A pinched nerve in neck consists of a pinched nerve that is located in any part of the neck. When a nerve becomes compressed or takes on too much pressure it can lead to a pinched nerve. This can cause discomfort, pain, and restrict functioning. While the pain may not be incredibly severe it is definitely at least very discomforting and is likely an obstruction to your daily comfort and routine. If you are experiencing a pinched nerve in neck it is important to treat it properly and avoid further aggravating it. Keep in mind that you will want to know what caused you to have a pinched nerve in your neck as well so you can minimize the chances of it recurring.
Causes of Pinched Nerve in Neck
There are many different possible causes of a pinched nerve in neck. Something as simple as turning the wrong way, sleeping at a bad angle, or overstretching a muscle could lead to a pinched nerve in the neck. In many cases it is something that is rather harmless that has caused the pinched nerve to occur. Overexerting a muscle, using improper form, and injuring yourself at the gym or during heavy labor are very common reasons for a pinched nerve. There are some serious causes of pinched nerve in neck as well though such as arthritis, spinal stenosis, generative disc disease, and a herniated disc which can sit on the nerve and cause excess pressure which leads to a pinched nerve. Any injury to the neck such as whiplash could easily lead to a pinched nerve as well.
If you are experiencing a pinched nerve in neck then you will want to consider what may have caused it. If you are unsure of the cause then you should consider any other symptoms that are experienced and see if you can find a likely candidate. It would be a good idea to speak with your doctor about the neck pain in case it is caused by a serious underlying medical problem.
In most cases of a pinched nerve there is a pretty obvious reason behind it. For example, if you performed an exercise at the gym and executed the motion poorly then it could easily cause you to pinch a nerve. If there are any possible direct causes of the pinched nerve that you can think of which occurred just before the pain symptoms showed up then that is likely the cause. If you have a condition which is known to cause a pinched nerve in neck then there is a good chance that it is the cause of it. Again, if there is no minor cause that you can detect to have caused the pinched nerve in your neck then you will want to get your doctor to check it out in case it is a serious issue that is to blame.
Symptoms of Pinched Nerve in Neck
A pinched nerve in neck can have many different symptoms. The obvious symptoms of this would be the pain feeling. A constant pressure pain to the affected area is typical when you have a pinched nerve in the neck. There may be a tingly or numb feeling to the nerve and affected are as well. You may also feel weakness of the neck and muscles in the same area. If you were to cough or sneeze then the severity of the symptoms would likely worsen temporarily. While the symptoms formulate in the neck area they may travel as far as to your fingers if the nerve is badly pinched. Some other possible symptoms include muscle spasms, headaches, and more.
There may be other symptoms that are experienced aside from the common symptoms of pinched nerve in neck. The other symptoms that may be experienced are symptoms would be any symptoms of the cause of the pinched nerve. For example, if the pinched nerve is the result of arthritis then there would be symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain and swelling, and much more. You will want to figure out what is causing your pinched nerve if you have determined that your neck pain is the result of a pinched nerve. If there is a more serious underlying medical problem then it will need to be addressed with the proper treatment as well.
Pinched Nerve in Neck Treatment
When looking into pinched nerve in neck treatment you will want to consider what exactly you are treating. If you just want to treat the symptoms of the pinched nerve in neck then the treatment methods are pretty simple. To treat the pinched nerve pain you can use various treatment methods such as hot and cold techniques, pain relief medication, anti-inflammatory medication, yoga, exercise, acupuncture, acupressure, and definitely get some rest. Not only should you try to treat the issue but you should minimize any pressure on the area and prevent anything (such as a bad pillow) from aggravating it more.
Generally, pinched nerve in neck treatments only address the symptoms of the pinched nerve and not the actual pinched nerve or the cause of it. This is fine if the pinched nerve will go away on its own. However, if the pinched nerve is the result of a back or neck problem then it could require a more severe treatment method. Surgery may even be required in the more serious cases. Corticosteroid and physical rehabilitation therapy are sometimes used to treat severe pinched nerves. Ultimately, the appropriate treatment for your pinched nerve will depend on how bad it is pinched and the cause of the pinched nerve. You should speak with your doctor to find out what the appropriate treatment method is for you.
