Don’t Forget Your Ticket to Work

Thousands of Americans are deemed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to be disabled every year and accordingly receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), or both. The misconception among the many who receive Social Security disability benefits is that after receiving those benefits they have to stop working. The common fear is that working will cause them to lose their Social Security disability benefits. While it is true that in some circumstances working can cause the SSA to stop giving out disability benefits, most people that I have talked to have never heard of the government sponsored Ticket to Work Program.

The Ticket to Work Program was a response by the government to all of the barriers that were originally created to stop people with disabilities from working. Ticket to Work was created as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. The goal of Ticket to Work according to SSA was to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation, and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.

Ticket to Work is voluntary and those who wish to participate in the program can apply with SSA. After completing the application, SSA will administer a ticket to the individual which looks similar to a ticket for a sporting event. The ticket includes the issue date, ticket number, and person’s claim number. Once you have your ticket, you can then proceed to the nearest State vocational rehabilitation agency or Employment Network (EN) for services. Once the ticket is handed to either a State vocational rehabilitation agency or an EN, they can offer you services to help you go back to work. Hopefully, through the help of either service you will be able to receive a meaningful and fulfilling employment position. It is worth noting that an individual can continue to receive healthcare benefits even though he or she has obtained employment. What is also great about Ticket to Work is that even if you begin your job and find yourself unable to complete the necessary daily tasks, you can immediately stop working and receive an expedited reinstatement of benefits.

If an individual chooses to participate in Ticket to Work it is important to know that you will NOT automatically lose your disability benefits. There are special rules in place called “work incentives” that allow the individual to keep cash benefits and Medicaid or Medicare while you test your ability to work. For people receiving SSDI benefits, the trial period is an accumulated nine month of services within a 60-month period. In 2009, your work constitutes services if you earn more than $700 a month. For those receiving SSI benefits, your work may affect the amount you receive but SSA counts less than half of your earnings when they compute your check. If you want to see how Ticket to Work would affect your individual benefits, you should contact a Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program prior to making any final arrangements with a State vocational rehabilitation agency or EN.

Many disabled individuals receiving Social Security disability benefits are under the impression that it is good not to work. They think that it is bad to work because if they did, SSA would immediately terminate their benefits. This misconception has caused numerous disabled individuals to shy away from pursuing their dreams in the workforce. For those individuals, Ticket to Work is a wonderful untapped resource. Ticket to Work can serve not only as a great resource, but as a tool to help people obtain both meaningful and fulfilling employment.

Garlic – The Miracle Cure?

Garlic’s powerful curative properties have been known and used for eons. Many cultures have used garlic over the centuries to ward off everything from minor illnesses to evil spirits and for extra protection they add a heavy dose to most meals! Anyone who has ever seen a Dracula movie can surely remember the villagers running around with garlic wrapped around their necks to fight off those evil vampires.

Garlic was even used during major Plague outbreaks, and with some reported success! They just saw that garlic prevented more illnesses, and they were sure it was because the evil spirits were frightened away and not able to inhabit the sick person’s body to cause more trouble.

Some writings that have survived from the thirteenth century suggest that victims of the Plague who had been fed and covered with garlic either lived longer or survived altogether. It’s too bad the people didn’t quite realize why the garlic was working – it could have perhaps saved even more lives.

Its incredible success in healing is the sole reason that we still use garlic today.

Modern medicine, however, has finally pinpointed the exact reasons why garlic works and its curative powers can all be attributed to one tiny ingredient called allicin. This is the same chemical that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, and its antibacterial abilities. It is because of allicin that many professional health care providers have added garlic to their practice.

The scientific community can’t quite agree whether garlic is an herb, vegetable, or flower – but when it comes to healing, no one really cares. Garlic actually is a member of the lily family and it is closely related to the onion.

Garlic is one of the most potent “miracle cures” known to man. It:

o Is a powerful antibiotic.

o Is also kills some fungi and viruses including Athlete’s Foot and even Herpes.

o Can help reduce blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels which in turn helps to reduce tissue swelling.

o Reduces blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production.

o Fortifies the body’s immune system.

o Reduces the cancer causing effects in nitrates.

Garlic can be eaten alone, added to other foods raw or cooked, taken in tablet form, or applied topically. Baked garlic is actually a tasty and healthy side dish which has a bit of a nutty flavor. Simply put an entire unpeeled head of garlic in a shallow pan, brush liberally with olive oil, and bake for about half hour at 350 degrees F. The garlic will be soft and can be easily removed clove by clove.

If you are going to buy garlic tablets, make certain you are buying pure unadulterated garlic. Do not purchase tablets that have been “deodorized”. These tablets have had their allicin removed to prevent any residual odor, but it is the allicin that provides the majority of the healing. When the allicin content is changed, there is little point in even taking the tablets.

Be aware that garlic is very strong. Some people complain of stomach or digestive upsets after even one tablet. Others report minor to serious skin irritation when garlic and/or its juice is used topically. So before deciding on your new garlic regimen, start slowly. Don’t take tablets and add it to every meal on a particular day. You could be sorry.

