Drug-free back pain
Drug-free back pain solutions aim at the effect of gravity on your
At the Cleveland Clinic department of Sports Health and Orthopaedic
Rehabilitation, they say that even if you have been diagnosed with
arthritis or a disk problem, the real cause of your pain could be
Your spine is like a stack of blocks with a weight on top ... your head.
A movement that takes the stack out of alignment, such as thrusting your
head forward, causes imbalance.
If your head is forward as you sit or walk, your shoulders become
stressed. If your shoulders and upper back are rounded at the same time,
your lower back is stressed. Whether you are standing or sitting, good
posture is one key to freedom from back pain.
Exercises help. To do shoulder blade retractions, stand in an upright
position. Squeeze your arms straight back 30 or 45 times. Do it several
times a day.
Lower back pain is a signal that the spine is out of line. If the lower
back muscles that hold you up are stressed by overuse, such as too much
bending and lifting, they can lose their ability to stabilize the back.
Sitting for long periods creates a high compression force on the lower
back. If you sit with poor posture, you can overstretch back muscles to
the point where the ability to stand or sit with good alignment is
Prolonged sitting also causes hip flexors to shorten and tighten,
pulling on the lower back muscles. The bridge exercise helps the mid
back and thighs become stronger and more flexible. To do it, lie on your
back with your arms at your sides with knees bent. Contract your
abdominals, buttocks and back of the thigh muscles. Keep your back
straight. Lift the pelvis off the floor and hold a second or two. Lift
12 times. Do it three times a day.
The clinic's Arthritis Advisor says: During most of your daily
activities, your head has to be aligned with your spine, and your spine
needs to be in a neutral position.
Hypothermia for cardiac arrest patients
When the heart stops beating, oxygen-rich blood is no
longer pumped to the brain, causing damage or death to brain cells.
Doctors know that the rapid return of blood to the brain after
resuscitation has the potential for causing additional brain damage.
Now, cardiac arrest patients whose hearts are being restarted are
candidates for hypothermia therapy, which cools the patient to about 90
degrees. Emergency medical physicians at the University of Alabama
induce hypothermia in those patients. They are kept in a hypothermic
state for 24 hours after resuscitation, then they are slowly warmed to
normal temperatures over two to three days.
Take me home.
The treatment was used on a man in Concord Hospital near Pittsfield, New
Hampshire. His heart had stopped seven times, but his doctors cooled his
body to 92 degrees for a day after his heart surgery. Contrary to most
predictions, he was able to return to his family a short time later,
walking, talking and driving.
Dr. Kenneth Deloge, who helped bring the treatment to Concord, says,
"Restoring the heart is easy. Restoring the brain is hard."
Who is this?
At Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, a 34-year-old woman was
about to deliver a baby when her heart stopped. Her son was born by
C-section as doctors worked for 43 minutes to restart her heart.
With little hope of a favorable outcome, doctors cooled her body to 91
degrees for 24 hours, then gently rewarmed her for 12 hours. Without
knowing what happened, she woke up, asked the nurse for a telephone and
called her husband. He answered and ask who was calling.
He and relatives were in the waiting room deciding who would bring up
the baby after his mother died.
About 500 of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States offer hypothermia therapy, says the American Heart Association.
Drinks have calming effect
New relaxation beverages can take the edge off stress
and anxiety. They haven't been tested in clinical trials, but some
ingredients have been shown to be beneficial.
They contain herbal, plant or hormonal therapies, and they are designed
to calm you without impairing your ability to function as alcohol does.
Some contain kava root, an ingredient in Mary Jane's Soda, said to
prevent road rage, public speaking jitters and date anxiety. It gets a
high grade for treatment of anxiety from National Standard Research
Collaboration, a scientist-owned group that evaluates natural therapies.
The FDA says it should be used cautiously, especially by people with
Dream Water and some others contain melatonin, a hormone which aids
sleep. Other beverage companies market the fact that their drinks don't
Vacation in a Bottle uses L-Theanine, an ingredient in green tea, to
relax you without putting you to sleep.
At Massachusetts General Hospital, they say people should work to change
the causes of stress rather than look for a quick fix.