Friday, December 14, 2012

6 Tips To Treat Tennis Elbow Without Steroids

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 11:23 AM PST

It is not true that only those who played tennis may get tennis elbow pain. Actually the overwhelming percentage of men develop the tennis elbow symptoms when they do activities that require them to repeatedly rotate the elbow or flex the wrist, usually while gripping a heavy object. Tennis elbow symptoms usually begin gradually and occur in the dominant arm. The first sign is usually soreness or a dull ache on the outside of the elbow joint that gets worse when you grasp something. Pain increases when that area is pressed or when you are grasping or twisting objects. The condition may further progress to pain with any movement, even during everyday activities, such as picking up a coffee cup; lifting a jug of milk; turning a jar lid or simply starting your car. Pain may spread to the hand, other parts of the arm, shoulder, or neck. Other parts of the arm, shoulder, and neck may also become sore or painful as the body tries to make up for the loss of elbow movement and strength.

1. Don't overdo even if you don't feel pain

You can ease back into your normal routine when your elbow no longer bothers you. As a general rule, there should be no pain associated with day-to-day tasks before you move on to something more demanding. Give yourself time to see how your elbow reacts. Don't overdo it just because you don't feel pain right away.

2. Massage the full length of the forearm

Relaxing the surrounding muscles can take some of the pressure off an aching elbow. Gently massage the full length of your forearm muscle from your elbow to above your wrist, not just where you feel pain.

3. Use ice to relieve your pain

Freeze some water in a paper cup, then peel back the top of the cup and rub the ice on your elbow in a circular motion for 5 to 7 minutes. Repeat this treatment at least two times a day for the first five days that you have pain.

4. Go for natural remedies

The homeopathy remedy Ruta graveolens can help soothe a sore elbow. It is recommended taking a 6X dose every hour while your pain is severe, then three or four times a day as your condition improves. You will find Ruta graveolens in health food stores and wherever homeopathic remedies are sold.

5. Do some gentle strengthening and stretching exercises

Once your elbow is on the mend, gentle strengthening and stretching exercises can help rehabilitate the joint and protect it from reinjury. It is recommended to give this move a try, but only after any pain and inflammation subsides. While holding a 2-pound dumbbell, rest your forearm on a tabletop, with your wrist extending over the edge and your palm facing down. Slowly raise and lower the dumbbell, moving your wrist through its full motion. Repeat 15 to 20 times, then change hands. Do the exercise three times a day. If you experience any pain, try switching to a lighter weight.

6. Use an elbow support

Try an elbow support. It prevents you from contracting the extensor muscle when you move your hand. It also reminds you to give the injured area a rest. You can buy one of these devices in a drugstore or a medical supply store.

You will find a lot of useful information on the Internet, explaining more about tennis elbow, healing, symthoms and other.

4 Tips To Look Younger

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 09:22 AM PST

There are thousands of different ways to look younger. But this time I would like you to think of your teeth. White, straight teeth reflect younger age, when crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth are associated with an aged look. Even the adage "long in the tooth" used to describe older persons reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer as a result. And one more thing in the list – it is a bad breath. More than 50% of the adult population has had bad breath at one point or another, but everyone has it is the morning, as bad breath mostly caused by bacteria. At the same time your mouth is more than just a pretty smile, beautiful lips and wise words. It’s also a gateway to your overall health. Keeping that gateway clean (in all senses) will keep you healthier longer – and looking younger.

Consider four simple, proven and practical steps to make you look younger:

1. Brush and floss daily

"Taking the time to brush and floss is what's needed,” says Anthony M. Iacopino, DMD, PhD, dean of the dentistry faculty at Canada’s University of Manitoba, professor of restorative dentistry, and an American Dental Association spokesman. “Brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist is so easy to do, it's not expensive, and everyone should be doing it."

2. Change the toothbrush/head

Remember to replace your brush head after 3 months of use, or if the brush is damaged, or if parts become loose. Your toothbrush is loaded with germs, as “that plaque – the stuff you’re removing from your teeth – is bacteria,” says dentist Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association. “So you’re putting bacteria on your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth.” In addition, extended usage, loose parts or excessive wear could lead to brush head breakage, generation of small parts and possible choking hazard. You may read more about it here.

3. Take tooth whitening procedures

Tooth whitening – over-the-counter and in dentists’ offices – has become increasingly popular in the U.S. and is often marketed as a way to look and feel younger. Nevertheless experts say although artificial whitening can temporarily improve a smile, you still need consistent brushing, flossing, and routine dental care to have a lasting impact on how well you age.

4. See your dentist every six months

Looks aside, there’s another reason to make time for dental care. Bacterial buildup, inflammation, tooth decay, and periodontal disease happen quietly and slowly. That’s why so many people don’t know it’s happening. Inflammation can happen when bacteria and debris, such as bits of food, enter the blood vessels around the teeth. Inflammation is your body’s response to such invaders. And if it happens over and over again, you could wind up with long-term (chronic) inflammation. Chronic inflammation is linked to chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Only regular visits to the dentists may help you to stop or to treat your invisible decease.

AND – Change your entire lifestyle, not as a step # 5, but as an advice.

Of course, you need to do more than brush, floss, and see your dentist to stay young. Your entire lifestyle matters. “If you want to slow down your aging clock, getting enough sleep, a healthy diet, exercise, and keeping down your levels of inflammation are all key," Iacopino says.  The fact remains that there are no shortcuts to getting and staying healthy, and oral health is no exception.


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