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Does cellulite affect your well-being?
Cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of skin on the legs, buttocks and thighs that affects, by some estimates, over 90% of women at some point in their lifetime. Step one for anyone frustrated by the appearance of cellulite is to take a deep breath and realize that you are not alone! And while the appearance of cellulite damages self-esteem and often gets worse over time, there are steps you can take to manage and even get rid of it. It starts by understanding what it is, and perhaps we can best do this by understanding what it is not.
Range of motion versus flexibility
Range of motion and flexibility are two terms that are too often conflated. In reality, flexibility is indicative of good range of motion in a given joint. Without getting too pedantic, the general formula is that when flexibility is reduced, range of motion becomes limited. A good example of this is the elbow joint, which consists of both a pivot and a hinged joint. Both moving parts must exhibit "good" flexibility for the elbow to be considered as having full range of motion.
Regardless, the problem remains the same: reduced flexibility and limited range of motion are both likely to cause dysfunction and pain. At Relief Medical Group, we have a plan for restoring flexibility to your joints in order to help you live a life with a full range of motion.
What is your first line of treatment for back pain?
When it comes to injury, whether it be acute or chronic, and the pain that comes with it, there are many options available to you for treatment. It is unfortunate that the norm in our society is for back pain sufferers to choose, or be guided to choose, pharmaceutical medication or surgery as their first method of treatment. The reality is that these aggressive forms of treatment are only absolutely necessary in a minority of cases and they come with zero guarantee of eliminating pain while also coming with a host of potentially debilitating side effects.
If your ED is psychological...
Many men suffering from recurrent ED are told that there is no physical cause for the dysfunction. Psychogenic dysfunction is the next most likely outcome- a mental block that is preventing you from achieving or sustaining an erection. While traditional ED medications such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis are all effective options for treating this type of psychological block, some men search for alternative treatments that don't involve the laundry list of side effects and potential health risks that come with pharmaceutical medication.
The anatomy of an erection
To begin with there are three types:
- Psychogenic: thoughts and nerve signals contribute to your erection
- Reflexogenic: physical stimulation in which the signals don't even reach the brain.
- Nocturnal: erections that occur without your knowing in the dead of night.
However, they all essentially rely on the same mechanism of blood vessels in the penis. In this most basic of biological processes, arteries relax allowing blood to flow (at ~30 cm/second) into the shaft while the veins close up; about 130 ml of blood is required to maintain an erection. Pressure within the corpora cavernosa prevents the blood from flowing back out and thus you have an erection. Erectile dysfunction simply refers to some problem along the way that prevents you from achieving or maintaining an erection.