Strong core muscles are important for a wide range of reasons. Strong core muscles form your center; they protect your spine and provide the power for much of what you do, including many activities of daily living.
Strong core muscles are not always the same as having "6-pack abs." I have taken care of professional athletes with lower back pain and told them they need to strengthen their core. When I tell them this, their initial reaction is to look at me as if I have two heads. After all, these folks generally do have 6-pack abs and can do hundreds of sit-ups. How can I be telling them that they are weak? But then I explain to them that it's not just about sculpted, strong abs. It is about strengthening the abdominal muscles, particularly the lower abdominal muscles in ways that integrate them with the pelvis and the lumbar spine in such a way that they automatically contract in order to protect the lumbar spine and pelvis.
When professional athletes that I have wor...
During breast cancer treatment, you may have different kinds of pain in your chest.
After surgery, you may feel a mixture of pain and numbness in your chest in the area where surgery was done. This is because nerves were unavoidably bruised, stretched, or cut during surgery. As the nerves grow back, you may feel strange, crawling sensations in your chest. Right after surgery, you may feel brief shooting pains in your chest. This is also because the nerves are irritated.
During and after radiation therapy, you also may feel brief shooting pains in your chest. Again, this is because the nerves are swollen and irritated.
If you have an implant in place and the tissues around it are stretched, you may feel more severe chest pain.
Managing chest pain
If you have chest pain after surgery or during or after radiation therapy, talk to your doctor. A number of medicines, including acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and opiates, can be used to ease pain.
Some complementary and holistic medicine techni...
Proper Care of the Body's Shock Absorbers Just like motor oil keeps your car running smoothly, there’s an important fluid that lubricates and nourishes your joints. This substance is called synovial (syn ō vi`al) fluid, and joints that contain it — like your shoulders and hips — are called synovial joints. As you move, sacks of this fluid cushion your knees and elbows against friction, and these sacks are known as bursae (bûr´s∂). When you hear people talk about tennis elbow — outer elbow pain often caused by repetitive motion — they actually have inflamed bursae, which doctors refer to as bursitis. Joint pain can interfere with your physical activity and daily life. The flip side, however, is that as your fitness level increases, joint pain may decrease. Here are some things you can do to encourage both of these desired results: * Warm up before any activity. Try this for your knees: Sit in a chair, and slowly raise your left foot un...
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