Heels are known for causing chronic back pain and knee joint problems in women who wear them regularly. These are just the long-term effects and that doesn’t include trips, falls, and some pretty gnarly spills. Where as in the past when women were trained to wear heels from an early age, in modern times young girls usually don’t attempt to seriously wear heels until around puberty and when they finally are expose they opt for tall stilettos. These can be harder to walk in then their shorter, chunkier siblings. The heels they wear are also typically on the cheap side and therefore cannot really offer the support needed in places like the balls of the feet.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
1. Disc Issues
Discs are the shock absorbers of the spine, but they sometimes don’t last a lifetime. These discs can be damaged from sudden physical stress, but more often they simply degenerate over time. They shrink, don’t do their job very well and cause back pain and other issues. Bulging or protruding discs cause pain that can be so bad it stops you from doing the things you normally do. Exercising can help rejuvenate discs by driving in more essential cushioning fluid.
2. Strain or Sprain Injuries
A sprain is nothing more than an overstretched muscle while a strain is a tendon that has been stretched too far. In many cases, these kinds of injuries aren’t severe and will heal on their own. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to feel better while the injury heals. A back that is out of condition is more susceptible to strains and sprains, so preventative exercise can help keep you mobile. After an injury occurs, rest is the best treatment to allow the damage to heal.
3. Emotional Issues
There’s no denying how much physical pain that emotional issues can cause you. Emotional stress can trigger everything from stomach pain to deep-seated lower back problems. Getting rid of the stress is the ultimate solution, but soothing massage can help you deal with your symptoms. Consider having a professional massage or using a tool like the Educational DVD to get a great massage at home.
4. Structural Problems and Disease
Some backs aren’t built very well, causing their owners pain. Scoliosis, for example, is a curve of the spine that can cause pain and even require surgery. Other diseases like osteoarthritis can cause inflammation of the spinal joints. While exercises can help, a doctor’s advice is usually required in the case of disease to make sure you aren’t doing more harm than good.
People under the age of 45 are most likely to be disabled by chronic back pain. If you still think your back pain is no big deal, then it may be time to reconsider and see an orthopaedic specialist! Learn more by checking out this helpful infographic.
Chronic low back pain, fractures, herniated discs, and torn ligaments are some of the most common back and neck injuries. Find more information about back and neck pain and how to prevent it on this infographic from a back surgeon in New Jersey.
Repetitive heavy lifting can lead to a herniated disc, resulting in serious back pain. Take a look at this info graphic from a New Jersey pain management specialist to learn more about common causes of back pain as well as appropriate treatment options.
The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in vitamins, protein and minerals however beyond the high levels of basic nutrients it is also a natural anti-arthritic due to its high Chlorophyll content. Alfalfa can be found at your local market or in your health food store. It is most often found in the form of sprouts, however juice and supplement capsules are also beneficial.
Chamomile is widely known as a natural relaxant and is most commonly found in tea however it is also an anti spasmodic and an anti inflammatory. The easiest and tastiest way to consume this flower is with a regular cup of tea.
Fenugreek is an herb most commonly used to season curry. You can eat the plant’s leaves, seeds, and sprouts. Look for it in your local ethnic or Indian market. The greens and sprouts are a tasty addition to a salad and the seeds provide excellent seasoning to a variety of meats, stews, and sauces. Fenugreek is an anti-inflammatory and has phyto steroid properties to help rebuild tissues. Recently it has been tested for it’s affects on cancer.
Ginger is a delicious seasoning for a variety of foods. From tea to ice cream Ginger is easy to consume and provided tremendous health benefits. It helps to stimulate blood flow for improved circulation and it is an anti inflammatory. Less inflammation means less pain. Ginger is just one of the 11 powerful pain fighting ingredients in “Heal-n-Soothe”.
Salmon is a food source rich in omega three fatty acids which have been proven to provide a variety of health benefits the least of which is as an anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis.
Rosemary is an excellent food to treat pain because it naturally eases nerve and muscle tension and pain. It’s even good for chronic headaches. It contains salicin which is a natural form glycoside – which aspirin is made from. Rosemary can be found anywhere and is an excellent herb for flavoring meats, salad dressings, stews, soups, sauces and even tea.
Sage isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day dressing. Sage helps improve achy muscles and inflammation and is great to keep your mind clear. Sage is actually in the mint family and is exceptional for flavoring food. White sage is a strong anti inflammatory and is most often consumed as tea while common sage can be consumed as tea or used to season food.
8. Shitake mushroom.
Shitake has most recently been used to treat immune deficiency resulting from chemotherapy, hepatitis, aids and other chronic infections. It is a strong cancer fighter and anti viral. It is an excellent treatment to arthritis and chronic joint pain. Shitake mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, sauted, baked, added to just about any meal and they’re easy to find in your local supermarket.
This is by no means an exhaustive list… there are tons of other “super foods” and the more whole foods you can eat the better.
Chronic pain doesn’t have to rule your life. Nature has provided us with a wealth of healthy solutions and treatments for what ails us. Take a look in your refrigerator and see what remedies are right in front of you.
Patients with low back pain who went under the needle were ore likely than those receiving conventional care to see improved symptoms, one study found.
In a 2010 study, patients who participated in a group cognitive behavior therapy for three months had twice the improvement in chronic low back pain as those who hadn't.
Chronic low back pain sufferers who got weekly massages reported less pain after 10 weeks that those who didn't, according to another Annals of Internal Medicine study.
Taking 12 weeks of classes led to greater improvements in function for adults with chronic low back pain versus receiving conventional care ( like meds or physical therapy), research published in the Annals Medicine found.