The trick to make it disappear – Libero Quotidiano


Claudia Osmite

Raise your hand if you’ve never had it. As the temperature outside is 35 degrees, you sweat at night and eventually find yourself there, with your scarf in early July and your head, when you fold it, you see the stars. The stiff neck It has become a seasonal evil. Meaning that now, it’s summer, we all get it. A bit like the coronavirus, it’s just (at least) not contagious. I woke up from this “suspicious pain”, at first you probably do not even notice it, and now in the evening your back is so nailed that I miss Michelangelo’s statue. Wounds, cervix, stress: but the main culprit remains the air conditioner that you can’t turn off in the office, tram and home, and it’s now fixed. Also because opening the windows seems to be at the equator.

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Epper “diseases, let’s call it that, caused by violent changes in temperature, are associated not only with the transition from heat to cold, but also with the phenomenon of evaporation of sweat which is a physiological mechanism of resuscitation,” he says. pyro Barbanti, head of the Headache and Pain Treatment and Research Unit at Irccs San Raffaele. It is as if we say: When we enter a room with the heat of the fan running, we defy fate twice. Because “the sudden cooling of the muscle proves its prolonged contraction at times. And this is the basis for the stiff neck or back pain that lies in the summer with “air strikes”, especially if it is air-conditioned. And it is not by chance that athletes, before trying their own performance with their own hands, “warm up the muscles” and at the end of the effort cover themselves no matter what the temperature. ” Understand? We learn from athletes, because making us ruin our holidays is not really worth it.

Treatments
What do you do next? The expert continues, “covering the affected area with very light fabrics such as silk, able to ensure a feeling of freshness and ventilation at the same time, which means heat exchange outwards.” «In the case of cramps caused by thermal changes, local massage, shiatsu, or the use of camphor or balsamic substances whose effect is a modest local thermal increase and therefore an improvement in blood flow and muscular energy materials may be indicated. Whereas in more complex cases the local use of radiofrequency may be indicated (technically it is a Tecar which is an electromedical treatment), ultrasound or rehabilitation treatments may be indicated.” Then the practical advice is to prevent muscle cramps due to temperature changes. It is the most traditional remedy for grandma.But it works: it is better to prefer natural fibers such as cotton and linen (which allow you to breathe and reduce sweating); choose comfortable clothes that are not tight-fitting (which have the same effect, that is, they make us sweat less, but also reduce the risk of sudden evaporation) And wipe off that blessed sweat by changing into wet clothes before entering a room with air conditioning in. Believe me, taking the risk is a fool.

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Also because then you get that severe headache, neck stiffness wasn’t enough, which is an added annoyance. Dr. Barbanti, but even here is there a connection to the air conditioner? “Actually, yes, but it has nothing to do with muscle contractions. The muscles of the cervical spine have nothing to do with it. On the other hand, both migraines and tension headaches do not depend on the degree of muscle contraction. However, it is true that the fine nerve threads They appear through cranial bone sutures, which are attributed to the trigeminal, a phenomenon similar to the passage of blades of grass across the road surface. These trigeminal endings are by definition highly sensitive in migraine sufferers and are easily activated by changes in temperature.” In short, from the skin: «For people who are prone to injury, it is best to wear a soft, light hat when they are exposed to extreme heat and when they are kept in the cooler of the air conditioner. However, once they acclimate, they can obviously take it off without any fear.”

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