You’ll know it when it happens. You might be doing something physically challenging, like playing a sport or lifting a heavy object. Or you might be doing something completely routine, like bending over to tie a shoe. In either case, it’s a sharp, sudden pain triggered by an involuntary muscle
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Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
BODYWORKS/MOVES OF THE MONTH
Strengthen your core for better balance, stability (Jan., 7)
Reduce fracture risk with resistance exercises (Feb., 7)
Keep your hands flexible and functional (Mar., 7)
Ease the ache in your neck and shoulders (Apr., 7)
Get a leg up on chronic knee pain (May, 7)
Q: I am a longstanding New York Mets fan. One of my favorite players suffers from plantar fasciitis—could you explain what this is, and how it is treated?
A: Plantar fasciitis results from inflammation in the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that runs the length of the bottom
Q: In a recent issue, you mentioned that a new mattress can help ease back pain. Do you have any tips on the best type of mattress?
A: A medium-firm mattress suits most people, since it provides support while also allowing some “give” for pressure points like your shoulders and hips.
Exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC)are painful muscle spasms that occur during or immediately following a workout. They are spawned by an involuntary contraction of a muscle that will not relax. Muscle cramps typically start in the leg—often in the calf muscles (i.e. the dreaded Charley horse). But they also can occur in any of
Resistance training exercises are safe when executed with the right exercise, the right load, the right technique, and performed by the right person. When any of those four elements of training are not observed, injuries can occur.
The Right Exercise
The 55 exercises in Chapter 4 have been proven by evidence-based studies
The easy answer to the question posed in this chapter’s title is: Stay active. Slow and steady wins the race, and the same is true in dealing with low back pain. Take it one step at a time whether you’re eager to get back to the gym or just trying
In assessing your low back pain, your physician will first take a detailed medical history of your back pain. A proper history is crucial to medical care since it directs the physical examination, assessment, and treatment. Oftentimes, your physician will gather hints of your diagnosis based on your
Despite being such a common ailment, back pain is not completely understood. More than 85 percent of all cases have a diagnosis of “nonspecific low back pain.” Nonspecific pain means that all potentially serious diagnoses have been ruled out, but the cause of the pain is still unknown. Many patients