Why things hurt

don't let joint pain impact quality of life - fix what's wrong

My broken arm bone healed years ago and the tendon is clearly not involved; why can’t I move my hand well? —SJ   I threw out my back, but years later my legs hurt. Why? —KR Without pain, we’d never know when we have exceeded the natural motion of a joint. We would never know that we have sprained, strained, or broken …

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Is your anti-inflammatory drug causing your inflammation?

knee injury runner

I used NSAID’s for way too long, for every pain, to try to reduce inflammation and swelling… now I’ve learned these anti-inflammatory drugs may be why I have a gastric ulcer. –Gabe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common pain-killers available in over-the-counter doses as well as stronger, prescription-only, anti-inflammatory formulations. I thought it was safe to take aspirin and Ibuprophen. …

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Detoxify your lymph

lunge stretch warrior pose 1

The body’s second circulatory system, your lymph (a clear to slightly yellowish fluid, similar to the plasma in blood) flows through vessels—but unlike blood there is no heart to pump it. Specialized lymph nodes filter harmful substances and produce lymphocytes (a type of immune cell), a key portion of your immune system. Your tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus are organs of the lymph system and …

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Managing migraines: key tools

trigger point and myofascial release

So severe, painful (in fact the official migraine diagnostic criteria requires that they be severe) migraine-sufferers spend nearly $2500 out of pocket (after any insurance reimbursements) to manage the pain. Those of us diagnosed with migraines never forget the first time we have one: A bizarre “aura” phase is usually the first clue. Visual disturbances like double vision and other …

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Powerful solutions for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis: the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability in the Western society. As we age, years and a lifetime of ignored low-level chronic inflammation catch up to us—our joints wear down, become painful… Cartilage—the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints and lets bones glide over one another while absorbing energy from the movement—that vital cartilage breaks down and wears …

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Relieve Pain: About those trigger points

True story. One morning Jan, an office professional, developed sharp stabbing pains in her neck; sharp and pinchy pains. She tried to stay calm and got up to stretch, but the pains just kept coming back. Although the pain didn’t seem particularly muscular, it somehow seemed natural to press on the painful spot with her finger—the pressure on across the top …

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Not the dreaded sciatica! (again)

low back pain from spinal degeneration

Sciatica is a pain @#$^*%^#$&!!  Need I say more?? Probably not, in fact too many people say waaaay too much more. Millions of Americans every year suffer from sciatic-like symptoms… “My sciatica’s acting up” is as common a phrase as “good morning.” In 2010, more than 250,000 patients underwent elective lumbar discectomy (spinal surgery) for the treatment of low back …

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My back locked up! Pain… what to do?

Spine misalignment from incorrect bending

“Doc, I don’t know what I did. I was just bending down to _____ and my back locked up on me.” I hear this day in and day out with a variety of “what I dids” to insert; everything from “pick up a pencil” to “feed my dog” to “sit down at my desk” (or get up)… and then debilitating low …

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