November is the time of year when you begin to see more mail requesting end-of-year donations so you can take advantage of the tax credits. It is also the time of year when many individuals start checking their health insurance and flexible spending accounts. Those who do not check their benefits are at risk of leaving money on the table at the end of the year. (more…)
If you are experiencing a “pins and needles” sensation in your ring finger and little finger, have weakness in your hand and a loss of sensation or numbness in your hand along with pain in your forearm, you could be a victim of cubital tunnel syndrome. This condition involves the ulnar nerve. When you hit your “funny bone,” you are actually irritating not a bone, but the ulnar nerve.
The ulnar nerve runs along the inner side of the elbow. Your arm has three major nerves including the ulnar nerve. This nerve extends from your neck to your hand ending in your fingers. Any constriction of the nerve along this path can cause problems. When the compression occurs at the elbow it is called “cubital tunnel syndrome.” Here are three common causes of the condition. (more…)
Good sleep hygiene is important for many reasons. The brain does its housekeeping while you sleep, your body has a chance to rest and muscle repair is another major reason sleep is so important. Athletes, as well as the average person, need quality sleep in order to maintain healthy muscles. (more…)
It is interesting that while the average person thinks of bone health in terms of older people and osteoporosis, bone health needs to be protected at all ages. With all the dietary hype changing from year to year or even month to month, it is easy to miss out on those foods that support bone health during the various stages of life.
Some people cut out dairy completely, some people cut out certain grains or vegetables and studies of what is good or not good continue to contradict each other. Meanwhile, people are in a quandary and bone health can suffer. Here are a few tips to help you keep your bones healthy. (more…)
When you have had a difficult and long day, you look forward to a good night’s rest. When you have lower back pain, you may find that lying down may not provide all the relief for which you were hoping. If you experience leg pain when you lie down, there could be a few different things happening. (more…)
Muscle spasms can create a range of discomfort from mild annoyance to teeth gritting pain. Muscle relaxing medication is often prescribed to alleviate the pain, but not every patient desires to be put on a regime of drugs for pain control. Some patients should not take these drugs. Fortunately, there is an alternative treatment, backed by research and proven results. (more…)
People have experienced the symptoms of fibromyalgia long before it was confirmed by a scientific study in 1981. Since then, millions of people have been diagnosed with the condition, though it is difficult to diagnose. There are still people who experience the symptoms but have not received a clear diagnosis. Whether or not you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you may be surprised at these facts about the disorder. (more…)
Ergonomics is known as the science of improving workstations or work environments in ways to enable people to work safer and be more productive. Many companies provide ergonomic audits to ensure that workers have equipment in proper positions to help posture and alleviate muscle fatigue and strain. If you’re working from home, it is worth the time and expense to find a qualified professional to examine your work area and provide you with information on how to optimize it ergonomically. (more…)
The older you get, the more likely you are to have a pain in the neck, and that pain is more likely to be caused by arthritis. In fact, after age 60, more than 85% of seniors experience this common condition. Also called cervical spondylosis, stiffness and pain are common symptoms. Many people have the condition without noticeable discomfort. (more…)
Some professionals have been known to take out insurance policies on their hands because those are the tools of their trade and vital to their livelihood. Doctors, surgeons, dentists, musicians and artisans depend on healthy hands to do their work. We all use our hands for living without thinking how vital they are. Only if a finger gets hurt or broken, do we then realize how crucial is our hand health. (more…)