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Does Hypnosis Work And How It Affects Person’s Consciousness

Hypnosis as commonly viewed by people:

It is a state of consciousness that is artificially induced, where the hypnotist control over an individual against his or her wishes and a sleep-like condition. There is a common misconception about hypnosis that only the weak-minded can be hypnotized, but on the other hand, the best candidates to undergo this method are those who have average or above average mentality, good concentration power and those who have good imaginations and self-motivation.

Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective technique that can promote accelerated human change. With Hypnosis, we can create desired changes in behavior and encourage mental and physical well-being.

Learn how to guide yourself and others to lose weight, quit smoking and be free of physical pain. These programs are especially suited for health care professionals, practicing therapists, and all individuals seeking to make a positive change in their lives. Presently, hypnosis in medicine performs a beneficial role. It helps to lessen the pain a certain patient is experiencing. In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and concentrated on the directions given by the therapist.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis is said to work by changing a person’s state of consciousness with reduced peripheral awareness accompanied by strictly focused attention. The subconscious takes over the conscious mind, while the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behavior and physical state to alter.

The hypnotized person must be able to put his or herself to “another place” in time. This does not mean entering the future or past, though common beliefs about hypnosis assert that this is possible. The “other place” is simply a focus on the present situation where the subconscious awareness takes the individual; it is where the entire surrounding environment is exchanged for sharply directed attention in or on a particular place or thing.

It works for all sorts of everyday problems and more unusual human troubles and challenges like, controlling your anger, stop blushing, insecurity and getting over a relationship, overcome jealousy, stop nail biting, building self confidence, overcome phobias etc.

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How To Recover After A Skateboarding Session

If you’re like me, you love to skate. A two to three hour session at your local park isn’t uncommon, and it leaves you feeling amazing. People skate for all types of reasons, but it goes without saying that the health benefits you stand to gain from skateboarding like feeling amazing after exercise, and the challenge and rewards available make us keep wanting more. The problem I face, and a lot of other skaters face is the soreness and aching after a session. This can be especially apparent the next day. Some skaters deal with it differently than others. Some people seem immune to the pain and can wake up every day and go skate like crazy, no matter how beat up they got the day before. For the rest of us, here are some solid tips to getting the most out of your skate sessions without feeling beat up the next day.

Skate more often: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but skateboarding is like any physical activity. If you don’t do it for a while then your body has a harder time getting used to the abuse. Some people live in a climate that is cold and rainy during the winter, so they stop skating for a few months until it gets warm again. Then come spring time their body isn’t used to all the banging around and goes through a phase of soreness for a while before it can adapt itself again. If you ride your skateboard more often, your body will stay adapted to the abuse, and it won’t hurt as much after a session. This doesn’t mean going out every day to jump down a 20 stair because you’ll get better at it. This kind of abuse can lead to serious injuries, but if you skate a little bit every day, and work on progressing through your learning curves while maintaining a positive attitude, you will have a better time and get more enjoyment out of it.

Stretching before and after your sessions: It’s easy to get in a couple of toe touches and butterflies just after you start skating hard, and just after you stop skating. In fact, if you don’t make time for stretching, you will have to make time for injuries and soreness later on. Pro skaters do it all the time. They have to compete, film, and jump down huge things all the time to make money, so they learn from the best physical trainers in the world. Those physical trainers will teach you first that in order to avoid injuries while working out, you must learn to stretch. If you haven’t stretched much recently, it’s OK. Start now, and take it slow. Stretch in the morning when you wake up, in the afternoon, just after you get warmed up skating and just after your skate sesh, then stretch again before bed. This much stretching throughout the day will make your body loose and limber, and will help blood and oxygen flow through your muscles and joints, repairing them faster. It’s also a great idea to stretch your upper body like your neck, back and arms.

Doing a warm-down: Just as warming-up is important in skating to ensure you don’t fall when you first start skating, warming-down is important to ensure your muscles have a moment to decompress. To do a warm-down, do some light walking. I usually walk around the skate park after I’m done skating. This can be combined with filming your friends or taking pictures if you’re a photographer. It will help get the blood flowing to your joints for some added recovery.

Eat or drink lots of protein after a sesh: I read lots of blogs and forums about people looking for the best recovery methods, and this one is the same throughout. You must eat or drink lots of protein, 30-50 grams, immediately following a workout, along with coconut water or Gatorade. Your body needs the protein to rebuild the muscle, and the energy drink will replenish glycogen levels and raise insulin levels. Insulin can help restore muscle proteins by inhibiting protein breakdown and stimulating protein synthesis. Since I am vegan, I recommend a plant-based protein shake. You can find these at your local sprouts, whole foods, or online at Granted, they aren’t cheap, but if you really don’t want to feel as sore after a skate session, they might be worth a try. Also, eating or drinking potassium rich substances after a workout will help replenish spent reserves. Coconut water has lots of potassium in it, making it an excellent post workout drink. I get mine at the local 99 cents store to save money. Make sure to get the one without any added sugar. Your body also needs things like sodium and calcium to refuel muscle energy. Bananas and sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, sodium and calcium. Add these to your post-skate session meals and you’ll feel better in no time. Also, grapes and cherries have antioxidants in them that help your body relieve soreness in your joints. Another tip is to take fish oil or flax seed oil pills. The omega-3, 6 and 9 do wonders for lubricating your joints.

