Over the past decade or so, studies have shown that the mind has more power over pain than once thought. While scientists have always known that the mind plays some role in pain and sickness -- think placebo effect -- they are learning more about the link. Fortunately, the news is good. Studies have shown that people who faithfully practice mental pain management techniques have less pain and are better able to deal with the pain they do have.
Have you recently been told that your child will need to have braces to correct an orthodontic problem, but your teen is negative about the treatment? There are a few different options you can consider to make wearing braces more bearable, and less noticeable for your teen. Unfortunately, your teen may be self-conscious about having to wear a mouth full of metal in front of their friends. They also may not want the hassle of braces, or the inconveniences that braces can cause.
Eczema, often called atopic dermatitis, is considered a childhood skin condition as most children outgrow it before the elementary age years. Eczema can persist long into the teen years, however. Even if your child's eczema does clear up, the hormonal changes of puberty and the teen years can cause it to flare up again. Unlike babies and toddlers, teens can be quite self-conscious about their skin problems, so proper treatment is essential to clear up the skin and reduce the itchy symptoms.
Pregnancy is a life changing experience for women, but it doesn't mean you have to stop exercising. Now, there are some things you really shouldn't be doing (like skiing, playing softball, kick boxing – basically anything where you'd have a high risk of falling or getting hit in the stomach), but there are many other forms of exercising you can do throughout most of the course of your pregnancy to help you stay fit and relaxed.
Headaches can be irritating, but also very painful. There are a few natural ways to relieve your stress-related headache by reducing cortisol levels. And you may be able to do some of the things at home. Get a Massage Massages have been scientifically proven to help relieve headaches. A massage therapist or chiropractor (such as one from Davidson Chiropractic Clinic) is able to stimulate your brain and decrease your production of cortisol. Cortisol is a neurotransmitter that is associated with stress and may relieve headaches.
During my first pregnancy, I spent a lot of time pushing pillows behind my back trying to find comfort. As the size of the baby grew, so did my discomfort. By the time she was born, I was more than ready to give birth. When I found out I was pregnant again, I was determined that I would not suffer through the same discomforts. I started researching ways to ease the symptoms of pregnancy, including back pain. I created this blog to help other expectant moms find remedies to deal with those symptoms that can be emotionally and physically draining.