Winter is here and even though the temperatures aren’t freezing, it is cooler and the days are shorter. A lack of activity can make your joints more stiff and cause other types of pain, so to keep the pain away, keep up with your exercise plan during the cool months. It takes motivation.
You’re feeling a bit stiff, so you twist and turn a bit and you hear and feel a pop in your back. Sometimes it makes things feel a bit better. What is back cracking and is it okay to do on your own?
Pain can certainly impact quality of life. For relief, many people turn to nerve blocks, which are injections of steroids and local anesthetic directly into the nerve in the painful area. They can help some patients avoid surgery.
Radiating pain is just what the name implies—an intense pain that spreads across a significant part of the body, leaving discomfort in its wake. This is because its start and end points actually follow the path of a nerve. Radiating pain isn’t to be confused with referred pain, which is general pain that typically pops up near an injured tissue.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of degenerative joint disease that becomes more prevalent as we age. Most common in folks 65 and older, OA typically springs up in the knees. In fact, 50 percent of adults will suffer from knee OA at some point in their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. For those suffering through it, chronic pain and bouts of immobility come with the territory.
There are many different ways in which we can experience pain or other abnormal neurological sensation – including pain, burning, numbness, and tingling. Tingling, sometimes described as “pins and needles,” is technically a form of paresthesia. The term that is used to describe these sensations when they exist in the feet, hands, arms, or legs is peripheral neuropathy since it occurs in the peripheral nervous system.
A balanced diet is critical in getting strong support to your tissues and organs. Your body needs nutrients in order to operate correctly, get the energy it needs, defend you against infections, and keep your systems free of disease. When children do not get the healthy, balanced nutrition they need, they are likelier to experience developmental issues or struggle at school. In fact, it can heavily impact a boy or girl into adulthood – because often the lack of a balanced diet during youth turns into a lifelong approach.
Yoga is a millennia old system combining breath control, meditation, and in the last 100 years, asana (AH-sun-uh) or physical postures, designed to improve health, well-being, and a greater mind-body connection. Since the late 1990’s, yoga as a physical practice has become a booming industry, and rightfully so. According to the American Osteopathic Association, the benefits are countless; not only can you expect to enjoy increased flexibility, balance, muscle strength and tone, improved cardiovascular health, and even weight reduction, “the relaxation techniques incorporated into yoga can lessen chronic pain.” How can you use yoga for chronic pain, and how does it work as an alternative treatment?
Sciatica occurs in approximately one out of every 10-20 people (5-10%) in the United States suffering from low back pain (LBP). The latter condition is incredibly common, with 49-70% of Americans having experienced it during their lives.
What exactly is sciatica, though? It is chronic pain produced by damage or irritation to the sciatic nerve – which is the largest nerve within the body, starting as nerve roots within the spine of the lower back and running down through the hips and legs to the feet. When people experience sciatic pain, it generally is experienced in the area from the lower back to the thigh, possibly extending to the lower leg.
To ease sciatica pain, people often are looking for simple, at home strategies. The important thing is that you recover your quality of life as quickly as possible. To that end, here are several stretches for sciatic nerve pain relief – along with notes on exercises and other ways you can move forward to relieve your pain.