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Are your finger joints stiff in the morning?

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 13 January 2016, Muscle and joint
finger joints

Waking up with stiff finger joints can make it challenging to complete your morning routine. Tasks that were once simple – such as making coffee or tying your shoelaces – become labourous and time-consuming.

Stiff finger joints in the morning can be due to several reasons, including arthritis, pregnancy, previous trauma, and over-usage. However, it’s not all bad news; there are many lifestyle and dietary changes that can help make your morning routine more manageable.

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How to prevent muscle fatigue?

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 November 2015, Muscle and joint
muscle fatigue

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

While we quickly associate muscle fatigue with exercise, many medical conditions are associated with muscle weakness as well.

Conditions leading to muscle fatigue include—but are not limited to—chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, infection (e.g. the flu, infectious mononucleosis, etc.), hypothyroidism, depression, electrolyte imbalance, neurological conditions, diabetes, some medication.…the list goes on. So how do we prevent muscle fatigue? Read on!

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Get your back into it: Sciatica pain 

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 September 2015, Muscle and joint
sciatica pain

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Sciatica is the lovely name given to a condition wherein compression of the sciatic nerve leads to severe, stabbing pain that spreads from the buttocks to just below the knee—normally just on one side of the body.

The causes of sciatic pain are variable and encompass a wide range of underlying conditions like osteoarthritic bony spurs, disc herniation, trauma, narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal tumours, and chronic inflammation. Because nerves control muscle contraction, movement, pain, pressure, temperature any condition that affects a nerve will lead to a decrease of function in these areas (e.g. numbness, weakness, sharp/shooting pain etc.).

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Science saved a star: The Arnica montana

by Sonia Chartier, on 15 April 2015, Muscle and joint
arnica montana

We have all heard that popularity has its down side. Arnica was a victim of its well-known effectiveness to soothe inflammatory pain. The stock of Arnica has been drastically reduced over the years by excessive wild collection and as a result, the plant must be protected.

For A.Vogel, using Arnica as a raw material was acceptable only if cultivated sustainably and organically. Experts shook their heads in disbelief as the rare mountain plant, Arnica montana, had so far resisted all attempts at cultivation. Could the experts be wrong?

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