Your spine is supposed to be shaped like this skeleton on the left. Do you see the nice curves? That’s how your spine is supposed to look. But if you sit on your tailbone–if you are a ‘sacrum sitter’–instead of sitting flat on your ‘sit bones’, then you are almost guaranteed to have low back […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 6th, 2011

Your gluteal muscles (your powerful buttock muscles) can cause pain in your hips, sacroiliac joints, your legs, lower back and feet. You can massage your own gluteals (or glutes, for short) and it’s pretty easy.  A tennis ball or similar ball that is quite firm is the tool you can use.  This ball will cause […]


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Kathryn Merrow on February 10th, 2011

The QL’s or quadratus lumborum muscles are often the cause of nervy pain called sciatica that runs down your leg.  They are also the cause of  lower back aches. Sometimes they are called the four-sided devils.  (They do have 4 sides.) These muscles on each side of your waist are called QL’s for short.  The […]


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Kathryn Merrow on July 18th, 2010

What is sciatica?  Sciatica is numbness, nervy or other uncomfortable feelings in your hip, gluteal (buttock) muscles, leg or foot.   It’s caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. What causes this pressure?  Well, that nerve is large.  It’s about the diameter of your finger.  If bone or muscle presses on it, the nerve will […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 20th, 2010

You probably already know that there are far fewer back surgeries performed today than there used to be.  The reason is because too many times after surgery folks still had the same pain.  It didn’t go away.  That’s because the diagnosis for the cause of the pain was incorrect.  Muscles are the most common cause […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 17th, 2010

What is the best treatment for sciatica?  And what IS sciatica, anyway? You have a very large nerve that runs through your hip.  There is one on each side of your body.  This nerve is about the size of your finger in diameter. When you have sciatic pain or nervy pain in your hip (butt) […]


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