focused muscle pain that seems to spread

I’m writing specifically about midback or lower back pain that seems to be very intense and local and can tend to spread to the whole section of your back. Very often, there are deep small muscles in and around your spine or ribs that are put in a stretched position because of imbalance. This stretched position causes weakness. If you suddenly lift or move like bending or twisting, these small muscles cannot handle the stress and go into spasm trying to support this movement. This causes the focused spasm pain with the deep, small muscles. What happens then is that the larger, superficial muscles like the Lats or large muscles that keep the back erect will kick in to support the area around the small muscle that is in spasm. This tightening causes a dull achiness in a larger area and can also put a bit of a twist in the spine. So there you are. Small sharp back pain to larger dull achy pain. Spinal balancing, icing and gentle active range of motion of your spine as well as reviewing your biomechanics to reducing triggers will help you to stay pain free in the future.

No….the water you put in your coffee doesn’t count

I’m a huge fan when it comes to the union of 2 Hydrogen atom with 1 Oxygen atoms. I’m very glad that it happened because we would be very funny looking creatures if it didn’t. Every tissue we have in our body has a fairly dominant presence of water. Water is also important as it is a crucial means to removing toxins and other waste from our tissues, keeps a good balance between pressure in a cell and outside the cell walls, makes sure our organs slide well in respect to each other reducing inflammation by friction, helps us stay at a good temperature, reduces muscle spasms, gives up energy and helps our body to properly digest food and convert the nutrients, is good with people that encounter stress in their day….among many other things.
There are probably more exciting things to drink out there, and often the complaint is that water is sooo darn good (sarcasm) that tea is made or crystals are put in the drink (I think gatorade is a good addition) to make is more enjoyable. Water is best on it’s own. I feel a good analogy is using bricks to make a house. The brick needs to be made out of just brick stuff (whatever that is) and not anything else. Having water with fruit crystals or other additives is like having bricks (for a main foundation of a house) with marbles in it. It just won’t be as strong as bricks that contain just brick stuff. Know what I mean? So drink just water with nothing else.
I think that drinking water is like doing daily exercises. You just have to do it religiously and put up with the excitement (sarcasm) for a couple of weeks, then the body will start to crave it and it is much easier to drink and the excitement issue becomes less of an issue and it becomes part of your day.
Water is like food and good to take in little bits over the day. 2 liters a day is great. I find personally that having a large container in front of you makes it easier than having to get cup after cup after cup. I really notice the difference in how I feel when I don’t drink enough water.
Drink water after Epsom Salt Baths (which is another really good way to reduce toxins). See my previous entry.

That is all for now. Happy water drinking.

Got crocs?

I bought some Crocs shoes last year at the Victoria Marathon and they are awesome. I wear them more than any other shoes. They are super light, and have good support but they are ugly as sin. But, in the words of Meatloaf, 2 out of 3 aint bad. After a year though, they have lost the tread. They are now super dangerous on wet cement when walking on wet leaves or on painted portions like crosswalks. I have just about gone for a good slide a number of times. Now I need to get some new ones really quickly. So, if you have had a pair for a while and the tread is going, go out and get new ones before you slip and slide and end up falling. If you don’t, you’ll hurt your back and end up coming in to see someone like me.

Something different that can reduce range of motion of a joint

In the mechanical world of Massage Therapy, often if you have trouble moving a joint like one in your spine, shoulder, hip or many other joints, one thinks of the connective tissue, scar tissue, a “stuck joint” or injured muscle tissue. It is not difficult to deal with these issues. There is one other cause that can prevent proper movement of a joint. An example of this is when you take a bent elbow and straighten it. Just before the elbow straightens, the Central Nervous System causes the biceps muscle to tighten to protect against over-extending of your elbow. If there has been an injury or a muscle has been shortened for a period of time, this can cause the muscle to tighten too quickly. So it will affect movement of the elbow.
This can occur with any muscle crossing any joint in the body. This is very much a big part of my treatment when helping a client to gain full mobility of a joint and reduce pain and increase strength. It is a very subtle treatment and it is very effective.

…and now for something completely different…

I was cruising tonight and watched some videos of my favorite bass player John Entwistle from The Who. I asked myself what it is that I enjoy most about watching him play. Besides being one of the fastest, and technically brilliant players out there, he plays the bass like it has been attached to him since birth. Almost like the labor was more difficult for his mother because the doctors had trouble removing the bass and the baby from out of the womb. I think this applies to all musicians. Whether it be Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sinatra, Stewart Copeland from the Police ,to name a few of my favorites, they all display a fluidity and ease to their performance that sets them apart for me from other musicians. Different people like different musicians for different reasons. Take opera for example. Many people enjoy the dramatic tenors like Jose Carreras, while I really enjoy the lyric Tenors. Neither are good or bad as it is a case of personal taste.

Have a look at John Entwistle play. I find it amazing to watch is fingers going at a million miles per hour and his face looks like he’s making a mental grocery list for on the way home.