Month: November 2016

General Causes of Back Pain #10

clothes-for-winter-travelWeather 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 to keep yourself warm and dry during cold weather.  Layering your clothes on these days can be helpful.

Information taken from The Bum Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

General Causes of Back Pain #9

Restrictive clothing and high heels can contribute to many back problems.  Any clothing that restricts or inhibits high heel shoesyou 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 and see what happens.  

And, ladies, I know that high heels make your legs look sexier and we all want that, but try to keep wearing them at a minimum.  Wear them for shorter periods of time and on special occasions like weddings, church, the opera, a special dinner date, etc.  And make sure that on a daily basis your shoes are low heeled, comfortable, and that they cushion your step.  If you must wear high heels for work, at least bring them in a bag and put them on once you get there; and wear comf0rtable shoes on the way to and from and when you get home.

This will minimize the strain on your back from walking on your toes all day.

Information taken from The Bum Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

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 occursneezing 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 the spinal column.  A large ruptured disc is one cause of sciatica, a condition where pain radiates down the buttock and leg and can be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness on the affected side.

Many clients come to me after this kind of injury has happened.  It really didn’t take much, especially if they were dehydrated to start with.  Bowen Therapy can quickly help realign the spine and relax the muscles that got strained when you sneezed, coughed, or did some other abrupt type of movement while twisting the spine or lifting an object.

So, here’s what to do.  If you are reaching over to get an object or bending over to pick something up and you get the urge to cough or sneeze, abort that effort and wait until the cough or sneeze is over.  Then go back and pick up your object.  Hopefully, this will eliminate the possible muscle strain.

Call 972-930-0260 to book your appointment for a Bowen Therapy session which will give you quick, profound and long-lasting recovery from your pain.

Information taken from The Bum Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

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 improper liftingglutes 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 in the past.  

I want to encourage you to think about doing this properly BEFORE you have to learn it the hard way.  Many problems occur when people bend over from the waist and use only their back muscles to lift an object as they straighten to a standing position.  It is important to bend your knees as you reach for the object and to keep your back straight as you return to an upright position.  This allows the muscles of your legs to do most of the lifting and avoids straining, twisting, or pulling your back out of alignment.

If you have already had an injury from improper lifting or from anything else, Bowen Therapy and LED Light Therapy are excellent therapies to release the muscle tension and pain and to return your musculature to balance and proper spinal alignment. Bowen Therapy tends to last longer than many approaches to pain relief.

Call Brenda Briscoe to find out more about Bowen Therapy or LED Light Therapy at 214-679-4618. Or call our front desk to schedule your appointment at 972-930-0260. Find out more about Bowen Therapy at

Information taken from The Bum Back Book.

General Causes of Back Pain #6

Prolonged, strenuous or unaccustomed exercise can strain the back muscles.  This strain can lead to soreness and tightness.  gym workout

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, and we overdo it to the point where we are sore for days afterwards.  Instead of going all out, we should ramp up the weight and reps gradually so that we don’t suffer so much or don’t get discouraged.

How about those holidays where the guys get outside and play football on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day?  They’ve waited all year long to do this ritual with family and friends, but they want to go all out and really play hard once or twice a year.  They are going to suffer.  

Stretching before and after exercise can help with the soreness, as well as icing the sore areas afterwards.  LED Light Therapy and Bowen Therapy are two good therapies to receive after a workout like this.  Both will help speed recovery along tremendously. 

To make an appointment for either of these therapies, call our front office at 972-930-0260.

Some of this information was taken from The Bum Back Book.

General Causes of Back Pain #5

internal organsBoth 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 Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

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