Pilates and Stretches – The Latest Advancement in Pain Management

People have come a long way over the last century in relation to pain management. There are a number of procedures, medications, and treatments available to help people who are in chronic pain. Some things work, and certain procedures and therapies only make matters worse. One of the biggest mistakes that have been made over the last few decades is the frequent recommendation to use pain killers. Doctors all over the world are writing prescriptions for drugs like methadone, Vicodin, and hydrocodone way too much and it is causing some very obvious problems.

The type of problems that are being caused are the same one’s that are causing the pharmaceutical industry to reconsider what types of drugs they want to distribute out into the market. Too many people are dying from accidental overdose from the same type of painkillers as those listed above. These drugs are also very addictive, so it is a very risky thing to prescribe them to just anyone. Most people who become addicted to painkillers usually take their first pill via written prescription. However, none of this is cause for worry because there are much better ways to treat, prevent, and cure the source of your pain.

The latest advancement in pain management comes from something that has been around for over a century – Pilates. Over the years, people have studied the effects of Pilates on the body and have found that strengthening the body from the inside out is the best way to relieve pain. The strengthening and stretching routine starts by working the core of the body. The abdominal, buttock, hip, and lower back muscles are involved in every exercise. People who experience pain in other areas of their body besides their back can also find relief by doing Pilates because all pain starts at the core of the body.

The reason why it begins in this area is because when the spine is misaligned, all parts suffer and become out of balance. Everything in the body is connected to the back. The legs, arms, head, neck, fingers, knees, etc. All spur out from the spine. Let’s say that you have a misalignment in your lower back. The nearest area to be affected would be the hips and obviously, the lower back. That pain will eventually cause tightening and stiffness in the legs. That same misalignment may cause pulling and tearing of the muscles up and down along the spine and put pressure on another part of the body in an attempt to balance everything out. This type of activity would create a knot – which could be felt in the neck or shoulder area. Headaches may be the result. A sore lower back first thing in the morning could also be the result. Muscle spasms and shooting, aching pains are nothing out of the norm when the back is being affected.

A healthy spine can be easily obtained by performing Pilates, and actually a whole lot easier than by means of a chiropractor – which can be very damaging. People who do Pilates use their own body weight to perform the movements. Stretches are done to ensure that no harm or injury is done to the body. The exercises and movements are very simple, so everyone ranging from younger to older can do these movements, no matter what type of pain they may be experiencing. Once one pressure point is released, the muscles around it will begin to relax. Stress and knots will leave the body and everything will return back to it’s natural state and alignment.

So basically, it all comes down this one simple thing: All of the procedures, therapies, and medication in the world can not heal you. If you want real healing, you have to get to the source of the problem. Real healing and prevention starts with you. If you have the motivation to get better and yearn to live a life without pain, you will do whatever it takes. Now that you know what you can do to get rid of your pain, it is up to you whether or not you really want to make it happen.

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Diverticular Disease – The Cause, Symptoms and Diagnosis of Diverticular Disease

The intestinal tract of some people develops pouches or diverticula. This is a health disorder of the lower intestinal tract and in particular the colon. It can however affect other parts of the gastrointestinal wall. The condition is characterized by pocket or sack development of ‘diverticula’ within the colon’s wall. The diverticula tend to grow in the weak regions of the bowel wall and especially in places where blood vessels passing through the bowel walls and regions of the colon that are generally narrow – such as the the sigmoid colon area.

It is generally believed that diverticula development is mostly the result of the western style diet adoption, which can be generally low in fiber. Highly processing most kind of foods is a common practice in developed or industrialized countries. Due to large scale of refining carried out with many foods, fiber and many other nutrients contained are removed.

A diet that is too low in fiber leads in the development of fecal matter that is different in consistency from that of a diet rich in fibber. As a result of poor fibber consumption a higher muscular force is applied and strain during bowel movement. It is this high pressure and strains that result in the outwards expansion of the bowel through the muscles surrounding the area to consequently form pouch like structures called diverticula.

