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The first part of this video is really helpful if you want to understand how the spine works. Unfortunately this is an advertisement for back surgery. I personally am not a fan of any type of surgery especially back surgery!
A strong butt helps eliminates lower back pain.
A neuroscientist explains why going to a chiropractor may be a waste of money
Biology researchers find single gatekeeper guarding path to cold-induced pain
Insight revealed by David McKemy of biological sciences and his team could lead to treatments for some forms of chronic pain stemming from diabetes, chemotherapy and other sources of nerve damage or disease.
By Darrin S. Joy - April 8, 2016
This is from the Blog of Health Stud Mark Sisson
This is from the Blog of health Stud Mark Sisson
The Definitive Guide to Stress, Cortisol, and the Adrenals: When ‘Fight or Flight’ Meets the Modern World
3/5/2016 I enjoyed this article from Hello Healthy.
5 Proven Ways to Prevent and Treat Knee Pain
Injuries are among the biggest concerns when starting a workout plan. In particular, knee pain is an issue that many people encounter at the outset of a new physical-activity program. But when you’re armed with a bit of knowledge on how to prevent and treat knee pain, you’ll be better equipped to stick with your workouts. Click the link below to read full article:
This is from the Blog of health Stud Mark Sisson
Apart from maintaining social conventions in certain situations and obtaining cheap sugar calories, there is absolutely no reason to eat grains. Click the link below to read full article:
Dalton Myoskeletal Therapy
February 10 at 3:37pm ·
STEPHEN CURRY DIDN'T know if he'd wake up owning a dead man's tendons.
It was April 25, 2012, and inside the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuy...s, a renowned surgeon hovered over a baby-faced, decreasingly conscious Curry. In the vast majority of the ankles operated on by Dr. Richard Ferkel, who's cut thousands of holes into hundreds of NBA players since 1983, he knew precisely what he'd find well before the anesthesia started pumping -- structural damage, scar tissue, etc. But here in this fourth-floor operating room, something wasn't adding up with his 185-pound patient. As the clock ticked and the Curry family prayed just down the hall, Steph went to sleep a mystery.
Before the drugs hit, Ferkel had explained a range of potential outcomes. Less than a year before, in Curry's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, a specialist had already sliced open that same right ankle and rebuilt two ligaments that had stretched apart like a rotting sweater. The worst-case scenario now? Total re-reconstruction, meaning that everything rebuilt in Curry's first surgery would be reattempted. If that proved necessary, they'd use better parts -- specifically, tendons from a cadaver -- and the projected recovery time would be at least six months.
When Curry eventually blacked out on the operating table, however, a rather remarkable thing happened. A recent battery of strength tests, nerve tests, X-rays, MRIs and CAT scans had all failed to resolve why his ankle kept buckling. But a set of stress X-rays conducted midsleep, when pain can't impact motion, formally ruled out any structural damage to the ligaments. A 1-ounce HD camera snaked into Curry's subtalar and ankle joints produced images of thick, sticky bands of scar tissue -- "like crab meat," Ferkel says -- as well as inflamed tissue, bone spurs and chips of cartilage. To anyone else, orthopedic seafood might be revolting. To Curry, "it was good news," he says. "The least intrusive outcome." A motorized device called a shaver scraped and vacuumed all of it away in less than 90 minutes. No zombie tendons necessary. Projected recovery time: three to four months.
Easier said than done, of course. Three months later, in July 2012, Curry was rehabbing with his personal trainer, Brandon Payne, when he made a startling confession: "I feel like I've been doing nothing but rehabbing for two years," Curry quietly told him. "I feel like I'm never going to be able to play again."
He looked exceptionally miserable. And everyone could see it.
"Steph was sick and tired of it," Myers recalls. "He said, 'This ankle thing is not gonna be my life.'"
Curry, Lyles believed, was already among the best in the world at changing direction. But the guard overwhelmingly relied on his ankles for speed and quickness. Those body parts appeared to be basketball's take on the mythical wings of Icarus: melting, as if made of wax, from overuse and ambition. But what if Curry could add another way to fly? "Shiftiness is an ankle strategy," Lyles explains, "but power comes from the hips. We wanted to teach Steph how to load his hips to help unload his ankles."
