Self Defence 2: Life Style Exercise

I want to stay alive!

Do you?

Mugging! Rape! Hooligans! Yobs!

Cholesterol! Circulation! Diabetes! Progressive Joint stiffness! Family genetic factors!

You name it!

Few diseases of developing age can be prevented.

But many – so many indeed – can be modified and risks so much reduced.

There are many lines to follow. Above all – the focus of this article – spinal integrity. The organs all get what we could call their ”electric energy supply” from the spinal nerves. “Electric wires” coming out from between the vertebrae (and skull indeed) to optimise and invigorate all the viscera: heart, gall bladder, pancreas, ‘liver and lights!’. Everything. Not to mention those circulatory pumps, the muscles.

Do you want to stay alive? Then keep your vital nerve supply in tune and functioning to the best level possible. This is the realm of the Osteopath. His job is to maintain spinal integrity, freeing and re-aligning those small but so-vital facet joints. Minimising the ‘electrical shortings’ which so often affect the out-going nerves. A regular, routine preventive three-monthly visit can make such an amazing difference. I know, I’ve been doing it for forty years.

You service your car? Of course. But do you service your spinal nerves? I wonder! Think on it!

I personally prefer osteopathy to chiropractic, although I am trained in both. In general osteopathy uses gentler, safer methods compared to chiropractic, which can be much more forceful. Indeed, I have two partially paralysed legs as a direct result of such over-enthusiastic chiropractic ‘treatment’. Such that I use a walking stick to help.

A walking stick? Now, there’s something …

I am not an exercise freak. I positively hate running. I refuse to (try to) develop bulging muscles. Cycling can be even more dangerous than heart attacks (traffic!!). Keep fit routines? Well, perhaps, but not for me, thank you.

But that walking stick …

As a fanatical martial artist since the age of fourteen, I have practised three hours every night for years. Non-stop, fully committed. I remember being in tears in the dojo (gym) when everyone else was going home and there was no one left to struggle with. I mean that, I really do.

Ah, that walking stick …

Now in my seventies I get an hour’s (and more) exercise every night when walking Tyson, my Staffordshire Bull Terrier. With my walking stick. Practising and exercising sutekki-shin-jutsu techniques – walking stick self defence methods. In sets of ten vigorous stick actions at a time. Invigorating! Enjoyable! Motivating! But so highly practical!

Good for my heart. Good for my stamina. Good for my personal exercise satisfaction. But – hopefully – not good for a would-be mugger …

SO good for my street survival.

The walking stick is a most effective – and perfectly legal – weapon for self defence in these troubled times when no one knows just who might be around that corner! Perhaps no one – perhaps. But can you be sure?

I commend sutekki-shin-jutsu to you.

Advice On Managing And Living With Back Pain (5)

Advice On Managing And Living With Back Pain

Back pain is a diverse and serious problem. Back pain can refer to a few different problems such as lower, middle, and upper back pain. Any of these conditions can affect a person’s ability to move comfortably. If you suffer from back pain, read on to find out what you can do about it.

If you have disk problems, avoid sitting for long periods of time. People suffering from disk problems should be careful not to sit in the same position for too long. When you have to sit, use a lumbar cushion or recline the seat backwards to alleviate stress on the spine. If you are going on a long car journey, use the previous tips, and don’t forget to pull over regularly so you can take the pressure off your spine and stretch your legs.

Take breaks between long periods of sitting to keep your back in tip top shape. Taking regular walks or just getting up and doing some stretching exercises will go along way towards preventing back pain. Sitting for long periods of time will bunch up your muscles and cause strain and tension.

Even children can experience a lot of back pain, so make sure that your kids aren’t carrying heavy loads in their backpacks. This tip also goes for hikers and campers out there who lug around heavy luggage on their backs. Lighten your load to assist in eliminating your back pain.

Avoid bending down quickly without warming up. Tense muscles contribute to clipped ligaments and severe lower back pain. When you need to bend down, do it in a slow motion, instead of quickly, to avoid hurting your back. Another thing to keep in mind is to keep your back warm in cold weather, in order to avoid the tensing of muscles.

If you already have a spinal injury and you are a smoker, we’ve got some bad news for you. Smoking is actually making it harder for your back to heal. Every time you smoke you are causing a diminished amount of oxygen to get to the spinal chord, and it needs all the oxygen to heal quickly.

