Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Is there hope for leg cramp sufferers?

Quinine, the best-established therapy for leg cramps, is associated with serious side effects. There is some evidence that vitamin B–complex capsules and diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor XR) may be effective, but insufficient evidence to recommend leg stretches. (Locked) More »

Boning up on osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often considered a woman’s disease, but older men also need to be concerned about this bone-thinning condition. Osteoporosis can be detected early with a bone mineral density test, but there are steps men can take to help prevent and treat it. These include a combination of lifestyle changes, supplements, and medication, if necessary.  (Locked) More »

Getting to the core of your health

The core is the body’s epicenter, from which every movement revolves. It helps people bend forward and backward and twist side to side, and keeps them upright and balanced whenever they walk, run, stretch, carry, lift, or perform any sport-specific or functional activity. The best core exercises are movements that can activate as much of the core as possible at one time, such planks, lunges, back extensions, and diagonal chops.  (Locked) More »

Men: Stand up and protect yourself from the risk of osteoporosis

Don't think men need to worry about osteoporosis? Think again. Older men have a greater risk of osteoporosis-related fractures than of getting prostate cancer. In fact, about one in four men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis during their lifetime, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. How can men protect themselves and lower their risk of osteoporosis? Here are some strategies: More »

The healing power of touch

Men may think of massage as a once-in-a-while treat, but this type of therapy could be a natural way to treat chronic pain, such as low back pain, headache, cancer pain, and arthritis pain, by helping to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation. Massage therapy also can help with recovery from injury or surgery as well as easing stress and anxiety.  (Locked) More »

Don't fall for hip fractures

Research has found that one in every two people older than 65 who fracture a hip will never be as physically active and independent as before the injury, and most will have trouble with everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, eating, and going to the bathroom. The CDC says that 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. Taking action early to improve balance and coordination can help a person avoid falls and thus hip fractures and secure an active, healthy lifestyle. (Locked) More »

Stretching: The new mobility protection

Stretching keeps muscles long and flexible. That increases range of motion, reduces the risk for muscle and joint injury, reduces joint and back pain, improves balance, reduces the risk of falling, and improves posture. An overall stretching program will focus on the calves, the hamstrings, the hip flexors in the pelvis, quadriceps in the front of the thigh, and the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and lower back. It’s best to stretch every day or at least three or four times per week. More »

What makes my joints stiff in the morning?

Morning stiffness like in the back, knees, and feet are common complaints for many older adults. People cannot reverse the affects of joint aging, but they can reduce the severity and frequency of morning stiffness by being more active and adopting regular exercise to increase muscular strength and flexibility.  More »