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How to Prevent Knee Injuries

Knee problems can be quite painful and become increasingly common as we get older. Follow these tips to keep your knees healthy and prevent problems in the future:

Maintain a healthy weight: your weight matters when it comes to the joints, especially your knees. Your body weight presses down on the knees. Heavy weight may gradually lead to the wearing of your joints. The body can sometimes repair small amounts of damage. But, sustained pressure over time will likely lead to huge joint deterioration.

Exercise Regularly: exercise helps strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee-joint. Low-impact exercises such as riding a stationary bike, walking, and swimming are particularly effective. In addition to regular cardiovascular workouts, schedule in strength training sessions a few times a week. Our chiropractor can fashion an exercise regime that will ensure you don’t hurt yourself, your muscles or joints.  (more…)

Common Side Effects from Pain Medications

Common Side Effects from Pain Medications

All medicines have side effects. While pain medications will help relieve your pain, sometimes they might be accompanied by side effects that may be bothersome or even problematic, such as stroke or heart attack. But, many side effects can be managed so that you can still take the medicine. It is important you read the side blurb on your prescription bottle to know the possible side effects and watch out for them. If you notice any side effect when taking any medication, please let your doctor know. Your doctor may either change your dose or the medicine itself. If you are taking any medicine regularly for longer than a couple of weeks, it is important you provide your doctor feedback so your medications can be monitored. (more…)

What is Referred Pain?

Referred pain, or reflective pain, simply means when you feel pain at places other than where the painful stimulus or cause is located. This occurs because the nerves that feed some parts of the body also feed other parts of the body. Therefore, stimulation by a pain source of that nerve in one part of the body can cause the sensation of that pain in a different part of the body. An example of referred pain is when you feel pain in your left arm while suffering a heart attack. Neuroscientists still do not know precisely which anatomical connections are responsible for referred pain.

Referred Pain Chart

Conscious perception of visceral sensations map to specific regions of the body, as shown in this chart. Some sensations are felt locally, whereas others are perceived as affecting areas that are quite distant from the involved organ.(Via Wikipedia)

Talk to your doctor about what referred pain treatments you should use and about whether you might need referral to a specialist to help figure out what is going on

Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a painful condition that affects the muscles and the sheath of the fascia tissue around the muscles. It is characterized by chronic pain caused by multiple trigger points and fascial constrictions. Myofascial pain syndrome is a referred pain, since pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) cause pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. Referred pain simply means when you feel pain at places other than where the painful stimulus or cause is located. Similar to fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome is believed to affect the muscle itself while fibromyalgia disrupts the way the brain processes pain signals. Chronic myofascial pain syndrome often occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 60 years. It affects men and women equally. (more…)

5 Tips for Treating Foot Pain

Foot pain can be excruciating. Unfortunately, it is all too common in today’s world. Try these simple tips for finding relief and preventing future foot issues.

1. Get properly fitted shoes: often, not-fitted shoes cause  foot pain. When you buy your footwear,  try them on sand walk around before purchasing. It is important to make sure that the shoe supports your foot and ankle properly. Also, ensure it doesn’t rub against any part of your foot. Look for adequate arch support and wear suitable shoes for different form of exercise. Running, for instance, puts special pressure on the feet and joints. So, it is crucial that you wear shoes designed for this type of activity.

2. Elevate your feet: sometimes, extra fluid may settle in your feet after a day’s work. Swelling can cause foot pain.  Simply elevating the feet for half an hour is enough to remedy the problem. (more…)

Inhaling Alcohol: Avoid Alcohol Consumption Trends

Love to party but worry about gaining a beer belly? Creative drinkers have found a way to imbibe without any of the pesky calories by pouring the liquor over dry ice or heating it until it steams and then inhaling the vapors. Sounds like a dieter’s dream, right?

Not so fast. You may think you’re saving your figure, but you’re wreaking havoc on your body, experts say. Breathing in these fumes can have a myriad of unintended effects beyond those normally associated with drinking, including the following.

1. You get drunk faster. “When you inhale alcohol vapors, the alcohol completely bypasses the gastrointestinal tract—the stomach and liver—and thus reaches the brain much quicker,” says Sheenie Armbardar, M.D., an adult psychiatrist in West Hollywood. That means speedier intoxication and impairment, plus it can have a more potent and negative effect on brain neurons. And brain cells aren’t good things to lose. (more…)