Saturday, October 17, 2015

Your Aches & Pains, - What's Really Causing It?

  • Headache - more commonly, we think that napping can solve headaches. But a study from the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Training Program at Rush University Medical Center says that napping can actually make the problem worse because napping during the day can cause insomnia at night, and so lack of sleep makes us even become more susceptible to headaches. Try breaking the cycle by skipping the nap and going to bed earlier. If this doesn't work, and you toss and turn at night, see your doctor to further discuss about treatment options. Another option would be to try cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that can help you better deal with stress which causes both headaches and insomnia.
  • Aching Neck - improper posture at the computer keyboard can be one of the reasons, but too much text messaging can also be another culprit, as it can increase the risk of neck and shoulder pain, based on a study from Temple University. The body's position when texting like stationary shoulders with rapidly moving fingers is the same to the position for typing on a computer, - which causes you to experience neck pain. Try changing your position, - like try texting with your hands on your lap, alternating it with using your hands higher up. Other option would be to try a stretching routine; While seated, tilt head to the right, raise right arm up and over your head, gently resting your hand on the left side of your head. Close eyes and hold for 6-8 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
  • Stuffy Nose From Allergies - If you use over-the-counter saline production, try not to overdo it. A recent study says rinsing too much may do more harm than good. Too much rinsing of the nose would get rid of the good mucus in your nostrils that fights bacteria, viruses or fungi, which will make you highly susceptible of getting cold or sinus infection easily. Saline sprays can be used for a week or two in treating cold or allergies, but if you need treatment more than that, consult your allergist to know what's the root of the problem.