Are you experiencing abnormal sensations (such as numbness, tingling, or weakness) on the thumb side of your hand? You may have carpal tunnel syndrome; when confronted with this condition, it is natural to be worried about the possibility of a future surgery. However, there are do-it-yourself strategies you can use to relieve the pain.
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. (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. (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. (more…)
More than 37 million Americans suffer from the headache condition known as migraine annually according to the National Headache Foundation, and if you’re one of that unlucky population, you know you’d do anything to avoid the hours to days of debilitating pain, nausea, and light and sound sensitivity attributed to an episode. (more…)
Neck and shoulder pain can be caused by a number of things, some of which are out of your control. The most common cause of neck and shoulder pain is trauma. Whether it be from a car accident, a sports injury, lifting something heavy, or simply having poor posture, neck and shoulder pain are sure to follow. Other, more unavoidable, sources could be: degenerative arthritis, degenerative disc disease, or heart attack. (more…)
Headache pain can be a real, well… headache. And sometimes, finding headache pain relief can be just as torturous. Headaches are not only a nuisance, they can also be downright debilitating. Headache pain is marked by the obvious aches along the head, but some other symptoms can be light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, and sound sensitivity. (more…)
September is National Pain Awareness month. Education, awareness and action along with information about the latest advances in pain treatment can help bring chronic pain relief to the more than 100 million Americans who experience pain in their day-to-day lives. (more…)
Low back pain is a common complaint. In fact, the Mayo Clinic has reported that lower back pain relief is one of the top three reasons that people see a doctor in America. Low back pain treatment varies depending on the underlying cause. Your chiropractor can help you determine the cause and help you avoid more invasive and risky procedures with the use of chiropractic treatment.
Acute and chronic lower back pain have different underlying causes. Acute back pain is commonly caused by muscle and ligament strain. This injury based lower back pain may be the result of muscle or ligament damage due to heavy lifting, twisting, sudden movement or other physical activity. Straining of the lower back may be mild to severe causing symptoms from minor discomfort to extreme pain, depending on the extent of the injury. When treated promptly, acute low back pain caused by injury can heal without turning into chronic pain. (more…)
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.
What Is Chronic Inflammation?
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.