Inflammation is an innate biological process that, like stress, is good for you in small amounts … and detrimental if it becomes chronic. Typical healthy inflammation is the type of reaction that occurs when you, say, sprain your ankle. The area becomes inflamed, which basically means you’re probably experiencing heat, pain, redness and swelling in […]
Any type of prolonged, repetitive or awkward movement can cause damage to your muscles, tendons and nerves, leading to varying degrees of pain, weakness and numbness. In the modern day, the resulting repetitive strain injury (RSI) (also sometimes called repetitive stress injury) is often the result of computer usage – but that’s not all. The […]
The next time you check the weather, you should also check out The Weather Channel’s aches & pains forecast. Yes, there really is such a thing, and you can either search by your zip code or check out the National Aches & Pains map. Depending on factors such as chance of precipitation, barometric pressure, absolute […]
Devil’s claw is an herb native to Africa, particularly the Kalahari and Savannah desert regions of the South and Southeast regions of the country. Its botanical name, Harpagophytum, means “hook plant” in Greek, and it’s the tiny hooks all over its fruit that earned it its ominous name. However, don’t let its name fool you. […]
Are you reading this article on a computer? Take a moment to think about your posture. Are you sitting with your head held forward and your shoulders and upper back rounded? This is incredibly common … and it’s also a major source of back and neck pain. Among teens, even, frequent computer use increases the […]
There’s good reason why Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine,” as housed inside perfect ‘packages’ like pineapples are amazing, complex substances that can nourish and heal your body. Inside pineapples, especially the core and stem, is bromelain, a mixture of proteolytic enzymes that has been used for centuries to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation.[i] […]
Everyone’s experience of pain is unique and while there may never be a way to really feel someone else’s pain, there may be a way to gauge its intensity.
Everyone knows it’s a good idea to exercise. Except that’s hard to do if you hurt yourself in the process. Yet even in my own circle of friends and family members I hear of new workout injuries all the time. My friend just pulled a muscle playing recreational soccer… my cousin injured her shoulder […]
Your ankles are one of your body’s key weight-bearing joints, responsible for providing stability and movement while standing or walking. As a hinged joint, your ankle is susceptible to injury during virtually any type of activity, including sports and exercise and even while simply walking or climbing stairs.
What does the pain in your joints have to do with the food on your plate? More than you might think … or, if you’ve ever had a painful flare-up after an ‘off’ day of eating, perhaps you’re all too well aware of the connection.