So, what can you do with garlic?

o Take one 800 mg capsule daily to strengthen your immune system and fight off minor illnesses including colds, various infections, and allergy symptoms.

o Apply the juice to skin irritation such as poison ivy, eczema, hives

o In the rare instance that you find a case of measles or chicken pox, garlic juice soothes the skin and can prevent some scarring. The juice also kills the germs that are live on the skin, decreasing any chance of cross contamination.

o Garlic has shown remarkable results in recurrent yeast and urinary track infections. For a yeast infection, a tampon completely soaked in garlic juice can be inserted and left overnight. For a UTI, take up to three 800 mg capsules each day either instead of or along with your prescription antibiotic.

o Ingrown nails that have become infected, swollen and painful can be easily treated with a cotton ball soaked in pure garlic juice or fill a small bowl and let your finger or toe soak for ten minutes or so. Two or three treatments in one day can provide dramatic results.

o Garlic works wonders for hemorrhoid sufferers! Make a compress of crushed garlic by putting about a tablespoon on a gauze square, and place over the affected area for about 10 – 15 minutes. It will help to sooth the inflame tissues, reduce swelling, and kill any bacteria present.

o Post-partum: New moms with stitches have found great relief with some warm sitz baths with added garlic juice. It helps the tender skin heal, reduces swelling, and helps prevent infection.

Note: If you don’t like chopping or pressing garlic, it is perfectly acceptable to buy a jar of real garlic that has been previously minced or chopped. This is actually an ideal alternative if you plan on using the garlic juice in some of the remedies such as a sitz bath because the garlic is packed in plenty of the juice. Having ready to use garlic is also a boon when it comes to cooking. You can add a spoonful to anything at the last minute without needing to plan ahead.

How and Why Fluid Builds Up in the Lungs

Human lungs are two large organs like a balloon inside the chest cavity located behind the heart and the upper part of the stomach. The lungs and the body’s circulatory system helps in distributed to the internal organs and carbon dioxide push out from the body. Human lungs that are like a pair of spongy organs are normally filled with air and hot fluids. When fluids build up in the lungs, the usual exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is prevented from happening, this can cause health problems and even death to an ill fated patient.

The question arises that why fluid buildup in the lungs. A person can have lung water or pulmonary edema when there is a fluid buildup in the alveoli. If there is a fluid buildup around the lungs, it is called pleural or   pleurisy  effusion.

Symptoms of fluid build-up in lungs

 Pleurisy  and pulmonary edema have similar causes and symptoms which are as under;

– Shortness in breath

– Wheezing sound while breathing

– Wet bubbling sounds in the chest

– Weakness

– Coughs in pink or blood-tinged frothy mucus

– Fatigue

– Restlessness and anxiety

– Racing heart rate or pounding

– Swelling in feet and ankles

– Pain in chest or sudden shortness of breath

– Breathing might stop for a couple of seconds during sleep

– Other symptoms like fever may occur

Causes of fluid build-up in lungs

Heart ailment is one of the health problems that can cause fluid build-up in the lungs. Circulation problems can be caused by a weak heart. When the heart fails in pumping enough blood, the blood vessels are built up by pressure around the lungs. When this pressure increases, blood steadily leaks from the capillaries, which are tiny blood vessels, into the alveoli in the lungs. A lot of blood seepage can lead to lung water or pulmonary edema.

Pulmonary edema which happens because of bad blood circulation is frequently caused by high blood pressure or a heart disorder. Although other factors not related to bad blood circulation or heart problems can also be a cause of fluid build-up in the lungs. These factors can be smoking, exposure to chemicals like ammonia, chlorine, nitrogen dioxide, working with asbestos, drug abuse, pneumonia, kidney failure, high altitude sickness and pancreatitis.

Fluids in the lungs are not an infectious condition unless it is caused by exposure to toxins. In such cases, everyone else can also be affected by toxins that were exposed to them in the same way as the patient.

Removing fluid from the lungs

Remove the fluid from lungs is the first step in treating this condition. The process is to insert a tube or needle into the lungs and use it for draining the fluid. This method may not by important if the disease is quickly diagnosed cause of the leakage problem is solved. Addressing problems with smoking or encouraging the patient to have a healthy diet is usually involved in this. Severe cases may even require an operation for removing the excess fluid.

Canker Sores – Natural Remedies

For some people with canker sores, natural remedies are the only solution they will consider, so here I will list some of known Natural Remedies for Canker Sores and Mouth Ulcers.

Saline Solution

The classic mouth ulcer remedy, just add salt to water and rinse your mouth. Put up with a few seconds of intense pain and then a few hours of numbness as relief. Personally I am not a big fan of this as it seems to make my ulcers bigger, but do experiment to see what effect you have. And perhaps a very mild saline solution will help with bacteria even if it has no numbing effect.

Baking Soda Remedy

Simply put a teaspoon of baking soda in half a glass of water. The carbs in the baking soda will naturally relieve the pain and cleanse it of bacteria. According to a survey only 56% of sufferers have a positive effect from using this.I have never tested this myself.

