How To Relieve Joint Pain Naturally

Now-a-days aching joints are among the most common health complaints and it does not depend on age. Many people start taking pain killers and other pain relieving capsules, which help with pain relieving. These medications are: ibuprofen, naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Medicine like this can be harsh on your body. All those pain killers may relax you for that particular moment, but it may have damaging effects on your body.

Using natural treatments for joint pain and stiffness can make a big difference in the amount of medication you need to take. There are many herbal and homeopathic products that aid in joint pain relief. Exercise also helps to ease stiffness and pain. There are a few home remedies which Relieve Joint Pain Naturally:

1) Turmeric, Ginger and Bromelain: All three are very effective for and natural treatments to relieve joint pain and stress on their own. Combined they are very effective and have good results.

Process: Take it twice a day. It works better on an empty stomach. It is basically used to thin the blood. Those taking blood thinning medication should first check with their health practitioners.

2) Get Moving: Light weight training and stretching are very important to relieve joint stiffness and pain. Hot showers are also a good remedy to get relief instantly. Even a little body movement is good. For example: Yoga, Aerobics, dance relax your body and training really helps get your joints in motion. Another great form of exercise is aquatic exercise. This non-impact workout allows you to slowly, move your joints through their range of motion.

3) Consider Herbal Supplements: There are large varieties of herbal products or supplements on the market that claim to be able to reduce joint pain and / or stiffness. Some of the herbs which are mainly for joint pain are: boswellia, bromelain, devil's claw, ginkgo, stting nettle, and thunder god vine. It's good for health and far better than pain killers. These supplements do not have any side effects like pain killers do.

4) Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil Blend: Peppermint and eucalyptus are not very well known for easter arthritis itself, however; they do have analgesic, or pain-relieving properties. The cooling sensation that they give after application can relieve pain for some time.

Process:

Few drops of Peppermint oil
few drops of Eucalyptus oil
Both should be in equal amount.
1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (olive, almond, grape seed, etc.)
A small dark glass bottle

Directions

Mesh 5-10 drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, then blend it properly. Add 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil. This oil is needed to mix the essential oil so that it does not affect the skin. This can be olive oil, grape seed oil, or something of the like Rub the mixture into your joints when they ache. Store the oil blend in a dark glass bottle. Keep away from direct sunlight.

Losing weight can also help, along with boosting muscle.

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Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields for Sleep and Pain

Many of the people that will read this article may have never heard of the use of magnetic fields, electricity and or frequencies as a way to treat and heal the human body. However, there are many devices available on the market today that claim to do just that. Does this type of technology fall into what would be accepted as the 'standard of care' in treating disease?

Let's try to answer the above question, and frame it in a way that will make sense. Most of the medicine that is practiced today is essentially one-dimensional. The practice of 'main stream' allopathic medicine revolves around the reductionist pharmacological view of what causes disease, and how it should be treated. This thought process has led to a very myopic view point of how to cure an illness. If this industry can not make billions of dollars from a patented drug or other treatment protocol, there is actually less than zero interest in pursuing it as a treatment. This means that some well researched cures are less likely to become 'main stream' accepted treatments, mostly because of an inability or willingness to jump through all of the political and monetary hoops.

With that said, this creates a dichotomy as far as some healing professionals are concerned. Are there already treatment modalities out there that lead to cures which have been shown anecdotally and in preliminary studies to work? There certainly are … but they do not get any transaction because of the way many of these modalities are being offered to the public, and due to the fact that they do not meet what is considered to be a part of the established 'standard of care' set forth by allopathic medical organizations such as the AMA. Doctors are actually at risk if they try to treat individuals with modalities that have been shown to work in the field, in some cases for decades.

For example, the field of electro-medicine and its use of Pulsed Magnetic Electrical Fields (PEMF) is one such modality that has shown great promise in helping the body to heal. There are hundreds of studies which show the benefits that this modality offers, and it is irresponsible that the medical profession has not pursued this avenue more aggressively. One reason for this is that it is not a drug and patentable, however the more obvious reason is that if you actually cure someone of a disease, then you can not make any more money off of their pain and suffering in the future.

PEMF and other forms of frequency / energy medicine have actually been around and available to everyone for approximately a hundred years or so in one form or another. For those of you who are not familiar with the technologies that are out there, several researcher names that you'll want to remember are Hulda Clark, Bob Beck, Robert O Becker, Royal Rife and more recently a company called Sleep Tech Ltd. ( http://www.earthpulse.net/ ) that sells an electromagnetic device called the Earth Pulse. These individuals and or companies have either worked with, or have had a great deal of success in using electrical current, magnetic fields and / or frequencies in general for use as a healing modality. There have been many others, some of which have either worked alongside these individuals or have done work on their own.

This subject matter can be quite complicated, so for those who need a primer it would require more space than is allotted in this article to properly cover all aspects of this subject. However, in an effort to wet your appetite when it comes to PEMF, this article will attempt to provide some basic information. Is PEMF safe? Yes, simply because we are not talking about the same kind of 'field' and frequency ranges that are generated by cell phones and other electrical devices (which are dangerous). PEMF devices produce extremely low frequency pulsed magnetic fields that are for the most part specific frequencies that range from 1 Hz to 50 Hz.

