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Butch Phelps
Butch Phelps
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 3:28 pm

Do you think you are not flexible?

Flexibility is more a state of mind with a little help from our positioning. Learn to free your joints and regain your movement to live with less pain.

Butch Phelps
Butch Phelps
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 3:46 pm

How can muscles cause pain?

Few people look to their muscles when dealing with chronic pain, but your muscles create more pain and eventually damage then anything else in your body. Every time you move, you are causing your muscles to shorten and get hard. This shortening causes you to lose spacing in your joints, causing the joints to dry out leaving you with joint pain. All the ointments do help in the short term, but no more than Novacaine from your dentist when you have a toothache. Learning how to release your muscles will improve your joint health by lubricating your joints and giving you the freedom to move as you like.

Butch Phelps
Butch Phelps
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 4:46 pm

Did You Know that your Shoes Could be causing you Pain?

Heavily supported shoes can create foot pain and neck pain which can lead to head forward posture.

Butch Phelps
Butch Phelps
Wed, May 6, 2015 12:48 pm

It's vacation time!

It is summer and that means travel. Many of us are going back north or just taking a much needed vacation. All that time traveling can lead to low back stiffness or neck and shoulder stiffness. We must prepare before we hit the road.
Sitting cause your thighs on the front to shorten. When you try to stand up, your low back can seem stiff. Kneel on one knee, keep your torso straight and lean your body forward. You will feel the front of your hip of the knee that is down stretch. Hold for 2-3 seconds and repeat 8-10 times.
 Next lay on your stomach, then lift your upper body by getting up on your elbows. Hold 2-3 seconds and repeat 8-10 times. This should free up your low back.
For the neck and shoulders there are stretches you can before, during, and after your trip. First lay back on a foam roller or pillow while extending your arms out to stretch your chest. Hold 2-3 second and repeat 8-10 times. While seated, place your hand on the crown of your head, then tuck your chin and gently pull your head toward your chest. Hold 2-3 seconds and repeat 8-10 times. Finally, place your hands under your chin and press your head up toward the ceiling. Hold 2-3 seconds and repeat 8-10 times. This will free your neck and you can do these several times a day.
In the morning while in the shower, use your hands to massage your chest. All that sitting in the car will cause your chest to shorten.
Happy traveling and we will see you in the fall!

Butch Phelps
Butch Phelps
Mon, Feb 16, 2015 5:48 am

Are you suffering from Tennis Shoulder?

Tennis shoulder is a very common injury for tennis players. Due to the ballistic nature of the serve, it puts a tremendous amount of stress on the muscles of the shoulder. Many shoulder injuries are mis-diagnosed as rotator cuff injury and too many people have unnecessary surgeries only to re-injure it again. The rotator cuff is not a separate part of your shoulder. It includes the chest muscles, muscles on the shoulder under the shoulder blade and down your upper arm. These muscles allow your shoulder to rotate so you can serve the ball. These muscles fatigued, will shorten and get hard which can lead to a tear if not properly stretched. Most stretching routines for tennis players spend too little time actually stretching the muscles, in fact most tennis stretching that I have seen tightens up the muscles due to improper stretching, even when taught by a pro.
First we need to soften the tired muscles with a tennis. Place the ball in a sock and place it between your back and the wall. Don't roll around on it, but just press in. Move the ball until you find a tender spot and hold it there. Breathe out and let your mind release it. Now move to another location and repeat.
For your chest, while in the shower, massage your chest muscles. Be sure to press deep and yes it will hurt, but you need to release the lactic acid out of the muscles. When your chest doesn't hurt regardless of how hard you press, the chest is clean and ready to play.
 When stretching your muscles never hold a stretch for more than 3 seconds and repeat 8-10 times. I will soon have personalized videos on my website for you to follow, but for now, just email or call and I will help you.

Learn to live without chronic pain by using the techniques of the Muscle Repair Shop to free your body up.

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