Self Help

Kathryn Merrow on October 11th, 2012

Does your back hurt more when you drive?  It’s not a surprise to me because I’ve sat in lots and lots of car seats and I don’t like ’em. Some designers seem to think that car seats are for lounging.  C’mon now.  Drivers are supposed to be alert and able to see the road.  I’d […]


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Kathryn Merrow on September 11th, 2012

Do you really mean it when you say that someone gives you ‘a pain in the back’?   If they cause a lot of stress for you, that could be exactly what’s happening. We tend to use words that describe how we feel.  Getting a pain in the back, the neck, the rear–those are all real […]


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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 August 3rd, 2012

Here are Ten Simple Pain Relief “Secrets” for Pain In Your Back: 1.  Be responsible for your own wellness.  No one cares about your pain as much as you do.  You might have to do your own research and make decisions to take action or change behaviors. 2.  Take good care of your body:  feed […]


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Kathryn Merrow on July 19th, 2012

Here is the response I got from Louise when I asked her if she had success getting rid of the muscle knots in her upper back.  You will discover the age of this vibrant woman in the last sentence of her message.  🙂 Yes,  I am much improved and I did it myself through massage […]


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Tennis balls make really nice tools to get rid of the knots in your back.  This doesn’t work for all knots, however. (1)  I recommend laying on a tennis ball so gravity and the weight of your body do all the work.  Place the ball under your body as you lie on your back.  Let […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 18th, 2012

Lots of people think heat feels better (me, too!) but most often cold therapy is the best way to get rid of your muscle pain. However, even though I like heat, I also think ice feels great.  Sometimes it’s a bit uncomfortable but it has such a nice effect! Note:  Only use cold therapy until […]


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It takes a lot of work to get rid of your upper back muscle pain.  But it’s well worth it! The problem that causes your back pain is probably a weak back or poor posture (same thing!) Here’s an email I received: > Honestly Kathryn, I ‘ve been a little worse. I’ve been trying to […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 14th, 2012

If you have pain in your lower back it may be because you have lost the natural curve behind your waist. Do you slouch and slump?  Does the area behind your waist feel flat rather than slightly curved?  A swimming pool can help. If your pain is in your upper back that can be for […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 7th, 2012

Do you have  nasty knot in your upper back?  Muscles are involved.  Let’s see what you can do to make them happier. First, let’s try to figure out WHY you have this knot. Did you wake up with it or just get it today?  Or has it been bugging you for a long time? Is […]


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