Myrrh Tincture

Myrrh can be purchased as an essential oil. Essential oils are plant extracts, and the name “essential” here is in reference to the scent, rather than meaning “absolutely necessary”. Myrrh is very strong, so it is best to dilute it. Dissolve 5 drops of Myrrh essential oil in 5ml of vodka. Then dilute this with water and use as a mouth wash. The antibacterial properties of Myrrh will help with the healing of the ulcer. Don’t worry about the alcohol as 5ml of Vodka is a very small amount, but if you prefer you can just leave it out and dilute in water directly. I have found myrrh to have some effect in healing mouth ulcers and can be used as a rinse before applying another medicine direct to the ulcer.

Herbal Treatment

Apply a herbal tincture direct to the ulcer to reduce swelling, sensitivity and to speed up the healing of the ulcer. The best herbs for treating mouth ulcers are:

  • Myrrh (as mentioned before)
  • Sage
  • Marigold
  • Thyme
  • Cone Flower

Cone Flower (Echinacea angutilolia) is the most efficient herb – it helps build up your immune system and is also available in capsule form.

Herbal Therapy for Bronchitis

Numerous herbs have anti-inflammatory and expectorant capabilities and are helpful in fighting bronchitis. A handful of common remedies follow.

To soothe a dry bronchial cough, drink a hot mullein-coltsfoot tea several times a day

To make the tea, steep 1 teaspoon each of dried mullein, coltsfoot, and anise seed in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain.

For bronchial spasms, drink thyme 3 three times daily. To prepare the tea, steep 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes; strain through cheesecloth.

To quiet a cough, try echinacea tincture. Take 15 to 30 drops 2 to 5 times daily.

To loosen phlegm and open clogged bronchial tubes, drink coltsfoot tea daily. To make the tea, steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of the herb in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes; strain.

To soothe inflamed bronchial tubes, sip plain mullein tea. To make the tea, steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of the herb in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes; strain.

For an expectorant, try aniseed and garlic.

Other therapeutic herbs include horehound, goldeneal, and ginseng. Herbal products are available in health food stores and in some pharmacies and supermarkets. Follow package for specific directions.

Homeopathy

Bronchitis may respond to homeopathic treatment. However, the selection of a remedy-more than one is available depends on your symptoms and the stage of the Condition. Don’t try treating this disorder yourself. See a homeopathic professional.

Hydrotherapy

Use steam inhalation to help clear congestion. See “Aromatherapy” in “Introduction to Complementary Therapies” section for directions. Adding aromatic oils is optional. A mustard plaster can be applied to the chest to loosen deep congestion.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture Acupuncture is useful in opening up congested bronchial tubes and lessening inflammation, which can ease breathing. and relieve the chronic cough that plagues many bronchitis sufferers.

Using auricular therapy, an acupuncturist targets the bronchi, heart, lung, and adrenal gland points. In performing full-body acupuncture, various lung, liver, stomach, and bronchial points are manipulated. If additional symptoms are present (coughing, phlegm, or fever) other points are targeted, as necessary.

Acupressure To relieve bronchial spasms, acupressure targets the lung, spleen, stomach, kidney, bladder, conception vessel, and adrenal points on the forearm, front of the calf, back of the neck, chest, ankles, and upper back (between the shoulder blades and the spine).

Chinese Herbal Therapy Chinese doctors blame internal damp-heat conditions for bronchitis, and thus will most often treat this condition by using herbs to expel the damp-heat and fortify the lungs and bronchial tubes.

For centuries, apricot seed has been used in formulas to treat the coughs and wheezing associated with bronchitis. Use caution with this herb, as apricot seed alone can be toxic in high doses.

Joint fir, or ephedra, is a well-known herbal bronchial dilator, but like apricot seed, is best used in combination. Multi-ingredient formulas commonly used to treat bronchitis symptoms are Rehmannia Six, Bronchitis Pills (compound), Ginseng and Astragalus, Fritillaria Extract Pills, and Mahuang and Ginkgo Formula.

Arthritis Knee Surgery – The Pros and Cons

Arthritis is a disease characterized by abnormal inflammations affecting the human body’s articulations or joints. The fingers, elbows, hips, and knees are the primary targets of arthritis. Arthritis comes in varied forms. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is caused predominantly by old age, but may also develop in response to certain lesions, infections, or malformations, of the knee. Other less common but equally debilitating forms of arthritis are as follows: gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment Options for Arthritis In the Knee

Several modes of treatment are available for managing arthritis and its symptoms. These may range from physical therapy, pharmacological remedies (medications), to arthritis-specific surgical procedures.

The latter, more commonly known collectively as arthritis knee surgery, has a variety of more specialized types – for example, knee osteotomy, arthroscopy, and knee replacement surgery. The specific form of arthritis knee surgery will depend on a number of factors, such as the extent and severity of the disease.

What is Knee Arthritis Surgery?

Depending on the state of arthritis, the most recommended option for treatment is frequently arthritis knee surgery.

Arthritis usually develops in stages, gradually destroying the cartilaginous tissue present in the tissue joints. In its early stages, anti-inflammatory treatment and physical therapy are the primary modes of treatment. However, as the disease progresses, arthritis knee surgery becomes an urgent and crucial necessity.

Arthroscopy: A Less Invasive Option

Arthroscopy is a less invasive surgical option in arthritis treatment. This procedure involves the repair of ligament and cartilage tissue injuries in the knee and the other joints. During an arthroscopy, a tiny instrument resembling an endoscope will be inserted in the affected articulation via a little incision.

