How Meditation Can Help You Stop Smoking

June 30, 2009

Is it true that meditation can help you quit smoking? Have you ever thought about it? Can we possibly do something that easy to make you stop smoking? Everything is possible. What I am going to tell you in this article is what I have found. What you can do to stop smoking.

Meditation has long been considered as one of the very few ways by which man could access himself without really having to accommodate the intervention of the logical mind. Meditation helps relieve the stress of everyday life and it helps the person rejuvenate his mind to function more effectively. Apart from these, meditation is also considered as a cure to some diseases and disorders, especially those that are infiltrated mostly by stresses.

When people meditate you become more relaxed and clam about your everyday life. Some people smoke more when they are stressed. This is a proven fact. People often chain smoke because they are under stress. Your mind becomes weak from stress resulting to the deterioration of the body and the will to continue what was first a goal. So there for when someone is constantly stressing and if you just take a second or however long you want, begin the process of meditation.

We already know that the cost of smoking is very expensive. When you smoke more than one pack a day, the cost that you are spending is very high. You probably do not realize that within a years time you can probably spend almost half of your earnings on smoking. Just think what you could have done with that money if you found what could help you stop smoking. Meditation could be one of the methods that could help you stop smoking.

Meditation to help quit the smoking habit acts in many different ways. The person from the pressure of temptations but on the other hand, the person will be rescued from the pressure of not being able to meet the goal. The former conceives the smoking cessation on a much brighter side since meditation could help drive the person with complete motivation to stay quit even when the mind calls for a last smoke.

They say quitting smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit. You have to put your mind into it. If you do not have your mind set to something then it will not be a focus. Meditation can help you get that mind frame that you are looking for. You have to take many things in consideration when wanting to quit a bad habit. It is very stressful and sometimes you will not succeed on your first try, but do not give up. There are other ways out there.

If you find out that meditation is not the way for you, then there are many other options out there you can find. Contact your local doctor or research it online. There are over the counter medicines out there you can try. You just have to find out what works best for you.

Specializing in Complementary Alternative Medicine

June 29, 2009

Elizabeth Chen Christenson, MD, FAAMA, FCAP, ABHM, L.Ac.
Associate Clinical Professor, UH
CHI Medical Center
Comprehensive Health Innovations
Kailua, Hawaii

Specialties: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Bioidentical Hormones, BioSET, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Color Therapy, Distance Healing, EFT / TFT, Electro-dermal screening, Energy Healing, EPFX (QXCI) / SCIO, Herbology, Integrative Medicine, Kinesiology, Life Coaching, Meditation, Metaphysics, MicroCurrent Therapy, NAET, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Neurofeedback, NHRT, Nutrition, Qi Gong, Reflexology, Reiki, Remote Healing, Sound Therapy, Spiritual Counseling, Tai Chi, Therapeutic Touch, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wellness Centers

Causes of Neck Pain in Children

June 28, 2009

Children for elementary school level through students in college cart around backpacks that are crammed to overflowing with books, lunches, and a multitude of other things. Most children and students grab their backpack and fling it over one shoulder haphazardly because they are in a hurry to get out the door or are making a fashion statement. More doctors are seeing causes of back, shoulder and neck pain in children and teenagers caused by backpacks, which are too heavy or worn improperly. Children should not carry a backpack that exceeds more than fifteen percent of their body weight or use only one strap. Some signs to watch for indicating that the back, shoulder or neck pain in children is a result of their backpacks include, difficulty putting on or removing their backpack, pressure marks on the child’s shoulders, leaning forward while walking, and tingling or numbness in their hands or arms.

Some ways to help prevent back, shoulder and neck pain in children caused by the backpack is to make sure they wear it properly, by putting the straps over both shoulders to distribute the weight better. Be sure that the weight of the backpack does not exceed ten to fifteen percent of the child’s body weight. Preventing back and neck pain in children is extremely important so be sure they carry only the necessities in their backpack, even if it means purchasing a second set of school books, so he or she does not have to cart them back and forth from school to home. Spend a little extra and invest in a good quality backpack that has heavy padded shoulder straps and a good waist strap to balance the weight. This will help eliminate the back and neck pain in children. Children should wear their backpack with the straps tightened so it sits above their bottom.

Back and neck pain in children can result from genetic abnormality, injury, poor posture, illness, and diseases. Sports injuries and emotional stress can also cause back and neck pain in children. Contact sports are often the cause of neck and back pain. Playing hockey and sliding head first into the boards or playing soccer and heading the ball can cause misalignments in the spine. Doctors often recommend chiropractic treatment for misaligned vertebrae, which often helps not only neck pain in children but headaches, back problems, and frequent earaches.

