SPORT. WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH PAIN RELEIF?

pain relief, toronto, physiotherapy, yoga, posture, roncesvalles, little italy, college street, alignment, rehabSPORT. WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH PAIN RELEIF?

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the Body Alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

What does sport have to do with pain relief? There is actually a great gift that sport has given pain relief. Let me explain.

If you have ever played sport at a competitive level you will know the grueling physical and mental training involved with peak performance or being ready for competition or accomplishing personal bests. Along with all the nutrition, physio treatment, etc involved. Even if you haven’t played sport at a competitive level you may have heard a sports newscaster talk […]


I’M NOT GETTING ANY BETTER. WHAT DO I DO?

pain relief, toronto, physiotherapy, yoga, roncesvalles, little italy, rehab, posture

I’M NOT GETTING ANY BETTER. WHAT DO I DO?

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the Body Alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

Many clients have said on their first phone call to me that they have tried everything to get better: physiotherapy, chiro, osteo, massage, yoga etc. and their pain or injury just isn’t getting better. They are really frustrated, at their wit’s end.

When my clients do start to find relief from pain and injury from our work together it is so nice to see. Their personality starts to come out, sense of humor; some smiles start to creep into practices, relaxation, […]


HOW TO REGAIN TRUST IN YOUR BODY: PART 2

physiotherapy, yoga, toronto, posture, pain relief, alignment, roncesvalles, little italyHOW TO REGAIN TRUST IN YOUR BODY: PART 2

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the Body Alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

Working from clarity is one of the most important skills to regaining trust in our body, and most importantly, ourself. So what does that mean?

When thoughts of “I will probably hurt myself if I do that” or “I feel a bit of pain in my back so something must be wrong” or anything that starts this type of thinking… this is where we start our practice of clarity. We need to ask “Am I actually in danger of an injury at this moment?” If we are actually in danger of an injury at that moment, then we know to remove […]


HOW TO REGAIN TRUST IN YOUR BODY

pain relief, physiotherapy, yoga, rehab, toronto, alignment, roncesvalles, high park, little italyHOW TO REGAIN TRUST IN YOUR BODY 

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the Body Alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

“I just want to trust my body again.” When working with clients, I hear again and again, “I just want to trust my body again.” If you have had this thought or have just felt like you can’t trust your body… or it has let you down, then just know you are not alone in this.

So how do we regain trust in our body after persistent pain, injury or stiffness? […]


HOW TO NEUTRALIZE BLAME WHEN IT COMES TO PAIN

physio, pain relief, yoga, posture, rehab, toronto, roncesvalles, high park, college street, alignment, sports HOW TO NEUTRALIZE BLAME WHEN IT COMES TO PAIN

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the body alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

It is very common that we can feel our body has let us down when we have had an injury, constant pain, or stiffness. Who else’s fault would it be, right? It’s the one I can’t trust; the reason I can’t do anything, and I’ve tried everything to make it feel better but it just flares up anyway. It’s pretty easy to see the body as the culprit.

So why do we need to pay any attention to whose fault it is? First, when we identify the body as separate from ourself (e.g. the body as the […]


WHAT WE NEED TO GET REALLY GOOD AT TO RELIEVE PAIN

pain relief, toronto, physiotherapy, yoga, posture, roncesvalles, little italy, college street, alignment, rehabWHAT WE NEED TO GET REALLY GOOD AT TO RELIEVE PAIN

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the body alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

Often with chronic pain and injury we get really good at spotting that part of us that is uncomfortable, that feels different than are “good side”, that “can’t do things that are good side can. And we get really good at this not just because we are in pain or there is a difference, but usually because some where inside of us we believe that if I don’t watch out for this stuff I will hurt myself even more.

Just maybe this constant thinking and monitoring of pain, and […]


WHY DO YOGA PEOPLE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT BREATH? IS IT IMPORTANT FOR PAIN RELEIF?

physiotherapy, yoga, pain relief, toronto, posture, rehab, roncesvalles, little italy, high park, alignmentWHY DO YOGA PEOPLE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT BREATH?
IS IT IMPORTANT FOR PAIN RELEIF?

(Rachel Donen teaches Physical-Rehab and the body alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

If you think about your most tense moment, stressful moment, you may have felt all of your body clench, no memory of breathing at that time, and immense concentration on that situation. Things like tension and our breathing let us know what kind of experience we are having. If your breath is shallow, quick, non-existent in your experience it’s likely that a sense of ease, comfort, and some relaxation are also not present. This may be a source or enabler to pain. […]


WHY IS MY NECK ALWAYS STIFF AND PAINFUL? DO I NEED TO STRETCH MORE?

physiotherapy, yoga, posture, toronto, rehab, roncesvalles, little italy, alignment, sportsWHY IS MY NECK ALWAYS STIFF AND PAINFUL? DO I NEED TO STRETCH MORE?

(Rachel Donen teaches Physio-Rehab and the body alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

If you have had tense neck muscles, you have probably thought or felt they need to be stretched. What else would tight and painful muscles need? Sometimes muscles do need a feeling of lengthening or opening because they are tight or feel glued. And sometimes they need to be strengthened. Often though with tight and painful neck muscles they do not need to be stretched or strengthened. Now why is that? […]


PAIN RELIEF AND PHYSICS? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

physiotherapy, yoga, toronto, posture, pain relief, alignment, roncesvalles, little italyPAIN RELIEF AND PHYSICS? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

(Rachel Donen teaches Physio-Rehab and the body alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

What the heck does physics have to do with pain relief? For most of us now there is an association with proper alignment and pain relief (e.g. bad posture causing problems for how we move and carry our body… and one factor causing us pain). That we get. What we might not know is that physics is actually a component of proper alignment. How?

If you think of a body that has “bad posture” and “pain” there is usually a lot of tension, holding, grabbing. The energy of the body […]


PAIN AND BOREDOM?

pain relief, toronto, physiotherapy, yoga, roncesvalles, little italy, rehab, posturePAIN AND BOREDOM?

(Rachel Donen teaches Physio-Rehab and the body alignment training from Yoga to relieve Chronic Pain, Injury, & Stiffness. Toronto locations: Little Italy and Roncesvalles.)

If you have experienced pain, and especially persistent pain, usually frustration is what comes to mind… not necessarily boredom. So what does boredom have to do with pain relief?

When we experience pain over and over again, it feels like all our energy is being sucked up. It’s draining. It may sometimes feel all that is good inside has been sucked out of us by having been in pain for so long. There can sometimes be a dead energy or great sadness with constant pain. […]


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