migraine pain relief

Natural Relief From Migraine Headaches Found in the Kitchen

Some of the most common triggers of a migraine attack or headache are found in the kitchen: wheat, dairy foods, sugar, coffee, peanuts, pork, and chemical ingredients. Other foods are known to deliver natural pain relief when headaches strike; actually, coffee is sometimes on that list as well.

One important source of headaches is undiagnosed food allergies. Migraineurs (those suffering from migraines) are often able to decrease severity and frequency of attacks by removing items from their diet as allergens are identified.

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Yoga Poses to Relieve Sciatic Pain

Yoga for pain relief

One out of every 20 people in the United States is currently experiencing sciatica, with two in five expected to suffer from the chronic pain condition at some point during their lives. Sciatic pain can stretch from the lower back to the feet and is caused by compression on the sciatic nerve.

The excruciating symptoms of sciatica can be eased with a targeted yoga practice, explains Philadelphia Phillies yoga trainer Dana Santas. “Because of sciatica’s varying causes, there isn’t a single magic bullet for relief,” she says. “However, yoga, when applied correctly, can be effective in not only relieving sciatica, but also preventing it.”

By performing modified yoga poses gently and carefully, you can improve your alignment and bolster any weakness in your lower back, in turn effectuating pain relief. As always, it’s wise to check with your doctor or physical therapist before you begin to be sure these exercises won’t exacerbate your condition.

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Lack of Sleep Lowers Tolerance for Chronic Pain

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.

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What is a Trigger Point?

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.

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The Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care

In the past, chiropractic care was considered a questionable form of alternative medicine by many in the healthcare establishment. Popular culture was unsure about the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments too, with Homer Simpson playing the part of a groundbreaking chiropractor by pushing “patients” over his trashcan.

The effectiveness of chiropractic care, though, could not be denied. Today, integrative pain management clinics standardly include spinal manipulation as one of many strategies to achieve pain relief.

Part of the way that chiropractic has been proven is with research, which has shown that this form of medicine has a beneficial impact on numerous health conditions—just a few of which are discussed below.

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Understanding Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a condition in which the peripheral nerves are damaged, typically leading to symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and weakness in the hands or feet.

Sometimes the cause of neuropathy is an existing health issue. Sometimes there is no known source, meaning that some cases of neuropathic pain are idiopathic (arising spontaneously or from an unknown cause).

Basically, the term neuropathy is used to refer to a wide spectrum of nerves and parts of the body. The symptoms that result will differ based on the nerves involved:

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Difference Between Herniated and Bulging Discs

What’s the Difference Between Herniated and Bulging Discs?

Many people experience severe back pain arising from disc herniation or bulging. Various factors make these conditions likelier, such as getting injured, getting older, and espousing certain personal habits. Here is information on these closely related spinal health problems, including how to differentiate between a bulging and herniated disc.

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