Although the effectiveness of this procedure remains an issue of debate, many proponents attest to the benefits of arthroscopy when applied in appropriate scenarios.

Telltale signs that a patient requires knee arthroscopy are as follows: painful popping of the knee, knee joint instability or wobbling knees, a prickling sensation when using the knee joint, and inflammation or swelling of the affected body part(s).

Knee Osteotomy: Better Option for Younger Patients

In cases of younger patients, these arthritics only often have damage in only one part of the knee joint. Consequently, they are not advised to undergo complete knee replacement surgery.

Sometimes, arthritis also manifests through knock-legged or bow-legged cases, which are characterized by a joint reorientation, such that the joint’s weight center is transferred from its damaged area to its healthy area. In such cases, knee osteotomy is often the best course of action.

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery: The Hybrid

Considered a “hybrid” of both osteotomy and complete knee replacement surgery, partial knee replacement surgery is significantly less invasive than the latter. This procedure is done by replacing the damaged portion of the affected articulation with a prosthetic one, while the healthy parts are left intact to heal. Partial knee replacement surgery is recommended for severe arthritis confined to certain parts of articulation. Compared to complete knee replacement surgery, this procedure requires smaller incisions and allows for a more rapid recovery time.

Complete Knee Replacement Surgery: A Practical Option

For several arthritis cases, the most practical option is complete knee replacement surgery. This procedure entails the complete removal and replacement of the damaged joint tissue with plastic or metal prosthetic implants.

Associated Risks: Arthritis Knee Surgery

As in most forms of major surgery, arthritis knee surgery patients are susceptible to thrombosis, infections, nerve damage, and certain anesthesia risks.

In addition, arthritis knee surgery involves a number of post-surgery risks, including instability of the affected joint, kneecap fracture or dislocation, and even decreased mobility or reduced range of motion.

Arthritis Knee Surgery: Pros and Cons

In spite of the risks associated to the procedure, arthritis knee surgery comes with several advantages that can benefit the inflicted patient. The primary benefits are, of course, considerable pain alleviation, enhanced mobility, as well as a substantial improvement in one’s quality of life. Most importantly, within 6 months subsequent to the surgery, the previously affected joint has the potential to regain its full functionality.

Conversely, arthritis knee surgery also comes with some perceptible disadvantages. For example, post-operative patients may experience discomfort and soreness in the period following the procedure. Additionally, the use of the prosthetic joint can be noisy and draw attention to its presence. In some cases, difficulties in movement may arise. And, depending on the type of prosthetics used, the replacement knee may have limited usability, such as only 10-15 years before a new replacement knee becomes necessary once more.

All things considered, however, if we weigh the pain and discomfort that are observed in some cases against the immense potential for successful post-surgery results, it is easy to conclude that the pros of arthritis knee surgery unquestionably exceed its cons.

DonJoy Knee Supports & Braces

Knee braces have been an essential part of protecting and healing knee injuries for years. DonJoy has created knee braces for all types of sports encounters and injuries, such as patella   dislocation , tendonitis, meniscus injuries and tearing of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament. DonJoy has also developed knee braces for people suffering from arthritis to alleviate pain in day-to-day activities. Some braces have soft hinges, some have rigid hinges, but which one to choose? Physical therapist, sports trainers, orthopedist or general physicians can recommend the proper brace to be worn depending on the severity of the injury and the weakness of the joint to be protected.

DonJoy knee supports are very popular in the sports world. It is common to see professional athletes with a DonJoy brace strapped on their knees at professional sporting events. In fact, many members of the NFL and Olympic athletes rely on these braces to keep them in the game. Not only do DonJoy knee supports help these athletes alleviate pain during training, but also minimize the chances of the athletes suffering from a new knee injury.

DonJoy has established itself as a leader in the knee brace market by leading production innovation with technology that is designed to help protect and heal knee injuries. DonJoy offers two unique product features that provide patients even more protection from injuries: Four-Points-of-Leverage and the FourPoint hinge.

The Four-Points-of-Leverage technology is one of DonJoy’s most well-known product advancements. The Four-Points-of-Leverage was developed and patented by DonJoy and makes DonJoy braces the best knee brace on the market because its been proven to help prevent ACL injuries. Knee braces equipped with Four-Points-of-Leverage include special hinges and straps which protect the knee by placing all pressure and impact around the actual knee, in areas such as the front thigh above the knee, the back of the thigh, the shin bone and the calf. During flexion, the Four-Points-of-Leverage brace hinge will direct the pressure to the shin bone, and supported by the other muscles as previously indicated, pressure becomes located around the knee so that the knee joint ligaments, especially the ACL, are protected from the strain. Four-Points-of-Leverage braces should be used to protect a weak knee or a sprained ligament from further damage, pre-surgery and to help heal the soft tissues post-surgery.

Another unique offering provided by DonJoy Knee Braces is the FourcePoint hinge, which is a technology that heightens the level of protection for the ACL. The FourcePoint hinge is the only hinge design that is clinically proven to protect the ACL from injury. This special hinge works with a leaf spring mechanism. How this technology works is it applies resistance (1, 2, 4 and 6 lbs.) gradually when the knee is at the last 25° of extension, thereby reducing the exposure to injury in the at-risk position of 60° flexion.

