The Most Common Causes Of Hearing Loss

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Apr 212014
 

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Hearing loss is a common problem, but numerous people who are affected by it do not seek medical help. There are several reasons for this. They may not realize they have lost some of their hearing, and no one has told them, either.

They may be scared to admit they’re losing their hearing. They may also feel embarrassed about it, thinking people will feel sorry for them if they have a hearing aid or not wanting to admit they are getting older.

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But, the truth is hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe suffer from loss of hearing. You shouldn’t feel awkward about it. If your hearing is impaired, don’t hesitate to get the assistance you require. Just in the United State alone, more than five million people use some sort of device to help them with their hearing.

There are many causes for hearing loss. Among them are:

  • Birth defect – Among birth defects, being born with your hearing impaired or not there is the most numerous.
  • Genes – Another widespread reason for hearing impairments. Genes that are recessive and dominant are possibly responsible for hearing loss.
  • Presbycusis – This is just plain old getting old. As humans get older, higher frequencies become harder to hear.
  • Loud noises – Constant exposure to noisy environments can lead to hearing impairment. This can include loud music, gunshots, heavy machinery, and many other things. It also gets worse as you get older.
  • Illness – Diseases such as mumps, meningitis, measles, and many other can cause loss of hearing if not treated in time.
  • Chemicals – This cause is not as prevalent, but drug abuse and ototxic chemicals can also lead to hearing impairments.

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Hearing loss or impairment can affect you and the people around you. If you think you may be losing your hearing, or you’ve been told you are, you should seek help from a hearing specialist so you can get it addressed. There are many options available today which can help you.

What Health Risks Are Caused by Continuing to Smoke?

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Apr 162014
 

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It should be plainly obvious to even those who continue to smoke that their habit is a dangerous one that has a significant negative impact on health. Such is the problem with smoking, in that smokers are keenly aware that their habit may eventually lead to their early death, yet their addiction is so strong that there is little that they feel they can do to stop. Developing an understanding of the specific smoking health risks that are caused may serve to motivate smokers to quit, thereby avoiding the short-term and long-term health effects that are caused by smoking, such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Various cancers
  • Macular degeneration leading to blindness
  • Impotence

Increased Risk of Heart Disease

Smokers face a significantly increased risk of heart disease. Compared to non-smokers, they are experiencing heart attacks at a rate that is 70 percent greater. The risk for heart disease is reduced immediately upon quitting smoking, and after one year former smokers have reduced their heart attack risk by up to 50 percent. Smokers are also at risk for several other types of heart disease, including atherosclerosis, coronary thrombosis, and cerebral thrombosis. In fact, heart bypass patients are made up by smokers at a rate of 90 percent.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, is a term for any disease or condition that restricts airflow from the lungs. Smoking is the common cause of COPD, being responsible for up to 80 percent of all cases of COPD. These conditions include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, both of which impact the ease of breathing. COPD will cause a decline in lung function that is three times that of a non-smoker, and it has been found that 90 percent of pack-a-day smokers have some form of emphysema present at the time of death, where non-smokers have little or none.

Increased Cancer Risk

Lung cancer is an obvious risk that is caused by smoking, and 90 percent of all lung cancer cases are smoking-related. Lung cancer is not the only cancer that can be caused by the habit of smoking, as bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, and cancer of the kidneys are all more prevalent in smokers than in non-smokers. In fact, if smoking were eliminated, lung cancer would hardly remain, as only .5 percent of non-smokers who have never smoked develop lung cancer.

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Impact on Eyesight

Many smokers may not be aware of the impact that smoking can have on eyesight, yet the impact is serious and potentially severe. Heavy smokers are much more likely to develop macular degeneration, which results in the eventual loss of eyesight. These smokers are twice as likely to suffer from this affliction. Smokers are also much more likely to develop cataracts, which also have an obvious impact on sight.

Potential for Impotence

Smoking inhibits blood circulation, which can thereby cause issues relating to erectile dysfunction. Men may experience erectile dysfunction at a rate 50 percent higher than those who do not smoke. The damaged blood vessels caused by smoking may lead to a degeneration that is difficult to reverse, resulting in long-term impotence issues.

What is a Walk in Clinic?

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Mar 302014
 

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Walk in Clinic’ is a phrase that is uncannily familiar yet at the same time, not too many people can describe exactly what services are rendered there. Is it a freestanding emergency room or is it a convenient care clinic? How does it differ from an urgent care facility?

These are all questions that may easily run through the mind of a potential patient who is actively seeking the services of a walk in clinic but is not entirely sure what is offered. Here is a brief explanation of the services provided by a walk in clinic.

Retail Clinics vs. Urgent Care

Beneath the broad spectrum of the walk in clinic are the following: retail clinics, urgent care clinics, and convenient care clinics. All of these at one point or another have been referred to as a walk in clinic.

The difference lay in the services rendered and the hours of operation. For example, a retail clinic is something that is usually attached to a convenience store (i.e. CVS, Walgreens, etc.) These clinics may or may not have a board certified physician on site to see patients. More often than not, there may be a physician’s assistant or a nurse on staff to work with patients.

The retail clinics are not equipped to provide intensive services for injuries or illnesses. Convenient care clinics offer medical services for common problems, (i.e. common cold, flu, minor lacerations or contusions).

Convenient care clinics are not normally open after 6:00 pm. The final type of clinic that falls in this category is the urgent care clinic which provides many of the services offered by a hospital emergency room, is fully staffed with medical professionals and has extended hours of operation to better accommodate patients.

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Patient Wait Times

Believe it or not, depending on the type of clinic that you go into the wait times may vary. When it comes to these sorts of facilities, patients can rest assured in the notion that on average, their wait time to see a doctor will be much shorter than the time they’d be waiting to see a doctor at the local emergency room.

All of the above-mentioned clinics have a system in place that is meant to usher patients through check-in and triage rather quickly. The wait time might be more extensive in the back once the patient is placed into a room to see a doctor.

If it is flu season or if there are many patients in the waiting room, then the wait time might exceed ten minutes or more. Usually, in any clinical setting, the wait time is minimal.

Demand for Walk in Services

Currently, in the United States there is a surge in expedient clinical services. Patients do not want to wait for hours and hours for a formal diagnosis. Instead they want to get in and see a doctor as quickly as possible, without any hassles or red tape. The health care system has taken note of this demand and has been proactive in franchising out emergency clinic locations.

