Eat to Beat Them - Muscle cramps happen when your muscles tense up and you can’t relax them. While painful, usually you can treat them yourself. Exercise, dehydration, and menstruation are common causes. One way to stop cramps is to stretch or massage your muscles and to eat enough of these key nutrients: potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. They’re called electrolytes, and you can find them in the following foods.
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Did you know it's always the brain that decides when to create pain? Let's learn how we can influence it. Being told your pain is all in your head is annoying. I used to immediately shut down when any advice sounded like they were saying my pain wasn’t real. The problem is, we perceive pain—all pain—through our mind. I was ignoring information that ended up helping me when I finally listened.
When you have back pain, your doctor may recommend muscle relaxants—a group of drugs that are typically obtained with a doctor’s prescription. These drugs have the potential to decrease tension and spasm within a sore muscle, which may reduce pain. Here are 6 important facts that you must know if you plan to take muscle relaxants for back pain: 1. Muscle Relaxants Are Typically a Second-Line Treatment for Back Pain
What’s Frozen Shoulder? It’s pain and stiffness in your shoulder that happens slowly. It can worsen until your shoulder seems “frozen” in one position. Your doctor might call it “adhesive capsulitis.” Although it may take as much as a few years to get completely better, it can improve long before then, especially if you do physical therapy to help with recovery.
If you’re dealing with persistent pain, or work with pain patients, central sensitization is a big deal. PainScience.com publisher, Paul Ingram writes: "There is great variety in acute pain, but chronic pain is often defined by pain sensitization, regardless of how it all started. And world-leading pain scientist, Professor Lorimer Moseley adds: "...fear of movement, pain catastrophizing, anxiety, and nervous system sensitization appear to be the main contributors to pain and disability."
The term sciatica refers to a set of symptoms, such as pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that radiates along your sciatic nerve which typically courses from your lower back down to your feet. The medical term for sciatica is lumbar radiculopathy—a condition where spinal nerve roots in the lower back get irritated or compressed, sending pain and/or neurological symptoms into your lower extremities.
What Is CBD? It’s short for cannabidiol, and it’s a natural compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants. There’s some evidence that it might help treat pain, seizures, and some other health problems. But much more research is needed for doctors to know for sure what it can do.
How Do You Take It? You can take CBD oil by itself by mouth, or use one of many products that have it as an ingredient. These include pills, chewable gels, “tinctures” you drop under your tongue, vape cartridges you breathe in, creams on your skin, and foods like chocolate bars. The amount and quality of CBD in these products can be very different.
The cause of migraines is still not well understood - despite migraines being one of the most widespread chronic pain conditions. Migraines are blamed on many different factors including Family history of migraines, Hormonal changes, Foods, drinks, or additives, Changes in sleep pattern, changes in the environment, Stress, and more...
Though degenerative disc disease can cause debilitating neck or back pain which may also radiate into the arm or leg, there are many treatment options. Some treatments may be more beneficial and effective than others based on the individual, so here are several options to consider trying in order to reduce pain.
Plantar Fasciitis - It’s the most common cause of pain on the bottom of your heel. The ligament that connects the front and back of your foot and supports your arch gets swollen and irritated. Though it’s hard to know exactly what causes it, you’re more likely to get it if you repeat the same impact on your feet (when you run, for example). It’s more common when you start out.
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