Ugly Bags of Mostly Water

Ugly Bags of Mostly Water

The chemical composition of human biology

by Paul Ingraham, Vancouver, Canada 
 
Articles in the Biological Literacy series are fun explorations of how the human body works.
 
What’s our chemistry? Everybody knows that we are mostly made of H2O: about 65% of our substance, actually. In 1988 in real life, stardate 1463.9, the crew of the starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean Luc Picard, was once creatively insulted by a dry, crystalline life form: […]

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Your Back Is Not Out of Alignment

Your Back Is Not Out of Alignment

Debunking the obsession with alignment, posture, and other biomechanical ‘bogeymen’ as major causes of pain

Almost everyone who has ever been to any kind of physical therapist or doctor for a stubborn pain in their body, some injury-like breakdown, has been told that they are deformed and fragile — not in those words, exactly, but that’s the message. Just as acupuncturists can be counted on to blame most problems on a […]

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The Trouble with Chairs

Back pain and worse hazards of sitting in chairs way too much.
This article is of interest for people with minor low back pain who could use some tips on how to cope with spending too much time in chairs. If you are having more serious or chronic back pain, please see the back pain tutorial. If you have a fresh case of back pain that’s kind of freaking you out, […]

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The Pressure Question in Massage Therapy

The Pressure Question in Massage Therapy

What’s the right amount of pressure to apply to your muscles in massage therapy and self-massage?

One of the most frequently discussed concerns about massage therapy in my office is “the pressure question.” How much is enough? How deep is too deep? Should deep tissue massage be painful? On my client intake form, I ask clients why they left their last massage therapist. Here is a summary of the results from […]

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