Rabu, 11 Januari 2012

Possible Treatments for Cervical Spondylosis

Arthritis of the neck or Cervical Spondylosis can be very painful and irritating for those who have it. It hinders you from doing things that you wanted to do. The pain usually blocks your time for laughter and enjoyment. Good News! Most of the treatment for this condition is very old school. You can try doing these immediately.

A variety of medications can be used to eliminate inflammation and pain in the neck caused by cervical spondylosis. You can try taking NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like naproxen and ibuprofen. These two drugs are commonly used to address neck pain. You can also try using muscle relaxants and acetaminophen. These two drugs can also relieve neck pain along with muscle spasms.

Physical therapists are also one of the vital and effective sources of treatment for cervical spondylosis. Strengthening tense or weakened muscles or stretching it is commonly the initial treatment that is suggested. Your Physical Therapist can also utilize posture therapy and cervical traction. Therapy programs usually last for 5 to 7 weeks but sometimes, the duration may also differ from one case to another. Schedule of therapy sessions is twice or thrice a week.

Wearing a neck collar to restrain motion or movement is also one of the possible treatments. Aside from limiting the movement of your neck, it also provides and serves as a support. It also let your neck muscles rest. Soft collars must be worn and used only for a short period of time. The reason for this is that long-term use can minimize the muscle strength of the neck.

In treating cervical spondylosis, you can also consider using physiotherapy such as hot and cold compress or exercise. Cautious use of massage can aid in alleviating symptoms of the disease.

Some people are having a hard time bearing the pain caused by cervical spondylosis. If this is your condition, you can try having parenteral medications. Steroid-based injections are usually used to relieve the pain although it only provides short-term relief. Your physician can also inject anesthesia to the joints of the spine.

If you really want to treat your condition practically and traditionally, the easiest way is to take a rest. Cervical spondylosis is most commonly caused by stress and different activities involving neck movements. Your body also speaks. Its way of crying is through pain. The moment you feel pain, your body is telling you that you need a rest. Enough rest and sleep can be beneficial. If you hate spending for other treatments, try this. Take a rest now.

Minggu, 08 Januari 2012

General Well-Being With Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Seeing that we all have but one host to travel through life with, our bodies should be our most valued companion. Unfortunately, many people only become hyper-aware of their bodies when something goes wrong. We shouldn't wait until we are in pain to checkup on our health. For each individual to be his or her ideal self, they should strive for optimal health and remain aware of the constant changes occurring with his body. For example, it's crucial to examine the activity of the spine - a structure that could be considered the primary pillar of human function. Even when one does not experience pain or aggravation, it would be smart to consult a chiropractor for frequent checkups. The spinal cord is a sensitive collection of nerves and tissues that are subject to repetitive, daily abuse if one does not allow his body to perform to its optimal potential. Often times, when someone's back "gives out" after a simple act such as bending over, it is because the spine has, in fact, endured years of subtle stressors. Such injuries can be avoided before they surface with the aid of a trained and trusted chiropractor. A chiropractic doctor can provide exercises, nutritional education, and numerous other techniques to inspire each patient to reach his full potential.

Another technique often used to help patients achieve their ultimate well-being is the traditional Chinese method of acupuncture, which addresses the energy flow of Qi that travels throughout the body. If a person's normal flow of Qi is interrupted, health problems may present. Acupuncture helps to regulate the body's Qi or energy flow and keep the body healthy. The therapy involves placing thin, solid needles into precise sites on the body that are related to energy-flow meridians. Those who fear needles can be assured that patients will not feel much more than a tap during the insertion of the needle. In fact, acupuncture has been described by many as a relaxing, therapeutic process.

Of course, there are numerous methods of maintaining one's optimal well-being. Frequent visits to a chiropractor and undergoing treatments of acupuncture are great ways to do so. It should be known that these actions can serve as preliminary steps in avoiding pain, not just treatments for aggravation that has already surfaced. Be good to your body. Give it the attention it deserves all of the time, not merely in times of stress or pain. Be well!

The Major Advantages Of Alternative Medicine

There are major advantages to using alternative medicines other than an alternate way of taking medications. They are highly effective for fatigue, pain, and stress and other types of ailments. There are many illnesses herbal remedies can take care of if you know which ones to take. They are not drugs; they are a food for the body.

