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LOGICAL ANALYSIS OF POSTURE: EXERCISE & BACK TO GENESIS

ExerciseIf skeletal or voluntary muscles that participate in lifting, carrying and movement, do not participate in maintaining erect posture, why then exercise them so vigorously to treat and prevent backache and back-related problems? So much money and hype have gone into the fitness industry from the latest gadgets to muscle-building supplements and yet, other than […]

PAIN WITHOUT A CAUSE: MYOFASCIAL PAIN

Unlike fibromyalgia, myofascial pain is localized to one area. There are tender points where pressing will often result in pain, which spreads to distant areas and imitates the pain of which the patient complains. Under the tender points, a taut band of muscle can be felt. The pain may be alleviated by stretching the muscle […]

POST-HERPETIC NEURALGIA

This is the excruciating aftermath of an adult’s bout with shingles — or herpes zoster, the same virus that causes chicken-pox in children. The virus appears to lie dormant in a nerve root for decades in some people and later appears, sometimes in response to stress or to physical upset. This infection also produces rashes […]

CULTURAL ASPECTS OF PAIN: DOCTOR-CAUSED (IATROGENIC) PROBLEMS

A criticism of medical training is that specialisation has led to each specialist tending to adopt a tunnel-vision approach. Thus, anaesthetists treat chronic pain with nerve blocks. Surgeons cut nerves or remove vertebral discs, according to their special interest. Psychiatrists either use psychotherapy or tell patients they are imagining the pain. Doctors often prescribe narcotic-based, […]

THE HIGH COST OF STRESS

According to the American Academy of Social Physicians, two-thirds of consultations in the United States are prompted by stress-related symptoms. The cost of such symptoms in absenteeism, company expenses and lost productivity have been estimated at between $50 billion to $75 billion a year — more than $750 for every worker. The indications are that […]

HISTORY OF PAIN: THE HEART OF THE MATTER?

Pain is as old as time itself. Some of our ancestors must have been profoundly mystified by pain associated with disease. An attempt was made to explain this as an intrusion into the body by evil spirits, or objects, thus requiring their removal by extracting the object, exorcising demons or placating the Gods. The Ancient […]

CAUSES OF HEADACHES: CAFFEINE-INDUCED HEADACHES

So you think you’re not a drug addict? In fact, every society has its own legal drugs that produce either stimulant or sedative effects on the brain. In our society, three legal drugs that do this are caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Caffeine is present in coffee and cola drinks, and there are surprisingly large quantities […]

HEADACHES RELATED TO THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE: HEADACHES WHILE MENSTRUATING

The period itself is a very stressful time in a woman’s monthly cycle, especially on the first day. There may be abdominal pain, and a general feeling of being under the weather. This feeling lends to exacerbate any pre-existing headaches; sometimes the general lowering of the body’s resistance means that ordinary headaches will occur more […]

HEADACHES: DENTAL CAUSES (TOOTHACHE)

Occasionally toothache can mimic a headache. The teeth are notorious for causing pain which is felt in a completely different site; the technical term for this is referred pain. The teeth can cause referred pain in wildly different sites and this is the reason why dentists sometimes find it hard to isolate which tooth is […]

MISCELLANEOUS CAUSES OF HEADACHES: PAGET’S DISEASE

Paget’s disease is a relatively rare condition which typically affects old people -men more than women. It causes thickening and bowing of the bones, particularly the long bones of the legs. It also causes thickening of the skull bones, which can cause headaches that are felt deep down inside the skull, often towards the back. […]