Category Archives: pain relief

Managing Ageing Successfully Means Continuing to Mature Well | accumulated muscular tension

Somatic Education Exercises for Aging Exceptionally Well by Lawrence Gold Personal Page Certified Hanna somatic educator Popular belief holds that the pains and stiffness of aging are inevitable and to be expected: that aging results from time passing. “You’re just … Continue reading

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Regrow Cartilage

QUESTION from a reader who asks how to regrow/repair cartilage: “Hi Lawrence. Do you have any information of how to 1) repair or regrow cartilage in the joints, hips specifically, and 2) how to eliminate bone spurs? I’m having great … Continue reading

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SuperSize That Somatic Exercise — The Diamond Penetration Technique | SuperPandiculation

The Diamond Penetration Technique is a way to get more done with less effort and less time, and more brainpower, in clinical sessions of Hanna somatic education(R) or with somatic exercises.  The maneuver enhances or potentizes pandiculation (“Whole Body yawn”) … Continue reading

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Relieving S-I Joint Pain | Understanding the Sacro-Iliac Joints

In investigating the conditions that can beset the sacro-iliac (henceforth, S-I) joints, I have arrived at a number of findings that make sense of the condition and point precisely to what we can do to relieve S-I joint pain and … Continue reading

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Somatic Education | Intrinsic Action, Extrinsic Action and “The Controlling Moment”

a deeper view of somatic education “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So wrote Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac. Failing that, another saying carries the point:  “The biggest problem could have been solved when it … Continue reading

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Back Spasms — The Inside Story | Stress Muscularly Expressed | back spasm

Back spasms catch us “unawares”, so to speak. But here’s the odd thing:  when a back spasm happens, it’s most often been coming for a long time. The Back Story of Most Back Pain Back during a period of prolonged … Continue reading

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TMJ Syndrome-TMD-Bruxism Treatments

This entry is for you if you have bruxism, orofacial pain, earaches, TMJ headaches, or clench your teeth at night. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Once again, I am drawn to address common practices used to alleviate common health conditions.  In this case, it’s … Continue reading

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Common Causes of TMJ Syndrome, Nocturnal Bruxism

TMJ Syndrome (also known as “TMD” and “TMJD”) includes diverse symptoms caused by reflexive actions of the muscles of biting and chewing. It comes from brain-muscle conditioning (“muscle/movement memory”) caused by trauma and/or stress.  The term, “TMJ”, refers to the … Continue reading

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How to Free Tight Hamstrings

This entry discusses healthy hamstring movement, exercises to free tight hamstrings, and some of the consequences of tight hamstrings. Resources to a hamstring stretch substitute that produces superior results by retraining muscle/movement memory and to programs to improve agility appear at the end. … Continue reading

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Changing Muscle Memory — Manual Manipulation vs. Neuromuscular Training/Somatic Education

A basic understanding of muscle tone recognizes that the seat of control of muscles and movement is not muscles, but the brain, not “muscle memory” but “movement memory”, not “posture” but habitual or learned movement patterns (of which posture is … Continue reading

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