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Looking For Neck & Back Pain Relief

Looking For Neck & Back Pain Relief

back pain

Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine.  The pain often is divided into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain.  It may have a sudden onset can be chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas.  It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation.  The pain may radiate into the arm and hand, in the upper back, or in the lower back, and might radiate into the leg or foot and may include symptoms other than pain, such as numbness or tingling.

neck-and-back-painChronic back pain usually lasts more than three months and may be mild or severe. Among the common causes for your back pain may be facet joint or herniated intervertebral disc (slipped disc).

Causes may be: 

  • 1) Bulging Or herniated (slipped disc)
  • 2) Sciatica – Herniated disc pressing over the nerve going to your leg causing sharp shooting pain the back & leg
  • 3) Arthritis – It can lead to narrowing of the space around the spinal cord called spinal canal stenosis. This can cause back & leg pain.
  • 4) Structural irregularity – Your spine may have abnormal curvature either side to side or excessive curve in front/ back.
  • 5) Osteoporosis can cause vertebra fracture & can cause back pain. common in old age.
  • 6) Rare causes include Cancer, infection.

 

If you suffer from chronic pain, you probably think you have two options: pop pills or tough it out. But medical doctors are increasingly turning to natural alternatives—like massage, acupuncture, yoga, and even hypnosis—to help their patients feel better. In fact, pain is now among the most common reasons Americans turn to complementary and alternative medicine in the first place.  Whether you have lower-back pain, neck aches, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, to name only a few, we have the scoop on what therapies can offer you relief—without drugs.

1. Massage

massage therapy for neck painWhat it’s good for: Back pain, osteoarthritis, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, neck pain, and surgery-related discomfort.  What the experts say: Sure, massages feel great, but they provide much more than a few “ahhhs” for people with back pain. “Massage therapy has been shown to boost levels of endorphins and serotonin—the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators—and to reduce stress hormone levels.” Massage therapy may also work at a molecular level, helping to turn on and off genes associated with inflammation.

Upper back pain between shoulder blades may be helped by posture correction exercises and stretches

One of the causes of upper back pain is poor neck posture which ultimately pushes the area between the shoulder blades out as the head goes forward.

Some neck exercises, described previously, are good for upper back pain and between the shoulder blades with causes related to poor posture habits. While the neck is conditioned to the normal position the shoulders are rotated outward to help exercise the muscles of the upper back and correct the rounded shoulder position.

neck pain

The causes of upper back pain are varied so it is important to be examined by a doctor. In my practice, the most common of the causes of pain in the upper back without injury is related to poor posture at home and at work. Muscles and ligaments become over stretched and weak. Over a period of time, the joints become stressed and this causes a degenerative type of arthritis similar to that seen in the neck region with stiffness caused by restricted motion and irritation of pain sensitive structures like the nerves and disk.

Back pain does not need to be a permanent part of your life! We can help you find long-lasting, natural relief.

 

 

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Can You Shrink Large Pores?

Can You Shrink Large Pores?

large-pores

Pore size is determined by genetics or hereditary; but following a skin care regimen can help to reduce the size.  It’s important to keep the skin clean and free of debris.  There are some things that will cause the pores to appear larger. Sun damage is the number one enemy when it comes to pore size. Even mild sun damage can lead to larger-looking pores. In order to prevent sun damage, it is essential that you use a daily SPF product. Excess oil, blackheads, and whiteheads also lead to pores that appear larger than they actually are, which means that acne-prone skin is more likely to exhibit enlarged pores.

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Unfortunately, large pores do tend to become blocked more easily, leading to even more blackheads or whiteheads in acne-prone skin. Using a cleanser will help in this area by flushing out dead skin cells and bacteria, thereby preventing blemishes while helping the pore to appear smaller. In addition, using a gentle skin care exfoliation and toner will help remove excess oil and dead skin cells. These steps will prevent the pores from becoming clogged, which will lead to a more refined look.

It is part of the your skin that it has small openings on its surface, called pores, leading into sebaceous glands that secrete oil for skin protection and lubrication.  Most skin pores are barely noticeable; remember hot water open pores, while cold water closes them to help prevent oil and dirt from getting into the pores.  Facial pores can look enlarged, however, if you don’t clean them properly. Oil and dead skin cells can accumulate inside pores which may then stretch the skin and make the holes look more obvious. A good cleansing regimen will help remove these blackheads, so get a facial once a month or a mud mask once a week to root out stubborn pore blockages! Use a toner that will sweep all the dirt away after washing your face.

