Lower Back Pain

Kathryn Merrow on February 2nd, 2011

Do you wake up with pain and stiffness in your lower back?  I did, too.  But I was only 30 years old at the time! I thought it was me but when I got a new mattress, like magic, I was ‘cured.’ Sometimes your mattress is too soft for you.  If it’s more like a […]


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Kathryn Merrow on January 10th, 2011

Lower back pain?  Last time we talked about a simple method to relieve your low back pain.  Here’s Part Two. The last lower back pain relief article ( <–click here to read) said to lay on the floor with your legs at 90 degree angles at the hip and knee. Both calves were supported on […]


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Kathryn Merrow on January 8th, 2011

When your lower back hurts, it might just feel like a little muscle strain or you may have much more uncomfortable pain than that. Whether it hurts a little or a lot, here’s a simple way to relax the muscles in your lower back: Note:  Please read everything before you try this. It involves getting […]


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Kathryn Merrow on December 18th, 2010

Laurie had low back pain.  She only came to see me (I’m a neuromuscular massage therapist) because her neighbor insisted.  She was already scheduled for lower back surgery. The thing about surgery is it creates permanent changes. The thing about therapeutic massage is it assists the body in healing.  It is all-natural.  No weeks of […]


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Kathryn Merrow on December 13th, 2010

You can get rid of back pain and neck pain with Complementary Alternative Medicine (also known as CAM.)   🙂   It’s called ‘complementary’  because it can be used along with conventional medical treatment. There are a lot of reasons why CAM helps and research backs it up. Here’s an interesting study from the National […]


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Kathryn Merrow on November 6th, 2010

You can relax your lower back with gentle, subtle movements.  In fact, that may be the BEST way to find muscle pain relief. Here’s some background: When you were born you were curled into a rounded-back position, kind of like a little ball.   After a little while you began to stretch your arms and legs.  […]


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Kathryn Merrow on September 29th, 2010

When your lower back muscles are tight, they are not in the mood to stretch or be stretched.  But gentle, repetitive, tiny movements can help them relax. If you have pain in your lower back small movements work better than trying to “stretch it out.” I’m looking at a device in a catalog that helps […]


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Kathryn Merrow on September 10th, 2010

What causes pain in your lower back? What causes sciatica? And, more importantly, how can you get rid of it? Here is the link to an audio


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Kathryn Merrow on September 1st, 2010

Surgery for lower back pain is not offered nearly as much as it used to be.  The reason is because it so often did not help; many patients still had the same pain afterward. Bill had surgery and still had the same pain after he healed.  He ended up coming to have therapeutic massage and […]


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Kathryn Merrow on August 30th, 2010

Injury and muscle imbalances are the two most common causes of lower back pain. Muscle imbalances can cause you to have poor posture.  Poor posture is also called “forward head posture” and “collapsing posture.”  This causes pain. Poor posture includes incorrect positioning of the pelvic bones and either too much or too little curvature in […]


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