A pinched nerve in neck could have a serious affect on your daily life. The discomfort that this causes could make just being awake or trying to sleep a complete chore. There are many ways that you can relieve less severe pinched nerve pain. However, it is important that you diagnose the pinched nerve and find out the cause of it as there may be a more serious medical problem that should be treated to prevent the pinched nerve from recurring. Ultimately, a pinched nerve in neck is something which may be alleviated with rest and conservative treatment methods but you should speak with your doctor about the issue to make the proper diagnosis and choose the right method of treatment.
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When you are trying to lose weight and stick to a low fat diet, it might seem that you will never be able to eat foods that are delicious ever again. That is not true; when you are determined to stick to a more healthy diet, you can find many delicious recipes for low fat dessert that you will be proud to not only serve yourself and your family, but guests at your next get together as well.
Finding a recipe for low fat dessert can be as easy as using a recipe for an old family favorite that has been in your family for generations, and substituting low fat ingredients to make it into a more healthy and nutritious way of eating. With all the low fat, low calorie substitutes for their high fat counterparts on the market that are available today, there should be no reason you can’t remake a dessert that is high in fat into a recipe for low fat dessert.
All you need is a desire and a little creativity and you will be making low fat dessert that will be hard to resist. A simple low fat dessert that is fast and convenient is a fresh fruit salad. When you use fruit in season topped with a bit of brown sugar and fat free whipped cream, right there you have a recipe for low fat dessert.
Eating a few graham crackers can also be a low fat dessert. There are many smart choices that are delicious and nutritious when you are looking to create a recipe for low fat dessert.
You can find books at the library to borrow or at a bookstore to buy, that are chock full of ideas and recipes for eating a low fat dessert. You can find plenty of information online about eating a healthy low fat diet that will include many suggestions for eating low fat dessert. Just because you have decided to manage your health does not mean you have to give up good tastes.
“The Cool Factor: Defining What is Hip” – A Discussion and Reception at PAFA on Sunday, Dec.13, 2009
Please join The Brothers Network this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at 2 p.m. as we co- host a panel discussion inspired by the work of African-American artist Barkley Hendricks and a reception to celebrate community elder Tyrone Smith, who is also featured as the model for one of Hendricks’ works, “Misc. Tyrone”
About the Panel Discussion
From John Henry’s cool under pressure through the smooth jazzy beats of A Tribe Called Quest, Black culture has always been associated with all things cool in American culture. In particular through its music, Colored America has had a long history now of being perpetually underground, dangerously detached, just above normal, and just below accepted.
What is the role of the definition of hipness in shaping the African American community today? Are blacks still cool?
Four experts in the field of hipness come together to celebrate and discuss the distinctive look, feel and sound of what it means to be cool.
Panelists include: Aqueelah Jamal, host of WURD’s “Jazz and Conversation”; Stanley Straughter, Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs; and Antionette Dendtler, Founder and Head of ECO Charter School. The session will be moderated by Shuna Ali Miah, Jr., Director of the Philadelphia Clef Club.
The Brothers Network is proud to host a reception following the panel discuusion. Please feel free to arrive before the discussion to view the Barkley Hendricks exhibit, “The Birth of the Cool.”
If you feel like your life is getting slightly out of control, or like you’re not getting enough done, or simply that you’re going from one day to the next just trying to get by, mindfulness might be for you.
It is incredibly simple – it just involves being actively aware of what you’re doing in the present. So, let’s say, while you’re ironing, cooking dinner or hanging out with friends, you concentrate on what you’re doing at that moment, not what you’ll be doing in a few hours.
Mindfulness, and how it benefits your life, is one of the key topics that will be talked about at the Third Metric event being held in the UK on 30 July, chaired by Arianna Huffington. The initiative aims to put forth the idea of a third metric of success -wellbeing.
