We are all aware that it’s important to limit the amount of salt that we eat, and part of the problem is literally in our heads. High intake of sodium contributes to head pain, according to a new study that appeared in the December 11 issue of the UK’s BMJ Open. The connection between dietary salt and headaches is strong in another, separate way as well: high sodium causes blood pressure to rise, which in turn leads to headaches.
Smart phones may be smart, but they are weighing us down. Our heads are drooping to check our mobile devices, and we are paying the price with additional back pain. The angle we tilt our heads to read our phones and devices can put severe pressure on the back and neck. Discover how to avoid this unnecessary pressure and strain on the neck and back.
There is a long-running debate about running in the field of medicine.“The jury is still out,” Dr. Jon Schriner of Michigan State University told LiveScience in 2012. “Some say yes, running is bad for the knees; some say no.” Just-released research heavily favors the pro-running camp, demonstrating that it reduces the likelihood of osteoarthritis (OA). The scientists conducting the study at Baylor College of Medicine assessed subjects who ran on a regular basis for a substantial part of their lives, revealing that they were no more vulnerable to OA than non-runners.
Previous studies have shown a strong correlation between running and the degenerative joint disorder. These new findings suggest that the activity itself serves as a defense against physical wear-and-tear such as OA.
Karen Weintraub of USA Today brought us the story of Kimberly Smalling, who has fibromyalgia so severe that she can’t always raise her arms.
Smalling takes out an analgesic back patch, splits it into pieces for each shoulder, and goes to sleep. This quick-fix over-the-counter pain relief solution has had value for her in the short term, allowing her to continue her career as a men’s hairstylist.
To start out the new year, it’s common to write down a few resolutions, ways we intend to change our behavior and improve our lives. However, many of these “resolutions” prove themselves to be failed attempts. About 45% of us make resolutions each year, according to the Washington Post, but only one in four people who do make resolutions stick with them for the first week. In other words, many people are already letting their 2015 personal development goals slip.
According to WedMd, “Tendinitis (also called tendonitis) is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.” Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury. Repetitive activities that cause tendonitis can be anything from gardening to shoveling, from painting to golf. Bad posture at work or home and not stretching properly before or after exercise and activities can also cause tendonitis
Part of what has always been challenging for pain management professionals is diagnosing were the root problem in the body lies. Two primary reasons why the source of pain can be difficult to ascertain are pain referral and pain radiation. Both processes result in pain signals firing in parts of the body that are in disparate physical locations from the place where the pain disorder originates. Sciatica is a particularly common form of radiating pain, so we will discuss that particular condition as a case in point.
Gout is a form of arthritis that involves an accrual of uric acid crystals in the body, particularly the joints. Gout prevention has become a major concern of arthritis experts and pain professionals: 8.3 million individuals, approximately 1 out of every 25 people, are currently experiencing the condition. It is especially common among senior citizens.
Many people think that pain is only likely to be experienced among the elderly, but pain conditions are common for all ages. Our focus for this piece will be lower back pain (LBP), the number one reason for disability in members of the working population across the globe, according to the American Chiropractic Association. The statistics on LBP demonstrate that pain conditions are clearly not only a concern for senior citizens: the relationship between age and pain is more complex.
Inflammation is a root cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity – health conditions that impact millions in the US and around the world. Inflammation is also the direct cause of arthritis, so those with arthritis should be concerned that its underlying issue is shared with some of the deadliest diseases.
Bruxism is a health condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth. The root cause of the disorder is unknown, but it seems to often be connected to heightened stress. This practice involves any type of aggressive interaction between one’s teeth, whether the action forces the teeth against one another or involves the sustained, noiseless practice of clenching.