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Everyone is starting to spring into action. But sometimes those spring-time activities can trigger spine pain. After a few months of winter hibernation, your body might not be quite ready for a sudden burst of activity. So before you start cleaning with vengeance, swinging clubs like no tomorrow, or traveling all over hill and dale; here are few suggestions to help keep the spring in your step.
Spring is usually synonymous with cleaning. Vehicles, garages, houses, and yards; all need a thorough sprucing up once and a while. If you expect to do everything at once, you will likely pay a price for doing too much. By setting a sustainable pace, everything will get done without undoing you. Not only pacing yourself, but also practicing good body mechanics is an important way to get things done without causing a pain flare-up. Bending the knees, moving the feet, and minimizing the reaching can greatly assist your spine especially when using tools like the shovels, rakes and vacuums. ...
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...
Have you ever had an extraordinary pain that doesn't respond to medication, one that has a team of doctors scratching their heads as they start the pharmacologic dart game? I have. It's a thrilling MS tale of pain, drugs, more pain and more drugs, and even more pain and even more drugs rounding it off with some relief, some breakthrough pain and ultimately some breakthrough revelations.
Let's go back to the year 2005. I was in the last year of a master's degree program at New York University. With a family, a commute and MS, I had to keep pinching myself to prove that I was really pulling it off. Unfortunately, my self-inflicted reminder was replaced with one that forced me to be acutely aware of every moment of every day.
As the story begins I'm on a train pulling into Penn Station. Reading a book, keeping to myself, when all of a sudden every muscle in my foot cramps up and the pain... come to think of it, it started very gradually - a cramping that would c...
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