Getting quality medical care on a walk in basis is something that many people want. They have access to their primary care physicians but also want quick medical treatment should they need it after-hours without an appointment. For more information on the benefits of walking into a clinic, go to www.midwestexpressclinic.com.

Conquering the Downside of Athletic Injuries via Preventative Sports Medicine: Four Treatments You Should Seek Often for Optimal Performance

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Mar 282014
 

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Active athletes are more susceptible to injuries that most other people. The sheer brunt of the impact sports they undertake puts their bodies at grave risk of sustaining injuries. Whether your preferred sport is baseball, running, swimming, biking or even football – just to name a few – impact injuries can and do happen all of the time. Before they happen, it’s never a bad idea to seek a consultation from sports medicine doctors to learn more about preventative and post treatment options that you can consider for rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy

Sports injuries are nearly unavoidable. Where there are active athletes, there are going to inherently be impact injuries. One odd fall or trip and you could end up tearing a ligament or tendon—taking you out of the sport you love for weeks or even months upon end. One of the most tried and true methods of resolving this is by working with specially trained doctors and trainers to rehabilitate your soft tissues. Via a proven medicinal process of physical therapy, pain can be managed while healing and resuscitation is encouraged, drastically decreasing the downtime from many major sports injuries.

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Aqua Therapy (Hydrotherapy)

Water therapy is a popular option in sports medicine that involves using cold and hot water as well as certain water massages and hot and cold treatments to help increase circulation and encourage a shorter healing process in certain sports related injuries. Treatments can range from ice water treatments to hot water, sauna and even hot tub and water jet treatments, according to a Wikipedia.org entry.

Massage Therapy

Seeking regular massage therapy is one of the best preventative measures of sports medicine that any athlete can pursue. Massage therapy helps to increase circulation to your soft tissues, enabling them to heal and to calm down faster. It’s particularly helpful in treating scar tissue areas, where clumps of scarred tissue can commonly flare up, decreasing circulation and sending fleeting signals to the nervous system, resulting in aches, pains, throbbing pain, muscle spasms and overall discomfort. Regular massage therapy helps the body better heal itself from sports injury—and also enables the muscles, tendons and ligaments to be more responsive to the healing process while aiding in stretching them to prevent future injury.

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Magnetic Therapy

According to an article that was published on the Huffington Post regarding using magnetic therapy in sports medicine, columnist Richard C. Senelick MD breaks down the intrinsic benefits of this therapy in the sports medicine field. In the article, he outlines the immediate benefits that this therapy has to offer for athletes, benefits which include: increased blood flow or enhanced circulation, reduction of fluid and retention of swelling with injuries in addition to nerve benefits.

Learning More About Your Options

Before you pursue any type of sports medicine treatment, be it preventive or rehabilitative, it’s always a good idea to learn more about the treatments, what options you have and what elements such treatments entail. A great place to learn more information is by going directly to the source, such as the scope and contrast of educational information that you will find at the Integrative Spine & Sport website; a prominent sports medicine practice. By learning more about what treatment sects are out there that can help—you can take more proactive and progressive measures to assure optimal athletic performance when on the field.

Mar 192014
 

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Research from the past decade has continued to confirm that hours of sitting can have dramatic effects on physical health, ranging from decreased metabolic function to increased risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Many individuals with traditionally sedentary work routines are looking to try an ergonomic adjustable desk or a treadmill desk to help combat a variety of ill-effects on general bodily health. With more companies implementing standing desks at work, many employees are finding that there are a number of benefits of standing on mental health as well, from increased focus and energy to greater self-confidence and overall productivity.

1. Creating a Focused Mindset

Whether they have engaged in a trial week on the feet or are dedicated converts, many people report that standing desks can help to focus the mind and keep attention from wandering. Settling into the same position all day and attempting to multitask-manage a variety of assignments can easily lead to procrastination. Shifting position between standing and sitting during the day provides a natural break that helps to keep tasks compartmentalized and improve focus.

2. Energizing the Brain With Oxygen

In addition to breaking up the day, standers report greater concentration on individual tasks, as well as greater energy levels and engagement. Taking time to stand throughout the day helps to regulate the body’s natural metabolic functions, which can reduce post-lunch laze and mid-afternoon fatigue. Increased blood circulation means more oxygen circulating in the brain, keeping the mind sharp and thinking creatively.

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3. Increased Productivity Through Power Posing

Recent work in social psychology suggests that taking on a more powerful pose can actually have an immediate effect on your body’s physiology. Standing in a poised, energized position can actually cause a reduction in the hormone that causes greater stress-related reactivity and an increase in confidence-boosting testosterone. Vertical desks naturally position users in a default power pose that can lead subconsciously to greater productivity and motivation to complete consecutive or sustained tasks.

4. Greater Social Confidence and Openness to Challenges

The same power posing that can decrease stress responses and increase productivity can also help to facilitate improved self-esteem for the individual and a greater social dynamism in the workplace. The internal confidence inspired by an authoritative pose is reflected outwardly as well. Co-workers prone to shyness or lack of assertiveness may find that standing at their workstation has an immediate effect on their own ability to communicate well with others.

As with much of social behavior, the simple act of standing up can create a psychological feedback loop that benefits everyone; a confident standing pose tells your brain that you are feeling self-assured, and others will react to your more open body language as well. Some companies even claim that workplace standing can lead to a greater tendency for workers to exchange ideas, share commentary, and take on new tasks.

Not Ready to Take a Stand?

Those who are not quite ready to make the shift to a standing workstation can get some of the same physical and mental health benefits if they learn to incorporate regular movement into the workday. Making sure to take a 5 to 10 minute break each hour to stand or walk can help to keep the body’s metabolism from sinking into lethargy, and refocus and reenergize the mind.

Daily Don’ts: Bad Habits That Hurt Your Teeth

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Mar 122014
 

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Good oral hygiene is important for healthy teeth and a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many common habits that are done during the day can damage the teeth. Some of these unconscious habits can lead to tooth decay or gum disease over the course of a few months or years. Dr. Damon Barbieri outlined some of these bad habits that can hurt your teeth and should be avoided as much as possible.