Get better sleep: Sleep is essential to rebuilding muscles, joints and tendons. If you stay up late partying or watching TV after skate sessions, you won’t get the benefits that sleep offers. To make the most out of your Z’s, get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re like me and have trouble falling asleep, you can try to take an herbal supplement like melatonin or valerian root (I found a supplement called ‘relax & sleep’ at my local Dollar Tree). Drinking a hot cup of chamomile tea will also help. Additionally, committing yourself to a ‘technology-blackout’ after 9 pm every night will help you get to bed easier. Whatever it takes, get the sleep you need to recoup and you’ll be able to skate every day at to your fullest potential!

Reduce stress: Acute stress, like the type you get from exercising, is good for you. Chronic stress, like when you don’t get enough sleep, or when you have a paper due at school, is not good for you. To recover completely from your skate sessions in the fastest way possible, make time to do stress-relieving exercises like short hikes, hanging out with friends, and riding a bicycle. These are all things known as active-recovery, and can go a long ways in helping you recover mentally from a hard skate session. Getting social with good friends and laughing are the best ways to relieve stress.

Ice, then take a hot bath: Icing your ankles after a skate session for 10-15 minutes, then bathing in hot water will relax your muscles and make it easier for them to recover the next day. The icing reduces swelling that might happen if you landed on your ankles really hard, and the hot water relieves the tension in your muscles making it easier for blood to move through them. Combined with an after workout stretch, icing and a hot bath can be an excellent way to recover after a skate session.

Body weight squats: Doing proper body weight squats during the day and between skate session will strengthen the connective tissue around your joints, and in effect you’ll have more stability around the joints in your ankles, hips and pelvis. First you’ll want to learn how to do proper body weight squats.

I hope these tips help you have more fun with skateboarding. No doubt it can be very painful at times, but it’s overcoming our personal challenges and getting the reward of rolling away from a trick that make it all worth it. I love skateboarding, and I’m sure you do to. That’s why if it was up to me, I would skate all day every day. However, as we age our bodies don’t recover as quickly, but if you take these 5 tips to heart, maybe your recoveries will be faster, and you’ll be out skating again in no time!

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You Can Heal Your Body From Hypothyroidism Naturally!

Over five million Americans have it, and it is estimated that over ten percent of women suffer from it. While the disease is very common, it also has harsh side effects. The disease basically means that you have a sluggish thyroid, which keeps your body from metabolizing properly. The most common symptom among people who have hypothyroidism is that they constantly feel tired or sluggish. Other symptoms of the disease include hair loss, weight gain, increased difficulty losing weight, brittle hair, hair loss, dry skin, an inability to tolerate the cold, frequent muscle aches, constipation, depression, abnormal menstrual cycles and a decreased libido.

The good news is that you can actually help boost your energy naturally by getting a better lifestyle. By doing this, you will feel more healthy overall and you will even lose weight! If you have a good lifestyle, your body will be healthy and well maintained, and you will recover from illness more quickly, weigh less, respond to stress better, and just feel better overall. The first thing that you can do to help your hypothyroidism is to change your diet.

Most typical American diets consist of many highly processed foods and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables. Although many things can contribute to the onset of hypothyroidism, many people hypothesize that an overload of toxicity within the body is a major cause of the disease. But you can cleanse your body by simply changing your diet. First of all, avoid iodized salt. Instead, use Celtic salt, Japanese salt, or a good quality sea salt. Next, it will help if you eat more things with coconut in them. It does not matter whether you eat the nut meat, oil, or milk, all of these will have the same positive effect on your body. Also, eat more fish will increase healthy fatty acid needed by the body.

But the most important thing that you can do to help your body naturally heal itself from hypothyroidism is to eat more green vegetables and fresh fruits! There are a few vegetables in the cabbage family that will actually worsen your hypothyroidism. These include brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, mustard greens and spinach. You can still eat these, just make sure that you eat it moderation. Vegetables that will combat hypothyroidism include leafy greens, alfalfa, carrots, green peppers, watercress, beets, celery, parsley, sprouts, and seaweed.

Since it is sometimes hard to consume so many fruits and vegetables in one day, a wonderful option is to juice the fruits and vegetables. Juicing gives you all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are in the fruits and vegetables without filling you up as fast. For example, it takes a whole bag of carrots to make one glass of carrot juice. Delicious and healthy juices you can add to your diet can be made of any blend of apples, cranberries, alfalfa, apricots, grapefruits, pineapple, kelp, grapes, celery, carrots, or grapes.