There are many uses for this technology, some of which include its use in treating arthritis and pain, all the way to using it to facilitate sleep states. In one study PEMF was used with great success in the treatment of arthritis. It is stated in the study that “The analysis of various studies (animal models of arthritis, cell culture systems and clinical trials) reporting the use of PEMF for arthritis cure has conclusively shown that PEMF not only alleviates the pain in the arthritis condition but it also affords chondroprotection, exerts anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling and this could have been developed as a viable alternative for arthritis therapy. ” (1)

In another study that was performed in 2003 by Thomas J. Goodwin, Ph.D. at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center on nerve cells states “One may use this electrical potentiation for a number of purposes, including developing tissues for transplantation, repairing traumatized tissues, and moderating some neurodegenerative diseases and possibly controlling the degeneration of tissue as might be effected in a bioelectric stasis field “. (2)

This study performed by Dr. Kepler et al. reports that PEMF has a direct impact on the nerves with oscillatory properties and other neural networks. Research such as this demonstrates the possibilities that a pulse width modulated system can create specific responses in neural tissues. (3) In yet another study Dr. Valentini et al. demonstrated the ability to enhance the outgrowth of neural fibers on materials that possess a weak electric charge. (4)

If you really want to get serious about your health, you have to realize that you will have to take matters into your own hands to a degree, especially if you are not getting the answers you need from the medical profession. This is not to say that you should ignore the medical model, just do not depend on it to provide you with the answers that will help you to truly heal. Discussing the pros and cons of the medical profession is better served doing so in another article. So, what is suggested here is that you take the time to research this subject and use it responsibly.

Note: This kind of technology should not be used by those that have a pace maker installed. Also, it is not clear how it will work on those that have metal prosthetics. More research is certainly warranted, and the author is not condoning the use of any one product. From a personal point of view however, I have used the EarthPulse PEMF device and have noted its ability to heal soft tissue damage, and accelerate the sleep process.

References:

  1. Ganesan K. et.al, (2009) Low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field – a viable alternative therapy for arthritis. Indian J Exp Biol., 47 (12): 939-48.
  2. Goodwin T., (2003) Physiological and molecular genetic effects of time-varying electromagnetic fields on human neuronal cells. Retrieved from ston.jsc.nasa.gov/collections/TRS/_techrep/TP-2003-212054.pdf
  3. Kepler T. et. al. (1990). The effect of electrical coupling on the frequency of model neuronal oscillators. Science 24: 83-85.
  4. Valentini R. et. al. (1993). Patterned neuronal attachment and outgrowth on surface modified, electrically charged fluoropolymer substrates. J Biomat Sci Polymer Edn 5 (1/2): 13-36.

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The Hidden Injuries After an Auto Accident: What Are They?

When I started practice years ago, I thought most auto-accidents injuries were just like any other neck or back pain. Over the years and after treating hundreds of patients who were injured in an auto accident, I came to realize that there was something different about the pain many of my patients developed after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Many researchers have suggested that the thing that is different between a neck that is hurting from whiplash and most other types of neck pain is the potential for a cash settlement from a lawsuit. They insist that most chronic whiplash sufferers exaggerate that they injuring hoping to get a nice settlement for pain and suffering. I even know some doctors who sarcastically suggest the best treatment for whiplash is a settlement check and that the patient's pain will magically go away once check their clears the bank. Undoubtedly there are some people who look to cash-in when they are involved in a motor vehicle accident. But I observed many more people who continued to seek my care long after their insurance claim had settled. Patients that were actually spending money out-of-their-own-pocket to treat symptoms related to an accident that occurred years even decades ago. When I would treat them, so many of these patients would tell me that they were “never quite right” after their accident. One thing that became clear to me was that whiplash injures are indeed different from other types of painful syndromes that I have been treating.

Recent research is emerging that supports the idea that whiplash is different from other types of neck and back pain. Also that the injuries sustained in a whiplash commonly persist even after the best medical treatments are currently available are utilized. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , followed by a group of whiplash victims for 30 years. That is a really long term follow-up period. What the researchers found was a little frightening; less than half of people involved in a motor vehicle accident fully recovered even after three decades. Stated another way this means that one of every two whiplash patients will have problems related to their accident for the rest of their life. It additionally suggests that the current therapies used to treat whiplash patients usually fail to provide relief.

This study supports what I commonly have seen in my own practice treating whiplash patients. Namely that many of them have lifelong problems that persist decades after their case was settled. They were not exaggerating their injuries to get a bigger settlement, their injuries were not like most others that heal and resolve over time. So it seems that there is something different about whiplash injuries that make them resistant to most types of current care.

Researchers publishing in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine may have an explanation for why whiplash victims are at such a high risk for lifelong pain. They suggest that it is common for whiplash victims to sustain brain, spinal cord and nerve injures leading to hypersensitivity of the pain pathways.

This means that the pain and injury is related to damage in the nervous system not necessarily the bones, joints and muscles. After a motor vehicle accident, a patient may have localized injury to the neck, but damage to the central nervous system magnifies and prolongs the pain from the injured muscle. In fact, we know the delicate nerve fibers called axons are much more susceptible to stretching, twisting and compression than are muscles and joints. We also know that when axons are injured they can produce nerve pain that can persist long after the initial injury to the muscle has healed. Pain from damaged nerve fibers is called neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain can cause changes in the brain which can cause the pain to spread, making parts of the body that were not injured in the original accident to feel hypersensitive, a condition pain researchers call alodynia.

