Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain

Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain

Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain

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 »

5 Health Choices That Changed My Life - Trigger Points Therapy

Trigger Points Therapy

5 Health Choices That Changed My Life - Trigger Points Therapy

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 »

5 Health Choices That Changed My Life (and I'm not pitching essential oils)

5 Health Choices That Changed My Life (and I’m not pitching essential oils)

5 Health Choices That Changed My Life (and I'm not pitching essential oils)

Over the past ten years, I’ve spent untold hours researching health related topics as I’ve tried to get to the bottom of what was wrong with me (which is, and was, a lot).  In this day and age, you have to be your own health advocate and dig for answers because even the best and most caring doctors don’t have the time to do it for you and they don’t know enough outside of their own area of expertise to be of much help. All of my research and experiences certainly don’t make me an expert in … Read more »

Discipling Children in Christ Outside the Box3

Discipling Children in Christ Outside the Box

Discipling Children in Christ Outside the Box3

Last year I wrote a series of posts called Raising Gifted Children in the Christian Faith (first post here and all posts here). If you haven’t read that series, I encourage you to read it first because this post about discipling children will make much more sense in that context.

In this post, I’m talking about the Christian faith outside the box.  I recognize that this post is going to make some Christians reading it uncomfortable. I understand that. But I also believe this post is going to be incredibly freeing for some Christian parents, especially … Read more »

My Child Hates Phonics

My Child Hates Phonics

My Child Hates Phonics

When I went through my teacher education program, whole language was all the rage. If you aren’t familiar with the term, whole language basically means that children learn words as whole pieces of language. This is in contrast to phonics in which children are taught to decode words with the rules they learn about letters, sounds and how they go together.

I was exposed to both teaching phonics and using whole language in college, but whole language was definitely the thing. When I started my Masters program a few years later, I took a wonderful literacy class taught … Read more »

I am That Mom Who Doesn't Do Santa

I Am That Mom Who Doesn’t Do Santa

I am That Mom Who Doesn't Do Santa

We don’t do Santa. It was a very deliberate choice. In fact, it was a choice David and I made before we ever had a child. For us, it came down to the exact same reason my parents did not do Santa with my brother and me when I was a little girl.

It is lying. And we don’t lie in our home. Period.

Here is why I think doing Santa has the potential to cause significant problems.

Anger, Betrayal and More

First, you don’t truly know what kind of child you have until you are many years into the Santa … Read more »

Selling Digital Downloads - WooCommerce versus WP eStore

Selling Digital Downloads – WooCommerce versus WP eStore

Selling Digital Downloads - WooCommerce versus WP eStore

One question that comes up time and again in blogger groups and forums has to do with the best platforms for selling digital products on a website or blog. Two of the most popular options are WooCommerce and WP eStore. Since I’ve used both I often want to chime in and share my experience, but I don’t always have time to write up a lengthy response. So this post is my response that I can point people to in the future. You can see my current shop here. I do not … Read more »

6 Ways Having a Gifted Child Changed My Life

6 Ways Having a Gifted Child Changed My Life

6 Ways Having a Gifted Child Changed My Life

When I became pregnant ten years ago, I knew my life would change. But I never anticipated the primary reason for the transformation I’ve experienced.

It wasn’t just that I had a child. It was the fact that I had a child who was tough to figure out. Who made me seriously question my parenting abilities. Who drained me (and my husband) daily. And it took me years until the lightbulb went on when someone pointed out that Caroline was gifted (and, as we eventually also figured out, 2e).

Caroline’s giftedness frankly drives much of our lives. Parents of … Read more »