Back and neck pain in children should be taken seriously by their parents. Look for obvious things such as poor posture or a backpack that is too heavy. If you cannot find the cause, seek medical attention for your child in order to find back and neck pain relief for him or her.

Types of Chiropractic Pillow

June 25, 2009

There is no doubt you have noticed the prominent pillow displays inside your chiropractor’s office. When you consider that chiropractic medicine is about treating the whole body, including paying attention to the quality of a patient’s sleep, offering pillows for therapeutic purposed makes perfect sense. Some of the styles of pillows looks rather interesting, so to clear things up we will review some of the chiropractic pillows and what problems they are intended to help out with. Just like mattresses have bearing on the quality of sleep a person gets, your pillow could also have a lot to do with how well you rest at night. As a holistic care provider, your chiropractor wants to give you every option of chiropractic pillows to enhance healing. After all, the body can’t heal or operate at its full ability if it isn’t properly rested.

One of the most common types of chiropractic pillows found in offices is the cervical pillow. It’s very likely you have at least seen this pillow. The center of the pillow is depressed while the sides are raised and look like a normal pillow. This pillow is used for treating neck problems, severe headaches, and migraines. Some patients complain of discomfort using this pillow and it may be a process of trial and error to find the right one, or it may be suggested that you try one of the other types of therapeutic pillows.

While not necessarily the most popular form of chiropractic pillows, the feather pillow is suggested in some cases. The benefit is that this pillow will adapt to the shape of the patient’s head and neck easier. What’s funny is that the very thing that makes feather pillows useful also creates a problem. Feather pillows don’t offer a whole lot in the way of neck and shoulder support. Like the cervical pillows, you will have to try out several to discover what works for you.

Another one of the popular types of chiropractic pillows is the water pillow. Depending on the model, these pillows are either filled entirely with water or have a deep compartment under the traditional down for water. Since the patient decides on the amount of water to add to the pillow, support can be adjusted for each individual patient. They conform perfectly to the contour of the head and neck and provide the right amount of support.

Regardless of which of the chiropractic pillows you and your chiropractor decide on, you should begin to feel more rested and feel less pain. Headaches and migraines are also likely to decrease. If the first model you try out doesn’t get the job done, don’t worry and move on to next option.

Chiropractic pillows can be a huge part of your treatment plan. From water pillows to cervical pillows, your chiropractor is sure to able to suggest the right product for you and your needs.

How Rolfing Massage Works

June 23, 2009

Rolfing massage is a technique devised by Dr. Ida Rolf, in the 1950s. Her technique has evolved over the years to improve the structure and function of the connective tissue of the body. This procedure manipulates the connective tissue that connects muscles to the skeletal attachments. Rolfing massage is implemented to create balance everywhere in the body in relation to their center of gravity.

Our society has become more sedentary in our everyday lives. Many people work behind desks and their only exercise is what they get while typing on a keyboard or getting up for coffee and TV breaks. Over time the connective tissue (fascia) thickens and becomes less functional. Fascia is thick fibrous plates of connective tissue that protect and envelope muscles and joins them to connect with cartilage and bone. The thicker the plates become the less elastic they become. Over time posture is affected. Rolfing massage breaks down the thick fascia allowing for better posture and better range of motion of body parts.

Rolfing massage therapy is preformed over a series of visits lasting an hour to an hour and 15 minutes each time. The goal is to realign and restructure the connective tissue, thereby realigning the body in relation to its center of gravity. With each Rolfing massage the client is asked to perform certain exercises such as walking, bending the knees, flexing and extending joints before and after the treatment. The level of movement and function is noted before and after treatment each time.

With poor posture the body can come out of alignment. Consider this scenario: The curvature of the neck could be off just enough to cause the head to come out of alignment with the spinal column, which could result in severe headaches and neck and shoulder pain. Rolfing massage works to break down those tight bands of connective fascia that constrict and contract the muscles and their skeletal attachments. Over time there will be noticeable improvement.

Poor posture and poor alignment is learned over time. Our muscle fibers react to an injury and we might favor that injured part of the body. We might favor the injury long after the injury has healed because the fibers retain a long memory of the injury. Hence a permanent change in how we maintain our posture may gradually take place. It is the cooperation between practitioner and client to work to change the structure of the connective fascia to regain a more functional body alignment in relation to his/her center of gravity.

The body and mind work together to make Rolfing massage effective. Through the course of the treatment and beyond you will be relearning how to maintain balance in the body. The gradual outcome should be that you are able to carry your weight evenly without favoring one side over the other. Rolfing massage is not only for the limbs, but for every area of the body.

