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Lots of updates about vitamin D, stretching, structuralism and more

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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I’ve been unusually busy updating articles and tutorials here on lately: about three updates every two days for the last couple months.

Most recently, inspired by recent headlines about the alleged vitamin D deficiency pandemic (see Manson 2016), I’ve rebooted my vitamin D article, Vitamin D for Pain. I’ve now begun the process of turning into a full-blown topic review (it was quite limited before), and there are tie-ins to several other topics: there’s an updated chapter in the trigger points tutorial about it; it’s an interesting candidate explanation for morning back pain; it may explain excessive delayed-onset muscle soreness; and vitamin D is now represented in both my supplements review and 34 Surprising Causes of Pain (along with chronic low-grade inflammation, which was also added recently).

Stretching for trigger points is another topic that generated a large, challenging (nightmarish!) batch of recent updates, most of which was all based on a great analogy that just hit me one day: that trying to stretching a trigger point is “like trying to stretch a knot in a bungie cord.” It’s a useful mental image that shoved me down a deep rabbit hole, forcing a lot of complicated rewriting. It’s most thoroughly realized in the trigger points book (multiple improved sections), but there’s also a free abridged version in Quite a Stretch and related content in Micro Muscles and the Dance of the Sarcomeres.

And lots more:

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