Grinding Teeth

The muscles in the jaw are incredibly powerful. Clenching the jaw or grinding teeth can cause serious damage over time. The pressure between the teeth can result in small microfractures that eventually cause teeth to break or crack. Grinding teeth can also potentially damage existing dental work like fillings or crowns. This habit should be broken as quickly as possible.

Snacking On Sugary Foods and Drinks

Snacking on sugary foods or drinking soda during the day can lead to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. The sugars in candy and soda cling to the teeth, encouraging the growth of harmful bacteria that eat away at enamel and take root in the gums. The result is discoloration, bad breath and eventual decay of the teeth. Eating candy and other sugary snacks, as well as drinking sugary drinks, should be avoided or kept to a minimum.

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Using Teeth as Tools

A very bad habit is using your teeth as tools. This means using the teeth to open bags, open bottles or cut through tape. This exposes the teeth to unnecessary stress. It can take only a second for the stress of pressing down on a hard bottle cap or a rigid plastic container to crack the teeth. Using the teeth as tools also slowly wears down the bite plane so that teeth become more vulnerable to bacteria and other damage in the future. Teeth should be used only for eating, and not for opening everyday items.

Nail Biting

Nail biting is a nervous habit many people have. Nail biting can actually have a very detrimental effect on the teeth. It wears down the surface of the front teeth in the mouth. The irregular pressure that comes from biting your nails can slowly push the teeth out of alignment over time. This can result in the development of crooked teeth in adults. Teeth could even splinter because of nail biting.

Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol is very corrosive to the teeth. Drinking large amounts of alcohol will eventually start to wear away the enamel covering the teeth. This can lead to staining as the dentin is slowly revealed. Alcohol also tends to make the mouth dry. A dry mouth prevents the development of saliva that contains beneficial bacteria. This allows harmful bacteria to grow on and around the teeth and gums. Excessive alcohol consumption will eventually lead to tooth damage.

Smoking

As most people know, smoking is a bad habit for a number of reasons. One of those is that smoking will stain teeth so that they begin to turn an unattractive yellow or brown color. The nicotine in cigarettes is a carcinogen, meaning nicotine can lead to the development cancer in the mouth. It also weakens the gums. It is best to stop smoking immediately to protect your mouth and overall health.

Brushing Too Often

Although brushing two to three times a day is healthy, brushing too much will harm the teeth. Brushing more than the recommended amount will start to scrub away the enamel of the teeth. The toothbrush could act like sandpaper if a person brushes too hard too. Brushing should be limited to two to three times each day and it is also important not to apply too much pressure to your teeth and gums while brushing.

Barbieri Orthodontics serves Nashville, Murfreesboro and Smyrna, Tennessee. Contact them today to find out more about Damon braces, Invisalign and more!

Health, Air Quality, and the Environment in China

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Mar 052014
 

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China’s problems with air quality arises from its status as a developing nation, eager to make use of industrial might to fuel its economy. However, in the attached infographic, you can see that the side effects of rapid industrialization, particularly air pollution, is a serious threat both to the quality of life for humans in or near China and the environment as a whole. The Chinese modernization has deadly consequences due to its lack of pollution control and other regulation.

China Behind in Measuring Air Pollution

Air particulates that are smaller than 2.5 micrometers are one of the most insidious types of air pollution, because they are small enough to pass through barriers in the body that other pollutants cannot. When inhaled, they can enter the bloodstream and affect the entire body. China only began measuring its level of 2.5 micrometer particulates in January 2012, so there is no official Chinese government data about 2.5 micrometer pollution prior to that month.

How Extreme is the Air Pollution in China?

What is evident is that Chinese cities exhibit extremely unhealthy levels of pollution, including 2.5 micrometer particles. The air pollution poses a significant risk to the health of anyone with a predisposition to respiratory illness, such as the elderly and those who have asthma.

Even the healthy public will experience health problems as a result of exposure to the toxic air in Chinese cities. Part of the problem is government policy. The Chinese government hands out free coal to citizens in the north. This keeps them warm, but has also increased air pollution by 55 percent and has reduced the local life expectancy by an estimated 5.5 years.

Furthermore, the country as a whole relies heavily on coal as a fuel source, a main contender in China’s air pollution. China supplies about 70 percent of its electricity through coal power. Coal usage releases a large amount of pollutants.

This goes beyond the kind of air pollution that threatens health; coal burning also releases large amounts of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to human-caused global warming.

China uses more coal than any other nation in the world, and also leads in carbon dioxide emissions with a shocking amount of 5.77 metric tons, according to a 2009 study. This makes China’s air problem a global problem. The pollution from Chinese consumption and industry affects much of the world, directly or indirectly.

What Are the Serious Side Effects?

The effects of pollution in China fall heaviest in Chinese citizens where cases of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses are on the rise, but air pollution knows no borders.

In Chinese cities, over ninety nine percent of the population breathes air that would be considered unsafe by the standards of the European Union. The polluted air can drift to neighboring countries and even across the Pacific to the West Coast of the United States. Chinese air quality has become a global threat to the environment as well as to human health.

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Oransi is a lead supplier of energy efficient home and commercial air purifiers. View the original infographic here.

How Home Health Care Providers are Managing their Inbound Calls Effectively

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Mar 022014
 

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In the home health care industry, fast and efficient service is important. Individuals rely on their home health aids to provide quality care. When they call in to discuss an issue or schedule an appointment, being greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable and supportive voice can be comforting.

A Sound Business Decision

Managing inbound calls can be difficult if every member of the staff is occupied or out caring for patients. Hiring an efficient answering service that specializes in health care, is beneficial for both the client as well as the healthcare staff. The staff is able to be kept up to date on changes in the schedule as well as the concerns of their clients.

Furthermore, instead of administrative tasks consuming medical staff, they are free to devote more time to attend to patient needs. In other words, overhead, staffing and benefits costs are reduced significantly because the medical staff can focus on medical tasks, and the administrative duties can be completed by an outsourced call center for a low monthly fee.

Most importantly, the last thing a patient wants to hear when they call in to talk to an aid is an answering machine. Using an actual answering service allows the caller to be greeted by a real person. It adds a personal touch to the call that no machine can compare to. It also shows the client they are valued as a person and shouldn’t have to wait for their concerns to be addressed, resulting in higher patient satisfaction.

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Specially Trained Staff

The staff members of professional answering services receive training to help them respond to clients and answer any questions they may have. They can manage inbound phone calls so that the right staff member gets the message. In some cases, receptionists are hired that have expertise in specific industries.

