Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle becomes tight or spasms and causes pain. This muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve which can cause pain and numbness and tingling along the back of the leg.
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Poor posture of the upper back and neck will often result in pain, joint stiffness, and muscle tightness. The cervical spine and the supporting muscles become labored and stressed with a forward head posture. This is a common presentation when the chin protrudes forward rather than remaining in its proper position over the chest. At the spinal level, this can affect the joint movement which may result in wear and tear. An imbalance of the supporting muscles will most often result. The upper trap muscles are among those that become overactive and tight. Continue reading “A Simple Exercise for Neck and Upper Back Pain” »
The use of cupping by therapists is on the rise in the United States. It has become increasing popular in Western cultures due to athletes, such as Michael Phelps, who has been seen with the distinctive circular marks that accompany it. Chinese and Middle Eastern countries have used cupping therapy for thousands of years as a way to relieve pain, increase circulation, and aid in relaxation.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by compression of the median nerve at the carpal ligaments of the wrist. When the median nerve becomes entrapped common symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Weakness can also be present which can make it difficult to perform certain tasks such as sewing or even writing. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most studied form of median nerve entrapment which has made it at times, a default of exclusion. The fact is, the median nerve can be entrapped at many other locations along the arm, from the wrist all the way to the neck. The neck, shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist are all included. Continue reading “Is It Really Carpal Tunnel?” »
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that is found just in front of your ears. It is meant to provide motion as the jaw opens and closes but it also allows for front to back and side to side motion. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) can result from soft tissue restriction or imbalance. Although possible, jaw pain is rarely an issue resulting from the joint itself. Jaw pain symptoms commonly present without a history of an accident or injury. Instead, repetitive motion and overuse can be the underlying cause. TMD symptoms can include jaw pain, ear pain, facial pain, neck pain, and headaches to name a few.
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The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels from the lower back through the hip and down the leg and into the foot. It supplies both skin and muscles. Symptoms can include pain, numbness and tingling, and in some cases weakness. Although some cases can be complicated, most are treated conservatively and never return.
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