Dealing With A Pain In The Neck
If you are suffering from chronic neck pain, you definetly know it! An estimated 7 in 10 adults develop it at some point in their lives. The big question, of course, is what you can do about it? Fortunately neck pain is usually treated effectively by chiropractors. In fact, recent guidelines on neck pain point to spinal manipulation as a recommended treatment. It is also important to recognize that exercise can be very helpful. The reality is that neck exercises can be gentle and easy to do, and don’t require a lot of equipment or time. There are certain muscles in the neck that are designed to help us maintain our normal and healthy curve of the spine. Unfortunately we look down most of the day, reading, working on computers, watching TV, etc. These deep neck flexors often fatigue quickly setting the stage for neck pain. To start your exercise program do simple chin tucks while sitting or standing. Simply tuck your chin in and hold it until you feel the muscles fatigue. As you get more comfortable with this movement progress to range of motion exercises and then isometric strengthening. Remember the goal is to increase the endurance of your neck muscles.
Precautions To Include With Your Summer Activities
Enthusiasm for summer sports and general fitness activities can go beyond your body’s physical limitations. In your efforts for better health you can overdo exercise when the thermostat reaches the high 80’s or 90’s. The result can be heat exhaustion, heat cramps or even heat stroke.Profuse sweating, following strenuous exercise or physical labor in an extremely hot atmosphere, are situations which can bring on serious heat reactions. Such conditions are more likely to happen to some people than others, specifically, elderly persons, small children, persons with chronic mobility issues, overweight people, especially if they live in a normally moderate climate.Athletes, sports enthusiasts or physical laborers, especially should supplement excessive fluid loss. Drinks low in refined sugar are best. The sweeter the drink, the longer it remains in the stomach, and thus the longer it takes to replace the fluid lost from the body. Alcoholic beverages are contraindicated.Direct effects of heat alone are not the only hot weather danger. If your body temperature builds and fatigue sets in, your coordination and discretion could be impaired, inviting other types of injuries.
Fish Prevents Fat
Now there is more evidence that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can reduce heart disease. In particular, eating fish seems to reduce the fat deposits on artery walls. A recent study conducted with 223 heart disease patients is revealing. One group received a fish oil concentrate and the other took a placebo. After two years, researchers compared their findings of the two groups. Not only did those taking fish oil have fewer heart related problems, their heart imaging showed twice as much improvement as the placebo group. Fish with the greatest supplies of omega-3 include salmon, mackerel, herring and trout. If you are a vegetarian, a small amount of flaxseed can be substituted.
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