Finally, be sure to avoid as many processed and refined foods as you can. Avoid antihistamines, chlorine faucet water, fluoride, and iodine. People who switch to this diet find that their cholesterol plummets and that they lose a ton of weight! Although it can initially be a hard adjustment, most people find that in the long run, it is well worth it. They look and feel so much better, and they can even wear jeans that they fit into way back in college!

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The Impossible Cure for Autism

In 1996 when my daughter was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDDNOS), there were very few natural resources to help children who were non-verbal. I had taken her to what was presumed to be the best hospital at the time, “Children Memorial”. The psychologist who evaluated her noted in her record, “We currently do not have the testing resources to properly evaluate the scope of her case; it falls under the spectrum of PDDNOS”. Offering blanket statements and improper diagnosis does not bring our children any step closer to wellness. My daughter remained completely non-verbal until age seven when I discovered after years of research a homeopathic protocol to help detoxify heavy metals from her body. I chose homeopathy because homeopathy has been in clinical use for over 200 years. Homeopathy has had no recorded side effects and no negative interactions with other drugs. Homeopathy can be taken safely and effectively with nutritional products, herbs, and other conventional drugs and procedures. If your child is taking drugs, you will need to monitor them as their symptoms improve. As they have less need for their prescription a plan, stepping down and off medication would need to be coordinated with your physician.

Homeopathy is based upon evaluating the symptoms and behavior and applying the proper remedy to help address the specific issues. My daughter started talking for the first time at age 7 within three weeks of being on the following recommended protocol. She also stopped spinning, slamming her head, explosive crying, and starting sleeping more through the night. She became calmer going into public and had less behavioral outbursts when transitioning from one environment to another.

Recommended Homeopathic Detox Protocol:

Please keep in mind the manufacturer is important; I highly recommend the “Energique Nutrition” brand of products. If you cannot buy it in your area please contact me through my blog listed in a link below. I can give you the information of doctors offices who can help you obtain the proper products and ship to you.

Items you will need and recommended dosages:

” Energique Nutrition” Metastat – 3 drops once a day.

This will pull the metal (i.e.; mercury, aluminum) out from where it is lodged, The majority of it will come out in the first week or so, then more slowly afterwards, you will need to monitor your child to possibly add an extra drop per day after the first two weeks.

Energique Nutrition Cometox- 2 capsules per day

If your child cannot take capsules, you can break them open and mix them in small amount of flavored syrup or beverage, just enough for him to swallow it liquefied. Cometox will chelate the heavy metals so that they cannot be re-lodged in the body.

Energique Nutrition Cilantro – 12 drops two times per day.

Homeopathic Cilantro is well known as a safe chelating method of evacuating heavy metals from the body.

Energique Nutrition Solidagocom – 10 drops two times per day

This protects and strengthens the kidneys to eliminate the heavy metals.

Calcium Carbonate

You can choose your own brand or I recommend a brand called “Calcium 6 Plus” or Solary brand. For children 1-6 years old, 250 mg, twice a day. For children 6 -11 years and older, 500 mg, twice a day. Age 12 – adult, 600mg, twice per day

Helps re-build bone and when the heavy metals are pulled put it can leave an empty space or small pit in the bone. Calcium carbonate helps to rebuild the empty space with healthy new bone material.

Keep in mind your child should always take calcium carbonate two times per day, no matter what, even when he is off this program. Calcium carbonate alkalizes the blood stream, and helps strengthen the ions in the brain. To give you an idea on how to do this, a typical day would be:

Morning: 3 drops of Metastat

1 Cometox

12 Drops of Cilantro

10 Drops of Solidago

Calcium Carbonate, as directed

Evening: 1 Cometox

12 Drops of Cilantro

10 Drops of Solidago

Calcium Carbonate, as directed

What you might observe:

In the first two weeks, your child may be a slight bit more irritable. They may be more prone to provoking behavior such as demanding to turn lights on/off, flicker light switches, flicker and push buttons around house. They may be too anxious to sleep.

Your child may cry and be more sensitive than he is now as well. Just be gentle and patient with them. In order to detox, it has to come up and out in order to be released from the system. As toxins are being released, you child may behave in a more temperamental manner due to the stress of detoxifying.

In the third week, look for more improved eye contact when you greet them. Notice the start of making clearer vocal sounds, repeating words, and showing some improved degree of listening skills. Imagine my shock when my silent non-verbal child all of a sudden said hello to me for the first time. Be patient, play music, let them enjoy listening to songs with easy to learn words like nursery rhymes and sing with them. Engage in pretending games such as playing drums on a toy instrument or drumming your hands on a surface.

