Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and (c) I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point or finds a muscle that’s really tight. This month, I asked Ruth to pay attention to my legs. “My hamstring muscles have been really tight as of late,” I told her during our pre-massage discussion. “They haven’t been cramping, but they feel like they are thinking about it.”
So why would they have been tightening up? Ruth’s guess was that these muscles were reacting to the extra mile that I’ve added to my daily walk with my dog. And – surprisingly – she found that my calf muscles were much tighter than my hamstrings.
So what is muscle stiffness? “Muscle stiffness is [the] feeling of tension and contraction in the muscles, that may limit normal range of motion,&rd...
During the cold weather, I hardly ever have a headache. But when the weather starts warming up in the spring & during the summer, I have headaches just about every day. I can almost put my finger on the time the headaches will cease during the fall. I take preventive medications year round such as Topamax, Propanolol, and Paxil, but I don't think they are really doing their job. When I do get a headache I either take 3 aspirin w/ caffeine or an Imitrex. I'm not certain if my headaches are tension or migraine or a combo of both. I go to a neurologist, but if my headaches are weather related, should I be going to an allergist or an ENT instead? Do my headaches sound like they are sinus related? Whenever I try to wean myself off of the medications, my headaches seem to flare up worse. I'm also very conscious of the dangers of medication overuse and watch my intake of over the counter meds. Rhonda.
Cold weather and itchy skin
Here are some recommendations for dealing with dry skin :
Take fewer and shorter baths. When you bathe, avoid hot water.
Moisturize your skin immediately after bathing in order to prevent the skin from drying.
Avoid overdrying wet skin. Try patting your skin dry.
Avoid excessive use of soap. Try a soapless cleanser.
Don't overheat your house, and use a humidifier if you live in a dry climate.
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