If you find that you are suffering from neck soreness and tightness, shoulder pain, headaches, or even migraines, you may need to examine your posture. Researchers have found a definite link between poor posture and headache frequency. Poor posture can lead to muscle tension and spasms. Because your head can weigh up to ten pounds, any imbalance found on top of your neck and shoulders will lead to spinal and muscular tension, resulting in muscle tightness. This pain is then referred to the back of your head. Research into the causes of migraines has shown a connection between neck pain and these types of headaches as well. Doctors believe that irritation in the neck and upper shoulder area can trigger migraines.
Many people are genetically and structurally predisposed to migraines. However, if you find that you are having headaches at the end of the day, you may need to evaluate your posture. In clinical trials, people who did posture and strengthening exercises reduced the frequency of their headaches.
It only takes a few simple steps to improve your posture. Start by "checking-in" to evaluate your posture several times a day. If you find you are slumping or slouching, focus on aligning and lengthening your spine. When walking, try to maintain a tall posture, stretching your spine up through your back, shoulders, and neck. Try imagining a string at the top of your head that you can pull up to balance your head over your shoulders and to straighten your spine.
When at work, sit tall without hunching over. Regular breaks away from your computer will help you release stored tension. Incorporate some simple stretching routines into your day. For example, you may try stretching your neck by tilting your head from side to side and then forward and backward. To stretch your shoulders, pull them towards your ears, and then drop them down in a relaxed position, repeating this several times. By improving your posture and using some concentrated relaxation techniques, you can reduce the chance that you will leave work with a stiff neck, tight shoulders, or an aching head.
As you or your loved ones get older, you begin to be concerned about the potential of an injury-producing fall. Simply getting older is not a cause of falling. There are many other factors that can lead to this type of injury. In order to reduce the risk of falling, keep these tips in mind.
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Talk about getting the last laugh! These epitaphs are from actual tombstones around the world.
Here lies a man named Zeke.
Poems and epitaphs are but stuff:
Here lies Lester Moore.
Here lies Ann Mann,
Here lies the body
Sacred to the memory of
Harry Edsel Smith
First a Cough
Here Lies Jane Smith
An old showerhead can use up to three gallons of water per minute. Newer models reduce that rate to less than two gallons per minute. If you want to reduce your water usage, consider replacing the showerheads in your home. Choose one that delivers the water in multiple small streams rather than in a mist for maximum efficiency. Avoid compound designs with multiple showerheads in one unit.
Scaredy Cats and Frightened Fidos
Halloween is a fun holiday, as long as your family stays safe. This includes your furry friends. To keep your pets comfortable and safe, instead of scared, keep these tips in mind.
Cancer in Your Pet
A cancer diagnosis for a pet often catches pet owners by surprise. It can sometimes be hard to detect cancer in an animal early enough for effective treatment. There are some things you can look for, however. These include:
If you see any of these signs in your pet, be sure to talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible. While it may not be cancer, any delay in treatment can make treatment more difficult.
Treatment for a pet with cancer can be expensive. Bone cancer is the most expensive cancer to treatment, with an average cost of $2,300. To help you cope with the financial aspect of this disease, consider getting pet insurance while your pet is still healthy. Most pet insurance policies cover benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous conditions, including radiation treatment and chemotherapy. You can get individual pet insurance, but be sure to check with your employer first. More than 2,000 U.S. employers offer some type of pet insurance as an employee benefit, which can help reduce the cost.
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