Saturday, July 4, 2015

Be Healed of Musculoskeletal Problems with ART

Repeated injuries, post-operative complications and overuse of muscles can cause hampered or limited mobility. Scar tissues tend  to develop when muscles heal from injury or surgery. These tissues bind the supporting muscles and other tissues. Hence, inhibition of movements happen.

When a person experiences difficulty of movement, he is unable to do the things he used to do with so much ease. This can make him dependent upon the care or help from people around him. Moreover, this can diminish the quality of his life.

The good news is this condition can be treated by a massage technique called Active Release Technique. This is used by therapists to alter the soft tissues in the body. Therapists physically manipulate the target area to heal it. Problematic muscles are not the only ones healed through this process. Torn ligaments, nerves, tendons and fascia also benefit from it.

Other conditions that can be relieved by the Active Release Technique are:

• Backache
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Headache
• Knee Problems
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Sciatica
• Shoulder Pain
• Shin Splints
• Tennis Elbow

Athletes and other individuals whose work requires exertion of physical energy benefit a lot from Active Release Technique. It relieves their muscles of the stress they have acquired due to repeated use. It also allows patients to regain control over their bodies, to move independently once more and to reduce the cost of related treatments. Finally, it is a non-invasive solution to musculoskeletal problems. Hence, it is a holistic approach that can improve the person’s entire well-being.

Note: ART was developed by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sure-Fire Ways to Beat Neck Pain

Neck pain can be very stressful because it is the kind of pain that pounds on your head and limits the movement and performance of your entire body. Massage, stretching and taking frequent breaks from work can lessen the chances of your neck pain from getting severe. But all these won't be enough especially when you need to accomplish a lot of tasks.

Neck pain is best addressed by observing certain practices that support the neck and frees it from pressure all the time. Keen to know what these practices are? Read up.

Avoid slouching - It is tempting to slouch when you’re tired. To avoid doing this, always  lean on your back and make sure that your back is supported. Keep both of your feet on the ground and relax your shoulders. When typing or doing something on the table, refrain from leaning forward or looking down. Always keep your head at eye-level.

Don't cradle your phone in between your chin and shoulder when making calls - Use a headset or put your phone in loud speaker if you make and receive a lot of phone calls while doing something. Cradling your phone can strain your neck.

Do some stretching exercises - Take frequent breaks when working. Do some stretching while on break by moving your head gently from side to side and shrugging your shoulders up and down.

Avoid sleeping on your tummy - This is stressful for the neck especially that you sleep long hours at night. Sleep on your back. Choose a pillow that the natural curves of your neck can handle. Sleeping on your sides is also acceptable.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Overcome Loneliness Today with These Techniques

Loneliness can be affecting your daily routine without you even noticing it. If you fail to nip it, it can be coupled with hopelessness and worthlessness. While lack of companions can cause a person to be lonely, the feeling of loneliness springs from something deeper like shame, guilt or belief of inadequacy.

Loneliness is best overcome by having healthy interactions and relationships with your family, friends and co-workers. Lonely moments are inevitable but you must take the effort to forget them and be healed from them. Here are the techniques that will help you achieve so.

Awareness - Be aware of your feelings. Observe signals from your body like emptiness in the chest and tightness in your throat. Cry if you feel like crying. It will make you feel relieved.

Acceptance - Accept the fact that you're lonely and don't numb yourself of it. Distracting yourself by overworking or over-entertaining yourself is not healthy. Avoid from criticizing yourself. Accept your uniqueness - your imperfections and strengths.

Compassion - Know that other people experience loneliness too even though they may not talking about it openly. You can ease your pain by showing compassion to people who go through similar situations. Allow yourself to receive compassion from these people too.

If you need more specific ways to battle loneliness, observe the following:

1) Do not isolate yourself from people.
2) If you are in an unhealthy relationship, break it off.
3) Enrich your current relationships with the people who support you.
4) Seek help and support from the ones who care for you.
5) Be proactive.
6) Enjoy solitude.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hand and Finger Exercises: All You Need to Know

Have you ever thought why your hands and fingers are not as flexible and strong compared to those of your friends? While genetic make-up can be a valid reason, it is not the only explanation to that. Proper and regular exercises can also increase the flexibility and strength of your fingers.

You must make an effort to exercise your hands and fingers everyday. Working with your hands and fingers non-stop for the whole day is different from exercising them. The short video below will show you how you can give them a good stretch and break from their usual work.

You can also use an exerciser in stretching your hands and fingers. It is a hand-held exercise device that has four or five independent spring-loaded buttons or plungers that the fingers push down to exercise. On second-generation units, the resistance is adjustable on each plunger.

There are at least five reasons why using an exerciser would be more beneficial to your fingers and hands. They are the following:

Fingers are exercised individually. The individual plungers ensure that each finger gets exercised and strengthened and that no finger gets left out. You can optimize the resistance on each plunger by making some adjustments so that every finger gets the ideal workout every time.

