blessings. This was the case when my massage therapist dumped me. I learned a powerful difference between medical massage and wellness massage.
Using Massage for Medical Reasons
I sought out a massage therapist since I had determined that massage was also going to need to be part of my long-term recovery process. (I had never had a massage in my life before this.) I tried a few people in different locations and finally settled on one particular woman. She was doing deep tissue massage on me. Sometimes it worked well … Read more »
Dry needling was the proverbial silver bullet I was seeking. Over time I had made a great deal of progress, but I had plateaued. I would feel better for a bit and then slide back. This was the treatment for my myofascial trigger point issues that made the difference. Although this might be the first time you’ve heard of it, dry needling is being used in increasingly diverse places including the NFL.
What is Dry Needling?
Wikipedia describes dry needling this way:
In the treatment of trigger points for persons with myofascial pain syndrome, dry needling is an … Read more »
Discovering trigger points therapy changed my life probably more than anything else I’m going to write about in my 5 Health Choices series. I say that because it unlocked my understanding of how the body works.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook is used more than any books in our house except the Bible and the Calvin and Hobbes anthologies (and some graphic novel series Caroline is currently obsessed with). If we go out of town, it is on the packing list. It’s my go to book. It’s probably saved us thousands of dollars in medical treatment … Read more »