Neck Pain Exercises-treat your own neck pain by using the best neck exercises and learn which are the worst for your neck.

Todays Neck Pain Exercises tip

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You should already know by now that the major cause of neck pain is you. If you do not then i suggest you read the links at the bottom of the page. However, a great adjunct to reinforcing your posture is to join an alexander technique class. This will help you learn better body mechanics so that your posture becomes more ingrained into your psyche.

We teach this at our spa and people absolutely love it. If you slouch then YOU WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE PAIN.

 

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A Quick Test for your Neck Pain

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yours truly explaining the major cause of neck pain

If you are reading this it’s because you suffer from neck pain and you will see in this quick test EXACTLY WHY you have neck pain and HOW to get rid of it. Neck pain is easy to fix. You will also know the answers to these questions:

  • Why does my neck hurt?
  • Why is my neck tense all of the time?
  • Why do I have knots in my back?
  • Why do I have neck pain?
  • Why do neck pain exercises and stretches only work temporarily?
  •  Why do I continually suffer from neck pain?
  • Why do I have constant bouts of recurrent neck pain?
  •  Why am I good for a while and then suddenly wake up and can’t turn my neck?
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Here are the 10 Least Stressful jobs in America

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The 10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2010

You are stressed, your neck hurts, your back hurts, your relationships are suffering, you get headaches, your blood pressure is through the roof, you have palpitations, skin rashes, hair loss, impotence and have trouble concentrating to name but a few. Maybe you would like to try  one of the 10 least stressful jobs in America according to careercast.com’s 2010 survey.

Here they are:

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Neck Pain and stress-Is your job listed as one of the most stressful?

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Careercast.com has released the  most stressful and least stressful jobs in America. How does your career stack up in their list? Here are the top 5 from CNBC.com

1. Firefighter

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Stress Rank: 200
Stress Score: 110.936
Unemployment: 0%-4%
Hours Per Day: 11
Time Pressure: Very High
Competition: Low

 

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Test your Stress Level

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How are your stress levels? Did you know that:

Stress

 

    1. Stress has been called “the silent killer” and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat.d
    2. While it is a myth that stress can turn hair gray, stress can cause hair loss. In fact, telogen effluvium (hair loss) can begin up to three months after a stressful event.j
    3. In 2009, the top most stressful jobs were a surgeon, commercial airline pilot, photojournalist, advertising account executive, and real estate agent. The least stressful jobs were actuary, dietitian, astronomer, systems analyst, and software engineer.l
    4. The top three stressful cities in America are Chicago, Ilinois; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York.i
    5. Stress alters the neurochemical makeup of the body, which can affect the maturation and release of the human egg. Stress can also cause the fallopian tubes and uterus to spasm, which can affect implantation. Stress in men can affect sperm count and motility and can cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, stress may account for 30% of all infertility problems.b
    6. Stress can make acne worse. Researchers say stress-related inflammation rather than a rise is sebum (the oily substance in skin) is to blame.p
Laughing
Laughter is a powerful stress reducer
    1. Laughing lowers stress hormones (like cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline) and strengthens the immune system by releasing health-enhancing hormones.o
    2. The stress hormone cortisol not only causes abdominal fat to accumulate, but it also enlarges individual fat cells, leading to what researchers call “diseased” fat.d
    3. Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, liver cirrhosis, and suicide.f
    4. The stress of caring for a disabled spouse increases the risk of stroke substantially.o
    5. Chronic stress can impair the developmental growth in children by lowering the production of growth hormone from the pituitary gland.m
    6. A 2009 CNN poll reveals that the number one reason for stress in most countries is money. The countries most stressed about money are Malaysia, China, Singapore, and the United States. The countries least stressed about money are Russia, France, and Italy
    7. The term “stress” derives from the Latin stringere (to draw tight).j
    8. Stress causes capillaries to close, which restricts bleeding if a flesh wound should occur.f
    9. Pupils dilate (mydriasis) during stress much the same way they dilate in response to attraction: to gather more visual information about a situation.f
    10. Chronic stress floods the brain with powerful hormones that are meant for short-term emergency situations. Chronic exposure can damage, shrink, and kill brain cells.o
    11. A 2003 study found that women with moderate levels of stress were at lower risk for suicide than those women who had very high or very low levels of stress.j
    12. Scientists suggest that stress is part of the evolutionary drive because it has enabled humans to survive. Specifically, stress temporarily increases awareness and improves physical performance.n
    13. Stress makes the blood “stickier,” in preparation for an injury. Such a reaction, however, also increases the probability of developing a blood clot.d
dark chocolate
Eating moderate levels of dark chocolate reduces stress hormone levels
    1. Research has shown that dark chocolate reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and other fight-flight hormones. Additionally, cocoa is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids.o
    2. Chronic stress increases cytokines, which produce inflammation. Exposure to constant inflammation can damage arteries and other organs.j
    3. Stress can alter blood sugar levels, which can cause mood swings, fatigue, hyperglycemia, and metabolic syndrome, a major risk factor for heart attack and diabetesf
    4. Chronic stress worsens irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that irritates the large intestine and causes constipation, cramping, and bloating.j
    5. Peptic ulcers are caused by the H.pylori bacteria or the use of NSAIDS—not stress. However, stress can exacerbate ulcers and keep them from healing.j
    6. Chronic stress decreases the body’s immune system’s response to infection and can affect a person’s response to immunizations.m
    7. Studies show that HIV-infected men are more likely to progress to AIDS if they are under high stress than those with lower levels of stress.m
    8. Stress can increase the ability of chemicals to pass the blood-brain barrier, which shields neurons from some poisons, viruses, toxins, and other fluctuations in normal blood chemistry.g
    9. Acoustic stress (caused by loud noises) can trigger an episode of Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), a disorder of the heart’s electrical system. LGTS is estimated to cause as many as 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.g
    10. Young people from military families who have a deployed parent report higher levels of stress and emotional problems than other adolescents and teens.h
    11. Stress increases the risk of pre-term labor and intrauterine infection. Additionally, chronic levels of stress place a fetus at greater risk for developing stress-related disorders and affect the fetus’s temperament and neurobehavioral development.e
    12. Post-traumatic stress physically changes children’s brains; specifically, stress shrinks the hippocampus, a part of the brain that stores and retrieves memories.m
Baoding balls
Stress balls work by massaging acupuncture points in the hand
  1. Chinese stress balls (Baoding balls) were created during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in Baoding, China. Originally made of iron, the balls are thought to relieve stress because they touch pressure or acupuncture points on the hand.j
  2. Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow to other parts of the body.j
  3. The hyper-arousal of the body’s stress response system can lead to chronic insomnia.j
  4. An early record of post-traumatic stress syndrome dates from the eighth century B.C. in Homer’s Iliad when Achilles suffers severe battle stress in the Trojan War. Achilles complains of feeling emotionally “numb” or “dead” and expresses suicidal thoughts and rage.m
  5. In Shakespeares Henry IV, Lady Percy’s description of her battle-worn husband, Harry Hotspur, is surprisingly similar to the symptoms of actual post-traumatic syndrome, such as feeling estranged from others, difficulty sleeping, exhibiting an exaggerated startle, dysphoria, and strong anxiety.m
  6. When cells shrink due to exposure to stress hormones, they disconnect from each other, which contributes to depression.o
  7. Men are more likely than women to develop certain stress-related disorders, including hypertension, aggressive behavior, and abuse of alcohol and drugs.o
  8. Chronic low-level noise and low-frequency noise below the threshold of human hearing provoke stress hormones that can interfere with learning and can also elevate blood pressure, degrade the immune system, and increase aggression.g
  9. Stress creates hormonal changes in the human body that can decrease libido and sex response. However, the BBC reports that penetrative sex (as opposed to other types of sex, such as masturbation) decreased stress hormones while those who had no sex had the highest blood pressure.k
  10. Extreme or sudden emotional trauma can lead to “broken heart syndrome”(BHS), or stress cardiomyopathy (severe heart muscle weakness). This condition occurs rapidly, and usually in women. In Japan, BHS is called “octopus trap cardiomyopathy” because the left ventricle balloons out in a peculiar shape.

