Symptoms of fibromyalgia were confirmed in a scientific study in 1981, yet even today there are still some doctors who overlook it as a real condition. Patients who suffer from it are well aware of how real it is, and how debilitating it can be to live with the condition. Because it affects everyone differently, it is difficult to diagnose, and symptoms often can look like a different condition. Living with fibromyalgia can be challenging, especially when the realities you face are invisible to those around you. (more…)
Whether it is your job and you do it on a daily basis, or if you only do it occasionally at home, proper lifting of heavy objects is important for back health. Doing it wrong can result in straining your back muscles. In fact, lifting heavy objects improperly causes many avoidable back problems.
You may be surprised to learn that just ten pounds of weight puts 100 pounds of pressure on lower back muscles. For every ten pounds you lift, you add an additional 100 pounds of pressure to your back. No wonder your back hurts when you do the heavy lifting. Lifting heavy objects repeatedly over time can do serious damage to back muscles. Lifting properly can save those muscles. (more…)
When was the last time you thought about how important your hands are to everyday living? From the very beginning of life, your hands have been there, feeding you information, holding things for you, speaking for you and helping you with just about every aspect of your life. Most of us take hand health for granted until something happens. (more…)
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…)