Massage in Manhattan Beach: When a Headache is a Huge Pain in the Neck
One of the most common complaints in America today is the ‘tension headache,’ a pain at the base of the skull that will often be accompanied by pain running up behind the ear, pain at or just in front of the temple, or more rarely in the ridge above one eye. The name ‘tension’ headache implies one may be shouldering too heavy of a burden…and in fact, that metaphor may be more literal than anyone thinks. A study published in the journal Headache showed that people with myofascial trigger points in the trapezius muscle had tension headaches that were longer and more painful than those without. By no coincidence, all of the regions mentioned above are areas where shoulder pain is known to refer — so the next time the base of your skull is pounding and no amount of NSAIDs or meditation will help, call a trigger point therapist and ask them to take your shoulder off the grindstone. If you want to get lasting relief from back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and more, then call and book neuromuscular massage today!
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Manhattan Beach Pain Management: Poor Balance Linked to Back Pain.
A recent research review found that chronic low back pain can impair an individual’s standing balance. The authors of the review conclude, “Results from balance assessments should be used to indicate areas of improvement and help guide the course of treatment…”
Disability and Rehabilitation, January 2018
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Mental Attitude: Acne Can Be Emotionally Devastating.
New research suggests that acne can throw some people into deep depression. An analysis of data concerning nearly two million patients found that those with acne had more than a 50% increased risk for developing clinical depression.
British Journal of Dermatology, February 2018
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Health Alert: Another Reason to Quit Smoking...
According to a new study, smokers who abstain from tobacco products following a hospital stay are 30% more likely to report good health and 19% less likely to experience psychological distress during the following six months.
Preventative Medicine, February 2018
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Diet: Low-Carb Diets Boost Risk for Serious Birth Defects.
Following a low-carb diet while pregnant may increase the risk of serious birth defects. In a new study, researchers found the pregnant women who reduced or eliminated carbs were 30% more likely to have babies with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida or anencephaly than women who didn’t restrict their carbs while pregnant. Study leader Dr. Tania Desrosiers writes, “This is concerning because low- carbohydrate diets are fairly popular… This finding reinforces the importance for women who may become pregnant to talk to their health care provider about any special diets or eating behaviors they routinely practice.”
Birth Defects Research, January 2018
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Exercise in Manhattan Beach: Setting Milestones for Exercise Motivation.
Because the drive to get in shape can wane over time, the American College of Sports Medicine offers the following recommendations to help you stay motivated: set specific goals; develop a realistic action plan; use environmental cues, such as placing a gym bag by the door or setting reminders on your phone; have fun; make exercise convenient; record your progress; build a support network with friends or family who can work out with you; reward yourself with flowers, a movie, or new exercise clothes; and believe in yourself.
American College of Sports Medicine, February 2018
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Wellness/Prevention: Chew Gum to Protect Your Teeth?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, which can neutralize and wash away harmful acids produced by chewing food, offering some protection to the teeth. Currently, the ADA grants a Seal of Acceptance to companies that provide proof that their gum can safely and effectively protect teeth. While chewing gum does not replace brushing and flossing, the ADA says that clinical research shows that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent tooth decay.
American Dental Association, January 2018
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