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Common Back Pain and Craniosacral

Posted by Michael on March 20, 2007

Low back pain is a very common condition in our society.  There are literally countless ways that our bodies manifest back pain. The low back conditions I see most in my private practice are usually manifested from a few main causes.

The first is occupational posture syndrome, caused by sitting for long periods of time, improper body mechanics, and occupational stress (both emotional and physical).  Sometimes it’s the way we sit at our computers, such as sitting on our wallets, sitting with one leg under our buttocks,  or an setup that  leads us to often sit with the weight of our body to one side or the other.   Any emotionally stressful situations that may occur while we are already in a compromised physical position work like synergy and exponentially increase the physiological impact.   All of these scenarios may cause and/or contribute to hip rotation and low back discomfort.

The second important cause of low back pain is bad exercise habits. No argument that exercising is a good thing for mind, body, and spirit, but improper exercise can be harmful. Bad exercise habits may cause back pain by pushing our bodies beyond tolerable levels, faulty loading, (exercising only one side of the body or one part of the body while ignoring the rest), poor body mechanics during exercise routines, and exercising when pain is present. 

A third common cause of back pain can result from car accidents, often resulting in whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a traumatic event that causes the head to move swiftly in one direction and then back into an opposing direction. Whiplash injuries are not to be taken lightly. They can cause significant damage to the ligaments of the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (mid back), and the lumbar region (lower back). Along with ligament damage, the vertebral discs of the spinal column and joints can be compromised. One of the main reasons why whiplash is so devastating to the body is that often you are in a somewhat relaxed state prior to the injury and you are not prepared for sudden impact or trauma. The muscle tissue of the body is somewhat relaxed or supple, which allows more force to internal structures of the body such as ligaments, tendons, discs, joints, and bones. 

Craniosacral Therapy can have a positive effect on relieving low, mid, and upper back discomfort. This profound therapy intimately works with the fight or flight syndrome of the central nervous system to help release the negative holding patterns that our body has created in response to the traumas of work, play, personal injury. Many of my clients have experienced relief after as little as one session. 

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Avoiding Pesticides

Posted by Angela on January 24, 2007

An Environmental Work Group has issued the following lists of fruits and vegetables most susceptable to introducing pesticides into the human body.  Some ways to reduce your exposure to pesticides:   Naturally cleaning or thoroughly rinsing fruits and vegetables is becoming more important.  Consider organic for the Dirty Dozen (there is still debate as to the advantage of organic in other cases).   Consider raising your own where possible.  Buy from local known growers when possible. 

The ”Dirty Dozen” or worst 12

  • peaches 
  • apples
  • sweet bell peppers
  • celery
  • nectarines
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • pears
  • imported grapes
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • potatoes

The ”Cleanest 12” or least toxic for pesticides 

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn (frozen)
  • pineapples
  • mangoes
  • asparagus
  • sweet peas (frozen)
  • kiwi fruit
  • bananas
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • papaya

Living a healthy well-balanced life-style helps keep the immune system strong and allows the body to eliminate toxins and pesticides.

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Weight Lifting – and Preventing Injury

Posted by Michael on January 17, 2007

eI think we can all agree that exercise is good for the Body, Mind and Spirit.  One form of exercise many of us participate in is lifting weights.    Weight lifting has positive effects on the body that include building muscle mass, muscle tone and muscle integrity.  Along with a balanced approach to life strength training through weights can improve your overall vitality and health. 

The potential problem with weight lifting lies in engaging more muscles than the targeted muscles; which can result in Faulty Loading.    One example of faulty loading that I am encountering more and more in my practice is strained neck muscles.  In most of these cases my clients have strained their neck muscles by clenching their jaws while performing bicep curls, or leg squats, and/or lat pulls, often with more weight than they were ready to lift.  In other words they are overachieving and actually hurting themselves in an attempt to improve their health.

By clenching their jaws they add strain to the neck complex causing tightness of the cervical spine which may feel like a burning pain in the shoulders and neck region. 

So, next time you lift weights try lifting them in front of a mirror and see if you are engaging other muscles instead of the primary target muscles you are.  Is your jaw clenched?  Are your veins or muscles popping out on your neck?.  If so, work with your posture and body mechanics, and possible amount of weight until you can lift the weights without clenching your jaw or straining your neck.

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