Why am I Always Tired? – Here’s Why!!

Why am I Always Tired? – Here’s Why!!

Do you feel like you’re always tired? Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu or even some other viral infection. But when your suffering from a constant lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, it may be time to check with your doctor. In most cases, there’s a reason for the fatigue. It might be allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia or some other health condition. If that’s the case, then the long-term outlook is good. Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that is constant and limiting. With fatigue, you’ll have unexplained, persistent and relapsing exhaustion. It’s similar to how you feel when you have the flu or have missed a lot of sleep. If you have chronic fatigue, you may wake in the morning feeling as though you’ve not slept at all. Or you may be unable to function at work or be productive at home. Little things you do and don’t do, can exhaust you both physically and mentally, which can make getting through your day a chore and exhausting. And that’s not a way to live and we want to help you feel better and put the pep back in your step. Here are common bad habits that can make you feel tired and simple lifestyle tweaks that will help give you back that energy you so desperately need.

Why am I Always Tired

Dehydration – Not Drinking Enough Water

Being even slightly dehydrated as little as 2% of normal fluid loss can take a toll on your energy levels. It’s extremely important to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause a reduction in blood volume, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day. You’ll be able to tell a big difference in how you feel, just by drinking your daily water intake.

Why am I Always Tired

Anemia

This condition is more common in women with heavy periods or who don’t consume enough iron. Anemia is a condition in which you do not have a sufficient amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin, the portion of your blood cells that bind to oxygen. This can result in the rest of your body becoming oxygen deprived, causing fatigue or different portions of your body to stop functioning properly. This is a very common condition for women and those with chronic diseases. If you believe you are suffering from anemia, there are a number of things you can do to help treat your condition. Certain vitamins and minerals are necessary to build a sufficient amount of healthy red blood cells. Here are some essential nutrients you should consume to treat or prevent Anemia.

  • Iron rich foods
  • Foods high in folic acid
  • Vitamin B12 rich foods
  • Vitamin C rich foods
  • Supplements

If you have been told to take iron pills to treat your anemia, you will need to do so without consuming beverages high in caffeine, calcium supplements, milk or foods high in fiber. Also avoid taking your iron supplement within two hours of consuming an antacid. These products can prevent your body from adequately absorbing your iron, limiting the supplement’s effectiveness.

Why am I Always Tired

Lack of Iron

An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak and unable to focus. It makes you tired because less oxygen travels to the muscles and cells. Boost your iron intake to reduce your risk of anemia by loading up on lean beef, kidney beans, tofu, eggs (including the yolk), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and peanut butter and pair them with foods high in vitamin C, because vitamin C improves iron absorption when eaten together. An iron deficiency may be due to an underlying health problem too, so if you’re experiencing these symptoms of iron deficiency, you should visit your doc.

Why am I always Tired

Are you a Perfectionist?

Striving to be perfect is impossible, being a perfectionist makes you work much harder and longer than necessary and can be exhausting. Nothing ever seems quite right, there is always a small detail that could be added, removed or changed to make your project perfect. Unfortunately, perfect doesn’t really exist and your perfectionism is just getting in the way of your productivity and making you feel tired and exhausted. So setting a time limit for yourself on your projects and taking care to obey it. In time, you’ll realize that the extra time you were taking wasn’t actually improving your work.

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You Slept Until Noon on Saturday

There’s no greater pleasure than hitting the snooze button on weekends, but delaying your day has a downside. When you’re on a regular sleep schedule, your body understands when it’s supposed to be awake and when it should be resting. But a couple extra hours of shuteye messes that up. If you normally get up at 6 a.m. on weekdays but crash until noon on Saturday, you’ve lost out on 6 hours of light exposure and postponed your breakfast, throwing your body for a loop. What you need to do is sleep only an extra 60 to 90 minutes when you’ve got the time. Get out of bed, whip up some breakfast and see the light of day. You can always nap later if you’re craving more couch time. Besides taking naps are healthier for you then sleeping in.

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You Spoil Your Dog

Forget him crowding your bed, make your critter crash in his crate instead. In a new study from the Mayo Clinic, 10 percent of patients reported their pets disturbing their sleep at night. Common annoyances included snoring, whimpering, wandering around the house and begging to go outside. Shut Baxter out of the bedroom or get used to your diva dog’s demands (and plenty of groggy mornings to come).

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Your always Expecting the Worst

If you assume that you’re about to get fired when your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting or you’re too afraid to ride your bike because you worry you’ll get into an accident, then you’re guilty of “catastrophizing,” or expecting that the worst-case scenario will always occur. This anxiety can paralyze you and make you mentally exhausted. When you catch yourself having these thoughts, take a deep breath and ask yourself how likely it is that the worst really will happen. Getting outdoors, meditating, exercising or even sharing your concerns with a friend may help you better cope and become more realistic.

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Don’t Live off Junk Food

Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbs (like the ones you’ll find in a box or at the drive-thru window) rank high on the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of how rapidly carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day. Keep your blood sugar steady by having a lean protein along with a whole grain at every meal. Good choices include chicken (baked, not fried) and brown rice, salmon and sweet potato or salad with chicken and fruit.