Furthermore, these injuries to the tiny nerve fibers often can not be visualized with routine diagnostic tests, so it is not surprising that current treatment helps less than 50% of whiplash patients fully recover. This is why some doctors accuse whiplash patients of “not really wanting to get better” and patients so often feel more pain after standard treatment rather than relief of their symptoms. The treatment for neuropathic pain is entirely different from the treatments that help muscle and joint pain

So how do we improve on this poor success rate in the treatment of whiplash?

To start we must find the area or areas in the nervous system that have been injured and are not functioning properly due to the whiplash. This can be more difficult than it sounds because many of these neurological injuries involve loss of function and tests like X-rays or MRIs are useful for evaluating “structural” not: functional “problems. imaging test we have available to us, can be used only for assessing the structure of the body. The MRI is incapable of assessing the function of the nervous system and in fact was never intended to assess how well nerves are functioning.

So if a doctor can not see functional neurological problems even with an MRI scan, how can he identify and more importantly fix malfunctioning circuits in the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves?

The answer is straight forward; the doctor must use a functional neurological examination of the patient.

One important part of this functional neurological examination is the assessment of a patient's ability to maintain his or her balance. This functional assessment of balance includes tests with eyes open, eyes closed, standing on a hard surface versus standing on a unstable surface.

I can not go into too much detail in this article, but a comprehensive balance assessment can tell the doctor if a patient has a poorly functioning peripheral nervous system, if their spinal cord and brainstem is working optimally, even if their cerebellum, inner ear and if the brain itself is functioning optimally. Another functional assessment a doctor can perform to evaluate nervous system function in a patient who has suffered a whiplash is to do a detailed assessment of a patient's eye movements.

Most people do not realize that there are a number of different types or classifications of eye movements. Furthermore each type of eye movement is associated with a specific part of the brain. So eye movements, if they are comprehensively and systematically assessed can tell a doctor which part of a patient's brain is functioning optimally and more importantly those regions of the brain that may be structurally intact, but are functioning poorly.

With this information the doctor can devise a specific neurological rehabilitation program for each patient based on the findings of a functional (as opposed to structural) comprehensive examination. Since we now know that whiplash leads to malfunction in the nervous system, treating it based on restoring lost function determined from information derived from a thorough functional neurological assessment is likely to help many more whiplash patients than current therapy. Surely, we expect that a functional neurological approach to whiplash injury will produce better long term results than the current one-in-two results of traditional care.

With traditional treatments, 1-in-two patients are at risk for lifelong, neurologically driven, pain hypersensitivity. Chiropractic neurology deals with the function of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. This allows us to pinpoint areas of the nervous system than may look normal on an MRI, but function poorly. Using techniques like balance assessment and targeting tests we often can identify structures in the nervous system that need treatment and then design a specific rehabilitation program for them. A new and advancing approach to chronic whiplash problems.

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Talk to Orthopedic Surgeons About These Four Important Topics

Lifestyle changes, sports, accidents, or even repetitive movements may cause damage to the musculoskeletal system. If you have complaints or an injury to muscles, joints, nerves, or bones, you might need to see orthopedic surgeons. Learn how to prepare for your visit and what questions to ask.

1. Medical History

If this is your first orthopedic appointment, you'll want to make sure you bring all your medical history information. This includes any information about previous injuries, diseases, treatments, surgeries, or background information that could have helped your doctor with the diagnosis.

In addition, advise your doctor of medicines you are currently taking and for what purpose. Be sure to bring copies of previous medical records, x-rays or MRI records if they are available.

2. Symptoms

Before your check-up, it is a good idea to make some notes about your symptoms. This helps to refresh your memory, and it assures that you do not miss any important information that the doctor may need for diagnosing your health problem.

The doctor will want to know when you first developed a complaint, how it may have started, and if you are taking pain medications. You should think about whether you've recently changed your physical activities or started playing sports. Perhaps you've taken up a new hobby or even changed jobs that require repetitive movements. Even the smallest lifestyle changes could lead to an injury or condition.

In addition, your surgeon is going to need to know physical specifics about your condition. For instance, he may ask if you are experiencing tingling, numbness, swelling or stiffness in the affected area. You may also need to describe whether you have pain or restricted mobility in an area.

Orthopedic surgeons will also want you to describe if you have pain, where it is located, and if the pain is constant. Be sure to mention whether any particular movement reduces the pain or resolve the complaint.

Lastly, your physician may ask you how badly your condition affects your quality of life. This information may be very helpful to the doctor when making recommendations for your best interests.

3. Diagnosis

After getting a list of your symptoms and tests, your doctor will explain your diagnosis and your options. Make sure you get a clear understanding of your diagnosis and recommended treatments.

You should confirm whether you're a candidate for rehabilitation, non-surgical treatments or surgery. Ask the doctor to explain each option in detail, so you can make an informed decision for your particular situation. Also, make sure you understand the possible side effects of any treatments or choosing no treatments.

4. Surgery Consultation

If you are a candidate for surgery, you should discuss the risks – whether surgery can improve functionality or treat your pain. Then, you need to decide if regaining functionality or reducing pain outweighs the risks.

When visiting orthopedic surgeons, bringing all your medical information and a list of clearly defined symptoms for the doctor. Do not forget to bring your insurance or payment information. Always feel free to ask questions about your condition, treatments, and remedies.

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How To Avoid Getting Neck Pain While Driving

Frequent driving is one of the leading causes of acute and chronic neck pain. This is because when you drive, you hold your head in an extended position and you use your arms and upper body for long periods of time. These prolonged positions can put undue stress and strain on the muscles that support your neck or to the nerves or bones in the neck. As such, the stress and strain caused by focusing intensely on driving can contribute to acute or chronic neck pain.