For example, an answering service that caters to home health care aids, may hire virtual receptionists that are familiar with medical terminology and have an extensive work history in the health care field. This allows clients access to someone who can understand their concerns and needs. Although they cannot offer medical advice, they can assist the clients in assessing the urgency of their need and establishing priorities.

Further Benefits

A few of the main perks of having an answering service include:

  • Phones are answered quickly and efficiently by a real person, no electronic recordings
  • Call scripts can be personalized and customized according to your needs
  • Virtual receptionists are trained to take highly detailed notes and to ask questions concerning the issues the client is experiencing and the urgency of the situation
  • Ensure HIPAA Compliance without even lifting a finger yourself by choosing a medical answering service company like Peak Answering that was designed with HIPAA laws in mind
  • Live operators are able to relay messages between clients and caregivers in a matter of minutes
  • Receptionists are able to answer questions about scheduling
  • Answering services record all inbound phone calls and maintain a log of all call placed by clients

Record Keeping

A home health care agency would benefit greatly from hiring an answering service. Not only would their inbound phone calls be answered by a real person, calls could be recorded and logged for security purposes. Clients could receive fast and efficient care without waiting in line for a phone call or response.

With the aid of a qualified and knowledgeable receptionist, clients can update their information, schedule appointments and get immediate attention. Receptionists can actually solidify the bond between the caregivers and their clients by providing a solid connection that is built on trust and respect.

What Is Closed Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Jan 032014
 

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Closed Traumatic Brain Injury is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. It occurs as a result of trauma, shaking, or some type of forcible blow to the head that can occur as the result of an accident, fall, or collision. There is usually no open wound, fracture of the skull, or immediate visible signs of injury.

There are usually many different problems and symptoms associated with the condition. For example, difficulty concentrating, thinking, or focusing for short or long periods of time. They also experience problems with short term or long term memory, headaches, and moodiness. These symptoms of traumatic brain injury make it very difficult to live a normal life and to carry out even the simplest of functions.

There are three different levels of traumatic brain injury. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. It is commonly defined or described as mild if consciousness is not lost and if the confusion and other symptoms such as nausea and disorientation last for less than half an hour.

Mild TBI is often called by many different names that are more familiar and popular. Minor head injury, minor brain injury, concussion, and minor head trauma are a few of the names. The effects of closed Traumatic Brain Injury whether mild, moderate, or severe can last for a very long time.

There are so many different effects from the injury that they can be sometimes misdiagnosed or completely missed. This is one of the reasons why it is necessary to carry out the requisite tests in order to confirm or diagnose the condition. Tests for Closed TBI include MRIs and CT Scans.

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The common effects include difficulty coordinating movement and balance, problems, and distortion in vision not limited to burring, difficulty sleeping, seizures, the inability to function sexually, difficulty concentrating, and memory loss. These symptoms can affect different individuals in different ways. The impact on ordinary day to day life is far reaching and potentially devastating.

Individuals with the disorder have to contend with changes in their personality, difficulty communicating, frequent and unexpected disorientation, depression, confusion, and increased anxiety. They can also experience difficulty focusing and concentrating, mood swings, and loss of memory. When these symptoms occur there are no guarantees what the actions of the individual will be.

The support of family, friends, and loved ones is crucial for those who suffer from the disorder. It will take a lot of emotional support to get you through and help you to survive and cope. It will also take a toll on your financial resources as well. Any brain injury is a serious matter and should not be overlooked. Do not ignore the symptoms no matter how small and unimportant they may seem at first.

If you have suffered any trauma and have reason to believe you may be suffering from the condition, the first step is to seek medical attention and confirmation of the Closed Traumatic Brain Injury. The second step is to visit Priority Legal they can help you with your claim.

Cheri Youmans writes for http://www.prioritylegalclaims.co.uk/

Head Injury Claims – Should You File?

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Dec 202013
 

head-injuryOne of the most serious types of injuries that can affect a person is a head injury. This can leave the person totally incapacitated or if they are able to function, it is at a minimal level. For those who have had the misfortune to suffer from a head injury, it is not easy. Everything they know and love is totally different.

If it is a serious one, then the person is left in a vegetative state, unable to function, or recognize anyone. The burden that is left on the family is great, both physical, mental, and emotional. Having adequate compensation for head injury claims will not reverse the situation. It will help with all of the expenses that are associated with such an injury.

Hilary Meredith Solicitors will ensure that you or your loved ones receive an adequate compensation for the trauma they have suffered. There are many causes of head injuries. Some of these are work or road accidents, assaults, clinical negligence, or any other instance that renders a blow to the head. The brain controls every limb and function in the body. A head injury can be as detrimental as paralysis.

If you are thinking of making head injury claims that was caused by any of the above factors, for yourself or a relative, contact the professionals at Hilary Meredith Solicitors to help you to alleviate the stress of this major life changing injury.

The overwhelming financial strain, the change to your lifestyle, and the daunting and unwelcome process of getting involved in a legal battle can be an unnecessary strain. They can help you with making the right decisions and explain the process involved in the legal battle in order to secure your compensation to cover your finances.

As specialists in their field, they are able to do just what needs to be done to help you. Not only will they take into consideration the amount of stress that is involved, but compensation that is to be awarded. This will include future losses attributable to the injury, nursing care for life, specialist equipment, home modification, transportation, and other costs.

If the person is unable to work, that is also taken into consideration. It is best if they are contacted as soon after the injury as possible. The amount of work that is involved is a lot. They will act in the interest of the client to get a speedy settlement. Hilary Meredith Solicitors has years of experience in head injury claims and will deal with your claim promptly. They can advise you on whether your claim is valid or not.

They will be more than happy to take you through the claim process and answer questions about matters you are not familiar with. You can call them or go online to fill out an assessment form to start the process.

Their success stories speak for themselves. They will tell you how you can get the redress that you need if you happen to fall into these unfavourable circumstances. Contact Hilary Meredith Solicitors today for immediate help.