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Checking E-mails at Bedtime

The glaring light of a tablet, smartphone or even your computer’s backlit screen can throw off your body’s natural circadian rhythm by suppressing melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. Sensitivity to the digital glow of tech toys can vary from person to person, but in general it’s a good idea to avoid all technology for one to two hours before bedtime. Can’t avoid checking your device before your head hits the pillow? Then hold it at least 14 inches away from your face to reduce the risk of sleep interference.

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Poor Dieting and Skipping Breakfast

The food you eat fuels your body and when you sleep, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner the night before to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast. Skip it, and you’ll feel sluggish. Eating breakfast is like starting a fire in your body by kick starting your metabolism. Eat a breakfast that includes whole grains, lean protein and healthy fat. Good examples include oatmeal with protein powder and a dab of peanut butter. A tasty smoothie made with fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk and almond butter or eggs with two slices of whole-wheat toast and low-fat Greek yogurt. Now that’s how you start out a good day. You’ll feel so much better and more productive!

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Not Getting Plenty of Rest and Always Staying Stressed

When you don’t get enough sleep, you end up feeling grumpy, unfocused and hungry. However, not sleeping enough can affect a lot more than just your mood. It can also cause your health to deteriorate. You might not realize it, but not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of high blood pressure, depression, stroke, heart attack, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Beyond all of the health issues mentioned previously, sleep deprivation can also cause your overall productivity and quality of living to decline. Some individuals have even passed away because they didn’t get enough sleep. Stress can take a huge toll on your body, like lack of sleep, it can affect your heart, increasing your chances of a heart attack and even a stroke. High Blood Pressure and depression too. If you get stressed out, please get away from whatever is the cause. Escape, rest your mind by going outside and taking in the wonders of nature. I truly feel that nature is a great way to heal the soul. If you have a hemic go and close your eyes and let everything escape your mind by listening to the beautiful sounds around you. Or go lay a blanket down and relax your mind and body and let nature help. I know some may think, “yeah like that will help” but how do you know if you haven’t tired it. Try it, but you have to really try, don’t think of anything. Connect with yourself and take a few deep breaths and release. I guarantee you’ll feel so much better if you just relax. Whatever helps you relax, do it! And make sure you get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep.

Home Remedies for an Earache

Home Remedies for a Earache

Summer is coming to an end and Fall is approaching fast, the season for nice chilly weather and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. It’s definitely one of my favorite seasons. Like Winter, it comes with the coughs and sniffles which can often lead to ear pain and ear infections. Earaches can result from a variety of causes such as loud sounds, an ear infection, wax in the ear, blockage in the nasal passage, physical damage to the inside of the ear, an increase in air pressure and even fluid buildup and of course the common cold. Earaches occur more commonly among small children than adults. Thankfully, most ear infections get better without treatment and can be taken car of easily at home with natural home remedies. Earaches can be pretty painful and uncomfortable, so I’ve put together a list of some of the best home remedies for earaches, to help soothe aching ears.

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1. Olive Oil

Olive oil can provide fast relief from an earache. It serves as a lubricant and helps get rid of an infection in the ear. Olive oil can also help stop the buzzing sensations inside the ears.

  • Put 3-4 drops of lukewarm olive oil as ear drops into the ear canal.
  • Alternatively, you can dip a cotton bud in the oil and put it firmly into the ear.

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2. Heat

Take a hand towel and place it into some nice hot water, if you prefer it to be hotter you can place it in the microwave for a few seconds. Use the towel during a day. At Night I prefer to take a small throw pillow or even a hot pack. But you take a throw pillow and place it either in the dryer or microwave get it nice and hot and lay your aching ear on it when you lay down to sleep. Same with a hot pack, the heat will provide some comfort that’s for sure.

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3. Ginger

Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be really helpful in treating various types of ear infections. It’s also an excellent natural painkiller.

    • Extract juice from fresh ginger and put the juice directly into the ears to get relief from pain and reduce inflammation.
    • You can also mix one tablespoon of fresh ginger root with one-fourth cup of warm sesame oil. Allow it to cool a bit and then apply the mixture externally around your infected ear.

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4. Licorice

Licorice is a great herb that can bring quick relief for your earache.

  1. Warm some licorice slightly in clarified butter to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply the mixture externally around the ear until you notice that your earache is improving.

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5. Garlic

Garlic is very effective for relieving earaches and can be used in a number of ways. Garlic oil (which is simply garlic infused into olive oil) can be warmed and used in the ear as ear drops. The garlic oil can also be rubbed around the ear itself and used along the side of the neck for the lymphatic drainage massage.

Garlic contains powerful aromatic compounds that have an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. Garlic is actually quicker and more powerful at fighting ear infections than pharmaceutical antibiotics. The antiseptic compounds will be absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into the inner ear and surrounding tissues, fighting infection and reducing inflammation at the same time.

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6. Onions

One of the remedies I’ve found that usually relieves earache pain very rapidly is onions. As with the garlic, there are a number of ways the onion can be used. Start by steaming or baking an onion with the skin on until it is soft. Keeping the skin on helps to hold the onion juices inside. Crush some of the cooked onion in a bowl to press out some of the juice of the onion. (If necessary, add a small amount of water to extract some of the juice.) Using an eye or ear dropper, place some of the warm juice in the ear. Usually, this relieves the pain in a matter of minutes.

