With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter and darker, it is very common for the winter time blues to set in. This is also commonly called SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it affects millions of people every year. Here are some ways to help beat the winter time blues from getting you down and out all winter long.
Like shin splints, side aches are also a very common occurrence for anyone who runs. The painful muscle spasm or cramping on the side of your abdomen, just below the rib cage, can leave you grabbing your side and hunched over the affected side. Although there is no conclusive reason as to why side aches occur, most believe that it is due to when the diaphragm spasms or cramps from the jostling of the pounding motion in combination with improper breathing techniques. Much like a leg cramp, the diaphragm can lack blood flow with the contractions while working and cause the spasm to occur.
So what can you do if you get a side ache?
Everyone has experienced a muscle cramp at least once in their life. Muscle cramps can be a sudden and crippling feeling of pain as your muscles begin to spasm out of your control. This involuntary contraction of muscles can be very brief, lasting only a few seconds, or they can last for minutes. They most often occur in the legs in the calves or hamstrings, or they may occur in the feet or hands. Regardless of their longevity or location, they can be quite painful when they occur. So what causes muscles to cramp and spasm?
Some of the most common reasons for muscles cramps are:
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.