Saturday, January 24, 2015
Most people who hold a job in Ann Arbor that has them in a seated position for long durations often experience a shooting pain on their lower extremities, particularly on the lower back and hip areas. Such nagging pain often results to postural issues and, in other cases, can even spread to the person’s upper back or down their thighs and legs, causing tremendous pain when they sit upright or try to walk. The pain experienced in the lower back and hip areas usually happen due to the irregularities of the gluteus minimus muscle. As its name suggests, the gluteus minimus is part of the gluteus muscle group, and is typically set in the deepest within one’s lower back. Strains on this muscle usually occur as a result of the ligaments being stretched for long periods of time (like when you sit up straight) or due to doing an incorrect posture that caused the ligaments to contract differently (like when you slouch).
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ann Arbor, MI has a modestly effective community that supports veterans, through the VA Healthcare System and other associated services. Still, some veterans may have undergone changes during the deployment that almost affect their lives and that of their loved ones. If you are a veteran who experiences painful episodes on and off duty, consider undergoing a massage from Ann Arbor practices such as Main Street Massage Therapy. A consultation with your massage therapist can help identify the pain areas, their severity when given a light touch, and how long they have persisted. The PressTV article cited data from a Walter Reed Army Institute of Research study of 2,600 personnel fresh from Afghanistan and Iraq. At least 50% of them said their pain had lasted over a year, with degrees ranging from moderate to severe.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tylenol and similar drugs are usually the go-to pills for pain, especially back pain. Imagine the medical community's surprise when a study found out that they're only as good as placebos. A study jointly funded by the Australian government and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline tested acetaminophen, another name for paracetamol, on more than 1,600 individuals. They were divided into three groups: one to take Tylenol three times a day, another to take Tylenol only when necessary, and a third to take dummy pills. The results were astounding.