An alternative method is to cut the cooked onion in half and place the cut surface against the outside of the ear and hold it there for 5-20 minutes. This has also proven highly effective in easing the pain. Make certain the onion has cooled enough that it’s warm, but not hot enough to burn the skin.

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7. Cinnamon Oil

If you don’t have onions or garlic handy, then you probably have some cinnamon in your spice cabinet. Sprinkle a little cinnamon into some olive oil (or another vegetable oil if you don’t have any olive oil, but olive oil is best). Heat the oil over the stove at a low temperature. Simply put the olive oil and cinnamon in a tablespoon, hold it with a hot pad and heat the spoon over the stove. When the oil is hot, remove it from the stove and let it cool to body temperature. Strain it through a fine cloth and use the oil as ear drops

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8. Essential Oil Ear Ache Rub

Lavender, cajuput, tea tree and thyme are all very effective for earaches. Use 1 drop of essential oils. Essential oils can also be diluted in olive oil for a similar effect. Like the garlic and onions, these mixtures will fight infection and reduce inflammation. While this isn’t a remedy you’re likely to have lying around the house, it’s a remedy I recommend for your herbal home medicine chest.

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9. Hydrogen peroxide

All you do is pour some hydrogen peroxide in your ear! It’ll work instantly!!

home remedies for a earache

10. Hot Herbal Tea

While you’re applying warmth from the outside, you can also apply warmth from the inside.  Echinacea, German chamomile, and holy basil are herbs that promote healing and relaxation.

Never use eardrops or oils inside the ear if a child has ear tubes or there is a chance of eardrum perforation. Please see your healthcare practitioner if pain is extreme or persists for several days. Earaches can be extremely painful, especially for the little ones. The best thing to do is take them to their healthcare provider. At home, make it relaxing for them, sounds of the night or calming waters playing on their little night light stand. When I was a child, I remember going on a camping trip with my family. When I came home, I had a horrible earache, probably the worse one I’ve ever had. I took antibiotics and Tylenol. Then one day, it just seemed to bother me even more. So my big brothers girlfriend, laid me down on her lap and would rub my ear and it was so soothing.

Then she took a baby Bulb Syringe, it’s used to clean their little noses. She took the syringe and sucked out all the build up and infection in my ear. As I was lying their, to be honest it felt so much better. But to our surprise she sucked out a cock roach. Yes, you heard that right. So always make certain your babies doctor checks the ear carefully and please feel free to use the syringe if your child seems to not get better. After that day I felt so much better. Since then I haven’t had an earache that bad. Thankfully!! I hope these home remedies help you and your little one. Please fell free to leave your own home remedies and questions. We have other home remedies for you to browse through as well. Thank you and come back! 

Understanding The Anatomy Of The Spine

Understanding The Anatomy Of The Spine

The spine is made of 33 individual bones stacked one on top of one another. Ligaments and muscles connect the bones together and keep them aligned. The spinal column provides the main support for your body, allowing you to stand upright, bend and twist. Protected deep inside the bones is where the spinal cord connects your body to the brain, allowing movement of your arms and legs. Strong muscles and bones, flexible tendons and ligaments and sensitive nerves contribute to a healthy spine. Understanding the anatomy of the spine will help keep your spine healthy, which is extremely important if you want to live an active life without back pain.

When viewed from the side, an adult spine has a natural S-shaped curve. The neck (cervical) and lower back (lumbar) regions have a slight concaveunderstanding-the-anatomy-of-the-spine curve and the thoracic and sacral regions have a gentle convex curve. The curves work like a coiled spring to absorb shock, maintain balance and allow range of motion throughout the spinal column. The muscles and the correct posture maintain the natural spinal curves. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie so that the least amount of strain is placed on the spine during movement or weight-bearing activities. Excess body weight, weak muscles and other forces can pull at the spine’s alignment.

  • An abnormal curve of the lumbar spine is lordosis – which is called sway back.
  • An abnormal curve of the thoracic spine is kyphosis – which is called hunchback.
  • An abnormal curve from side-to-side is called scoliosis.

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Muscles

The two main muscle groups that affect the spine are extensors and flexors. The extensor muscles are attached to the back of the spine which enables us to be able to stand up and lift objects. The flexor muscles are in the front and include the abdominal muscles, which helps us to flex or bend forward and are important in lifting and controlling the arch in the lower back. The back muscles stabilize your spine. Poor muscle tone or a large belly can pull your entire body out of alignment and that can put incredible strain on the spine.

Vertebrae

The Vertebrae is the 33 individual bones that interlock with each other to form the spinal column. The vertebrae is numbered and divided into regions, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. Only the top 24 bones are moveable, the vertebrae of the sacrum and coccyx are fused. The vertebrae in each region have unique features that help them perform their main functions. understanding-the-anatomy-of-the-spine

Cervical (Neck) – Cervical spine’s main function is to support the weight of the head (about 10 pounds). The seven cervical vertebrae are numbered C1 to C7. Because of two specialized vertebrae that connect to the skull, the neck has the greatest range of motion. The first vertebra (C1) is the ring-shaped atlas that connects directly to the skull. This joint allows for the nodding or “yes” motion of the head. The second vertebra (C2) is the peg-shaped axis, which has a projection called the odontoid, that the atlas pivots around. This joint allows for the side-to-side or “no” motion of the head.

