Hey, Weekend Warriors. This warning’s for you.
Do you really need to weed the entire landscape in one day? Or spend hours at the gym – the first time in months – without even a proper warmup? Even overdoing it with the kids at the playground on Saturday can result in a Sunday marked by back pain.
According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and since stress and pain are closely linked, it’s no wonder that neck pain is the number three source of chronic pain and that more than 25% of us are affected by it. How can stress contribute to neck pain, and how can you reduce stress to find neck pain relief?
If you suffer from migraine, you probably know that avoidance of common “triggers” can help you prevent attacks or minimize their intensity. Some of the most common precursors to these excruciating headaches are dietary items or behaviors. In fact, studies report that 7 to 44 percent of migraineurs list foods among their triggers.
Sciatica is common, but it’s not normal. Still, that irritation or inflammation of the largest nerve in the body, which runs from the lower spine through the butt and down each leg, affects some three million Americans.
Doctors and therapists often recommend the use of heat or cold packs to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and to increase mobility. These methods for soothing achy and stiff joints are referred to as “thermotherapy.”
Over 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions by the time the ball drops every December, and most of them involve a desire to improve one’s health. If you’re one of the more than 37 million that suffer from migraine episodes annually, your commitment may involve adopting habits that will support your body in finding headache relief. Although there is no one-stop fix for every trigger, the following coping strategies may help you find some migraine relief this year.
“It’s going to go away on its own.”
“The ibuprofen stopped the knee pain; it can’t be too bad.”
“I have 101 things to do. I’m too busy to see a doctor.”
Yes, most people wait too long to see a doctor about their knee pain, concur Dr. Pierce Waychoff, DC, clinic director and his wife, Erin Waychoff, DC, owners of Pain Stop North Phoenix.