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In order to use the latest cutting edge discoveries in releasing back pain and sciatica,you need to know:

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First, all earth's creatures have a "primary directive" which is deeply embedded in their nervous systems-- That is to curl up in a ball when they are threatened. This curled up posture is called flexion. This deep reflex is stimulated by any perceived "threat"--your boss or mate being upset with you, making a deadline, someone running a stop sign and nearly hitting you--or experiencing sadness, a sense of loss. Even a cold or lung infection can cause the flexion response.

Your brain's response to these "threats" is to curl forward into
flexion, or what we commonly call "bad posture." Once you look at how your back muscles are constructed, you will understand that when you round your shoulders and back into the posture of flexion, you simply stretch all of your back muscles.

The "Stretch Reflex" was one of the earliest discoveries in neuroscience. This reflex is stimulated whenever a muscle is stretched and will cause that muscle to automatically contract. If you stay in
flexion long enough, that contraction becomes spasm and creates most of the back problems suffered by people today: back strain, bulging or herniated discs, sacroiliac dysfunction, sciatica, and plain old back pain.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais discovered that if one provides a passive slackening or shortening of the muscle, that muscle will automatically release and recalibrate to its normal tension level.

To practically apply this research, you need to look at your back's anatomy below. You can see how each muscle is attached at both ends--and you can see how many muscles are attached to your rib cage. On the page titled "Your First Move" you can apply this information to ease and relieve your back.

That pain up the side of your neck?
1 = Levator Scapulae Muscle    


Pain between your shoulder blades?

2 = Rhomboid Minor

3 = Rhomboid Major


Your low back pain or spasm?
4 = Erector Spinae Group
5 = Iliocost. Lumborum        

Suffering from sciatica?
7 = Sciatic Nerve

Where's your hip joint?
6 = Femoral Head


Where should you sit to release your back muscles?

8=Ischium or Sitz Bone


Which nerve automatically releases back muscles?
9 = Pudendal Nerve

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