317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Self Enrichment

Health Care Sovereignty

Having the freedom to have a say so in your health care is one of the most important freedoms anyone can have.   Like all freedoms however it comes with responsibility.   That means doing more then what you are told.  You have to be involved in the decision making process and participate in the treatment plan.   Good health prevention practices including exercise, nutrition, and when required, acceptance are all important elements to both getting well and staying well.  Read more about health education and some of the things you can do to improve quality of life at piedmontpmr.com.

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Movement For Pain Relief

Quite often people in pain are afraid to move, after all, they hurt.  But not moving leads tightness, tension, weakness and ultimately more pain.  And that vicious circle can never be good. In cases like this balancing the right amount of movement with the limitations that are present is the key.   Start with breathing.   Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth (for someone in pain just breathing is movement). Others can work on contract – relax.  In this instance a muscle group is contracted (with or without moving the corresponding joint) and then the same muscle is relaxed.  Combining this technique with breathing is even better.   From there progress to childhood exercises like log rolling, creeping or even crawling.   If getting on the floor is burdensome work on sit-stands (the act of standing from sitting) and then the reverse.  In all of these instances let your breathing lead the movement rather then follow it.  Re-educating whats inhibited, stretching whats tight, and then strengthening what is weak can follow from there.   These are just a few thoughts on how movement can be used in the presence of pain.   Visit the Exercises page of piedmontpmr. com for more.

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Pain Versus Tension

Many people with chronic pain are tense.  They naturally  attribute their tension to chronic pain.   But it is quite possible that it is because of tension that they have chronic pain. There is no doubt that tension leads to tightness and tightness leads to weakness.  Most likely both  tension and chronic pain are synergistic in this regard.  They each contribute to Total Load (the total number of things that don’t allow you to get well).   So how does one reduce tension?  There are many options including medications, exercise (movement of any kind can help), practicing breathing techniques, and acceptance.  Naturally there are other choices as well but by focusing on these self-help techniques even those with the most dire of conditions can find some relief.  Visit the Treatment Options section of piedmontpmr.com to learn more.

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