Stay on this program for 30 days. You will only need to buy one bottle of each item.

Compared to other detox or heavy metal chelation options, the above protocol is safe, non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive.

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Shaving Your Head – Advice For the First-timer

Shaving your head is an art, one committed baldies perfect over years of figuring out what works for them. But for the first-time head shaver, a few simple guidelines will help your first head shave go smoothly.

Shaving your head bald, for some, is a scenario they’ve gone through mentally many times before actually taking a razor to their scalps. For others, their first head shave is an impulsive, spur-of-the-moment thing. I’d have to say my first head shave was a bit of both. I did have the benefit of some knowledge of head shaving technique, but I basically had to figure it out for myself. A good beginner’s guide to shaving your head sure would have been nice. In that spirit, here’s a fairly comprehensive outline of the basics, from somebody who has been bald by choice for 17 years.

Be careful

One of the mistakes people often make when shaving their heads for the first time is to forget that a previously unshaven scalp is very sensitive.

It’s understandable to want a perfectly smooth head right away. I know I did the first time. Bald means smooth, and you want to be bald. But this can lead the inexperienced head shaver to shave the same areas repeatedly from multiple angles, pressing too hard on the scalp and often continuing after the shaving cream has stopped offering any lubrication and started to get sticky. The result can be nicks, irritation and ingrown hairs marring your beautiful bald head the following day. Not good.

Clean your scalp, and lather well

The first thing to consider is a clean scalp, free of dirt, excess oil, etc. If you’re shaving your head for the first time and don’t happen to have a friend who is skilled with a straight razor, I’m assuming you’ve clipped your hair to the scalp and are now covered in hair clippings. Before you go any further, wash your head with soap and water. Better yet, take a shower. If this is not practical in your particular circumstances, at least wipe your head down with a warm wash cloth.

Your next concern is good lubrication. There are lots of good products out there, some specifically for shaving your head Some commercial shaving creams are better than others. I recommend if you’re going the canned shaving cream route to get a moisturizing shaving gel specifically for sensitive skin. I rather like Aveeno shave gel, with colloidal oatmeal.

Canned shaving cream should still be used with a shaving brush. Put a generous amount of gel on your head, wet your brush and work that shaving cream into your scalp with a firm circular motion, kind of like brushing your teeth. Work your way around your head, wetting the brush occasionally. Don’t be in too much of a hurry. Lathering up is an important step, and it can also be fun.

Myself, I haven’t used shaving cream in years. I find good bar soap (natural handmade soap, not your typical Irish Spring or Zest) does a great job. Some kinds of hand lotion are nice, as are sugar scrubs made with natural oils. I personally like to use a sugar scrub, which exfoliates and leaves a light coating of oil that I just lather right over top of. I’ll get into scrubs in more detail in a future post.

Use a good razor

Now that you are lathered up, get a razor with a brand new blade. Always use a new blade on virgin scalp. I can’t stress that enough. You’ll be experiencing a bald head for the first time, so don’t make it a sore, itchy, reddish one.

I’ve tried just about every popular razor, and the best one for shaving your head, in my opinion, is the Gillette Mach 3. There are cheaper razors, there are fancier ones, and there are ones made specifically for shaving your head, but of all the options, the Mach 3 is just about the best head shaving razor out there. Its design allows lather and hair to pass right through, so it requires less rinsing and unless the hair you’re shaving is longer than an eighth of an inch, it’s virtually clog-proof. And it also seems to give the greatest number of comfortable head shaves per blade than any razor I’ve tried. One blade can last me two or three weeks, and still give a good shave when its indicator strip has not only changed color, but just about worn away completely in the middle. But I’m a head shaver of almost 20 years. For a beginner, I’d recommend changing razor blades much more frequently. If the razor seems to pull or drag or feel at all uncomfortable on your scalp, change the blade. As your scalp gets tougher and you get more experience at shaving your head, you’ll figure out what works for you.

Direction of hair growth

There is some debate over shaving with the grain vs against the grain. If you want a smooth head, you have to shave against the grain. However, I don’t recommend shaving the back of your neck against the grain, at least not at first. Anything above the ears is generally fine, but being a little overzealous on the first shave can make a mess of your neck. It might not be obvious at first, but by the next day it’s going to look like a pepperoni pizza.

What I recommend for a first-time shaver is a simple front-to-back shaving motion. Start at the forehead, and shave toward the back of your neck in nice smooth strokes, trying not to go over the same spot more than a couple of times. You’ll get the top and sides nice and smooth. The back will feel rough if you stroke upward with your hand, but it will still be pretty smooth in the other direction. Do it this way for a week or two, and then you can try angling your strokes slightly across the grain. After a while, your scalp will get used to the shaving and you can go against the grain at the back.