Cheri Davis writes for http://www.hmsolicitors.co.uk/

Growth Spurt: How DHT Blockers are Giving Men Their Confidence Back

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Dec 102013
 

dht-blocker-confidenceAs men age, they may notice that different sections of their hairline are receding. This can be a difficult blow to their confidence, which may affect many different areas of their life. It is no surprise then that men are looking to find a way to stop or even reverse these trends over time. There are a few different types of issues that may affect men’s hair, which will need to be accounted for if they want to see some growth occur. They should check out how a DHT blocker can actually prevent hair loss from occurring in the future. This system is actually designed to provide an all natural way for men to retain their hair for as long as possible.

To understand how this system works, it may be important to check out how hair loss typically occurs in men. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. It will often be produced at higher levels in men who are beginning to age over time. When these hormones are produced at higher levels, they tend to restrict the circulation to different hair follicles on their scalp. This can ultimately cause men to rapidly lose the hair at certain points on their head. They will need to check out how they can use a system that is proven to help prevent major hair loss from even occurring in the first place.

When they want to find the right DHT blocker, they should check out what they can get through the FolliForm program. This is popular for many people out there, because they can just take a couple capsules a day to retain their hair. These are supplements that will provide a powerful antidote to the effects that DHT can have on hair growth. Many people are often impressed to see that they can get the support they need from this inexpensive program. They may want to look in to how they can get linked up with the right system that can help them restore the look that they have always wanted for their scalp.

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Quite a few different consumers will be interested in checking out many of the all natural ingredients that have been included in this package. FolliForm is well known for using many ingredients like saw palmetto and pygeum extract. These all natural ingredients can provide the perfect solution for any man who notices that his hair may be receding in certain areas. It can help for them to check out the different ingredients that are included, to make sure that consumers feel confident about them. But this system is proven to help rejuvenate the scalp and give it a fuller look going forward. This is due to the DHT blocker that has been pieced together from these different ingredients.

Some consumers will be glad to hear about the advantages that they can expect to get from this program. Taking a couple capsules a day is likely one of the most efficient means of restoring hair to one’s scalp. But these ingredients will work naturally with the body’s hormone levels, which means that there is a very low risk of side effects. Some people understandably want to avoid using harsh chemicals on their hair. This can help them avoid some of the difficult side effects that are typically associated with using some of these different types of chemicals.

VH Nutrition develops innovative supplements that help with unique problems. Our DHT Blocker is just one of many different products to help you feel better and be healthier.

6 Fast Facts About Hip Replacement

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Dec 102013
 

hip-replacementHip replacement surgery is a surgery that involves replacing all or part of the hip joint with parts that allow it to work better in the body. Do you think that getting hip replacement surgery is something that you will need in the future? Here are 6 fast facts about this surgery that you should know.

1. Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common condition that is treated with hip replacement surgery.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that most commonly effects older people. Not to be confused with osteoporosis (a disease that affects the bones), osteoarthritis develops naturally from using your hips over years. More information on osteoarthritis can be found here.

2. Hip replacement surgery can relieve hip pain.
Hip pain can be very painful. This pain can make it hard to perform daily tasks like walking up and down stairs, gardening, cooking and even getting out of bed can be a painful activity. Before suggesting surgery, your doctor will probably recommend alternative treatment options that can also relieve pain. This alternative treatment can include walking with a cane or walker, taking medication or light exercises.

3. Hip replacement surgery is not for everyone.
Because of the risks that come with surgery, there are several health conditions that can affect whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. Some of the conditions that may prevent you from getting hip replacement surgery include having poor health, serious muscle weakness, and Parkinson’s disease. Having a low immune system can also affect your surgery candidacy, including those who are prone to catching infections or have problems fighting infections.

4. Hip replacement surgery is not risk-free.
While medical research has grown greatly over the years, it is important to remember that hip replacement surgery is still major surgery and should be approached seriously. Common risks include blood clots, infection and excessive bone growth in the hips. Many complications can arise, as seen here. However, modern surgery practices have greatly reduced the risk for complications and it is safer to recieve the surgery now than it has ever been before.

5. Physical therapy is necessary for recovery.
Shortly after having surgery, physical therapy will begin to ensure proper healing and to help your body to get used to having a replacement hip. Physical therapy will also help to ensure that your replacement hip has proper blood flow, flexibility and range of motion, making it easier to live with in your everyday life.

6. Healing time varies.
Because every body is different, the amount of time it takes for the body to heal after surgery can vary from person to person. Factors that can affect how fast you heal are what type of hip surgery you had, your overall health and what physical therapy activities you have been doing. Healing generally takes 3 to 6 months.

Independent exercise is also recommended. Only you will know what your body is fully comfortable with, however some common exercises that can be helpful after hip replacement surgery include bicycle riding (with a bike machine), cross-country skiing, and swimming. Even something as simple as taking a walk every day can have a tremendous effect on how your hip heals and how life with your new hip will be. Here are other activities that you can do after having hip replacement surgery.

While these fast facts are a good way to begin your research on hip replacement surgery, only a conversation with your doctor will help you to know for sure if hip replacement surgery is for you.

Eyecare Options: The Common Risks of LASIK Surgery

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Dec 072013
 

risks-of-lasik-surgeryIf you have less than perfect vision and want to get rid of glasses or contacts, then laser in-situ keratomileusis, better known as LASIK, is a surgical option to consider. It has the potential to drastically improve your sight. Even so, like any medical procedure, it is not perfect. It has risks and complications that you need to understand before you have it done.

Over-, Under- or Imbalanced Corrected Vision

Your surgeon might accidentally remove too little or too much tissue from your eyes during the LASIK procedure. Your vision still might be better than before with a little under-correction, but the results won’t be as good as you hoped. Over-correction is much more difficult to fix because your doctor subsequently will have to work with anabsence of tissue.

Sometimes, the results are not consistent from eye to eye, either, and LASIK might mean you experience astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightness worse in one eye than the other. Corrective eyewear can help, but improving vision while eliminating the need for lenses is the entire point of the surgery. If you do need corrective contacts before or because of LASIK, you can visit Lenstore to find out more.

Development of Vision Problems

Very commonly, LASIK patients report halos, glare or even double vision after surgery. This is particularly problematic with seeing at night. It can cause trouble in any low contrast situation, however, such as if you are in fog, as the Food and Drug Administration asserts. According to the Mayo Clinic, some people can treat this issue with corticosteroids, but additional surgery often is required.

Flap Problems

Dr. Brian S. Boxer Wachler explains that LASIK requires your doctor to make a flap on the surface of your cornea, which he lifts up in order to reshape your eye. Normally, this is simply replaced and it adheres back to the eye surface. Sometimes, though, a surgeon can accidentally cut the flap through and through.

