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If you moved more efficiently and with a better posture, would your back pain disappear? Well, some British researchers recently released some more evidence in favor of a movement therapy called the Alexander Technique for the treatment of back pain. For those who have not heard of the Alexander Technique, this is a type of movement therapy that helps to alter the way a person moves and performs tasks like sitting, walking, standing, or other types of movements. Alexander is just one method used to break bad movement habits; Feldenkrais is the other main type of movement therapy.
These movement therapies are favored by performing artists and athletes who seek to optimize the efficiency and fluidity of their performances. Both types are similar in concept, but very different in methods. Because of these differences, Alexander Technique seems better suited for the treatment of back pain than Feldenkrais Technique.
If a zebra in the safari injures his leg, he keeps moving as much as possible because he needs to survive. If a human injures his leg, he may stop moving because he is too scared to move. This fear of movement (kinesiophobia) is rooted in the belief that pain is harmful and threatening. For the same reason Zebras Don't Get Ulcers , zebras do not become fearful of movement. Zebras are too busy surviving to worry about pain, movement or threats other than that lion over on the next ridge. On the other hand, humans can get all wrapped up in worry; worry about not being able to go to work, worry about not being able to keep up with the house, worry about the unknown, and worry about future. These threats to basic livelihood promote anxiety , pain and the fear of movement.
Once someone becomes paralyzed in fear, that person will avoid activities. Imagine if a zebra avoided foraging on the safari, seeking water in the heat, or running when a lion approached. A zebra that avoids b...
Do you sometimes experience stomach pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements, either constipation and/or diarrhea? If so, you understand how uncomfortable certain foods and activities can make you feel. Now, imagine feeling this way all day, every day. For the millions of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dealing with these symptoms is a way of life.
IBS is one of the most common diseases gastroenterologists see every day. For many IBS patients, the disease is a mild annoyance, but for some people it can be disabling. In addition to the high number of patients affected by IBS, the lack of effective treatments creates difficulty in caring for these patients.
With traditional medications not cutting it for the growing number of IBS suffers, the medical community is considering other options, such as diet, to treat and control symptoms. Gaining increasing attention is the low-FODMAPs diet, which restricts consumption of certain carbohydrates and sugars (ferm...
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