Herbal remedies are foods that augment your body's immune system. They can help with all kinds of ailments such as weight loss, rashes, and skin problems. Alternative medicines are herbs from Western, Chinese, and Ayurvedic healing. Each herb or healing plant has properties or chemicals in them that augment the body's cells, enzymes, and other fluids that keep the body healthy.

Healing herbs can help with digestive problems, acne and other skin problems, kidney, heart, and liver problems. Whatever the ailment there is an herb to help the body heal. Sometimes the body just needs a helping hand in the form of alternative medicines or herbs that supplement the body's natural healing powers. Using alternative medicines are easy to do when you do a little research about how the herb can help your body keep you healthy. What the body doesn't use is flushed out of the body.

There are many people who say herbs can't help with cancers or major heart or kidney problems, but they are the one who don't use the healing herbs. If you have heart problems you can take hawthorn berry to help strengthen the heart. To keep colds and flus away during the winter months you can start taking elder berry or elder flowers to strengthen the immune system.

The key to using alternative medicines is to catch the disease, virus, or illness before it become a full-fledged illness. Taking healing herbs to keep the body's immune system strong should be done on a daily bases. Again, healing herbs aren't drugs; you need to continually take them to augment your body to keep illness away. Herbs are just like food, you eat it, digest it, you get hungry, and eat again. Herbs are used up by the body the same as food it used. To keep illness away, you need to keep taking the healing herbs until the ailment is passed.

The rule of thumb for an ailment is take healing herbs for every month you've have the ailment. For example if you've had acne for 10 years, then take calendula for 10 months to heal your skin completely. One dose is not going to heal your skin. Most people don't understand herbs are used up by your body and have to be replaced, so the healing process can continue. In some cases, that particular herb may not work for you, so you try another herb with the same properties.

All people are different and have different body chemistry. Not all herbs will work for all people, but there are alternative medicines that have the same properties that will work for you.

Minggu, 01 Januari 2012

Change Is the Only Constant

The title of this post is a quote from one of the T-shirts that I have. I like it because it is so true. Think about it, change is the constant in life. Think of all of the things that surround you, think of all of the people in your life and how different they are day to day. What about the way your body changes each day physically? What about the way your mind changes and your emotions too? Everything is always changing around us so intern the only real thing that is constant is that change.

Now that idea might be a little scary to some. Many of us are always trying to control everything, always trying to find the perfect job or perfect partner. We try to change life to create the perfect body or try to find all the ways to defy aging. But if we try to do all of these things we will miss so many of the great things life has to offer. We get frustrated with all of the imperfections in our "ideal world" when those same "imperfections" make reality so amazing.

As a chiropractor knowing that change is constant does not freak me out, I see it every day with in myself and with in the people I help. The body is amazing and the one thing to balance out change in life and in our bodies is the ability to adapt. Our bodies are designed to adapt to just about anything. When we get cold our body shivers to warm us up. When we need water our bodies create thirst so we drink. When we are stressed out the body will create headaches in order for us to rest. When we cut ourselves the body will send healing agents to create a scab and create fresh new skin to replace the damaged piece.

I could go on and on with tons of examples on how amazing the body is but the main idea is this. The body adapts the best, while life is changing, when its nervous system is working at a normal state. The nervous system integrates all of the changes in life and then decides what the appropriate response is to that change. That is what adaption means. So when the nervous system is clear of any interference the body adapts perfectly. On the flip side, if the nervous system has something disrupting it, the adaption process becomes slower and intern there is a life change in a negative direction.

An easier way to see this is by comparing it to the Internet. They call it the "world wide web" because there are so many lines of communication that branches out from computer to computer creating ability for us to do many amazing things. But what happens when our Internet router goes down? Our connection is interrupted, the Internet is still up in the rest of the world but out communication to it is broken and we won't get the messages sent to nor will we be able to send any messages out.

The same thing happens with in the body when a bone moves out of place due to some great stress causing an interference in the communication of the nervous system with the rest of the body.

Chiropractic Principle: Evidence of Life. The signs of life (assimilation, elimination, growth, reproduction, adaptability) are evidence of the innate intelligence of life.

Change is always constant and the better we can adapt to it the better our lives will be. We can build ourselves up on life's principles or we can destroy it with fighting against them... choose to build.