A diet high in meat and ant related product, as opposed to plant foods, has shown to lead in diverticular disease. Animal products contain no fiber; in contrast plant products provide most of the needs for dietary fiber. When an individual follow a diet that includes limited amounts of plant foods this will lead into insufficient daily amounts of fiber required. The lack of dietary fibber eventually results in an increased pressure and strain in the bowel, during elimination, and consequently development of diverticular disease.

Several studies point out that a diet high in vegetable foods, such as those regularly consumed in developing countries greatly minimized the chances of developing diverticular disease. It has also been identified that may be genetic component are affecting the development of diverticular disease. Another factor associated with diverticular disease is age. Diverticular disease is commonly found in individuals over the age of fifty. Generally, condition of muscle tone and repair of tissue becomes lower with age and the chronic repeated pressure and strain of the lower intestinal tract inevitably leads to the weakening of the bowel walls.

It is estimated that about one third of the population at forty years of age develop deverticular disease and about two thirds of the population at eighty years of age have diverticular disease. Those individuals already suffering form colonic mobility problems or defects in the strength of the colon wall are at higher risk of developing diverticular disease. Diverticular disease is not based on gender and both male and female alike can equally develop the condition.

The term diverticular disease is the general description of a condition that covers what is called the diverticulosis and diverticulitis stages of the disease.

a) Diverticulosis: The term refers to the diverticula presence within the colon. A person with diverticulosis may have no symptoms and it is possible that they may never develop the active stage of the condition.

b) Diverticulitis: This term describes the active stage of the disease, in which the diverticula pockets become inflamed. Current belief is that diverticulitis occurs when fecal matter is trapped in the pockets. This creates a perfect environment in which bacteria can manifest and consequently cause infection. The infection may proceed in one of four ways.

The infection may spontaneously resolve itself without medical intervention.

The infection may progress, leading to more severe complications

The infection may cause partial or complete obstruction of the bowel. This generally must be addressed via surgery.

The infection may fistulize. If the infection is not treated the site of infection will spread and consequently break through to another organ or cavity of the body, creating a tunnel or fistula

Diverticulitis does not occur in every individual with diverticulosis. In reality only a small proportion of people with diverticulosis will develop diverticulitis.

Diverticular disease can be diagnosed via one of three procedures:

1) Colonoscopy: This procedure involves a thin, lighted tube being passed through the rectum in order to obtain a thorough look at the bowel wall. This also enables the removal of small pieces of the bowel wall for further investigation via biopsy.

2) Single Contrast Barium Enema: A thin tube is passed through the rectum in order to feed a white liquid known as barium into the bowel. The presence of the barium allows for the outline the bowel wall show in an x-ray. If over activity due to presence of the disease is prevalent, the bowel wall will appear thickened.

3) Double Contrast Barium Enema: If an individual suspected to have diverticular disease an enema may be implemented to view the wall of the colon. The double contrast enema is more accurate than a single contrast enema. However, an enema is not used if there is any possibility of diverticulitis as this may increase the risk of perforation of the diverticula.

4) Water-soluble contrast enema: Another form of enema- this enables imaging of the intraluminal space and consequent diagnosis of diverticular disease.

5) Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan: This procedure is less invasive as it does not required passing of a tube through the rectum. Instead a scan is used to produce a 3D image on a computer screen in which the bowel can be viewed. If possible, CT scans are used due to their high degree of accuracy in diagnosing diverticula disease and identifying the development of abscesses.

6) Ultrasonography: This test is equally as accurate and non-invasive in diagnosing acute colonic diverticulitis. Like an ultrasounds, these sound waves produce echoes which for a picture of organs and tissues inside the body on an ultrasound machine.

For those individuals diagnosed with diverticular disease, in general their diverticula will cause them no problems and they may never develop the active stage of the disorder diverticulitis. Some may develop this phase once or very rarely and will recover very quickly form the event via treatment through optimal diet and antibiotics. There are however the rare cases in which the diverticular disease and consequent diverticulitis are more severe.

Approximately ten to twenty percent of those with diverticulosis will develop the active type of the disease (diverticulitis). The exact cause of diverticulitis is not well understood. The condition can occur suddenly and without warning. Diverticular is a common health condition. You must contact your health care provider if you suspect you are suffering from diverticular disease.

