From my “Hip Series” pamphlet.  Allan WHAT ANIMALS KNOW AND WE HAVE FORGOTTEN   Besides walking, stretching may be the easiest and most natural form of exercise. Exercise may not even be a good word to describe stretching. Most animals stretch and relax naturally in the course of their daily activities. An animal probably does not think in terms of this or that exercise is good for me so I’ll do it. Animals move and stretch because it feels right to them and they enjoy doing it. If they didn’t enjoy or get satisfaction out of it, they probably would not do it. Animals haveRead More →

 What a day it is.  The outdoor thermometer is reading 14 degrees right now, there is a howling wind blowing, and a snow shower is falling.  All the really smart creatures have gone into hibernation and are exploring a state of suspended animation, a state of very low arousal, low activity, and low metabolism. They will stay there until a spring thaw occurs.  I just spent better than a half hour in my recliner exploring just such a state of suspended animation.  The body becomes still, all efforts cease, and the struggles of life and limb melt away for a blessed hour or so.  Jan has alsoRead More →

ALLAN SHRUGGED There is a popular medical, pain management technique, called a ‘stellate ganglia block’, done with an injection of anesthesia into the upper thoracic and lower cervical area near the spine. This seems to be a regular technique used for arm pain and maybe neck, head, and chest discomforts too. The stellate ganglia are part of the sympathetic nervous system and they come in pairs and lie on either side of the spine in the upper thoracic region. I often feel like something is stuck in there and years ago I used to actually tear the skin over the upper thoracic vertebrae in anRead More →