Thoracic (mid back) – The thoracic spine main function is to hold the rib cage and protect the heart and lungs. The twelve thoracic vertebrae are numbered T1 to T12. The range of motion in the thoracic spine is limited.

Lumbar (low back) – The lumbar spines main function is to bear the weight of the body. The five lumbar vertebrae are numbered L1 to L5. These vertebrae are much larger in size to absorb the stress of lifting and carrying heavy objects.

Sacrum – The main function of the sacrum is to connect the spine to the hip bones (iliac). There are five sacral vertebrae, which are fused together. Together with the iliac bones, they form a ring called the pelvic girdle.

Coccyx region – The four fused bones of the coccyx or tailbone provide attachment for ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor.

Intervertebral Discs

Intervertebral discs sit in between the vertebrae. They are flat and round, and about a half inch thick.

Intervertebral discs are made up of two components:

  • Nucleus pulposus. The nucleus pulposus is gel-filled and makes up the center of the disc. The gel-filled nucleus is composed mostly of fluid and gives the disc flexibility and strength.This fluid is absorbed during the night as you lie down and is pushed out during the day as you move upright.
  • Annulus fibrosus. This is the flexible outer ring of the disc. It’s made up of several layers, similar to elastic bands.

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When you are standing or moving, weight is put onto the nucleus. In response, the nucleus expands. The annulus holds the nucleus in place. This allows movement to take place, yet maintains the strength of the spine. In effect, discs act as shock absorbers for the spine.The disc, like other cartilage, consists mainly of a matrix of collagen fibres (which are embedded in a gel of proteoglycan) and of water. These together make up 90 to 95% of the total tissue mass, although the proportions vary with location within the disc and with age and degeneration. There are cells interspersed throughout the matrix that are responsible for synthesizing and maintaining the different components within it.

With age, our discs increasingly lose the ability to reabsorb fluid and become brittle and flatter, this is why we get shorter as we grow older. The intervertebral disc is a very important structure. Many nerve endings supply the annulus and as a result, an injured annulus can cause severe pain.

Vertebral arch & spinal canal

On the back of each vertebra are bony projections that form the vertebral arch. The arch is made of two supporting pedicles and two laminae. The hollow spinal canal contains the spinal cord, fat, ligaments and blood vessels. Under understanding-the-anatomy-of-the-spineeach pedicle, a pair of spinal nerves exits the spinal cord and pass through the intervertebral foramen to branch out to your body.

Facet Joints

Between the back of the vertebrae are small joints that also help your spine move. These facet joints have a cartilage surface, very much like a hip or a knee joint does. The facet joints are important for allowing rotation of the spine but may develop arthritis and become a source for lower back or even neck pain.

Ligaments and Tendons

Ligaments and tendons are fibrous bands of connective tissue that attach to bone. Ligaments connect two or more bones together and help stabilize joints. Tendons attach muscle to bone. Tendons vary in size and are somewhat elastic and attach bones to muscles. The system of ligaments in the vertebral column, combined with the tendons and muscles, provides a natural brace to help protect the spine from injury. Ligaments aid in joint stability during rest and movement and help prevent injury from hyperextension and hyperflexion (excessive movements).

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Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is the most important structure between the body and the brain. The Spinal Cord is connected to the brain and is about the diameter of a human finger. From the brain the spinal cord descends down the middle of the back and is surrounded and protected by the bony vertebral column. The spinal cord is surrounded by a clear fluid called Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF), that acts as a cushion to protect the delicate nerve tissues against damage from banging against the inside of the vertebrae. The anatomy of the spinal cord itself, consists of millions of nerve fibres which transmit electrical information to and from the limbs, trunk and organs of the body, back to and from the brain. The nerves which exit the spinal cord in the upper section, the neck, control breathing and the arms. The nerves which exit the spinal cord in the mid and lower section of the back, control the trunk and legs, as well as the bladder, bowel and sexual function. The nerves which carry information from the brain to muscles are called Motor Neurones. The understanding-the-anatomy-of-the-spinenerves which carry information from the body back to the brain are called Sensory Neurones. Sensory Neurones carry information to the brain about skin temperature, touch, pain and joint position. The brain and spinal cord are referred to as the Central Nervous System, whilst the nerves connecting the spinal cord to the body are referred to as the Peripheral Nervous System. Any damage to the spinal cord can result in a loss of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. For example, an injury to the thoracic or lumbar area may cause motor and sensory loss of the legs and trunk (called paraplegia). An injury to the cervical (neck) area may cause sensory and motor loss of the arms and legs (called tetraplegia, formerly known as quadriplegia).