Avoid very hard soled shoes if you are suffering from back pain. Hard soled shoes can cause compression problems with your spinal cord. The result can be painful flare ups in your lower back. Try a comfortable pair of orthopedic shoes, or even a simple pair of running shoes, instead.

For the treat of back pain a good visit to the chiropractor may be in order. Often times the chiropractor can assist with realignment, and make you feel ten times better nearly instantaneously. As compared to medication, which only treats the symptoms, chiropractors get right to the root of the cause.

If you suffer from upper, middle, or lower back pain, you know how difficult it can make your life. Hopefully some of the tips you’ve read in this article can help you with your back problems and reduce your back pain, letting you live with less pain and inconvenience.

Tips For A Happy And Healthy Pregnancy! (6)

Tips For A Happy And Healthy Pregnancy!

Pregnancy is like a battlefield that you must prepare yourself for. You will go through horrible mood swings, painful swelling, loss of sleep, and be uncomfortable for a long period of time. Use this article to help you learn how to deal with pregnancy as best as you can and when it’s all over, you will be the happiest person in the world!

Visit a chiropractor during pregnancy. A chiropractor can help to alleviate lower back pain, joint pains, and swelling. They can also help by maneuvering your body and assisting it in getting your baby into the best birthing position. Some believe that regular chiropractic care during pregnancy leads to shorter and easier birth experiences.

It is important to take a home pregnancy test as soon as you think there is a chance that you could be pregnant. Many women do not realize that is possible to have a period even if you are pregnant. Getting a pregnancy test is one way for you to really know if you are pregnant or not. They can be bought at any drug store.

Be sure to take prenatal vitamins. It is best to take prenatal vitamins starting three months before conception, but at the very least, begin taking them as soon as you find out you are expecting. The folic acid contained in these vitamins is essential to the proper development of your unborn baby. It plays an especially important role in spinal cord and brain development.

Protect your health as well as the health of your baby! When you are pregnant, be mindful of every single thing that you are putting into your body. If you are unsure of what foods and medications are acceptable to consume, check with your obstetrician beforehand.

When trying to perform kick counts late in pregnancy, your previously active baby may occasionally scare you with fewer movements than normal. If you are concerned, try drinking a caffeinated soda or something with a bit of sugar in it. Often, this is enough to wake up your baby and jump-start his or her movements again.

To alleviate back pain that is often associated with the later months of pregnancy, work on pelvic tilt exercises. Pelvic tilts will not only help you exercise those muscles and relieve the pain, but it will also encourage baby to get in the right position for an easier birth.

It is always important to eat healhty, but when you are pregnant it is even more important. To keep your pregnancy running smooth and to have a healthy baby you should eat a variety of foods from each of the recommended food groups and make sure your diet is well balanced.

You have learned how hard pregnancy can be on your body. You have also read a lot of sound advice on how to deal with being pregnant. While it is not easy and at times, can be unbearable for everyone involved, it is definitely worth all the pain to bring a child into this world.

Getting Rid Of Back Pain – Tips To Feeling Better! (3)

Getting Rid Of Back Pain – Tips To Feeling Better!

Back pain can have a negative effect on individuals. The pain can stay in one location of the back, or radiate through different parts, such as the neck or tail bone. The pain can be a dull pain, or one so sharp that it makes movement impossible. If you suffer from back pain, then read the advice in the following article for ways to stop it.

When working at your desk or computer, make sure you sit in the proper posture or purchase an ergonomic chair. Be sure to get up and walk around and loosen your muscles. It is easier to keep them from getting cramped rather than trying to get out the cramps in your back.

If you suffer from chronic back pain and you know that you are going to be driving for a long period of time, be sure that you stop and stretch your legs. This also applies to those whose work requires them to sit for long periods of time. Too much sitting can cause back stiffness, and in turn, back pain.

Having back pain? Get a massage. Getting a back massage will ease the sore tensed muscles in your back, and help to relieve the stress of back pain. Having a 30 minute massage either by a professional or a family member can produce long lasting relief from sore back muscles.

Use over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, to help relieve back pain. Taking oral pain medications can allow you to function somewhat normally when you are suffering from a bout of back pain. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package for best results.

Back pain sufferers sometimes have a lot of trouble getting around, but you should still try to perform activities like swimming in order to relieve the pain. Swimming is really a full-body workout, and it definitely helps to stretch and loosen the muscles in the back. Plus the water is soothing for your back.

