Some strange circular bruises appearing on the back of Olympic medalist Michael Phelps had everyone asking what was causing his injuries—in reality, they're signs that he's been trying an ancient practice known as "cupping" to get some relief from neck and back pain. What is this strange practice? More importantly, is it any good? Here is what you should know:
What is cupping?
Cupping has its roots in Egypt, Greece, and China and it's a relatively simple procedure that takes heated cups and applies them directly to the skin of the patient above the area where his neck or back hurts.
A knot on your eyelid seems to show up out of nowhere, may be slightly sore at first, and you keep expecting it to go away. After some time, the knot is still there and the pain is probably gone, so it sounds like you are dealing with a common optical issue known in the medical community as a chalazion. Even though chalazions are quite common and not really a major problem, they can be enough to cause you a little concern if you have never had the issue before.
Aches around your heel, pain that makes steeping almost unbearable, and an odd sensation between horrendous pain and relief with stretching--it sounds like you are dealing with plantar fasciitis. This pain results from inflammation around a thick band of connective tissue in the foot which leads from the heel to the toe. Because this connective tissue sustains pressure with every step, even the lightest footfalls can leave you wincing in pain.
With its wide array of delicious foods, eating breakfast should be both a routine part of your day and a highlight of your morning. But if you're on a low-carb diet for any reason, you'll lose a lot of traditional, carb-heavy breakfast options and can end up feeling a bit lost when you enter the kitchen in the morning. So if you're looking for some low-carb breakfast options for any type of morning you can have, then here's what you need to know.
When you have asthma, your inhaler really could save your life. But it's important to make sure you're using it in a way that provides you with the maximum effect. If you feel that your inhaler is not delivering as much relief as it should, try following these tips for success.
Remember to shake before every puff.
If you do not shake the inhaler, you may just get a lot of air -- and not the right dose of medication.