MELTing and staying hydrated

I’ve begun to study and practice the MELT Method after injuring my low back last fall. The pain led to less activity, which seems to have turned on my pain body, which wasn’t an issue before the injury.

I was advised by my physical therapist to limit my yoga to a home practice. Even that sometimes felt like too much. Like only restorative yoga would be helpful.

I think I tore some connective tissue fibers in that large diamond-shaped piece of connective tissue called the thoracolumbar aponeurosis.

So a friend recommended that I try the MELT Method. It’s been around for probably a decade.

What makes MELT attractive at this time is that it works with the body’s connective tissue. Treating the neurofascial system of the body affects sensory nerve endings, which transmit pain signals.

Keeping the fascia fluid is key. Repetitive motion dehydrates the fascia. How much to you sit? Or do you stand on your feet for hours?

Anyway, I’ve been doing it for a week, and I notice a difference. For more, check out the MELT Method here.

In order to stay more evenly hydrated throughout the day, I’m ordering this water bottle with 2 hour increments marked on it that I’ll need to refill once. It’s glass with a non-BPA protective sleeve and two caps.

Glass water bottle

(I have an affiliate account with Amazon and will make a few cents if you purchase through the link.)

Post-concussion self-care

I’m getting referrals for craniosacral therapy for people who have had concussions, and I want to help these folks recover. Not knowing what a doctor may have told them but knowing how busy most doctors are, I am providing information here that may help injured brains recover more quickly. If your doctor tells you something different, listen.

People who’ve had concussions may report experiencing pain, dizziness or vertigo, balance issues, vision changes, speech problems, confusion, lack of focus, forgetfulness, nausea, sleepiness, emotional problems, and perhaps other symptoms. To be clear on the language, concussions are also called mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

To simplify, imagine your brain is like jello inside a closed container (cranium) cushioned by a thin layer of water (cerebrospinal fluid), with substantial membranes separating the major parts (hemispheres, cerebrum and cerebellum). A major impact slams the brain around inside the cranium, damaging brain tissue. Some research points to the corpus callosum, which connects the two hemispheres, receiving the most damage from concussions. Continue reading “Post-concussion self-care”

Welcome to my brand new website!

This page on my new website is dedicated to my future blog posts about the work I do. I’ve been blogging since late 2009 on the general topic of wellness over at The Well: bodymindheartspirit. I’ve written about food, diet, nutrition, trauma recovery, how to overcome autoimmune disease, healing my damaged tooth enamel, dental pockets, and  wobbly sacroiliac joints, and more. Continue reading “Welcome to my brand new website!”