It does not always reconnect properly and can wrinkle to form what are known as corneal striae. The result is distorted vision, which can connect to astigmatism, epithelial ingrowth, diffuse lamellar keratitis (inflammation under the flap) and keratectasia or keratoconus (bulging of the surface of the eye).

Infection

Infection of the eye is not especially common, but it can occur. It is most common with surface ablations. Normally, the infections are temporary and are easily treatable with drops and other medications, but if left unchecked, they do have the potential to interfere with your results or cause vision loss.

Dry Eyes

About half of all LASIK patients experience a decrease in tear production that can make their eyes feel dry, scratchy and irritated. Fortunately, this usually goes away as the eye heals, but the complications of dry eyes, such as redness, irritation and excessive tearing as the body tries to compensate are concerning enough that doctors don’t take the problem lightly. Drops are often helpful in relieving this issue.

Conclusion

LASIK has helped thousands of patients get back excellent vision. It still poses risks that should not be brushed under the rug, however. You might not get the results you hoped for, and in fact, the surgery could leave you with even worse sight because of flap problems, taking too much or too little tissue and other issues. Success is strongly connected to the skill of your surgeon, so if you decide to have the procedure, make sure to find a physician who has a good reputation and plenty of experience.

Jon Carson loves optical innovation. He enjoys writing about the effects of eye care techniques and what people need to know about them so they can make wise choices.

Exercise and Hemorrhage: Lower Your Risks

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Dec 042013
 

exercise-headacheExercise is a good thing, right? You’re always told to get out and get some. The more, the better. Well, it’s not always the best thing for your body. Exercise works by introducing acute stress to the body. This stress temporarily overwhelmed normal bodily functions.

The immune system kicks up into high gear to deal with the oxidative damage and stress. Then, the body adapts so that it’s better-equipped to deal with future, similar, stresses. But, sometimes, people overdo it – called “overtraining.” If you exercise too much, you could cause haemorrhaging.

Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

Strenuous exercise can lead to exercise-induced headaches. While this is normally not cause for concern, an exercise session that’s a little too strenuous can cause a potentially life-threatening condition. The haemorrhaging takes place between the brain and the membrane that protects and covers the brain.

Exercise headaches typically last 24 hours, but some last days. If you get a headache during or after exercise, and it doesn’t go away on its own, it’s time to see the doctor. In fact, if you ever get a headache during or after exercise, see the doctor just to rule this out.

Sometimes, certain breathing techniques, like the valsalva manoeuvre, cause excessive pressure to build up and can make you light-headed. Other times, it can cause a headache that starts in the base of the skull, radiating upward.

You want to make sure that the headaches are not serious and that it’s safe for you to continue your workouts.

Subconjunctival Haemorrhage

This type of haemorrhaging is less serious, but can still be cause for concern. It’s when the tiny blood vessels in your eyes burst due to high pressure caused by something like the valsalva manoeuvre. It’s not life-threatening, but it will make you look like you’ve got red-eye.

Fortunately, it’s treatable. Just visit NextdayLenses.com or another retailer that sells eye drops and use them on a regular basis. You’ll be back to normal in no time.

What Are The Symptoms?

Some of the symptoms of haemorrhaging include either a primary or secondary headache, blurred or double vision, and neck rigidity. You may also experience loss of consciousness in extreme cases. Finally, your headache may last for more than a day – sometimes a couple of days.

Subconjunctival haemorrhage is easy to diagnose. You’ll have red veins running through your eyes – almost as if you were bloodshot.

How To Treat It

Your doctor must diagnose you with subarachnoid haemorrhage. The ruptured blood vessels are usually restricted using a metal clip during an invasive procedure. That’s right, you’ll probably need brain surgery to correct the problem, which is why it’s so serious. Operating on the brain is a dangerous proposition in and of itself.

If brain surgery is deemed too risky for you given your current health, you’ll be given an endovascular embolization. During this procedure, a tube is inserted through your groin and travels up to your brain. The tube delivers coils to the aneurysm which causes the blood to clot, thus reducing blood flow.

So, should you stop exercising because of the risk of brain damage? Not at all. The risks are usually high with people who overtrain, don’t eat right, don’t stay hydrated during their workout, and have existing health problems. Get yourself checked out by a doctor and, once you’re cleared, get in the gym.

Simon Walters researches sports medicine. He often writes about common injuries on sports and health blogs.

A Gateway to a Healthier You

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Nov 292013
 

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Are you sick to your back teeth of feeling bloated, sluggish and worn out? Modern day lifestyles mean that many of us suffer with a lack of energy and drive. This is simply due to all the toxins our bodies absorb through poor diets and our polluted lifestyles.  The good news is that as we are becoming educated and learning what’s good for us and what’s bad, we can begin to make the required changes to feel and look better than ever. It’s time to give up the bad things in life and concentrate on the good, and here’s how.

Fresh, Organic and Full of Goodness

Over the years food producers and marketers have been trying to save us time. They have worked to do this by providing us with foods that are processed. They can be stored for longer and cooked within a few minutes by putting them in the oven or microwave – whole meals can be cooked at once. Yes it’s easier, but it’s also very bad for you. You aren’t getting the goodness of the food, you’re eating too much sugar, salt fat and you’re eating preservatives and additives not to mention consuming the toxins released from the plastic used in the packaging.

The first thing to do to work on achieving a healthy weight, feeling energetic and generally improving your health is by stopping yourself consuming processed foods. Start buying foods from your butcher, fish monger and fruit and vegetable stores. Yes it will mean preparing your meals takes a little longer but it’s worth it. Buy organic whenever possible and buy fresh, you can always freeze the foods to make them last longer or store them in the fridge. You’ll feel so much better and you can lose weight simply by making this simple change, even if you generally eat the same dishes.

Work Your Heart so it Works Harder for You

Exercise is so important yet it is something many of us avoid doing in our busy lives. We head to work in cars or on the train, come home, cook a processed meal and spend the rest of the night in front of the television. You may think housework is enough to stay healthy but you need to do more. If you feel tired as soon as you come home from work it’s a good sign that you do need to exercise.

