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Health Musts

March 13, 2018

As a professional health care practitioner I get a lot of questions about health. So to give you more information, here are some fundamentals of health where common sense can help you enjoy a healthy and happy life.    

  1. Food.All food is not bad. Fake food is, however, your enemy health-wise. Whether the latest article decries salt, sugar, fat, or meat, they all lead to the same conclusion: Eat real food in moderate proportions, and cook your food yourself as much as you can. If you eat whole foods – fruits, veggies, whole grains, unprocessed, unfrozen, free of preservatives, made by you at home with fresh ingredients – you avoid all of the perils of an excess of anything. The major problem with food in our present-day society is that much of it is so processed. Because processed food tends to be packed with excess calories, salt, or chemicals, it kicks off an inflammatory state in the body, which is not meant to handle super-saturated nutritional bombs. So eat simply and well, most of the time, and help your body out immensely.

March 12, 2018

Joint pain isn’t any fun. Whether it’s an on-and-off achy shoulder or a lingering discomfort in your knee, pain in your joints can cause a great deal of uncertainty and worry. Recurring joint pain may keep you from activities you once enjoyed without limits, and sometimes, depending on the severity of the pain, it can be nerve-wracking to think about the potential of serious underlying issues. That’s not to mention the stress you may experience from considering the realities of different treatment options, the costs of rehabilitation and more. You’re probably aware that there are dozens of reasons why you might be experiencing joint pain. It could be due to an injury, arthritis, or a host of other things. But one of the questions we find people continually asking is, “Can anxiety cause joint pain?” Stress can have a lot of negative effects on your body. And yes, consistent stress in your everyday life can absolutely be a contributing factor to joint pain. Of course, it can be a “chicken or the egg” type of situation – anxiety can be making your joint pain worse, or the existence of joint pain in general could be the source of your anxiety. But stressful situations can both directly and indirectly be linked

February 28, 2018

The Nervous System and Pain   There is no single “pain center” in the body. Your nervous system controls how you process and feel pain. When the body is damaged by disease or injury, tissues in the affected area release chemicals that communicate with nerves. Nerve pathways carry the messages from that area to the spinal cord and up to the brain. Pain information goes to several parts of the brain that recognize pain but also help control and adjust mood, sleep and hormones. That’s why having chronic pain can affect so many aspects of your body and daily life. The brain sends messages back through the pathways down to the body to reduce or stop pain sensations. The message from the brain may also trigger an immediate response, for example, to pull your hand away from a hot stove. In the case of arthritis, various pain relief treatments can target your nervous system in different ways:

  • Calming overactive nerves and therefore reducing the amount pain messages sent helping to heal the body in that area.
  • Stimulating the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins that also help your body to heal.

When you have arthritis pain for a long time, ne

February 27, 2018

The secret to joint pain relief — exercise Joint pain: it throbs, aches, and hurts. It may make you think twice about everyday tasks and pleasures like going for a brisk walk, lifting grocery bags, or playing your favorite sport. Sharp reminders of your limitations arrive thick and fast, practically every time you move. What causes joint pain? The culprits behind joint pain tend to be:

  • osteoarthritis
  • old injuries
  • repetitive or overly forceful movements during sports or work
  • posture problems
  • aging
  • inactivity

How exercise can help Ignoring the pain won’t make it go away. Nor will avoiding all motions that spark discomfort. In fact, limiting your movements can weaken muscles, compounding joint trouble, and affect your posture, setting off a cascade of further problems. And while pain relievers and cold or hot packs may offer quick relief, fixes like these are merely temporary. By contrast, the right set of exercises can be a long-lasting way t

Posted in General, General Wellness, Sports by drlawrence
February 26, 2018

A Modern Spine Ailment: Text Neck You may have noticed a new buzzword in health news recently: Text neck. Text neck is the term commonly used these days to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other devices too frequently and for too long. It seems increasingly common, and you can frequently see patients come in to a healthcare practice complaining of severe upper back pain. They can wake up in the morning experiencing severe, acute, upper back muscle strain. But the pain is very often due to the hours a person spends hunched over their cell phone. This diagnosis is commonly referred to as text neck. Of course, this posture of bending your neck to look down does not occur only when texting. For years, we’ve all looked down to read. The problem with texting is that it adds one more activity that causes us to look down—and people tend to do it for much longer periods of time. It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain.

