So you think you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (abbreviated CTS) is used as an umbrella diagnosis with most people attributing any wrist pain to carpal tunnel syndrome. Actual CTS can be difficult to diagnose as there are similarities with neck injuries, nerve impairment, thoracic outlet syndrome, pronator teres syndrome, sprained wrist ligaments, and trigger point referral pain produce similar symptoms. Massage can be immensely helpful for CTS patients. A therapeutic massage, within pain tolerance, for carpal tunnel syndrome with specific work on the hand, wrist, forearm and shoulder may help decompress the median nerve. Massage that doesn’t exacerbate symptoms has been shown to contribute to improvement in strength, function, and symptoms of patients with CTS. Read on to find out more!

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease, sometimes spelled as coeliac disease, is an autoimmune disease and a genetic disorder. Celiac disease can be hard to diagnose, as it is camouflaged by a variety of general, sub-acute symptoms. After diagnosis though, a gluten-free diet will provide a relatively normal life. Celiac disease and gluten-free diets are often discussed simultaneously, and below I have researched why.

Pi Day! Today’s Special: The Human Body

Happy Pi Day! Pi Day is definitely one of my favorite holidays, right up there with Halloween and 4th of July. But, what is Pi day? Pi day is celebrated on March 14, which can be shortened to 3-14 which is very similar to 3.14, the rounded off number for pi. Ta da! Pi day! Sometimes abbreviated with the Greek letter, π, pi is mathematically equivalent to the ratio of the circumference of a circle divided by the diameter. It has been calculated to over a trillion places beyond the decimal point, and doesn’t have a pattern. While the human body doesn’t have any mathematically exact ratios like pi, it does have some other interesting, approximate ratios, both internally and externally.

Tinnitus

Are your ears ringing? Many say it’s because someone is talking about you. Or, it could be because something is actually wrong with you. Sorry. It’s called tinnitus (pronounced TINN-a-tus or ti-NIGHT-us). The word tinnitus has a Latin origin that means “to ring or tinkle” [1]. Tinnitus is relatively common, affecting 50 million Americans. Most people describe it as a constant ringing in the ears, but it is defined medically as a perception of sound when there is no actual sound present. Tinnitus can occur occasionally or constantly and the volume of the sounds can fluctuate. Tinnitus can be a frustrating diagnosis to live with. I encourage sufferers to seek multiple and varied ways to help manage the symptoms.

Anatomical Considerations of Sword Swallowing

Many people, including Harry Houdini, think that sword swallowing is just a gimmick and that the performers use a collapsible sword. Sword swallowing is very real. The swords are dull, but still pointed and must be a minimum of 38 cm (just over a foot) in length. Sword swallowing is inherently dangerous because of the important organs the sword passes by during the swallow.