Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How I got Into Trigger Point Therapy- Part 1

Treating Sue- Part 1

When I was in massage therapy school, and far enough along to be able to do a decent massage, a secretary named Sue asked me to work on her hands because they were so painful, she was worried about losing her only means on making a living. She’d had carpel tunnel surgery four months before, but her pain was actually worse, something the surgeon had warned her could happen.

I rubbed and stretched and cross fractioned from her fingers tips to her shoulders and neck; I tried every trick my instructor had taught me up to that point, including heating pads and ice; even suggested she go buy a paraffin bath from Wal-Mart.

Her hands always felt much better after I got done working on her, until she went back to work. It took about two weeks of daily treatments before I realized that massage therapy wasn’t going to do it; something besides simple muscle tightness was making them hurt like that.
Along about then, I was in a book store looking through the medical self-help section, and the title, “The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, The Proven Method for Over-Coming Soft Tissue Pain,” leaped out at me from the shelf. It tugged on my sleeve and said, “Hey Marly, here’s your help!”  

Our instructor had recently taught us a very crude and painful form of Trigger Point Therapy, but she said she never used it because it didn’t work. After I devoured the book several times, I knew why. So, I ordered a small wooden tool called a Knobble, a plastic Theracane with all sorts of neat knobs and rounded tips , and lots of balls in various sizes and degrees of hardness.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Introduction and Comment Policy


This blog is written for people who have created their own work, and especially those who have more than one way that they do it, commonly called “Multiple Streams of Income.” It’s also for those who are working toward the day when they can create their own living.
It is for those independently-minded people who do not like having someone who is not their customer, their client, or a member of their audience deciding how much they are worth, and how they will spend much of their life-time. And it is for those who either are or are working towards the day when they are debt-free, and who like to pay for things in cash, so they are not enslaved to an hourly-paying job or the credit card companies.

This blog is for those who are uncomfortable with the government providing all or part of their living, whether they are already independent of governmental help, or are working toward the day when they will be. Along that line, it is also for those who feel that it is their responsibility to care for those cannot take care of themselves; neighbor helping neighbor. 

It is for those who do not always follow the exact textbook instructions on the proper, approved, and proven way of building a successful business, according to Harvard Business School. They tend to do things in more untraditional ways, and to “swim against the stream,” as Mr. Keating told his students in “The Dead Poets Society.”

This is a blog for those who understand the give and take of Community, who love to help others succeed, and who realize that they will never be able to succeed on their own. All of us need to get help from others where we are weak, and to help others where we are strong. 

This blog will be filled with stories of my own personal journey to financial and governmental independence, one I‘ve started walking only very recently, as well as the stories of others’; the successes, the stresses, and the funny things that happen along the way. 

Lastly, it’s for those who love stories, whether or not they’re into the business stuff. I’m definitely not above publishing my own stories, usually involving pets, just because, I love to make people chuckle. When funny things happen, or I get into a really good conversation with someone, I’m going to tell the story here. But because many people, for one reason or another, don’t want to be identified, or identifiable, I might well change their appearance, gender, occupation and when this event supposedly happened, for reasons that have to do with the law and my bank account. 

One more thing; I hope that young adults just starting out in life will find a home and some mentors here who can help them avoid so many horrendous mistakes that have hamstrung millions of people who have gone before them, including myself. Until only the last ten years or so, I didn’t have anybody who could give me wise advice and help me negotiate the tough decisions in life, and it’s really hurt my ability to succeed. I want to help them avoid that kind of trouble, and am betting there are plenty of others who do also.

Comment Policy 

This blog will contain the personal stories, experiences and advice of many people, I hope, and you may well think someone is doing the wrong thing, or they have a wrong attitude, or they’ve said something that rubs you the wrong way, including me. But I hope there are also plenty of “That a Girl!” and “Good Boy!” comments coming through. That is part of what I want this blog to be; a cheering section and a family, going both ways.
It’s okay that you don’t agree with everything others say or do. A little bit of controversy is to be expected in any blog, and it’s a good thing, because that’s how people exchange ideas and learn from each other. However, nobody benefits when somebody comments with an angry nasty-gram, so I reserve the right to either edit for content, not post a comment, or to send it back to the writer for them to edit. All I really ask is that comments show respect for me and other readers. No calling people idiots, okay? That doesn’t help anyone. I might also need to edit if somebody gets way off subject, and obviously, spam goes into the circular file.