Spinal nerves

The spinal cord is made up of neuronal cell bodies and axons. The cell bodies are located in the horns (grey matter) and ganglia, and the axons comprise the white matter (tracts) of the cord. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves branch off the spinal cord. The spinal nerves act as telephone lines carrying messages back and forth between your body and spinal cord to control sensation and movement. Each spinal nerve has two roots. The ventral (front) root carries motor impulses from the brain and the dorsal (back) root carries sensory impulses to the brain. The ventral and dorsal roots fuse together to form a spinal nerve. The spinal nerve travels down the spinal canal alongside the cord, until it reaches its exit hole, the intervertebral foramen. Once the nerve passes through the intervertebral foramen, it branches, each branch has both motor and sensory fibers. The smaller branch, called the posterior primary ramus, turns posteriorly to supply the skin and muscles of the back of the body. The larger branch, called the anterior primary ramus turns anteriorly to supply the skin and muscles of the front of the body and forms most of the major nerves.

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The spinal nerves innervate specific areas and form a striped pattern across the body called dermatomes. Doctors use this pattern to diagnose the location of a spinal problem based on the area of pain or muscle weakness. Like leg pain (sciatica) usually indicates a problem near the L4-S3 nerves.

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Spinal Meninges and Cerebrospinal Fluid

Collectively, the Dura mater, arachnoid mater, and pia mater surrounding the spinal cord form the spinal meninges. These membranes and CSF surround, support, and protect the spinal cord and the spinal nerve roots, including those in the cauda equina. The spinal Dura mater, composed of tough, fibrous, and some elastic tissue, is the outermost covering membrane of the spinal cord. The spinal Dura mater is separated from the vertebrae by the extradural (epidural) space. The Dura forms the spinal Dural sac, a long tubular sheath within the vertebral canal. The spinal Dural sac adheres to the margin of the foramen magnum of the cranium, where it is continuous with the cranial Dura mater. The spinal Dural sac is pierced by the spinal nerves and is anchored inferiorly to the coccyx by the filum terminale. The spinal Dura extends into the IV foramina and along the posterior and anterior nerve roots distal to the spinal ganglia to form Dural root sheaths, or sleeves. These sheaths blend with the epineurium, outer connective tissue covering of spinal nerves, that adheres to the periosteum lining the IV foramina.

The spinal arachnoid mater is a delicate, avascular membrane composed of fibrous and elastic tissue that lines the Dural sac and the Dural root sheaths. It encloses the CSF-filled subarachnoid space containing the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots, and spinal ganglia. The arachnoid mater is not attached to the Dura but is held against the inner surface of the Dura by the pressure of the CSF. In a lumbar spinal puncture, the needle traverses the Dura and arachnoid mater simultaneously. Their apposition is the Dura–arachnoid interface, often erroneously referred to as the subdural space. No actual space occurs naturally at this site, it’s rather a weak cell layer. Bleeding into this layer creates a pathological space at the Dura–arachnoid junction in which a subdural hematoma is formed. In the cadaver, because of the absence of CSF, the arachnoid falls away from the internal surface of the Dura and lies loosely on the spinal cord. The arachnoid mater is separated from the pia mater on the surface of the spinal cord by the subarachnoid space containing CSF. Delicate strands of connective tissue, the arachnoid trabeculae, span the subarachnoid space connecting the arachnoid and pia.

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The spinal pia mater, the innermost covering membrane of the spinal cord, consists of flattened cells with long, equally flattened processes that closely follow all the surface features of the spinal cord. The pia mater also directly covers the roots of the spinal nerves and spinal blood vessels. Inferior to the conus medullaris, the pia continues as the filum terminale.

The spinal cord is suspended in the Dural sac by the filum terminale and especially by the right and left saw tooth denticulate ligaments (L. denticulus, a small tooth), which run longitudinally along each side of the spinal cord. These ligaments consist of a fibrous sheet of pia mater extending midway between the posterior and the anterior nerve roots. Between 20 and 22 of these processes, shaped much like sharks’ teeth, attach to the internal surface of the arachnoid-lined Dural sac. The superior processes (uppermost part) of the right and left denticulate ligament attach to the cranial Dura mater immediately superior to the foramen magnum. The inferior process extends from the conus medullaris passing between the T12 and the L1 nerve roots.

Subarachnoid Space

The subarachnoid space lies between the arachnoid mater and the pia mater and is filled with CSF. The enlargement of the subarachnoid space in the Dural sac, caudal to the conus medullaris, and containing CSF and the cauda equina is the lumbar cistern.

Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. It gives your body structure and support. Without it you could not stand up or keep yourself upright. It allows you to move about freely and to bend with flexibility. The spine is also designed to protect your spinal cord. The spinal cord is the most important, it has nerves that connects your brain to the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cord you could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. Keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life. Be sure to browse through our website we have plenty of valuable information for your health, spine and even how to help with back pain, the causes and treatment.    

ADD And ADHD Resources

ADD/ADHDADD and ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurological condition which is estimated to affect approximately 1 percent of children in the U.K. although figures in the U.S. are around 3-5 percent. Dr. Christopher Green, an Australian Pediatrician, believes that 2 percent of Australia’s school children are disadvantaged by this condition and it is possible that 10% may have a mild degree of the disorder. Though widely diagnosed and treated in the U.S. and Australia, the condition, as yet, is not widely recognized in the United Kingdom.

The first behavior is often found in early childhood, most children start to become recognized as having A.D.D. between the ages of 5 & 9 years. The condition continues throughout the school years and it is thought that 60 percent of children will carry some symptoms through to adulthood.