Always discuss the purchases of knee braces or any other kind of sports medicine products with your physician or medical professional. Your health professional can suggest the right brace or support for you, depending on your status.

A Few of the Key Pressure Points in the Arm

Arms. They make great weapons for fighting. You have fingertips for gouging, the edge of the hand on the little finger side for striking, knuckles for punching or back fist strikes. The heel of the hand is an excellent weapon. A cupped hand is also an effective weapon. The wrist on the outer side is good for striking or blocking. The ridge hand, on the thumb side, is one of the most efficient tools for transferring energy. Then there is the elbow, a devastating weapon capable of both forward and rear ward strikes as well as up and down strikes.

The arm also is a great target. It has several excellent points that are very effective targets. Let’s start with the back of the hand. Triple Warmer 3 is used extensively in joint techniques such as Single Hand Hold and Single Hand Throw. It is used in conjunction with Heart 6 and Lung 8 to rotate the wrist away from the midline. This is a common technique in jujutsu, aikido, hapkido, hwa rang do and can probably be found in many different Indonesian arts. It is used in Escrima in conjunction with stick and knife techniques. TW 3 can also be struck while doing the single-hand hold to effectively dislocate several of the eight little bones in the wrist and possibly cause a spiral   fracture . It can be pressed while you are stepping to provide the leverage and pain to effectively throw an opponent. TW 3 can also be used in a Reverse Wrist Lock, Arm Pit Wrist Lock, Hand Mirror and several other joint manipulation techniques.

The wrist contains several points that are useful. Already mentioned are Heart 6 and Lung 8. By squeezing these points you can twist an opponent’s wrist and hand when he has grabbed your lapel, allowing you to do a reverse wristlock. By using these two points in concert you can reduce the strength of an opponent’s arm as done in Single Lapel Escape. You want to make sure you are not grabbing further up the wrist because that splints the wrist and reduces the pain.

Moving up the arm to the center of the wrist approximately one hand width from the crease in the wrist is Pericardium 6. It is located between the Ulna and Radial bones. I have heard of people being knocked unconscious from a strike there but I have not seen it done. However by either pressing or striking P 6 you can reduce the overall strength of the arm allowing for joint manipulations. It is also found in the second movement of Kanku.

Elemental Theory contains five elements: Fire, Water, Metal, Wood and Earth. The radius side of the arm has the elemental value of metal. The Ulna side of the arm is fire. According to the elemental theory’s cycle of destruction fire melts metal. I don’t really know how this works but I do know that it does work. Grasp a partner’s wrist squeezing H 6 and L 8. With your other hand do a hammer strike on Lung 5 located on the top inside of the forearm just below the elbow. Strike inward and toward the hand. You will get a reaction known as a cross body reflex. His chin will jut forward and his opposite hand will fling to his rear.

Another useful point is Large Intestine 10 located on the top of the forearm about an inch below the elbow. This is where the muscles of the forearm bifurcate. Gee that is a fancy word for an old infantryman. This point as well as L 5 can be used in a bent-wrist lock sometimes called an S lock or a Z lock. In the instance of this particular joint lock we must retreat back down to the web of the thumb to Large Intestine 4. Squeeze this point (with your thumb) as well as H 6 (with your little finger) while pressing down on LI 10 or L 5 (with your finger tips or the head of the radial bone). Ensure you have the opponent’s wrist and hand rotated toward the midline until the little finger side of the hand is up. Base the opponent’s hand tight against your chest. In practice go gently. In combat, spiral  fracture  the attacker’s wrist by dropping your body weight onto his arm.

Heart 2 located on the inside of the triceps about one finger above the bony protuberance of the elbow. This point can be struck or pressed. I sometimes use a thumb press here with single-hand hold and is produces a weird kind of pain. This is probably caused by overloading the fire meridians or there are a plethora of nerves emanating from the brachial plexus. Whatever. It works.

One of the best points on the arm to work is Triple Warmer 12. You can locate it by placing your palm on a partner’s elbow. Make a fist. Your knuckles will be in approximately the correct position for TW 12 though I have seen it on various acupuncture charts as being higher up the arm near the center of the triceps. This is a strike point. Even by pressing this point it causes the arm to relax and be manipulated to your designs. For a technical application lets discuss Arm Reverse. Your partner punches at your face with his right hand. Do a sweeping block (ne gashi uke) to deflect the technique toward the midline. Grab his arm with your right hand and slide it down to his fist where you can grab and squeeze H 6 and L 8. With your left arm do an upward elbow strike to TW 12. Rotate the partner’s arm toward the midline so his elbow is pointing up. Step back and pull the partner toward you and at the same time use the ulna side of your left arm to “scoop” the triceps tendon towards his elbow. You can use this technique to face plant your opponent or put them on their knees so you can do an arm bar or other such nastiness to them.

There are folks out there that will tell you that the pressure point stuff does not work and they do not believe in ki flow or meridians. That is fine. It does not matter the mechanism that makes these things work, just that they work.