Never forget that if your head starts to get dry or sticky while shaving, put some more lather on, or at least wet it a little, to keep that razor gliding smoothly. This is also a good time to wet a couple of fingers and move them in little circles on your scalp. You’ll feel any spot that you didn’t get smooth, and you’ll know which direction that hair is growing in. There will be areas that require shaving in more than one direction. The crown is particularly tricky, but you also have to be careful around the hairline, behind the ears, and where the sides meet the top of your head. Feel while you shave. It will make the job easier, and it will keep your lather from drying out. For the sake of neatness and maintaining moisture, you might want to try shaving your head in the shower.

Care and maintenance

As for caring for your shaved head, I’ve never been one for creams or lotions, but you will want to keep from getting a dry scalp. An oily scalp is more likely to be a concern, as your bald scalp continues to produce oil for a head of hair that isn’t there. An occasional wipe with a washcloth or a cleansing pad in addition to your daily shower is all you need.

Time of day makes a difference. The most convenient time to shave your head is most likely in the morning, but it does come at a small price. Your scalp swells ever so slighly while you sleep horizontally, and then shrinks again after you get up. That means your smooth morning head shave will not stay smooth for long. If you’re up for a little while before you shave, the swelling will have a chance to come down and you can get a closer shave. Evening is a great time to shave, as you get a very close shave, and it actually feels great to go to bed with a freshly shaved head. But evening is not usually the time for a daily shave, since it won’t be fresh for the following day.

However, it is sometimes a good idea to have a second shave in the evening if you’re going out, just to freshen up your head and get rid of that five o’clock shadow.

As for how often to shave your head, that’s entirely up to you. Personally, I’m so accustomed to being bald, I don’t feel clean if I get any stubble up there, so I like to shave my head every day. Some people go a few days because their scalp gets irritated. I used to, but it’s been my experience that daily head shaving actually conditions the scalp better in the long run, and keeps it cleaner, thus avoiding break-outs. Skipping days actually seems to increase my chances of skin irritation, razor burn or acne.

Try it for a while

The other deciding factor for me is that I see myself as a bald man, and that’s how I want to be seen. To me, occasional stubble detracts from my baldness. It’s a reminder that there is still the potential for hair there.

In the end, you can ask ten head shavers for advice and get ten different answers. Shaving your head is a very personal thing, and if you’re committed to maintaining a bald head, you’ll do a fair bit of experimenting, which is really the only way to determine what works for you. But I hope I’ve given you a place to start.

And to stray for just a moment from the nuts and bolts of being bald by choice, there is a psychological and emotional aspect that should not be ignored. Emotionally, that first shave and the knowledge that you really are bald is an intense rush, but it can also be accompanied by initial doubt or regret, as well as a significant amount of self-consciousness. You might feel just fine, but you might also feel like everybody is staring at you. For the most part, they’re not, and that feeling will pass in time. If you do decide to shave your head, commit to keeping your head bald for at least a month. You’ll be much more comfortable with your baldness by that time, your scalp will be used to shaving, and that pale, never-shaved skin tone will have evened out to match your face. And although you might be tempted, do not cover your head up with hats unless you need protection from the sun (and you will). Constantly wearing hats will just trap dirt and oil next to the most acne-prone parts of your scalp. And besides, what’s the point of being bald if people can’t see your bald head?

By the way, after 17 years, baldness might feel more comfortable and natural to me, but reaching up at any hour of the day and feeling my smoothly shaved scalp is still a rush.

Happy head shaving.

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Warm-Up and Stretching in Insanity Workout?

In this post I am going to describe two essential exercises in every Insanity workout, in which you should not underestimate its importance for your own safety first, and in order to perform the workouts in the most efficient way, they are the warm up and the cool down stretching.


Put it this way, I am a 20 years old male, and while doing the exercise in the warm-up I checked my heart rate and it was 165 bpm (beats per minute) this is according to medical facts is about 85% of my total max heart rate, and believe it or not I was still in the warm-up phase, the real exercises did not even begin yet. During the real workouts itself, I took a lot of rests in the middle, but that is completely normal for anyone if he is doing the exercise for the first time, as the instructor (Shaun T) says.

The following bullets mention the plyometric cardio circuit warm up exercises, you do these exercises 3 times, no brakes in the middle, and make sure that you begin slowly, then each time you complete this interval you push yourself more, until you reached the 3rd interval when you push yourself to the maximum.

  • Jog
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Heisman’s
  • 123
  • Butt Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Mummy Kicks

After you have completed these 3 intervals, you should be pouring a lot of sweat, and that’s the main goal of the warm-up, is to prepare your muscles and lean them for the insane following exercises, in order to prevent injury. You can take now a sip of water for 30 seconds, but remember that you should not stop moving.

Cool Down stretching:

The second part in this brief post is the cool down stretching, many people overlook this part of the workout or don’t do it right, but I think it is a very essential exercise after the intense exercises you do in Insanity workout. It is medically advised that if you are doing some sort of intense exercise for a long period of time, it’s not good that after you finish that you immediately stop.

