Depression is such a pain-in-the-behind disease. I take my medication faithfully every day, but there are still times when I go through a rough patch. Sometimes, I feel myself letting stressful things that are going on in my life get to me far more than they should. Then I end up feeling guilty for snapping at my husband. It's not his fault, so why do I take it out on him? It's been that way for the last couple of weeks. My desktop computer wasn't acting right, and since I work via the Internet, that can put me in a panic. My husband and I are well capable of fixing such things -- we needed to install a new hard drive -- but I found myself extremely short on patience. Oh, so patience isn't necessarily my strong suit in the first place, but this was bordering on out of control. We made it through all of that though -- in one piece and our marriage intact. What good timing it was that we had planned a weekend trip to visit our older son and his family. Our g...
Definition Volkmann's contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm. See also: Compartment syndrome Alternative Names Ischemic contracture Causes, incidence, and risk factors Volkmann's contracture occurs when there is a lack of blood flow (ischemia) to the forearm. This usually occurs when there is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome. Trauma to the arm, including a crush injury or fracture, can lead to swelling that presses on blood vessels and can decrease blood flow to the arm. A prolonged decrease in blood flow will injure the nerves and muscles, causing them to become stiff (scarred) and shortened. When the muscle shortens, it pulls on the joint at the end of the muscle just as it would if it were normally contracted. But because it is stiff, the joint remains bent and cannot straighten. This condition is called a contracture. In Volkmann's contracture, the muscles of the forearm are severe...
What is progressive muscle relaxation?
Progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR, involves tensing and releasing the muscles, one body part at a time, to bring about a feeling of physical relaxation.
Some studies of breast cancer patients have shown that PMR can help to reduce:
What to expect with progressive muscle relaxation
Researchers report that relaxation training methods, including PMR, work best if a person is trained before cancer treatment starts. The researchers also said that after 2 hours of training from an expert, patients are usually experienced enough to successfully practice the techniques on their own.
For a better idea of what to expect with PMR, try this exercise:
Begin by tensing and relaxing the toes of one foot.
Inhale as you briefly tense your muscles and exhale when releasing the tension.
Gradually, work your way up into the muscles of one leg, tensing and relaxing.
Repeat on the other leg.
Continue up your body, tensing and ...
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