Back Pain and Spinal Stretch

portable back traction, Spinal Stretch, sciatica, sciatic pain, spinalstretch, dr. david starr, back pain, back pain reliefAre you looking for a easy and affordable way of relieving back pain?

Do you have sciatica or back spasms? Low back pain an issue?

Spinal Stretch may be your perfect solution! Using it is simple. Just a few minutes a day. Most people notice a difference within a week. If your experience is anything like my brother and mine, within a couple of weeks of using Spinal Stretch, you will feel noticeably better.

What does noticeably better mean? Your back no longer is telling you ‘No’ when you think about lifting even the lightest of objects. Or that sciatic pain, that almost crippling pain that makes even the simple task of walking difficult is relieved. The idea of playing 18 holes has become an enjoyable experience again.

So what is Spinal Stretch? Spinal Stretch is an affordable, spinal traction or decompression system that is so easy to use, you can use it your own house by yourself. If you can lie down, you can use Spinal Stretch. If you talk to your doctor, he will call it a low back traction unit.

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Shows the difference between a healthy disc and a degenerative (unhealthy) disc. Using Spinal Stretch allows the spine to open up to allow the flow of nutrients and water to replenish the nourishment necessary for healthy discs.

Spinal Stretch’s design is so effective that one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons and spine specialists, Dr. Charles Burton, started using it in his clinic.

Spinal Stretch was invented by Dr. David Starr. Having practiced chiropractic in Redondo Beach, CA for decades, Dr. Starr has spent years researching for an affordable solution of not only overcoming low back pain but something that would assist in hydrating the disks between the spine. Hydration is one of the keys to healthy disks and a healthy back.

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Unlikely Animal Friends: The Orangutan and the Hound

When Surya the orangutan meets a hound dog by the river, the two carry on like long lost friends.

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Tokyo & Kyoto Photolog by Jim Caldwell

Kyoto is home to sixteen World Heritage sites.  One of Kyoto’s most popular UNESCO sites, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, is a shrine known by many names.  Translated Ginkaku-ji, the Silver Pavilion Temple’s more formal name is Jisho-ji, a Buddhist temple practicing Rinzai Zen.

Ginkaku-ji, or the Silver Pavilion, typifies what many Westerners think of for the classical combination of Japanese architecture and landscape with Zen Buddhism form and structure.  The beauty of the grounds to its environs has made the Temple one of the photographers’ favorites.

Seeds for the Silver Pavilion were sown in family heritage two generations prior with Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.  In what is considered the classical age for Japanese garden design, Yoshimitsu built the Temple of Golden Pavilion during the Muromachi period.  Great emphasis was taken creating a harmony and scale between the buildings and their distinct setting.

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From Scotland to Ireland

While the journey on the Scottish biking trip encountered less than perfect weather, I remained undaunted and continued my trek south to Ireland.  Here are few pictures from a few days in Ireland.  Click any of the picture to open a photo gallery for that excursion.

Smithwick's Irish red ale

Smithwick’s Irish red ale

An Teach Te B&B and Camp, Co. Kerry

Murphy's Bar Limerick Ireland Main Street, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick

Murphy’s Bar Limerick Ireland Established in 1789. Featuring Guinnes beer on tap. Main Street, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick 068-31711

Beara Peninsula

Ireland, Cliffs of Dingle Peninsula, Tour Ireland, Ireland photography

Cliffs of Dingle Peninsula of Ireland

Dingle Peninsula

Limerick Ireland is King John’s Castle, Lord of Ireland, King John, Viking conquest of Ireland, Viking control of Ireland, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

In the heart of Limerick Ireland is King John’s Castle. Dating from 13th century, the Castle sits on the River Shannon overlooking Limerick. King John, the Lord of Ireland, captured the lands around Limerick from control of raiding hordes of Vikings.

Limerick and King John’s Castle

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An Teach Te B & B and Camp Co. Kerry

An Teach Te B & B and the Camp in Kerry
by Jim Caldwell
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Beara Peninsula

Beara Peninsula
by Jim Caldwell
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Dingle Peninsula Ireland

Pictures of Dingle Peninsula
by Jim Caldwell
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Limerick and King John’s Castle

Pictures of Limerick and King John’s Castle
Jim Caldwell
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In the heart of Limerick Ireland is King John’s Castle. Dating from 13th century, the Castle sits on the River Shannon overlooking Limerick. King John, the Lord of Ireland, captured the lands around Limerick from control of raiding hordes of Vikings.

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Bridge in Limerick Ireland

Bronze Goose Statue with the city of Limerick in background

Bronze Goose Statue with the city of Limerick in background

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In the heart of Limerick Ireland is King John’s Castle. Dating from 13th century, the Castle sits on the River Shannon overlooking Limerick. King John, the Lord of Ireland, captured the lands around Limerick from control of raiding hordes of Vikings.