Many people think that stretching is only important before you do an exercise, but stretching should be done before and after the workout. Stretching is important to prevent cramps in your muscles, because after you exercise your muscles are very warm, and the muscles cannot immediately return to its normal temperature, it takes time, and in this time you should do some sort of soft exercise, and not just because stretching is an easy part of the workout that it should be skipped.

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TMJ Pain Causing Dizziness, Ear Fullness and Crackling Sound and Temple Headache

Do you experience jaw pain? Or do you clinch and grind your teeth? If so, then you’re not alone. It’s estimated that over 20% of the general population at one time or another have symptoms relating to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Your jaw or the TMJ is the most frequently used joint in the body. It’s also one of the most complex joints. Much like the knee joint, a small disc of cartilage cushions and separates the TMJ so the jaw may move easily. Each time you talk, chew or swallow you move the TMJ.

The jaw has three functional motions: opening / closing, side-to-side and protrusion / retraction. When the mouth is opened, the TMJ first rotates around a horizontal axis. And as you open your mouth wider, the motion is then combined with gliding of the jaw forward and downward. When you close your mouth the motion is reversed.

A common jaw problem is TMJ dysfunction syndrome. TMJ dysfunction syndrome typically occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Early signs and symptoms include jaw clicking, tenderness to the muscles in front of the ear and back of the teeth and dull aching pain in the joint. These symptoms are often followed by spasms of the jaw muscles characterized by pain on movement of the jaw during chew and talking. Gradually, the pain becomes worse and is accompanied by decrease mobility.

Chronic and untreated TMJ dysfunction syndrome can displace the cartilage that causes pressure and stretching of the associated soft tissues and sensory nerves. The displaced cartilage can get trap in certain position when you open your mouth causing your jaw to lock up.

When you clinch and grind your teeth, you increase the wear of the cartilage lining of the joint. You’ll also increase the stress and strain of the associated jaw muscles including the pterygoid, masseter, temporalis and digastric muscles. These muscles are often tight, sore and pain sensitive to touch.

Typical symptoms of TMJ dysfunction syndrome include ear pain, sore jaw muscles, temple headache, jaw pop or clicking, difficulty opening mouth and neck aches. However, people who clinch their teeth a lot may also experience dizziness, disequilibrium and feeling of pressure or fullness in their ears and hear crackling sounds.

Regular clinching of the jaw may also affect the tensor tympani and tensor veli palatini muscles. The tensor tympani muscle controls the movement of the ear drum. When it spasms you’ll hear rumbling and crackling sounds. You’ll often feel that your ear drum is trembling and vibrating like when you’re jumping on a trampoline. The tensor veli palatini muscle controls the diameter of the auditory tube. And when it spasms, you’ll often feel pressure or fullness in your ears.

There are a few things you can do to relief TMJ pain. Avoid chewing gums and eat softer food until the pain subsides. Wearing a mouth guard when you sleep may reduce the stress and strain associated with teeth clinching and grinding. And stretching your mouth may relief your TMJ pain.

Sit in a relax and comfortable position. Now place your tongue in contact with the hard palate as far back as possible while keeping your jaw in a retracted position. Maintaining your tongue and jaw in this position, slowly and rhythmically open your mouth in a limited range ten times. When you finished with this warm up exercise, open your mouth as wide as possible within the pain-free limit and hold this open mouth position for about five seconds. Now relax and close your mouth for five seconds. Repeat this exercise two to three times a day.

If you continue to experience TMJ pain and associated problems despite D-I-Y remedies, consider consulting with a chiropractor specializes with TMJ disorders.

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Cat Health Whiskers Care and Uses

Cats have whiskers for many different reasons. One reason a cat has whiskers is to judge the area of a space it may want to get into. If the whisker fit through comfortably, then the cat’s body will also fit through as well. A cat normally has twelve whiskers on each side of the face. Cat health whiskers and their care are not very hard.

The cat also uses the whiskers as radar detectors. The cat that chases prey in the dark relies on the whiskers to feel the movement of the air as their prey runs from them. These whiskers have referred to as feelers for cats. The uses help the cat with so many different things. If you play with a cat’s whisker, they may full away as they feel this sensation as the whiskers are deep rooted.

Cat health whiskers and the cat care require keeping the whiskers intact. Never cut the whiskers, as this will not benefit the cat. The cat needs these whiskers and can be stuck somewhere if the whiskers have any type of damage. Newborn kittens are born with whiskers even though they cannot see; the whiskers help them to find the nipple of the mother in order to nurse. As they grow older, they learn to use their whiskers for other methods of protection and for finding food.

