Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
Everyone living with diabetes, whether it be type 1 or type 2, knows that daily exercise is an essential part of maintaining stable blood sugars, as well as strength and flexibility. Comorbidities, such as heart disease, are also held off with a good exercise program. But for many people living with diabetes, exercise can be a challenge because of side effects - neuropathy and frozen joints being the most prevalent problems! So, how do you get started when exercise hurts, or is uncomfortable?
Recently, I added a new service to my personal business called Gyrotonic® exercise, because of my own experience with Gyrotonic® and my torn rotator cuff. I have gotten more range of motion from Gyrotonic® exercise than I have from two rounds of physical therapy!
The Gyrotonic® method mimics the movements found in swimming, yoga, gymnastics and tai chi using machines, which alleviates much of the pressure felt during other forms of exercise. In ot...
Does John McCain have shoulder osteoarthritis? Is that why he has trouble elevating his arms above his head?
Whatever your political views may be, hopefully we can all agree that we owe a profound debt of gratitude to Sen. John McCain for his honorable service during the Vietnam War. I do not provide medical care for Sen. McCain and I do not know his personal medical history, but a patient with shoulder pain asked me "What's wrong with McCain's shoulders and why can't he raise his hands above his head?"
There are many reasons why a person may not be able to raise his hands high above his head. Many of them deal with shoulder problems. With the disclaimer once more that I don't know Sen. McCain's medical history or the extent of the injuries he incurred as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, there are certain reasonable hypotheses one could make.
While shoulders are not common joints to develop significant osteoarthritis, they are much more prone to developing osteoarthritis if they...
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