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?
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.
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?
A key study came out in 2015 related to the use of Tylenol for back pain and osteoarthritis. This study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia, was significant because it used a broad pool of data – reviewing the findings of 13 previous studies on the subject.
Imagine the moment the very first fire was lit. The caveman went to touch it – and immediately pulled his hand away. That self-preservation pathway is so fast, almost instantaneous, says Dr. Erin Waychoff, D.C., co-owner of Pain Stop North Phoenix with her husband, Clinic Director Dr. Pierce Waychoff, D.C.
The Migraine Research Foundation reports that nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraines annually. These monster headaches are a debilitating, full body experience, causing everything from nausea, vomiting, and light, sound, smell, and motion sensitivity, to throbbing, pulsating pain in the head, face, and neck.