Monday, September 17, 2012

Have a headache?

There are multiple types of headaches.  Most people have probably heard of migraines.  These typically involve a throbbing pain with sensitivity to light and noise and may also include upset stomach.  Tension-type headaches are more of a dull ache with the feeling of a band around your head.  Cluster headaches are so called because they occur in groups over a period of time.  For instance, they may occur multiple times in a week and then disappear a while, only to recur later.  Oftentimes cluster headaches are felt only on one side.  Some headaches have more interesting names, like thunderclap headaches, which you can read about here.  Head pain can be caused by trigger points (tight areas in muscle) that refer pain over the top of the head, around the eyes, and other typical patterns.  You can see and example here.  Problems with the jaw joints are sometimes associated with headaches too.  With so many types and causes of headaches it is important to seek help from a medical professional if you experience them.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Leaking is never normal

Ladies, have you ever been talking with your girlfriend and heard her say "I laughed so hard I peed my pants!"? This phenomena has become so mainstream that many women don't realize that this is a major issue. IT'S NEVER NORMAL TO LEAK! It doesn't matter if you're laughing, lifting something heavy, or "just didn't make it to the bathroom in time." If you leak urine, it's a clear sign that your pelvic floor is not working the way it should. This may be related to a previous injury like an episiotomy (traumatic or surgical) with childbirth or a consequence of another issue like low back pain.

If you have experienced urinary leakage, especially coupled with pelvic pain, rectal pain, constipation, or chronic urinary tract infection, come see the women's health therapist at CORE Services, Inc. Having a simple conversation and looking at your overall posture can give great insight as to what may be going on with your body. In many cases, this problem can be treated externally with exercise and manual therapy. If the problem does not clear with conservative measures, it may be appropriate to do an internal assessment, of course, only if you're comfortable.

Urinary leakage is the number one reason women are admitted to nursing homes, take care of this problem before it's too late!