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Relieve Muscle Tension with a Shiatsu Massage Pillow

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Muscle tension can often be relieved with a deep tissue massage like shiatsu. But if you don't have a personal masseuse, a shiatsu massage pillow like the ZMA-20 from Zyllion can help relax tired and sore muscles.

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The Zyllion ZMA-20 is a portable and powerful shiatsu massage pillow. It also has a heating function that helps to further relax and soothe sore, tight, or tired muscles.

It's great for relieving muscle knots, shoulder and neck pain, lower and upper back pain, and even pain in the calves, thighs and feet!

Relieve Muscle Knots & Trigger Points with a Massage Ball Plate

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Muscle knots and trigger points can often be relived with lacrosse balls, but sometimes the balls are hard to control because they easily roll away or out of position. With the Massage Ball Plate from Beaver LAX, this problem is solved.

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This massage ball plate has 7 strategically placed openings for lacrosse balls for up to 21 different trigger point relief combinations.

The massage ball plate holds the lacrosse massage balls in place and is great for relieving muscle knots and trigger points in places like your neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, calves, and feet.

Just place the massage ball plate on a smooth, flat surface, and then place the balls in to the desired openings and start targeting those tight and tender muscles.

The Beaver LAX massage ball plate comes with 2 massage balls, the massage ball plate, and a handy eGuide.

TMJ Pain Relief with Simple Stretches & Exercises

TMJ pain relief can often come from simple jaw stretches and exercises that work the temporomandibular joint. The jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw are often involved. Clicking, popping, pain, and deviations in the movements of the joint are common symptoms. Stretching the TMJ and strengthening the muscles around the joint are just as important as any other part of your body. These simple stretches and exercises should help.

Start off with placing your hand under your thigh to keep your shoulder down, then side bend your head to the opposite side and gently put pressure with your other hand to get a stretch through your trapezius muscles. Hold these for 30 seconds and perform 3 times on each side.

Next you will do some gentle active range of motion stretches. Turn your head from side to side like you are looking over your shoulder. This is neck rotation. Now bring your chin to your chest and then looking up towards the ceiling. This is neck flexion and extension. These should not be painful, and if you feel any dizziness looking up, hold off on that one. Do each way five times.

Now you will massage some of the muscles that become tight when you have TMJ dysfunction. Start with the Masseter muscles. Place your middle three fingers on each side of your jaw. The muscle is in the space below your upper jaw bone. These muscles help you chew. Put some pressure inward and push upward. You can do this for 1-2 minutes.

Then you will move to your temporalis muscles that sit over your temples. These muscles get very tight when you have stress. Place your fingers over the area, and make circular motions. You can do ten one way, and then reverse it and do ten the other way.

The final exercises are isometric exercises. This means you are pushing, but not moving the muscles. You are activating them, but your jaw should not actually move. You want to keep your jaw in alignment, and have your mouth slightly open so your teeth are not touching.

First, hold your mouth slightly open and aligned. Then, with your palm, push your jaw upward. You should feel a stretch on your TMJ.

Next, push down on your bottom teeth with your fingers, and push up with your jaw. Try to keep your jaw in one place, and don't bite down.

Finally, take your palm and slowly push on one side of your jaw. The pressure is on your chin. Push back with your jaw, but make sure your teeth are aligned. Start off gently, and if there is no pain, push a little harder. Do both sides; this will increase the strength and control of the joint.

Hold these for about 5 seconds each, and build your time up to 30 seconds, doing 3-5 each.

Shoulder Pain Relief, Featuring John Malecki The Builder

Shoulder pain can come from many things including tendonitis, bursitis, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and arthritis. My friend John had several shoulder injuries while playing in the NFL that resulted in labral repair surgeries. Now he builds custom furniture on his YouTube Channel! He stopped by for some help with shoulder pain.

If you’ve had any kind of surgery, make sure you are cleared to do exercises, and you are no longer on precautions.

The first stretch is a swiss ball roll out. If you don’t have a swiss ball, you can use a table top or counter top. You will slide your arm forward with your thumb facing upward towards the ceiling and lean your body forward until you feel a stretch. You can stabilize the ball with your other hand. Hold it for 3-5 seconds, and start off with 10-15.

The next stretch is a chest stretch on the swiss ball. You want to lie on your back with your feet on the ground in a table top or half bridge position. Roll enough over it to let your shoulders rest on the ball. Reach your arms up and back and let them hang down. If that is too much, you can make a W motion with your hands out to the side. Hold this for 30 seconds, and do it three times.

