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TIPS for Arthritis patients..

Do some gentle exercise in the evening; you’ll feel less stiff in the morning. When you’re technically doing nothing — watching TV or sitting at your desk, for instance — be sure to:

-Adjust your position frequently.
-Periodically tilt your neck from side to side, shake out your hands, and bend and stretch your legs.
-Pace yourself. Take breaks so that you don’t overuse a joint and cause more pain

Arthritis pain: Do’s and don’ts
When you have arthritis, movement can decrease your pain, improve your range of motion, strengthen your muscles and increase your endurance.
What to do
Choose the right kinds of activities — those that build the muscles around your joints but don’t damage the joints themselves.
Focus on stretching and strength training.
Include low-impact aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling or water exercises, for improving your mood and helping control your weight.
What to avoid
-High-impact aerobics

Repeating the same movement, such as a tennis serve, again and again
Inactivity, which can lead to muscle atrophy and further decrease joint stability

Several medications are available for arthritis pain relief. Most are relatively safe, but no medication is completely free of side effects. Talk with your doctor to formulate a medication plan for your specific pain symptoms

What to do
First, rest. Mild, occasional pain may need nothing more than rest and the application of cold or heat. Rest the painful joint, and apply cold packs to relieve pain or hot packs to ease stiff and achy joints and muscles.

For occasional pain. Take over-the-counter (OTC) acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or aspirin tablets every four hours to relieve occasional pain triggered by activity your muscles and joints aren’t used to — such as gardening after a winter indoors.

For longer periods of pain. Take OTC ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen (Aleve, others) a day for one or two days if pain related to unaccustomed activity persists. Follow the dosing directions on the package. Ibuprofen and naproxen are classified as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because they reduce inflammation as well as pain. Technically, aspirin is also an NSAID, but it’s typically used for purposes other than reducing inflammation.
When you anticipate pain. Try taking one dose of acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen a few hours before you start an activity that’s likely to cause joint pain.
When pain persists. Consult your doctor if these medications aren’t relieving your pain.

What to avoid
-Overtreatment. Talk with your doctor if you find yourself using acetaminophen, aspirin or NSAIDs regularly.
-Undertreatment. Don’t try to ignore severe and prolonged arthritis pain. It may mean you have joint damage requiring daily medication.
-Focusing only on pain. Depression is more common in people with arthritis. Doctors have found that treating depression with antidepressants and other therapies reduces not only depression symptoms, but also arthritis pain.

Physical and emotional integration
It’s no surprise that arthritis pain has a negative effect on your mood. If everyday activities make you hurt, you’re bound to feel discouraged. But when these normal feelings escalate to create a constant refrain of fearful, hopeless thoughts, your pain can actually get worse and harder to manage.

What to do
Therapies that interrupt destructive mind-body interactions include:
-Cognitive behavioral therapy. This well-studied, effective combination of talk therapy and behavior modification replaces ineffective coping strategies, such as emotional withdrawal and medication overuse, with effective ones.
-Lifestyle changes. Being overweight can increase complications of arthritis and contribute to arthritis pain. Making incremental, permanent lifestyle changes resulting in gradual weight loss is often the most effective method of weight management. And if you smoke, find a way to quit. -Smoking causes stress on connective tissues, which leads to more arthritis pain.
-Journaling and other coping skills. The emotional release of journaling about your feelings, as well as using other coping skills, can result in decreased sensation of pain.
-Acupuncture. Some people experience pain relief through acupuncture treatments, when a trained acupuncturist inserts hair-thin needles at specific points on your body.
What to avoid
-Smoking. If you’re addicted to tobacco, you may use it as an emotional coping tool. But it’s highly counterproductive: the toxins in smoke cause stress on connective tissue, leading to more joint problems.
-Catastrophizing. Negative thoughts are self-perpetuating. As long as you keep dwelling on them, they keep escalating until you believe the worst. Using negative thoughts to cope with pain can actually increase your risk of disability and pain. Instead, focus on adaptive therapies like distraction or calming statements.

Right Combs and Brushes

Combs and Brushes

Combs and brushes have been around for over 5,000 years and is something everyone needs, and uses everyday. There are different kinds of combs and brushes found around you today made from different materials to suit different hair types and needs.

When choosing a hair brush or comb, it is important to choose one wisely as the wrong choice can damage your hair. Choose the right comb or brush while taking your hair length, thickness and texture into consideration. It should be noted that the roots of any hair damage that you may have is all related to the type of comb or brush that you use. The main reason is because the hair fibers tend to get pulled out with brushing.

Whichever comb and brush you use for your hair care, it is important that it is not used on wet hair. This is because when the hair is wet, the roots become soft and is easily pulled out when you roll the comb and brush. With the use of steel combs and brushes, you can maintain a more sophisticated outlook; however in the process, you are only adding to the damage of the hair.

