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Walk this Way As someone with lifelong asthma, my upper and lower back are places that hold an extreme amount of tension. This is not uncommon for asthma sufferers. After a bad bout of bronchitis, my back and chest can hurt for weeks. Even during daily activities, I may notice chest heaviness on an allergic day. Back tightness is ever present. So, keeping my back, spine, chest and lungs healthy is a top priority. Sometimes the back has its own way of telling you what to do however, and major discomfort or spasm forces the body to stop, rest and regroup. Within the last ten years I've only had two lower back "incidents," by that I mean back-spasms. One was before my first alumni reunion weekend in Vermont. I woke up and I couldn't stand up straight. I went to my family chiropractor who gave me an adjustment and I was able to attend the weekend. The second incident occurred after I was lifting a television set (I know, I know). I felt my ba...
Welcome back to the Hall of Shame. By now you have learned that several types of shoes deserve to be in the Hall of Shame because they cause pain. Today's inductees into the Hall of Shame are purses and handbags that cause pain. Some are big and some are small. Some cause pain for no reason of their own. Take a look at your purse because maybe it is causing you to experience pain.
Somewhere in this world there must be a sign that says: "Woman with the biggest bag wins!" Honestly, some of these handbags really qualify as carry-on luggage or tote bags. Why do women need to tote around so much stuff? Sometimes I weigh purses in my clinic because I know the heavy ones cause so much back and neck pain . And I have actually told some women to put their purse on a diet. In these heavy lifters you will find brushes, makeup, notepads, mirrors, energy bars, water bottles, pacifiers, phones, and money (well, maybe just plastic). Have you weighed your purse lately?
And how many of yo...
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...
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