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Releasing Chronic Pain From Whiplash Injury

Several cases of whiplash injury could involve chronic pain. When this happens, breathing could also be shallow. You could frequently hold your own breath. As breathing is restricted, you would eventually find yourself not exhaling fully. You could not even remove stale air from your lungs, resulting to possible residual build ups of toxins.

As chronic pain ensues, your muscles could get cold and get contracted due to poor circulation. Less oxygen volume gets in and fewer toxins are naturally removed. The lungs could work more when you breathe deeply and fully. The diaphragm moves and the abdominal muscles work. These occurrences only generate more heat in the body’s core to help relieve whiplash. They are possible when you perform specific yoga exercises.

How to release chronic pain after whiplash injury? Perform specific yoga exercises and poses, as described above. Doing so could pose a calming effect right on the emotions. Fear could be reduced as well as anxiety within the nervous system. You would feel emotionally safer and you would get more at ease and physically relaxed.

The next step to release chronic pain is to change your own attitude towards pain. Observe and sense what pain feels like, how worse it gets during whiplash injury. You should feel your own emotions to be able to establish a connection with the specific parts of your body that are hurting because of the condition. Connect physical with emotional pain. This way, you would be able to recognize possible continuity between your body, your mind, and your feelings.

Understand that there are many other attitudes that could be associated with suffering from chronic pain. They include anger, depression, despair, helplessness, and loss. Whiplash injury significantly adds more stress due to the negative self-directed energy.

In her one of her books ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise L. Hay gives a wonderful offering on How To Heal Your Life. Louise gives you a Problem Situation, the Probable Cause and a New Thought Pattern to begin to heal your life. This book is a wonderful ‘bible’ to have at your side.

On Neck Problems this is what she has to say. The Probable Cause – “Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility.” And the New Thought Pattern – “It is with flexibility and ease that I see all sides of an issue. There are endless ways to doing things and seeing things. I am safe.” How does that fit with you? A good book to enhance your life.



Source by Glen Wood

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Shockwave Therapy Shown Effective For Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton’s neuroma is an inflamed nerve that causes pain, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot. Many complain of a bunched up sock under the ball of the foot, while others complain of walking on a lump, a large pebble or a lamp cord. Some describe a “twang”, like a guitar string, in the ball of their foot. The pain can dull in the ball of the foot or can be radiating, electrical, tingling or burning and shoot to the 3rd and 4th toes. The pain is worsened with tight shoes, standing, walking, hills and stairs and generally relieved by rest and removal of shoes.

The initial treatment for Morton’s neuroma is to eliminate factors which may have caused or aggravated it. In many cases, tight shoes cramp the toes and press on the nerve, causing irritation, inflammation and pain. Over-pronation causes forefoot instability and excess movement of the long bones in the foot. This type of abnormal foot mechanics, in combination with soft, flexible shoes can cause a neuroma.

Icing the ball of the foot twice a day for 15 minutes and/or contrasting between hot and cold for 30 minutes each day will help decrease the inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can also decrease the inflammation and the pain. A neuroma pad will help disperse forefoot pressure, decreasing irritation on the nerve. Steroid injections and nerve sclerosing injections may also be used.

When conservative therapy fails, surgery is recommended. Surgery involves releasing the ligament placing pressure on the nerve or removing the neuroma. When the neuroma is removed, permanent numbness at the toes will result, but toe function is not affected.

In a new study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, researchers found extracorporeal shockwave therapy to be a safe and effective treatment for Morton’s neuroma. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a treatment which directs powerful sounds waves at an area of injury. The sounds waves create vibrations causing microtrauma to the tissues.

The body responds by creating new blood vessels and sending healing factors and inflammatory cells to the area to stimulate the natural healing process. ESWT has been used for the treatment of kidney stones for many years. In the year 2000, the FDA approved ESWT for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis, a painful condition in the heel. ESWT is not currently approved for the treatment of neuromas.

In this study, researchers divided twenty five patients with a Morton’s neuroma, unresponsive to at least eight months of conservative therapy, to an active treatment group or a sham treatment group. Both groups were taken into the procedure room and given intravenous sedation and a local anesthetic. The active treatment group received extracorporeal shockwave therapy and the sham group received no treatment.

At 12 weeks following the procedure, the group with the extracorporeal shockwave therapy had significant pain reduction compared to the sham treatment group. Potential complications associated with extracorporeal shockwave therapy include bruising, pain, swelling, nerve damage and hemorrhage, but the incidence is less than 1%. This results of this study are encouraging and ESWT may prove to be an effective treatment alternative to surgery. But, this is a small study and further research is needed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of Morton’s neuroma.

