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The kinetic chain theory.

The concept of the kinetic chain came about in the year 1875. A mechanical engineer named Franz Reuleaux stated that if a series of overlapping segments were connected via joints, these interlocking joints would create a system that would allow the movement of one joint to affect the movement of another joint within the kinetic link.

It is usually assumed that having knee pain is because of a problem with the knee joint. This may not always be true. The kinetic chain theory can explain how an injury to one part of the body can lead to pain or discomfort in another part. Knee pain can be due to a knee condition or a pinched nerve in your lower back.

How The Spine Can Cause Knee Pain

The nerves that give the sensation of pain to the lower body are found in the lower back. Sometimes because of a bulge in the discs located between the vertebrae, these transmitting nerves are pressed upon. A pinched or pressed nerve sends out pain signals in distress. The magnitude of the pain depends on how much the bulge press’s the nerve.

The second, third, and fourth vertebral discs lie in the lower back area, which is responsible for sending signals to the knee. A disc bulge in the lower back causes lower back pain and also can lead to knee pain, proving the kinetic chain theory accurate.

Arthritis can also lead to a compression on the nerves in the spine. When the second, third, or fourth vertebral discs suffer from arthritis there may be immense knee pain caused. These conditions can lead to many symptoms apart from knee pain;

• Pain in the front of the thighs
• Numbness or tingling in the thigh and leg region
• Weakness in your hips
• Muscle weakness in the affected area/s

Knee pain and lower back pain can cause lots of discomforts and pose as a hindrance to your everyday life, so pain management becomes necessary. Here are some ways that can help you reduce your pain:

1. Physiotherapy – The most common way to reduce knee pain, as well as lower back pain, is physiotherapy. It’s a therapy where you learn to regain your normal mobility slowly through certainly prescribed exercise. It is the most reliable method to get rid of back pain.

2. Acupuncture – This is a method that has slowly become popular over the years. They target pressure and pain points, and this helps decrease the pain on an overall basis. You can consult your doctor before getting an acupuncture treatment.

3. Proper diet – Yes, diet does have an impact on the degree of the pain you’re facing. So, it’s important to have a proper diet plan for yourself, preferably with fewer carbs. Also, eat more anti-inflammatory herbs and food such as lemon, garlic, parsley, etc.

4. Posture training – The most important thing is to keep in mind your posture. You can take all sorts of treatment and therapy, but if you don’t improve your posture, then your pain will have a chance of coming back, maybe it won’t leave in the first place. So, concentrate on getting your body posture right.

It is highly recommended that you get yourself checked by a credited doctor if you experience any kind of a pain in your bones or joints, as it has a chance of becoming worse not right now, but in your later years, which can pose huge problems for you.

Jyoti Verma is a renowned author in the field of wellness. In this article, she aims to provide information on Pain Management.

VLCC Wellness is the one-stop solution which offers back pain, knee pain, and lower back pain treatments. To book an appointment, Call 1800-102-8522.

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Chronic stress and trauma contribute majorly to physical, mental and emotional diseases. The reason for that is because both stress and trauma lead to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and correlate with poor Vagus nerve tone (think of the Vagus nerve as the CEO of the autonomic nervous system).

Importantly, trauma is a somatic experience, not an event. In other words, it’s not about what happens to us, it’s about how we experience it (i.e. how we “embody” it). Thus, the same event can prove very traumatic for one person, while someone else might be totally fine with it. The experience itself is recorded (embodied) as a physiological response (with or without a corresponding psychological imprint) and can have a long-term dysregulating effect on our autonomic nervous system. Interestingly enough, traumatic experiences can be passed down through several generations, so we can be dealing with a nervous system dysregulation as a result of someone in our lineage having experienced trauma.

Similarly, chronic stress also leads to nervous system dysregulation and poor Vagal tone. We experience chronic stress when we constantly worry (about paying the bills, losing a close one, getting sick, not being loved, not being fulfilled in our personal life or career, etc.). Again, it’s not about the situation we are in, it’s about how we see and embody it. Thus, the same situation can be considered a stressful experience by one person and a beneficial opportunity by another. Consequently, these two people will have very different autonomic nervous system responses (the first one going towards disease and the second one staying healthy and resilient).

On the face of it, it’s important for all of us to “tone” the Vagus nerve as that not only helps release trauma and stress already stored in the body but it also improves our autonomic nervous system resilience (so we can deal with future stress in a more empowered way). Subjectively, improved Vagal tone correlates with release of neck and back pain, better digestion, improved mood and sleep, inner peace and calm, weight loss, and much more.

