1) Headaches: 20 sessions of electroacupuncture within four weeks has reduced the number of monthly migranes. Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where electric current is applied to the needles.
2) Seasonal Allergies: People with seasonal allergies (eg. sneezing and runny nose) saw a tremendous improvement after 12 sessions of acupuncture and were able to use antihistamines less often.
3) Mood/ Depression: Weekly acupuncture treatment can reduce signs of depression within three months, which are results similar to counseling. This is due to the fact that acupuncture regulates the specific neurotransmitters that make you happy.
4) Throat: 10 sessions of acupuncture over the course of one month was able to treat acid reflux disease and soothed heartburn better than increasing medicine dosage. This may be due to regulating acid secretion and speeding up digestion.
5) Heart: Regularly attending acupuncture has shown to decrease markers of stress and lower blood pressure which results in positive effects on the heart.
6) Immune system: Specifically placed needles during an acupuncture treatment can boost the activity of immune cells that destroy infections.
7) Sleep: Acupuncture increases the production of neurotransmitters associated with sleep and relaxation. This is incredibly helpful to insomnia sufferers.
8) Back Pain: 5 consecutive weeks of treatments, twice each week, has shown to relieve and lessen lower back pains for up to six months.
9) Menopause: Acupuncture can potentially regulate body temperature. This means that treatment can lessen the frequency and severity of hot flashes for up to three months after treatment.
10) Weight: Acupuncture is able to help obese adults with weight loss. A study demonstrated that an obese adult was able to shed up to 9 pounds over the span of 2 weeks to 4 months.
*Sources: www.prevention.com By: Jessica Migala*
In our every day lives, so many little things we do can cause back pain and for the most part we never manage to catch and change our bad habits. The following list will give you a good overview of all the little bad habits that most of us have which can eventually cause us to encounter not so pleasant backaches.
1) Do you have a long commute? Maybe your drive from home to work or home to school causes you to spend a lot of time behind the steering wheel. Chiropractors and doctors mention that it is very important to pay attention to your posture when you are driving. Make sure you are sitting at a 90 degrees angle to the steering wheel and you are not leaning back too much that you have to stretch your arms or legs out. As well avoid slumping posture which will cause neck and back pain.
2) Sitting behind a desk all day is one of the biggest causes of back pain. Sitting puts 40% more pressure on your spine than standing. Sitting with good posture and taking regular stretch breaks is often a key solution but it is also a solution that most people don't have time for. Another solution to help your back is to try and sit at a 135 degree angle from time to time. So this means to lean back on your chair; this position puts the least pressure on your spinal disks.
3) When you have to reach a deadline and you are experiencing chronic or acute stress; this stress can directly trigger your back pain. Often times when we are stressed, all of our body's muscles remain in a constantly clenched/ flexed position. An easy solution to this is to simply realize that you are stressed out and find ways to release your stress and relax throughout the day. Many find exercise to be a great stress reliever.
4) Prioritize the gym. Many people assume that they need to lie down and remain inactive when they have back pain. Meanwhile many studies show that people with back pain can greatly benefit from being active and going to the gym or going for frequent walks.
5) Mattresses. If your mattress is very old, you are very likely to have back pain. According to the National Sleep Foundation, you must replace your mattress every 7 to 10 years but many suggest that you go no longer than 5 to 7 years before replacing your mattress.
6) Although all types of exercise help relieve back pain, yoga tends to be the best. Yoga is the fastest exercise to ease lower back pain.
7) Doing crunches to strengthen your core and therefore protect your back is a very big misconception. It is true that having a strong core protects your back but doing crunches is not great for your back and the continuous motion forces the spine to curve forward in a C-shape. Do crunches slowly, with proper form and in moderate amounts by including them in a broader core workout.
8) This may come as a surprise but your diet can affect your back. Eating healthy foods is not only good for your heart and weight but your back as well. Having clogged arteries due to high cholestrol can cause less efficient blood circulation which leads to an inability to bring nutrients to the spine and brain. Not receiving proper nutrients due to improper circulation can cause inflammation which ultimately leads to pain.
9) Many of us suffer from carrying all our belongings in our purse. Having a very heavy bag may cause back damage that is as severe as damage from a sports injury. To avoid this, always carry the lightest bag possible and alternate which shoulder you carry your purse on every day.
10) A deep love for high heels or flip flops. Both of these shoes cause your foot to be unstable and this leads to back pain. High heels force you to arch your back and make your back muscles work harder. Flip flops on the other hand cause your feet to slide from side to side leading to an uneven distribution of your body weight, ultimately causing back pain. Avoid walking long distances in your trendy footwear.
*Sources: www.msn.com -Health & Fitness*
There's good news for those who enjoy a light jog a few times a week: jogging lightly may help you live longer, a new study from Denmark suggests. However, running too hard may have health drawbacks.
Researchers analyzed information from about 1,000 healthy joggers ages 20 to 86, and about 400 people who were healthy, but did not jog, and were mostly sedentary.
The analysis showed that light joggers were about 78 percent less likely to die over the 12-year study than those who were sedentary. "Light joggers" were defined as those who ran at a speed of about 5 mph (8 km/h) a few times a week, for less than 2.5 hours per week total. On the Other hand, subjects whom participated in strenuous running were just as likely to die over the study period as the subjects who were completely sedentary. Strenuous jogging is defined as running at a speed of 7 mph (11 km/h) for an average of more than 4 hours per week in total. Peter Schnohr, of the Copenhagen City Heart Study and Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark, said in a statement. "If your goal is to decrease risk of death and improve life expectancy, jogging a few times a week at a moderate pace is a good strategy. Anything more is not just unnecessary, it may be harmful." Although this study does not aim to unnecessarily frighten people who enjoy more strenuous activity, it does conclude with relevant evidence that moderate amounts of jogging is linked with the best outcomes. Many other studies have previously reached similar conclusions that beyond a certain point of physical activity, more does not necessarily equal better.
One possible explanation for this can be that strenuous activity may have more harmful effects on the heart, such as, heart scarring. But it is important to note that, all studies conclude even small amounts of exercise are a form of preventative medicine and lead to better health and longer living.
*Source: news.discovery.com by Rachael Rettner, livescience.*