Did you ever wonder why deep breathing works to relax someone sometimes and other times it does not seem to have much of an impact?
Science has shown that our brains process one thought at a time. An article in Science Daily, in discussing the theory of multi-tasking, explains that research from MIT points to our limited ability to process one thought. Other thoughts "line up" waiting their turn to be processed by our brains.
In order for deep breathing to be effective, therefore, we must fully focus on it. Once another thought enters our mind, the thoughts of deep breathing will move to the back of the line and wait, once again, to be processed. In the meantime, thoughts of anxiety, nervousness, worry can take their turns, one by one turning relaxation into turmoil.
Deep breathing is a stress reducer but also offers much more:
Some studies have indicated that fast breathing rates are linked to high blood pressure.
Deep Breathing may help some people wit...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
Sometimes back pain is not strictly related to spinal structures. Sometimes back pain comes from other places, specifically internal organs. In a process called referred pain , internal organs can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For example, when someone is experiencing a heart attack, the left arm may ache. Nothing is wrong with the arm, but this limb hurts because the heart is referring pain to it. The neck, mid-back and low back are also potential targets for referred pain. Here are two examples when "back pain" has nothing to do with spinal problems.
Gallbladder : The gallbladder is a small organ tucked up near the liver that helps with digestion. Within this internal organ problems can arise like a blockage from a stone, an infection, or just an inflamed gallbladder attack. Sometimes the symptoms clearly point to a problem with the gallbladder. These classic symptoms include right upper quadrant abdominal pain just underneath the right chest wall, nausea, gas, ...
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