There are certain tips you can follow to avoid developing neck pain while you are driving. These helpful tips include the following:

• Begin by developing and following a good driving post. The best angle for the back of your seat is at 100 degrees, which is just shy of straight. While driving, always place your hands in the 3 and 9 o'clock positions on the steering wheel and make sure your elbows rest comfortably on the armrests.

• Make sure your head is fully supported at all times. Adjust your headrest so that it touches the middle part of the back of your head.

• Make sure your lower back is properly supported as well. If your car seat offers lumbar support, adjust it to fill the space at your lower back. If not, place a small pillow against the bottom part of your seat back. This pillow will help you maintain the right shape from tailbone to neck while you are driving. In addition, make sure your seat is close enough to the steering wheel so that you do not have to lean forward.

• Properly adjust your mirrors. Give yourself the widest field of vision with all your mirrors so you do not have to move your head around to see properly.

• Try your best to avoid eyestrain. Driving with poor vision can lead to eyestrain and cause you to crane your neck forward, which puts pressure on your neck muscles. Make sure your windshield is also always clean to help you see clearly. Wear sunglasses with at least 99 percent UV protection whenever you are driving in bright sunlight.

• Cruise along the thoroughfare. If you're driving on a highway, switch to cruise control. By doing so, you get to rest your feet on the floor and this takes some pressure off your back.

• Finally, remember to take a break. If you are driving for long hours and are starting to get a stiff neck or feeling some neck pain, pull into the next rest stop. Do some stretching and walk off the kinks to get some pain relief and to avoid aggravating your neck pains.

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Don’t Let Your Injury Get Stuck Between Second and Third Gear

Sometimes pain does not go away as you wish it would. Examples include:

  • chronic back pain
  • plantar fasciitis
  • tennis elbow
  • patellofemoral syndrome
  • tight IT band
  • rotator cuff problems
  • tight muscle trigger points any where in the body

Why do these nagging problems persist? Why does not the body heal itself in these circumstances?

A medical consensus is forming around some of the answers to these questions. And it's requiring a shift in some of the core scientific principals that have served as medical cornerstones for more than a hundred years.

Medical insight of the late 1800's

There's a basic principle of pathology that has stood the scientific test of time since the late 1800's. Back then, doctors discovered the key link between two seemingly different health processes: wound healing and the body's response to infection.

In each of these situations, your body initiates a three-step reaction:

  1. Inflammation / immune response

Extra blood urges to the affected zone and, quickly, useful defensive forces – immune cells, inflammatory proteins, signaling molecules, and more – rush into action. The area swells up.

The fire fighters are on the scene and are spraying their hoses and knocking down walls and windows as needed.

  1. Stabilization and Proliferation

Now the fire has been put out but there's a heap of rubble where your functioning tissues used to be. Now that the damage has been contained, your body cleans up and braces the affected area. One type of cell that's put to work is a scavenging white blood cell that gobbles up random molecular fragments that are still floating around.

A second cell type that's activated is a fibroblast, a connective tissue cell that “blasts” out fibers (structural proteins such as collagen) to provide physical scaffolding as the region rebuilds.

By design, your body does not use an “efficient” rebuilding strategy. Instead, your fibroblasts spit out an overabundance of collagen and other proteins that jumble together in a big random blob.

  1. Remodeling

Slowly, the random blob of proteins that your fibroblasts produced gets re-organized into functioning tissue. This is the slow part of the healing process – it can take weeks or even months.

Movement is the key to remodeling. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues reorganize themselves based on the physical loads placed on them. Where a tendon needs to be tough, extra collagen is deposited, and the fibers align themselves in parallel along the lines of greatest force. Where bone needs reinforcement, fibers are deposited, align themselves, and then get filled in by calcium to forge strong bone.

The first stage of healing – inflammation – is initiated within seconds, and ramps up to full strength in a manner of minutes or hours. The stabilization phase may take place over a few days. But the remodeling phase can last for weeks, months or even longer.

More modern understanding

This three-step model of the healing process has proved itselfvaluable again and again. But in the past ten to twenty years, we've begun to understand that under certain circumstances, injuries can hang around – seemingly indefinitely – instead of getting better.

For decades, doctors prescribed anti-inflammatory medication to help people with chronic pain of the joints, nagging muscle trigger points, or tendonitis. Sometimes these methods would relate the pain long enough for the patient to go about his or her normal business while the body worked its usual internal healing magic and the problem disappeared permanently.

But not always. Too often, a patient would have an injury that never fully cleared up. The problem could persist for weeks or months.

Now we know why. Tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints can get stuck in the no man's land between second and third gear.

After the first week or so, these tissues are no longer in an inflated state. They're left stage one of the healing cycle far behind. So taking anti-inflammatory drugs does not really improve the under mechanism that's maintaining the problem.

A different healing approach is needed

The new strategy is to do something to irritate the tissues – get them stirred up and create a cascade of hormonal signals that makes the body respond with a healing process. It's almost as if an effective treatment reminds the body that a problem exists and jump starts a new round of healing.

There's more than one way to accomplish this goal.

One medical approach that's gained popularity is to inject the troubled area with the patient's own compacted red blood cells. Another strategy is to blast the area with super-high-powered ultrasound.

But in the chiropractic world, we've used a technique for many years that can also be effective – transverse friction massage.

