Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome seems like nothing more than a fancy name for a pinched nerve. This particular nerve is located in the wrist. The nerve runs through a thumb-sized tunnel going from the wrist towards the palm of your hand. The fact that the nerve runs through a tunnel, called the carpal tunnel, is a good thing. The tissues that make up the tunnel give the nerve a certain amount of protection.


When A Tunnel Becomes Too Crowded


A problem can occur in this tunnel however. The nerve, called the medial nerve, doesn’t have the tunnel all to itself. It has quite a bit of company. Also, the tunnel is somewhat tightly bound by ligaments and bones. Running through the tunnel along with the medial nerve are nine tendons. These are the tendons that enable you to bend your fingers. Most of the time these tendons coexist peacefully with the nerve, and most people never experience any problems. Some do however. If one or more of the tendons put pressure on the medial nerve or pinch it, the result can be uncomfortable. The nerve is responsible for the sense of feeling and touch in palm of the hand, the thumb, and the fingers with the exception of the little finger. If it becomes pinched or irritated the result can be numbness, tingling sensations, pain, or a combination of the three.
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What Is Bunion and What Causes It

Music is generally easy to learn. In fact, when I was still a piano instructor at a local school, I had a few students who became exceptionally good at playing a simple piece in less than a month. This is especially true among students who have an inclination in music.

However, certain conditions may prevent some people to learn some instruments. For instance, if you had a bad injury in your fingers, or if you are affected by illnesses such as Reynaud’s disease or Dupuytren’s disease, it may be challenging to learn to play a guitar or the piano. And if you think that you don’t have to be concerned since it is only your feet that have certain conditions, you are mistaken.

One of the most common problems that affect the feet is bunion. If you have this condition, it may be difficult for you to use your feet for playing some instruments such as when you have to use your foot to strike the drum pedal, or when you need to use the pedals of the piano. But of course, it depends on the severity of your condition.

Bunion refers to the abnormal bony hump that may form at the base of your big toe. More often, the hump causes the big toe to deviate closely to the other toes. The base of the big toe normally pushes outward toward the first of the metatarsal bones. This condition may also happen to the little toe, in such case, it is called tailors bunion or bunionette.

Bunion may seem to be a minor condition that will not significantly impact a person’s daily routine. However, since the toes normally bend when walking and bunion affects the joints, it can affect a person’s normal routine. It can be painful to do any activity with your feet like walking, playing an instrument with your feet, dancing and others.

Many people are not aware on what causes bunions. Bunions may be hereditary and could run in the family for generations. It may also develop from a minor foot problem to a bunion as the person ages. People with arthritis are also prone to developing bunions. Compared to men, women are more at risk of developing bunions because of wearing heeled or pointed shoes.

For any healthy person, it can develop when the weight during walking or doing other activities that use the feet is unevenly distributed among the tendons and joints of the feet. For most people, the pressure is borne by the big toe, causing it to become unstable and to slowly form a hard knob which will later develop into a bunion. For people with discrepancies in the length of their legs, bunions usually develop on the foot of the longer leg.

Although bunions generally do not require medical treatment, you should seek medical attention if they are already causing persistent pain, causing you difficulty to move your toe or foot, if the bump becomes very big, or if you already have difficulty in finding shoes that will fit you because of the bunion. The same is true if you are a musician and your bunion prevents you from playing certain instruments that you want to play with your foot. That is why you should treat bunions early enough to minimize any further complications.

A Guide to Tendonitis Surgery and Alternative Treatments

A Guide to Tendonitis Surgery and Alternative Treatments


Tendonitis surgery is a drastic measure that is often an individual’s last resort in treating the symptoms of tendonitis. Surgical treatment of tendonitis is most often performed on the shoulder, or rotator cuff, knee, and wrist. Tendonitis in these areas can prove difficult to treat with non-surgical methods because these areas are frequently used for everyday activities and are often subjected to repetitive strain that sometimes cannot be avoided. If you have been broached with the option of undergoing tendonitis surgery or if you’ve been reading up about possible treatments for tendonitis then you likely have some questions about tendonitis, the surgical procedure, recovery, and alternative treatments.
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5 Ways to Overcome Anxiety Problems

Nervousness and worry are just normal feelings that people experience regarding a future imminent event with an uncertain outcome. However, I know of some people who are nervous or are worried excessively for no reason. They are the people who suffer from certain anxiety disorders. In fact, I know of some from my music classes.

There are different types of anxiety disorders. They include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobic disorder. Normally, these conditions are also characterized by other symptoms such as shakiness and a faster heartbeat. When a person suffers from an anxiety disorder, there are five common remedies that can help overcome this problem:

1. Supplements for anxiety

Anxiety supplements, particularly those which contain magnesium, are helpful in dissipating the effects of traumatic stress following an episode of an anxiety attack. Magnesium is also known to help refresh the brain from prior anxiety attacks. Some people who suffer from anxiety normally have magnesium deficiency. If you do, consult your doctor about the possibility of taking this kind of supplement.

Another effective supplement to overcome anxiety is the kind that contains high omega 3 fatty acids. This kind of fatty acid is known to reduce the effects of anxiety and stress by up to 20 percent. Aside from eating fish that are rich in omega 3, organic fish oil also makes a good alternative.

2. Healthy diet

Many people think that anxiety is a mental problem. However, new research has come out that anxiety actually originates from the gut. That is the reason why anxiety attacks are normally associated with irritable bowel syndrome. By observing a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and reducing your consumption of bad fats, sugar, dairy and meat, you can avoid an anxiety attack. Additionally, it is also important to avoid certain food triggers which include glutamine among others.

3. Relaxation therapies

Relaxation therapies are perhaps among the most effective ways to overcoming anxiety. People have various ways to feel relaxed. Some feel relaxed when they get a full body massage. Others feel the same after a yoga session or a stroll in the park. Music is also a good way for relaxation. You could learn how to play instruments like guitar or piano or guitar. Playing musical instruments has been effective for some of my students who have a history of anxiety disorders. And it could help you as well. Music and other forms of relaxation boost the “feel good” hormones in your body such as serotonin, helping you feel at ease and relaxed.

4. Physical Exercise

Exercising is also an excellent anxiety treatment. It can help reduce the stress hormone in your body. Be sure to schedule a regular exercise for at least half an hour daily so that you will feel good all day.

breathing5. Breathing Exercise

There are certain breathing exercises that can also help in fighting anxiety. One way is deep breathing for several minutes in the morning.

If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, the remedies just mentioned can help you overcome your problem. You could combine several of these remedies for the best result.