Art Therapy in the Schools–Does it Work?

June 21, 2009

Art therapy in the schools involves professional art therapists along with preschoolers, children, adolescents, teachers, and families. The art therapist is specifically trained to recognize a struggling student’s emotional issues that are preventing them from learning. Other things, such as learning disabilities or language/speech disorders, can also be evaluated along with behavioral disorders and mental illness.

The reason art therapy in the schools works so well is because very few children of any age can resist the art-making processes–a blank piece of paper, the smell of new crayons, the feel of clay, and the visual impact of the moving watercolors. The art therapist can take this artwork and diagnose problems from it, providing certain appropriate interventions that may be needed along with specific services to assist the child in his or her developmental learning.

Some of the advantages of art therapy in the schools are the provisions of visual and verbal approaches in order to address certain child needs. An assessment by the art therapist involves giving the child or adolescent five or six art assignments, using different media. The ideas behind this is to have the child or adolescent perceive their family, themselves, their school, their friends, or anything in their environment and then apply this perception to their artwork.

Once finished, the artwork is evaluated through the art therapist, head of the art therapy in the schools program. Also evaluated is the individual’s academic history in connection with their development and family. Art therapists are trained to recognize cultural spectrums, using the artwork as an assessment evaluation in relation to the culture they are from.

Art therapy in the schools recognizes that all children’s drawings are divided up into certain stages. An advantage, it is pretty easy to distinguish when a child is behind their age level. Autism is the only separate condition when the child will be ahead of their age level, which would be easily recognized by their artwork. Children with learning disabilities have advanced creative and visual intelligence for art, yet demonstrate lower scores on the standardized tests.

It is during this level of artworks and their diagnosis that the artwork of the child or adolescent will begin to show a certain amount of deviation, depending on the amount and type of internal conflict that is present. This will be represented through the drawing style and the individual’s developmental level. One connecting example would be ADHD, where heavy coloring would represent the over-activity, yet appear small in some form of classroom setting.

The reason art therapy in the schools is important, is due to the safety levels held within the school systems for the child. Many do not have safe environments, or feel secure about themselves–school is their “other family” and the artwork is able to represent what that person is feeling inside.

Healing Your Body Naturally: Antioxidants

June 18, 2009

Green and leafy. These are two of the most important things to remember when you are looking for foods high in antioxidants. But this is really not new information for most people, especially those who are natural healing proponents. But many people still aren’t sure why antioxidants are good for the body, or how they help.

Antioxidants boost the immune system. Basically, antioxidants help to protect the body at the cellular level. This can lower your risk of illnesses and infections. The chlorophyll in green, leafy vegetables will also help to protect the internal organs from damage. Plus, antioxidants promote the cleansing of the colon. It is important to take into consideration where your green, leafy vegetables come from; poor environmental conditions in the growing area can lower the vegetable’s ability to provide you with antioxidants. If this is a concern, take an antioxidant supplement.

What About Art Therapy Programs?

June 16, 2009

By the time the art therapy programs have been chosen in the Art Therapy school of choice, students should have already declared this their major primary field of study, which is considered the most important decision they will ever make. According to one college, the Ursuline College Graduate pre-requisites, many prerequisite courses will have been already completed in college to qualify for upper-level courses, with a Bachelor’s degree in art, psychology, behavioral science, social science, or a related field already acquired before art therapy programs can begin.

Schools that teach art therapy programs require the student to show evidence of their ability to do graduate work in the art therapy field. Not a simple field, this requires a 3.0 grade point average or above, which is based on a 4.0 system. The reason for this is because anything as a high school freshman (or 9th grade) and on up will be added to the cumulative GPA, which will effect the outcome of the schools seeking admittance to, and the scholarships being applied for. When applying to a school which teaches art therapy programs, this will have great impact on whether or not the student will be accepted.

Art therapy programs have quite a few prerequisites, which make art therapy classes easier to understand and to apply to one’s ability to learn. One such group of prerequisites to art therapy programs is a completed minimum of 18 semester hours in studio art–drawing, painting, clay or sculpture. Another is a minimum of 12 semester hours in Psychology, a prerequisite that involves four areas: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personality or Counseling Development, and Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology. And last but not least is some experience in a human service context field working with people on some level.

U.S. News has a partial list of 26 Art Therapy Schools which have quality art therapy programs under a national listing of the top “America’s Best Colleges 2008″ list. When choosing the college major for a future in art therapy, working with people of all types, ages, and backgrounds will be part of the job description. Working in art therapy uses visual artistic expression by the client to allow them to safely express hidden emotions and to explore their personal problems. The end result can enable them to achieve positive change in their lives, combined with personal growth. The major difference in art therapy, as compared to traditional psychological therapies, is that it consists of a three-way process. This process is combination of efforts between the client, therapist, and the artwork itself.