It has been thought that ADD can either be attributed to an hereditary or genetic cause or to damage to the fetus’ brain during pregnancy or to the child’s brain at or after birth.

Adders.org was formed in 1998 by Simon & Caroline Hensby. In 2007 Caroline changed her name to Sarah-Jayne Caroline Bass. Tragically at just 47, Sarah-Jayne passed away on 6th February 2010 after contracting pnuemonia. Caroline and Simon’s middle son Richard was diagnosed at age 13 with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder back in 1997. Caroline was also diagnosed as having ADD herself. Simon Hensby is now running the website once more, as a tribute to Caroline.

Adders has made tremendous efforts over the years by bringing awareness and trusted resources to the online world. Dr. Jason Hurst and the staff at Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems would like to take this time to thank the entire team at Adders.Org and their commitment to such a great cause.

For more information on ADD and ADHD, please use the resources below.

ADD/ADHD News

ADD/ADHD Books

ADD/ADHD Support Groups

Get A Flatter Stomach Fast

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Get A Flatter Stomach Fast

If your sick of hiding your belly under baggy tops or buying your pants a size too big so your stomach won’t spill over the waistband? You’re not alone. The stomach is a major, if not the major problem area for men and women. I can’t tell you how often I’m asked for advice on how to achieve killer abs, flatten the mommy pouch or lose the love handles. If you really want to lose your muffin top for good or to finally try to score that six-pack, use these results-driven techniques and advice for helping you win the battle of the belly bulge once and for all. These exercises will bring blood and thus oxygen to these problem areas and I believe that this oxidization will help break down the fat

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The V-Hold

Causes of Sudden Lower Back Pain

 

Causes of Sudden Lower Back Pain 

Low back pain, which is pain felt in your lower back can last for a few days to a few weeks. You may be experiencing back stiffness, decreased in movement of the lower back and even difficulty standing straight. Even though discomfort and pain can be felt anywhere in your back. The most common area is the Lower Back. The reason why is because your lower back supports most of your body’s weight! Lower back pain is also the number 2 reason why American see their health care provider. Just about everyone will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime.

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You’ll usually first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move suddenly, sit in one position for a long time, or have an injury or accident. Many back-related injuries happen at work. But there are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain. Sudden lower back pain is most often caused by a sudden injury to the muscles and ligaments that support the back. The pain may be caused by muscle spasms, a strain or tear in the muscles and ligaments.

Sudden Lower Back Pain Causes

  • Fracture of the spinal cord
  • Muscle spasm (very tense muscles)
  • Ruptured or herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Compression fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
  • Cancer involving the spine
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Spine curvatures (like scoliosis or kyphosis), which may be inherited and seen in children or teens
  • Strain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the back

Other Causes of Sudden Lower Back Pain

  • Infection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess)
  • Kidney infection or kidney stones
  • Problems related to pregnancy
  • An abnormal aortic aneurysm that is leaking
  • Arthritis conditions, such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Medical conditions that affect the female reproductive organs, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, or uterine fibroids

 

BACK PAINYou can feel a variety of symptoms when you’ve hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling or a sharp pain. Depending on the cause and severity, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet. Lower back pain can vary widely, the pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are not even able to move. You may also have pain in your leg, hip, or the bottom of your foot, depending on the cause.

Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches, ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy and proper exercises. If you’ve been to your health care provider and had your physical exam, which is basically pinpointing the location of your pain, the symptoms, how it affects your movement and if he/she needs to order any tests. Most people with back pain improve or recover within 4 – 6 weeks. Unless your having specific symptoms.

But if you’ve been to your health care provider and your still experiencing lower or even upper back pain. You may need a controlled, progressive exercise program, with the goal of building towards a stronger, more flexible spine. If your dealing with back pain and have tried everything to get relief but had no luck. Your in the right place. Dr. Jason Hurst’s low back pain treatment is unlike any other treatment you’ve tried.

Lower Back Pain Relief

Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems is effective and helps relieve back pain caused by the common causes of back pain, like disease or injury to the muscles, bones, and/or nerves of the spine. This exercise program can improve blood flow to your back and promote healing and also strengthen muscles in your stomach and back. With it’s three main components, aerobic conditioning, stretching, and strengthening, these exercises are the best to help relieve the common causes of back pain and you’ll also find a technique that was designed to help end back pain all together.

Relieve your back pain and chronic pain

This back pain relief system is the only system that holds this secret technique to back pain relief. Designed and Created by Dr. Jason Hurst,  DC, CCSP, CSCS is a Doctor Of Chiropractic licensed to practice in the states of Virginia and Indiana. Dr. Hurst is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He is the owner of Integrative Health Spine & Disc Center, which is the largest Laser clinic in Virginia specializing in chronic pain conditions.  For several years now Dr. Hurst and his team have been helping thousands of patients get rid of their chronic pain with his special techniques that you’ll only find in Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems! Which has been on ABC and NBC for it’s ground breaking results!

