Your spine is subjected to immense wear and tear over your lifetime. Fortunately, it comes with its own inbuilt shock absorption system—one that’s designed to counter the forces placed on it by the motion involved in day-to-day life, as well as physical exercise and (often improper) body mechanics. This shock
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A vascular disease called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is much more prevalent in women than in men, according to a Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published online Feb. 18, 2014 in the journal Circulation. In fact, among patients who have been diagnosed with FMD, 91 percent are women.
If you have arthritis or other conditions that cause muscle tightness, you may find relief from the “Alexander Technique,” an exercise method that helps improve movement, balance, support, and coordination—which, in turn, relieves muscle tightness and related discomfort.
The Alexander Technique can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from neck pain,
As we age, we often hear from parts of our bodies that have run on ‘automatic pilot’ forever—a knee hurts, our back aches, we wake up stiff and sore. Many of us immediately reach for the painkillers—but some of these medications have a greater risk of harmful side effects in
It looks like a butterfly, but when your thyroid is diseased, it can sting you like a bee. Your thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism, and when it’s dysfunctional, the result is a cascade of symptoms that can affect nearly every system in your body. And, according to the
Fibromyalgia is the most frequent cause of pain cited by patients, and affects six to 12 million people—mainly women—in the U.S. Unfortunately, the condition tends to be dismissed because it can’t be diagnosed using the traditional medical “model” of a specific pathology leading to distinctive symptoms.
However, according to Daniel J.
You’re always tired but you haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason. You think about embarking on a campaign to get to the bottom of your fatigue, but—sad to say—you don’t have the energy to follow through. Don’t feel bad; even the medical community doesn’t fully understand what causes fatigue.
It is well documented that exercise can improve your health no matter what your age, but after you reach 60, cardiovascular fitness becomes even more important. “It may be your best medicine against many age-related conditions, such as memory loss, weight gain, loss in bone density, and sarcopenia (age-related muscle
Q: I’ve heard that fiber can help with weight control. But how does it work and how much of it do I need?
A: Like all nutrients, fiber plays many important roles in keeping you healthy. It’s most well-known for helping food move through the digestive tract. But it also helps
A sore, stiff neck is an unfortunate but fairly common malady that affects many people over age 50. However, you can take steps to lessen the chances it will happen to you—or get relief if it does, according to Robert Turner, PT, OCS, a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and advanced