You absolutely cannot shrink your pores. Now that it’s out in the open, we can focus on more positive things, like how to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. There are many skin care products that can help diminish the look of large pores, though none will literally shrink your pores. Unfortunately, once pores have enlarged, there’s not a permanent or effective way to reduce them permanently. The only methods of treating pore size are through minimizing their appearance and preventing future pore enlargement and skin changes by a regular skincare regime designed to keep pores clear.

large pore black skin

 

Cleansing

Cleansing skin is the first step in preventing enlarged pores, breakouts and irritation while maintaining the integrity of the skin’s structure. Always cleanse the skin first thing in the morning and again at night to remove dead skin cells and embedded oil. Cleansing gel, cream or cleansing oil works to remove pore clogging residue, keeping the complexion clean and supple while minimizing the occurrence of enlarged pores. In addition to daily cleansing, consider using:

  • Masks: There are a multitude masks and deep cleansing treatments that treat skin and clean embedded dirt and oils, which eventually enlarge pores. A facial mask should be used once per week in order to best reduce pore size.
  • Steam: Steaming the facial skin is a wonderful way to open up the pores and remove the dirt and debris that is clogging them. Steam the facial skin for five to ten minutes. Follow with a light moisturizer.

 

What can I do about them? There are some things you can do to make your large pores seem less visible. How?

1. Use a serum designed to minimize the appearance of large pores. Applied on the affected area it helps tighten the skin around the pore resulting in less noticeable pores.

2. For a temporary fix just take an ice cube and rub it onto your face. The cold water will contract the pores. As you probably have guest, the same effect can be achieved by splashing some cold water onto your face.

3. Exfoliate on a regular basis to make sure you unclog your pores and keep the enlarged pores from filling back in with oil, dirt and dead skin cells.

pore dilemma

A consistent skincare routine will help you achieve the best out of your skin and that’s the ultimate secret for treating large pores or any other skin problem. BE CONSISTENT!

 

 

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Rejuvenate Your Skin for Spring Season…

Rejuvenate Your Skin for Spring Season…

spring beauty

What Skin care Products Should I Be Using for Spring?

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh beginning. What better time to get rid of old skin care products that you’ve been using all winter long?  When the seasons change, your skin care regimen should change too. As we head into the warmer weather, adjust your skin care products and cosmetics to keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful.  You have to understand that through each season, your skin has different necessities.  To start you should choose cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreen and serum suitable for your skin because products you used in winter may not work well in Spring or Summer.  You should be customized with a special routine and follow it regularly, here are some tips on how to take care of your skin during Spring season:

We all like to try new products.  They’re fun to play with, to smell, feel and try on our skin.   But which types of skin care products do we really need? With money tight these days, we need to spend it on products that really work.

Here are the skin care products that have been proven over the years with good science to help your skin. You need these for an effective skin care regimen.   I’m going to tell you about each of these and give you some recommendations:

  • Cleanse
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Repair or anti-aging products (vitamin-A (like Renova and Retinol), vitamin-C serums (not creams), a few other antioxidants.

 

Cleansers

cleanser for face

Facial cleansers do a better job of deep cleaning skin than a bar of soap and there’s a cleanser formulated for every type of skin, from dry, oily, normal, combination and acne. Facial cleansers banish dirt, guard against pimples and leave skin soft and refreshed.  Different types of cleansers have been developed for people with different skin types.

Active cleansers are more suitable for oily skins to prevent breakouts. But they may over dry and irritate dry skin, this may make the skin appear and feel worse. Very dry skin may require a creamy lotion-type cleanser. These are normally too gentle to be effective on oily or even normal skin, but dry skin requires much less cleansing power. It may be a good idea to select a cleanser that is alcohol-free for use on dry, sensitive, or dehydrated skin.

When you think about it, cleansing is the most critical step in both a successful professional treatment and at-home regimen, as it delivers immediate skin care benefits.  Cleansers should be soap-free and acid-balanced to protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

These are my recommendations:

Precleanse for all skin conditions especially oily

Dermal Clay Cleanser for skin with excess oil production

Special Cleansing Gel for all skin type

Essential Cleansing Solution for dry or prematurely-aging skin

Skin Resurfacing Cleanser for mature or prematurely-aging skin

Ultracalming Cleanser for sensitive, sensitized reactive skin

Clearing Skin Wash for breakout-prone skin

Moisturizers

skin care for skinMoisturizers are vital to every skin care regimen regardless of skin condition, and do more than just moisten dehydrated skin.  Emollients help lubricate skin while making it soft, pliable and smooth.  Moisturizers also help to protect the skin’s natural defenses against the environment while controlling moisture loss from the skin.  This becomes more important as we age, when the Stratum Corneum’s protective lipid barrier layer may be compromised or slower in replenishing itself.