Exercise increases energy levels and boosts your immune system. Rather than leaving you feeling ready for bed you will be energised, which is why it’s a great idea to exercise before work or when you come home after a busy day. Leaving it before bedtime isn’t a good idea as you’ll have too many endorphins moving around your body and you will find it hard to settle down and sleep.

By exercising you can work off those flabby bits, tone up but that’s not all – you will feel happier and energised and have a healthier system that is stronger than ever. If that wasn’t enough you should remember that exercise also helps us to fight off diseases and illnesses and leads to a longer healthier life. Therefore exercise is essential for everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do, just concentrate on getting sweaty a few times a week and you’ll reap the benefits.

Where to Start

If you’re now ready to take care of yourself properly a great place to start is with your internal self. Cleansing the body removes all the horrible toxins that have been building up through an unhealthy lifestyle. Detoxing is pretty mainstream now, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fad that should be ignored. A detox can work wonders and is a great place to begin with your new routine.

What is a juice cleanse? A juice cleanse is when you use liquidised fruits and vegetables to flush out your system and feed it full of essential antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cut out all the bad foods and drinks such as caffeine, alcohol, sweets and fats and replace it with foods that come fresh from the earth.

Avoid the Quick Fixes

One important note to take is the use of cleanses, detoxes and dieting as a quick fix. You need to change the way you feel about food and exercise. Healthy living requires healthy diets and a good amount of exercise all year round. If you undertake cleanses simply to lose a few pounds you will find yourself back where you started in no time at all. Change your diet and exercise routine for the long term and you will look and feel fabulous and never need to attempt a fashionable diet ever again.

The author, Lena Lewis, is passionate about living healthy lifestyles and inspiring others to think differently about the food they eat.

Breathing Exercises for Anxiety – Reduced Stress Through Proper Breathing

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Sep 012010
 

Anxiety, nervousness, and fear all have one thing in common. They can be reduced by taking control of our bodies. Breathing exercises for anxiety can be a very effective way to release or reorganize your feelings and release stress.

Are you questioning why this might work? Stop and think about how your body reacts in moments of anxiety and fear. You get tight. Your breathing become shallow and faster. Your mind is going a mile per minute and is running out of control.

Breathing exercises for anxiety helps you accomplish two things. The first is physiological. You are taking control of your breathing response on purpose. The second thing is you are taking control of your thoughts. You are changing your mental focus from the anxiety to controlling your breathing.

To get started find a place you can sit down comfortably. If you cannot sit, then find a relaxing place to sit you can practice your breathing exercises standing or laying down.

Make sure you keep your back straight but relaxed. The simplest method of breathing exercises for anxiety is to breathe in deeply for a count of five. Then gently release the breath releasing it slowly for a count of five. Make sure you do not hesitate, or catch, your breath in between the inhale and exhale. You do not need to hold the breath. Practice this rate of breathing for two to five minutes.

Another variety of this method is to inhale for five seconds and then allow the breath out in five short bursts of one second each. The benefit in this method is not as much physiological as it is aiding in changing mental focus. You will need to think about your breathing a little more allowing you to release anxious thoughts.

As you practice either of these breathing exercises for anxiety it is a good idea to close your eyes and relax. Try to fall into a meditative state where you only focus on the breathing in and out. You will feel your body and mind begin to relax as you change focus.

Some people report a higher feeling of relaxation by focusing on breathing in through their nose and out through their mouth. The only way you will discover which works best for you is to give it a try. For one session of deep breathing try using only your mouth and see how it feels. The next time try using your nose for all your intake. You will quickly know what feels natural and proper to you.

The other physiological advantage to practicing these forms of exercises is the increased levels of blood oxygenation. This allows your brain to receive more oxygen, think more clearly, and can help you relax.

Breathing exercises for anxiety do not need to be difficult in order to be effective. Step away from the anxiety and troubling thoughts by taking a few deep breaths and regaining control of your mind. You will discover you have more control over anxiety than you ever thought possible.

Brain Gym Exercises – Smart Moves For Your Body Which Improves Your Mind

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Sep 012010
 

You have probably heard people talk about the body-mind connection. Do you have any idea how powerful this connection really is? Your body plays a critical role in communicating thoughts, feelings, and ideas to your brain. By improving your body responses you improve your ability to think clearly. Brain Gym Exercises are designed to keep your mind engaged and ready for action.

Brain gym exercises are not strenuous and can be accomplished by virtually any adult or child. In schools which have added these exercises to their classrooms they have seen great gains in focus and concentration.

While almost any exercise can help stimulate blood flow and increase your concentration there are a few exercises which can be practiced easily in a classroom setting to help stimulate the entire class.

Let us take a look at a couple of the easy exercises you can use. The first one is called Brain Buttons. This one is very simple but helps get the mental motors running a little faster. Take one hand and using the thumb and forefinger start tapping just below the collar bone. While continuing tapping in this area use your other hand to start patting your stomach over your belly button. This simple movement may lead to a few laughs in the class, but it will help get blood flowing to the brain and prepare those young minds to excel in class.

The next exercise is a little more active, but requires almost no space and is fun. Stand-up and while lifting your left knee tap it with your right hand. Alternate lifting the right knee and tapping with your left hand. This crossing over movement engages more areas of your brain, gets the blood flowing and will help the class be mentally alive.

These two exercises are very simple and just adding them for yourself or a classroom can make major changes to concentration levels and learning ability.

One other big recommendation from Brain Gym Exercises has nothing to do with exercise but everything to do with the importance of water for our brain function. When we are not hydrated properly our mental processes slow making our ability to focus difficult. It is recommended to drink plenty of water before and during classes.

These few exercises are just a start to improving your mind-body connection. Brain Gym has over a dozen separate exercises to help you improve your mental power and alertness. The biggest failure in education is leaving children behind. Often their only problem is a lack of focus. Using Brain Gym Exercises allows you to improve their mental preparedness for the class, which helps them excel. No one needs to fall behind due to lack of mental energy.

Since you can improve the ability to think with just a few simple steps are you going to get out there and do it? You can improve mental capacity and retention with very minimal effort by learning more about Brain Gym Exercises.

Jul 072010
 

Yoga exercises for beginners can be very fun and exciting, but be careful about watching advanced yoga practitioners before your first class. You may see them in some unusual pose requiring exceptional flexibility and scare yourself away.

