Forward Head Posture, Bad Posture Which Causing Muscle Pain

Forward Head PostureDid muscle pain hindering your daily activities?  You would feel that your muscle is being pulled hardly to one direction constantly. This would cause your muscles suffering from aches and pain.

One of the most common causes from muscle pain is the habit of bad posture. We often let our body posture in the bad position due to the practicality and our convenient. And because we continue to let it happen this condition become our habit.

For an example, usually in normal and healthy position our head is located straight in line with our shoulder, body and hip. But because of the necessity of our daily work, sports or other activities, your head position often get shifted way too forward and located in front of your shoulder and body.

Because this condition often happen almost every day this posture become your habit. Without you realize, this posture is burdening your muscle because the muscle in the front of body will get shorten for long period of time, while the muscle in the back of the body become overstretch for long period of time.

This unnatural condition will put too much burden to body muscle will cause muscle pain along with some joint, head, and back aches and pain. And eventually the whole body will also suffer and sending pain signal from various body parts. In medical terms this condition is known as forward head posture.

To solve this condition would need extra effort from the patient that suffer from this condition. They need to rearrange their head position back to where it natural position which is in line with their shoulder and body.

Some methods such as massage therapy and using arch support often used to fix the head position back to where it belong. They also need to strengthen their back to maximize the therapy’s result.

But, the best method is to prevent this condition occur to our body by maintaining the healthy and natural posture all the time, and fix the posture immediately when our posture is in bad shape due to the demand of our work and activities.


Maintaining Our Mind Performance as We’re Age

Alzheimer's diseaseAs we go through life, we all hope we can maintain good physical and mental health as long as possible. There is not much pleasure in living a long life if our final years are spent in pain and if we lose our ability to think and remember. As much as we may dread suffering physical pain and illness in old age, many of us fear even more the possibility that we might lose our mental capacities and end up completely helpless in a nursing home.

Often the first hint that our memory is starting to lose its sharpness happens around the fifth decade of life. As people enter their middle years, they start to notice more and more frequent lapses of memory, particularly their short-term memory. They may enter a room to do something, and forget what it is. They may be unable to recall the name of someone who used to live next door. And they may start to worry that their forgetfulness is more than just a harmless incident, they worry that it might be the first hint of something far more sinister–perhaps the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is the name given to a very serious brain disease in which the brain cells are killed by microscopic plaques and tangled fibers. The parts of the brain needed to form and access recent memories are usually destroyed first. Brain cell destruction spreads to other parts of the brain, causing a loss of function, and eventually death follows.

At present there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists are racing to learn the cause, or causes of Alzheimer’s, and to find a way to stop the destruction of the brain once it starts. As baby boomers age, millions of them will be at risk for acquiring Alzheimer’s and other serious brain diseases.

Alzheimer’s disease is not the only cause of loss of brain function in elderly persons. There are many other causes that can lead to the diminished of mental capacity or to outright dementia in later years.

Fortunately, you can learn what the risk factors are which are associated with a higher likelihood of developing problems, and you can take steps to counteract them. And the good news is: you don’t need to make a choice between looking after your heart, or looking after your brain. In many cases, what’s good for the heart will benefit the brain as well.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor in developing dementia. Not only does high blood pressure damage brain cells directly, but it also increases the risk of stroke, which will lead to the permanent destruction of brain cells. To prevent strokes, have your blood pressure checked regularly, and if your blood pressure is too high, work with your doctor to bring it down to a safe level.

Diabetics are at particularly high risk for developing dementia. If you are diabetic, it is very important to get your blood sugar levels under control.

If you want to protect your brain for the long term, avoid excess alcohol consumption. Long term consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day can directly damage brain cells, as well as deplete the body of important nutrients it requires to function, particularly Vitamin B1 (thiamin).


The Importance of Essential Fats

Essential FatsWe all know that some fats are essential to the body. There are some fats that our body cannot produce which means that we must get them from our food. Perhaps you’ve heard of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. These are both considered essential and must be supplied by the foods we eat.

What do they do? Well, the omega-3 fatty acid, for example is used for the production of healthy cell membranes and for the production of a class of hormones called prostaglandins. You know how aspirin and acetaminophen are anti-inflammatory? So are the prostaglandins that our bodies produce from omega-3 fatty acids.

Now, we need the omega-3 and the omega-6’s to be in the proper combination to be most effective to us. Empirical evidence shows that the proper ratio is about 4:1 between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. What do you suppose our average diet gives us? About a 20:1 and up to a 40:1 ratio; not even close to the optimal ratio.