It is always better to use some hair softener to prevent any tangles from forming after you shampoo your hair. It is better to then start brushing your hair using a comb with soft bristles where there are wide gaps in between the teeth. This is because the wider is the gap between the bristles, the easier it is to roll the comb and brush on the hair. Moreover, such combs and brushes will not get stuck in between the strands of hair and thus, a reduction in the hair being pulled, and falling out.

If you have to brush your hair when the hair is wet, it is better to brush in the reverse order. This offers two benefits where the tangles can be removed when drying the hair using a towel and also helps protect the roots of the hair. It is always better to avoid touching the roots of the hair with the comb and brush.

Different combs and brushes are suitable for different types and cuts of hair. Large brushes having a round shape with bristles in all directions is best to use with hair that is middle length and styled with layer, step or bob cut. With this brush, it is possible to set your layers of hair into perfection.

It is better to use long and large toothed hair combs for long hair. This helps you in brushing your hair while maintaining its length; in fact, you can also apply a flip style for more attraction to your hair. Hair that is cut with a mushroom cut or patch boy style, it is better to first pump your hair with a blow dryer and then use a soft bristle comb.

There are different types of combs and brushes in the market today. However, you don’t just use any comb or brush for your hair care as different hair types and lengths is handled better by different combs and brushes.

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Dengue Prevention

Fencing can burn calories

With its repeated lunging and thrusting movements, fencing provides an excellent aerobic workout. It also helps develop flexiblity, balance, speed, and coordination. You can fence alone or compete against others.

Fencing is one of the oldest sports and one of 4 to be included in every modern Olympic Games. It is a great activity to be involved in since fencing is a great way to get and stay fit. Fencing involves lots of movement. It is a sport which requires the players, in this case the fencers, to be constantly on the move. Fencing requires footwork (movement around the fencing piste). A fencer is constantly in motion.

More and more parents are trying to encourage their children to get involved in fencing. Because fencing is a good sport with aerobic and anaerobic components, getting children involved early on in life will help them to realize the importance of physical activity.

Many children exercise by getting up off the couch, going to the kitchen and back to the couch to spend the afternoon watching television or playing video games. This is definitely not a good practice for a healthy heart. Children who develop poor physical practices early in life will likely carry these practices with them through life.

Fencing is good for your health since it provides loads of physical activity plus it requires the individual to stay in shape. The sport of fencing would be much more difficult for the person who isn’t in shape. In preparation for fencing a person needs to practice stretching and strengthening exercises.

Staying physically active and in shape promotes healthy living and a longer life. Anything which will provide healthy benefits is good for your heart. Eating healthy is a big factor for good heart health and is also a good practice to get the family into. Since fencing is a good sport for your heart, perhaps it might be one physical activity which the whole family could get involved in.

Fencing could be that one sport and area of interest the whole family has in common. Fencing with friends and family would surely make the activity more enjoyable. Developing heart healthy living is extremely important but is also easy to avoid in our society of fast food and so many other things to take our minds off of it. Fencing is good for your heart and it is a good sport to teach young children the importance of physical activity, hoping it will promote healthy practices that will help them for their long life.


Yogurt makes the skin soft

Yogurt makes the skin soft
For centuries, many civilizations such as the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and Indians recognized yogurt for its amazing beautifying properties. Today, we have unlocked the secrets behind its restorative and renewing benefits.
• Protein rich content of yogurt provides natural conditioning and strengthening benefits to skin and hair
• Lipids add gloss and a soft, supple feel to hair as it preserves the integrity of skin’s natural moisture barrier
• Lactic acid, a gentle AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) is known for its exfoliating and renewing properties to improve skin’s texture and tone.

I like yogurt because it promotes silky smooth skin and healthy-looking glow.

Aromatherapy Oils can help with Hay Fever Hangovers and Jet Lag

Aromatherapy Oils can help with Hay Fever Hangovers and Jet Lag
Hangovers can leave you with an upset stomach or nausea. Try re-hydrating your body by drinking lots of water and use rose essential oil.

Add a couple of drops to your drinking water to help your liver detoxify and flush out the toxins.

Tip: make a cold compress by mixing one drop of juniper and fennel oil. Smooth over your forehead to bring relief.

Hay fever is an allergy which causes great distress. Summer months are the worst when the pollen count can make a person’s eyes stream and with continuous sneezing.

There is no cure for hay fever, however, place six drops of the essential oil hyssop in a large bowl of hot water. Take a towel and place over your head and inhale the vapour. Do not try this if you are an epileptic.

When you take a journey on a long flight jet lag can occur. This is due to the change of eating and sleeping patterns. While you are on the aeroplane, drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic drinks; sleep as much as you can.

Massage a mixture of Ylang ylang, Rosemary and Lemon essential oil, with a base carrier oil such as Olive or Sweet Almond, on the back of your neck and skull.

Posted: March 20, 2009