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5 Major Things They Do Not Want Us to Know About Weight Loss – Find the Truth Here!

Are you overweight? Try to imagine what your life would be like if you had the body that you truly deserve. Now imagine how much easier it would be to get there if you weren’t literally swarmed, with misinformation on the subject of weight loss. If you had the no BS, clear cut guide, which would allow you to lose weight in the most efficient, fastest way possible.

Obesity is one of the major health issues affecting the people of well-developed countries of today. Obesity reduces the life expectancy of a person on average by 9 years. It also greatly reduces the quality of life of that person.

With so many people suffering from obesity and looking for a way to lose the weight, it’s no wonder that the entrepreneurs of today saw this as an opportunity, an opportunity to market to new consumers. To hungry consumers!

That is why today we see diet products, low fat products; we see adverts on TV that promote cereals and other snacks as a part of their weight loss diet. We see countless celebrities that always had great bodies and know nothing about weight loss selling their “get fit” programs. We see countless weight loss pills, countless exercise machines and countless fad diets.

You know how many of those were created with the intention of helping us lose weight? NONE! The companies want us to be looking at these quick fixes, which do not work. So that after we spend our money, try the product and fail to lose weight effectively, we start looking for a new product.

They do not want us to know the truth about losing weight. That would simply not SELL!
So here they are, the things that the mainstream media would rather not tell you about weight loss:

1.Weight loss is simple.

A lot of people believe that to lose weight they need a special formula. They need to have a special fat loss diet that works, a special fat loss exercise program that works, a special supplement that works. You may have been enticed into buying one or the other product just to get discouraged when it didn’t work. I know I have. This makes us subconsciously believe that we need a better, more expensive product to lose weight. This simply disperses any motivation that we had towards losing weight. This is the primary reason why people quit before seeing any real results.

2.Weight loss only requires effort.

The number one thing that determines our progress when losing fat, is the effort we put into it. Isn’t that relieving? You have the total control over how fast and how efficiently you lose your weight. No one program will make us lose weight more efficiently then the other. A fast weight loss diet may have you believe that it’s the diet. But in reality if you have the basic knowledge you can make this diets for yourself on the go. They are common sense. It’s the effort that the diet requires that really makes it work. If you have the basic information that is hidden from you, you will be able to have as fast a weight loss as you want. However what usually happens is people get the product, which allows no control over the effort they put in. And then just hope that it works. Very de-motivating. Don’t you think? I’d like to have total control over the effort I put in and the results I get from the things I do.

3.Weight loss requires consistency.

To lose the weight you need to make a goal and stick to it. You need to change the way you think about things like food and exercise. Fitness has to become a part of your life, and not simply a means to an end. Once you mentally commit yourself, and once you start seeing it as a part of the new you, your body will start transforming right before your eyes. You will stop getting unmotivated and discouraged. You will feel a lot happier and better about yourself. Suddenly eating unhealthily becomes an effort.

4.Fitness is fun.

From watching the TV and seeing countless commercials, programs and even films, we are all brainwashed into believing that fitness isn’t fun. That it’s tedious. That it’s a grind. That it is only a means to an end. The commercials promise us ways of avoiding this grind and still losing weight.

However we do not need to avoid it in the first place as it is very enjoyable after the initial few weeks of mental resistance that people inflict onto themselves. Why do you think most “fitness freaks” are so happy about their fitness. Not because they’re freaks, simply because they realise the truth. They have gone through the pain period that everyone experiences and realised that the pain is nothing but an illusion.

5.Weight loss is an endless goal.

Commercial fat loss information, always promotes their products as short term fixes. People are always looking for a magic pill. What people do not realise is that our bodies are designed as goal striving mechanism. Believe me, if you set yourself a clear goal for losing weight, and commit to it 100% you will feel a great level of fulfillment every time you finish your healthy meal or workout.

That fulfillment will make you a lot happier as a person. Have you ever worked for something really hard, while imagining how good the end result would be? However when you got to that result, it was a little disappointing? That’s because striving for the goal gives our emotions more fulfillment then the actual thing we are striving for.

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