Proven Link: tension headaches and weak neck muscles

The mus­cles of the back of the neck have the impor­tant job of keep­ing your head from falling for­ward. With­out them you’d con­stantly be plant­ing your face in your soup.

The trou­ble is, today’s jobs require you to spend too much time with your head hang­ing for­ward and your eyes glued to the com­puter screen. That over­loads those exten­sor mus­cles in the back of the neck. Weak­ness of these mus­cles has now been proven to be linked to headache and neck pain.

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My Dog Saved My Life

Dr. Ron, my dog saved my life,” one of my patients told me recently.

My chronic pain and fibromyal­gia had got­ten really bad and I didn’t have the energy to do any­thing.   I was just about able to drag myself out of bed twice a day to take my dog for a walk.

dog wants to walk

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Don’t Let Your Healing Get Stuck Between Second and Third Gear

Some­times pain doesn’t go away as you wish it would

Exam­ples include:

  • chronic back pain
  • plan­tar fasciitis
  • ten­nis elbow
  • patellofemoral syn­drome
  • tight IT band
  • rota­tor cuff problems
  • tight mus­cle trig­ger points any where in the body

Why do these nag­ging prob­lems per­sist? Why doesn’t the body heal itself in these circumstances?

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Which Exercise Builds the Most Muscle Mass the Quickest?

Mus­cles — They’re Not Just for Strength Any More

You need your mus­cles in order to move and exert strength. But the ben­e­fits of build­ing and nour­ish­ing mus­cle tis­sue go far beyond that. Sci­en­tists are piec­ing together the impor­tant role that mus­cles play in boost­ing your metab­o­lism, ward­ing off dia­betes, pro­tect­ing you from frac­tures, and keep­ing your brain stimulated.

If you want to gain mus­cle, what exer­cise helps you do it the quickest?

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My Favorite Hafiz Poem

Cast All Your Votes For Danc­ing

I know the voice of depres­sion
Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way
And even bloom!

Keep squeez­ing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your com­pan­ions’ beau­ti­ful laughter.

Keep squeez­ing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignif­i­cant move­ments
Of your own holy body.

Learn to rec­og­nize the coun­ter­feit coins
That may buy you just a moment of plea­sure,
But then drag you for days
Like a bro­ken man
Behind a fart­ing camel.

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring free­dom
And Love.

When­ever you say God’s name, dear pil­grim,
My ears wish my head was miss­ing
So they could finally kiss each other
And applaud all your nour­ish­ing wisdom!

O keep squeez­ing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your com­pan­ions’ beau­ti­ful laughter

And from the most insignif­i­cant move­ments
Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one,
Be wise.
Cast all your votes for Dancing!

~ Hafiz ~ 

A Thought for the Day

The brain evolved to bet­ter serve the needs of the body.  Not the other way around.

brain

I Like Cookies

Actu­ally, I love cook­ies. I’m con­sid­ered a bit of an expert (at least within my own fam­ily) on the mer­its of dif­fer­ent vari­eties of choco­late chip, though occa­sion­ally I’ll free­lance with a brownie or blondie. Or an oat­meal raisin.

Hon­estly, nearly any­thing will do in a pinch. I espe­cially like cook­ies when I’m feel­ing lonely, depressed, angry, frus­trated, anx­ious, or despon­dent. Washed down with a cup of dark roast cof­fee, they cover the entire spec­trum of neg­a­tive emotions.

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Number One Reason People Call Poison Hotline

pill bottle

Pain Killers

Tak­ing dan­ger­ous lev­els of pain killer drugs is the most com­mon rea­son that peo­ple call poi­son hotlines.

Actu­ally, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts rep­re­sent 4 of the top 5 cat­e­gories of toxin that prompt a call to a poi­son con­trol cen­ter. (The other rea­son is house­hold clean­ing products.)

Science Reveals Simple Steps to Health — 4 Latest Examples

Health is sim­ple.  We just keep mak­ing it complicated.

We need all of the high tech med­ical pro­ce­dures and tests that sci­ence can develop.  But huge steps for­ward in health — of indi­vid­u­als and also of soci­ety — can come from imple­ment­ing much hum­bler ideas.  We need to imple­ment sci­en­tific com­mon sense and shared pub­lic health values.

Here are four of the lat­est sci­en­tific research reports that illus­trate this theme.

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Two Things I Learned from My Patient Liz

Liz, a woman in her mid-eighties, had two main problems.

Her first prob­lem was low back pain and weak­ness in her legs – sure signs of spinal steno­sis. In order to under­stand her diag­no­sis bet­ter, I timed her walk­ing down the hall­way in my office. It’s a pretty long hall­way, but still, it took her nearly 40 sec­onds – way too long, if you ask me, even for a woman in her eighties.

What made her prob­lem even more of a chal­lenge was that six months pre­vi­ously she had had surgery that was sup­posed to help her stenosis.

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