Art therapy programs have professionals to train the prospective art therapist to work in many different ways. Some of these ways are to work with other professionals as a team; assess the individual needs of the client; listen to them and provide guidance; work creatively with them in a therapeutic setting; enable the client themselves to explore their own creativity, their art work, and its process; and most important, maintain the latest research and new ideas regarding the latest developments of art therapy.

Electro Acupuncture: What Is It?

June 14, 2009

You may have heard of electro acupuncture. Most people know that acupuncture is an ancient form of medical treatment that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. This is true and often, it is considered to be an alternative medicine or treatment option. Yet, more and more so, doctors are recommending the treatment as a complimentary tool to your other medications and treatments. But, what is electro acupuncture?

In this form of acupuncture, the needles that are traditionally inserted into the skin’s layers will be linked with a device that works to send out continuous amounts of electric pulses. Usually the process is done with two pairs of needles which are linked together with this device. You may also hear electro acupuncture referred to as Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or PENS.
Why should anyone use this type of acupuncture over other forms? The belief is that electro acupuncture will work to provide better treatment to the patient. Only some acupuncturists will use this treatment to facilitate their help to an individual. Usually, this type of acupuncture is paired with the most traditional types, and done at various times during the treatment process. The goal is to help restore the quality of life and healthy. Additionally, this method is recommended for those looking to treat intense pain through acupuncture.

In this method of treatment, individuals are treated in the same points as they would be in the most traditional forms of acupuncture. The amount of the pulse, which is always very small, is determined based on the type of condition that is being treated. The frequency of the pulse is also determined in this way. Usually, there is no need for the treatment to be done for more than thirty minutes, though less time can be effective as well.

Electro acupuncture is like any other form of acupuncture in that it triggers specific areas of the body for the treatment of pain and for improving the overall well being of an individual. Like all forms, the quality of care you receive will be dependant on the actual acupuncturist that is doing the work. In many cases, finding a qualified and experience individual to handle this type of acupuncture is necessary.

If you see an acupuncturist on a daily basis, talk to them about this type of treatment. You may find that it is an ideal way to treat your current situation. Electro acupuncture has been shown to be effective in many conditions by acupuncturists. Consider it as another, safe form of alternative medicine to treat your condition.

What are The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

June 11, 2009

There are very few people that if given a choice would decide to have painful surgery or take lots of medication to reduce pain from an injury or disease. For a long time that was the only option open to most of us. With the invention and acceptance of chiropractic medicine, all of that changed. One of the greatest benefits of chiropractic care is its holistic approach to treating the whole body. Most people tend to think of chiropractic medicine as only neck and back adjustments, when it is actually a whole lot more. Chiropractors are trained in many of the sciences and they can do offer help in the areas of neurology, orthopedics, and pediatrics and geriatric care. That means they are ready and able to help patients of any age and fitness level. Here is a quick look at some of the other benefits of chiropractic care.

Reduces muscle spasms
Increased flexibility
More effective training for athletics
Reduces the appearance of adhesions
Controls soreness and pain due to injury or disease
Increased circulation
Injury prevention

That’s just the short list of the benefits of chiropractic care. These highly trained professionals have helped countless people enjoy a renewed state of physical health. There special training also includes nutrition, physical therapy techniques, and stretching exercises. Your chiropractor may or may not be a massage therapist himself or herself, but many chiropractors include this service in their practices because of the proven benefits of therapeutic massage. It helps to stimulate oxygen and nutrient delivery to the muscles and promote relaxation for safe healing. Another benefit chiropractors sometimes choose to include in their practices is acupuncture. As previously noted, chiropractic care is intended to treat the whole body. When one system of the body is struggling with injury or illness, the whole body is affected. Unlike most doctors that only treat one illness or symptom, chiropractic care strives to heal the injury or illness, as well as the adverse side effects to the rest of the body.

If you have never explored the benefits of chiropractic care for yourself, the time has never been better. This industry is booming as more and more people make the decision to treat their health gently and effectively. While chiropractic care can’t cure every disease or injury, it’s certainly worth looking into before undergoing painful surgery with its long term health effects. You will be amazed at how much better you feel and your increased range of motion, and renewed energy. These benefits of chiropractic care are what keep patients returning again and again.

The benefits of chiropractic care include reduction of adhesions, natural treatments for the whole body, and reduced pain. Making the decision to give chiropractic medicine a chance could save you and your health from long term healing from conventional treatments.

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