Learning the points can be challenging. The best way is to look at your techniques and identify the points used during the technique. A good acupuncture book or even some of the better martial arts books (there are not many) can show you the points. Learn the points by working the techniques. It is not necessary to memorize all of the acupressure points. In the martial arts we use about 108. Learn most of them. Master a dozen or so and practice them on a regular basis. Oh, did I mention that if you are to really study the martial arts you also need to know anatomy? Well you do. Besides it is your body, shouldn’t you know the names of the parts?

Train Hard!

Humeral Fracture Brace – Sarmiento Style – What This Orthosis Does – Where To Find One Near You

Humeral Fracture Orthopedic Braces – Sarmiento Style

1.) Description: A humeral fracture brace is provided to a patient to help provide support to their arm. Without something supporting a person’s humerus after a fracture the pain will most likely escalate on a day to day basis. In addition, there is less of a chance that the fracture will heal properly.

2.) Prior to Getting a Humeral Fracture Brace

Usually, a patient will have on a splint, if they have seen their doctor first. This splint is placed on over the injured humerus to help stabilize a fracture in the emergency room, for example. The fracture may be reduced by a physician in the emergency room and this splint will hold the patient until they see a licensed orthotist for their Sarmiento brace. Usually, some swelling may reduce from the time a patient sees their doctor until the time they see the licensed orthotist. – (This is an example and not every situation follows this blue print. Some people may go straight into a humeral fracture brace, for example.)

3.) What Does A Sarmiento Style, Humeral Fracture Brace Really Do?

This kind of orthosis (brace / external support) helps to provide compression to the soft tissue around the humeral fracture. In this way, the brace helps to promote healing and it will help the patient to feel more secure as well. – Often times this brace looks like a “clam shell”, made from plastic and padding that forms a cylinder around the humerus. Depending on where the fracture is in the humerus, there may be a shoulder cuff placed on the orthosis that will help to provide more support. Hinges at the elbow can be incorporated as well if the fracture is very close to the elbow.

In addition, a sling or “collar and cuff” can be used in conjunction with this orthosis. Why? – The forearm in most cases will be left alone and a sling or “collar and cuff” will help to secure the forearm to the body. Patients usually feel more secure when they: A.) Have the brace on, and B.) have their arm and forearm close to their body.

4.) Where to Get A Humeral Fracture Brace

It is best to get this kind of a brace from a licensed orthotist in your area. If you would like for this type of orthopedic brace to be billed to your health insurance it is important to bring your insurance card and ID with you to the brace company. A prescription will be needed as well from your physician to have the orthosis billed to your insurance. Many times the orthotics and prosthetics company (brace provider in this scenario) can facilitate a claim on your behalf. Full coverage does not happen every time, but many times at least a large portion of the brace may be covered.

Note:This is health information, not medical advice. Sometimes different versions of a humeral fracture braces may be used, for example. This article is meant to give you some background information on common humeral fracture brace procedures and not all brace providers approach these braces the exact same way for each patient.

Adaptive Aids For Cerebral Palsy

The sixth of our series of ten articles on cerebral palsy (CP) looks at the range of aids and other adaptive equipment that help people with CP to move about and communicate effectively. With such equipment, people all over the world are able to lead independent lives.

Equipment that enhances mobility of people with CP include crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, bicycles, tricycles and scooters. Crutches and walkers are often critical for people with CP in enabling them to get about in offices and buildings. Additionally, these tools provide the most basic form of exercise necessary to maintain a healthy body. Some may prefer wheelchairs, particularly if they intend to travel several blocks. Of these, manual wheelchairs are the least expensive, while power wheelchairs may be an option if mobility in one’s limbs is seriously compromised. Sports wheelchairs are an option for people with less severe CP who desire an active lifestyle.

Custom made bicycles and tricycles enable people with CP to exercise in a more rigorous way than walking. Such adaptive equipment enhances the movement of existing muscles, while not neglecting the importance of exercising other parts of the body. Other long-term benefits include a relatively strong immune system, and overall physical well-being. 

In some countries, scooters are specially designed to enable people with CP to travel further distances without relying on public transport. Understandably this option would be suitable so long as one’s condition allows for it. Still, it is heartening to note that the technology is available to people with CP who wish to have a more mobile lifestyle.

Besides equipment that enhances one’s mobility, there are other devices that help people with CP communicate more effectively. These include symbol boards that rely on eye-gazing or pointing rather than speech, electronic voice synthesizers that utilise algorithms to interpret the sounds emitted from one’s voice into intelligible words, and head sticks for people with CP who work on the computer but face challenges in typing words using their fingers.

Some equipment that helps people with daily living include electronic door openers in their home environment, as well as specialised eating utensils. Outdoors, there is an increasing awareness of and sensitivity to designing buildings and transport infrastructure that is ergonomic and friendly to people with disabilities. These include automatic doors, wheelchair-friendly ramps, and disabled-friendly restrooms.

In terms of education, physical equipment goes hand in hand with curricular support necessary to foster a conducive learning environment for children with CP. For instance, a child with CP may be required to learn the basic motor and communication skills before starting school. When the child is deemed ready for formal education, a standing frame can help minimise the distraction of having to maintain one’s balance, while enabling one to learn alongside one’s able-bodied peers. Additionally, a child with CP may be given more time to complete an exam. Parents or caregivers and educators will do well to work closely to help children with CP achieve their educational goals.

