We update our blog every week with amazing science and chiropractic news.
Reading in bed is the ultimate way to relax
Likewise watching Netflix or other forms of television in bed provide a much needed way to unwind. No one would argue that getting in your comfy clothes and submerging yourself under the covers is one of the best ways to relax. In fact, as practitioners of holistic wellness, we believe that true relaxation is a cornerstone of well being. But it is always worth investigating whether your relaxation is taking a toll on your spine. Unless you put time and effort into perfecting your bed's ergonomic set up, you could actually be causing damage to your spine as you relax.
There is nothing worse than a mysterious pain in the backside
Sacral insufficiency fractures can cause exactly that- pain without a seeming rhyme or reason. The unfortunate truth is that you don't need to be involved in a car accident, have a serious fall, or sustain any kind of trauma to the back to start feeling symptoms of pain in the sacrum. "Sacral insufficiency fractures," are stress fractures that result from normal stress on a structurally weakened bone.
The tailbone is one of the most unfortunate places to experience pain
The coccyx, better known as the tailbone, has such a crucial location, and is used for so many activities throughout the day, that it is bound to cause a disproportionate amount of pain. Typical causes of pain in the tailbone, also known as coccydynia, include:
- Traumatic injury to the coccyx
- Prolonged sitting
- Degeneration of the vertebral joints
- Vaginal childbirth
No matter what is causing it, pain in the tailbone can make the simple act of sitting an unbearable torture. It often causes pain during activities such as sex, defecation and menstruation. Most cases of coccydynia will resolve themselves in a matter of weeks, but here's what you can do in the meantime:
- Avoid activities which exacerbate the pain
- Sit on a cushion with a cut-out beneath the coccyx, or a donut-shaped pillow. Wedge pillows also ease pain and discomfort.
- Use heat and ice
- OTC painkillers including ibuprofen to combat inflammation
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for excessive sweating of the underarms
And while excessive sweating is hardly a life-threatening condition, it causes discomfort and affects people's confidence in public. For some people, prescription-strength anti-antiperspirant just won't cut it- the search goes on for a more effective, longer lasting treatment. Botox may seem like a drastic measure for addressing excessive sweating, but it is not as extreme as it first appears. This relatively simple procedure is a well-researched and accepted treatment for excessive sweating that works by intercepting the neurological signal that tells the glands to secrete sweat. As with all alternative approaches to treatment, there are bound to be questions regarding its efficacy; we hope to clear up some of those questions with this blog.
Hyperhidrosis is the scientific term for excessive sweating
Excessive sweating is thought to affect between 2-3% of the population but, for those unfortunate few, the effects are no joke: excessive sweating is uncomfortable and can drive you to distraction. Excessive sweating of the underarms, known as axillary hyperhidrosis, creates unsightly stains on clothes; likewise, excessive sweating of the palms or soles of the feet, known as palmoplantar hyperhidrosis, makes even a mere handshake a stressful situation. We have good news: excessive sweating can be brought under control without the use of prescription deodorant/anti-perspirant.