Finger skills and stamina are improved. Independent finger movement, finger dexterity, mobility, and agility are four of the top skills which are improved by this device. This device also practices your hands and fingers not to get tired quickly when doing something. Athletes and musicians alike benefit from this greatly.

Additional finger extension exercises. These exercises are made possible by the newer 5-button devices and are critical for musicians. They strengthen the fingers for playing those difficult chords where the fingers are stretched far apart. This capability is unique to hand and finger exercisers.

Additional trigger finger exercises. These exercises provide for a smooth finger action and a steady hand when shooting. They are great for target shooters and hunters.

Wrists and forearms are strengthened. By placing the unit upside down on a table and pressing down with the hand, they can be used to strengthen the wrists and forearms. This capability makes these devices extremely versatile.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Importance of Ergonomics in Your Everyday Life

Ergonomics literally means "work and its study" in Greek. To be more precise, it means "the study of work". Ergonomics studies how the body reacts and responds to the environment that it is placed in. The field of ergonomics has expanded beyond this simple concept. It now involves researches and studies which show how human beings are able to live with technology, machines and environments as part of the  modern world.

In the work place, ergonomics studies the compatibility between the workers and the tools and environment used for the work. Its more specific areas, even focus on the development or tools and furniture that can alleviate work-related issues such as chronic fatigue and stress syndrome.

Most people think that ergonomics has nothing to do with them because it sounds technical. But the truth is, ergonomics affects their daily lives specifically when they spend longer hours working in the office. This field of science promotes the creation of ergonomic designed products which can improve the quality of our lives at work and even at home. The absence of ergonomic-designed items can increase the risks of injuries and stress to people.

Ergonomists are consulted for the production of the above-mentioned items. They study humans as they interact with different machines and environments. In connection to this, ergonomists observe:
- how humans move
- the repetitive motions humans perform and how these motions affect the human body
- what makes certain situations more stressful on the body.

Work environment stress can be relieved by making changes to certain work-related practices. It can be as simple as altering how you sit in a chair or adjusting the distance of your eyes from your computer monitor.

Below is a video I stumbled upon. It shows the practical and ergonomic benefits of using a trackball instead of mouse.

Note: All credits to the owner. I’m not promoting the trackball’s brand.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lao and Thai Dishes - Eat Your Way to a Healthier You

My love for Asian food started about six years ago when I decided to live a healthy lifestyle. During my research, I found out that the incidence of chronic diseases is lower among Asians than Westerners. This is because of the food that they eat.

Lao and Thai dishes are two of the Asian cuisines that I find healthy to eat. Both are prepared in a traditional way using the freshest ingredients available. Oftentimes, the cuisines are mistaken as being one and the same because of their culinary similarities. Nonetheless, each cuisine has its own tasty distinctions.

Green papaya salad is a dish common to both cuisines. It is prepared using lime, hot chili, fish sauce and palm sugar. Let us consider the ingredients one by one and see how each of them can benefit one’s health.

Green papaya contains essential enzyme and nutrients that promote excellent digestion. Chili boosts the immune system. It can clear the sinuses and eliminate nasal congestion. Lime is useful in helping to cure common colds, headache and stomachache. Finally, palm sugar is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that can keep your body and heart young and healthy.

Meat salad is another dish included in both cuisines. It is popularly known as Laap and Larb in Laos and Thailand respectively. It comes in duck, fish and pork variations. The meat used in this dish is cut and served in the recommended amount. Then it is tossed in lime, herbs and spices for added flavour. All in all, Laap and Larb is a great source of protein.

If you’re keen to discover other Lao and Thai dishes that are good for your health, watch this video from a restaurant that offers them. There’s a link in the video description if you want to find out more about the Holy Basil Restaurant.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Jumpastart a Healthy LifeStyle with These Tips

We often hear people refer to living a healthy lifestyle, it may be a doctor or even a breakfast cereal commercial. But what exactly does having a healthy lifestyle really mean? And how do you start with it? Check out the steps listed in this post.

- Not only did we mention this before, but we also did a whole article on how much exercising is important if you want to move your life forward, and make room for some improvement. The truth, simple as it is, is that adding exercise to your life on daily basis is one of the best ways to promote a healthy lifestyle in general. The health related benefits are huge, as is the step you are taking towards self-improvement.

Sleeping schedule
- Giving the roller coaster of a schedule that many people are having today, probably the one that sent you here at the first place, we must come to realize just how much important sleep is to all of us. Many studies conducted on couple of the best universities around the world suggest that every individual needs from seven to eight hours a sleep during the night.

Healthy diet - This is one of the cornerstones, truly a foundation upon which one healthy lifestyle is build. And make no mistakes, it will change everything for better once you implement the healthy diet into your everyday life. Not only you will be healthy, but you will also have tons and tons of other benefits as well.

Time management
- Time management is a process, chain of techniques if you will, that not only make sure that we are on our best when it comes to spending our time, but also gives us the opportunity to know we are doing the best we can, and taking all we can actually take. It can also be a pretty good tool in the battle against stress.