Whatever the reason for your back pain, the one thing you do NOT want to do is surgery. You may have no other choice at some point in time, but try every other option first. Chiropractic adjustments, steroidal injections, OTC or prescription pain medications can all be methods to try first to relieve your pain.

If you can, try avoiding tight jeans or pants, if you suffer from chronic back pain. Tight jeans or pants that effect how you sit down, stand, or even walk, are bad for your posture and can cause new pain in the back or worsen pain that you may already have.

Get more vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to cause chronic back pain in some cases, but getting more of this important vitamin is an easy thing to do. Have some milk and spend time outside to get the most vitamin D you can. Most people are vitamin D deficient and don’t know that, so make sure to talk to your doctor about checking your blood to be sure.

As stated before in the article above, back pain can have negative effects. The pain can stay in one location or radiate in different parts. The pain can also be dull or sharp. If you remember the advice from this article, you might be able to stop back pain.

Cosmetic Surgery on the rise in Celebrity City?

Whether it is the aging populace, or the ever increasing obesity in American Main Street, Los Angeles Plastic Surgery is becoming popular by the day. Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), liposuction or los angeles tummy tuck customers are clamouring for a sleek and sharp look this new year.

There are many reasons for a potential increase in plastic surgery popularity.

1. With improvement in science and technology, at least in Los Angeles plastic surgery has become common place and low risk. Many women are getting rid of their cellulite and extra fat through liposuction, tummy tuck and butt lifts.

2. Costs have come down with increased competition low cost Los Angeles Cosmetic Surgeons have increased in number.

3. Los Angeles Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty has become household names as named celebrities like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have been rumored to have considered this procedure.

4. Independent women have never been so self confident. They want to squeeze out life, by having children and family while also retaining their sleek look. They want to regain their premarital figure after multiple childbirths. No better way than a Mommy Makeover (aka Plastic Surgery)

5. Gastric Bypass Surgery is becoming commonplace and it aftermath is sagging skin. Liposuction is a great way of stretching it like new again.

So is the future bright for Los Angeles Plastic Surgeons?

Only Time will tell. For now, it sure looks like it.

Teeth Whitening With Tray Based Systems

There is nothing like a white smile. It conveys to the world good health and confidence. There was a time when dazzling white smiles were only seen on the red carpet, but no more. Today there are literally hundreds of tooth whiteners available on the market. These products range in price from several dollars up to hundreds of dollars. You can have teeth whitening done by the dentist in his office in about one hour, or you can buy a teeth whitening system from your dentist to use at home. In office laser tooth whitening can cost $600.00 for one session. If you don’t have a bundle of money to spend and you don’t have to see the results immediately, then whitening your teeth at home may be for you. The most popular in home teeth whitening systems are tray based systems.

Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of you teeth and gums before starting your teeth whitening treatment. He’ll want to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, which will help to cut down on potentially painful side effects. If you have receding gums you are at more of a risk to suffer from gum tenderness when using a tray treatment.

You will need to decide if you’re going to whiten both upper and lower teeth. If you only have one dental tray made the price is much lower than if you have two made. It’s best to go ahead and whiten both at the same time. You don’t want to have a set of brilliant white top teeth and dingy yellow bottom teeth – not a good look. Your dentist will also advise you that any dental restorations you may have will not whiten. If there is an obvious noticeable difference you may have opt to have the restoration replaced once the desired level of whitening has been achieved.

In order to help you see your progress your dentist will determine your current tooth shade on a chart. This way when you return for a check up you’ll be able to see how much whiter your teeth are. Your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be turned into clear soft flexible plastic trays. These trays will be trimmed so they cover each tooth, but not the gum line.

When you see your dentist and are given the trays, generally a few days after the impressions are made, the dentist will make sure the impressions fit well and are comfortable. He or she will give you the 10% carbamide peroxide gel to use in the trays. They’ll also show you how to put the gel in the tray and how to avoid getting excess gel on your gums.

Your dentist will give you instructions on how long to wear the trays. Some dentists recommend not wearing them for longer than four hours to minimize potential gum tenderness. Some people are able to wear them overnight. It is suggested that if you can’t wear your tray for at least four hours you don’t. Less than four hours is a waste of the gel.