The reality of beginning yoga, it is very easy to do for anyone. You just need to select poses you can do with only minor stretching, and start learning to breathe, relax, and meditate into the pose. You will soon feel your muscles and joints learn to relax, your range of motion increase, and more advanced poses will begin to seem possible.

One of the biggest challenges for any beginner in yoga is learning to relax. You enter the class filled with excitement and a little fear, which of course causes your muscles to be a little tense. Learn to breathe slowly and deeply to help you relax allowing your muscle to become more pliable.

A great way to start off is with one of the easiest yoga exercises for beginners, the corpse pose. It is exactly what it sounds like. You are going to lie flat on your back, arms slightly spread to both sides, legs slightly apart. The challenge in this pose is to become totally relaxed while staying completely aware. Still your mind, feel the muscles relax and unwind, allow your body to become completely limp. This pose is often used at the end of classes as a final relaxation, but when you are beginning yoga it a great way to start a class. It helps you to get into a state of relaxation, and proper mental preparation for additional poses.

Another pose you will want to use as a beginner is the bridge pose. This yoga pose is performed by starting on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms extended above your head. Now push down with your feet, and upwards with your buttocks to lift your body into a straight line from the knees to your head. Hold the bridge position for 30 seconds or longer if possible. This yoga pose is great in conditioning your lower back, arms, buttocks, and abdomen.

Another one of the simple yoga exercises for beginners is the seated forward bend. In this pose you start from a seated position on the floor. Bend forward bringing your nose towards your knees. Gently grasp your legs with your hand to give you a little further stretch. Hold the position, focusing on your breathing and relaxing into the position. This pose is great for stretching and toning the lower back and hamstrings on the back of your legs.

This is just a small sample of the yoga exercises for beginners, but as you can see there is nothing to fear. You do not need to jump into the middle of complex poses when you are first starting off. Learn to do the easy poses first, allowing your body and mind time to adjust and relax into yoga. Then when you are prepared you can begin to advance into new and more exciting poses.

Deep Breathing Exercises – Improve Your Health and Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Jun 212010
 

Are you aware of how important deep breathing exercises can be to your health? Deep breathing can lower your blood pressure, relieve stress, and help clear your mind. It may be the simplest form of exercise available, and one of the most beneficial.

Oxygen plays a critical part to every bodily function we have. Perhaps the three most important things we can do for our body are drink plenty of fresh clean water, eat a healthy natural low fat diet, and do deep breathing exercises to increase our ability to oxygenate our blood. These three things make sure our body is fully nourished, and able to produce plentiful energy for all of life’s challenges.

Deep breathing to improve your health should be done with purpose and a plan. The first thing is to make sure you are sitting or standing in a position which allows your diaphragm to move freely and without restriction. Wear comfortable clothes which do not restrict your free movement.

Many people breathe from their chest and not deeply from their diaphragm. To get the most benefit breathe deeply starting from your belly button. Draw the air deeply into the lower portion of your lungs allowing them to fill from the bottom to the top. As you are drawing in the air picture your lungs inflating from their lowest recesses slowly inflating up to the very top.

Once your lungs are fully inflated you need to let the air out slowly. Do not expel all the air in one big gasp, but slowly let it out, taking approximately twice as much time as you did to inflate your lungs. If you took a count of 4 to 5 to inflate your lungs, strive to release the air in about 8 to 10 counts. As you are expelling the air picture all the poisons, stress, and pressure of your life being released with the air. Clear your mind of negativity, and picture all the good things of life being drawn in with each deep incoming breath. Picture love, joy, happiness and laughter being inhaled along with the oxygen. Your mind is a powerful part of improving your health, use it fully.

We are not just working on our body but also our mind with your deep breathing exercises. This is one form of exercise which can be very therapuetic to both our bodies and our minds. Try to stop thinking about all of the problems of the day, and just focus on the breathing exercise. If thoughts keep straying into your mind exhale the thoughts with the next deep breath. Imagine the thoughts disappearing out of your body with the air. What you are going to discover is the increased oxygen, the release of poisonous thoughts, and taking a break from the day is going to relieve tremendous stress. There have been many medical studies done showing the power of decreasing blood pressure by doing deep breathing exercises. Why not give your body a treat and start adding deep breathing to your day.

Yoga Class – Improving Your Body and Mental Calmness Simultaneously

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May 272010
 

What images does Yoga bring to your mind? If you are picturing a bunch of unusual people twisting their bodies into difficult poses while chanting at the moon you need a reality check. A Yoga class is filled with people just like you. They are learning to control their bodies and minds through carefully planned techniques.

You will discover several different styles of Yoga class in the western world. The most common is the class which leaves out the mental and spiritual practices of many eastern Yoga experts. They focus on the physical poses, stretching, and breathing techniques to give you a healthier body. These classes give you tremendous benefits without much mental preparation.

The next style of class is going to take the time to integrate your mind and body into one. You will learn not only the physical poses of Yoga, but learn to be meditative, breathing will become a central focus of your training. You will learn how controlling your mind, and thoughts, can benefit your overall health. When you can take a break from your overactive self-talk and experience calmness for the duration of a Yoga class it gives you not only a physical boost, but a tremendous emotional and mental boost.

It is uncommon in our western society to find a Yoga class which steps deeply into the spiritual aspects of Yoga. If you want this kind of class you will need to dig a little deeper than your local fitness centers. This type of training will help you see the connection between yourself and the universe itself. You will learn about releasing your inner thoughts and pondering the grandness of everything. It is the same feelings and processes many people feel through deep meditation, or sometimes deep meditative prayer.

Which type of class is the best fit for you will be dependent on your goals. Irregardless of the type of class you select, plan on taking care of a few basic needs. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes to every class. You will want clothes that slide easily over your limbs and body allowing you to transition between positions easily. Do not worry about stylish workout clothes, they will not aid in efforts. The second item you may wish to bring is your own yoga or exercise mat. While most Yoga centers and classes have a selection of mats, they are used by many people, with varying levels of cleaning in between usage. If you want the confidence of having a clean mat you can either clean one of their’s before use, or bring your own.

Make sure when you attend your first Yoga class to not be worried about matching the movements and positions of long term practitioners. It will not happen. You must slowly work on your flexibility, your mental thoughts, and your muscle strength before some positions are possible. Not all bodies are created equal, so some positions may never be possible. The most important thing, bring an open mind to your class. You are journeying into a new experience in body and mind control which will pay huge dividends.