Back Pains

Blogging for hours could result in back and neck pains, especially now that I ‘ve stopped working out for the meantime. I am certain, I’m not the only one who experience this, most of us (bloggers) do. Since back pains are connected directly to the spine, the interconnection of the muscles, bones and joints in it is greatly affected by one’s posture. Pain could be felt on the neck, upper back, lower back, even the legs and feet.

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Hubby, a graphic designer, spends most of his time in front of the computer with his back not really resting on the chair. This leads inevitably to a recurring form of minor back pain (http://www.totalback.com/). He would complain about this at night and I would give him a little massage to ease the pain and so he would be able to sleep better. Accordingly, these kinds doesn’t need immediate medical intervention. A little exercise would help reduce the pain that recurs at the moment of unhealthy positioning of one’s back. In our case, hubby and I would play little Wii Tennis or Golf and we’re fine.

Interestingly at Totalback, playing Golf is a program used to help patients with chronic/severe back pains. It is to enhance posture, improve coordination and heighten mind-body awareness, and improve circulation and joint nutrition.

For extreme cases of back pain, Totalback’s MedX rehabilitation is one way to go. MedX machines strengthens the muscles as well as one’s stability, flexibility and endurance of the body’s core, providing a solid foundation for whole body strength. The machines operate at a very low level of friction and offer a choice of resistance in 2-pound increments, ensuring a weight that is just right – not too heavy and not too light for the user, this feature lessens strain and allows individuals to select the exact level of resistance required regardless of their strength.

Another option is the Vax-D (Vertebral Axial Decompression), a procedure that decompresses the spine, allowing patients to be relieved of back pains (http://www.treatmentforbackpainnow.com) without undergoing surgery. Patients undergo a series of treatments where he/she fits a pelvic harness adjusted comfortably to align and decompress the intervertebral discs. Vax-D has been approved since 1996 for the treatment of discogenic disease including herniated and bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, failed back surgery, facet syndrome and sciatica.

Gladly, husband and I doesn’t need a rehab yet, but in case we do when we’re older, well definitely fly to one of Totalback’s branches!

Jumping into the Fitness Fad with Jumping Rope

If you keep abreast with the latest news, you would surely have heard about the ill effects of poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyles of some individuals. These types of news have made people more conscious about the importance of keeping fit to enjoy a long and healthy life with loved ones. Getting fit is not just a fad though. It is a lifestyle that one chooses.

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The road to physical fitness is filled with a wide variety of fitness routine, equipment and expert advice for you to choose from. Some can be expensive but there are also practical choices that can give you a good workout without wearing out your budget. One of the most cost effective exercise tools that may be enjoyed by both kids and adults is the jump rope.

The game of jumping rope that children play is also one of the essential routines in a boxer’s training program. It helps them improve their speed or agility, balance, endurance and muscle strength. Professional wrestlers, tennis and badminton players and athletes engaged in endurance sports, are likewise known to include jump rope exercises in their work-out programs. Health and fitness experts recognize the health benefits that go with jumping rope. It helps burn calories and strengthens the upper and lower body while improving our cardiovascular fitness.

However, jumping rope must be done properly for it to be considered as an effective and safe routine. Just as in most exercises, stretching and cooling down activities should be done before and after jumping rope. You should also consult your physician first to make sure that your body can take the demands of the activity. Beginners should start with the basic jump or the double foot jump wherein both feet take off from the ground as the rope passes under them. Remember to slightly bend your knees and keep high on your toes when jumping. The balls of your feet should be the ones absorbing the impact to avoid any injury. Gradually work on increasing the speed and intensity of your jumps to get more from your workout. Soon enough, you can work your way to the more complicated routines.

Jumping Rope can give your body a serious workout and allow you to have fun at the same time. There are several rope tricks, like the Double Dutch, that you can incorporate in your routine to add some spice or difficulty in your routine. Those who have already joined the fitness bandwagon are on their way to healthier bodies and improved confidence. It’s not too late to jump into a new form of exercise with equipment as affordable, portable, and easy to use as the jump rope.