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It is an ever increasing fact that many Americans are turning to their northern neighbors in Canada for more affordable prescription medication in the face of skyrocketing costs within their own country. As men and women everywhere become aware of the possibilities that prescription drugs can have in improving their lives, it becomes a struggle for a great many to choose between buying drugs within their own country, and importing them from Canada.

The price of prescription meds sold in Canada is drastically less virtually without exception when compared to the United States. Companies selling meds in Canada over Internet pharmacies and the like are making huge profits from international sales, and have cultivated the vastly growing monster that is the prescription drug market. Of course, the counterfeit drug boogeyman is often sent out by interested American parties, making it sound like Canadian drugs are made by a couple of toque wearing, beer swilling, Bob and Doug Mackenzie types, but for the vast majority of cases, this just isn't true.

The question becomes, what do you do if you're an American and you suffer from an illness which requires you to be dependent on prescription drugs to function in your normal, productive way, and yet you can't afford the ever increasing rates that are being saddled to nearly all forms of medications. What do you do if you need to pay so much for meds every month that you can't afford to kept the heat on in your apartment, or you can't afford to eat as healthy as you should because your shelling out all your cash in the pharmacy instead of in the grocery store? And what if there was a ray of hope just across the border where you could go to pick up the medications you desperately need at a massively reduced price, so that you could get back to spending your money on the basic necessities of life that don't come in form of pills.

This is not a fable, it's not a scary bedtime story; it's real life, and it's a problem that affects a growing number of honest, hardworking Americans as the years pass by and the prices go up and up. And as the years pass by in one's own life, the amount of drugs we have to take rises exponentially, which means that the biggest sufferers from the high cost of prescription drugs is usually senior citizens. Seniors will usually have to take some form of drug each day, depending on how healthy they are, and depending on the amount of money they still have coming in. As a person approaches retirement, the money spent on prescription drugs can start to realize itself as a serious financial burden, meaning that often the only chance for a person of advanced age to continue to get the meds they need is to buy them from Canada.

On the other side of the proverbial coin, there is the question of what kind of situation this puts Canada in, as its stock of prescription medication this site is whittled away by foreign buyers who have no other place to turn. Will a depleted stock of meds be a cause of concern for the Canadian patient, who wants to be allowed to continue the same tradition of getting prescription meds as he or she has been used to? Buying meds from Canada is a contentious issue in contentious times, and with argumentative parties on both sides of the border, one that will likely continue to be discussed.

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What causes carpal tunnel syndrome to develop? Although there are many professional opinions out there regarding the subject, most do not provide an accurate description of how carpal tunnel syndrome actually occurs.

What is agreed upon is the fact that the flexor tendons and median nerve are operating in a much smaller space than they were prior to the onset of symptoms. Many professionals state that it is the swelling of the involved tissues that is diminishing the space and others say that is caused by a muscle imbalance between the flexor and extensor muscles that is causing the carpal bones to shift into the carpal tunnel, making the carpal tunnel much smaller.

After much research, my opinion is that the swelling is a 'secondary effect' of the nine flexor tendons and median nerve having to glide through the carpal tunnel which has decreased in size due to a muscle imbalance*.

How does the carpal tunnel decrease in size? The carpal tunnel decreases in size because the flexor muscles that 'close' the hands are exercised on a daily basis with virtually every activity we perform, and they become stronger, shorter and tighter than the extensor muscles that 'open' the hands, thus causing the carpal bones to shift inward, collapsing the carpal tunnel and making it smaller. As the tendons and median nerve slide back and forth in the much smaller space, friction between the tissues occurs.

What does friction in the carpal tunnel cause? Friction between flexor tendons and median nerve within the carpal tunnel causes inflammation and swelling, which puts pressure on the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the reason that surgeons sever the carpal ligament, making more room for the flexor tendons and median nerve to move around in. If the carpal tunnel is returned back to its original size, prior to the onset of symptoms, the friction and swelling is eliminated and the symptoms disappear.

Continually performing repetitive wrist and finger flexion while symptoms are already present will ultimately aggravate the existing condition even more and lead to possible irreversible damage of the flexor tendons, blood vessels and median nerve within the carpal tunnel.

How can the carpal tunnel syndrome be eliminated? By stretching and lengthening the overly restrictive flexor muscles that 'close' the hands and strengthening and shortening the extensor muscles that 'open' the hands, the carpal tunnel can return to its normal size, decreasing impingement of the tendons and median nerve, which also eliminates friction and causes the carpal tunnel symptoms to disappear.

Now is the time to take the steps to prevent and/or eliminate carpal tunnel syndrome by starting a stretch / exercise program for your hands. Speak with your doctor or contact a certified therapist today to implement a good stretch and exercise program to keep you strong, healthy and injury-free!