Now you will lie on your stomach in prone. For Is, put your arms straight out in front of you with your thumbs up (like an I). Keeping your arms straight, raise your arms up off the ground. For Ts, put your arms straight out to the side of you with your thumbs up (like a T). Keeping your arms straight, raise your arms up off the ground. For Ys, with your thumbs up, put your arms straight out in front of you at an angle (like a Y). Keeping your arms straight, raise your arms up off the ground. Finally for Ws, put your arms out to the side with your elbows bent and palms down (like a W). Raise your arms up off the ground squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Then you will do a shoulder internal rotation stretch. Standing up or sitting in a chair. Take a towel with your good arm, and drape it back behind your shoulder. Grab the towel below and behind your back with the arm to be stretched. Gently pull upward with the good arm, pulling the bad arm up the back. You can hold this for 30 seconds, repeating 3 times, or you can pull it up and down 10 times continuously.

Now you will do some exercises with a resistive band. The first exercise with the band is going to be serratus punches or scapular protraction. Wrap the band around you, and keep your arms straight in front of you. Punch forward, but try not to bend your elbows. Now you are going to hold the band in front of you and put your thumbs up on top. Start off with ten.

The next exercise is bear hugs. With the band still wrapped around you, this time come out and around as you push forward, like you are giving someone a bear hug. Make sure to come out and around when you come back. Then you are going to do rows or scapular retraction. You can use your feet as an anchor. You want to keep your elbows in close to your body and make a rowing motion. Try to squeeze your shoulder blades together when you pull back. Make sure you are using a slow controlled motion. Do ten of each of these. Start off with the lightest band, which is usually yellow.

Finally, you will do a shoulder external rotation with a resistive band. Try to keep your elbows by your sides through out the exercise. Keep your elbows at about a 90 degree angle and your thumbs up towards the ceiling. Also try to keep your wrists in a neutral position. You don’t want to over stress your wrists, and then have a wrist injury. Slowly pull both arms out away from each other keeping your elbows at your side, and then slowly come back in. Start off with 10 of these, and then work your way up to 20-25. If that becomes easy, then move up with resistive band.

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Real-Time Shoulder Pain Stretches & Exercises

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5 Ways to Relieve Peripheral Neuropathy Foot Pain & Other Foot Ailments

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If you have these foot ailments: peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, hammer toes, strains and sprains, and achiness, then this video will show you 5 ways to help relieve this pain including using far infrared heat.

Here are my top five ways to help relieve foot pain.

First is a calf stretch. You can stretch your calf several different ways. This stretch will be with a strap. Start off with your leg out in front of you. Keep the leg you want to stretch out in front of you. Take a stretch strap, dog leash, belt, or towel and wrap it around the ball of your foot. Relax your foot, and pull the strap towards you stretching your calf muscle. You should feel the stretch under your leg. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and do three of them.

The second way to relieve pain is to use Far Infrared Heat. Far infrared heats the area with light vs. actual heat, so it can penetrate deeper into the area. A traditional heating pad usually only heats about 0.25 cm, but far infrared can go up to 6 cm, or 2.36 inches. It helps increase the circulation to the area to provide temporary relief.

The Thermotex Platinum and Foot Unit are both great devices that use this Far Infrared heat therapy to help relieve pain.

Click here to watch my full review for the Thermotex Platinum, which also features more detailed info about far infrared heat.

Next is ankle pumps. With your legs straight out in front of you, place a roll just under your ankle so your heel can move freely, or just hold it in the air. Trying to keep your leg straight and moving only at your ankle, pull your foot up towards you, and then push it down like you are pushing on a peddle. Start off with 10, and work your way up to 20-25.

Now you will do heel/toe raises. For seated heel/toe raises, start off by lifting your heel off the floor while keeping your toes on the floor. Next, you will do toe raises, bringing the toes off the floor with the heel on the floor. If these become easy, you can do them standing.

The final exercise will be a balance series. Stand on one foot, but hold onto something sturdy. Try to balance for 30 seconds to a minute. When that becomes easy, just use one finger one each side. Then just one finger for balance, and finally try balancing without holding on at all.

Related Videos:

Using Far Infrared Heat for Pain Relief

5 Ways to Relieve Wrist Pain

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