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Anyone who has had the misfortune of experiencing sciatica and/or fibromyalgia knows how debilitating these two conditions are, and the degree to which they can impact the body’s day-to-day functioning. Technically, sciatica is a pain that originates along the sciatic nerve of the lower extremity, and is characterized by hot, throbbing flashes of pain that are felt at the hips and buttocks and are carried right down to the feet and ankles.Fibromyalgia, on the other hand is pain that shoots off tender points in the soft tissues, more commonly the upper back and neck. Irrespective of the condition you are plagued with, the pain is sufficiently intense to render performing even simple, daily tasks burdensome. Fortunately, there are ways in which this daily menace can be tackled and your sciatic/fibromyalgia pain soothed. One of those is to use a TENS machine – a safe, non-addictive alternative to traditional remedies like…

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What Is a Heel Spur? A heel spur is displaced calcium attached to the calcaneum, also known as the heel bone. It can go undetected and grow over the course of several months or years and can only be detected by an x-ray. Other times, heel spurs can be painful, resulting in a stabbing sensation. Heel spurs are often mistaken as plantar fasciitis, which is when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, while a heel spur is just the presence of…

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What Are Orthotics? Orthotics are devices designed to align the foot and ankle in the most anatomically efficient position without surgery. Orthotics are similar to insoles, except they are custom-made to correct your foot imbalance. They reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into alignment, similar to how glasses work to reduce the strain on your eyes. Orthotics can include devices such as foot pads, shoe inserts, and ankle braces. Anyone with localized foot pain,…

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Massage therapy is known to be an effective and popular healthcare option to reduce stress and anxiety caused by many different factors. Massage therapy is used to manipulate the body tissues like the muscles, tendons, connective tissues, and ligaments that promote blood flow and improves flexibility. It’s used for relaxation purposes but can also be used to treat and rehabilitate injuries. When blood flow is improved, your overall health is also improved by providing the needed oxygen to all vital…

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Dealing with joint pain can be a difficult and frustrating part of the daily life of anyone that suffers from arthritis. After all, pain caused by arthritis can limit your range of motion and mobility, heavily impacting your day-to-day life. And it affects more people than you may realize; according to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54-million adults have arthritis as diagnosed by doctors. Arthritis is actually the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. Among these diagnosed…

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