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Archive for the 2007

The Low Back Pain Diagnosis and Why It Is important

With any health condition, most doctors agree an accurate diagnosis is important. But with low back pain, it seems that many sufferers postpone a visit to the doctor in hopes that it will go away on its own. It's no wonder many patients take this approach, since advertisements continually tell us that relief comes in [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Gliding Exercises

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome are usually prescribed stretching exercises by medical and chiropractic doctors, as well as physical therapists. In this syndrome, the median nerve is often constricted by a swollen nerve sheath, or malalignment of the wrist bones that form the hole that the nerve glides through. If there is inflammation or scar [..]

Fibromyalgia and Long-Term Drug Use - Are There Alternatives?

Most patients with the severe pains of fibromyalgia consult medical doctors for help. Although many patients use chiropractors and other alternative approaches, most continue to use analgesics (pain medications) to get through the day.These drugs come in a wide variety and help with varying degrees of success, but all will have unintended side effects, especially [..]

Low Back Pain and Problems with Balance

Our sense of balance comes from a few different areas of the body. The inner ear gives us input on the position of our head and whether we are moving. This is combined with input from the eyes, which gives similar information. Most people think this is where it ends, but the spine is also [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Gadgets and Alternatives

Many patients attempt to use gadgets to treat their carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. But is this a good choice or another fad? Sometimes our health advice comes from friends, family, and customers at the local health food store. I am sure you were given a persuasive story before buying. Late night TV infomercials are used [..]

Headaches, Hygiene and Pillows

We hear about dental hygiene and how to eat right, but when was the last time you considered if you slept well in a way that does not stress the spine? Most of us know it's important to avoid head and neck trauma because serious and devastating injuries can occur. Less understood is how minor [..]

What Can I Do To Prevent Low Back Pain?

One important concept in spine care is making the patient an active participant in their rehabilitation. It's important to change our sedentary lifestyles so that we not only get well, but also do things that prevent problems from occurring in the first place. But first, it is important to understand how back injuries occur. When [..]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wrist Sprain and Stretching

One important cause of wrist pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome is a sprain of the delicate ligaments holding the 12 wrist bones together. These 12 small bones connect the hand to the arm and have many tiny ligaments, which limit the range of motion. During a sprain, the range of motion of the bones [..]

Fibromyalgia: Does Massage Help?

When looking at treating fibromyalgia, there is a range of natural alternatives to choose from. Most fibromyalgia patients use a variety of complementary and alternative approaches including vitamins/herbs, chiropractic, and massage. These more natural approaches carry fewer risks of side effects and should be encouraged.Massage treatment can be helpful to many patients. Some common techniques [..]

The Problem of a Low Back Problem

If you watch much television or have paid a visit recently to a family medical doctor for low back pain, the information you're getting may be a flawed. For example, you've probably been told that back problems are not very serious and that the problem is quickly cured with simple treatments, such as going back [..]