Don’t suffer any longer, let Dr. Hurst’s Pain Relief Systems get you back on your feet and start living a normal life again! Your getting:

  • 100 Percent Natural Back Pain Treatment
  • Only Educational Back Treatment
  • Only Back Pain Treatment With Lifetime Updates
  • Full Membership Into Our Program
  • 12 Full Course Videos That Walk You Through
  • 4 Audio Files From Dr. Hurst
  • Blueprint To Follow For Success
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
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Back Pain Relief – Prevent & Relief The Right Way

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Back Pain Relief – Prevent & Relief The Right Way

Dealing with back pain can be extremely difficult, Sometimes all it takes is bending over to pick up a pen from the floor for back pain to strike. Fortunately, most of the time back pain is short term and eventually goes away on its own. But if you experience chronic back pain, you can really benefit from making certain everyday adjustments to help get back pain relief. In fact, your lifestyle has the biggest influence on back pain and healthy habits such as a good diet, exercising, stretching and posture can give you back pain relief or help you prevent future problems.

At some point in life we all experience back pain and for most back pain can take over their lives and interfere, causing not only you a lot of pain but your loved ones as well. No one wants to see their loved one in pain, regardless the cause it’s still heartbreaking especially when it interferes with family time and going out or even your job. When your in pain, you’d rather lay at home and not move, right? Because the slightest movement can make the pain worse. Of course you can take a painkiller to help relieve the pain, but do you want to honestly have to take pills for the rest of your life?

Wouldn’t you want to get back pain relief and have an opportunity to stop back pain in it’s tracks? Possibly Forever? So you can get back to living a normal life again. Nobody wants to hurt and have to call in to work or not get to go to the park with their family or even play catch with their son. Who wants that kind of life, no one. There is an all natural solution to eliminate your back pain. The solution, Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems, this is the only program that you will ever need to eliminate your back pain forever, it’s compiled with the best stretches and exercises that will make your relief fast, easy and permanent.  

You see… back pain is actually easy to get rid of.  It’s the “keeping it away” part that’s the most difficult. The majority of therapies are only designed to help manage your symptoms, but they never help you keep back pain away for the long term.  So you get some relief… you get excited… but then the relief wears off…  Sound Familiar? That’s why this system designed for you will FINALLY be the only thing you will ever need to be back pain free for good! The reason this is possible is because Dr. Hurst the creator of Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems has taken the 3 most common postural imbalances and created individual plans for each imbalance. So whatever your specific postural imbalance is… you’ll now have an exact Blueprint to follow that’ll help eliminate your pain, not just temporarily… but possibly forever! I want to share more about this amazing back pain relief system with you. So please click the button so I can share with you more reasons why Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems is the only back pain relief system you’ll ever need!!!

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If you haven’t experienced back pain before, then the time to act is now. There are certain changes you can do to help prevent future back pain from wrecking havoc in your life. I like to refer to back pain as a “fun sucker” because it literally keeps you from being able to do activities you love and that are fun. Here are some tips to help give some relief and to help prevent future back pain.

Maintain a healthy weight. Staying fit is one of the most important recommendations for avoiding back pain.

Stretch your muscles. In addition to exercise, stretching is important for staying flexible and avoiding back problems. It’s also a key part of recovering from a back injury. Stretch before doing heavy lifting or exercise and make a habit of doing it before bed.

Focus on good posture. Poor posture is another major contributor of back pain. When you’re sitting, getting a chair that’s designed to keep your back straight will help.

Keep your back muscles strong. The most common back problems happen because people who aren’t in shape start doing heavy lifting or hard work and stress their back. Muscles give your spine the support it needs to keep it healthy. That’s why physical therapy is standard back pain treatment, but being in shape can help you avoid back pain to begin with.

Lift properly. When you do pick up a heavy object, bend at the knees and keep the item close to your body. Also, take care not to twist your body when you lift, and wear a brace if you have a job that requires heavy lifting.

Leave your purse at home. If you can, stash a few dollars and your identification in your pocket when you leave the house rather than carrying around a heavy purse. Carrying a bag changes your balance and can change the curve of your spine

Practice stress relief for back pain relief. Stress tends to make back pain worse. That may be another good reason to practice yoga. Other ways to reduce stress include treating yourself well, avoiding over-scheduling your days, and taking time to enjoy life.

Sleep well. Soft mattresses push your back out of alignment, so it’s best to choose a mattress that’s in the range of medium to firm for back pain relief.

Live a healthy lifestyle and exercise and take care of your back. So you don’t have to experience back pain.

Muscular Back Pain – Causes and Treatments

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Muscular Back Pain – Causes and Treatments

Majority of episodes of acute lower back pain are mainly caused by damage to the muscles and/or to the ligaments in the lower back area. Even though a muscle strain doesn’t sound like a serious injury, the resulting lower back pain can be surprisingly severe and is the cause of many emergency room visits each year.

There are two common types of lower back muscle strain:

  • A muscle strain happens when the muscle is over-stretched or torn, resulting in damage to the muscle fibers (also called a pulled muscle).
  • A lumbar sprain happens when ligaments are stretched too far or torn. Ligaments are very tough, fibrous connecting tissues that connect the muscles to the bones and joints.

For practical purposes, it doesn’t matter if it is a muscle strain or a ligament sprain that is causing the pain, since the treatment and prognosis for both are the same.

