Monthly ArchiveNovember 2008

Writer's Block 08 Nov 2008 07:13 pm

Writer’s Block Nov 8

Nov 8, 2008

Neck Pain Relief That’s Quick and Easy

Neck pain can be caused by anything from sleeping at a bad angle, a sudden movement, a sports injury or the ever-popular wife-parks-a-truck-on-top-of-your-Ferrari type automobile accident.


And, as luck would have it, the only real cure for strained neck muscles is rest. You just have to give them time to heal.

However, there are several options available to help you minimize the pain while your body is going about the healing process. (And some of them actually work.)

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Writer's Block 01 Nov 2008 06:35 pm

Writer’s Block Nov 1

Nov. 1, 2008

Back Pain Is Not About Strength

Shaquille ONeal

Have you seen the commercial on TV featuring NBA basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal? You know, the one where he tells us how he uses the IcyHot Patch for his back pain?

Don’t you find that a bit odd?

I mean after all, you can’t get more physically fit than an NBA basketball player. So what’s the deal? How is it that a big strong superstar athlete like Shaq has trouble with back pain? Surely he must know a thing or two about building muscles?

The answer is simple.

How strong you are has nothing to do with back pain.

Is There Something We’ve Overlooked?

Ferrari Testa Rossa

Imagine strolling up to your brand new Ferrari Testa Rossa. You smile as the light dances across the shiny red surface gleaming in the afternoon sun. Reaching out, you open the door and fold yourself into the glove soft seat. Pulling the door shut, you’re instantly embraced in a world that only a lucky few will ever know; a world of Italian leather and finely polished wood that reminds you that you’ve arrived.

You turn the key and the engine instantly comes to life with a satisfying purr that belies the power lurking within. One jab on the accelerator and that purr becomes a roar, a rumbleā€¦ that unmistakable Ferrari sound. For a moment, you listen as the music of 12-cylinders plays a symphony just for you.

You engage the clutch with your left foot and slip the gearshift into first. As you release the clutch and pull out onto the road, the yellow and gold Fall leaves scatter as the powerful Italian engine effortlessly accelerates to 200 mph. The sleek aerodynamic shape slicing through the wind as the finely tuned Formula One-inspired suspension grips the corners like it was on rails.

Too bad someone at the factory forgot to lubricate the tie rods.


How Important is Lubrication?

The fact of the matter is that every machine from the simplest household appliance to the most exotic automobile ever made requires lubrication if it is going to perform and operate properly.

Overlook the lubrication and you’re going to have problems.

The human body is no different. When you boil it down to its most basic form, it’s just a machine that carries us from place to place as we travel through this world. Our chassis is made up of hundreds of bones and joints all of which require daily lubrication if they are going to perform at peak efficiency and last us for a lifetime.

And yet, lubrication is the one area of fitness that no one ever thinks about.

I’ve read dozens of books and poured over mountains of research material and I am completely baffled that no one has ever thought to address this aspect of rehabilitation.

No one seems to understand this principle that is so fundamental to mechanical engineering and good preventive maintenance.

The Muscle Mistake

The reason big strong otherwise healthy men and women develop back and joint pain is that they have overlooked the other key elements of fitness; not the least of which are exercises specifically designed to lubricate your joints.

Most fitness programs emphasize strength, endurance and speed. Our competitive nature has misled us to equate performance with good health. The ability to jump higher, run faster, lift more weight and hit a ball farther has completely usurped what really matters.

What really matters is the overall health of your machineā€¦ even if yours isn’t a Ferrari.


So, for the record, keep in mind that rebuilding your back has almost nothing to do with strength or muscle building as many people incorrectly assume. Instead, it’s all about doing everything possible to restore health to your spine.

By the way, have you lubed your joints today?

Just thought I’d ask,

Photo Credits:

Ferrari Testa Rossa courtesy of Serious Wheels.

Wrecked Testa Rossa courtesy of Ready To Fix.


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