Curry, haunted by what-ifs after those 2013 playoff sprains -- "I had to do rehab in between games; it brought back memories," he recalls -- was immediately sold on the theory.
The best marksman in NBA history, perhaps unsurprisingly, turned out to be a quick study at exercise technique. "Steph's central nervous system is the best I've worked with," Lyles says. "It's why he's a great golfer, a great bowler, a great shooter." Curry swiftly perfected a yoga pose called the single-leg hip airplane, designed to build balance and core strength. He conquered the hip hinge, the fundamental movement of explosive lower-body exercises, in 10 minutes. He even mastered textbook trap-bar dead lifts, which amplify glutes and hamstrings, during his introductory session with Lyles. Other players typically need a week.
The objective is never bulk; Steph prefers his weight at no more than a chiseled 190 pounds. Instead, both Lyles and Payne -- to whom Curry still entrusts his ankles in the summer -- harp on stability amid a storm of jumps, hard cuts and pick-and-rolls. For that same reason, some 90 percent of Curry's lower-body strength work with Payne is one-legged: single-leg reverse lunges, rear-foot elevated single-leg squats, single-leg dead lifts. A standard offseason warm-up involves standing like a flamingo on a squishy blue Airex pad as Payne obscures Curry's vision, sometimes with flashing strobe goggles, and whips basketballs his way. "Steph's core strength," Payne declares, "is second to none."
10 Warning Signs that Your Body is Lacking Water
Admin January 26, 2016 10 Warning Signs that Your Body is Lacking Water
[10-Warning-Signs-that-Your-Body-is-Lacking-Water] Two-thirds of your body weight is composed of water, and more than a few days a person cannot survive without water. Every cell, organ and tissue in the body depends on water.
It plays very important roles like:
It helps maintain the balance of body fluids.
It regulates and maintains body temperature.
It lubricates your joints and eyes.
It protects your tissues, spinal cord and joints.
It helps your body remove waste products and toxins.
It aids digestion.
It helps control calorie intake.
It helps keep your skin looking good and youthful.
Your body would stop functioning properly without water, so it is very important to keep your body hydrated. Drink fluids and eat foods rich in water to stay hydrated.
Sometimes, your body may lose water more than usually. This can occur due to vigorous physical activity, excessive sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, diabetes and frequent urination.
This causes an electrolyte imbalance in your body leading to dehydration and making it difficult for your body to function at its best.
Many people are unaware when their body actually lacks adequate water. Understanding the signs of dehydration will help you know when you need to boost your water intake.
Here are the top 10 warning signs that indicate your body lacks water.
Headaches and Lightheadedness
Some of the possible signs that your body lacks water are headaches and lightheadedness. A drop in your body’s hydration level leads to a reduced amount of fluid surrounding your brain, which protects it from mild bumps and movement.
This triggers migraines as well as nagging headaches. Furthermore, dehydration reduces the flow of oxygen and blood to the brain.
A 2010 report published in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology shows that dehydration is one of the possible triggers of migraines and tension-type headaches.
Instead of reaching for a pill when suffering from a headache, drink a glass of water. If the headache is due to dehydration, it will pass soon.
Brain Fog’ or Poor Concentration
The human brain definitely shows signs when it’s dehydrated because it is made up of approximately 90% of water. Lack of water in the brain can affect your decision making, memory and mood.
A 2013 study published in Clinical Autonomic Research has proved that dehydration can cause symptoms of brain fog, forgetfulness and difficulty focusing, thinking and communicating.
In a 2011 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition there were also reported adverse changes in mood states of fatigue and anxiety.
That degraded mood, increased perception of task difficulty, lower concentration and headache symptoms resulted from a 1.36% of dehydration in females concluded another 2011 study published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Bad Breath and Dry Mouth
Another sign that your body lacks water is bad breath. Your body produces less saliva due to lack of water, which contains antibacterial properties. Causing bad breath leads to an excess growth of bacteria in the mouth.
