Metal earrings and tooth fillings 'cause chronic back pain'
Posted Aug 24 2008 12:11am
My father, an acupuncturist, was SOOOOO against me getting my ears pierced. So I waited until I was in college. It was kin dof a yucky process (and now my students have multiple piercings, eeek). The good thing is that when I was training for my black belt in Korea, I was working out 2x/day and didn't wear earrings at all because I'd have to take them out. So guess what, the holes closed. Now, clip ons are good enough for me.
Best not to fool with Mother Nature...
From the UK's Daily Mail:
Metal earrings and tooth fillings could be the cause of chronic back pain, experts claimed last night.
Pieces of metal that pierce or even just touch the skin could be setting off a massive chain reaction in the body, sending hundreds of muscles out of alignment.
And even the smallest bits of metal - such as tooth fillings - could be the cause of major agony in muscles far away.
Experts say the nervous system automatically tries to move body parts away from metal objects because they are uncomfortable to the skin that surrounds them.
The muscles used in that movement will then place strain on other, larger muscles as they constantly try to maintain a distance.
The result, according to a growing school of thought, is whole body stresses that cannot be cured by any amount of rest, exercise or nutrition.
However, experts say the good news is that something as simple as removing jewellery or having a metal filling replaced with an acrylic one could be all that is needed to end years of agony.
Chiropractor Simon King is one of around 250 professionals who are telling patients that the answer to their chronic back pain could be very straight-forward indeed.
"I've always been fascinated and confused that some people with massive injuries made a quick recovery while others with minor strains took forever to get better," he said.
"Then I made a remarkable discovery. Most patients who struggled to recover from pain or injury had metal touching or piercing their skin."
Mr King says earrings are a common cause of back and neck pain, dentistry and jewellery such as necklaces and watches can cause pain and arthritis.