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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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Tips to manage stiff neck

by Sonia Chartier, on 9 September 2014, Muscle and joint
stiff neck

It is common to find mobility of the neck and shoulders to be less than ideal.

We may not all be sporting neck braces, but many of us look enviously at owls with their swivelling heads. This increasing stiffness may be due to age or a sedentary lifestyle, or hours spent hunched, practically welded into place, in front of the computer screen.

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Managing stiffness and aches

by Sonia Chartier, on 8 September 2014, Muscle and joint
stiffness

Are you one of those people who wake up in the morning and slowly straighten your fingers one by one? Do your knees crack when you stand up after just a short time relaxing in your chair? If not you, then someone around you?

Stiffness, aches and pains seem to be some of the everyday curses of 21st Century life. Younger and younger people are seeking an effective remedy.

Inflammation is a useful part of the body’s defenses. However if the inflammatory response is prolonged, it can become a debilitating part of the disease process rather than the healing. It isn’t just people with long term conditions that are affected, but those who have injured themselves playing sports or practicing a hobby such as gardening a little too strenuously, and need anti-inflammatory help to get their injury healed and their limbs back into action.

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