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Lower Back Pain: Osteopathic and preventative medicine

Lower back pain is one of the most common health complaints, particularly as we get older. Unfortunately for all of us, there are many mechanical ‘weak’ points in the spine due to our upright posture and these areas easily accumulate the strains of day-to-day life, not to mention acute injuries. For many of us, even by our late twenties and early thirties there can be wearing of the joints and stiffening of the spinal muscles. 

Of course, these are normal changes to undergo as we age, but that doesn’t mean you lack the power to keep it at bay and avoid injury. Whether you have already experienced this or not, maintaining spinal health is essential to an enjoyable life and there are numerous ways to minimize the risk and severity of back pain. 

Approaches to managing back pain

Back pain is still somewhat of a mystery. Although the medical literature of back pain is enormous, there is still no strong evidence that one treatment method is significantly more effective that everything else. We do know, however, what tends not to work so well, and what approaches are detrimental. It is of the utmost importance to be highly informed about the physiology of back pain and of your options.

For simplicity sake, healing and preventing back pain can be divided into two basic categories: standard medical care, and allied and physical medicine. Of course, everyone’s personal and physical situations differ, so it’s hard to say exactly how one should go about lower back pain. In many cases, both are used in tandem. 

Standard medical care

Standard medical practice is usually the first port of call for people with a back complaint. Intervention is often quite simplistic though: advice to stay active, which is good, and prescription of medication, which can be helpful for acute issues, but very detrimental over the long term. Many doctors have gone so far as to prescribe strong opioids for patients who experience chronic back pain, a frightening fact as opioids are highly addictive and have caused a national public health emergency in many countries.

There are, of course, many physicians becoming increasingly enthusiastic and skilled in preventative healthcare.

Allied and physical medicine

There are a huge range of alternative and physical treatments for back pain. Passive treatments like acupuncture and massage seem to provide huge benefit to some people, however, that evidence that passive treatments on their own help people with chronic back pain get back on track is quite weak. In general, most people with chronic or complex back problems do better with active treatments like exercise and movement therapies in conjunction with passive treatments.  

The notion that yoga or pilates could do more for your chronic pain than the decades-long wisdom of a medical doctor is difficult for many to wrap their minds around, but it’s often true. Engaging in consistent exercise that helps your body to unwind, stimulating tissues spinal tissues and be present in your body is one of the best ways to regenerate the body.

Much of back pain can be caused by tension—a result of stress, anxiety, or similar circumstances. Relieving emotional stress and physical tension and getting regular varied movement are some of the core benefits of activities like yoga. But the same goes for any non-straining, enjoyable physical activity. 

Osteopathy: the best of both

Not many people are aware of what an osteopath is, and a good percent of those who have encountered the term before have certain misconceptions about osteopathy treatment. It somehow manages to fall under the often contrasting cloaks of alternative medicine and conventional medicine. As a matter of fact, osteopathy is a hands-on medical treatment approach that is also considered a branch of western medicine.

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Known to offer a highly effective but gentle, safe and lasting solution for acute and chronic pain, osteopathy also treats various injuries and illnesses. From abnormal body patterns and postural or functional strains to traumatic forces and restrictions in body tissues, osteopathy powerfully resolves them with a long-term fix. Whether you need low back pain treatmentor acute neck pain treatment, you can go see an osteopath to have your problem successfully addressed in a comprehensive manner.

Osteopathic treatment is appropriate for people of all ages and conditions, including pregnant women and elite athletes. Like many alternative medical approaches, osteopathy is based on the belief that the body is equipped with a natural capacity for self-healing and regulation, that the doctor must treat holistically in order to bring about true and lasting healing, that body structure and body function are interrelated, and that a radical solution will make symptoms disappear.

Osteopathy does not deal with superficial remedies or quick fixes for symptoms, but is, instead, concerned with addressing the root of the pain or illness in order to completely eradicate the problem. When just the surface issues are addressed, they are sure to recur and establish a pattern until they are truly dealt with at the very core. Osteopaths examine the living anatomy of the body to zero in on the true cause of pain. For instance, it’s very possible that the cause of knee pain actually originates from the foot or the pelvis. When the problem is taken out at the source, all other symptoms will cease to exist. With such an approach, osteopathy is able to greatly minimise the need for drugs and surgery, both invasive remedies typically prescribed in western medicine. Treatment is wholistic, including hands-on therapies, along with exercise rehabilitation and education and preventative care strategies. 

It is important to be able to differentiate osteopathy from chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy. For the most part, the main contrast is reflected in the fact that osteopathy is part of the practice of conventional medicine and requires formal medical education with residency training.

Where pain, injury, and illness are concerned, osteopathy is a very safe bet for a successful treatment.

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Blog11 - For Teeners: How to Make Sure You’re Always Active and Healthy Active Health Lifestyle 

For Teeners: How to Make Sure You’re Always Active and Healthy

Life as a teener gets more complicated. When you were small, most of the time, your parents worried about stuff for you. When you grow everything becomes different; you start to worry about your clothes, your music, your friends, you education—you begin to worry about everything. It’s a part of growing up and it’s only normal.

One thing you should be worried about too is how to stay healthy. Here are some tips to keep you in the pink of health, the same when you were little.

Choices count

When choosing what to eat, always go after naturally prepared food. This includes fruits, grains, animal produce, and vegetables. You should also look after how you cook your food; avoid oily food and go for steamed or boiled food. Going after naturally prepared food helps you avoid fat, which could be harmful for your body as you get older.

