Progressive eye glasses are popular and handy with their 3 in 1 lenses for distance, computer work and reading. Progressive they are not when it comes to their effect on your neck. A single lense that is approximately 1.5 x 1.5 inches is a small frame in which to hold enough variations to meet all of your vision needs.
Degenerative discs are in fact a condition, not a disease. Discs are shock absorbers that cushion each vertebrae; they dry out and get worn down over the decades. A diagnosis of degenerative disc disease (DDD) can be a shock. A future of pain and disability comes barrelling towards the recipient of this unwelcome news.
Jaw clenching can take its toll. Headaches, jaw pain and ringing in the ears are some of the side effects of jaw clenching. TMJ dysfunction is another common outcome of over working facial muscles. Bruxism is often treated by dentists with tooth guards to prevent worn and broken teeth from long-term grinding.
Take a moment to consider your clenching habits. If you’re like most people, you’re not even aware that you have been clenching your jaw, shoulders, fists and hips. Many of our physical discomforts can be traced back to the body parts we hold in a state of tension. Below is a brief primer on how to trace from symptoms to muscles chronically tightened.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body. It leaves the spinal cord between the lumbar vertebrae. Herniated and degenerative discs can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Travelling through muscles, particularly the piriformis, can put the sciatic nerve at risk for compression. Sciatica is characterized by signs and symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling in the low back, buttock and down back of the leg. Massage therapy can address short, tight muscles that contribute to sciatic pain. Early intervention is key to managing uncomfortable symptoms.