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Wed, 30th July 2014

Sore Necks are universal. We are sitting, we lie down and sleep, move minimally, spend hours staring at computer screens, look down at keyboards, read by the hour, or simply sit and talk. This is the pattern of living for most. It is fun, boring, wearying. But a sore neck, at some stage, is inevitable. The neck joins the head to the body. Through it pass all vital connections, so it must be flexible, free from pain, and moveable in all directions. A few daily tips can make a huge difference.

Muscle Spasm

The less the neck muscles are activated, the greater chance of the fibres stiffening up, going into spasm, rebel and cause pain. Dedicate a few minutes a day, preferably in one hit, or spread throughout the day. The more times the better. Then work through neck muscle activity in a programmed style. Movement may occur in various directions.

Move Muscles

Forwards and backwards (up and down); turning from extreme left to extreme right; and then reversing, then moving from lower left side to upper right side, and vice versa; pulling the jaw backwards releasing it then letting it return to its normal position, bending the head to the left (trying to touch the shoulder), straightening it and repeating on the right side. This is simplest carried out sitting on a kitchen chair, arms at the side. Turn the head gently through each movement. When the extreme has been reached, maintain that position for 30 seconds. Count slowly 1-30 in your mind, and release softly.


That gently “stretches” the muscle fibres, and hold them in the stretched position. Each time it is carried out, the fibres stretch a bit more. This gives marvelous mobility, lessens risks of fibre spasm, which means reduce risks of neck and upper shoulder pain. After a while, using a hand to pull the head further in each direction enhances effect. It works, and involves no drugs. It is easy to carry this out once (or preferably twice or thrice) as day. If last thing at night, follow with a hot then cool shower (30 secs/10 secs) for three minutes, keep warm then hop into bed. Avoid becoming cold. It can be done at home, in the office or workplace, or anywhere else. For fun, get your mates to join in. Make it a “ritual”, the more the merrier. All will benefit.



What are the best drops for glaucoma?


Glaucoma means increased pressure of the fluid of the eyeball. Pressing on the light sensitive retina, it may gradually destroy cells, leading to progressive blindness. All over the age of forty should have a tonometry, a check on eyeball pressure. Treatment with eye drops must continue indefinitely. Many different ones are available, and new ones keep appearing on the doctors prescribing pad. This usually starts with advice from an eye specialist. The use of timolol and xalatan has greatly improved treatment outcomes.

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Is there a simple remedy for nail biting?


The short answer is No, unfortunately. It is often a childhood habit, frequently commencing with stress situations or nervousness. Therefore, cuddly, cooing can reassure little ones. Some for example, are terrified at the dark, others by yelling parents, loud music or tense sibling rivalry. Often as children grow into adulthood and become more self assured, it will vanish. But many may chew on until the ripe old age of 60 or more, then suddenly stop. Human reactions to the outside world are varied. Relaxation therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy have been widely and successfully used.

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How can sore gums be prevented and treated?


Sore swollen gums need prompt evaluation and management. It means germs have tracked down into the gums and dental roots. If left, it will worsen, increasing risk of dental destruction. Regular cleaning and flossing of the teeth, and massaging of gums are essential. Flossing is boring and time consuming, but worth it. Otherwise black gunk accumulates, germs hide and silently work their way into the gum substance. Risks increase in those with misaligned or broken teeth or rough edges of fillings or ill fitting or unclean dentures. A regular dental check is recommended, at least annually.

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I have noticed fairly heavy menstrual bleeds, and have been told it may be a polyp and an ultrasound has been advised.


Polyps, or tiny wart like projections either in the cervical canal or uterine lining are common, and may bleed profusely. Also, non cancerous growths called fibromas are similarly likely to bleed. Ultrasound will often detect the cause. Then surgical intervention may take place, either removing the growth (which is then examined to exclude cancer, whatever the womans age), scraping the lining, or removing the womb itself. It all depends on the final diagnosis. Outcome is usually positive.

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If a woman in her twenties is diagnosed with cervical cancer at the time of a pap smear test, does this mean everything must be removed?


Often there is erosion of the cervix, and there may be some "atypical" or early cancer cells present. Fortunately, with early intervention, it is usually curative. Regular smear tests are then mandatory probably every year. The pelvic organs are not usually removed. Women may become pregnant and live a normal life, Sexual feelings are unaltered.

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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.



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