Posture plays a big role in the body’s overall health. When someone has bad posture, or if they have a postural disorder, pain results, especially in the back. Back pain is one of the most common areas of complaint for people. For those who have a spine curvature disorder, where the spine is misaligned or the spinal curves are greater than normal, the pain and discomfort can be debilitating. There are three main types of spine curvature disorders; Kyphosis, Lordosis, and Scoliosis. Here’s a little bit about each of these spine curvature disorders:
There are a number of conditions that can cause spine curvature disorders. For Kyphosis and Lordosis some of these conditions are:
For Scoliosis, there is no known causes that doctors can tell for certain. It is more common to be developed in adolescences during the growth stages. It can also be due to disease, injury, infections, or birth defects, as well as the possibility of it being genetic, as it has been seen to run in families.
With these spine curvature disorders, many people suffer from pain, discomfort, fatigue, sleeplessness, and lack of mobility. Massage therapy has shown to have positive effects on helping people with spine curvature disorders. Massage therapy cannot fix or correct the disorder, but it can have plenty of healing and soothing effects. Here are some of the benefits of massage therapy for spine curvature disorders:
Massage therapy is a great addition to traditional treatments for spine curvature disorders. It should not be viewed as a cure and a sole form of treatment for any of the disorders. Talk to your doctor about which treatments might be best for you in particular. I see more and more doctors recommending massage therapy as a form of pain management over prescribing opioids to help pain management for various health problems. See if massage therapy can help you with pain associated with your spine curvature disorder.
We get told time and time again that we need to make sure that we drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is essential to our health. Our bodies are made up of 60 percent water, which means, that drinking water will help replenish any that we lose throughout the day from sweating, crying, urinating, etc. However, replenishing the output of water in our bodies is not the only key reason to making sure that you stay hydrated throughout the day.
Here are some benefits of drinking water to stay hydrated:
1.It quenches your thirst and helps prevent dry mouth.
2.It helps prevent headaches.
3.It helps regulate your body temperature.
4.It helps keep your skin more subtle, improving your complexion.
5.It is a mood and energy booster.
6.It helps prevent foggy brain and increases cognitive function.
7.It helps reduce your risk of heart attacks.
8.It helps your kidneys to function properly, keeping you healthier.
9.It helps lubricate your muscles and joints, reducing stiffness and soreness.
Water really is good for you and your body. If drinking plain water all day does not appeal to your taste buds, try adding some fruit to your water. Adding lemon, lime, raspberries, melons, or any other juicy fruit to your water gives it a nice flavor to help quench your thirst. Switch it up with some herbal teas throughout the day. Just try to stay away from drinking a lot of beverages that are full of caffeine, carbonation, or alcohol. These drinks do not count toward keeping yourself hydrated and healthy.
So, the next time you go into the kitchen to get something to drink, fill your cup up with water to gulp down. Fill up your water bottle and take it with your when you leave the house and sip on it while you drive or take a drink at every stop light during your commute. Remember to keep refilling your cup and water bottle throughout the day. Staying hydrated does help keep you healthy. Cheers to a healthy you!
Our hands and wrists are probably the one of the most overused, and least thought about body parts, when it comes to self-care and stretching. With our increased use of computers, cell phones, and other technologies that require the constant use of our hands, you may notice that your hands and wrists feel tighter, stiffer, even more sore than they had in the past. The constant typing and even gripping of items can fatigue your muscles, weakening your hands and wrists, and cause you pain and discomfort. Carrying grocery bags, gardening, knitting, writing, painting, working out, and a variety of other activities can all put strain on your wrists and hands with prolong and repetitive use.
To help give your overused wrists and hands a break, it is always a great idea to do some simple stretches throughout the day. Stretches not only helps with flexibility and mobility of your joints, but they can help relieve tension and relax tight muscles, easing the pain and stiffness you may be feeling in your hands and wrists. The best part about stretching your hands and wrists is that you can do them anywhere, anytime. You do not need a lot of space or time to stretch them out!
Here are some suggested stretches that you can do for your hands and wrists:
For some other suggestions on stretches that you can do, here are some links to other articles and videos that I found online:
If you find that your hands and wrists are sore, tight, or even fatigued throughout the day or after activities, give these stretches a try. Do them several times a day or as needed to help loosen them up and relieve some of the tension. If doing any of these stretches is painful, feels sharp, or you experience tingling or numbness in your arms and hands, consult with your doctor right away to make sure that you do not have an injury or another possible health related condition.
Neck pain and headaches can be debilitating. Having plenty of neck issues myself; I know and understand first-hand how miserable they can be if you do not catch them in their early stages of development. One of the best ways that I have found to combat stiff necks, neck pain, and even headaches, is by doing stretches. Stretching daily or at least a few times a week can help ward off these pains a great deal.
A sore or stiff neck and headaches can arise upon waking up first thing in the morning, or it can develop during a long work day, especially if you have a desk based job. This is often due to the results of the muscles and joints around the upper neck becoming too tight, putting pressure on the nerves at the top of your spine. This pain shoots up to the eyes and forehead. Instead of reaching for your pain medications, try to do some gentle stretching exercises instead.
Stretching helps keep your flexibility, which is important to preventing discomfort from stiff necks, general neck pains, and headaches. Below are some easy stretches that you can do throughout the day to help prevent neck pain and headaches from occurring.
Neck Exercises for Neck Pain
Stretches for Headaches
5 Simple Stretches to Relieve Headaches
Simple Stretches to Relieve and Prevent Tension Headaches
Of course, always remember to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to help prevent dehydration, another common source of headaches.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.