Back Pain & Posture

We’re sure many individuals have been told a few times by their mother to “sit up straight” for better posture. Contrary to popular belief, Mom does that just to annoy you and this piece of advice is definitely worth taking.
Alongside playing a role in having balance, good posture allows individuals to maintain correct form while exercising. Good posture also strengthens abilities in sports activities.
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According to Harvardhealth.com, “…It still pays to have good balance. Just walking across the floor or down the block requires good balance. So do rising from a chair, going up and down stairs, toting packages, and even turning to look behind you. Often times, due to bad posture being practiced, individuals can develop chronic back pain. Mom’s advice to sit up straight isn’t sounding too bad now, huh? For those that play or have ever played sports, bad posture and twisting the body in various directions is a recipe for back pain in the future.
Joints are ubiquitous in the human body as they are involved in the movement of the spine and extremity. Joints play a crucial role in the kinematics of the human body as they are involved with movement and also help in unloading sheer pressure and weight of the body. When the joints twist and turn outside of the norm for consecutive days, months and years, pain management is recommended to consider if the pain worsens.
Yoga is also a good way to promote good posture. Apart from the spiritual goals, the physical flow and movements of yoga are claimed to alleviate health problems, reduce stress and make the spineless rigid. Yoga is also used as an exercise program and physical therapy routine.
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For more information on treatments for chronic pain, visit this link.

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Body Weight

There is a variety of arthritis conditions out there. Whether it be osteoarthritis or psoriatic arthritis, this debilitating condition is never a comfortable feeling. But did you know that when it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, body weight has the potential to worsen this condition?
Rheumatoid arthritis, also known as “RA, is an autoimmune disease. That means the immune system attacks parts of the body, especially the joints. That leads to inflammation, which can cause severe joint damage if you don’t treat it. About 1 out of every 5 people who have rheumatoid arthritis get lumps on their skin called rheumatoid nodules.”-webmd.com
Techtimes.com claims that “severe obesity was linked with more progression of disability. They also found that the patients who lost weight were more likely to become more disabled quickly, particularly those who were already thin. Researchers think that the latter association is due to the fact that people tend to lose weight because of poor health or frailty as they get older and not because of conscious efforts to get in shape by exercising and eating right.”
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Arthritis Foundation reports that about two-thirds of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are overweight or obese, the same proportion as in the general US population. Due to rheumatoid arthritis attacking the immune system by mistake, cells that line the joint can swell and lead to joint damage and individuals suffering from this condition feel a great deal of pain. Excess weight in combination with this type of arthritis is a recipe for indescribable pain.
For those suffering from arthritis of any sort, it’s recommended to find a pain management institute that develops a customized, multi-disciplinary approach for patient treatments. The doctors at Capitol Pain Institute work with patients to develop a treatment plan that is exactly right for their lifestyle.
Don’t forget to join us on June 2nd, as we Walk for the CURE! Details are available at this link: https://events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=571
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