Transverse friction massage uses deep cross-fiber manipulation of the connective tissues of the affected area. It can cause a small amount of discomfort when the technique is applied, and the area can actually get reddened and inflated afterwards.

That's the whole point.

The body is thrown back into the first phase of healing. But this time, you make sure your body heals the right way. You give the area the right amount of rest and support initially, but as quickly as possible challenge it with the appropriate movements so the fibers know how to align themselves and strengthen. In addition, you may need extra water and protein in your diet to have the raw materials to manufacture all the healing chemicals and structural fibers you'll need.

So if your healing process is stuck in neutral, sometimes you need a more modern approach to healing. Transverse friction massage may be your answer to get unstuck.

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Top 7 Natural Remedies to Fight Sciatica

Sciatica pain travels along the sciatic nerve, which descends from back of the pelvic to the back of the hip, thigh, and goes down the legs and touches the foot sometimes. When it happens, it is severe pain, most of the time, unbearable and the patient has to stay in the bed for couple of days. This pain may be the reason of injury by accident, a fall, injury of the nerve, or due to inflammation in the nerve and the area around. This may also happen due to overweight creating pressure on the sciatic nerve. Pregnant women and diabetic persons often get this pain along the sciatic nerve. Lifting heavy weight or falling at slippery place, is the common cause of sciatica pain. Different people explain different experiences.

Some can not sit long hours, whereas some can not walk properly. Some complain after sitting long when they stand, their hip locks, and it takes quite a few seconds to loosen up. They take a few slow steps, which are painful, but after that, they are normal. Others feel great discomfort while sleeping, but all sciatica patients suffer greatly from this cruel pain. In the beginning of sciatica pain, one feels like having lower back pain, but when it travels into hip and thigh, then the doctors diagnoseose as sciatica. Sometimes, doctors can not figure out for six to eight months. They speculate it may be rupture of the ligaments connected to the two lowest vertebrae. Doctors also say this may be a displaced disk of the vertebrae. The patient sufferers from shooting or pinching pain and after couple of days, the pain subsides, but it does not go away. It comes back off and on and sometimes it is so severe, the patient has to stay in hospital.

· Drink 40 oz. (5 cups) of water early morning sitting on a chair and eat no food for an hour. This helps lubricate and hydrate the stiff joints. This also helps detoxify body and keep colon clean

· Swallow half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric paste with water before half an hour eating breakfast

· Drink a glass of lassi (butter milk) mixed with a quarter teaspoon of hing (Asafetida) powder

· Drink ginger tea twice a day to help soothe the pain. Being antioxidant, it also helps relieve gas and toxins in the body

· Consume half a teaspoon of Giloye (Garhuchi) powder and half a teaspoon of Amlika powder with water in the morning and before bedtime

· Use firm mattress or flatbed. You may sleep on floor for a week and see if this helps you to sleep well and sometimes, it reduces the pain.

· Mix one tablespoon of ghee with a teaspoon of ginger powder and massage gently on the sore area for 3 minutes before going to bed

Remember, when we stick to alkaline food, many physical and mental problems may disappear. Regular exercise, especially with weights, 15 minutes four days a week, is important for the body to stay energized. Breathing exercises, yoga's slow postures, and meditation also help to calm down the pain.

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How To Deal With A Tennis Elbow

A tennis elbow is a muscle strain injury that is caused due to overuse of the muscle and tendons in your elbow. Very often, the pain could spread to the wrist and forearm. It is a painful condition often seen in tennis players because of the nature of the game. Interestingly, please the name this condition is often seen in people who do not even play tennis.

People in the following professions are at a higher risk of getting this condition due to the repetitive nature of their work:

• Painters
• Butchers
• Plumbers
• Carpenters

This condition could also affect people who play certain types of sports, especially racquet sports.

Usually, symptoms of a tennis elbow are seen in people after they cross 30 years of age. Signs of this condition can be seen when a person gets pain or feels weak while holding a cup, turning a door knob or even when shaking hands with people.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is advisable to rest the painful arm as much as possible and use your good hand whenever you can. Over the counter pain relievers are usually prescribed also with rest. If your doctor feels that you have a serious condition, surgery may be suggested.

Making The Most Out of Your Visit to the Doctor

If you still have a lot of pain even after resting your arm, it is important to consult with a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Before going to the doctor, you will need to make a note of a few important points so that you can make the most out of your visit. Make a note of when the symptoms started, mention if you recently injured your elbow somewhere, include all kinds of activity that make the pain better or worse and you should also make a note of all medicines, vitamins and supplements that you currently take or have taken in the recent past.

At your visit your doctor will ask you a few questions in order to establish the cause of the pain and diagnose the problem accurately. Some of these questions may include things like if you play any sports, if your job involves any kind of repetitive work or if you have any history of arthritis or nerve disease.

The doctor may then take a detailed medical history and conduct a physical examination. Some doctors will also ask you to get x-rays taken. In some cases, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon or a sports medicine doctor for the appropriate treatment.

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How to Reduce Chronic Inflammation

I have noticed that the most important thing to remember when fighting chronic inflammation is that my daily choices and lifestyle are a direct influence on my condition. If I am living a stressful life filled with bad food, bad toxins, and even bad relationships, I am directly worsening my condition of chronic inflammation. The good news is that after I identified the problem, I realized that I can help myself by applying all of the tips and guidelines available on how I can reduce chronic inflammation whenever it increases.

1. I first began with changing my overall diet. I need to eat a daily diet that is plant-based and contains whole and nutrient filled foods. I had to remove any junk from my diet which included refined sugar, flour, animal products, process foods, etc. I then replaced these foods with plant-based whole foods. This will filled my body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals that prevent cancer.

