It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering
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
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly
Think meditation is all about banishing outside thoughts, focusing on internal struggles, and listening to someone calmly guide you toward a state of relaxation? Think again. Transcendental meditation, or TM, is a widely practiced, highly effective form of repose that involves none of these things.
Yes, you sit quietly with
The practice of mindfulness—an essential part of Buddhist meditation—has become increasingly popular in Western society in recent years. Essentially, mindfulness is the ability to stay present in the moment without the intrusion of unwanted thoughts while being able to construct thoughts that are non-judgmental. Mindfulness and mindfulness exercises have been
One of the major benefits of stretching involves emotional and mental health: It makes you feel good. Think about how you feel after you’ve been sitting at a desk for several hours, or when you get up out of your seat after a long plane flight: You’re stiff. But once
A tension headache can be short and episodic (lasting for about 30 minutes and occurring on 10 to 15 days every month) or chronic (a more severe version that lasts for a day or longer, and occurs more frequently). The onset of chronic tension headaches is usually preceded by the
Depression is a disorder that negatively affects mood, thoughts, and behavior. It is also known as “major depressive disorder” or “clinical depression,” and for a diagnosis to be made, symptoms must have been present for at least two weeks. It is a common but serious mood disorder, but with appropriate
At some point, you may have attended a yoga class with a close friend or family member, thinking it would be a fun way to spend quality time relaxing and releasing stress from a hectic work week. However, did you know practicing yoga can accomplish a lot more than that?
Two widely used stress-reduction techniques that use meditation to help you relax use different mechanisms in the brain to achieve their results, according to a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers and published in the journal Pychosomatic Medicine.
By better understanding how mindfulness meditation and relaxation response each affect