Now, before we get to the actual exercises that help tone the Vagus nerve, let’s look at the Vagus itself and understand how it works. The Vagus nerve has three main functions: the parasympathetic – rest, digest, connect and socialize; the sympathetic – mobilize, fight or flee; and the dorsal – freeze, paralyze, depress (called dorsal because the corresponding branch of the Vagus nerve goes to the back).The parasympathetic mode is the relaxed state. The other two are states of stress with the sympathetic being the healthier one of the two since we are at least able to do something about our stress, i.e. we are mobilized and able to take action. Admittedly though, the sympathetic is the also the state in which we gain the most weight (because of cortisol and insulin elevation). Lastly, the “freeze” mode can be very dangerous as it paralyzes us and we get depressed, despondent, disconnected, disengaged, withdrawn and unable to do much. Back pain and neck stiffness as well as mood disorders often (though not always) correlate with this freeze mode.

Of course all three states of the autonomic nervous system are needed and each one can be beneficial depending on the circumstances. The important thing is that we flow from one state into another in a flexible way. Resilience is all about being able to move through those states as needed (instead of staying stuck in any one of them), and that’s precisely what the exercises for Vagal tone aim at.

Crucially, the Vagus connects the brain and the gut and this communication is bi-directional with only 20% of the information going from the brain to the gut and the other 80% of information flowing from the gut to the brain. Hence, we can appreciate the importance of maintaining optimal gut health for the autonomic nervous system functioning but equally we can understand how autonomic nervous system dysregulation can disrupt digestive functions.

With that said here are some simple techniques to tone the Vagus nerve which can help you release stress, trauma and pain and amplify your flexibility and resilience in the face of future stress. Use these simple exercises instead of abusing alcohol, food, drugs or caffeine to cope.

  1. The 5-2-8 breathing: breathe in for 5, hold for 2, and exhale to the count of 8.
  2. Eye movement: keep your head straight and move your eyes to the right for 30 seconds; then bring the eyes briefly to the center and move them to the left for another 30 seconds.
  3. Massage and stretch your ears as well as behind the ears.
  4. Splash cold water on your face.
  5. Take a cold shower.
  6. Gargle, sing and hum.
  7. Laugh, stretch, meditate, and listen to calming music.
  8. Eat right for your gut and never go to bed on a full stomach.

Vyara Bridgeman is an Advanced Certified BodyTalk practitioner who works with patients from all over the world suffering a variety of physical, mental and emotional conditions. To find out more about Vyara’s BodyTalk practice, what her clients say about her, and how she can help you achieve a balanced body-mind, visit: http://www.BodyTalk4Life.com

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ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS WEEK – 19th – 25th September – Organ donation is when you decide to give an organ to save or transform the life of someone else.

You can donate some organs while you are alive, and this is called living organ donation. However, most organ and tissue donations come from people who have died.

This year Organ Donation is asking everyone to go pink for the week! Whether you bake a pink cake, wear pink socks, paint a pink unicorn or drink a pink drink we want to see what you get up to.

The British Liver Trust wrote that they will be supporting Organ Donation Week (19th to 25th September 2022) by celebrating the lifesaving gift of organ donation by sharing liver transplant stories and raising awareness of the importance of signing up to be an organ donor.

Organ Donation Week aims to encourage people to join the organ donor register and to share their decision with their families. Right now across the UK, there are over 600 people actively waiting for a liver transplant.  Sadly, around one in ten people die or have to be removed from the waiting list before they receive a transplant because their condition has deteriorated.

Currently, more than 30 million people in the UK have registered their organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register, with more than 27 million of them explicitly agreeing to be organ donors when they die, but this still only represents around 44% of the UK population.

Even though the law around organ donation has now changed to an ‘opt out’ system across England, Scotland and Wales, family members will still always be involved before organ donation goes ahead. This means it is just as important as ever to register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and ensure your friends and family know what you want and will support your decision.

How Organ Donation Works – You read about organ donation on the Organ Donation website and think about what’s right for you.

You register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

This will give your loved ones the certainty they need to support your choice.

You talk to your loved ones about what you’ve decided.

They will be expected to support your decision if you die in a way that means organ donation is a possibility, and clinicians will never proceed if your family objects.

If you die in a way that means organ donation is a possibility, a specialist nurse will access the NHS Organ Donor Register to see if you had registered a decision.

The specialist nurse will discuss your decision with your loved ones, or if you hadn’t registered a decision, ask your loved ones if they know your feelings about organ donation.

If a deemed consent or opt out system applies where you live, it will be considered that you are willing to become a donor, unless you’ve opted out or are in one of the excluded groups.

If you had registered a decision to donate, or your family inform the specialist nurse that it’s what you would have wanted, you could go on to save up to nine lives.

If you had registered a decision not to become an organ donor, this will be respected.

For more details on who and what you can donate just head to the Organ Donation website.

Remember to use #organdonation and tag us @nhsorgandonor so they can see your brilliant efforts!

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