Knee pain will affect one out of every two Americans at some point during their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. As the number two cause of chronic pain, more than a third of Americans report being affected by it at any given time.
Inflammation is our body’s first line of defense in repairing injury or infection and against anything toxic, but that same protection can become problematic if it is too regularly called upon to “guard” us against perceived attack. Chronic inflammation is a high stress state of response in the body that has been associated with a host of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, mental health issues, arthritis and more, and reducing that stress is an emerging field of research and focus in the medical community.
Chronic low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with some experts estimating that as much as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Sleep and pain can become a vicious cycle. Pain makes it difficult to sleep. What’s worse, according to recent studies, is that a lack of sleep causes additional pain. Here are three holistic, drug-free ways for you to get a good night’s sleep while reducing how much you hurt.
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.
A recent survey shows that most Americans suffer from foot pain, but the condition is often left untreated. If you are in pain yourself, you can use DIY (do-it-yourself) exercises and other techniques to alleviate the pain.
Survey: Many with foot pain aren’t getting care
More than three in four Americans (77%) say that they sometimes experience foot pain, according to a 2014 survey. Half of men and women have not been able to be as active as they would like because of foot pain, unable to participate fully in simple functions including walking, work tasks, and household chores. More than four in five people suffering with chronic foot pain (83%) say that they must curtail certain activities.
There are many benefits of therapeutic massage, ranging from enhanced circulation to release of impinged nerves. One study highlighted by the National Institutes of Health found it is particularly helpful to relieve chronic neck pain.
Various benefits of therapeutic massage
The benefits of massage therapy for the body are extensive:
2. Better bloodflow
3. Loosening of inflexible tissue
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.
Are you suffering from chronic low back pain? If so, you are not alone. A simple series of exercises can expedite your recovery.
Why is back pain so common?
Within any three-month window, one in four American men and women suffer from back pain for a day or more.