On the panel is Professor Mark Williams, the director of mindfulness at the School of Psychology at Oxford University. In short, if there’s anyone who knows all there is to know about mindfulness in Britain, it’s him.
As well as being the author of several books on the subject, he specialises in the treatment of depression and psychological models.
How would you explain mindfulness to the masses?
You are correct in implying that it can be difficult to explain. Mindfulness itself means “lucid, openhearted awareness”, and everyone has such awareness in some measure.
However, most of us find that we sleep-walk through life, and become immune to life’s riches. From ancient times in Asia, simple meditation practices were developed to help people cultivate mindful awareness and “wake up”. It was always seen as pivotal to greater wisdom and compassion.
Modem approaches to mindfulness meditation aims to stay faithful to this tradition, and making the meditation practices relevant to modern life. As the founder of modern applications of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, has said:” most of us could do with a bigger dose of awareness in our lives.”
Mark Williams: Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself. When unhappiness or stress hover overhead, rather than taking it all personally, you learn to treat them as if they were black clouds in the sky, and to observe them with friendly curiosity as they drift past. In essence, mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.You are one of the key authorities on mindfulness – but how do you make time for yourself?
I find that the early morning, before the house stirs, is the time when I can most easily find time. In the summer the sun is already up, and in the winter the darkness holds its own magic.
What do you do for a time-out when you feel like things are getting on top of you?
I go for a walk or take a breathing space. The breathing space is particularly helpful as it starts by stepping out of automatic pilot, and turning towards whatever is going on in that moment, rather than rushing to change it (which often backfires).
Are British women good at wellbeing and looking after ourselves? Do you think that will change if not?
The great advantage that many women have is their willingness to share their feelings – and to cultivate a sense of deep connection with friends by doing so. It would be a tragedy if greater responsibility in the workplace somehow eroded this quality of being able to value connectedness before autonomy.
Brits may be a bit cynical about it – what benefits does it have?
Scepticism is really important in science. We need to check out carefully what is helpful. Our research into the potential of mindfulness has shown that eight weeks of mindfulness training in the form of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy halves the risk of depression in those at highest risk of relapsing, and also has large effects in reducing health anxiety.
Where should you start with mindfulness (small or big ways?)
It is best to find a course near you, or go to www.bemindful.co.uk which has an online course. We wrote an introduction with a CD that anyone can try for themselves. It is called Mindfulness-a practical guide to finding peace on a frantic world.
Apparently stress and anxiety is costing Britain £10 billion a year – do you think we’re reaching melting point in terms of needing to address how we handle pressure and stress?
I agree that stress is a huge issue, and cannot be wished away. Neither does it respond to targets that are imposed from above rather than negotiated in a collaborative frame of mind.
Does the NHS support mindfulness?
Yes, MBCT is now an approved intervention for preventing depression within the NHS.
Where do you think we should be in 10 years time with mindfulness?
I believe that mindfulness will increasingly be seen as universally applicable and healthy for all – a little like the “5-a-day” for fruit and vegetables.
There are two major areas where this may be possible, (a) in schools, where children and young people in many schools are already trying it out and really liking it; and (b) for mums and dads expecting a new baby, where both want to feel they are really well prepared for childbirth and parenting.
Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman, £13.99.
Please join our book club discussion group on Saturday November 21, 2009 at 2:00pm at Cafe Mocha in Center City Philadelphia. We will discuss the themes of race,gender,class and human sexuality in James Baldwins’ Giovanni’s Room.
Our conversation will be led by Brothers’ Network co-founder and Temple University Professor Anthony Monteiro, PhD.
Dr. Monterio has published over 100 scholarly and popular articles on topics related to global politics,economics and black people. Currently, he is working on a book length manuscript on W.E.B. Dubois, to be published by African World Press.
Our discussion will very lively and interactive, please visit our blog for additional information about this event.