Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become more and more popular over the past few decades, and essential oils have played a big part. But what exactly are essential oils? How are they used and why should you use them? I will dissect the answers to these questions in this article, but first, let’s go over a brief history lesson of essential oils. Essential Oils History For thousands of years, essential oils have been used across many ancient cultures for health and medicinal purposes. In fact, the use and effectiveness of essential oils are well-documented in ancient texts, archeology, and literature across the globe. Many of these sources describe the.
Avocado is quite the healthy food craze these days, and for a good reason! Have you tried avocado toast? Not bad, huh? Many food pairings go well together – good and bad. But what about wellness pairings to overcome chronic pain? We don’t often hear about these pairings unless it has to do with medications, which can create adverse side effects and long-term health issues. However, one wellness pairing that doesn’t seem to get talked about a lot is yoga combined with physical therapy. As a regular reader here, you know that I am passionate about physical therapy, especially visceral manipulation therapy, cranial sacral therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and joint.
In recent articles, I talk about ways in which you can treat chronic pain versus managing it with medications, and why this is important. Chronic pain is a big issue, especially here in the U.S. An estimated 100 million Americans live with chronic pain, and these numbers are expected to grow in coming years. Why are more and more Americans suffering from chronic pain at alarming rates? There are several factors such as environment, stress, injury, or illness. However, one culprit that is often overlooked is diet, and how nutrition can mitigate or prevent a chronic disorder from occurring down the road. Chronic Pain and Poor Nutrition Whether you are.
While chronic pain is an unfortunate widespread issue in the U.S., what you may not know is the exact reason why you are experiencing the pain. It is easy to drown out pain or to medicate to temporarily alleviate the symptoms. However, going this route can create many long-term health problems, which can also cost you in financially, physically, and emotionally in the long-run. Below are three common mistakes to avoid when needing to heal from chronic pain: Poor Posture Poor posture is harmful to your body. This is especially true when it comes to poor posture in the sitting position as this can be detrimental to your lungs and.
Whether it’s acute or chronic, joint pain is common among adults in the U.S. Joint pain can be caused by an injury, such as a sprain or a strain. Sometimes an injury or inflammation of a joint can cause bursitis or tendinitis. Other times joint pain may be a sign of arthritis. Athletes, for example, can develop osteoarthritis from the demands they put on their bodies which can cause wear and tear on the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is also a big issue for many adults. RA is a disease of the immune system that sparks inflammation in the body and harms the joints. Conventional doctors typically prescribe medications for.
Did you know that the human body is made up of 70% soft tissue? Soft tissue includes tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, fat, fibrous tissues, and synovial membranes, along with muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Injuries to the soft tissue are common. Over 14 million outpatient visits in the U.S. each year are a result of soft tissue and skin conditions. Soft tissue injuries often occur when muscles are abnormally tense. Muscles work by tensing, contracting and then relaxing. If they do not relax completely, problems can arise, which includes: Pain Muscle weakness Misalignment of your skeletal system A restricted range of motion Soft tissue injuries can also occur due to.
Did you know that an estimated 31 million Americans experience back pain? According to the Global Burden of Disease, back pain is the single leading cause of disability. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work resulting in a staggering $50 billion each year spent by Americans to treat the pain. Check out the below infographic on more alarming back pain statistics courtesy of TheGoodBody.com. Back pain is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to be a common part of everyday living. There are safe alternative treatment options available that focus on treating the root cause of your chronic or acute back pain versus medication.
Many Americans suffer from moderate to high stress. Whether its money, work, family responsibilities, or health concerns, if stress is left untreated, it can become chronic. And chronic stress can lead to all sorts of long-term health issues. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: Heart diseases Cancer Lung ailments Accidents Cirrhosis of the liver Suicide Moreover, 75% of all physician visits are stress related. So, how do you eliminate stress? Before I share some tips on how you can best mitigate and overcome stress, I would like to point out a few things you shouldn’t do when trying.