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Fascia Contracts

How does this happen? It’s because of the myofibroblasts, specialized fibroblast cells (they synthesize the connective tissue matrix). Studies of myofibroblasts in mechanobiology prove that they are significant to wound healing/tissue injury and fibrosis. “Myo” means muscle, thus their contractability. They have an important role in wound healing (a really good thing). But they are also responsible for fibrosis (not such […]

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Bowen Therapy for Fluid Flow

Did you know that our bodies are more than 70% water? That being the case, fluid flow in our tissues is very important.  Moving the water in our tissues and doing it slowly leads to healthy hydrated fascia. Stimulating the receptors and breaking adhesions has been thought to be the top priority in body work, but now […]

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General Causes of Back Pain #10

Weather can be another source of back pain for some.  Many people are not aware of the effects that weather has on their bodies.  Cold weather, in particular, can aggravate a back problem since the muscles tend to constrict in cold weather.  Drafts and dampness can also be detrimental to a bad back.  Be sure […]

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high heel shoes

General Causes of Back Pain #9

Restrictive clothing and high heels can contribute to many back problems.  Any clothing that restricts or inhibits you from moving freely should be avoided.  For example, rigid leather belts can contribute to back problems.  If you wear one regularly and have a back problem, experiment with wearing a cloth or an elastic belt for a month […]

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sneezing

General Causes of Back Pain #8

A significant number of back problems arise from sudden forces applied to a flexed, bent-over spine.  This can occur with apparently simple forces, such as coughing or sneezing while reaching for or lifting heavy objects.   If the force is great enough, a disc could rupture and exert pressure on the nerves where they exit […]

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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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