Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

Using Cupping Therapy to Relieve Pain

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Cupping Therapy can help relieve pain, inflammation & increase blood flow to help with healing. It can also help break up adhesions (scar tissue). 

Cupping Therapy uses a cup to create suction on the skin to break capillaries causing blood to come to the surface of the skin. This will often make a bruise that will last for several days.

Cupping Therapy is a form of Ancient Chinese Medicine that has been around for thousands of years and is used all over the world. It started to become popular several years ago when Olympic athletes sported their cupping bruises.

The folks at Achedaway sent me their Achedaway Cupper to help demonstrate how to use cupping therapy. The Achedaway Cupper also has infrared light therapy as an added treatment. It is an automated cupping device that uses dynamic suction to help enhance healing.

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Relieve Stress & Anxiety with Wearable Technology

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Wearable technology can help relieve stress and anxiety by improving your heart rate variability (HRV). Over time, this can help your body learn how to recover from stress more quickly.

The Apollo looks like a watch, and goes around the wrist or ankle, and delivers light vibration-like pulses.

Check out the Apollo's website for more information about how the Apollo works and to read some of the research studies that they've done. And if you want to purchase one, make sure you use code DRJO10 to get 10% Off.

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Bedtime Yoga Routine for Better Sleep

Yoga at bedtime can help you fall asleep faster and sleep better. Trudy, a registered yoga teacher and fellow Physical Therapist, stops by to show me a therapeutic yoga bedtime routine.

Therapeutic yoga focuses on gentle yoga or modification poses with breathing techniques. Trudy is not only a friend and mentor, but she is also from Canada! So if you are a Canadian viewer, make sure to give her a shout-out in the comments. And Canadian or not, make sure you visit Trudy's website!

When trying to get a good night’s sleep, you want to do stretches and exercises that don’t wake up your spine, so try not to extend your back or open up your chest area before going to sleep.

A piriformis stretch is a great way to help relax the glute area and relax the lower body.

Next, is a double knee to chest stretch. Make sure everything is in alignment, and that you are not getting any pinching in the front of your hips.

Finally, legs up the wall helps with lymphatic drainage. This is a great way to relax the whole body and help with sleep.

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How to Use a TENS / EMS Unit for Pain Relief

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TENS units & EMS units can be very helpful when recovering from an injury or surgery. The two are very different, but often come together in one unit like the iStim EV-805 unit I use in this video.

What's the difference between TENS and EMS?

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is used to help reduce pain and increase circulation. Basically the vibration of the TENS follows the same pathway as the pain pathway to the brain and helps cancel it out. It is a great alternative to pain medication. A TENS uses four electrodes with cross currents to surround the area. The deep vibration/massage helps relax the muscles and allow for healing.

EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) helps contract the muscles to build back up strength after an injury. With EMS the muscles will actually contract, and you can use it as a tool while exercising to help retrain the muscle to work how it's suppose to. It uses two electrodes directly over the muscle you are trying to contract.

The iStim EV-805 I use in this video is a 4 Channel TENS+EMS Combo Unit and comes with 24 Replacement Electrodes Pads. It has 5 TENS Modes + 3 EMS Modes + 24 Preset Programs. You can also manually set up the pulse rate and pulse width if you want to make it more specific for your needs.

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