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"My knee feels stiff when I sit for a long time and it hurts to get up. But, after I walk for a few minutes, the pain eases up."
"My hands are stiff in the morning or after I take a nap during the day. After I have been awake for about twenty minutes, the pain is completely gone."
"My lower back is very tight in the morning and it hurts to get out of the bed. I do a few exercises and my back seems to loosen up."
The above are just a few of the comments I hear on an almost daily basis. In osteoarthritis, joints are commonly sore, stiff, and painful after sleep or after resting them for a while. After getting up, the joints "loosen up" as they move around and are used. In the spine, the small facet joints are a common source of arthritis and back pain. The facet joints work as hinge joints similar to the hinges on a door. In a young, non-arthritic person, the joints glide smoothly over one another. However, as the joints become arthritic, they function more as a rusty hi...
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a chronic disorder characterized by debilitating fatigue of longer than six (6) months duration. CFS causes nonspecific flu-like symptoms, including headaches, sore throats, swollen lymph nodes, fever and pain in the muscles and joints. It can cause an inability to think clearly and concentrate, memory loss , confusion , irritability , sleep disturbance and depression . CFS began receiving widespread attention in the mid-1980s, after reports of about 100 cases in the Lake Tahoe area of California. Questions immediately arose as to whether the ill-defined mix of symptoms amounted to a discrete disease at all, and if so, whether it was a new condition. Now that some of the dust has settled, CFS appears to be the same as what is called low natural killer cell syndrome in Japan and myalgic encephalomyelitis in England. In the U.S., CFS has also been called Epstein-Barr virus syndrome, chronic mononucleosis and the yuppie flu. This debilitating, but seldom fatal, ...
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...
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