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Going for stilettos? Think again..

 Going for stilettos? Think again.. The perfect, pointy pair of 4-inch heels can make any outfit, but with this style comes much suffering. High heels have the stigma of being bad for health, but this barely stops you from wearing them occasionally and often daily. We often make sacrifices for foot fashion, but at what price? Studies have shown that these towering shoes can be costly in more ways than one, taking their toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while altering your posture and gait. Here's how they affect different parts of your body—and why that's something you might not want to stand for anymore. Feet • Normally your feet act like weight-distributing shock absorbers, cushioning your skeleton from forces of body weight. These engineering marvels fail once you wear high heels and. ..ouch! You've shifted much of your mass onto the balls of your feet and your tiny, delicate toe bones.       • The higher the heel, the bigger the impact: One study found that…

Avoid "Backaches" in road trips..

Avoid “Backache” in Road trips
So, you are planning for a great road trip coming weekend, don’t let your back pain come in your way..
Follow these simple steps to get you going.. Knowing how to sit in the car in a way that will avoid back pain is important to happy car travels. This will help to ensure that you don't miss out on a trip.
Take the time to make sure you are comfortable from the moment you set off on your trip. The smallest irritant in the beginning can turn into raging pain hours later.

Don't sit on your wallet or cell phone that may throw your spine out of whack. Reduce reaching for the steering wheel, which places more stress on the lumbar spine, neck, shoulder and wrists. Instead, sit as close to the steering wheel as possible. If your car seat provides little back support, roll up a towel or pillow and place it between your lower back and the seat for some more support. There are many specialized cushions and pillows available for purchase that can help. Bring you…

Dealing with varicose veins..

What are varicose veins?
Our body has two major blood vessels — Artery and Vein. Artery is the blood vessel carrying oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Vein is a blood vessel that carries de-oxygenated blood from the other parts to the heart. That is why it appears bluish. The longest veins in the body are those in the legs. They have to pump blood from legs to the heart. They also have to overcome the effect of gravity in sitting or standing position when pressure in them increases. Under normal circumstances, in order to avoid any backward flowing of blood, veins have valves at regular intervals. These valves open only for blood flowing towards the heart (i.e. in upward direction). When these valves do not work properly some amount of blood flows in backward direction leading to “varicose veins”. 
Who can get varicosities?
Varicose veins are predominantly found in legs. It commonly affects females over 40 years of age. It is especially seen in individuals who ne…

How to choose a right mattress in backache?

Mr. Raju, 35 year old, software professional, came to Cura physiotherapy clinic with lot of back stiffness and pain. The pain, he said was more in the morning times and reduces once he starts moving. We checked him clinically for muscle flexibility and strength but both seemed quite good. He told us, though he had sit for hours in his office, he was quite active person. He used to go for gym daily and did muscle training and cardio very regularly. We also asked him to get photograph of his workstation and car postures to rule out any fault in there. All were up to the mark! He was really taking all possible steps at home and in office to take care of his backache. Meanwhile, his physician asked him to go for blood factors. That also came normal..
Now the only problem could have been.. the mattress! The type of mattress he was using was the spring variety. Okay now.. this can be an issue. As with spring or any soft mattress, the body is not supported well. What happens is, with our bo…

Success story 1: Frozen shoulder

Frozen Shoulder pain June 24, 2015 Mrs. K 65 year old, housewife, came to Cura physiotherapy with complaints of right shoulder pain, it was acute onset and she had lot of difficulty in performing daily chores especially overhead. Lifting objects from top shelf in kitchen was giving her tears. Taking right shoulder behind her back was almost impossible for her, this was so painful that wearing cloths was a big task for her. The symptoms had actually started 3 weeks back but she delayed the physiotherapy visit thinking, pain will reduce on its own.
On her first consultation, we recorded capsular tightness- the shoulder ranges were very restricted and painful. There was no history of trauma or fall. But just lot of stiffness and pain in shoulder. We also asked her to go for blood sugar level (BSL) check up, as many times capsulitis (shoulder pain and restriction) is related to high blood sugar level or diabetes. This unfortunately in her case came positive. Now she needed treatment from…

Exercising through pregnancy

Pregnancy is a new phase in life. You must be already finding many differences in yourself both physically and emotionally. But trust me you are not the only one. It is state of mixed emotions when sometimes you love being yourself and some other time you wonder if this is real you. Your physical levels also vary to great extent either supercharged or very low. Now here exercises have a great role to play, which improves your physical and mental state as well.     For years women were urged to cut down on or even avoid exercise during pregnancy. Doctors feared of unknown risk which may arise from exercises. Fortunately, the tide has turned.  Dr. Clapp and Dr. Nobel in 1980’s did a study on effects of exercises in pregnancy, giving very positive results. American college of obstetrics and gynecology also after several studies now recommends exercises in pregnancy.So under doctor’s supervision all moms to be can start working out. There are many benefits of exercises to you and to your b…
In this age of rush, it is not always possible to keep neck erect, while working. May it be computer work or writing. May it be school studies or making chapatis at home, our neck is always bent! We are not conscious about this posture till it hurts. But when the pain starts we start cursing it. Actually if we take proper measures such incidence wouldn't happen.
See it this way, the movement of other joints is seen but neck movements is not observed in each type of work, still muscles of neck are always at work to keep it erect. In sitting/standing work of neck muscles continuously goes on. And for this reason neck muscles need to be stronger. Similarly, it is important to rest neck muscles while sleeping.  
When sleeping, the mattress and pillow should give firm support to neck muscles maintaining normal neck curvature. The reason why we have to use pillow, is to fill up gap between shoulders and head. Now if you use a very thick pillow your neck will remain in bent position, if…