Friday, June 13, 2008


What are the True Benefits of a Sauna?

If you're serious about relaxation, then consider the many benefits and advantages of a Sauna. No chemicals to mix, no pumps to break, just a few simple heating elements and a stainless steel body in a fragrant, cedar-lined room. Relaxation and rejuvenation can be obtained during Sauna Sessions as brief as twenty minutes. As your pores open and sweat flows freely, so does the tension and stress of the day. There simply is no sensation quite like the Sauna Sensation. Lactic acid dissipates with the heat and muscles sore from strenuous exercise relax. Because so few modern-day people perform hard, physical labor for a living, most of us simply do not perspire enough. In addition, we clog our pores with the use of cosmetics, antiperspirants, smog, and other modern "conveniences." In a sauna, you expose yourself to a high enough temperature for a long enough time to cause perspiration. This perspiration cleanses the skin of impurities. The heat from the sauna also relaxes the muscles, relieving muscular aches and pains. It is a refreshing, revitalizing experience that helps both body and mind. Stress melts away, and the sauna helps many people sleep more soundly. Simply pouring some essence of Eucalyptus (a natural substance) in a ladle of water onto the Sauna rocks yields a fragrant and medicinal burst of steam. Steam is an excellent treatment for respiratory problems, such as; chest congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis and sinusitis. When taking a sauna, skin temperature rises to 40°C (104°F) and internal body temperature rises to about 38°C (100.4°F). Exposure to the high heat creates an artificial fever state. Fever is part of the body's natural healing process. Fever stimulates the immune system resulting in increased production of disease fighting white blood cells, antibodies and interferon (an anti viral protein with cancer fighting capability). Would you like to take sauna to another level than just sweat at the gym? Would you like to almost reach a high level of peace and serenity? For additional information contact - Sylita Thomas and visit the website and get a free chapter of "The Sauna and Steam Bath Guide Revealed".

Sunday, June 8, 2008



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12 tips for an Ergonomic Computer Workstation

1. use a good chair with a dynamic chair back and sit back in this
2. top of monitor casing 2-3" (5-8 cm) above eye level
3. no glare on screen, use an optical glass anti-glare filter where needed
4. sit at arms length from monitor
5. feet on floor or stable footrest
6. use a document holder, preferably in-line with the computer screen
7. wrists flat and straight in relation to forearms to use keyboard/mouse/input device
8. arms and elbows relaxed close to body
9. center monitor and keyboard in front of you
10. use a negative tilt keyboard tray with an upper mouse platform or downward tiltable platform adjacent to keyboard
11. use a stable work surface and stable (no bounce) keyboard tray
12. take frequent short breaks (microbreaks)

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Visual Ergonomics in the Office

Visual Ergonomics in the Office

Guidelines for monitor placement and lighting

 Eye-to-screen distance: at least 25", preferably more.
 Vertical location: viewing area of the monitor between 15° and 50° below horizontal eye level.
 Monitor tilt: top of the monitor slightly farther from the eyes than the bottom of the monitor.
 Lighting: ceiling suspended, indirect lighting. Use blinds and shades to control outside light.
 Screen colors: dark letters on a light background.
How do you set up a computer workstation? Do you buy monitor risers or remove the CPU from beneath the monitor. Will even lower monitor positions cause neck strain? Can you get away with tipping the monitor down to avoid glare or should you invest in indirect lighting? How about viewing distance? 16 inches? 25 inches? Or even farther? Does screen color make a difference? Is there any evidence that ergonomic workstations improve work performance?
This article suggests guidelines for monitor placement and lighting. They are based on the latest scientific research. Demonstrations illustrate the principles behind the recommendations.
Ergonomics seeks to adapt the work environment to the capabilities and limitations of the worker. The results should be increased productivity, user satisfaction, and reduced risk of injury.These guidelines are meant as such: guidelines. There are exceptions. The final criteria for judging the effectiveness of a visual environment is not how well it conforms to a set of rules, but rather how well it facilitates the ability of the worker to perform his or her work effectively and without injury.

Stimulation of myofascial trigger points causes systematic physiological effects

Stimulation of myofascial trigger points causes systematic physiological effects

John Srbely and James P. Dickey
Myofascial trigger points (TrP) are discrete palpable hyperirritable loci within taut bands of skeletal muscle; pressure application elicits a referral sensation/paresthesiae.1 There is growing body of evidence suggesting that a substantial proportion of common adult musculoskeletal pain syndromes are manifestations of myofascial trigger point activity.2 The possible role of neuroadaptive processes such as long-term potentiation/central sensitization, and potential management via modalities such as spinal manipulative therapy,3 is of special interest to the authors. This study will explore the neurophysiological interactions of the trigger point complex by evaluating whether stimulation of one TrP site can influence the pain sensitivity at another trigger point site innervated by the same neurological segment(s).

The study involves stimulation of a trigger point locus within the supraspinatus muscle (via intramuscular dry needling). The supraspinatus TrP will be confirmed by the presence of a visible local twitch response within the muscle, evoked during needle penetration. Raw pain-pressure threshold values (PPT) will be recorded from a trigger point site within the ipsilateral infraspinatus muscle at selected time intervals of 1, 2, 5 and 15 minutes. A baseline (pre-needling) reading will be recorded and the absolute PPT readings at each time interval (1–15 min) represented as a ratio of this baseline value.

PPT readings in the infraspinatus sharply increase (i.e. decreased trigger point sensitivity) for the first two minutes post-needling. At the 2 minute mark, the PPT values tend to stabilize. Interestingly, the PPT values once again demonstrate a gradual, distinct rise between the 5 to 15 minute period, suggestive of a further decline in sensitivity at the infraspinatus site.
Preliminary results suggest that systematic physiological effects on a trigger point complex may be induced by stimulation of other trigger point sites specifically innervated by the same neurological level(s). This data may suggest two distinct processes at play in the neuromodulation effect: an early segmental effect which gives way to subsequent supraspinal/non-segmental effects.


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