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Just like there are dozens of pain pills on the store shelves there are dozens of natural ways to relieve your pain. But pain relief is one thing and correcting the cause is another. If I want pain relief, I'm NOT going to take a pain pill. Why? Even though they are inexpensive and cheap they are chemical based and have side effects. Most people won't get side effects at first but with time they start to happen. Like an irritated stomach... the beginning of a stomach ulcer. High blood pressure.....then you go to the doctor and he prescribes another pill for that. Ran into a guy at Walgreens that I had met playing tennis a couple years ago. He was buying ...you guessed it...pain pills. His reasoning was..."i don't take them every day." And I told him that was safer but that the danger was in taking them for 10-!5-20 years. He looked at me like a deer caught in the headlights. I went on to explain the many natural ways to achieve pain relief. He put the bottle back on the shelf shook my hand and thanked me. What do you do for pain? #healthcoachtips, #painrelief, #headaches,#migraines, #neckpain
I will be starting a Pain Study very soon. If you've been suffering with pain or know someone who is this may be what you've been looking for. I will only accept a limited number of people. You don't have to be my patient to be accepted into the study. There is no cost to participate. This is NOT about Chiropractic or hanging upside down....although I get really good results with patients doing that. If you are interested, text me because if you leave me a message on Facebook I might not see it until tonight and by that time I will have filled my quota of how many people I can accept. 383-CARE (2273). If this interests you Please Like and Share. #painrelief,#headaches, #migraines, #lowbackpain, #neckpain, #shoulderpain
Health Tips for low back pain sufferers. DO NOT sit for more than 30-45 minutes. Sit up straight don't slouch which puts more pressure on your mid to low back. Get up and go drink some preferably filtered alkaline Kangen water. Even if you just get up for 1-2 minutes will help the constant pressure on your spine and discs. At home lay down if you watch a lot of TV. Better to limit TV to 30-60 minutes. Go for a walk. Use a heating pad 15-20 minutes to soothe tight muscles. You can also use an ice pack for 10-15 minutes when you finish with the heat pad. Do some simple stretches, Yoga, TaiChi, Qigong etc. are all excellent. Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chiropractic, can also be a life saver.Many people take Motrin Advil, or prescription drugs because their medical doctor recommended prescribed that. For short term use like a week or two is not so dangerous but if you take it longer your risks of nasty side effects increases with time and dosage. BEWARE!! Over the counter and prescription drugs are the leading cause for stomach bleeding ulcers, liver & kidney damage and many other side effects. Be smart and don't regret it years down the road! #chiropractic, #healthcoachtips, #lowbackpain, #backpainrelief
I've come across a new technology for pain and wellness. It is based on the science of Acupuncture and Homeopathy. It is an amazing scientific breakthrough that has been around for a few years but just now am learning about it. I put a few patches on a patients knee and his pain reduced from a +8 to a + 4 and put another patch and it reduced the pain to a +1. He could not believe it neither could I!!
Did you know.... pain is a signal from your body telling you something is wrong. It's so easy to pop a pain pill when suffering with pain. But all that does is cover up the pain for a while. It is not correcting the cause of your pain. Be smart and don't be a pain pill popper.
Can Carrying School Backpacks Cause Neck Pain, Headaches, Muscle Tension and Spinal Problems? By Dr. Gonzalez
Has anyone else been having problems with their kids’ school backpacks being too heavy? Got a call from a patient yesterday that her daughter has been complaining of neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. The mom is asking if it could be the backpack. She checked it and said it weighed about 20 lbs.
Yes, back packs can place a lot of stress and tension to the
neck, shoulder muscles and spine. Heavy backpacks can also contribute to the problems associated with scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine. A recent study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman. Of those children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result. In 2001, backpacks were the cause of 7,000 emergency room visits and numerous complaints of muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain. The problem has become so widespread, in fact, the California State Assembly passed legislation that would force school districts to develop ways of reducing the weight of students’ backpacks. Similar legislation is being considered in New Jersey as well with more states to likely follow.
The damage these heavy backpacks cause really depends on how
much weight is being carried. Most kids nowadays carry many books in their backpacks and can weigh 20-30 lbs. If a child weighs 100 lbs. and that child is carrying a 20 lb. backpack that is 20% of that child’s body weight. That is too much weight. If your child walks to the school bus stop or walks to school that is too heavy of a load to be carrying around. If they don’t carry the back pack the way it was designed to be worn then all the weight is being transferred to
only one shoulder. Even if they are being carried on both shoulders the backpacks are too heavy and cause many children to lean way forward which cause stress to the spine and muscles.
Most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs. So if your child weighs 100 lbs., your child’s back pack should not weigh more
than 15% or 15 lbs. Check out this website for more information on how you can minimize some of the problems associated with backpacks: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/backpacktips.htm
What can you do?
There are different types of back packs and book bags to consider. Shoulder bags are popular with some kids but place too much strain
because they only have one strap. If your child wants one of those bags make sure it is to be used ONLY if they don’t have lots of books to be carrying around. A good back pack should have wide padded straps and several compartments to distribute the weight better. The
straps should be snug and not so loose that the backpack hangs too low. Check out these backpacks at http://www.airpacks.com/products.shtm
Ask the teacher if you can get a second set of heavy text books for home if possible. Or ask the teacher to use handouts instead of textbooks for homework. Some states have already begun to embrace the use of E-books and online assignments in place of heavy bulky textbooks.
Here is a handy chart to help you figure what weight limit your child should be carrying.
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