4 Steps To Relieve Back Pain

July 31, 2010

This article explores the 4 major steps learned by Michael J. Homan in his search for relief from pinched nerves from degenerative disk disease. Mike discusses the importance of flexibility of the spine, and relieving pain with acupressure, and also strengthening the surrounding muscles in support of the spine and its health.

I have found that 4 major things play an important part in your spines health.

First, there is posture. I know this is not the first time you have heard this, but it needs to be said again and again. Posture should be noted in sitting, standing, and sleeping. Start taking note of your posture at all times. If it is not straight, then start working on fixing it.

If you sleep in a position like I have in the past, with both hands under your pillow while you lay on your side, you can pinch a nerve in your neck if your shoulder of the arm that’s up starts to relax and leans in toward your head or neck. It would be better to lay your arm of your upper hand down on your leg while one hand is under your pillow.

And if you can, buy a few different thickness pillows for throughout the night. I do not know about you, but I can not have a high, fluffy pillow when I lay on my back. But a thin pillow gives me neck ache when I lay on my side.

The second thing on our list is the flexibility of your back.

What you want to do when you notice your back goes out a lot and you experience pinched nerves, is in getting your spine back into alignment and having it flexible.

Of course if you feel a chiropractor is your best choice, by all means seek one. But think about your progress if you could align your own back when ever you needed to. It’s not all that hard!

If you are in pain at the present, put ice or heat on the spot until the pain seems to lessen.

Do NOT, under any circumstances exercise while any of your nerves are inflamed or swollen!

To get your back more flexible you might want to learn kundalini yoga. Not all yoga styles are like those you may have seen on television, where they twist themselves up. Kundalini yoga has very good and useful spinal exercises developed to help flexibility. Kundalini Yoga is also a spiritual tool to help before meditation as well.

It is very important to strengthen your back and the surrounding muscles. This is the third step to a healthy back. Doing sit-ups is one such exercise, You do not have to do many sit-ups until you feel you can… step by step.

Take all of these things slow and at the pace of your body. Your body will let you know what it is feeling. Pain is a warning sign.Just remember… taking pain pills is okay when you really need them. But also remember that they do not heal the problem, they only mask the warning sign, they simply stop the warning sign, but not the underlying problem.

Health is more than just eating right. One has to consider mental health, environmental, and many other factors. It is not all that easy for a doctor to diagnose the complete problem and cure it, especially if it has roots in psychological issues and has gone a long time unchecked, and became a physical problem.

The fourth and last step in back health is to start a daily stretching routine. You have
seen cats and dogs stretch when they get up, try it for yourself!

The key to back health is in keeping it actively flexible and strong, or well supported by the stomach and back muscles. You may have to find that happy medium in between like I have, being too much strength in one area will pull out another.

Each person is uniquely different in many areas. So never think what worked for someone else is going to work for you. You may have to build on someone else’s information and work it into your own, personal program.

I recommend you learn a little about acupressure as well to maintain your pain when it flares up.
I have found that I can manage pain by using acupressure, simply by putting pressure on certain areas of the body. But that is something I suggest you seek a professional for help, or look for someone who does acupuncture, or take a course in acupressure like I did.

Natural Healing for Hives

July 15, 2010

Natural Healing for Hives: Your Homemade Cure

There are quite a few medications that you can rely on when it comes to curing hives; however, if you want a more natural source of medication, you should try to look for recipes for natural healing for hives. Recipes that promote the holistic techniques of natural healing for hives usually involve herbs and other naturally found components as remedies to these problems.

The first step to natural healing for hives is actually not a cure but a preventive measure. You should scour your home for a possible source of allergic reaction and eliminate all the items that may trigger an attack. These items may include food, clothing, plants and other such items that may contribute to the development of hives. Another step towards natural healing for hives is to try to get rid of stress. Stress is one factor that can aggravate an attack and if a person who is undergoing a round of hives is stressed out, he may experience some form of itchiness. Getting rid of stress can be done with some of the calming agents that are present in certain herbs and herbal teas. One example of a stress relieving remedy that can also help towards minimizing the effects of hives is peppermint tea. You can also opt for chamomile tea, which will give you an equally soothing effect.

Once you find yourself suffering from itch despite some of the preventive measures you have enacted, you may need to find ways to help minimize the itching and work towards healing. One such way for the natural healing for hives includes cold compresses to help ease the itchiness and the redness. Other things you can use in a natural healing for hives technique include vitamin E oils which when applied to the infected spot can give you healing as well as soothing relief. You can also create an organic paste out of oatmeal and cornstarch which is effective in drying out the hives. Just mix a couple of cups of oatmeal together, some water and a few tablespoons of cornstarch. Then, apply on the infected area and allow it to dry.

There are other remedies that may be called natural healing for hives. One way for you to further minimize the itchiness of your problem is to soak in a warm bathtub of water with a mixture of half a cup of cornstarch and baking soda mixed in. You can also use a combination of grapefruit seed oil or extract mixed with olive oil on the outbreaks of hives on your skin.

All there is to Know about Alternative Therapies for Labor

July 1, 2010

Women have been having babies every since humans have roamed the earth. However, with the centuries of medicine and technology improving it has become very common for women to seek pain management for labor through drug therapy. Although epidurals are an excellent way for women to go through labor with as little pain as possible, there are still women who wish to experience the whole labor and not be frozen from the lower back down. This is why many women research, learn about, and obtain alternative therapies for labor.

Child birth can be a very special and overwhelming occasion and many women wish to experience it to the fullest extent. For those women, there are plenty of alternative therapies for labor available. Women should have a child birth plan that their physician and or mid-wife have agreed to. This way any alternative therapies for labor can be pre-arranged and accessible when the big day comes.

One of the most common alternative therapies for labor is of course Lamaze. Lamaze is a breathing routine that is usually practiced in classes prior to the day of birth. It is typically a class taken not only by the expectant mother, but also by a partner known as a coach. Breathing properly allows for relaxation as well as a different place to focus during painful contractions. An ancient technique that has been catching on in the United States is most definitely acupuncture. It has been proven that by placing needles in specific places in the body that then triggers endorphins in the brain that block the pain signals. However, in order for this to be a useful tool for labor, the woman obviously has to be okay with needles and it will also need to be pre-arranged so that the certified acupuncturist can be there when they are needed. There is also a similar technique called acupressure or shiatsu. This works basically the same way but instead of needles there is finger or thumb pressure in specific locations. Another one of the very common alternative therapies for labor is hydrotherapy. Most often women will sit or lay down in a Jacuzzi tub.

This is a combination of both heat and massage. However, the tubs are typically designed in a specific way to prevent water from being forced in the vagina. The great thing about using hydrotherapy is that tubs are found in most hospitals and birthing centers and having the baby actually in the water is supposed to be one of the most soothing methods of natural child birth. Each woman must decide on a birthing plan that is best suited for her, but alternative therapies for labor are great options.