Soon summer will be just a memory. Before you know it, you will looking to have some fun outdoors in the cold of winter. There are many ways to have fun, but keep in mind when the weather grows chilly, and warm breezes are replaced with icy winds, and freezing temperatures make for slippery surfaces, [...]
Car accidents are funny things. Not in the comical sense, of course, but in the fact that you may feel perfectly fine stepping out of your vehicle shortly after an impact, only to be way-laid a few days later with searing pain in your back, neck or legs. It seems as if your body has [...]
After a car accident, you may feel a sense of shock or distress. Dealing with logistics like insurance and car repairs may even cause you to put off seeking medical treatment, especially if the accident didn’t cause obvious injuries. Like any trauma, a car accident causes your adrenaline levels to spike. This hormone prepares your body for action in high-stress situations and has a numbing effect on pain. After the threat is gone, you may begin to feel soreness and discomfort that you hadn’t felt immediately after the accident.
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.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder) is more common than you think. According to William De Vizio, DMD, more than 10 million Americans are afflicted with TMJ. It is experienced most often by women who are in their 20s or 30s, though it can affect anyone.
Today is part 3 of our 3-part strengthening exercise series, and this week is focusing on upper back and neck pain. These fast and easy strengthening exercises can help prevent or lessen chronic upper-back and neck pain if done regularly. Always remember to talk to your pain doctor before starting any exercise program. Please pass this [...]
The pain of a migraine is all too common to Americans. According to Migraine.com, almost 40 million people in the United States experience migraines, with some studies suggesting that migraines are experienced by 13% of American adults. Those most affected by migraines are Caucasians and more than 70% have a family member who also suffers. [...]
What you eat can play a huge role in the amount of headaches you have (headache frequency) and the severity of pain you experience (headache intensity). That is true both with migraines (vascular constriction and dilation) and other types of headaches (vascular constriction). Lifestyle choices and other, often environmental, factors that tend to be a direct cause of individual headache attacks are called triggers. Dietary triggers are extraordinarily common.
If you or someone you love wakes up with neck stiffness or pain, or lower back pain, you may need a new pillow or mattress. But there are so many choices - how do you know which one is the right one for your specific neck or back? Below, Dr. Thomas Morgan of Pain Stop Avondale Clinic discusses what the best pillow choice is for neck pain sufferers and those with Forward Head Posture, and the best type of mattress to buy for lower back pain. If you're looking for the perfect meaningful gift idea this holiday season, you might consider a new mattress or pillow - or tell Santa it's on your list!