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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...
When all the weight in the world rests on your shoulders, it is very common to experience neck pain. Instead of trying to power through your day with handfuls of pills and a whole lot of misery, a few simple remedies can help you solve your own neck pain.
Chin Tucks : One of the most common reasons to experience neck pain is from the small joints (facet joints) in the back of the neck become inflamed and painful. The reason these joints are under so much stress is the fact that your chin tends to drift up and away from your chest. As it does so, the back of the neck gets pinched in a vise grip. Look in the mirror and notice what happens to your neck with certain chin positions. Now, tuck your chin towards your chest without flexing the entire neck. That chin tuck maneuver helps to stretch out the back of your neck and relieve pressure off the sensitive joints. This can be done while standing, sitting or even lying in bed. If you feel a “pop,” that’s okay becaus...
Treatment - muscle strain
How do you treat a muscle strain ?
Rest and ice for the first few days after the injury. Anti-inflammatory medications or acetaminophen (Tylenol) also can be helpful to reduce pain and swelling in the first few days after the injury. As the pain decreases, using heat helps, along with stretching and light exercises to bring blood to the injured area.
Seek immediate medical help if you have a lot of swelling with the muscle strain or if you can't move your arms, legs, or joints.
See also: Strains - first aid
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