Have you ever been awakened with searing pain in your mouth or an inability to open your jaw? It’s a scary experience and, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research, one that’s not totally uncommon. More than 10 million Americans suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD),
The best one-size-fits-all class for flexibility is an aerobic exercise group class. The ultimate goal is aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness, but instructors and their students have to go through warm-up and flexibility exercises before getting to the aerobic component.
If you are a beginner or older adult not used to regular exercise,
By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
The Folklore. Kale has aged well. In its youth, some 4,000 years ago, kale grew wildly in the Mediterranean region before being cultivated by Greeks, Romans, and Europeans, who brought it to the Americas in the 16th century. It built a reputation as a hardy, easy to grow cold weather
If you sometimes feel pain or discomfort between your shoulder blades, your rhomboid muscles may be the culprits. The muscles are positioned diagonally between the six vertebrae in your upper back and your shoulder blades (scapulae). Their main function is to retract and rotate the scapulae, and they also assist
If you live or in a cold-weather climate, you’ve had experience “braving the elements.” And you also know that frigid weather is nothing to take lightly: The danger of frostbite is very real and can result in permanent damage, leading in severe cases to amputation. So at the first symptoms
Endorphins are hormones that your body releases in response to situations that cause pain and inflammation. For instance, exercising, being injured, or picking up an infection all can trigger endorphin production. Studies show that the body also releases endorphins in response to massage, acupuncture, and eating chocolate or spicy foods.
Your intervertebral discs—the small, donut-shaped structures located between each of the vertebrae in your spine—are less than two inches in diameter, but they are essential to your mobility. Healthy discs provide cushioning between your vertebrae and allow your spine to move and bend. The discs also keep enough space open
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to awaken you. Or your