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Tennis is an exciting and fast paced sport, and while it’s not considered as “high impact” as other sports like football or soccer, the quick and forceful movements involved can definitely be taxing on the muscles, joints and bones in the body. Almost 18 million Americans play the game annually, and according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, up to 78,000 seek medical care for an injury sustained on the court. How can you work on your backhand without becoming a scratch for the season?
There are two types of inflammation; acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is a short-lived healthy immune system response and can present itself in many ways such as joint inflammation due to injury or as a response to illness such as bronchitis or a sore throat. This is the body using inflammation as part of the healing process. Chronic inflammation is persistent. It can also be present as joint inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis or in chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases. This is when inflammation becomes a serious problem.
Inflammation is chronic when it goes from being a normal short-term response to a long term, persistent response that your body can’t turn off. Inflammation that was supposed to help your body heal is now capable of harming healthy tissue and causing long term, serious health issues by affecting your joints, digestive system, heart and more.
Scientists have long believed that music is a powerful way to impact the way our brains process information. In recent years, the evidence has shown that a soothing melody can actually deliver pain relief.
When you touch a hot stove, an electrochemical signal is sent from your finger to your spinal cord, where it is forwarded to the brain. In turn, areas of your brain that specialize in pain quickly assess the communication and lead to your understanding that your finger hurts. In turn, your body knows to retract your hand. (more…)
During the nine months of pregnancy, your body goes through an incredible number of physical changes, many of which contribute to various degrees of back pain. After delivery, you may be thinking that the worst is over, but your recovery will be unpredictable and back pain may be lingering. Are you nursing a hurting back? Here are some reasons your post-baby back may be giving you grief.
As the uterus expands with the growing baby, the two parallel panels of muscle that run from the rib cage to the pubic bone stretch and become weakened, and may also separate along the center seam from the strain. Being that strong abdominal muscles are necessary for back stability, the lingering weakness or damage is a main cause of back pain in new moms. (more…)
Not long ago, following a gluten-free meal plan was only recommended for those with Celiac Disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder that can cause damage of the lining of the small intestine. According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, only about 1% of Americans have Celiac Disease. So why has the “gluten-free” weight loss trend become a $6 billion industry, and how can it help you?
Gluten is the gummy, glue-like protein found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. Most obviously, it is in breads, pastas, pastries, and cereals. It is also used to add flavor, texture, or a “binding” effect in thousands of products from beverages and sauces, to hot dogs and medications. In some people, the immune system sees gluten as the enemy and will unleash weapons to attack it, causing inflammation in the intestines as well as in other organs and tissues. This can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and a host of related health issues.
Diabetes management: it’s a task that sounds tedious but is critical to ongoing wellness for those afflicted with the disease. Let’s look at one diabetic’s story and pointers on how to handle your diabetes in the workplace.
Michael Eisenstein is a publisher who works for the American Diabetes Association and is himself a diabetic. He is actually surrounded by this life-altering disease not just with his work but with his home life: his father, wife, and one of his daughters all suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Getting diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) is not entirely negative: understanding the condition that you have is the first step in treating it. Let’s discuss OA, along with five natural therapies to curb pain and improve joint function.
Osteoarthritis: description & natural treatments
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is diagnosed more than any other chronic joint condition. A total of 27 million people are afflicted with it in the United States, according to the Arthritis Foundation. OA can occur to any of the hundred of joints in the human body, but it is most typically found in the knees; hips; base of the thumb and fingers; big toe; and neck and lower back.
Diabetes: the bad and the good
There’s no other way around it: a diabetes diagnosis is not good news. It is #7 on the list of top causes of death among Americans. When you have diabetes, you are twice as likely to experience a stroke or heart attack. There is a silver lining, though, for those with diabetes type 2: we can change the way that we eat in order to curb the insulin resistance that eventually leads to diabetes. These same simple foods can be used to reverse diabetes once it has developed.