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Tips on Self Healing for Shoulder Joint Pain

The use of hot-hot sticks can really restore your healing power. First, you must upgrade your lifestyle.

Diet: Do not miss breakfast, cut back the size of your dinner and do not skip meals. Take daily vitamins before 3PM. Add 1000mg of calcium plus Vitamin D three times a day. Add 200mg of Ginseng twice a day (either a pill or tea) before 3PM. Do not eat dinner too late. Try to eat dinner before 7:30PM and finish by 8:30PM. Alcohol is not a good choice. Avoid too much fried and spicy foods.  Spicy foods can make joint pain worse.

Hydration: Avoid de-hydration and avoid too much liquid 2 hours before bedtime. Try to have a maximum of 8 ounces of liquids 2 hours before sleep. Do not drink tea after 3PM. Don’t forget to swish your liquid in your mouth when you drink. This can enhance your oral hygiene and allow you to properly hydrate. Try to maintain a maximum of 100ml to 120 ml of liquid consumption per hour. Do keep up your liquid supply more frequently but less quantity each time.

Sleep: Avoid staying up too late. If possible, try to go to bed before 11PM. Getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night can help you stay away from the bad cycle of draining your energy.

Preparing for sleep: Soak both of your feet in very hot water for 5-10 minutes (DO NOT do this if you are a diabetic). To avoid acid reflux, do not have food before going to bed. If you must, only have a small amount. Make a short note for your next day reminder. If possible, take naps throughout the day. When your head hits the pillow, try to imagine that you are on a water bed. Let your body float. Close your eyes and start your Qi-Cong breathing exercises. Watch the rhythm of your breathing. Once your breathing is stable, check to see which parts of your body are tight. Let these parts loosen up. In the meantime, move your eyes around like a figure 8. If you can do this for 50 times, you should be able to fall asleep.

Stress Management: Practice Qi-Cong breathing more frequently throughout the day. Take it easy as frequently as you can. Do not forget to curve your tongue upwards all the time when you are not talking. Make sure to practice this step occasionally after the end of exhale – hold your breath while you squeeze your thigh muscles together. This movement will force your pelvic and rectal muscles to tighten together. The purpose of this movement is to train the lower part of your bladder and kidney’s to relax by your movements.

Sex Life: If you suffer from low back pain, cut back on your sex life until you get your complaints under control. For those who are sexually active, watch out 24 to 72 hours after intimacy. Try to restore the good energy back on time. Good rest and nutrition can prevent impotence from getting worse. It’s quality, not quantity that controls your healthy lifestyle. You should not mix sex and alcohol. Nor should you mix sex and drugs. Avoid sex after exercise, masturbation, sex within 2 hours after a big meal and within 48 hours after a fever or illness. Use the wisdom of Chinese Medicine to enjoy a long sex life.

Exercise: Do stretch exercises to open your four gates throughout the day.  The best exercises are upper body, shoulder stretches and air bicycle movements. Do these while you sit or while you are lying down. Do it more frequently, but do not do too much in each set. The Chinese bow exercise stretches your spinal cord through the day and enhances the range of motion of your lower back.  Try to have deep massage along your spinal cord on a daily basis.  You can also massage the CV2, 3, 4 and 6 acupressure points for 50 times a couple of times a day after each bathroom visit (except at bedtime or late at night).  Avoid too much aerobic exercise in one day.

Dress Code: Dress loosely and use light bedding – this will help you sleep better.

Home Remedy: Eat bardock root soup twice a week.  Eat a tablespoon black sesame seeds everyday.  Drink Ginseng tea everyday but do not over use it.  Pay attention to your posture at all times. Do not sit for too long, change positions and exercise your neck/shoulder area every 2 to 3 hours and do stretches in between.

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