You can have a dry mouth along with bad breath. Water works like a lubricant, which keeps the mucus membranes moist in the throat and in that way it’s preventing dry mouth.
Constipation and Other Digestive Issues
Water helps lubricate the digestive system and keeps the digestive tract flexible and clean. This helps you keep your bowel movements regular and prevent constipation.
The stool can be hard because of excessive fluid loss due to diarrhea or vomiting and lead to constipation. Lack of water in the body can even cause heartburn and indigestion.
A 2003 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that fluid loss and fluid restriction increase constipation. To prevent constipation it is very important to maintain hydration.
Sudden Food Cravings
The following time you have sudden hunger or food cravings, drink a glass of water before grabbing a snack. Your body sends false signals to your brain that you are hungry when dehydrated, but actually you are thirsty.
You can crave a salty treat due to loss of water and electrolytes in the body. Simply drink a sports drink that contains sodium, or prepare your own lemon water by mixing the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of water along with 1 teaspoon of salt.
Some people experience cravings for something sweet. This happens when your body experiences difficulty with glycogen production. Opt for fruits like watermelon, papaya or berries that are sweet, but also high in water in this case.
Reduced Urination and Change in Color
Believe it or not your body is probably lacking water if you are not using the restroom every few hours. Regular urination results in a healthy amount of water intake, about four to seven times a day. Not urinating at regular intervals can be problematic as your body releases toxins through urination.
You should also keep an eye on the color of your urine. It is an important indicator of your hydration level. A well-hydrated body indicates clear or light-colored urine, while dark yellow or amber-colored urine indicates concentrated urine and that usually indicated that the body is full of toxins.
Fatigue and Lethargy
Your dehydrated body may show signs that you are feeling fatigued and lethargic. Lack of water causes low blood pressure and inadequate oxygen supply throughout the body, including the brain. Lack of oxygen causes sleepiness, fatigue and a lethargic feeling.
Your body has to work much too hard to ensure proper blood circulation when you are dehydrated. Expending extra energy obviously makes you tired faster than usual.
One of the easiest ways to stay alert and energized is staying hydrated, so keep your water bottle near you.
Joint and Muscle Pain
A vital component of healthy joints and cartilage is water. In fact, it contains about 80% of water. Your bones start grinding against each other causing pain in the joints when your body lacks water.
Your joints can handle sudden movements, such as running, jumping or falling awkwardly, without any pain when your body is well hydrated.
Depletion of fluids through perspiration can cause muscles to contract often leading to cramps. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology notes that body water status is an important consideration in modulating the hormonal and metabolic responses to resistance exercise.
Scaly, Dry Skin and Lips
Dry skin that lacks elasticity is another sign that your body lacks water. The skin requires a good amount of water to remain in good condition because it is the body’s largest organ.
A low water level causes less sweating, which means the body is not able to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated on the skin throughout the day. Furthermore, dehydration increases the risk of acne, eczema and psoriasis as water helps flush toxins from the body.
Dry and chapped lips are another obvious sign of dehydration.
By drinking an adequate amount of water make sure you are hydrating your skin from the inside out along with moisturizing your skin with a good moisturizer.
Dehydration has a direct impact on heart rate and performance. Dehydration causes a decrease in plasma volume making the blood more viscous. This affects blood circulation and increases your heart rate. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research says that dehydration negatively impacts performance.
Researchers found that the heart rate changes an average of three beats per minute for every 1% change in body weight resulting from dehydration .
Furthermore, dehydration causes changes in electrolytes present in your body leading to low blood pressure. Heart palpitations become faster due to extra stress in your body. This can be frightening and cause anxiety and panic.
Try sipping water slowly to see if you feel better when you feel your heart beating faster. Consult your doctor immediately if the problem persists.
Tips to Prevent Dehydration:
Try to drink plenty of water and other fluids every day. The amount of water you need to drink usually depends on a number of factors, such as the climate in which you live, how physically active you are, and your overall health.
