If you suffer from chronic pain, you may feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. If you don’t want to simply rely on pain medication, you could try using a TENS unit. Here’s a little information on what a TENS unit does and whether or not you’re a good candidate for using one. What TENS is and How it Works TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It works by sending electrical impulses through your skin to “short out” pain signals in your nerve endings, telling your brain to ignore your pain. It’s also believed that the units trigger your body to release its own natural pain relievers, endorphins. The electrical stimulation required to produce endorphins is fairly low, between 2-5Hz, and it can be a safe alternative to pain medication for some people. Using a TENS Machine TENS units typically consist of a small box or power source connected to small adhesive Continue reading →

Most modern medical solutions have existed for only a few decades at the longest. This is because medical technology innovators are constantly coming up with more effective ways to treat ailments of all kinds. One solution has withstood the test of time, not for centuries but for millennia: that medical treatment solution is acupuncture. The first official documented evidence of acupuncture being put to use was over 2,000 years ago in China; since then, it has been used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including arthritis. But how does it work? Let’s take a look at how acupuncture for arthritis can help. Deactivating Nerve Receptors

  There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation associated with acupuncture. Many people have no idea of the sheer amount of positive applications for acupuncture. If you wonder, “what does acupuncture treat,” then you are most likely in for a surprise. There’s a veritable laundry list of conditions that acupuncture can help treat. Acupuncture on its own is very effective for some things, but it’s also possible to use it with other treatments as well. Instead of attempting to list every condition and disorder, it’s easier to just look at the categories that acupuncture helps with.   General Pain Management Acupuncture excels mostly at pain management. This goes for any type of pain. Since many disorders come with particular types of pain, acupuncture can help you manage that pain. What’s the cause of your pain? Bodily injury Neck and back Migraines and headaches Arthritis, Carpal tunnel Source-less chronic pains Pain Continue reading →

A disc is the cushioning layer that separates the vertebrae or bon rings of the spine. Discs consist of a tougher outer layer of connective tissue and a soft and pliable inner layer. When the circle of outer connective tissue breaks down, the soft inner layer starts swelling and ultimately pushes out applying pressure on the spinal nerves. Therefore, a slipped disc is a condition that occurs when a disk in the spine gets displaced from its normal position and presses on the nerve roots of the spinal cord. A slipped disc is often referred to as a protruded, herniated, or bulging disc. There is no single explanation why the outer layer surrounding the spine discs tears. One obvious cause of slipped discs is aging. As people get older, the discs of their spinal cord lose their water content and consequently their elasticity. This loss of elasticity increases the risk Continue reading →

Everyone has heard of acupuncture and its benefit effects but how many people actually know what acupuncture is or how it works? Acupuncture is conventionally defined as an alternative form of medical practice that involves the stimulation of certain points of the body using needles that penetrate the skin. The aim of acupuncture is to treat certain conditions, but it is mainly used to alleviate pain. Over the course of the last decades, a variety of unbiased studies conducted by scientists has demonstrated that acupuncture is at least fairly effective in treating chronic pain and nausea. Considering the reluctance of western medicine representatives towards the effectiveness of acupuncture, the results are impressive. Dating back to the Shang Dynasty in 1600 BC, acupuncture is now an accepted medical practice for the treatment of nausea particularly useful for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Acupuncture is also used to treat pain across mainstream doctors and Continue reading →

In order to understand back spasms and how they work you need to understand the various parts of the spine and their individual role. The spine is best described as the scaffolding that holds together the different parts of the body. It is not a rigid structure, but a collection of vertebrae or bony rings, who embrace the dual role of supporting the body and protecting the spinal cord. The bony rings of the spine are stacked to one another by discs, which are firm yet pliable cushions. The spine is therefore a stack of bones and discs, but what keeps it together? Ligaments hold the spine together and muscles help move it. The spine may also be considered a tunnel, the home of the spinal cord which is a collection of nerves that send and receive messages, just like a communications highway. Muscle Spasms and their Cause Muscles help Continue reading →

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese natural therapy to provide relief from pain, treat illnesses, prevent diseases and improve physical wellbeing. It involves inserting tiny, hair-width needles into specific points in your body to stimulate and activate your body’s natural healing processes. It is effective in treating headaches, migraines, back pain, hip pain and sports injuries. It is also effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, infertility and many other physiological and psychological conditions. One of the areas that acupuncture is much sought after is for the treatment of lower back pain, which is caused by biomechanical stresses and chronic emotional stresses. The former includes adopting a bad posture while standing and walking, lifting heavy objects and sitting for long periods. The latter includes anxiety, frustration, anger and depression. Acupuncture for back pain focuses on easing the pain and providing permanent relief. The process has several benefits. Provides relief from back pain: This is, of course, the Continue reading →