Cat health whiskers care allows for judging the mood of the cat. If a cat is happy and content, the whiskers outward and slightly down. If the cat feels threatened, the whiskers will outward and up. An angry cat will have whiskers back and flat to the face. Some common diseases of the cat health whiskers are burns, trauma, hair follicle dysphasia, demodectic mange and hair follicle pyoderma.

If the cat develops any of these conditions, the ability to judge distance, and track prey will become limited. For a cat in the wild, this may result in death because they cannot track their prey and may not hear cars coming or they can be stuck somewhere. Caring for the whiskers really are not an owner’s job, since you really have no way of knowing how the cat feels.

Whiskers above the eyes, protect the eyes from debris. Cats have no eyebrows only the defense of the eye whiskers. If one falls out, it will grow back soon. People have been known to trim these whiskers down, but the eye of the cat then becomes vulnerable to debris and infections. If you notice a problem with the whiskers, you may want to contact the vet to see if it may be a disease or just normal looking whiskers. Different types of cats have different looking whiskers making it hard for people to know a healthy whisker and an unhealthy whisker.

If you see signs of problems in kitten’s whiskers, a vet should be informed, as an underlying health problem may exist. Sometimes the hair and skin are affected by a whisker infection or disease.

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How to Plan a Barn Dance

Barn dances have become very popular for all kinds of events from wedding receptions through to corporate events, birthday parties and village fetes – even prom nights!. I believe their popularity is due to the fact that people of all ages enjoy these events equally. Here is my guide to planning and running a successful event.

The Venue

Barn dances rarely take place in barns, so there is no overpowering need to go and find a friendly farmer and get him to lend you his barn. In fact barns can make very poor venues (unless specifically prepared or designed for such events) as there are often no amenities such as toilets etc. They can also have a tenancy to get a little cold and they can be quite dusty when the dancers start to kick up the dust from the floor unless the barn has been meticulously swept and cleaned beforehand. It is sometimes better to pick a venue such as a village hall, school hall or a large hotel. If the barn dance is for a wedding then a room in the hotel where the wedding reception is being held is usually the norm. The band will also need room to set up their equipment. Ask them how much equipment they have and how much room they will need. You wouldn’t be able to get say a five piece band with a drum-kit onto a stage that is only designed for a duo. Always make sure that there is ample room for the dancers to dance. A barn dance will need a bigger dance floor than a disco. Ask the venue how large the dancing area is.

Choosing a band

Most barn dance bands have a website these days where you can hear snippets of their music or see videos of their live performances. Choose your band to suit the occasion and the likely taste of your guests. Remember that a barn dance band also has to be listened to as well as danced to.

Barn dance bands come in an array of different forms from the traditional accordion, guitar and fiddle arrangement to the more rock and roll type electric barn dance bands. Most bands will sing a song between the dances so that there is always some entertainment throughout the dance. The more rock and roll end of the bands will usually have a few rock and roll numbers for the end of the night and be able to “mix things up” a little to suit everyone.

When choosing a band it is true to say that you get what you pay for. Do not choose on cost alone. It may be better to pay more than you expected to get an evening that everyone remembers for all the right reasons and not the wrong ones. Nearly all barn dance bands come complete with a caller, but always remember to ask if this is the case. Make sure your bands equipment is PAT tested and the band has Public Liability Insurance. This is becoming obligatory in many venues and all barn dance bands should carry such insurance.


Most dances have some form of food for the guests. It can be a simple buffet, a hotpot or even a hog-roast at a larger event. The food break is usually planned to be about halfway in the proceedings. So if the dance started at 8pm then the buffet would start to be served around 9.30pm. Some venues insist you use their own caterers. Check on this beforehand.

You will also need a bar at your event. There are exceptions such as church socials etc where this is deemed inappropriate. Ask if the venue has a bar or whether you will have to bring one in to cover your event.

What happens during a barn dance?

The band will arrive in ample time to set up their equipment for the barn dance and do a preliminary sound check to make sure all is well. Although the dance may have been designated to commence at a certain time a band cannot perform if not enough people are there on time. This is something that always needs to be taken into consideration.

Before the evenings entertainment commences, the Caller will contact the organiser to do a final check on the start time, and the timing of any breaks etc. It is usual for the band to perform two separate period with a break in the middle.

During the dance your guests will be requiring a few rests between the dances.Most bands entertain with songs between the dance numbers to ensure that there are never any awkward silences. During the interval, between their first time of performance and the next, the band usually provides background music on their sound system. If not, then the venue can usually provide this for you.

If a buffet or hot food is to be served during the night, the interval is usually the best time for the refreshments. This is also often the time organisers to make any speeches or give any gifts or prizes.

Make sure your bands equipment is PAT tested and the band has Public Liability Insurance. This is becoming obligatory in many venues and all barn dance bands should carry such insurance.

