A chronic pain diagnosis can sneak up from nowhere, throwing our lives into a whirlwind. You might feel overwhelmed, depressed or even terrified. Perhaps you’re uncertain of where to turn for help coping with your symptoms. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Hundreds of millions of people live with chronic pain. In the United States alone, tens of millions of individuals suffer from fibromyalgia – just one of many
Pregnancy can be a joyous time for women and it is also a period where the body experiences many significant changes. Since exercise can be beneficial to the mother in managing stress and staying healthy, it is important to for every pregnant woman to get clearance from their physician for both starting a new exercise program and/or maintaining her existing one. Before becoming pregnant, I led a healthy and active
Like sleep, exercise is a free, relatively easy-to-access fountain of youth—especially for those of us who are more or less able-bodied. If you are one of between between 50 and 70 million American adults who chronically suffer from a sleep disorder, take heart. Among the many tricks that add up to a healthy sleep hygiene, you can harness the power of exercise and find that as a result you are
Studying for a college degree is undoubtedly a very stressful experience. For many students, the demands of college can quickly get on top of them, especially if they are trying to juggle their studies with working or around other commitments such as raising a family. Along with taking in all the new information that you need to learn whilst studying for your health law degree, the stress of meeting assignment deadlines and studying for finals can quickly get to you and leave you feeling extremely stressed out and anxious.
While there is no doubt that pregnancy and motherhood are the happiest moments in a woman’s life, however, it comes with its own share of problems and challenges.
As humans, we often take good health for granted. Even worse, we fail to recognize the bad habits we have developed that can negatively impact our health in significant ways. With the ever increasing use of cell phones, laptops, tablets and video games, these present us with another cause for concern. Use of these devices can lead to chronic poor posture…
Two leading health concerns for senior citizens — osteoporosis (porous bones) and osteoarthritis (inflammation of the joints) – can be safely addressed by a yoga practice in which alignment and weight-bearing poses are practiced along with a gentle flow from pose to pose.
A gentle yoga practice is an ideal type of movement for sufferers of arthritis because of the mindful nature of the practice. An estimated 46 million Americans suffer from at least one of the more than on hundred types of arthritis with two most common types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Movement is essential for those afflicted with arthritis, but doing too much activity may result in more pain. Often,
Psychological stress has been shown to increase activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. This increased activation releases adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol, which lead to faster heart rate, increased cardiac output, and narrower arteries. These changes, in turn, create increased blood pressure. Activation of these systems also accelerates the progress of atherosclerosis and can lead to acute plaque rupture, which results in ischemia of the heart (angina) and coronary heart disease and stroke.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that damages the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Sclerosis means scarring; MS sufferers develop scar tissue in response to the nerve damage. Symptoms can include failure of muscle control, balance, vision, and even speech, depending on where the “flare ups” occur. Early MS symptoms include weakness, tingling, numbness, and blurred vision. Muscle stiffness and urinary problems are other signs as well. Treatment can relieve MS symptoms and delay progression, but there is no cure as of yet for MS.