4 Ways to Beat Monsoon-induced Body Pain

Woman suffering from shoulder painMonsoons are all about enjoying a steaming cup of tea with a plateful of pakoras by the bedroom window. The weather is finally pleasant after months of prickly, burning heat. However, despite the lovely breeze and the cool environment, monsoons bring forth intense body aches, laziness, fever and other small illnesses.

Patients suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are more prone to body aches. However, scientific research has revealed that since people’s bodies have to stabilize as per the atmosphere around them, it’s the muscles and joints that make an adjustment. Read more

Planning to Pop a Painkiller? Read This …

Painkillers and their side effectsThere’s no doubt that painkillers are the best way to beat chronic pain on its head.  You have muscle spasms, you pop a pill. Your neck hurts, you pop a pill. You have a headache, you pop a pill. In short, there’s a pill for every little ache and pain we suffer from, and all of us are guilty of reaching for those pills  way too often.

Although it’s become second nature to take painkillers (also commonly known as opioids) every time your body aches, it’s a practice that is frowned upon greatly by doctors and fitness experts. Their biggest concern is that very often people are ignorant of the side effects these pills can have on your body, especially when consumed over a long period of time.

Don’t believe us? Here are some common side effects of indiscriminate use of opioids.   Read more

Long massages – The key to Pain Relief

shutterstock_119142040A recent study published in ScienceDaily.com revealed that long-term massage therapy can help lower blood pressure, prevent colds, and enhance skin tone. In an age, where most people are undergoing mental and postural stress, this therapy seems like an effective go-to option.

You may spend an entire day in a spa every now and then thinking it’s doing you some good; but the truth is that ONLY provides relief for a short period of time. Long-term massages, on the other hand, come with numerous benefits and are, in fact, the effective key to pain relief. Read more

5 Foods that Bust Pain and Bring Relief

No one likes to be in pain. In fact, being in physical pain is like wasting away precious minutes, hours and even days doing nothing but cringing and moaning over it! Whether you have lasting pains after an exceptionally rough workout session or you’re suffering from a medical condition like spondylitis, research suggests that instead of popping painkillers, it’s better to go in for a natural cure.

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How stretching for 5 minutes in the morning makes you feel good

shutterstock_204320932Most people, when they wake up, do so in a mad rush, worried about missing their cab or reaching office late. Our eyes are barely open before we jump up from our beds and hurry through our daily ablutions. We get dressed in a hurry, cram a measly breakfast into our mouths (or skip it altogether, compensating for it with endless cups of coffee throughout the day). And in all this, we forget to do one extremely important thing – stretch our body. Read more

5 Simple Tips to Deal with Spondylitis Pain At Home

Spondylitis painThere is one thing that every patient of cervical spondylitis must know: It doesn’t have a long-term cure. While performing surgery is a rarity here, there are a plethora of exercises that you can opt for to reduce the ill-effects of this ailment. Of course, you can take medication and can even visit the physiotherapist on a regular basis, but the key to dealing with Spondylitis lies in all those small things you do on a day to day basis. Read more

How to Have an Active Life Even if you’re Busy

Let’s get one thing clear right at the beginning – when we say ‘active life’, we aren’t talking about spending 12 hours a day in office. That is NOT an active lifestyle. What we do mean is that no matter how busy you are, you have to exercise!

woman jogging in woodsIn this day and age, everyone talks about eating healthy, going organic and going off alcohol. Unfortunately, all that isn’t enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep oneself fit. All that is well and good, but you have to ‘physically’ move around, and work out.

We know, we know, like most people, you must be groaning at the mention of words like ‘exercise’ and ‘gym’. But let us face it: Even you know you are cutting back on years of healthy life by compromising on health and fitness because of your hectic schedule. Read more

How Sedentary Lifestyle Can Lead To Neck And Shoulder Pain

Tired girl resting on table in officeAh! Everyone loves the financial perks that a 9-5 job brings to the table. Unfortunately, most of us don’t realize that this oh-so-comfortable schedule is killing our neck and back. Ever heard of the ‘Sitting Disease’? I am not making this up. It’s for real and the Women’s Health Magazine was the first to mention it about 5 years ago.

In a study conducted by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, nearly 6,300 people spent roughly 56 hours a week sitting in front of their computer screens. The results were shocking. Apart from weakening eyesight, this particular posture had nasty effects on the neck and back, for three main reasons – lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and poor exercise.  Read more

Top 5 Exercises To Ease Neck Pain

Women doing yoga

A pain-free neck is one of the many things that we take for granted. However, when things go kaput for our dear old neck, we do nothing but suffer quietly. Our sedentary lifestyles have made it impossible for us to even think about exercising! But it is time to break away and finally do something about our health.

There are many reasons for neck pain – poor posture, soft tissue abnormalities and injury. If left unattended, neck pain can aggravate into a bigger ailment. Apart from this, shoulders, upper back, and arms also ultimately get affected.  Read more

What Is That Heavy Bag Doing To Your Kids?

Child carrying heavy school bagAn article in Times of India back in 2013 revealed that 30% of school-going children complained of back ache. Why? Because of heavy school bags. Did you know that children aren’t supposed to carry more than 10% of their total body weight?

Unfortunately, most parents are unaware of this fact and give into the pressure of making their children ‘self-sufficient’ through a heavy school bag. Even though schools are now making a progress by opting for online teaching methods, the medical fraternity is still worried.  Read more