Fridman R, Cain JD, Weil L. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Interdigital Neuroma. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Trial. JAPMA. Vol 99, No 3, May/June 2009.

Source by Christine Dobrowolski, DPM

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Compression Bandages and Their Use

A bandage is a material that supports the body and allows it to heal itself. A compression bandage is a little different from the ordinary bandage as it is used to apply pressure to the area that is healing. The pressure thus applied performs a number of functions. It prevents swelling and edema. It increases blood circulation and allows the patient to manage their condition better.

Compression bandages are of two kinds.

Short stretch compression bandages: These bandages are commonly worn on the limbs, like the fingers and areas of the leg. They are generally used to treat venous ulcers, lymphedema, leg ulceration and even small wounds. Short stretch compression bandages have a property that allows them to shorten around the area, thus applying consistent pressure. Since the bandage does not exert increased pressure during periods of inactivity (which can lead to the accumulation of fluids in the area of application), these bandages are well suited for long term healing. What’s more, the design of these compression bandages is such that they resist pressure that is applied when an internal muscle contracts or moves. So, these ban adages can be worn even when the patient is asleep, though this is not always recommended.

Long stretch compression bandages: As the name suggests, these bandages can be applied over large areas, like a portion of the limb. These bandages apply pressure over the area but have a high resting pressure. Therefore, it is necessary for patients to remove these bandages when the body is at rest. Long stretch compression bandages are so called because they can be stretched to almost three times their size. These bandages are an important part of the healing process in many conditions like Complex Physical Therapy, venous leg ulceration and lymphoedema. Patients who need to use long stretch compression bandages while they are recovering from a condition need to take care that the compression bandages come off at night because these bandages become too tight to allow comfortable sleep.

may look like a simple stretch of material, but a lot of design goes into their manufacture. Some of the most important characteristics of compression bandages are elastic properties, pressure, components and layers. Compression bandages are medically prescribed in long term treatments because they help preserve the elasticity of the skin, maintain the improvements that have been gained by therapies like massage therapy, reshape and maintain the shape of the limb and accommodate the difference in size between the different areas. For instance, the bandage will wrap around a bulge in the same way as it will accommodate a constricted area.

Compression is generally recommended by doctors because they help reverse the accumulation of fluids. They also increase the flow of blood through the venous system and boost fibrinolytic activity. So, compression is an important treatment for various conditions.

Source by Gardner Wilkinson

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Insoles For Running Shoes – Pros and Cons

Orthotics insoles as they are commonly called have gained popularity because of their “feet saving” capabilities. That’s what the ads claim about these running shoe insoles.

Do they really work? Are they worth the cost? Should you go out and get yourself an Orthotic insole for running? Find out more by reading this article.

Advantage – Gives Additional Cushioning

The main action of insoles is really to provide a soft bed for your feet to be cushioned on. They are made of materials commonly called memory foam to make themselves adjust to each of the user’s foot shape. Some orthotics can be custom made and work really well to provide a plush cushion for your feet.

In this aspect insoles do provide relief from foot problems. They give the shoe another layer of support and protection for your sore foot.

Advantage – Helps You Get Through Injury

A lot of people get acquainted to insoles when they visit their doctors about nagging foot problems. For severe problems podiatrists (doctors specializing on foot) recommend these orthotic devices. They do help by isolating and protecting areas of the foot as well as providing support to other areas.

Advantage – Custom Made

Perhaps the best advantage for insoles is their being custom made (most are not). A custom made insole can be heaven sent for people with foot problems. It’s like the whole floor of the shoe is made just for your foot. This makes greatly relieves the problems of ill fitting shoes some people experience.

Disadvantages – Expensive

Insoles for running shoes are expensive. The ones that actually work very well are custom made. Some of them can cost up to 800 dollars! Even the cheaper ones start out over 100 dollars. That is more expensive than a lot of running shoes.

Disadvantages – Ruins the Balance of the Shoes

FACT: Running shoes were never designed to have insoles placed inside of them. Very few shoes accommodate insoles really well. Think about it if you shoes feel comfortable with insoles then perhaps you bought the wrong shoe.

Disadvantages – Does Not Really Last Long

A very common complaint especially among the over the counter insoles. They simply do not last. Insoles slide a lot when running that creates friction. Combined with the sliding of the foot from the top and the shoe from underneath insoles suffer tremendous lateral stress. This causes them to disintegrate quite quickly, some report that they barely last a whole marathon.

The bottom-line is that insoles work and are needed by only a few individuals. Those individuals include those with severe foot problems and special needs. Most people do not need insoles if they want to run seriously. The key to reducing foot problems caused by running is getting informed and purchase the correct pair of running shoes.

Source by Al M. Kind

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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