When the performance commences, the Caller will invite the guests on to the dance floor and will “walk through” all the barn dance moves before the actual dance begins. Following commencement of the dance, the Caller will continue to call out the moves throughout the dance (so no one needs to have a good memory). And remember, mistakes only add to the fun and jollity!

Barn dances can be great fun for all ages. Enjoy planning your event!

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Foundation Wall Cracks, Cause, Effect and Solution

There are no perfect houses and that would include its foundation. Whether you have a new home or one that’s a hundred years old, house foundations crack. Houses shift and settle after construction. Houses will have cracks in either the cosmetic finishes or structural components. Most of these cracks have no structural significance. The common types of cracks in foundation walls will include;

Vertical (or near vertical) cracks; Just because a wall has cracked doesn’t mean that it has failed or that corrective action is required. If the crack is narrow (1/8 inch or less), is nearly vertical, has no lateral separation between the adjacent portions of the wall, and no water is leaking through the crack, no action generally is required. This is a shrinkage crack and occurs as moisture in the wall evaporates causing the wall to shrink into the voids created by the escaping water. This type of crack is controlled, or minimized but not eliminated by, using horizontal reinforcement steel, which helps distribute the stresses in the wall. If horizontal steel is present, you are more likely to get several very small cracks instead of one or two much wider cracks. Another method of limiting shrinkage cracks is to control the amount of water used in the concrete mix.

Reentrant Cracks; Whenever a concrete element has a sharp angle, there is a concentration of stress. This almost always results in a crack called a reentrant crack that emanates from the inside corner. It may be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal as it exits the corner. This phenomenon exists in nearly all materials. Round openings can dissipate the stress but this is not practical in concrete wall construction. The typical remedy to reduce this type of crack is the placement of steel reinforcement in the corners. It will not eliminate these crack but keep they tight and controlled.

Horizontal cracks; Horizontal cracks require greater scrutiny. Most residential foundation walls are designed to span from the footing or floor slab to the connection of the floor structure above. An 8-inch concrete wall in normal soil conditions usually is strong enough to withstand the forces exerted on the wall with no vertical reinforcement. Exceptions include areas with high ground water conditions or in expansive soil conditions. If there is vertical reinforcement in the wall, a horizontal crack is probably not a concern. An expert should be consulted when a horizontal crack appears to evaluate whether there is a structural risk.

These cracks typically result from one or more of the following;

1. Soil settlement beneath the footing resulting in downward movement of the footing, and shifting is common to most newly constructed homes.

2. Alteration of the local water table whenever a new home is built. Specifically, the soil beneath the home dries; the resultant soil shrinkage causes minor settlement of the footing which can result in hairline cracking in the foundation walls.

3. A new home, without of furniture and effects, does not impose a significant load on the foundation. Once all of your furniture and appliances are moved in, the weight borne by the foundation, and the structure in general, increases and causes some flexing (or movement) of structural members throughout the building. This increased load can cause hairline cracks in the foundation.

4. Drying shrinkage. While poured concrete is dries and hardens, it will shrink. The major factor influencing drying shrinkage is the total water content of the concrete. As the water content in poured concrete increases, the amount of shrinkage increases. Significant increases in the sand content and significant reductions in the size of the coarse aggregate used in poured concrete increase shrinkage because total water content is increased and smaller size coarse aggregate provide less internal resistance to shrinkage.

5. Thermal expansion and contraction of concrete. Concrete poured during high daytime temperatures will contract as it cools during the night, this can be sufficient enough to cause cracking if the concrete is restrained.

6. Restraint; The restriction of free movement of fresh or hardened concrete subsequent to the completion of placing (pouring of concrete) in formwork or within an otherwise confined space; restraint can be internal or external and may act in one or more directions.

7. Subgrade settlement or movement. The dropping of soil or the footing due to their mass, the loads imposed on them, or shrinkage or displacement of the underlying support.

Most foundation cracks are minor and insignificant; they are common to both poured concrete and block foundations. Structural cracks (horizontal) in residential foundations are usually the result of settlement and/or horizontal loading. They can be the result of hydrostatic pressure or the use of heavy equipment next to the foundation. The possible implication of cracks in your foundation is moisture penetration, moisture that can ruin finished wall coverings, floor coverings and furniture.

Water will leak through a foundation crack if there is enough hydrostatic pressure to force water through the crack. If a waterproofing system was installed during construction, the basement may not leak even if there is a large crack. Keep in mind that waterproofing is not the same as damp-proofing. Installing an exterior waterproofing system after the wall has been backfilled can be cost prohibitive. The best solution is the use of an epoxy injection system. It will adhere to the side of the cracks and actually may strengthen the wall. These systems can be DIY but is it highly recommended that they be applied by a professional.

If you take anything away from this article…take this. All foundations crack, your foundation, my foundation and most of these cracks are insignificant and have no structural implications. If you do have a concern about the size and type of crack call a professional to evaluate.

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