Start your day with a large glass of water on room temperature and drink one full glass of water before every meal.
If you are busy, you may set a reminder to drink a glass of water a few times a day.
Carry your own water bottle no matter where you are going.
Start including water-rich fruits and vegetables in your nutrition along with plenty of water.
Avoid drinks that can cause dehydration, such as alcohol, energy drinks and others that contain caffeine.
Increase your fluid intake to prevent severe dehydration when suffering from a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.
Consult your doctor immediately if you are having symptoms such as extreme thirst, dizziness, not urinating for more than eight hours, and a rapid or weak pulse.- See more at: http://www.stayonthehealthypath.com/10-warning-signs-that-your-body-is-lacking-water/#sthash.FOa9mmsY.dpuf
Public Release: 1-Jan-2016
Sugar in western diets increases risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis
MD Anderson study in mice points to sugar's impact on inflammatory pathways as culprit
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
The high amounts of dietary sugar in the typical Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and metastasis to the lungs, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The findings, published in the Jan. 1, 2016 online issue of Cancer Research, demonstrated dietary sugar's effect on an enzymatic signaling pathway known as 12-LOX (12-lipoxygenase).
"We found that sucrose intake in mice comparable to levels of Western diets led to increased tumor growth and metastasis, when compared to a non-sugar starch diet," said Peiying Yang, Ph.D., assistant professor of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine. "This was due, in part, to increased expression of 12-LOX and a related fatty acid called 12-HETE."
Previous epidemiological studies have shown that dietary sugar intake has an impact on breast cancer development, with inflammation thought to play a role.
"The current study investigated the impact of dietary sugar on mammary gland tumor development in multiple mouse models, along with mechanisms that may be involved," said co-author Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine. "We determined that it was specifically fructose, in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, ubiquitous within our food system, which was responsible for facilitating lung metastasis and 12-HETE production in breast tumors."
Cohen added that the data suggested that dietary sugar induces 12-LOX signaling to increase risks for breast cancer development and metastasis.
Identifying risk factors for breast cancer is a public health priority, say the authors. The researchers state that moderate sugar consumption is critical, given that the per capita consumption of sugar in the U.S. has surged to over 100 lbs. per year and an increase in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been identified as a significant contributor to an epidemic of obesity, heart disease and cancer worldwide.
"Prior research has examined the role of sugar, especially glucose, and energy-based metabolic pathways in cancer development," said Yang. "However, the inflammatory cascade may be an alternative route of studying sugar-driven carcinogenesis that warrants further study."
No previous studies have investigated the direct effect of sugar consumption on the development of breast cancer using breast cancer animal models or examined specific mechanisms, she added.
The MD Anderson team conducted four different studies in which mice were randomized to different diet groups and fed one of four diets. At six months of age, 30 percent of mice on a starch-control diet had measurable tumors, whereas 50 to 58 percent of the mice on sucrose-enriched diets had developed mammary tumors. The study also showed that numbers of lung metastases were significantly higher in mice on a sucrose- or a fructose-enriched diet, versus mice on a starch-control diet.
"This study suggests that dietary sucrose or fructose induced 12-LOX and 12-HETE production in breast tumor cells in vivo," said Cohen. "This indicates a possible signaling pathway responsible for sugar-promoted tumor growth in mice. How dietary sucrose and fructose induces 12-HETE and whether it has a direct or indirect effect remains in question."
The study team believes that the mechanism by which dietary sucrose or fructose affects breast tumor growth and metastasis, especially through the 12-LOX pathways, warrants further investigation.
MD Anderson research team members included Yan Jiang, Yong Pan, Patrea Rhea, and Lin Tan, all of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine; Mihai Gagea, D.V.M., Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine & Surgery; and Susan Fischer, Epigenetics & Molecular Carcinogenesis.
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (P30CA0166672), Mr. and Mrs. H. Leighton Steward and EOG Resources, Inc
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research published today in the journal Circulation and previously presented as an abstract at the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention in 2013.
"Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages. It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet," said Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior author of the study and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University in Boston.
In the first detailed global report on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages, researchers estimated deaths and disabilities from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers in 2010. In this analysis, sugar sweetened beverages were defined as any sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, or homemade sugary drinks such as frescas, that contained at least 50 kcal per 8oz serving. 100 percent fruit juice was excluded.
Estimates of consumption were made from 62 dietary surveys including 611,971 individuals conducted between 1980 and 2010 across 51 countries, along with data on national availability of sugar in 187 countries and other information. This allowed capture of geographical, gender and age variation in consumption levels of sugar-sweetened beverages in different populations. Based on meta-analyses of other published evidence on health harms of sugar-sweetened beverages, the investigators calculated the direct impact on diabetes and the obesity-related effects on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
In 2010, the researchers estimate that sugar-sweetened beverages consumption may have been responsible for approximately:
• 133,000 deaths from diabetes
• 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease
• 6,450 deaths from cancer
"Some population dietary changes, such as increasing fruits and vegetables, can be challenging due to agriculture, costs, storage, and other complexities. This is not complicated. There are no health benefits from sugar-sweetened beverages, and the potential impact of reducing consumption is saving tens of thousands of deaths each year
New research from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev and Gentofte Hospital shows that high vitamin C concentrations in the blood from the intake of fruit and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.
The study, which has just been published in the well known American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is based on the Copenhagen General Population Study.
As part of the study, the researchers had access to data about 100,000 Danes and their intake of fruit and vegetables as well as their DNA. "We can see that those with the highest intake of fruit and vegetables have a 15% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 20% lower risk of early death compared with those who very rarely eat fruit and vegetables. At the same time, we can see that the reduced risk is related to high vitamin C concentrations in the blood from the fruit and vegetables," says Camilla Kobylecki, a medical doctor and PhD student at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital.
Vitamin C from food rather than supplements
Among other things, vitamin C helps build connective tissue which supports and connects different types of tissues and organs in the body. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant which protects cells and biological molecules from the damage which causes many diseases, including cardiovascular disease. The human body is not able to produce vitamin C, which means that we must get the vitamin from our diet.The above post is reprinted from materials provided by University of Copenhagen The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
There's a saying in orthopedics that "motion is lotion for joints," but what about muscles, fascia, and neural structures? Aging causes us to produce less synovial fluid for joint lubrication, and hyaluronic acid for musculofascial gliding. Consequently, each day our bodies "dry up" a bit, get a little shorter, and hurt more if the brain feels threatened by this structural collapse. Living structures are perfectly adapted to work with maximal efficiency and low levels of energy. Sadly, clients often present as noisy machines, which waste a lot of energy. But, motion is lotion and some believe that nothing stirs up the juice like good bodywork and corrective exercise. The burning question is: “can manual and movement therapists actually enhance lubrication to stuck fascial layers, adhesive joint capsules, and injured ligaments and, if so, how?”
In a fully functioning body, fascial layers secrete HA which allows smooth gliding between fascia and neighboring muscles. But, tissue trauma, overuse, and resultant inflammation can cause overproduction of HA, leading to molecular fragmentation and degradation. In time, the granulated particles form a sticky, dehydrated gel, which may decrease fluidity, resulting in a binding or “gluing” of myofascial layers.
In summary, it is thought that tissue trauma due to overuse or injury may cause fascial deformation and dysfunction, but further studies are needed. Hopefully, these and other issues will be addressed at the Fourth International Fascial Congress this September. (You can read this entire article on the Erik Dalton website).
With so many people spending hours daily peering down at digital devices, wear and tear on joints and connective tissues slowly whittles away at our uprightness. The good news is that today’s bodyworkers and corrective exercise therapists are on the front line against this epidemic. The bad news is clients often wait too long to seek help, allowing time for the brain to map their aberrant forward-head postures (FHP) as normal.