2. I then focused on getting my gut healthy. I learned that my gut holds 60-70% of my entire immune system. If my gut is not healthy, this means that my immune system is not healthy. If my immune system is not healthy, this effects my chronic inflammation and does not allow my body to heal itself. There are many ways to improve gut health but I started by taking a daily probiotic which I was prescribed by my local doctor.

3. I then learned that the reason could be the source of any food allergies or chronic infections. All of these tips would not be helpful if I was actually fighting a hidden infection or food allergy. This could cause chronic inflammation but I could think the source is different when it is actually something else. I got tested immediately to see if I was doing all of these things for nothing. Turns out that I did indeed have chronic inflammation so I can check everything else off my list.

4. A very important factor is getting enough sleep and rest. I realized that my body is hard at work, trying to heal itself so I needed to give it what is needs so that I do not overwork my body. At least 7-8 hours of sleep is recommended every night and I was only getting about 6 hours every night. I was cheating my body of those hours, so my immune system was suffering for it, therefore, my body could not fight off my chronic inflammation. After applying all of these steps, I began to heal very quickly and was able to tolerate my chronic inflammation condition.

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The Secret of Defeating Various Body Pain

What is Pain?

The life of living with pain is very challenging as you have to experience the bitter feeling of body ache now and then in your life until and after you get complete cure from it. Pain not only hurts our body but also it gets related with many other factors of our life which makes living more difficult. Many types pain are there in our body and different people experience pain differently.It may be subjective or wide and exaggerated enough to make your living a hell like. So, it is very cruel for everyone to stay away from such disease as much as possible even though it is not that easy.

When Exactly Pain Occurs?

Pain can appear at any stage of our life. It can appear when we are children or it can emerge at young or old age too, but in most cases pain generally become a vital problem as we age. As we start to grow, our body starts to show many problems and one of the most critical problems among them is chronic pain. It can occur because of many reasons such as injuries, uncomfortable sleeping, exercise, strains, depression, diseases, infections etc. There is no time bound to occur ache in our body, when it gets chance it build its place in body. What you need to do is, not giving it a single chance to appear in your body and mind.

Defeat Pain Strongly

Being strong is the main formula of defeating body ache. By staying healthy and strong you can resist any disease from approaching your body. Do not fear of aching even if it takes place in your body; make strong effort to defeat it naturally by your strapping mind and health. Eat healthy, sleep well and keep up your health very well, in this way you can stop pain to come nearby you until and without some inconvenience condition occurs. But, if unfortunately any accident or injury occurs there are destinations available where you can find your solution.

In big countries like USA, the number of treatment centers is very huge, but when you choose a place for your treatment you must do a careful research on their treatment procedure to make sure they are reliable and trustworthy to offer you a perfect therapy procedure.

Pain Therapy Procedure

The procedure of therapy depends on many factors, such as where exactly the hurting is occurring, what type of ache is it and what is the source of the pain. In normal cases if the level of hurting is low, people always try to find a way of remedy in home. In case if you are suffering from back, neck, hip, leg, knee or any kind of minor ache in body you can remove them by doing proper exercise, proper sleeping, hot / cold therapy in home, massage etc. But if the tendency of body increases you have to consult with doctor to get a proper solution from the disease.

Sometimes, body ache is not even considered as disease, especially when it occurs because of our sloppy lifestyle. But, when it becomes a daily problem of your life, it is most definitely a severe disease which must be properly treated. In many cases pain is basically not the main disease, because of many other diseases we often feel ache in our body. In such cases if you need cure from the soreness you have to get rid of the source diseases first.

However, among all kinds of body pain, the most common problem that we hear from people is about back ache. It is a disease which most people face after a certain period of age. Back pain can also be divided into three types such as lower, mid and upper back throbbing. In minor cases exercise and proper sleeping is the best option for this disease. But in chronic disease or severe cases back surgery or operation may also need for the treatment procedure. To avoid such kind of chronic or acute pain keeping your back strong is very important.

However, in treatment centers the first procedure of treatment is by giving medicine. If medicine does not work properly, doctors consider of other best possible ways such as tests, diagnosis and surgery etc. There are many treatment centers are available where research facilities are also available to allow people a reliable and complete cure from the disease. As said before, what you need to do is finding a reliable center and getting a good solution from the disease.

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What Options Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Have for Treatment?

Carpal Tunnel has a wide variety of symptoms that are very concern for those people who suffer from the problem. There are many professions that are more likely to be subjected to the pain and suffering of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. People who use tools that tend to vibrate such as jackhammers tend to experience problems at higher rates also people who have to do repetitive movements around the wrist also tend to experience problems as well. Of course, we can not forget those people who have to type for a living.

People who have injuries to their neck from sports or car crashes may also experience problems with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The nerves in the neck also connect with or run through the arm to the wrist. If the bones in the wrist are narrowed, then someone may be experiencing a problem called a double-crush injury.

There are also some diseases that heighten the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome including diabetes or MS. It is important to look at all the potential causes of the problem before ruling any of them out because each one may be the root cause of the problem.

There are times when some medical professionals will prescribe some sort of pill for the pain associated with the problem. A doctor may also try to use a splint or some kind of brace to help the patient avoid further movements around the wrist. The last option, as always, is surgery. The medical surgery option is meant to open up the area and it aims to less the tightness and compression causing the problem.

