Causes Of Back Pain

Kathryn Merrow on December 17th, 2013

Doctors know a whole lot!  And naturally, patients believe their doctor because our doctors are smart.  That’s a good thing! But sometimes they just don’t see the whole picture.  Why? It wasn’t part of their training.  There is just too much to know.  And that’s also why some doctors or therapists specialize in getting down […]


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Kathryn Merrow on August 30th, 2012

What is the most common cause of back pain that you wouldn’t normally think of?  We expect to have back pain when we work our muscles too hard but what else could make your back hurt?  Here are three causes you might not have thought about: The most common cause of back pain is under-use […]


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Muscles in the front of your body can cause pain in your neck and back?  It’s true! Sometimes pain in your back is caused simply because tight muscles in the front of your body are pulling and causing stress in your back muscles.  Sometimes the muscles in front have trigger points.  Trigger points are crabby […]


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Kathryn Merrow on July 31st, 2012

Do you have pain in the middle of your back?  Does it feel kind of like a wide band of pain below your shoulder blades? Or do you have a wide band of pain across your lower back? You know how I’m always telling you that muscles are the largest cause of pain?  Well, this […]


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What do medical test results  for back pain mean?  Does it all sound like Greek to you? Here’s an email I received from “Keith”: Hi Kathryn, I do regular workouts at gym and martial arts. For many years I often get a stiff neck or intense stabbing pain in my right scalpula or rhomboid (I […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 12th, 2012

Your mattress definitely could be causing the knot in your back or shoulder. Here’s how: 1. An old mattress could be the problem or part of the problem if it sags or has depressions. Sometimes you can bolster up an old mattress by propping it from the bottom or padding the top. You might put […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 3rd, 2012

Summer’s here.  Are you wearing your flip flops?  Are you having back pain?  I’m betting yes because you are here reading this article.  🙂 If you are young, healthy, active and fit with great muscle tone your flip flops might not be causing back pain yet.  The problem is that we are not all fit […]


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Kathryn Merrow on May 28th, 2012

I received the cutest email today from a man who has knots in his back.  He said he loves to slouch but when he does he gets pain in his upper back and in his head. He loves to slouch. He gets pain when he slouches. His question was whether therapy would help him get […]


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Kathryn Merrow on May 21st, 2012

Can you get rid of the knots in your back for a while but they keep coming back?  Let’s look at possible reasons. Maybe we can figure out the cause of your pain and get rid of the cause. It could be posture-related. Do you slouch or slump? It could be that you always lean […]


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Kathryn Merrow on February 23rd, 2012

Your upper back pain is being caused by something and sometimes that something is as far away as your feet! Flat feet or ‘fallen arches’ can cause the ‘foundation’ of your body to be faulty. Instead of standing up with nice posture, people without arches in their feet tend to fall forward posture-wise. Here’s how […]


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