Manhattan Beach Massage: Tablet Got Your Neck Tired?
When Amazon announces that they’re developing a new tablet specifically geared toward gamers, you know tablets have become genuinely mainstream — but they’re not without their issues. It’s all-too-common to see someone hanging their head forward, looking down at their latest level in Candy Crush, and then look up…and wince. That’s because the levator scapulae — the muscles that hold up your head — can get quite irate when you abuse them by looking down for long periods of time. One study of twenty-two young phone-prone women found that “constant trigger points and creptitation (popping/cracking of the shoulder)” were common to their complaints — so if you can’t afford to put your tablet or phone down, look into addressing the trigger points directly. 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: Back Pain Is a Common Reason for Sick Leave During Pregnancy.
An analysis of questionnaires completed by 508 employed pregnant women revealed that back pain is the most common reason expectant mothers take long-term sick leave. Neuromuscular care has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective treatment for women experiencing low back pain associated with their pregnancy.
Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, March 2018
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Mental Attitude: Over-the-Counter Painkillers May Alter Emotions.
A recent research review focusing on non-prescription painkillers found that these types of medicines can reduce a person’s ability to empathize with the pain of others, make some more willing to part with possessions, and can even impair information processing. Lead researcher Dr. Kyle Ratner writes, “In many ways, the reviewed findings are alarming… Consumers assume that when they take an over-the-counter pain medication, it will relieve their physical symptoms, but they do not anticipate broader psychological effects.” Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Science, February 2018
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Health Alert: Hearing Loss May Lead to Other Problems.
After reviewing health data concerning 3,777 older adults for 25 years, a team of French scientists reports that that seniors with self-reported hearing loss have an increased risk for disability, depression, and dementia. However, the investigators did not observe these associations among those who wore a hearing aid. The researchers conclude, “These results highlight the importance of assessing the consequences of treating hearing loss in elders in further studies.”
The Journals of Gerontology, January 2018
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Diet: Mediterranean Diet May Keep Older Adults from Becoming Frail.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of past studies examining associations between adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet and the development of frailty
revealed that people who consumed a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts were less than half as likely to become frail over a four-decade period than seniors who consumed a more high-fat Western-style diet. Researcher Dr.Gotaro Kojima adds, “Our study supports the growing body of evidence on the potential health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, in our case for potentially helping older people to stay well as they age.”
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, January 2018
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Exercise in Manhattan Beach: Arm Exercises Improve Walking Ability Following a Stroke.
Arm training exercises appear to improve walking ability months and even years after having a stroke. In this study, investigators found that stroke participants who performed 30 minutes of moderate-intensity arm cycling training sessions three times per week for five weeks experienced significant improvements in their walking ability. The researchers explain that the nerves in the arms activate and adapt to improve function of the spinal cord in other areas of the body, including the legs. The results could have a significant impact on stroke rehabilitation.
Journal of Neurophysiology, December 2017
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Wellness/Prevention: Improved Screening and Treatment Reduces Breast Cancer Deaths.
Due to improvements in screening and treatment, researchers report that the survival rate of breast cancer patients rose about 32% between 2000 and 2012. Lead researcher Dr. Sylvia Plevritis explains, “Mammography is an important contributor to the reduction in breast cancer mortality… But the overall benefit is greater largely because of the advances in treatment.”
Journal of the American Medical Association, January 2018
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