Suffer your sweet tooth

As a teener, you’re still prone to fits where you have craving for sweet foods like cupcakes, cakes, and the like. If you find yourself eating more sweets than you can have for a day, cut off from it and try to eat more food with natural occurring sugar. This means you should have more fruits in your diet. Aside from helping your craving, apples and other similar fruits can help give you more fiber.

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Eat only what your body needs

The only time you should eat is when your body absolutely needs it. If you feel hungry, then eat, but don’t eat too much than what your body needs. People tend to eat more than their fill and that’s what brings more fat into your body. Eating only your fill for the time also helps you maintain your weight as well as the fats coming from the accumulation of food in your body.

Skipping meals is a no-no

Skipping meals is a problem that makes you eat more than is your fill. You should always eat the major meals of your day—that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You should keep snacks in-between to a minimum to keep your appetite for lunch and dinner. If you feel hungry, you can substitute snacks with a glass of water or, better yet, eat fruits like apples or bananas.

Be active

Life as a teener is one of the best times that a person can have. It’s also a part of your life when you move around a lot and get into sports a lot. When you’re young, you should move as much as possible. This also includes times of your life when you can still move as much as you can.

When you’re young, you feel like you can conquer the world and everything’s possible. This is only natural; you should move and do as much as you can when you’re young so you reap the benefits when you’re old.

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A Healthy Adulthood: How to Eat the Right Kinds of Food

When you grow into adulthood, the amount of things you can do only multiply. The problem, however, is that with the advanced age also comes a new kind of living. You should become more watchful of what you eat as well as how much you weigh; when you grow older, that’s when you should watch your weight for your health.

So how do you become healthier as you age? It all starts with these few tips.

Avoid being overweight

When you’re an adult, being overweight is no longer cute. It is cute to have a few extra pounds when you’re young, but it brings a lot of complications as you age. Aside from making you feel unattractive, it can also bring health problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as certain cancers that you can avoid if you control your weight.

Stick to healthy eating

As much as you want to eat, you should take a closer look at what you put into your body. You should eat more foods rich in fiber as well as certain vitamins and minerals. Food like fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, seafood, as well as certain dairy products and root crops are good food to eat. You shouldn’t really be eating a lot of junk food anyway.

Diversify your diet

When you eat food, you shouldn’t eat only one food group. Being a vegetarian is good but your body needs meat; the same thing is true for people who eat only meat. When you eat food, you should really have different choices to eat. Mix meat with vegetables and other food to have as much of their benefits into your body, but control how much of them you eat.

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Replace snacks with healthy ones

When you’re craving, typically, your quick fix would be to buy snacks at your favorite store. The problem is when you have health problems that prevent you from eating snacks like this. You could replace them with a healthier alternative like fruits rich in fiber. Bananas and apples stand on top of the list for being easy to eat, among others.

Keep moving!

Age also makes you fat, so you need to keep moving. There are many reasons why you should watch your weight. Being fat makes you prone to more diseases. It’s also easier to move as an active lifestyle makes you feel more alive.

It’s easy to become healthier when you grow up if you start it earlier in life. Even when you start late, that’s no reason to even forget trying to start at all. Get healthier and get more active while you still can.

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Blog9 - A Smoking Workaround: How to Effectively Survive Quit Day Health Lifestyle 

A Smoking Workaround: How to Effectively Survive Quit Day

Quitting smoking is the most mature decision you can make in your life. It’s not that easy for some—especially those who’ve been smoking all their adult life. However, for some people, it’s just a simple matter of creating a plan and sticking to it. You need to decide and follow it through.

If you belong to whichever crowd, whatever your reasons, smoking is just bad for you. Here’s how to manage quitting for good.

Plan to succeed

There’s that saying that ‘if you fail to plan…’ you know the rest. Having a plan means you’re committed to seeing it through until you finally don’t crave for cigarettes anymore. If you’re having a hard time, you can ask help from a specialist. If you belong to the crowd who can quit on your own, do it. Be aware that only very few people succeed in quitting this way, though.

Find alternatives

If you find it hard to keep away from nicotine, you can go and find other alternatives. This is an effective way of managing your quitting step by step. You can use other sources of nicotine that doesn’t involve smoking other people to death. You can also have a specialist step in to help you with your behavior as well as an addiction to nicotine.

Keep yourself distracted

It’s not that easy to quit smoking since you’re leaving a big opening in your day-to-day activity. You can focus on other activities that are healthier and are more of a help to you. If you want, you can chew gum to keep your mouth busy. If that’s not what you want, you can step out and exercise or choose to walk around, see some friends, or go jogging.

Stay away from certain chores

When you’re smoking, some activities remind you of this life. You alone would know which activities these are and what you can do to avoid them. If you can, throw away your cigarettes or avoid places that would make you smoke again. Follow rules in places that prohibit smoking. You shouldn’t give in to smoking or else you risk coming back to that life.

Always keep a positive outlook

Quitting smoking is an immerse effort on your part. Usually, people plan long and hard for this sort of thing. However, a few weeks into it—or even as soon as a minute after you quit—you feel yourself wanting to get back into the habit. A big help would be to keep your head up and remember why you’re stopping in the first place. It helps you keep things into perspective.

Seek professional help

If you find that you can’t stop on your own, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask help from a professional or from friends. Let them know what you’ve set out to do and let them help you. As easy as it is for some to stop smoking on their own, it’s easier for most to stop smoking when they’ve got people helping them.

These are not the only steps you can take to stop smoking. You can go and create paths to help you stop smoking completely. Having a strong willpower helps tons, but having friends with stronger willpower is fine too.

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