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.”
Envision Glinda the Good Witch being transported in her bubble to the Land of Oz. Erin Waychoff, DC, owner of Pain Stop North Phoenix, says being protectively surrounded and lifted that way through life – without the stress of work or effects of emotion – is probably the only sure-fire way to avoid trigger points, or painful, small contraction knots in muscles.
If you’re one of some 100 million Americans suffering with chronic pain – a conservative estimate at that based on various pain websites – you don’t need a designated chronic pain awareness month to know that you hurt. Your body’s message is loud and clear. But with September being chronic pain awareness month, there’s an important message to get out that might be muffled by that chronic pain.
When it comes to gauging summer heat, you always hear the saying “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” While humidity certainly can make high temperatures feel hotter (up to 15-20 degrees!), dry heat can be just as taxing on the body and staying hydrated is essential to keeping your body operating in top form this summer.
The full effects of an auto collision aren’t always immediately obvious; symptoms don’t necessarily arrive right away. Know how to tell if you have hurt yourself and what you can do for treatment.
Pain is, by it’s nature, incredibly uncomfortable. It’s especially challenging to handle when you can’t identify its source. That’s the basic situation for the 5 million people in the United States who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
Many arthritis patients find that New Year’s resolutions are an easy way to reestablish focus on lifestyle goals.
Most of us know it’s easy to set goals and then gradually let ourselves slide, but New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to get refocused on our core objectives. Here are a few lifestyle improvements you can make at the New Year for arthritis pain relief.
When uric acid crystallizes in your body, you start to feel the painful impact of gout. Staying away from three common trigger foods can help.
More and more people are suffering from gout, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The numbers on the pain condition in the United States show that men are at an almost 3 times greater risk of this rheumatic disease:
· 8.3 million people (3.9%)
· 6.1 million men (5.9%)
· 2.2 million women (2.0%).
Could getting better sleep reduce chronic pain symptoms? Yes, according to numerous studies.
We all know that getting plenty of sleep is always recommended for better health. There is growing scientific evidence of specific health conditions that can arise from a lack of sleep, including obesity and mood disorders. Evidence is mounting that sleeplessness even lowers pain tolerance.
Various studies have found that sleep loss amplifies the nervous system’s pain response, noted Anahad O’Connor of the New York Times. “Though it is not clear why, one theory is that sleep loss increases inflammation throughout the body,” she said. “Catching up on sleep if you are behind may reduce inflammation.”
The ramifications of this connection between sleep and pain could be far-reaching. For instance, a patient could potentially lower their pain by treating a sleep disorder. The correlation also helps explain why pain medication tends to become less effective as people become increasingly sleep deprived.
There are about 400 muscles within the human body, together making up approximately half of your weight. Trigger points can arise within any of them. They come in two basic varieties: active and latent. An active trigger point is associated with excruciating pain. A latent trigger point, on the other hand, reduces range of motion and can result in structural misalignment.