Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more-serious injuries or disabling conditions from carpal tunnel syndrome or a frozen shoulder to chronic headaches or lower-back
What you might be feeling
Classically CTS presents as pins and needles, numbness, burning or pain in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger. The symptoms can be associated with swelling, difficulties distinguishing between hot and cold temperatures and reduced coordination of the hand. Commonly, people affected by this condition wake at night with symptoms and have to shake their hand to obtain relief.
It’s no secret that car rides can be hard on your lower back—especially if you have to travel for an extended period of time.
The key to finding relief is to make a plan before you set off on your trip, and these 3 little-known tips can help you do exactly that:
1. Schedule regular stops for exercise
Sitting in one position for an extended period of time can tighten your back muscles, which in turn can lead to pain and even muscle spasms. So then, it’s a good idea to schedule stops every 30 to 60 minutes so you can walk around and stretch your lower back. This activity loosens your muscles and encourages blood circulation, bringing nutrients and oxygen to your lower back.
What is nerve tension?
Nerve tension is pain that happens when a nerve is being compressed or stuck in its surrounding tissue. Nerves lie in tracts in which they need to freely move. When they don’t move freely they can become traction or pulled during movement which leads to irritation. This can happen for a variety of reasons. If a joint has been immobile for a period of time it increases the risk that a nerve can get a little stuck due to the prolonged lack of motion. Sometimes there is no known reason at all.