Get to know more about your headache
Nearly all of us have suffered from a headache at some point. However, the headache you experience may not be the same as someone else’s. That’s because there are several different kinds, each having its own pattern of pain and cause. Here is some information about four different types are headaches.
Coping with stress
Stress is a natural response to the body experiencing a threat or excessive demand. The reasons people get stressed vary with issues arising from relationships, work, health, family and financial pressures. It could be moving house, losing a loved one, starting a new job, or worrying about a deadline… they all can have an effect on us in different ways. Interestingly enough, stress in itself isn't necessarily harmful. A little bit can actually help motivate you to achieve goals and ambitions. It’s when you’re under too much stress that your health can suffer. Thankfully, there are a number of simple steps you can take to help manage stress and stressful situations. The first step is to recognise the signs of stress.
Osteoarthritis Causes & Symptoms
What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic (long-term) condition that affects the joints in your body. It occurs when cartilage—the shock-absorbing material that covers the ends of your bones—breaks down. This causes your bones to rub together, resulting in pain, stiffness, inflammation, and sometimes the growth of bony spurs in the joint. Osteoarthritis affects over 2 million Australians and can affect people of all ages. However, it is more common in older people—affecting about 1 in 5 Australians over 45 years of age and 1 in 3 over 75 years. Osteoarthritis is more common in women (1 in 10) than in men (1 in 16). Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, including your spine, but most commonly affects knees, hips, and hands. There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are many ways that you can effectively manage your symptoms, relieve your pain, and maintain mobility.
Five myths about headaches to watch out for
Throbbing, distracting, annoying – almost all of us at some time have had to put up with a headache. From tension and cluster headaches to migraines, each one is different. Uncovering these five widely held myths can help us understand them better.
Sinus pressure and headache
Sinus pain and pressure can make you feel unwell. You might feel pain around your sinus area, but you may also feel like there is pressure around your whole head region. You may feel pressure or fullness around your eyes, cheeks and forehead.
How to Treat Osteoarthritis Joint Pain
1 in 10 adults in New Zealand suffer from osteoarthritis, a condition that can be painful, restrictive and debilitating for many.
Sprains and strains are a common injury
If you’ve ever exercised or played sport, chances are you’ve had a strain or sprain at some time or another. Sprains and strains are commonly seen injuries, particularly in those who play sports, but they can also occur during everyday activities like lifting or overuse at work or at home. Although they share similar symptoms like pain, swelling and bruising, strains and sprains are different conditions because they affect different structures in the body: Strains are caused by damage to muscles or tendons. A tendon is a band of connective tissue that joins a muscle to a bone. Sprains, however, are caused by damage to ligaments. These are the bands of connective tissue that join bones together in a joint.
Cold & Flu
Five Winter Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves
Winter is on its way. As well as colder weather, the chilly season brings with it additional challenges for parents of young children – chief among them the increased prevalence of colds and flu. Bracing for the cold and flu season is a wise move. Here are some top items for helping your children suffering from cold and flu.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Symptoms, Causes & Management
In a healthy knee joint, cartilage between your thigh and shin bones acts as a ‘shock absorber’ to help your knee move smoothly. Knee osteoarthritis occurs when this cartilage and other structures become damaged, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling in your knee.
Migraines: signs, symptoms and relief
Although migraines are common, they are quite unlike any other type of headache. Unless you have personally experienced one, it can be difficult to understand what makes them so different. Migraines can have a significant impact on the daily lives of sufferers. Here is some useful advice on how to spot migraines, plus a few helpful tips and ways to cope when they strike.
Cold & Flu
Preventing and Relieving Cold & Flu
As we head into the middle of the year, the cold, wintery chill begins and along with that comes the sniffles and sneezes of cold and flu season. In this article, we will look at a few different things you can do to help keep yourself, your family and everyone around you protected and relieved through these cold winter months and all year round.
The most common headache doesn’t just start in your head
Most of us know what a headache feels like. In fact, 96% of people have had a headache at some point. You might blame your headache on long days in front of a computer, feeling stressed or not getting enough sleep. But that doesn’t really explain the source of the pain – does it come from your head or is there something else going on?