February 19, 2018

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EXERCISE

Research has shown that exercise can be an effective way to reverse this downward cycle of worsening pain, and gradually over time help those with chronic pain engage more in activities of enjoyment and essential activities of daily living with greater ease.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Remember that ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and is an important daily strategy used to assist in the management of pain conditions.
  • Stretch to cool down, not warm up, and do short bursts of exercise, not long stretches.
  • It is important to start slowly when beginning an exercise program, and avoid pushing into stronger pain. It is often useful to use the 0-10 scale to monitor your pain levels while exercising.

If pain levels increase by more than 2 points from baseline you should stop and modify that exercise, to ensure that you do not cause a flare up of your pain.

TYPES OF EXERCISE RECOMMENDED

Exercise Right recommends combining multiple forms of exercise for chronic pain, including: Stretching exercises It’s important to stretch at least once a day to help increase flexibility, loosen tight/stiff muscles, and improve your range of motion.

Posted in General, General Wellness, Sports by drlawrence
February 16, 2018

 

5 non-invasive pain relief techniques that really work

Sometimes pain has a purpose — it can alert us that we’ve sprained an ankle, for example. But for many people, pain can linger for weeks or even months, causing needless suffering and interfering with quality of life. If your pain has overstayed its welcome, you should know that you have more treatment options to address this. However, here we’ve listed eight techniques to control and reduce your pain that don’t require an invasive procedure — or even taking a pill.

  1. Cold and heat.These two tried-and-true methods are still the cornerstone of relieving pain for certain kinds of injuries. If a homemade hot or cold pack doesn’t do the trick, try asking a physical therapist or chiropractor for their versions of these treatments, which can penetrate deeper into the muscle and tissue.
  2. Exercise.Physical activity plays a crucial role in interrupting the “vicious cycle” of pain and reduced mobility found in some chronic conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Try gentle aerobic activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling.
  3. Controlling

January 29, 2018

Gut Brain The gut-brain connection Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut. The brain has a direct effect on the stomach. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected. This is especially true in cases where a person experiences gastrointestinal upset with no obvious physical cause. For such disorders, it is difficult to try to heal a distressed gut without considering the role of stress and emotion.

If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms, call Lawrence He
Posted in Anxiety & Stress, General, Nutrition by drlawrence
January 26, 2018

functional-gastrointestinal-disorders Stress and the functional gastrointestinal disorders Given how closely the gut and brain interact, it becomes easier to understand why you might feel nauseated before giving a presentation, or feel intestinal pain during times of stress. That doesn’t mean, however, that functional gastrointestinal conditions are imagined or “all in your head. Thought can combine with physical factors to cause pain and other bowel symptoms. In other words, stress or depression or other mental factors can affect movement and contractions of the gastrointestinal tract and can make inflammation worse, or perhaps make you more susceptible to infection. In addition, research suggests that some people with functional gastrointestinal disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people do because their brains do not properly regulate pain signals from the gastrointestinal tract. Stress can make the existing pain seem even worse. Based on these observations, you can expect that patients with functional gastrointestinal conditions can improve with treatment that relieves any malfunctions in the brain-gut communication system. .

Posted in Anxiety & Stress, General by drlawrence
January 26, 2018

stress Is stress causing your symptoms? Are your stomach problems — such as heartburn, abdominal cramps, or loose stools — related to stress? Watch for these other common symptoms of stress. Treatment of the brain-gut communication system can help you to deal with the stressors in your life, and also ease your digestive discomforts. If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms, call Lawrence Health Wellness Clinic at 519-746-4144 to get your complimentary assessment of your health condition that is contributing to how you are feeling.

Posted in Anxiety & Stress, General by drlawrence