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Sciatic pain can often be debilitating. This type of leg pain, which is usually accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness, has been known to render people immobile. Pain starts in the lower back and travels through the buttock area and down the big sciatic nerve in the back of the legs. How do I know it’s sciatica? Here are some of the symptoms: Chronic pain only on one side of the leg or buttock. It’s hardly ever in both legs; Pain increases when sitting; Less of a dull ache in the leg and more like burning, searing or tingling; Hard to move the leg, foot or toes accompanied by instability and paralysis; A sharp, shooting pain making it hard to walk or even stand up; and Pain down the leg and perhaps in the foot and toes – usually in both feet. The pain can either be sporadic or chronic…

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Pinched nerves hurt. They can be so painful that they impede normal day-to-day functions. Massage therapy may be a pinched nerves arch nemesis. Pinched nerves usually happen because of an injury to structures near the nerve. The sciatic nerve is probably the nerve that is the best known for becoming pinched. Pinched nerves most often occur in the lower back and in the neck area, although they can occur anywhere on the body. For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused…

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We’ve all experienced heartache, but some of us have experienced it in a literal sense. The term “heart disease” is sometimes used to mean “cardiovascular disease”, which usually describes heart conditions that involve the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels that may cause a heart attack, angina (chest pain) or stroke. Other maladies of the heart include irregular heartbeat and mitral valve prolapse. Cardiac disease is a leading cause of death in Canada. About 90 per cent of Canadians have…

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When something’s amiss with the workings of your inner ear or vestibular system, which helps to regulate and control your balance, you will probably experience dizziness much of the time, along with vertigo or a fear of heights. This chronic imbalance can happen at any age. What causes it? Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – an inner ear ailment – is the most common type of vestibular disorder. Medication side effects, alcohol consumption, anxiety and some medical conditions, like heart…

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