EASE THOSE ACHES AND PAINS
Feel like a young, spry guy when you get out of bed in the morning.
POP THE LID ON HEADACHES Migraines often go undiagnosed in men, recent research suggests. If you have more than two attacks a month, melatonin might help. People in a Brazilian study who popped 3 milligrams of this popular sleep supplement every night at bedtime fended off headaches just as well as those who took prescription migraine medicine. Speak to your doctor before heading to the pharmacy, as you may need a prescription.
SEEK A HELPING HAND FOR BACK PAIN Research from the University of North Texas suggests that osteopathic manipulation, or the hands-on treatment of muscle and joint problems by a doctor of osteopathic medicine, may soothe chronic lower-back pain. People who had six sessions with a doctor of osteopathic medicine over eight weeks more than doubled their odds of recovery. Osteopathic manipulation may work by minimising muscle imbalances, says study author John Licciardone. “That muscular asymmetry may produce mechanical stress in the spine that aggravates pain,” he says.
SHORE UP YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS Leaning forward all day at work (sound familiar?) can give you rounded shoulders and a stiff neck. To rebalance, do special lat pulldowns, says Mitchell Yass, author of The Pain Cure Rx. Lean back with your hips at a 30-degree angle and reach for the bar (or an elastic band). Then pull down with your arms straight and wide, bringing your elbows in line with your shoulders, and return to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10 reps, three days a week, with a minute of rest between each set.