Fascia & Chronic Low Back Pain

Supporting the legs will often make it easier to do a pelvic tilt from the abs.

If you are prone to low back pain, you might want to consider fascia as the culprit, especially if an X-ray and MRI reveal that nothing is wrong. 

Fascia is the connective tissue that runs along and encapsulates everything in our body.  Research has shown that people with chronic low back pain have lumbar fascia that is about 25% thicker than people without pain. 

What should you do if the lumbar (low back) fascia might be causing your pain?

1)       Massage

Find a qualified good massage therapist.  An effective massage does not have to feel like torture.  You don’t have to opt for a sport massage, unless that’s up you alley. 

2)       Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate

Like most of our body our fascia needs […]

Fascia & Chronic Low Back Pain2018-04-27T06:57:45-04:00

Six Reasons You Might Be Cramping…Consider Electrolytes

Foot cramps, toe cramps, Charley Horses, even back spasms—they are all a form of muscles cramping.

Have you ever wondered where the term “Charley Horse” comes from to describe a cramp in the leg?  It first pops up in newspapers and magazines around the 1880’s always referring to something terrible that afflicted baseball players.  There is speculation that there was actually a horse named Charley that had a role on the baseball field.  Or perhaps, a ballplayer had grown up with a lame horse named Charley.  When players got cramps in their legs they walked around like the horse and the player said they looked like his horse, Charley.

While we don’t know the full etymology of the term, we do somewhat better understand what it going on when we get a muscle cramp.  Here are science’s best assumptions on cramping right now:

  • Puberty, pregnancy, menopause—they can all cause you to wake in the night with a cramp in your leg.  So if your body is changing first consider that as a possibility.
  • If you aren’t properly hydrated you are more likely to cramp.  So make sure you are well hydrated for exercise, but also throughout the day.  If you have chronic back pain, […]
Six Reasons You Might Be Cramping…Consider Electrolytes2017-12-29T21:54:13-05:00