Archive for the 2010

Musicians and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are many jobs that place people at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but we bet you wouldn’t have thought of musicians. First and most important, we don’t want to scare anyone from playing a musical instrument as many of us find music to be a very important release mechanism or an escape from [..]

What Causes Low Back Pain?

Obviously, there are MANY causes of low back pain (LBP) but you may be surprised about some of the following:Trauma: Let’s start with the easy one – falling down, over lifting, twisting, pushing, pulling, bending over, sporting activities, work activities, sex, sneezing, raking, shoveling, etc. We’ve all sprained an ankle or a finger and based [..]

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

So what IS CTS? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (National Institutes of Health), CTS occurs as a result of the median nerve, which is located in the middle of the forearm and hand on the palm side, getting pinched or squeezed at the wrist. This results in numbness, or tingling [..]

Running and Low Back Pain

Have you ever noticed every time you go running, you have lower back pain either during or after the run? If so, you may be wondering if you should quit running, find an alternative sport, or simply stop all activity and adopt a sedentary lifestyle. If you love the benefits of running and want to [..]

Fibromyalgia: The Dirty Dozen

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common chronic condition that affects millions of people around the world. The overview of the symptoms is widespread pain in the muscles accompanied by pain, fatigue, and "…just feeling wiped out!" Sleep deprivation is a common problem and some experts feel sleep loss for any reason—stress, past injury, current illness, etc.—can [..]

Neck Pain and Sleep

We're hoping this article will not PUT you to sleep but rather WAKE YOU UP to the important information presented here about how to sleep in the presence of neck pain.If you’ve ever had neck pain, then you already know how challenging it is to find a comfortable position in bed and how difficult it [..]

Fibromyalgia: Exercise Recommendations

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic condition that affects the muscles of the body in a generalized way, producing pain that is usually felt in many areas. This widespread pain can impact many aspects of one’s life and disrupt jobs, hobbies, and relationships. Previously, we discussed dietary strategies that can be employed to minimize the inflammatory [..]

What Isn’t Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

That’s a strange question….well, maybe not as crazy as it sounds! Knowing what isn’t carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, may help you avoid an unnecessary surgery for a condition that looks very similar to CTS. Because CTS is such a common problem, it’s not uncommon for other conditions to be mistakenly called CTS. Because of [..]

Did You Do Your Exercises – Did You Brush Your Teeth?

Has your chiropractor ever asked, "Did you do your exercises?" How did you respond? If you’re like 96% of the general population, you probably scrambled, looking for excuses that your chiropractor would "buy." Of course, her or she is not out to humiliate you or make you feel bad about not being the "perfect patient" [..]

Neck Pain: "What Can A Chiropractor Do For That?"

"I was golfing a month ago (or at least trying to…) and I hit the ground too hard and felt a jolt in my neck. Since then, I can’t turn my head to the right, my right arm is numb, and I can’t sleep through the night. I went to my family doctor and he [..]