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Referred Pain

Referred pain is pain that is felt at a distance from its source. Referred pain in the knee may be coming from your back or your hip. If, for example, you have a prolapsed disc which is pressing on the sciatic nerve the pain can be transmitted along the nerve and be felt anywhere along its path. The further the point of pain from the source the greater the level of damage to the nerve. Back pain that makes your foot sore is usually more serious than if the all the discomfort was in the back. The pain may also be referred to your knee from “trigger points” in your muscles.

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Tags: Whole Body, Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Ligaments, Spine, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Joint strains, Muscle Tears, Muscle sprain or strain, Referred Pain, Sports Injuries

Virus

Viruses are highly infectious germs that attack your body. They are mostly airborne and can attack any of your body’s systems and when they get into your bloodstream they make you feel sick. Your body’s self defence mechanism kicks in immediately by increasing its own temperature to kill off the infection. When your body wins the fight and gets better, it then builds a resistance to re-infection, so that you probably will never get sick from that infection again.

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Tags: Whole Body, Muscles, Back pain

Influenza

Influenza or flu is a common viral infection. There are so many different strains of the virus that we are not able to build up immunity to the flu and we all tend to get re-infected every so often. The virus spreads very easily through droplets that travel mostly through the air. But we can also pick it up from food, sharing cooking utensils, telephones or even shaking hands with an infected person. The flu virus is fought within the body.

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Tags: Whole Body, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Muscles, Back pain, Stress related conditions

Infection

There are two kinds of infection, bacterial and viral. They both spread primarily through the air or through contact with a carrier or an infected person. Sharing contaminated food utensils or other things (like phones) is the main way of getting infected. Many of these illnesses will result in muscular aches and pains and more specifically in back pain. As the kidneys are located near the lower back an infection here is a common cause of back pain.

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Tags: Whole Body, Back - Lower, Chest, Muscles, Back pain

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition most people are likely to suffer from, if they live long enough. It is simply part of the wear and tear of living. What happens is that the lining of your joints, once hard and shiny and an excellent gliding surface, begins to wear, crack and erode until the lining is gone and bone rubs directly off bone. Instead of the once smooth joint, the friction causes the bones to wear. Then the body responds automatically by trying to grow new layers of bone to replace the missing cartilage.

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Tags: Whole Body, Upper Body, Neck & Shoulder, Arms and Legs, Joints, Lower Body, Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis - Brittle Bone Disease

Osteoporosis is another name for brittle bone disease. For you bones to stay healthy they need among other things a plentiful supply of calcium and exercise. The calcium supply to the bones may be affected by a number of factors including a gene that is unable to efficiently process calcium, a biochemical change in your blood, a lack of exercise or taking certain medications. If the body is short of calcium it takes whatever it needs from the bones and leaves them short. As a result bones stop growing and they become brittle.

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Tags: Whole Body, Shoulder, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Back pain, Fracture, Osteoporosis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that causes the body to attack itself. The lining of the joints are the first to be affected becoming hot and swollen, with the protective coverings of the joints and ligaments being worn down. Usually, a number of joints are involved at the same time; most likely to suffer are the hands, wrists, feet, knees and elbows. It can also affect other parts of the body, including the heart. Nobody is sure what causes the disease, but it often comes in phases that can ease up after a few months or years.

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Tags: Whole Body, Shoulder, Arms, Hands, Wrists, Legs, Arthritis, Neck / Shoulder problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Torn Muscle - Muscle Tears, Lower Limb

Your muscles are made of fibres resembling “threads” wrapped in “cling film”. A muscle tear happens when these “threads” are stretched too much and break. As they break, the severed ends spring back and curl up. This space is then filled with blood which causes the discoloration that appears as bruising after a day or so. Muscles can tear for many reasons, lack of proper warm-up, over stretching, weakness from a previous injury or poor repair, over tired, tense or cold muscles damage more easily.

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Tags: Whole Body, Neck & Shoulder, Muscles, rupture, Neck / Shoulder problems

Referred Pain

Referred pain is pain that is felt at a distance from its source. Referred pain in the ankle may be coming from your back. If for example, you have a prolapsed disc which is pressing on the sciatic nerve the pain can be transmitted along the nerve and be felt anywhere along its path. The further the point of pain from the source the greater the level of damage to the nerve.

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Tags: Whole Body, Neck & Shoulder, Back pain, Neck / Shoulder problems, Sports Injuries, Whiplash

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that causes the body to attack itself. The lining of the joints is the first to be affected becoming hot and swollen, with the protective coverings of the joints and ligaments being worn down. Usually, a number of joints are involved at the same time; most likely to suffer are the smaller joints: hands, wrists, feet, knees and elbows. It can also affect other parts of the body, including the heart. Nobody is sure what causes the disease, but it often comes in phases that can ease up after a few months or years.

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