A recent task force has determined that women are at higher risk for developing neck pain than men. What accounts for this gender difference? A number of factors contribute to neck pain including coping skills, personalities, work environments and physical activities. But, as a patient eloquently stated while lifting her shirt, "What about these?" Are breasts a major contributor to the higher incidence of neck pain in women? In 1996, our judicial system examined the evidence and determined (Bancroft v Tecumseh Products) that breast reduction surgery was indeed medically necessary to relieve headache , neck pain and shoulder pain. This verdict establishes the cause and effect relationship between breasts and neck pain.
A closer examination into the breast risk factor can illuminate a multitude of reasons why size A, B, C, D, or DD really matters to the spine. Let's think in terms of triple "B's".
B reasts :
Are your breasts big, small, not at all (absent) or just righ...
I have had osteoarthritis for many years, and, in spite of a wide variety of pills , medications, shots, physical therapy (in and out of warm water), creams, ointments, ad infinitum - including nine surgeries and joint transplants - I've been a survivor. All of the above, including a myriad of braces, crutches, canes and supports have been my idea of a good time, but I knew that, with hard work in therapy, and a little time, I would be better than ever!
In SPITE of all of these things, I've been able to continue my life as a photo-journalist traveling to many countries, photographing and even volunteer-teaching in parts of Africa including Madagascar , a life-time dream!
I've been incredibly spoiled because I've never had to endure really long, persistent bouts of pain. I've had a lot of pain, but knew I could somehow get through it! Recently, a new "factor" has entered my life, much to my dismay. I've been aware of the intensive amount of arthritis in my...
Imagine holding a bowling ball all day, everyday, over your head. Can you feel your shoulder muscles getting sore? Can you imagine walking to work, sitting at your computer, cleaning your house, playing with your kids, and all the time holding that bowling ball over your head? Well, that is essentially what your neck is doing all day. All day, everyday, with few rests in between when you lie down, your neck is holding up your head, which actually weighs a little more than an average bowling ball. In addition, if you are like most people then you probably don't walk around with perfect posture all the time. You probably tend to carry your head in front of your body. If you do, then it is more similar to holding the bowling ball in front of your head--which is even harder!
It is no wonder that so many people develop neck pain! However, just because you have ne...
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