I hear this all the time “I have oily skin so I don’t use moisturizer” or “when I use moisturizer my skin get very oily”.  No matter how much oily is your skin, everyone must wear a moisturizer.  In Spring your skin produce more oil than in Winter but you should always keep the skin hydrated.  Instead switch to a lighter moisturizer, however if you have dry skin, continue using your rich moisturizer that nourish deeply the skin and do monthly facials.

These deserve some attention because moisturizers are worth using.  Particularly if you have dry skin, moisturizers will help to prevent fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin over time. We’ve all had the experience of being dry, applying a moisturizer, and having our skin look instantly better.

Here are my tips on how to get the most out of your moisturizer:

  • In general, if you have oily skin, use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that will hydrate your skin but won’t add more oil.
  • If you have normal skin, use a lotion or light cream.
  • If you are very dry, use a medium-weight cream that takes a minute or two to absorb into your skin. Apply it more frequently than once or twice a day.
  • Everyone should use a moisturizer around their eye area and on their necks, because we all have very few oil glands in those areas.

My recommendations:

Active Moist for skin with excess oil production

Skin Smoothing Cream for dry, dehydrated or prematurely-aging skin

Intensive Moisture Balance for dry or prematurely-aging skin

Super Rich Repair for chronically dry, mature or prematurely-aging skin

Ultracalming Serum Concentrate for sensitive, sensitized, reactive skin

   Sunscreens

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Sunscreen is the most essential rule for Spring and Summer.  Even though applying sunscreen must be through all the year.  I know that most of you skip it during Winter,  now you should not skip it anymore, get back and use SPF 30 to prevent sun damages, premature aging, dark spots etc.

You’ve heard it before, but it’s really true: Sunscreen is the most important product you can use on your skin every day.   The more damage to your skin cells from sunlight that you can prevent, the better your       skin will be for years to come. If you have pre-teen or teenage children, particularly if you live in   a sunny climate, encourage them to start using sunscreen on a daily basis on their faces.

Sunscreens and sun protection are the single best way to prevent prematurely aged skin, age spots, brown spots, leathery-looking skin, skin cancers, and the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, melanoma is the biggest cause of cancer deaths among kids in their twenties.

These are my recommendations:

Solar Defense Booster SPF50 for all skin conditions

Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF30 for mature or prematurely-aging skin

Oil Free Matte SPF30 for breakout-prone skin or areas of excess oil production

Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF30 for sensitive, sensitized, reactive skin

Repair Products

men spring skin care

The only products that have been proven to work to reduce wrinkles at this point in time are the vitamin-A cousin tretinoin (in products like Retin-A and Renova), some antioxidants like Vitamin C serums, some hydroxy acids, and possibly creams containing cell-growth factors or peptides.

Vitamin-A

Vitamin-A are still the gold standard for repair of sun-damaged and aging skin. They also help to prevent precancerous lesions and skin cancer. There’s nothing better available in a cream form. Everyone who can tolerate them should be using one!

The Vitamin-A creams go by all sorts of names like Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac, tretinoin (generic Renova and Retin-A), and Retin-A Micro (all available by prescription only). Retinol is a weaker form available without a prescription.

Some women may experience irritation when using a vitamin-A cream, but if you have problems, first try washing with a gentle cleanser, applying a light moisturizer and then letting your skin dry for 10 to 15 minutes; then, use a pea-sized amount for your entire face.

Renova is the best for dry or over-40-skin because it has a moisturizing base. Apply these products at night because light inactivates them. You must use a daily sunscreen if you’re using Vitamin-A creams.

glowing spring skin

What are antioxidants?

It seems as if almost every skin-care product now has an added “antioxidant,” and many women want to know if they really work.  An antioxidant is any substance that slows or stops free-radical damage to cells. What is free-radical damage to cells?

When natural light damages skin cells, extra electrons (now we’re talking molecules) start floating around looking for a home. When those extra electrons find a home (often a cell), they usually damage those cells when latching on. This then triggers inflammation and cell injury. Anything that slows the injury process down is referred to as an “antioxidant.”

Antioxidants in skin creams

Many vitamins, such as Vitamins A, C, and E have antioxidant properties. Coenzymes, such as alpha-lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10, also contain antioxidants as do many plant-derived compounds.

Not surprisingly, more and more creams and cosmetics feature these antioxidants. In fact, there is good evidence to suggest that some antioxidants, like vitamins C and E in a serum form, have significant preventive and repairing effects for sun damage.

Freshen up your skin this Spring….achieve a bright, youthful complexion with the best cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens and more.  Consider these tips and make them a pleasant beauty routine to have a flawless skin in Spring.

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Is It Safe To Wax? What are The Best Methods of Wax and It’s Benefits?

Is It Safe To Wax? What are The Best Methods of Wax and It’s Benefits?

