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Fibromyalgia and Exercise

Author: Eidorianresistance bands

The most effective treatment for fibromyalgia is exercise. Which seems totally weird, because most people with fibromyalgia hurt worse and are more fatigued after exercise, and they may feel that way for days. The key is the right amount of the right kinds of exercise.

If you are new to exercising within the constraints of fibromyalgia, it may be helpful to enlist the help of a trainer, physical therapist or exercise physiologist to design a program specifically for you. Every person with fibromyalgia has a different exercise capacity, so you need an individualized program.

Another important concept related to exercise is your “baseline.” Each person has a different baseline. It is the level of exercise that you can maintain over time. It does not mean that you are pain-free, but that the pain doesn’t interfere with your lifestyle. You also need to remember that you’ll always have good days and bad days. You don’t stop or reduce your exercise because of a bad day. (Although you may reduce it for a while if you have a bad flare-up that lasts days or weeks.)

Exercise training for someone with fibromyalgia begins with stretching. Stretching reduces the stiffness and keeps ligaments and tendons from shortening over time. Stretching should be gentle and it should feel good. It is usually a good idea to warm your muscles with mild aerobic activity, such as walking, for a few minutes before stretching.

Daily low-impact, gentle aerobic exercise is the next step. Aerobic exercise has tons of health benefits. It specifically helps reduce fibromyalgia symptoms because it improves flexibility, causes your body to release endorphins and other happy chemicals and reduces stress. Walking and bicycling are excellent low-impact exercises. It is important to start at a level suitable to where you are and increase your level of exercise slowly. If you get fatigued after five minutes of walking, start there and increase your time by a minute or two every week or two.

Some activities are especially good for fibromyalgia. Water aerobics and swimming are wonderful. The buoyancy of the water supports your sore muscles and allows you to exercise with less pain. Swimming has a double benefit of gentle stretching along with aerobic exercise.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong and Yoga emphasize slow, gentle movements that are ideal for people with fibromyalgia. All three exercises include breathing and focusing, which decrease stress. You also learn to be aware of your body and learn to recognize signs of stress.

Pilates is another exercise system where you work with your body, stretching and toning it. Pilates is a non-weight bearing exercise, like chair aerobics. It is a gentle way to tone your body, and gentle is the word for exercising with fibromyalgia.

People with fibromyalgia can add some strength training slowly as they build up exercise tolerance. Resistance bands provide plenty of strength training for a while. Strength training must be undertaken carefully and gently, and it might be wise to get help from an exercise professional before adding it. There are many benefits to strength training, and it could be a very beneficial addition to your exercise, especially when you are feeling well.

Whether we are talking about exercise or sleep, pacing and routine are important if you have fibromyalgia. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day helps with sleep. Exercising at the same time every day helps with exercise. Your body begins to respond to routine.

Exercise must be paced, too. That means starting at a low level, increasing gradually, and incorporating rest into your routine. You exercise, then rest, then exercise some more. Over time, you can shorten the rest periods and/or lengthen the exercise periods. Rhythm and pacing make a big difference in how much exercise you can tolerate.

It is recommended that you consult your doctor before starting any new exercise regime.  To find out more on why exercise can be so beneficial please visit  http://www.FibromyalgiaNaturalRemedies.com .


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Eating Disorders: A Disease Of Perceptions

Author: Gabriel Adamseatingdisorder

Body image is something that young women in America often struggle with on a daily basis. Their minds are flooded with images of rail thin models and celebrities who run the “it” crowd. Unfortunately, this is where many women become obsessed with weight and looks in hopes of making themselves perfect.  Although there is no clear cut cause for an eating disorder, people with a family history of depression or anxiety, obesity, and even social factors are listed as very possible perpetrators for such syndromes.  There are two well known types of eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Anorexia is most likely the more well-known eating disorder in America today. Women with Anorexia will have what is called body-image distortion. This means because their views of what is attractive have become so distorted and skewed, what they see in the mirror isn’t necessarily what they actually look like.

