What is Arthritis?

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Osteoarthritis, more commonly known as simply “arthritis,” is a degenerative condition that impacts the joints. The connecting joints between bones are made of cartilage, and if that cartilage wears out, it can cause bones to grind and scrape together in ways they were not meant to. Getting older is considered one of the main causes of arthritis; our joints simply wear out as we age. However, there are other factors that can increase the likelihood of developing arthritis. These can include genetics, injuries, repetitive physical jobs, participating in high-impact sports and being overweight. Arthritis commonly affects weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees, but it can also develop in many other joints..

Stress Related Headaches

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Stress related headaches develop due to a combination of hormonal surges and physical tension in the body, often the neck and shoulders. You may not realize the way in which you force your body to physically carry stress throughout the day, but a bit of time on a yoga mat in the evening would help you to stretch out some of those kinks and alleviate a bit of the tension that finds its way to your head after a long day. Sitting in an uncomfortable desk chair, being cooped up in the office all day long, a frustrating and overly-long commute in a cramped vehicle—or even more uncomfortable, on public transit!—all of these factors contribute to tension in the body, and all of that tension can manifest itself as debilitating, distracting, and downright painful stress-related headaches.

Core Muscles And Balance – How They Go Hand-In-Hand

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It is important to know where your core muscles are located before beginning a core strength training program. Many people believe that their core muscles consist solely of their abdominals – but there are actually many more muscles that make up the core! Your exclusive core muscles are located in your pelvis, hips, and lower back, along with the transversus abdominis muscles that make up the “pelvic corset.” These core muscles serve as your body’s natural stabilizers, making constant adjustments in response to nerve cells called “proprioceptors,” which give you your sense of spatial awareness.

What’s Causing My Shoulder Pain?

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It can sometimes be difficult to determine what exactly is causing your shoulder pain, as there are multiple conditions that can lead to it. For example, repetitive motions can cause shoulder pain, as your tendons, muscles, and joints are working in overdrive. However, a sudden injury or trauma to the shoulders can also cause them to become painful. Whatever the case may be, physical therapy can help treat your condition and relieve the pain or discomfort you are feeling. Some of the most common conditions resulting in shoulder pain include:

How Do You Know If You Need Physical Therapy?

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A careful history and physical examination by a physical therapist who is knowledgeable and experienced in treating patients with migraine headache can help determine whether and to what extent treatment may be helpful. The goals of physical therapy treatment are generally to normalize the musculoskeletal system as much as possible in order to reduce stress and tension on soft tissues and joints. For example, in the instance described above for trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle, the therapist would likely work on stretching the problematic muscle fibers. In addition, posture, alignment, and strength issues would need to be addressed, as faulty mechanics in these areas can contribute to the development of trigger points.

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