The precursor to all of these treatment programs should be a thorough examination to determine exactly what the cause of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is in the first place. A subluxation of the wrist may be the main culprit and must be looked at as a possible cause of the problem. Posture or positioning of the body may also be a factor. They all can lead to an irritation of a nerve. X-Rays may be needed to determine what is causing the problem and to determine if there are any other problems that could be causing the pain such as a broken bone. An X-Ray can reveal if the cause of the problem was a fall or slip. Also, an X-Ray of the spinal is always a good idea after a fall or car injury to see if that could be the cause of the pain in the wrist or at least may be contributing to the problem. However, you have your part to play in this examination; you must be thorough in informing your doctor the injuries you have suffered through especially if they have involved your neck or spine.

Surgery is not always the best answer. Some people may even go so far to refusing pills to mask their pain because it does not solve the major problem. The choice may be a sound one because long term use of pills may cause unintended effects such as stomach bleeding. A good doctor needs to consider all the possibilities before choosing a treatment program.

Disclaimer: This information should be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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I Can’t Believe My Neck Still Hurts After My Car Accident, I Think I Should Be Healed by Now

Any injury to your neck could have been the cause of the pain you feel now regardless of the time between the accident and the current pain. However, it could be another cause, yet everything needs to be looked at before a judgment about why you have the pain is made.

Car accidents that are very small may not show their effects for a long time and they can have hidden consequences on your health. In fact, if you feel pain soon after the accident, then it probably means that you have sustained some kind of injury.

Accidents also may not just affect us physically but also emotionally. Let us face it; cars are a prized possession for a lot of people. Destroying or injuring a car to any extent can be very disturbing. We may find ourselves asking our ability to continue after an auto accident because our main mode of transportation may have been destroyed. It is these thoughts that may take us away from the most important thoughts like, “Am I damaged in any way shape or form?”

A common way to deal with any pain that we are experiencing is to try to use pills to cover up or mask the pain. A more serious injury can not be covered up and masked without serious repercussions, however.

Injuries like that are serious and can include damage to areas such as the ligaments and bones. The damage may not be just to the structures. They may be displaced and forced to elongate. It becomes even more of a problem if the neck and its supporting structures begin moving towards the injured areas. Gravity may also do its work and pull us further out of alignment. Bones that find themselves outside their natural alignments will also pull nerves out of the correct areas.

The small amount of pain now becomes a larger problem that may have been able to be deal with much sooner. The body gets used to being in certain positions which negates its natural mechanical advantages. The lack of those advantages around the muscle system cause muscles to work in ways not intended which can further damage the systems involved. The body may also have something called scar tissue which makes it much more rigid and the body has to work around these areas in order to get things done.

All of the above equals to bad posture and further problems including bad alignment. The body is like any other system and it has its limits to what it can adapt to over time. The body continues to experience pain even though the body is trying to adjust to its new demands. Scar tissue also presents another problem which is a lack of mobility if it is located around a joint. The scar tissue effects other systems and may force muscle fiber recruitment from other areas that are not meant to be used in the ways they are called upon in order to stabilize a system or be a prime mover. A joint may also become too flexible this can irritate the nerves and cause a host of other problems. A body is designed to work in very specific ways and changing those ways typically causes problems for the body system.

Hyper mobility can be caused by elongated muscles. Hyper mobility can cause pain and instability. Hyper mobility and gravity work together to cause even more pain and suffering for the affected person not to mention instability for the body system especially when movement is forced around those hyper mobile joints. A problem can be even worse if the person was active. Mentally they are used to their body being able to do certain things and it can be frustrating to not be able to have the same physical attributes as before the injury. They may even injure themselves if a joint has too much flexibility and is forced to try to stop motion where it does not have enough mechanical advantage to bypass the forward force. Finally, a person who is sedentary may also have a problem because they are less likely to feel the pain. They may be able to ignore the pain for long periods of time because they do not use those muscles very often. They may not know they need help with an area till it is years later and the problem is harder to fix.

Disclaimer: This information should be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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Seeing a Chiropractor for Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon in your body. Your tendons connect your muscles to the bones that they move, and so inflammation of a tendon often causes a great deal of pain when you then try to move the associated muscle. Along with the pain, symptoms of tendonitis usually include some stiffness, and it is also possible that you will feel a burning sensation around the joint associated with the tendon, as well as some swelling and redness. Chronic (long-term) tendonitis is referred to as 'tendonosis'.

Your arms and legs are more likely to suffer from tendon injury as opposed to the tendons associated with your hips and torso. The type of tendonitis you suffer from will depend greatly on the activity you most often engage in. For example, someone who plays basketball is more likely to suffer from tendonitis in their knee due to the increased amount of running and jumping involved in the sport.

The first step for treatment of tendonitis with a chiropractor is for a proper diagnosis to be made. Accuracy in diagnosis is most important for ruling out other possible causes of pain, stiffness, swelling and so on. You may be asked to get an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI to assist with the diagnosis. After a proper diagnosis has been achieved, your chiropractor can begin to develop a proper treatment plan. Initially, this plan may involve some stabilization of the injured area to prevent further injury, so be prepared to keep the accused tendon protected by keeping it immobile for an extended period of time.