Both prevention and correction rely on a basic understanding of the biomechanical nuances associated with texting and prolonged desktop-computer viewing. Here is the link for the complete article: http://erikdalton.com/text-neck-and-desktop-neck/
As this year has started, I have been noticing that a lot of my clients problems are due to a lack of flexibility so I found an article on line by Sarah Freishtat that I believe will help explain why flexibility is so important.
When you think of exercise and fitness, you probably think of hitting the gym and working up a sweat. But you might also want to think about improving your flexibility. Being able to fully move your joints is just as important as strength training or getting your heart rate up.
Being flexible has plenty of benefits, including helping you avoid getting hurt. And, according to the Cleveland Clinic, working on your flexibility should be part of any complete exercise routine, along with aerobic activity, such as jogging or walking, and exercises that tone and strengthen your muscles.
Flexibility is affected partly by the amount of activity you get. The less active you are, the less flexible you are probably going to be, according to the Mayo Clinic. But, the Clinic notes, your level of flexibility is partly out of your control — it can also be affected by your gender, age, and genetics.
Five reasons to focus on flexibility:
1. Being flexible can improve your posture
Your muscles and joints have to be able to move easily and normally for you to have good posture, the Cleveland Clinic states. Furthermore, good posture is important partly because it protects your muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Your posture can also help you move more efficiently so your muscles don’t get tired as quickly, according to the clinic.
2. Working to improve your flexibility can help you relax
Practicing yoga, stretching, or doing other exercises to help you increase your flexibility can help you mentally and physically relax. Those exercises give you time to meditate or reflect, according to exercise science experts Len Kravitz and Vivian H. Heyward. Plus, Kravitz and Heyward wrote, some fitness instructors and doctors even consider flexibility exercises, along with overall fitness, as one way to unify your mind, body and spirit.
3. Flexibility can increase your blood circulation
Stretching, yoga, or other movement-related exercises can up the amount of blood that flows to your muscles, the Mayo Clinic explains. Good circulation is important for your cells and organs, and will help you feel healthier overall.
4. Being flexible can help you move better
If you have back pain, one reason might be because your muscles are too tight. If you aren’t flexible, you might also have trouble reaching above your head to do simple chores, such as putting dishes away on high shelves, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.
5. Being flexible can keep you from getting hurt
You are more likely to get hurt if your joints can’t fully move. The Human Performance Resource Center says that if you are an athlete, flexibility is even more important. This is because you might not be at your best if you can’t move your body properly.
According to the Center, which is affiliated with a health-sciences university run by the federal government, if your joints are tight, that might affect your form when exercising. As a result, you could be more likely to get hurt
I have been hearing about nutrient defficiencies lately and came across this article about Magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to the body for maintaining normal muscle and nerve function. It also plays a key role in keeping a healthy immune system, maintaining heart rhythm, and building strong bones.(Don’t rely on milk for strong bones, find out why here.) Magnesium is also a key ingredient in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
If one were to have a magnesium deficiency, they might experience muscle spasms, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, migraines, osteoporosis, and cerebral infarction. So if any of these symptoms are showing up within your body, it might be worth having a look at a magnseium deficiency. To see the full article, copy and paste the link below. Enjoy
Speculation on human posture forms part of our philosophical, social and cultural heritage. Human beings have pondered this subject from ancient times. In India, around 400 BC, the discipline of Yoga took shape to help invigorate the body, calm the mind, and to develop ones hidden mental and spiritual powers. Over the past hundred years, many other disciplines such as Orthopedic and Myoskeletal bodywork, Chiropractics, Osteopathy, Rolfing and The Alexander Method of posture correction have evolved to help individuals cope with their posture
It has been estimated that greater than 80% of headaches are related to ‘stress’…both physical (poor posture, joint dysfunction, etc.) and psychological (marriage or work-related worries, etc.). Regardless of the type of dis-stress involved, the events leading to the onset of headache pain remain the same. Several of the nerves that exit the upper cervical complex travel back over the top of the head to the forehead. These nerves must pass through a triangle of muscles called the suboccipital triangle. When the suboccipitals become irritated from physical strain or emotional stressors, they tighten…squashing the nerves passing through the triangle