Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body, is best known for its important role in bone health and protection from osteoporosis. However, in addition to its key role in imparting strength to bones and teeth, calcium plays a critical role as a messenger in cell-signaling pathways throughout the
While Parkinson’s disease impairs motor functioning and can make it difficult to be active, studies show that exercising regularly can increase balance, reduce falls, and improve gait.
Living with arthritis can be tough. It affects you physically and emotionally, and also can impact all of the practical aspects of your life. Moreover, when it comes to arthritis care, everyone is different: What works for one person may not work for you—so experiment, and come up with a
The pain, stiffness, and restricted movement that accompany arthritis may seem like a good reason to curl up in bed, but exercise is beneficial in mild-to-moderate arthritis. The benefits include:
Healing. Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygenation within joint tissue, promoting repair.
Lower risk of complications. Exercise helps protect against complications that
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of
Low back pain is extremely common and affects most people at some point in their lifetime. Estimates show that up to 36 percent of us will suffer from a new or recurrent episode of low back pain in a given year. Much of it originates in the lumbar area. If
Sleep hygiene is what sleep specialists call the pattern of good habits that promote healthy sleep. A solid sleep hygiene routine means a consistent sleep schedule. Keep regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time every day.
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