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The castle was built by Prince John of England 1210 later to become King. To protect and maintain Norman power in Limerick and Munster. Today the restored castle is open to the public and houses an imaginative exhibition of the history of the Castle and the

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Biking Scotland with Wilderness Scotland

I got interested in the bike trip across Scotland through Outside Magazine when an article mentioned the bike trip as a 2010 Trip of the Year.  So a couple years later I was able to book the trip and the adventure begins.

Arrive Edinburgh

Walkway above the Narrow Streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, photography Jim Caldwell Redondo BeachCity of Edinburgh

The day dawned crisp and bright, as the sun was actually shining, which is rare for Scotland. I met with the tour company, Wilderness Scotland, and then caravanned north to Aberdeen. We got situated with bikes and food and then hunted our way through town to hook up with the River Dee Trail. Good riding and nice weather throughout the day, as we follow an old railroad spur along River Dee. With in a couple hours of riding, we left the city and marveled at the beauty of the hills and open country. A long day in the saddle of a mountain bike was greeted by a quaint B&B Tigh na Geald in Aboyne. A good meal.

View of Edinburgh Castle during spring and cherry blossom season, photography by Jim CaldwellEdinburgh Castle

Day two: Heavy clouds have turned the previous great weather into a different set of emotions. The cold morning and misty condition, makes for a bleak start to the day, as I wonder if I’ll get to wear shorts to ride in again? The mist and cold makes for trying riding conditions, though we access the Cairngorms National Park and more open country. We ride through cold, gusty winds upward of 40 knots, as snow and hail falls. Eventually we get to the comforts of Moorfield House Hotel and were treated very well by the great owner.

South Pier Lighthouse, Aberdeen, Scotland, photograhy Jim Caldwell, photography ScotlandAberdeen

Scotland's Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, photography Great Britian, photography Scotland, biking Scotland, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Contructed in 1849, Scotland’s Ardnamurchan Lighthouse sits at the most westerly point of Great Britian. Open to visitors April to Oct. Fom the lighthouse or the viewing platform by the fog horn, Ardnamuchan is great place to see the whales and dolphins.

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Our Wilderness Scotland (Saddle Skedaddle) bike tour trip through Scotland transited one of Scotland’s most natural scenic places, Cairngorms National Park. The Park is home to Britain’s highest and largest mount range. With pristine lochs and rivers, Cairngorms has the Country’

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The Deeside Way runs from Aberdeen on the east coast to Ballater in the east of the Cairngorms National Park. The Deeside Way provides an route linking up Dinnet and Ballater in the Royal Deeside area of the Cairngorms National Park.

Day three: more wind and heavy rain is in the forecast for the ride as we start out with solemn heads in anticipation of more inclement weather. We passed the large, exquisite Mar Lodge, and ride into the nastiest bike ride conditions, as we gain access into peat. As the rain soaks the Highlands and water saturates the peat, it becomes hellish to try to pedal and ride. And then walking and pushing a bike is not any better, as the bog sucks one’s feet in to the shins. Eventually we get through the nastiness and end up in Newtonmore at the Craigerne House Hotel, owned by Dougie and Joanna Jeffries. They go out of their way to make our stay absolutely fabulous. We ate a great meal at the Letterbox Restaurant.

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Trek across Scotland by bike in Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands, views from Craigerne House in Newtonmore. Wilderness Scotland (Saddle Skedaddle) Tours

Day four: the weather calls for more rain and inclement weather, as we start the ride with temperatures in the low 30’s. We ride until lunch with patches of sun poking through spats of rain throughout the morning, and stop for lunch in one of the ‘Bothies’ built about the Highlands for shelter from the weather, and it snows while we have lunch. After lunch we manage to ride into the hellish peat again and spend a couple hours traversing the lameness.  Eventually we pass a WWII Memorial in Inverness-shire and reach accommodations at The Old Pines Hotel that are very nice.

Spean Bridge Commando Memorial for the WW II jumpers, Scott Sutherland, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Just north of Spean Bridge, is the Commando Memorial for the WW II jumpers. The bronze monument crafted by Scott Sutherland and placed in 1952. Based at Achnacarry, British Commandos and United States Army Rangers were trained in the area around the village.

Day five: more of the same weather, as Scotland is definitely someplace you don’t go for good weather. So we continue our ride from east to west coast amid rain and cold following the Caledonia Canal to Fort William where we catch a small ferry across Loch Linnhe. Not many pictures were snapped on account of the dull, misty weather. We finish the day at the Ben View Hotel, in Stontian, with views of Ben Nevis, which we could not see through the clouds and rain.

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Red Scottish telephone in the Scottish Highlands.

Day six: more rain and cold greets us, as we pedal into the weather and what will be the last day of the cross country trek. We ride along Loch Sunart through Salen and Acharacle, where we encounter midges at lunch. We were ‘dining’ under the canopy strung between the caravan and bike trailer to keep the lunch food dry, as we were already soaked through, so the midges were quite annoying to say the least. We reach our destination in the rain at Ardnamurchan and view the lighthouse and celebrate the crossing of Scotland, and I think back upon the last two days and wonder what we saw, as the rain kept one’s view to the road and trail in front of the tire.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

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A Tour through Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh Photography
by Jim Caldwell

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