Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Health Tips & Benefits - Preventing Aches,Back Pains and Injuries

Back pain can make it hard to do your job. Understanding what causes workplace back pain can help you avoid it.

Whether it's dull and annoying or screaming for attention, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job.

Many occupations — such as nursing, construction and factory work — may place significant demands on your back. Even routine office work can worsen back pain if you fall into risky habits.

But you often can avoid back pain and injuries by understanding what causes them and focusing on prevention.

What causes back injuries?

Doctors aren't sure about all of the causes of back pain. In fact, most back problems are probably the result of a combination of factors. Some factors, such as family history, aren't preventable. You can control other factors, such as weight, fitness and flexibility, by changing your lifestyle. Still other factors are work related, and you may or may not be able to modify these to prevent injury.

Four work-related factors are associated with increased risk of back pain and injury:

(1) Force :-

Exerting too much force on your back may cause injury. If your job is physical in nature, you might face injury if you frequently lift or move heavy objects.

(2) Repetition :-

Repetition refers to the number of times you perform a certain movement. Overly repetitious tasks can lead to muscle fatigue or injury, particularly if they involve stretching to the limit of your range of motion or awkward body positioning.

(3) Posture :-

Posture refers to your position when sitting, standing or performing a task. If, for instance, you spend most of your time in front of a computer, you may experience occasional aches and pains from sitting still for extended periods. On average, your body can tolerate being in one position for about 20 minutes before you feel the need to adjust.

(4) Stress :-

Pressures at work or at home can increase your stress level and lead to muscle tension and tightness, which may in turn lead to back pain.

How to avoid injuries :-

Your best bet in preventing back pain and injury is to be as fit as you can be and take steps to make your work and your working environment as safe as possible.

(A) Be fit :-

Even if you move around a lot on your job or your job requires physical exertion, you still need to exercise. Regular activity is your best bet in maintaining a healthy back. First of all, you'll keep your weight in check, and carrying around a healthy weight for your body's frame minimizes stress on your back. You can do specific strengthening and stretching exercises that target your back muscles. These exercises are called "core strengthening" because they work both your abdominal and back muscles. Strong and flexible muscles will help keep your back in shape.

(B) Pay attention to posture :-

Poor posture stresses your back. When you slouch or stand with a swaybacked position, you exaggerate your back's natural curves. Such posture can lead to muscle fatigue and injury. In contrast, good posture relaxes your muscles and requires minimal effort to balance your body.

(1) Standing posture :-

If you stand for long periods, occasionally rest one foot on a stool or small box. While you stand, hold reading material at eye level. Don't bend forward to do desk work or handwork.

(2) Sitting posture :-

To promote comfort and good posture while sitting, choose a chair that supports your back. Adjust the chair so that your feet stay flat on the floor. If the chair doesn't support your lower back's curve, place a rolled towel or small pillow behind your lower back. Remove bulky objects, such as a wallet, from your back pockets when sitting because they can disrupt balance in your lower back.

(C) Lift properly :-

There's a right way and a wrong way to lift and carry a load. Some key tips for lifting the right way include letting your legs do the work, keeping objects close to your body and recruiting help if a load is too heavy.

Adjust your work space :-

Look at the setup of your office or work area. Think about how you could modify repetitive job tasks to reduce physical demands. Remember that you're trying to decrease force and repetition and maintain healthy, safe postures. For instance, you might use lifting devices or adjustable equipment to help you lift loads. If you're on the phone most of the day, try a headset. Avoid cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear to free up your hands for yet another task. If you work at a computer, make sure that your monitor and chair are positioned properly.

Adopt healthy work habits :-

Pay attention to your surroundings and comfort on the job. Take these steps to prevent back pain :-

(1) Plan your moves :-

Reorganize your work to eliminate high-risk, repetitive movements. Avoid unnecessary bending, twisting and reaching. Limit the time you spend carrying heavy briefcases, purses and bags. If you're carrying something heavy, know exactly where you intend to put it and whether that space is free from clutter.

(2) Listen to your body :-

If you must sit or stand for a prolonged period, change your position often. Take a 30-second timeout every 15 minutes or so to stretch, move or relax. Try standing up when you answer the phone, to stretch and change positions. If your back hurts, stop activities that aggravate it.

(3) Minimize hazards :-

Falls can seriously injure your back. Think twice before wearing high heels. Low-heeled shoes with nonslip soles are a better bet. Remove anything from your work space that might cause you to trip.

(4) Work on coordination and balance :-

Just walking regularly for activity can help you maintain your coordination and balance. You can also perform balance exercises to keep you steady on your feet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Health Tips & Benefits – To Prevent any Types of Cancer

Prevention is much better than Cure”.We all know this very well.

So,Let’s Start to Live Healthy Lifestyle or Change current condition for Healthy Living to beat risks of any types of Cancer.