The overall educational environment should be one that is conducive for the formation of strong friendships with one’s peers. This would be crucial in enabling people with CP to develop good relationships with others when they enter working life, and contribute fully and positively to society as a whole.

There is room for improvement in terms of physical and social barriers against people with CP, which will be discussed in the next article. However, technology advances are sufficient for people with CP to live independently and be productive members of the workforce.

Facts About Hypervitaminosis (Vitamin Overdose) on Selected Vitamins

There are several class of vitamins each with unique chemical properties and with important biological roles to human body system. Commonly, classification of these vitamins may vary according to structural chemical composition, biological role and its solubility (fat soluble or water soluble). But whatever the biological role may it serve to human system vitamins are essential biomolecules which sustain homeostasis to organ system physiology as enzymes especially in enhancing the performance of the immune system. With this fact, it is now a norm that vitamin intake supplementation in daily basis must be considered to ensure health wellness especially those who suffer from diseases and illness; actually there are specific intake doses to each vitamin types both to water and fat soluble, if taken excessively beyond the normal dose, it will cause toxicity to organ system hence can lead to paralysis or death is some worst case. For this purpose, only selected vitamins will be viewed in terms to harmful effects that it may cause due to overdose, as well as the right dose that a normal individual must take daily; and these vitamins are C, B complex, A and E.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), is a water soluble types which plays numerous essential roles to human organ system especially in metabolic reactions and enhancement of the immune system. The recommended daily intake of ascorbic acid depends by age and sex; such in the United States, adult males should take 90mg per day while for adult female 75mg per day and the tolerable upper intake level for both adult male and female 2,000mg per day. The toxicity of ascorbic acid overdose may vary according to subject age, but the most common manifestation of ascorbic acid overdose and side effects are indigestion, skin rashes, headache, disturbed sleep, nausea, and vomiting if severe.

Vitamin B complex, this type is of water soluble comes into many types (B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9, and B12) each with unique biological function, and plays crucial role to human organ system especially in the enhancement of the immune system, nervous system, and metabolism. The recommended daily intake of B complex may vary from types, so far the established recommendation for B3 (niacin) is 35mg/day; while for B6 (pyridoxine) is 100mg/day; and B9 (folic acid) is 1mg/day. B complex toxicity may vary, but the most common manifestation is nausea, vomiting, liver toxicity, skin rashes, and blured vision.

Vitamin A (retinol) is a essential biomolecule has numerous metabolic functions which includes vision (formation of retinal), gene transcription, haematopoiesis (blood cell production), antioxidant activity, skin health and many more. The recommended daily intake of retinol may vary according to subject age and sex. For adult males, the recommended daily intake is 900µg and upper limit of 3000µg; for adult female, is 700µg and upper limit of 3000µg. While for children age 1-3, the recommended dose is 300µg and upper limit is 400µg. Overdose of retinol can cause some adverse effects to organ system depending on the amount taken excessively; among the common effects to organ system of retinol overdose is renal failure, liver toxicity, anorexia (reduced appetite), blurry vision, vomiting, hair loss, altered mental health, muscle and abdominal pain, irritability, and drying of skin; actually there are numerous manifestations of retinol overdose from acute to chronic other than stated.

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a fat soluble vitamin, its function to the organ system generally is very essential especially in protecting the cell as an antioxidant. The recommended daily intake of tocopherol for adult male and female is 15mg/day; while depending on the age, daily recommended intake of tocopherol generally vary. In relationship, there is no findings regarding the toxicity of tocopherol overdose to human organ system; but there are several ongoing studies are now progressing towards this path to identify the effects of vitamin E overdose to human health.

When the Dinosaurs Decided to Call It a Day

The dinosaurs when phht… over 60 millions years ago.

And then, someone invented the typewriter.

If, like yours truly, you’re old and decrepit, and you’re afflicted with osteoporosis or a receding hairline-as the case may be-, failing eyesight and/or hearing, then you’ll remember the ruddy contraptions. Of course, the internet generation has no idea.

When I was a kid, we had a German portable Adler. And when I say portable, I really should say transportable. Anyway, it was really a wonderful piece of German grundlich engineering. Solid and stolid, I suspect it was made of cast iron. With some lead in the bottom, for added gravitas. I know where my father got his hernia from. Plus, it was your regular knuckle-bender. Getting any letter on paper required determination, stamina, and a healthy breakfast. Today’s keyboards are for wimps. In actual fact, fifty years on I still strike the keys so hard that more often than not, my Apple keyboard either misses the strike, or forms the letter twice.

The case was really nice, too: some sort of reinforced cardboard, with an imitation fabric imprint, and one of those nice, hand-stitched leather, oblong handles on two swiveling eyelets that you only find on vintage suitcases these days.

