Looking for ways to reduce or delay osteoarthritis? These tips might be just what you need to get started.
According to the National Headache Foundation, about 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches annually, and this debilitating condition can typically last anywhere from 4 hours to three days. With symptoms like throbbing, pulsating pain, and sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and movement, avoiding triggers for the condition is paramount to those that experience it. Caffeine and migraines have long been a subject of study, and it turns out that caffeine may (and may NOT) be as bad as you thought. Read more
When it comes to joint arthritis diseases, osteoarthritis is the most commonly diagnosed, and while it can also affect the hands, hips, and spine, the knees are the number one joints most afflicted. Incidence of knee osteoarthritis is also on the rise; the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 1 in 2 people will likely develop symptoms of the condition in their lifetimes, leading to significant health, mobility, and financial impacts. Read more
I’m sure that you’re familiar with the tightening sensation in your shoulder muscles when you’re stressed. The same physical effect can occur in the muscles in your neck as well. This tightness occurs when your body goes into fight or flight mode, but this defense mechanism doesn’t have to be the result of physical stress. Emotional stress can trigger this reaction, causing muscles to tighten, and contributing to neck pain. Read more
When it comes to finding knee pain relief, a commonly recommended treatment is to develop strength in the legs, hips, and glutes, which results in stronger knees and less pain. The great news is that heading to the gym isn’t the only way to build muscle—yoga has been around for thousands of years, but only in the last few decades has it become a mainstream conditioning and therapy option. According to a 2013 study by the University of Isfahan, just 8 weeks of yoga can significantly decrease pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis. How does the knee benefit from yoga, and what are some effective poses for stronger knees? Read more
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, extending from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Occasionally the roots can become irritated, which then causes sciatica. This irritation can be caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back (lumbar spinal stenosis), a herniated disc, an overgrowth of bone on the spine (bone spur), a breakdown of the cushiony discs between the vertebrae (degenerative disc disease), or a slipped disc (spondylolisthesis). Read more
The daily pain of many arthritis conditions can cause sufferers to give up favorite pastimes to ease their achy joints. Unfortunately, instead of providing relief, the decrease in activity actually perpetuates a cycle of pain, stiffness and joint dysfunction. Read more
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when trying to lose weight, There are plenty of products that offer a quick fix, but these short term solutions can cause more problems than they fix. It seems that everyone struggles with their weight these days. In fact, the CDC states that 70.7% of adults are overweight in the U.S. Read more