Cancer is a disease which can occur in any part of our body. It is generally caused when body cells in a particular region starts multiplying and grows more in number than required by that organ. These multiple cells take the form of a tumor. Cancer causing factors may be hereditary or a person's eating habit and lifestyle. Hence it becomes essential for everybody to make a change in one's eating habit and daily routine to ensure prevention of cancer.

Avoiding Junk Foods like burger, pizza, wafers, French fries is first very important step to avoid cancer.They have very high salt content which increases the sodium level of our body which surely respo sible for Cancer.Just Obtain fresh, organic produce regularly by joining a vegetable box scheme for pure source of foodstuffs.

Always trying to avoid plastic storage containers which we generally use in kitchen to store food.

This is really good habit to eat slowly and chew food properly.

There are lots of stressful available like alcohol, tobacco, coffee, extreme conditions.Always trying to keep distance from those for cancer prevention.

Test your bodies PH rating. Cancer loves sugar and readily available proteins in an acid environment. Quit taking sugar as much as you can and eat foods that balance your PH.

Avoid genetically modified food (GMO), factory farmed products such as milk, eggs, fish or cheese, vexatious media intrusions.

All above instructions are really very common but if we start from somewhere,can definitely prevent cancers.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Health Tips & Facts - Cervix cancer Symptoms,Signs,Prevention

This cancer is very common for woman and that really good thing that we can prevent this cancer.

This cancer type develops in the cervix or the neck of the uterus.

This is one type of cancer that grows from tissue that is in the cervix. Most of the time, it is a slow growing cancer that can have symptoms, but sometimes it does not.However, it can be found in pap tests that you do. If you have had a pap test, they would tell you if you have cervix cancer.

The Pap test is a simple and relatively painless medical procedure for the early detection of cancer in women. The two most common and fatal forms of cancer are cervical and uterine. The test is considered to be one of the most effective weapons in the modern fight against cancer.

It is a slow growing cancer and you can either have symptoms or it can be without symptoms.

The cervix is the organ that actually connects the uterus and the vagina together.

Here,we have some many ways or solutions which we have to follow them and can prevent this disease.

(1) HPV stands for Human Pappilovirus. These warts can turn into precancerous growth or cancer. It has been seen that nearly all women get cervix cancer because of HPV infection. You can avoid getting HPV by using protection.

(2) Smoking causes many types of cancers and cervix cancer is one of them. You will reduce the risk of getting cervix cancer if you quit smoking. Women who smoke are twice as likely to get cervix cancer compared to women who do not smoke.

(3) If your diet does not contain ample helpings of fruits and vegetables, you are at risk of developing cancer of the cervix. Therefore, change your eating habits and eat as much fruits and vegetables as possible.

(4) A healthy body means having a healthy immune system. The risk of developing lesions in the cervix increases with a weakened immune system. These lesions can turn cancerous with time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Health Tips & Benefits – About Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms,Prevention

Diabetic retinopathy is

(1) Most common eye disease associated with diabetes and it's the leading cause of blindness, despite readily available and effective therapy, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age people.

(2) It's important to recognize that it's developing as early as possible.

(3) Its possible complication of diabetes.

(4) It means that a blood clot develops in the eye's retina.

(5) Its one of the complications of diabetes, but with early detection and treatment, the risk of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy is small.

It’s a specific micro vascular complication of both

(1) Insulin Dependent (Type1)

(2) Non Insulin Dependent (type 2) Diabetes and it is due to microangiopathy affecting the retinal precapillary arterioles, capillaries, and venules.

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy:-

(1) Dots of blood floating in your line of vision

(2) Bleeding in your eyes from a hemorrhage. This often occurs after sleep

(3) Periodic or permanent swelling of the retina

(4) Vision impairment, which can include blurred vision after some of the other symptoms have disappeared

(5) Total vision loss

Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy:-

(1) Vision checks using an eye chart test. It's good to have this done regularly, to note any recent, substantial changes.

(2) A check of the pressure levels within the eye, known as a tonometry.

(3) Physical eye inspection, usually conducted after the insertion of eye drops that help to widen your eyes.

Prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy:-

(1) Meditation:-

Stress causes a rise in blood sugars! High blood sugars are the main cause of diabetic retinopathy so it is a necessity to establish a meditation practice to keep the stress (and high blood sugars) at bay.
(2) Mindfulness:-

Responsible and mindful food choices that will support healthy blood sugar levels. There is no health substitute for mindful self care when it comes to diabetes and a healthy low carbohydrate diet.

(3) Yoga Asana:-

Exercise is essential for the proper management of blood glucose levels as it acts like insulin helping to move glucose into the muscles. Asana offers some other distinct advantages over other forms of exercise. Yoga postures can be modified to accommodate individuals with diabetic complications. Low or no impact variations can be taught to provide a complete, safe work out.

(4) Breath work:-

Health building yoga breathing practices to knock down stress and keep the meter low.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mouth Ulcers Causes Treatments

What is Mouth ulcers?