Is It Safe To Wax? What are The Best Methods of Wax and It’s Benefits?

hair removal

To wax or not to wax, that is the question.  When deciding upon hair removal options, waxing is certainly something to be considered.  Waxing is a great solution for both men and women for hair removal on various parts of the body.  Facial waxing, chest, back, arms, legs and the bikini area are all areas of the body where unwanted hair can be removed with waxing.    The process of waxing removes the hair at the root by using wax to adhere to the hair and then a strip of cloth is placed over it and used to rip off the wax.  This even sounds painful.  However, there is good news.  The more often you wax, the less painful the hair removal will be.  This is because the hair follicles weaken over time and it becomes easier to remove.

Waxing lasts from two to six weeks before you will need to get it done again.  This is a very convenient method of hair removal and one of the best advantages.  Also, if you wax regularly, you will see that hair tends to grow back softer.  Over time, you will even have less hair growth and the time between applications will lengthen.

Waxing is much faster than any other type of hair removal system.  Large blocks of hair are removed at once.  Even if you are waxing larger areas such as the back or chest, it can be completed in a matter of minutes.  So, if you are debating the drawbacks of waxing, especially any discomfort you may experience, consider that you will not experience it for very long

Esthetician uses a couple of different types of wax to remove hair from the body.  Both are applied with disposable sticks of varying sizes, depending on the area being waxed.

Hard wax. This wax is applied and allowed to cool and harden. It is then quickly pulled off of the skin with fingers. A quality hard wax does not stick to skin — only to hair — so can often be used on clients with sensitivity issues.

cream wax

Soft wax, also called strip wax, is a product that becomes the consistency of honey or cream when heated. It is spread very thinly across the skin, and covered with a muslin or non-woven strip. When the strip is removed, hair comes with it, but it’s the most practical type of treatment for large areas, such as legs, arms and backs, where hard waxing would take forever to accomplish

Benefits

There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal. It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer.

Is waxing a good choice for you? Is another method better? Let’s look at some common hair removal methods.

Shaving

shaving

Shaving is a temporary method of hair removal where a razor or electric device is used to cut the hair off the surface of the skin. This method is one of the fastest hair removal techniques; hair is sliced away close to the skin’s surface and can either be felt or seen pretty quickly, depending on the speed of hair growth for each person.

 

 

 

Tweezing

tweezingYou’ve no doubt used a pair of tweezers to remove one hair at a time.  Tweezing is great for cleaning up random hair but unrealistic when there are lots of hair to remove.

Depilatory cream

Depilatory cream is a temporary method of hair removal where a chemical cream is applied to the hair, which then weakens the hair, allowing it to be easily rubbed or scraped free. The process is painless, and no experience or professional assistance is required. The products are available in local supermarkets, and there are a variety of different creams available for different hair types.

Threading

threading

 

Threading is a method of temporary hair removal. A twisted, thin piece of cotton thread is rolled over the area of unwanted hair. The hair is removed at the follicle, and several hairs can be removed at one time which results in a straighter line. Threading is used more for small areas of hair, such as eyebrows. This technique is an ancient method in common use in Eastern countries; however it is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world.

 

 

 

Waxing

strip waxWaxing is a semi-permanent hair removal process involving the application of hot or cold wax to the area from which hair is to be removed. Commonly, a strip of material is placed on top of the wax, and pulled off in a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This process is advantageous as it pulls the hair from the root, leaving the area hair free for 4-6 weeks. Regular waxing promotes retardation of the hair growth, so eventually less hair will grow in the area being waxed.

Electrolysis

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Electrolysis is a process of permanent hair removal. A solid, thin metal device (of the same diameter as the hair follicle) is applied to the hair follicle at the same angle of the growth of hair by a licensed practitioner. Electricity is then delivered through the device to the follicle and causes damage to the matrix – the area that creates the hair. There are three methods that are used in electrolysis; these are blend, galvanic and thermolysis. The success depends on the condition of the skin and the type of hair being removed. The average treatment length is a process that goes over a 2 year period.

 

 

Laser

laser-hair-removalLaser hair removal has become very popular. There are many different laser types and the process involves a laser light penetrating the skin to destroy the hair follicle. There are different grades and strengths of lasers available so you will need to seek more information about the specific lasers used by your local laser hair clinics. Lasers do have their limitations as they will only work on hairs with dark pigment, so white or grey will not be removed.

With so many choices available, it can be difficult to determine which methods are best. Not every method works well for each area of the body or for different types of hair and skin. Expense can also be an important consideration, as more permanent hair removal options tend to carry higher price tags. Greater potential side effects are also a factor. And for those who decide to use electrolysis or laser hair removal, they face an additional and critical choice — selecting a hair removal specialist.

Regardless of the type of procedure you choose, you should ask around and get answers to some important questions before going ahead with anything.

eyebrow wax

 

 

 

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