Why is the balance so out of whack? Well, our normal diets are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. We get them from meats, dairy products, and processed foods. We eat a lot of those foods on average. We get omega-3 fatty acids from certain vegetable oils such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean. And we get omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon, and tuna.

And now you know why we have been encouraged to eat more fish, especially the salmon. It is especially rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon or any of the other omega-3 rich fish should be consumed at least once a week. In order to get the omega-6 vs. omega-3 ratio in order, decrease your consumption of the saturated fat from meats and dairy products and increase your consumption of fish such as salmon.

Do you know how else you will benefit from increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids? Your cholesterol level will improve. You see, the essential omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to help decrease your total cholesterol and your LDL cholesterol level. The LDL cholesterol is the so-called bad cholesterol. So you will improve your cholesterol levels by adding a better balance of omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.

Not surprisingly, the omega-3 fatty acids can be heart healthy. Several diseases show improvement when patients increase their intake of these essential fats. So, eat well, take appropriate supplements, and stay healthy.


Massage Therapy For Fibromyalgia Patients

Fibromyalgia is a health problem where the sufferers feel chronic pain in certain parts of their body; it is a muscular pain especially around the joints. There can also be centralized pain felt in the spinal cord, brain, neck shoulders etc.

People with fibromyalgia generally complain of pain in the joints, but it actually is the muscles and the tendons around it that cause the pain, it can be excruciating sometimes and can be a continuous throbbing pain. People suffering from Fibromyalgia also show symptoms of depression, sleeplessness, irritable bowel syndrome, stress and many others, which are caused due to the pain.

Massage therapy

There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, but a combination of healthy food and various therapies can help them cope with the pain. One of the therapies known to have a positive effect is a massage therapy where a patient undergoes various massages that help relax the tensed muscles, thereby reducing the inflammation and pain.

A therapeutic massage is given to ease the pain by massaging the muscles and tissues. This gives great relief during muscle spasm, fatigue and even improves circulation by applying pressure in these parts and promoting health.

A professional masseur uses various techniques depending on the problem, alleviates the pain, and has a positive effect on the person. A good therapeutic massage improves the functioning of the nervous system, circulatory system, body muscles and has a good effect on the skin.

Massage types for fibromyalgia patients

There are different types of massages from a relaxing massage that helps rejuvenate a person to a pressure point therapy where relief is found by applying pressure on certain parts depending on the injury. The sports massage is concentrated on strained muscles and muscle tension. Touch, with a mix of professional science and flair for the job is the main part of a massage therapy.

This helps the masseur to find the parts that are tense and apply the right amount of pressure accordingly; this along with the human touch promotes healing in the person. The pressure applied on the body improves the circulation and the immune system of the body, thus improving health and muscle tone along with skin as well.

The advantages of massage therapy to fibromyalgia patients

Research has proved that people who suffer from migraines and hypertension are benefited by massage therapy, as it lowers the blood pressure and helps in increasing endorphins, which are natural pain killers reducing the pain felt by the individual.

There are plenty of benefits of massage therapy like promoting easier breathing, healing injured joints, relieving tension, giving the person a better posture, improving the immune system and controls pain etc.

The tense muscles that are stiff cause the pain and usually lack oxygen, as the tautness reduces the blood flow to that area. With a good massage, the muscle is made to relax by improving the circulation and increasing the oxygen supply to that particular part.

Fibromyalgia patients suffer from constant fatigue, which can be relieved through massage therapy. A one-hour massage where the person feels the therapeutic value of touch can heal all pressures and reduce the stress by the relaxing feel.

Massage has also had a positive effect on people who suffer from depression and increased anxiety levels. It can calm the patient down and make them feel good after a one-hour session of massage. For people who suffer from fibromyalgia the massage has to start slowly so that the muscles are not over pressurized, to cause more pain.

A specific massage known as myofascial release is recommended for fibromyalgia patients, which helps in subsiding severe pain and renewing the part along with restoring motion. Massage also aids in releasing the toxins from your body and detoxifies the entire system.

Insomnia and constipation are can also be treated by massage therapy. Since it makes a person relax completely physically as well as mentally, it improves the sleep patterns and stabilizes the glands relieving stress.

While massage is generally, safe and good for everyone, you need to take precaution and consult your doctor if you suffer from any major skin, heart or nervous conditions. Overall massage therapy can bring about healing and general wellness in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.