Tension Release Technique (TRT): Negative movement


What the heck is this? Let’s do an exercise to see how it works….

1. Put forearms at an angle on your desk or table with your hands in the air.
Positive movement:
2. Make a fist with both hands.
3. Then slowly open up your hands until your fingers are spread out (2 counts), and re-close them (another 2 counts) for a total of 8 repetitions.
4. Notice how your hands feel.

Negative movement:
(now we start the opposite way)
2. Open your hands up with your fingers spread out.
3. Then slowly close your hands to make a fist (2 counts), and re-open them for a total of 8 repetitions.
4. Notice how your hands feel.

What did you notice? Did it seem harder to do the second movement than the first? It probably did. Wonder why?

The reason according to my lay(wo)man’s understanding of many PT sessions ….. We have built into our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and even nerves (MTLNs) a type of memory. The direction we start a movement is the one where that memory is the strongest and this is encoded into the very cells and fibers of the MTLNs. So it is easier for the “positive” movement because it has reinforced the learning of that movement because it has been used more.

Sometimes we have pain and weakness because we lack strength in the “negative” movement. Therefore we have an imbalance of use and the MTLNs that do the positive movement become overstretched and overused; while conversely, those MTLNs that do the negative movement have somewhat atrophied (shortened) and are tight because of under-use.

So, what is the result of this imbalance? If you type a lot like me, your hands will start to curl up into a fist because of the imbalance, leading to increased pain / tightness, shortened MTLNs & voila… you can have problems with your grasp, and end up with carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow symptoms, tightness in your upper back and neck, etc.  If you sit a lot (like me) you will have tight hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, and another little muscle group called the iliopsoas … which leads to tightness in the legs & lower back.

In other words, your body is one big hot mess!

Make sense?

So what I usually do now to reestablish this balance is to include a set of negative movement (optimal for both is 8 reps of 8 sets – the Double 8’s I build up to for all body conditioning every day (BCEDs) exercises.

Try to use this technique — negative or reverse movement — for all your movements/exercises & see if you notice a difference. You will be surprised by how much it helps. It might be difficult to start, but it is well worth it!

Please let us know in the comments how this “reverse” realignment helps YOU!

An aside~ I’m a big believer in using acronyms to help me remember things. If you have chronic pain & fatigue of any sort, they make life so much easier. ~ Don’t you agree?



Holy Mostacollis ! …. FibroFire has been nominated …

NOMINATIONS galore … I have much thanks to give!




and this one too … Jenny has added me to her WordPress Family!


Check out Jenny’s fantastic blog–

Rules & Other Accolades will be forthcoming.

Inspiring Thoughts

Words of Inspiration, Wit, & Wisdom

“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.
The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

-Marcus Aurelius

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”
-John Cleese

“A tragedy can turn out to be our greatest good if we approach it in ways from which we can grow.”
Louise L. Hay.

‘Athletic ability is 90% mental + 10% physical ability.’
-loose translations from Vince Lombardi and Yogi Berra

“Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.”
-Mary Kay Ash

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
– George S. Patton

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
-Erma Bombeck

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” -Margaret Mead

“The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.”
-Neale Donald Walsch

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Harold R. McAlindon

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
-Mother Theresa

Tittle Tattle updates…

Well, I’m sure that you all are wondering where the heck have I been? 
So many blessings — positive events — have been pouring forth into my life that I’m running around like a chicken with her head cut off taking it all in.  As I’m still Living in the B-range.

We got a new car, hubbie got a promotion, hubby’s birthday, many invites to do things, and a nomination for the Liebster Award (thanks to Jenn!) are just a few things that have been keeping me busy these days.  And its wonderful, beautiful FALL.

And, of course I’ve been writing in my journal with my pink pen.  Tension Relief Techniques, Posture building exercises, visualization techniques, meditative practices, new recipes…. so stay tuned…
Any suggestions what YOU’D like to read next?

Dance with Fire

Dance with Fire


A perfect summation of the spirit of FibroFire ….

“To ignite ones fire within, one must push through pain, sorrows and doubts. One can either sit with the smoke in hopes or within fear of the unknown, or choose to bust out the flames from within and ride on the tails of the flames to unknown territories. Dance within the flames every chance you get.”

h/t https://www.facebook.com/ShamanMedicineWomanwithCarlaGoddard

Fighting chronic illness with FOOD

Empowerment Time.   Let’s get excited about the healing power of FOOD!

Watch this video to learn how a doctor in a wheelchair used FOOD to heal herself.  Dr. Terry Wahls (an MS survivor & thriver) explains how by breaking down the specific functions of the body, the brain, cells, and mitochondria into the nutrients that feed them, she was able to develop an eating program that provides curative properties to our ailments.  Her commitment is admirable and her progressive regenerative capability is an experience we can use to help ourselves.  Indeed, the scientific community is only beginning to understand the benefits of nutra-ceuticals.

Can healing our ailments with food be that simple? What do you think?

If you have limited funding and time to incorporate such vast changes in your eating…. Try first ascertaining your commitment level. A commitment level of just 80% will have great results. By necessity and a wake-up call reminder, I’m back to Living in the B-range.

Update: I forgot to add this quote by the ancient Greek physician ….


What’s behind Curtain #2 ? – A new prognosis

The game show continues…. Curtain #1 or Curtain #2

Let’s see what’s behind those curtains, shall we, my fellow fibro firestarters?
…. You guessed it….
Curtain #1 was negative results. No central nervous problems. YAY!

Curtain #2 is positive results of ….

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis

I was officially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The MRI found lots of small lesions (hundreds) on my brain and spine, and massive one on my cervical spine. The spinal tap results confirmed that I have abnormal spinal fluid.

Where do we go now?

(1) My original interest in natural health, alternative remedies, and empowering techniques apply to ALL chronic illnesses. Whether I’ve been misdiagnosed, or have had both fibro and ms (along with the alphabet soup of other syndromes), the approach I’ve used to Fire Myself Up has been the same. You can’t undone which took nearly 2 decades to learn. So the name of this blog will remain as is. Besides, I like its name!

(2) I have been burning the candle at both ends for far too long. I know better. I’ve done better. As a result, I have recommitted to Living in the B-range. I will use this opportunity to develop a new filtering device to sort the wheat from the chaff in my life and EMPOWER the good in it!

(3) Life is too short to focus on the negative and dwell on the past. So….. LET’S GET READY TO ROLL ON….

please join me. let me know what conflicting prognoses you have had. how has that affected YOU?