Studies have shown that the effects of the tray based teeth whitening can last from one to three years although some people do occasional touch ups to help keep their teeth as white as possible.

Memory Foam Mattress Pillows

A study shows that most people spend a third of their lives in bed. This is because you sleep an average of 8 hours daily. But you can’t rest well if the only thing you have is a mattress because you also need to provide support for your neck which is why you should also consider buying memory foam mattress pillows.

Memory foam mattress pillows are made from the same material as the foam so it is able to fill the gap created between your head and shoulders. As a result, your body is in perfect alignment so you get to sleep comfortably at night and prevent you from having a stiff neck.

These pillows come in different models and sizes. The original model moulds to the exact contours of the neck and head. The smallest is the junior which measures 7 centimeters in length while the longest measures 11.5 centimeters.

A more advanced version of this has a forward tilting edge which gives support not only to the neck and head but also the upper vertebrae. In terms of sizes, the smallest is 2.5 centimeters bigger than the original model and only a centimeter longer.

There are also other memory foam mattress pillows around which you can use for your legs and knees. For those who don’t want to worry about getting the wrong size of pillow, they can opt for the one size fits all version. This has removable inserts giving you as many as 12 simple adjustments so you can create a pillow to suit your comfort needs.

The price of memory foam mattress pillows could go from $35 to $79. Best of all, it has the same benefits of a full foam mattress which includes absorbing heat and pressure and it molds itself around your head and neck. This means you don’t have to fluff or punch it anymore before you use it so you will sleep soundly until the morning.

It is also hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, mildew proof and dust mite resistant so you won’t have any problems if you happen to have allergies.

Some people say that the memory foam mattress pillow is the best investment they have ever made even if they didn’t have to shell out a lot of cash because they get to wake up the morning pain free without any soreness around their necks.

The memory foam mattress pillow is designed for both side and back sleeping positions. It has been recommended for use by chiropractors for people who have neck pain but is not restricted to those who don’t as it can also prevent people who suffer from occasional tension headaches, shoulder and neck discomfort.

If you have never tried using a memory foam mattress or pillow, now would be a good time so head on over to the nearest store or check what retailers have to offer online. Since looking at a brochure, listening to the sales talk or touching it will not convince you if this is better than your regular pillow.

Ask the retailer if they have a 30 day free trial you can avail of because it takes one or two nights for your body to adapt to the pillow so that you can return it if you are not satisfied with the product.

Get Ripped Abs And Control Your Bodys Acid Levels

Keeping and maintaining a healthy diet is key, can be tough but like anything, it takes time and a little sacrifice. Whether you want ripped abs or you just want to look and feel great, taking preventative measures will increase your overall wellness and longevity. If at times you feel low in energy or simply fatigued, or even you just don’t want to get out of bed to go to work in the morning. Knowing the acidity of your body can drastically indicate and warn you about your body’s wellness. And it can also increase your levels of energy that we all so much desire.

Acidic pH level in human body fluids are a prime environment for bacteria, virus and other undesirable dangers. Your body is needs to perform and In order for our body’s cells to function at peak capacity everyday , your body needs to ensure that its pH levels (especially your blood pH) are in slightly in alkaline state (that means with a pH of slightly over 7). Very important to consider the types of foods you consume and the amounts of plain water you drink. Acid forming foods are amongst others meat, dairy products, chocolate, bread and all kind of other yeast products, alcohol, carbonated drinks and coffee and tea. Try to avoid those foods, instead consume as much alkaline forming foods as possible, like vegetables, greens, sprouts, soy products and most kind of seeds. Though being so many recipes all over the Internet you shouldn’t have any problems makings high alkalinity meals you really enjoy.

PH (potential of hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It is measured on a scale of 0 to 14. the lesser the pH the more acidic the solution, the higher the pH the more alkaline (or base) the solution.

Acidic PH levels destroy vital oxygen molecules and create a breeding ground for diseases. PH levels in healthy people as well as newborns is slightly above 7. Acid waste grows inside the body due to our unhealthy lifestyles. If our internal environment is too acidic, disease becomes inevitable.

Alkalinity can be increased by consuming less meat and sweets and more vegetables and fruits. Although eating fruit to increase alkalinity may seem to be a contradiction because some fruits (especially citrus) are acidic outside the body, digestion uses up their acidic components, leaving an alkaline residue (ash). Alkalinity should be kept to 75. Alkaline-producing foods such as vegetables are eaten in much smaller quantities. Stimulants like tobacco, coffee, tea, and alcohol are also extremely acidifying.

It is recommended that you test your pH levels to determine if your body’s pH immediate attention. By using pH test strips, you can determine your pH factor quickly and easily in the privacy of your own home. Taking these preventative measures can help you get the body you want, whether is ripped abs or simply great overall health and wellness.

Simple Tips On How To Get Rid Of Back Pain (2)

Simple Tips On How To Get Rid Of Back Pain

You have been sitting or standing a lot at work, and you are experiencing your first signs of lower-back pain. Uncomfortable, isn’t it? If you are a back pain sufferer, you’re not alone. Most adults will feel severe discomfort in their lower back at some point in their life. Relieving back pain is tricky, but there are some tips that can help. Read on to learn more.

If you are experiencing back pain, try to find the best mattress to sleep on that will help alleviate back pain. To better understand if your mattress is right for you, lie down on your mattress. If you can slip your hand beneath your lower back easily, the mattress is too hard for you. If you have to force your hand below your lower back, the mattress is too soft. Anything in between the two, the mattress is just right.

Believe it or not, sleep is actually an essential part of healing from back injuries. Your body does most of its repair work at night when you are relaxed and sleeping and can dedicate all of your energy to healing. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, then good sleep is as important as good medicine.

Make sure you have a good mattress. Having a poor mattress or one that’s too hard or soft can lead to back problems. If you make sure you have a mattress that’s in good shape and is just the right firmness you can save yourself a lot of troubles.

Lifting is one of the leading causes of back pain, so be sure to lift using the power of your legs, not your back. Never twist your body to the side, stay stable, and lift with your legs. This will help to avoid putting too much pressure on the back causing pain or even an injury.

Know when to see a doctor. Many people try to handle their back pain by themselves, and that usually works for a time, but a doctor can be an invaluable source of information and relief. A doctor can do tests that determine the cause of your back pain, as well as, prescribe medicine to soothe your pain.

Try acupuncture for alleviating long term back pain. Do not let the needles scare you off. They are not as big as needles used for other purposes, and do not have anywhere near the same level of pain. They feel more like a pinch, and can cure some types of back pain.

Don’t try to lift up items that are too heavy for you. If you try to lift up an item and your muscles are unable to support the weight, you risk doing permanent damage to your back. If you need something heavy moved, make sure you ask a strong friend to help you or use a piece of mechanical lifting equipment.

As we have discussed in this article, lower-back pain is a leading cause of distress for many American adults. The pain can feel severe, and like it will last forever, but it doesn’t have to. Relieving back pain, though sometimes difficult, is not impossible. In this article, we have provided some useful tips that can help. Give them a try the next time your back just doesn’t feel right.

Title Tags And Search Engine Optimization

Anyone serious about succeeding online must take search engines seriously. Search engines drive a significant amount of traffic to your site. You have to do everything in your power to optimize your site to please the search engines. The bigger value the search engines place on your site, the more traffic they’ll generate for you.

The key to proper SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is to achieve optimal results for relevant search phrases. If you have a Chiropractic practice in San Diego, your goal is to get optimal ranking for your related keywords such as “san diego chiropractic.” It wouldn’t help you business to also rank well for “new york city chiropractic” because your customers are in San Diego. The key is not only to rank well in the search engines, but also to rank well for the appropriate keyword phrases.

There are a variety of techniques listed below to help you get more visitors to your website. Make sure you include as many as you can into your search engine optimization strategy.

Write a Page Title

Title tags are critical for search engines. The title tag copy is one of the most important SEO factors in how the search engines view a web page. The title tag is displayed in the search engine result pages as the heading describing the web page. It’s crucial to maintain balance between optimizing for the search engines and being descriptive for humans. A title page that stands out is more likely to trigger a click from a searcher. Avoid “filler” words from the title, such as “the,” “and,” etc, and keep your title fairly short. A good rule of thumb is to keep your title under 64 characters.

It is of paramount importance to include your target keyword phrases in your title. Note: Make sure the words from your page title are also found within the content of your web page. Search engines are looking for the connection between the page title and the page content.

Practical Example: An accountant in San Diego, may consider the following page title “San Diego Accounting & Bookkeeping Services”