<p><strong>What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?</strong></p>
<p>A urinary tract infection (UTI), also referred to as a bladder infection or cystitis, occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract and travel into the urethra to the bladder. A UTI is a common infection seen 10 times more often in women than in men. A kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis, occurs when the infection travels up into the kidneys. Pyelonephritis is less common than bladder infections but tends to be more serious.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Urinary Tract Infection?</strong></p>
<p>Approximately 50% of women will have one UTI or more in a lifetime. There is also a high recurrence rate, approaching 30-40% within six months to a year. UTIs are one of the most common causes of physician visits. The fact that women have a shorter urethra compared with men may play a role on why the condition is seen more frequently...
Cramps are an inevitable part of almost every woman’s life. Each month, without fail, you feel your period before it begins. Cramps are usually felt in the abdomen or the lower back. They last anywhere from one to three days. For some women, cramps are merely a nuisance, something that is annoying but doesn’t affect your life. For other women, severe cramps send them to bed for a day or two each month. While you probably can’t totally rid your life of cramps, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.
While you are having cramps:
Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, usually help to lessen the pain.
Use a heating pad or a hot water bottle and apply heat directly to your abdomen or lower back.
Try different positions. You might find lying on your side with your knees bent helps relieve the pain or you might find another position feels better. Try sitting and lying down in different positions to find what works best for you.
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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