What is myoclonus? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, myoclonus “refers to sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or group of muscles.” It is a symptom, not a disease, affecting 8.6 people per 100,000 in its more serious presentations. A myoclonic twitch or a myoclonic jerk—when
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Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy, is a skilled intervention provided by a physical or occupational therapist in an inpatient or outpatient clinical setting. Don’t confuse it, however, with aquatic aerobics, or water aerobics.
Hydrotherapy uses the properties that water offers—including buoyancy, temperature, and pressure—to provide therapeutic pain relief for individuals
A diminished sense of smell could be a symptom of something as harmless as a seasonal allergy, or it could be a sign of a heightened dementia risk. People who become visually or hearing impaired often find ways to maintain a wonderful quality of life, while others find those sensory
Have you ever found yourself covered in sweat for no obvious reason? Despite the unpleasant feeling (and smell!) it may give us, sweating is one of our body’s most important functions. It’s natural: We sweat when we’re feeling too warm, when we’re nervous, or after rigorous physical activity. We need
After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of
If you have injured yourself—be it a sprained or strained muscle, a torn ligament, or a broken bone—or if you have a physical condition that affects your joint flexibility and mobility, you may be tempted to take to your bed in order to alleviate your discomfort and recover your strength.
Q. I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life. Do migraines increase the risk for cognitive decline?
A. A recent study may put your mind at ease about the long-term cognitive effects of migraines. Researchers tracked 286 migraine sufferers for nine years and compared scans of their brains with
The large intestine is about six feet long. It is here that water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed from partly digested food. The remaining solid waste then moves from the colon into the rectum as stool.
Many people believe they are constipated if they don’t have a bowel movement at
Dysphagia is a condition that can occur at any age, although it’s more common in older adults. It falls into one of the following categories:
Esophageal dysphagia: This is the feeling that food gets stuck in your throat or in your chest.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia: This occurs when certain conditions weaken your
When a man is aroused, the brain sends a signal to the nerves in the penis, which then stimulate the arteries in the penis to open up, filling with blood. Simultaneously, the veins close up and the blood in the arteries becomes trapped, causing enlargement and hardening of the penis.