Tuesday, July 01, 2008

New Health & Fitness Articles - Contentwriter.in

New Health & Fitness Articles - Contentwriter.in

Back Pain At The Office
It's getting to be so bad that by Monday afternoon, you're already tired of being at the office. You're not even thinking as far ahead as Friday. Just getting to hump day is going to be challenge enough.

In reality, it's not the folks you work with who are getting you down-they're tolerable, mostly, although there is that one guy in accounting. Where do they find these people? It's not even your boss, who, if he knew even half as much as you do, WOULD be a shoo-in for Executive of the Year. No, the biggest pain in your neck is actually located a bit lower. And it's really what's making working where you do seem a lot worse than it actually is. Face it. It's your aching back that's sucking the joy out of your nine-to-five existence and making you feel 10 years older to boot.

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10 Signs You May Be Addicted To Painkillers
Each year, more than 2 million Americans are given powerful prescription painkillers that contain opiods (sometimes called narcotics) for the relief of pain and discomfort brought on by injury, surgery, menstrual cramps, and even headaches. But a growing number of people taking these medications are becoming addicted to them. And it's not hard to understand why.

Drugs such as Vicodin, Percocet, and Methadone block pain all the way from the nerve endings in the skin to the spinal cord to the brain. Once these drugs reach the brain, they open the floodgates for the chemical dopamine, which triggers feelings of well-being. Dopamine, in effect, rewires the brain to become accustomed to those pleasant feelings. So when you stop taking the pain-killer, your body will still have a strong craving for the dopamine. This is what makes it so hard to quit.

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Trigger Point Therapy

Research by Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons, authors of "The Trigger Point Manual," has shown that trigger points are the primary cause of pain at least 75 percent of the time and are a factor in nearly every painful condition. Trigger points, a type of muscle stiffness, are the result of tiny contraction knots that develop in muscle and tissue when an area of the body is injured or overworked.

Trigger points are something traditional doctors ignore, but they could be the one thing that has been overlooked in your case for years, if not decades. A hallmark of trigger points is something called "referred" pain. This means that trigger points typically send their pain to some other place in the body, which is why conventional treatments for pain so often fail.

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