Your chiropractor's ability to treat your tendonitis will greatly depend on the severity of your injury and how acute (short-term) or chronic the inflammation. An acute concern may be treated within a few weeks, whereas a chronic injury may only see some relief from pain after a few weeks but may need at least a few more weeks of treatment for proper healing to take place. Naturally, a more chronic injury will require more treatment and will likely involve the treatment of associated areas as well, as further injury because of compensation may have occurred. For example, a chronic wrist injury may also necessitate the treatment of your elbow and shoulder, and possibly also your upper back as well. Injuries to these areas of your body may have happened over time as a result of simply moving your upper body differently to protect the injured wrist.

The specific work that your chiropractor will perform will of course depend on the precursor injury, but you can assume that re-alignment of bones is reasonably a part of the process. Soft tissue injury that coincides with the tendonitis may have occurred, and your chiropractor should be able to also deal with any scar tissue present that may be acting in the way of the healing process.

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Keep It Moving, Even in Pain

Joint ache or discomfort? Try RICE.

We are very heavy on our knees and hips for mobility. All our movements, be it standing or dancing depend on these two largest joints of our body, the hips and knee. No wonder these joints are easy strained with a lifetime of carrying body weight and co-ordinating movement. Therefore, it is no shocker that practically everyone complains of hip and knee pain. As you age, these joint endeavor much more pressure causing severe discomfort and constraining routine movement. If left unchecked, these could also lead to permanent damage to the joints and curb mobility.

For this reason it is highly essential that one takes good care of their hip and knee joint to avoid future inconveniences. There are many ways with which one can take care of minor injuries. RICE is an easy self-help measure to aid in easing the pain and discomfort of any joint. This is an excellent first aid for any type of joint injury. RICE stands for:

  • Rest. It is advised to limit vivid activities that could severely damage the injured area. Avoid activities that could add pressure to the injured joint.
  • Ice. An ice pack made at home or purchased from the stores can be used to apply on the injured area. This helps in decreasing the pain and swelling. Keep the ice pack for 20 minutes on the injured portion with a 20 minutes interval in between. A layer of cloth is to be used on the skin before placing the ice pack to avoid frostbite.
  • Compression. To reduce swelling an elastic bandage or neoprene support is to be used. This will also help in speeding up the recovery process. Be careful to not wrap it too tight as it could hamper with the normal flow of blood.
  • Elevation. It is always best to elevate the injured leg using a pillow or a stool. This will avoid pooling of blood in the injured area and also reduce swelling.

If you are suffering from prolonged pain and long term stiffness you can opt for Heat therapy. Ice is considered best during the initial days of the injury to less the swelling and enable prior flexibility. However, if the pain persists, you can also try heat therapy. You can use heating pad or hot towel to supply heat to the injured joint. Make sure that the heat is not too much to cause blisters or burns on the body. The heating pad or towel should only be warm and not hot.

It is also medically advised that you continue your daily routine movement even if you are dealing with arthritis pain or any ache from overuse injury. One can also follow these joint-friendly options listed below to maintain an active lifestyle:

  • elliptical trainer
  • stationary bike (recumbent or upright)
  • tai chi
  • swimming, water aerobics, or water walking
  • rowing machine
  • Short walks through the day, instead of a long walk.

Unfortunately, if the pain is still prominent even after trying all these above mentioned methods, one might have to opt for surgery. If the damage to the joint is acute and prolonged, your consulting physician would advise you for a partial or total joint replacement . These surgeries could be risky as well as costly in the western countries and there many many patients consider medical treatment abroad.

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Medical Breakthrough for Paediatric CRPS

There are constant little breakthroughs and advances in the medical community that are making things easier for people with difficult, complex conditions that have a significant impact on their day to day lives. This includes increases in funding for research and an expansion of resources to keep people with these conditions linked and able to access the information that they need.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, better known as CRPS, is a condition that can affect a person at any time because of the way it manifests. There's no way of predicting the condition developing either.

Little is currently understood about the condition other than it seems to affect women more often than men and often occurs after an accident to some kind. The result is debilitating and varying levels of pain in the affected part of the body, usually a limb. Because the exact causes are unknown, this also means that treatment is limited. CRPS sufferers tend to receive a mix of treatments, including physical therapy and combinations of pain medication depending on the severity of the condition.

However, there are some cases where early cases may be treatable, specifically in cases of Paediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Research from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation suggested that Paediatric CRPS can be treated with something called Scrambler Therapy. Scrambler Therapy is a non-invasive procedure in which the scrambler interferees with the brain's pain neuromatrix by providing 'non-pain codes' to send back to the brain and has been used to successfully treat a variety of chronic pain conditions. It was initially developed to treat pain in cancer patients and will be tested on Paediatric cases in further research to see if it will be successful on a wider scale and for a more specific condition.

Researchers have been able to identify when chronic pain receptors in the brain have been damaged and those receptors created codes independent from the pain source. The brain continued to interpret those codes as pain signals back to the body, whereas the Scrambler Therapy was able to intercept those signals and send non-pain signals back to the brain instead. This has proven to be successful for various forms of neuropathic pain and has a lot of potential.

If this form of non-invasive therapy is successfully in cases of Paediatric CRPS, then it may become a viable form of treatment for adults with the condition. As stated previously, CRPS can manifest at any stage in your life and it's vital that the treatments available are flexible enough to meet your needs and cover the stages of CRPS, helping you to get through your worst days and supporting you through the easier ones.

Scrambler Therapy is a hopeful new treatment that is non-invasive and requires no medication. If we see a breakthrough in treating Paediatric CRPS then it may not be long before people with CRPS can break away from the various kinds of treatment in favor of something more efficient, more effective, and painless form of CRPS treatment.

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