They are painful sore in the mouth. It appears on the tongue, the lips, and the gums or inside the cheeks.

They are sores or open lesions within the mouth, caused by various disorders.The first sign of the sore may be a tingling, burning sensation inside the mouth.

They can occur either singly or in clusters. They are usually white or yellow in color, surrounded by red halos.

Usually they heal within 7 to 10 days.

There are other alternate name of this disease is,

Oral ulcer, Stomatitis – ulcerative

There are 3 types of ulcers :-

Minor, Large, Herpetiform

Causes -

Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, vitamins, especially B12 and C
Poor dental hygiene
Food allergies
Infections particularly herpes simplex
Biting the cheek
Hormonal imbalance
Bowel disease
Skin disease
Canker sores
Herpes simplex
Oral cancer
Oral lichen planus
Oral thrush

The skin lesion of histoplasmosis may also appear as a mouth ulcer.

Ayurvedic Treatments:-

Ayurveda prescribes the Irimedadi tailam for local application over the mouth ulcers. It gives relief from the pains and assists in speedy recovery. Instead of Irimedadi tailam, camphor powder can also be applied on the ulcers.

Home Remedies :-

Grind the leaves of the Indian plum (jambula). Exude their paste in water and gargle with this water. It will give immediate relief from the pains of them.

Gargling with the water of the adulsa (Justicia adhadota) also brings about an immediate relief from the pain.

Mix the peel of a lemon with white catechu. Grind them into a very fine paste. Apply this directly on it. It will get treated almost immediately.

Take two to three leaves of the guava tree and some catechu. Chomp them together. This will cure even the most persistent of ulcers within a few days.

Mix some catechu in water till it gets a pasty consistency. Apply this paste on them.

Mix a ripe banana in curds that have been prepared from cow’s milk. Eat this as a dessert.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Health Tips & Benefits - Genital Warts,Warts Types,Causes,Symptoms

What are Warts?

Warts are skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin.Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV).They may occur anywhere on the body but are frequently seen on the hands, feet and face that are areas of frequent contact. The typical wart is a rough, round or oval lump on the skin that may be lighter or darker than the normal skin colour and, rarely, black. Women and children are more likely to have warts.

There are several types of warts. They are categorized depending upon their appearance and area of growth:

(1) Common warts

(2) Foot or Plantar warts

(3) Flat warts

(4) Genital warts

(5) Cervical warts

(6) Laryngeal warts

Common warts :– usually grow on the fingers, around the nails and on the back of the hands. These are more common where the skin has been broken, for example where fingernails are bitten or hangnails picked. These are also called “seed” warts because the blood vessels supplying blood to the wart produce black dots that looks like seeds. Common warts cause no discomfort unless they bleed.

Foot or Plantar warts :– are usually seen on the soles (plantar area) of the feet and when found in clusters, are known as mosaic warts. They are generally flat because the pressure of walking flattens them and pushes them back into the skin. They may also have black spots like common warts. Plantar warts can be painful and give a feel of a stone in the shoe. Large numbers of these warts on the soles of the feet makes walking and running difficult. Diabetics and athletes have a high incidence of plantar warts.

Flat warts :– are smaller and smoother than other warts and tend to grow in large numbers, usually 20 to 100 at any one time. They can occur anywhere, but in children they are most common on the face. In adults they are often found in the beard area in men and on the legs in women.

Genital warts :– occur in the genital areas such as vagina, anus, penis and scrotum. They may be raised or flat, single or multiple and clumped together forming a cauliflower like shape. Rarely they cause itching or bleeding.

What are the causes of warts?

Warts are caused by papillomavirus and are highly infectious. Warts viruses settle more easily if the skin has been damaged in some way. They can be spread by picking, trimming, biting, or touching them. Warts can be passed from one person to the other from using towels or other objects that were used by a person who has warts. They can also be spread on the face, underarms or legs by shaving. Patients with a weak immune system are also prone to a wart virus infection.

What are the Symptoms of Warts?

Warts can be found on the hands, feet, forearms, and face and may range in size from a pinhead to a small bean. They can also occur on the voice box or the larynx and cause hoarseness. They generally do not cause pain except in case of foot warts. Warts may cause itching and bleeding.

How are they diagnosed?

The appearance of warts on the skin is usually enough for diagnosis.

What is the Warts Treatment?

In most of the cases, warts may disappear without treatment over a period of time. Warts generally disappear much easily and quickly in children. However, warts that are painful and rapidly multiplying need treatment.

Treatment depends on the age of the patient and the type of the wart. Applying salicylic acid gel, solution or plaster can treat young children for warts at home. For adults, cryotherapy (freezing) is generally preferred. This treatment is not too painful and rarely results in scarring. Electro surgery (burning) is another good alternative.

Surgery may be preferred for cosmetic purposes.Surgery can be used to treat resistant warts that have not responded to other therapies.

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