So while you may see an attractive and healthy or sometimes underweight and malnourished individual, they will see nothing but flaws that need to be fixed typically their weight.  Some tendencies include; using laxatives or enemas inappropriately, vomiting or excessive exercise routines. This can differ in several ways from the other common eating disorder called Bulimia Nervosa.

Bulimics have similar symptoms, but show different tendencies in their quest for the “perfect” body. While it is still classified as psychological condition dealing with body image this
condition causes the person to binge or overeat greatly on high fat or high calorie foods, and then purge most commonly with laxatives or vomiting. Although both of these disorders are generally categorized as psychological or sociological issues, new studies have shown that some sufferers of Bulimia could have hormonal imbalances specifically testosterone.

Body image matters have really evolved over time and have risen to staggering new heights in America over the last decade. Many will attribute this in large part to the fashion industry and endless media coverage on celebrities. While there is no “cure” for these disorders, anyone who has Anorexia or Bulimia needs treatment. It’s been shown that people who receive treatment at earlier stages have a vastly higher chance of keeping a healthy body and mind.

It is important to be educated about the signs and symptoms of these disorders. If you or anyone close to you is more than moderately underweight, show obsessive or irrational fears of food or gaining weight seek help immediately. These are life threatening diseases, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

FAQ on Detection of Stroke Risk

Author: Aimee Whitfillstroke

You may be at risk for stroke, and your risk increases as you age. It is also higher for men than for women. Still, a stroke can occur at almost any age, and members of both sexes are a risk. Here is an FAQ on strokes and how you can detect stroke risk in advance:

1. What is a stroke?

A. Stroke occurs when one of the blood vessels that feed oxygen-rich blood to the brain bursts or gets clogged, causing a disruption of blood flow to part of the brain. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., resulting in 750,000 stroke victims per year. An estimated 75-85% of strokes that occurred last year could have been avoided with proper screening.

2. What warning signs are present before a stroke occurs?

A. The majority of stroke victims have no prior warning before the stroke occurs, and 97% of the adult population could not name a warning sign. While undergoing the proper screening could help people reduce stroke risk, people avoid stroke screening because they think it will be too costly, painful, or inconvenient. In fact, stroke screening is an inexpensive, non-invasive, non-radioactive procedure that can be found in most communities.

3. What are the risk factors?

A. Any adult could potentially suffer a stroke, but there are certain risk factors that signify a greater possibility of the occurrence of a stroke in the near future. Here are some of those risk factors:

a. Age: the chance of your having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after the age of 55.
b. Gender: men are more likely to have a stroke, but women are more likely to die of a stroke.
c. Heredity: your stroke risk is greater if a grandparent or other family member has had a stroke. Also, blacks face a higher risk of having a stroke than do whites.
d. Prior Occurrence: if you have had a stroke previously, you face a much higher risk of having another stroke.
e. TIA: transient ischemic attacks, or TIA, are often known as warning strokes that produce stroke-like symptoms but with no lasting damage. They are strong predictors of strokes.

4. What is the impact?

A. The most serious impact of stroke is death. It is the third-largest cause of death in the United States (just behind heart disease and cancer). The biggest cost, however, is the loss of independence that 30% of the survivors of strokes experience. Stroke affects not only the victim him or herself, but those around them, as well. And, the monetary cost for survivors of stroke and those around them is also enormous. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on lost work, hospitalization, and the care of survivors in nursing homes.

5. Can stroke risk be detected?

A. In most cases, your doctor cannot tell you if you have stroke risk via a normal checkup because symptoms often are not present. And, the fact is that most insurance companies disallow doctors from ordering reimbursable preventive stroke screening. The good news is that preventive screening is available at very low cost. Doctors often ask their patients to invest $139-$200 to get screened by a preventive screening company which uses portable ultrasound units to measure stroke risk. Then, after getting their results back, the patient and the doctor can sit down and review their risk together. The key is to visit a reputable screening company that provides images back to you, in a week or less. Often time is of the essence in stroke risk testing.

If you believe you are at high risk for stroke, or if you would just rest easier knowing that you do not face high-risk conditions such as carotid artery disease, schedule a non-invasive, inexpensive and convenient ultrasound screening in your area.