(Thankyou to random facts for these)

 

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Neck Pain, Neck Exercises and Neanderthals

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Is this you? I have just read an article from the NY times that says that we now have genetic proof that man had sex with neanderthals. I didnt need a geneticist to tell me that. A simple look around you at the office, bus stop, factory, restaurant or city streets will give you enough indications. Have a look at the photo. See how his spine has a large rounded curve and the head is forward. Do you walk like this? Do you stand like this? Do you sit like this?

Just keep your focus on his upper body, and imagine him seated. Now imagine bending his elbows as if they were typing a computer keyboard. Look familiar!?

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Chiropractic Neck Manipulation and Strokes-The Risks.

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I spoke to a client yesterday who had had a stroke after receiving a rotational neck manipulation by a chiropractor. Here is a comprehensive report with regards to this issue by Stephen Barret M.D.

If you get regular neck adjustments or even if you don’t,  I suggest you read this.

BTW, just in case you were wondering, I am not ‘anti-chiropractic’. I am simply trying to give you as much information as I can when it comes to treating something as delicate as your neck and ‘high-velocity thrusts’( AKA manipulations).

The after that i suggest you read these posts below to understand why no matter what treatment you get, you must address the cause of your neck pain first-not just treat the symptoms( pain)

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Your Neck Pain Exercises Tip

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Dont Sit with your lap top on top of your lap.

One of the fastest ways to not only get neck pain but also back pain is to sit like this. If you do you will be sitting with your spine in a poor postural position. You are sitting slouched over your computer looking down into your screen. You will be sitting without retaining your inward arch in your lower back. This will mean that your are sitting with a big C curve in your spine which will produce not only neck pain but also back pain.

Remember, unless you remove the causes of your neck pain( and back pain for that matter) you can never hope to be pain free.

Put your lap top up on a table or something higher so that the screen is a eye level. If the screen is too low there is no way you will be able to see your screen and have good posture. This simple postural adjustment will help your back and neck enormously. I guarantee you.

 

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How safe is your car in an accident? Check Here

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If you had an accident you would hope that your car rated well in a survey of crash tests and safety wouldnt you. After all, the more impact that your car absorbs-the less impact to you. But how does your car stack up when the researchers hit it from behind, in front and rolled in several times?

To find out see this link from the IIHS:

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

Also see how you can decrease your risk of whiplash by over 40 % by a simple adjustment of your car seat

Whiplash-what not to do in the first 3 months

My 5 top tips to have a pain free neck when driving

Whiplash Injuries-The Facts

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