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improper lifting

General Causes of Back Pain #7

Improper Lifting is a major cause of back pain.  We all know that we should bend our knees and let the knees and glutes do most of the work, but do we really think about this when we go to pick up something heavy? Usually not, unless we have already strained our back doing this […]

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gym workout

General Causes of Back Pain #6

Prolonged, strenuous or unaccustomed exercise can strain the back muscles.  This strain can lead to soreness and tightness.   For example, most of us have made a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of January to become more fit.  We go back to the gym after a long period of little or no exercise for months, […]

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internal organs

General Causes of Back Pain #5

Both Western and Oriental medical systems relate malfunctioning of the internal organs to pain in the back.  Both authorities state that this occurs via nerve connections in the spinal cord.  Therefore, a chronic problem in an internal organ may trigger an ache or pain in the back.   This information is taken from The Bum […]

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arthritis pain

General Causes of Back Pain #4

Yet another cause of back pain is Arthritis.  The word “arthro” refers to joints and “itis” means inflammation. Arthritic changes can give rise to bone spurs in the spine.  These spurs occur especially in the cervical (neck) vertebrae, often causing neck pain which radiates to the shoulder, scapular (shoulder blade) region, arm or hands. There […]

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scoliosis

General Causes of Back Pain #3

The next cause of back pain we will discuss is Structural Problems of the spine.  These include scoliosis (a lateral curvature and rotation of the spine), defects within the vertebrae themselves, decreased flexibility and range of motion of the various spinal joints, and misalignments (minute rotations of one vertebrae relative to its neighbor or to […]

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poor desk posture

General Causes of Back Pain #2

In my last blog I mentioned that there are several general causes of back pain and discussed one of those causes. Today I will talk about another cause of back pain, which is poor posture.  More specifically, we are talking about loss of flexibility and normal curve in the back. So, remaining flexible in the […]

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back pain

General Causes of Back Pain #1

Did you know that back problems happen with sedentary people just about as much as with those who do a lot of heavy physical labor?  In fact, it’s one of the most common ailments in our society and certainly the most common of the health complaints that I see in my practice. Sometimes this pain, […]

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Scapular work

So what’s the big deal about “piezoelectricity?”

The word “piezo” means to press or squeeze, and piesoelectricity is the energetic charge that builds up in certain materials in response to mechanical pressure.  Think of a spring. . . the extension of a spring is directly proportional to the load applied to it.  When we press onto a coiled, spring-like structure, there will […]

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foods that fight inflammation

Do you have an Autoimmune Disorder?

What is an autoimmune disorder anyway and why does it happen?  It’s when the body’s immune system attacks the body and views normal cells as a threat. This is typically triggered by some kind of physical and/or emotional trauma but not always. It can sometimes be hereditary or a result of diet deficiencies over a […]

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hurt foot

Amazing LED lights healed my foot

On Labor Day I hurt my foot playing with a dog.  I kicked a ball right as the dog was going for the ball and instead he got my foot in his mouth.  It hurt but I didn’t think much about it until later in the evening when it woke me up throbbing!  I got […]

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