London, Jul 11: Those shiny earrings, neck chains and even fillings might be giving you the 'bling' edge over the others, but in the bargain you're putting your back at stake, that's what a leading chiropractor says.
Simon King from New Zealand said earrings, neck chains, watches and even fillings and gold crowns could trigger debilitating muscle ache.
His theory is "irritation from metal causes muscle inhibition which means muscles are weaker than is normal."
Muscle weakness causes pain and injury resulting in back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury and slipped discs, he says.
"Nobody wants to remove dental work or jewellery unnecessarily, but if an injury or health problem is going to cost you your job or sporting career or cause you years of pain and suffering, it may be worth having a crown or a filling replaced or going," the Mirror quoted him, as saying.
The manager of a natural health and wellness centre in Herts. advises that anyone finding endless visits to the GP aren't solving back ache problems should: "Just go without jewellery for two weeks and see if they get better, then put it back on again and keep doing it until they are certain there is a link."
Explaining the science behind the theory he's been researching for the past eight years, Simon says wearing metal jewellery causes the nervous system to move body parts away as it's uncomfortable to the skin that surrounds them.
The muscles used in that movement then place strain on other larger muscles as they try to maintain a distance.
"One of the great advantages of this theory is that the treatments are all natural, completely safe and can be reversed at any time. People can do their own experiment with their jewellery," he said.
Simon is set to release a book about his theory called 'Live Without Pain' which is due out in September.