Runner’s knee (patella-femoral syndrome) is one of those nagging pains that just does not seem to go away. Now, you don’t have to be a runner to have this type of knee pain, but it is common with runners. And let me tell you that unless you directly injured your knee from an impact or some other trauma, the chances are it’s not your knee that’s the issue.
There are many different types of headaches including tension headaches, sinus headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, and so on. Many people struggle to find relief for their headaches and wonder if there is anything that can help. Read more to find out 7 tips that can help your headaches.
Sciatica pain can be one of the most uncomfortable and disruptive injuries. The pain is often sharp and can become chronic and unrelenting leaving one overwhelmed on what to do next. It is a literal pain in the a$% (and often down the leg) than can put a stop to enjoying life. The good news is that we are going to tackle this very common injury. We will look at why one may be confronted by this injury and, better still, what one can do to get back to a normal, pain-free life…we know this means a lot to you.
First off, let’s chat a little about what sciatica really is. It is obvious the name sciatica refers to a problem with the sciatic nerve, but what does that mean? The sciatic nerve is a long, thick nerve that forms when the lumbar (4/5) and sacral nerve roots exit the spine then converge and continue through the pelvis down the leg where it splits above the knee. An issue with this nerve may occur anywhere along its path. Think about the nerve as a real thick wire where electricity should flow freely, but If something cuts off the current it can result in pain. This happens when the nerve is compressed or if inflammation irritates it.
Stress is quite a buzzword these days. And for many it is a ‘bad’ word…a four-letter word stretched out into five. But did you know that stress can be broken down into distress and eustress? Simply stated distress is ‘bad’ stress and eustress is ‘good’ stress. Distress results in anxiety and sorrow while eustress is moderate or normal stress that the experiencer finds beneficial. That’s right…stress can be beneficial. Some examples of eustress are getting married, being promoted at work, taking a vacation, or even learning a new hobby.
While certain types of stressors can be beneficial there are many stressors that are not. Examples of those that cause anxiety, pain and sorrow are losing a loved one, getting divorced, legal problems, financial issues, and getting an illness/injury just to name a few. One common factor with all these issues is the feeling of lack of control. While having control over events that happen in our lives is nearly impossible, we can control our response to these events. It is in how we perceive the events that result in how much stress we experience.
We are living in a stress-filled world and it is important to have ways to manage our stress levels. In future blogs we will discuss more about the body’s stress response and how it impacts our health, but for now let’s leave you with some simple tips on how to begin reducing your stress.
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