When the muscles or ligaments in the lower back are strained or torn, the area around the muscles will usually become inflamed. The inflammation leads to back spasm, and it’s the back spasm that can cause both severe lower back pain and difficulty moving.

It’s extremely important to be active and apply the right exercise plan when a muscle is over stretched or torn. Without the proper exercise the pain will only become worse!  Back muscle strains usually heal with time, with most healing within a few days and almost all resolving within 3 to 4 weeks. The large muscles in the low back have a great blood supply, which brings the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place. If the lower back muscle pain is severe, you may be advised to rest, but no more than a few days.

Treatments for Back Muscles and/or Ligaments that are strain or torn:

The most common treatment is usually pain medication to help with the discomfort, Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, or possibly oral steroids, to reduce the local inflammation that is a cause of the pain. Muscle relaxants, to help with the pain and spasms. Massage, which can help promote blood flow in the lower back to help with healing, loosen tight lower back muscles. And the most important one Exercise, which is crucial! Applying the right exercises or a suitable exercise plan like Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems that helps strengthen the muscles that support your back and improves the flexibility of your spine and also teaches you how to improve your posture and reduce any future strain on your back. The techniques in this amazing back pain treatment also stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural painkilling chemicals. The three main keys that you’ll find in this program to help with your lower back pain is Stretching for Back Pain Relief, Back Strengthening Exercises and Low-Impact Aerobic Exercise another important one for strain or torn muscles and ligaments is hamstring stretching which will help reduce and prevent muscular back pain from tightness and injury. The hamstring muscle runs through the back of each thigh. Tightness in this muscle limits motion in the pelvis which can strain the lower back. Regular hamstring stretching can gradually lengthen these muscles and reduce the stress felt in the lower back. I know muscular back pain can be very painful but if not treated the right way…even with torn ligaments can make it worse. Heal your muscular back pain for with the right exercise plan, Doctors Pain Relief Systems, designed for the back!!

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Sciatica Treatments-Cracking The Code for Sciatica

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Sciatica Treatments

Most cases of acute sciatica can be treated at home with painkillers. But do you really want to take painkillers that can cause harm to your organs. Sure, taking painkillers short term isn’t as harmful but long term and potentially for life, it can be seriously harmful to your organs. That’s why I can’t stress enough how important it is to try to remain as physically active as possible with persistent sciatica pain because this will reduce the severity of your symptoms. 

Applying the right exercises or a suitable exercise plan like Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems that will help strengthen the muscles that support your back and improve the flexibility of your spine and also teaches you how to improve your posture and reduce any future strain on your back. The techniques in this amazing back pain treatment also stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural painkilling chemicals.

Risk Taking Painkillers.

Long-term use of painkillers can lead to dependence, even for people who are prescribed them to relieve a medical condition but eventually fall into the trap of abuse and addiction. In some cases, the dangers of painkillers don’t surface until it is too late. All drugs have real potential for harm. When abused alone, or taken with other drugs, prescription pain medications can kill you. And the death toll from misuse and abuse is rising steadily.

Prescription pain relievers, when used correctly and under a doctor’s supervision, are safe and can be effective. But abuse them, or mix them with illegal drugs or alcohol and you could wind up in the morgue. Even using prescription pain relievers with other prescription drugs (such as antidepressants) or over-the-counter medications (like cough syrups and antihistamines), can lead to life-threatening respiratory failure. Painkillers can also damage your liver, cause kidney problems and even heart problems.

Now, I have no reason to be against pain pills. They serve a very useful purpose. I’ve seen the affects of dependence on pain pills and it’s not pretty. I’ve seen families destroyed, lives destroyed. What I offer and recommend to those of you that suffer from back pain is natural back pain treatments. Not only is the treatment natural, it’s completely safe, backed by money back guarantees and proven to work.

Natural Back Pain Relief

This is exactly why it’s important to naturally get relief from back pain, I know it can be tough at first without a pain relievers, cause lets face it they do help. But ask yourself do you really want to rely on a pill that can cause a lot of problems or do something about it yourself and possibly end your pain for life!

Sciatica can be extremely painful, if left untreated it can cause havoc in your life, interfering with work, daily activities and family time. Sciatica can be treated without the use of painkillers, just like I explained to you before. Staying active and applying the right exercises can help extremely well.

Sciatica Pain

Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. When something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, it can cause a pain that radiates out from your lower back and travels down your leg to your calf. It may feel like a bad leg cramp that lasts for days.

Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful. If you apply the right exercise plan for your back pain condition, you’ll see a huge difference in your pain. Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems is by far one of the best Sciatica Treatments on the market, with great results and a award winning exercise plan that will strengthen the muscles that support your back, improve the flexibility of your spine, teach you how to improve your posture and reduce any future strain on your back which are all key treatments for Sciatica to help relief the pain. 

The techniques of this amazing back pain treatment also stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural painkilling chemicals. Dr. Jason Hurst is the creator of Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems and he has introduced this treatment to all his patients at all three of his facilities. And almost each one had great results and had a smooth recovery, but like anything else you have to be determined and willing to put in the work. We believe in this back pain treatment and we know it’ll help you with your Sciatica Pain. It’s designed to help with all common causes of back pain including the most common cause, Sciatica. To Learn More Go To Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems.