Most Americans know that massage therapy can help relieve stress and pain, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. And, more people than ever are trying massage for the first time.Perhaps you received a gift certificate for massage. Maybe works been stressful, and youve thought about getting a massage to unwind. Or maybe youre already a fan of massage and want to try a different type of massage.Whatever your reasons, there are some basic things you should know to get the most from your massage.There are many terms for types of massage. The American Massage Therapy Association? (AMTA) designates the various methods as massage modalities. Ask your massage therapist what massage modality will give you the results you want.The most popular include:- Swedish massage: The most common type of massage, to relax and energize you.- Deep tissue massage: For muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain.- Sports massage: To help prevent athletic injury, keep the body flexible and heal the body should injury occur.- Chair massage: Massage of the upper body, while fully clothed and seated in a special portable chair.Finding a qualified massage therapist is also important. Ask your massage therapist about his or her credentials. And remember, each massage and bodywork modality requires specialized training.AMTA, which requires members meet education standards, recommends asking the following questions:- Did you graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) or from an AMTA member school?- Are you licensed or registered as a massage therapist in this state? Not all states license massage therapists.- Are you a member of AMTA?- Are you certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?- Do you have training in any specific massage modalities?The web has become an excellent resource to help you find qualified, accredited massage therapists in your area.
Sleep aids are required by millions of people on a regular basis. The most common way to deal with the less serious sleep problems is to go to the doctors, who invariable offers sleeping pills, which do work for many people. However there are many more sleep aids that will help you to tackle sleep problems in a more organic and holistic way.Sleep is a necessary and vital biological function. It is essential to a persons physical and emotional well being. Studies show that without enough sleep, a persons ability to perform declines dramatically. It is estimated that 50 percent of the adult population is sleep deprived and these people would benefit from some good information about the many "sleep aids" that are available.In general it is important to get between 6 to 8 hours of sleep per day. All though sleep requirements vary from person to person. Since we now know how important sleep is for us individually and for the productivity of society as a whole, it is important that we start counting those sheep. Incidentally, counting sheep is a very effective sleep aid that as been around for hundreds of years and it does work.The stress that may be attributed to longer work hours and increased commute times, unfortunately contributes to insomnia and other sleep disorders.Also some medical problems that can lead to insomnia are:1) Over-activity of the thyroid gland,2) Depression and/or anxiety,3) Allergies,4) Any illness, injury or surgery that causes pain,5) Sexual problems,6) Urinary, gastrointestinal or neurological disorders and7) Side effects of certain medications.There are other things that can lead to insomnia, such as, emotional stress, stimulants, lack of physical exercise, or the lack of a sex partner. If you believe you are suffering insomnia from one or more of these reasons, then you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.Even if you are not an insomniac, but just having some difficulty sleeping, there are many sleep aids that can help you get a good night sleep.Some of the sleep aids and helpful guides are listed below:* Avoid caffeine of all forms after lunchtime.* Avoid long naps during the day.* Avoid more than two alcohol servings at dinnertime.* Take a warm bath before bed.* Read a book or do a tedious activity (avoid T.V.).* Make your bedroom comfortable.* Develop a bedtime routine* Count sheep (again repetition).* Herbal sleep aids, prescribed by a professional herbalist* Melatonin* Acupuncture* Massage* Relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga* Reiki healingDo not take sleep medications unless prescribed by your physician.Try these time-tested sleep aids. If they do not work, then this may be an indication that you may have a more serious, medical condition. Therefore, consult your physician when possible.
You may find it hard to believe that the doctor actually reduces the size of your stomach to about the size of a whiskey shot glass, but this is true. Of course it seems abnormally small and you wont be able to hold more that three tablespoons of food at a time. This can make it extremely easy to get sick from overeating or drinking too much water.Over time your stomach pouch will expand and youll be able to hold up to a cup and a half of food. Thats an increase of about six times the size of a shot glass. This is dramatically more food, but its still a little bit less than the average dinner meal for a person. The stomach has amazing stretching abilities, which is part of what allows some people to become obese. Due to increased food intake over time their stomachs become larger and they can hold even more food.Even with a larger stomach pouch over time youll still need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of your life after obesity surgery. The surgery will have reduced the length of time food spends in your intestinal tract, which reduces the amount of nutrients that you absorb.Also because you wont be eating as much food you will need to drink more water in order to get sufficient fluids. Most of us get our eight daily cups of water from both the water in food we eat and our drinks.Despite the limits of your new smaller stomach there are still ways to cheat and not lose weight or even regain weight. If you dont stick to a strict meal regime of three meals a day plus snacks and instead just graze all day you can take in too many calories. Some people continue to eat high calorie foods or will eat mindlessly while watching television or performing some other task which can also lead to too many calories.
No one would say that it is easy to stop smoking. But since millions of people have successfully quit smoking, it simply means that kicking the tobacco habit is not impossible. Quitting smoking does not only make one feel better, it also entails making drastic yet positive changes in one's life. Putting an end to one's nicotine addiction will enable a person to have better health, gain savings by no longer spending on cigarettes, enhance social acceptance, and set a good example for the younger generation to follow. Taking care of one's health is the most obvious and equally the most important reason why a person should "stop smoking" . Almost everyone knows that smoking can cause lung cancer, but only a few know that smoking also increases the risk for other types of cancer, lung diseases, heart attacks, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. The said habit also causes premature wrinkling of the skin, bad breath, yellow fingernails, pregnancy problems (miscarriage or low birth weight), and higher risks of heart attacks, stroke, and clot formation for women who uses oral contraceptives. It really does not matter how long one smoked, but as long as one stops smoking, this will definitely bring benefits to one's health. In fact, those who stopped smoking before 35 avoid 90 percent of the health risks associated with nicotine and tobacco. The next thing to consider would be the actual financial cost of smoking. Smoking is expensive, and the economic cost of smoking is estimated to be about $4,000 a year for an average smoker. Figure out how much a person spends on smoking by multiplying how much money is spent for tobacco each day by 365. Now multiply this by the number of years that a smoker used tobacco. This equals to how much one spends on smoking. Another way would be multiplying the amount spent per year by 10. This will be the cost if one keeps smoking for another ten years. Think of other ways to spend that kind of money. This computation does not even include higher costs of health and life insurance, and the medical costs due to tobacco-related conditions.Smoking is less socially acceptable now that it was in the past. In fact, employers nowadays prefer to hire nonsmokers. Some workplaces even restrict smoking. The reason for this is probably because past studies reveal that smoking employees cost businesses more because they are "out sick" more frequently. Smoking in a building also increases the maintenance costs of keeping cleanliness and odors at an acceptable level. Landlords, too, may choose not to rent to smokers since maintenance costs and insurance rates may rise when smokers occupy buildings. Friends may ask you not to smoke in their houses or cars. Public buildings, concerts, and even sporting events are largely smoke-free. And more and more communities are restricting smoking in all public places, including restaurants and bars. In fact, finding a place to smoke nowadays can be quite a hassle. It can be frustrating but that's only because smoking is an inconvenient habit. It is really much easier to stop smoking than try to change or adapt the circumstances, things, and people around you to accept smoking.
Being blind, is just simply the condition of not having visual perception. Like everything medical, and even today non-medical there is a more 'advanced' definition of blindness. This definition in North America is defined as having 20/200 or less in an individual's best eye after eye correction, such as contact lenses, or glasses. 20/200 means that you would stand 20 ft away from an object and see the same thing as someone with normal eyesight would see from 200ft.Distance is one of the major factors in determining blindness, with the second being the visual field. A normal person has a visual field of 180 degrees, with someone who is blind having merely 20 degrees. Alot of times we assume that when someone is legally blind that they cannot see anything at all. This assumption holds true in ten percent of cases, with the rest having some vision. Even just some light perception accounts for vision.One of the leading causes of blindness is Diseases. The most common causes of blindness around the world as determined by WHO (World Health Organization) are: - cataracts (47.8%) - glaucoma (12.3%) - age-related macular degeneration (AMD) (8.7%) - corneal opacity (5.1%) - diabetic retinopathy (4.8%) - trachoma (3.6%)Developing countries are greatly more prone to developing visual impairment as it is one of the consequences of treatable or preventable conditions, that they simply just cannot afford.