Typing (of course, we still typed letters in those days) was a feast, at least for the trained typist. Every time you struck a letter, a little hammer would swing out, and just before it hit the paper, the machine would lift an inked cloth (not inappropriately called the ink ribbon) in the way of the hammer, so that the latter would not strike the paper directly but the ribbon instead, leaving on the paper a mark, with a nice little “tat” sound. If you were good, it would be a readable letter. If you were bad, or just feeble, it would leave a vague smudge. Anyway, lest you continue typing at the same spot, the machine would move the whole carriage one notch to the left, readying the paper for the next impact.

The most fun was when you reached the margin (which you set with a little metal bracket on top of the carriage): the machine would ring a little warning bell. Ding! And that was when you got to do a real carriage return: there was a long lever on the left hand side of the carriage, which you would firmly flip inwards. And lo and behold: the carriage would slide all the way back to the right, and turn the paper one line up, making a wonderful whirring sound, and again ring that little bell. Ding! Mind you: this again required determination and a firm hand. Any hesitation, and your carriage would come to a standstill halfway its journey. But by then, you probably already had moved the paper one line up. Problems, problems, problems.

All this is to say that writing a document was an intellectual, a physical, and a tactile challenge and pleasure.

There were downsides of course. Things would get really messy if you typed too fast, and the hammers would collide in mid-flight, and stay stuck. Or if the ink ribbon had to be changed in the middle of a document. Correcting typos was not easy. And if you wanted extra copies, you made carbon copies (that is what the cc. in your email comes from) by inserting a carbon sheet in between two sheets of paper: Xeroxing was still a pretty expensive proposition.

I remember when I started out in private law practice. You’d have a secretary (secretary was still a respectable trade back then) type out a brief, and then you’d revise it. And then she’d re-type it all over. And maybe even a second time if you still didn’t like it. And then you’d send it to the client, and maybe he didn’t like it either. You get my drift? It all was in a day’s work and in the client’s bill of course, so we didn’t particularly worry, but can you imagine? Think of all the literature created on typewriters, until about thirty years ago. Try and picture say, John Steinbeck, struggling away at the Grapes of Wrath. The noise of the “tat, tat, tat, ding, whir, ding, tat, tat, tat,… ” and so on and so forth, for hundred of pages. And the re-writing. And then the editor’s twenty page letter would come in, and off he’d go again, for re-typing umpteen dozens of pages, and maybe even the whole darn thing. The mind reels… You’d get a case of writer’s block for less than that.

I guess what I really want to say is that writing used to be a struggle, literally a struggle with matter. With the typewriter, with the paper. It exercised not only the mind, but also the body. On the other hand, we still had twenty-four hours in a day, back then.

Of course, we now have Microsoft Word, or should I say Microsoft Word ®, and it’s all much more convenient. It’s a bit like MP3 versus vinyl. Playing an LP involved many steps that had to be performed with precision and in a specific order, before you could sit back in your chair and listen. And after twenty minutes, you’d have to get up to turn over the record. Now, you just tap a few keys on your keyboard, or rather, you tap the screen of your tablet or smartphone a few times, and Spotify, oops!, I mean Spotify®, starts playing any of the millions songs and tunes it has stored in its server farms somewhere. Convenient. You can feel asleep now without freaking out at the thought of your pick-up needle reaching the end of the record, and going plop… plop… plop… plop… while you’re off to Never-Never Land.

It’ all so convenient.

And a good thing too. Because there is so much more work now. And the days no longer have twenty-four hours.

What Are the Causes of Pain in Lower Right Back?

Back pain is a complaint doctors hear about frequently. People want information on backaches. They want doctors to treat pain in the back. Many want to know the causes of pain in the lower right back.

Information about the Lower Right Back

It is important to understand the structure of the lower right back if we are to understand what causes pain there.

Your back, with its spinal column of vertebrae, connecting ligaments, tendons, large muscles, and nerves, is designed to be incredibly strong and flexible. Yet things can go wrong with this awesome structure.

* Muscles can be strained

* Ligaments can be torn

* Joints can be injured

* Bones can be fractured

* Nerves can be irritated

* Discs can be herniated

* Stress can tighten back structure

The lower back seems especially susceptible to injury, since it bears the weight of the torso, and makes more movement than the upper back. Its constant work can cause parts to break down and wear out over the years.

The lower right back has soft tissues that can be involved in pain. Those large, complex muscle groups that support your spine and help you move can be strained by improper lifting or posture. In fact, muscle strain is the most common cause of lower back pain. Twisting or pulling one of the following muscles can produce pain in the lower right back.

* Extensor muscles: These paired muscles in the lower back and gluteus help support your spine. If the one on the lower right back is injured, it will be painful.

* Flexor muscles: Attached to the spine’s front, these muscles help you flex, bend forward, and lift things. Again, injury to the right flexor muscle can cause lower right back pain.

* Oblique muscles: This muscle group is attached to the sides of the spine. The oblique muscles help your spine rotate, and give you good posture.

In addition to simple muscle strain, injury to ligaments, joints, and bones can also cause muscle pain. If one of these structures is injured or inflamed, back muscles can go into spasm, drastically limiting your movement and cause pain in the lower right back.

Stress is a common cause of pain in the lower right back. Stress will make your back muscles tighten. This happens to every muscle in the body, as we move into a “fight or flight” response. Muscles that are tightened lack the energy they need to support the spine. If the stress is frequent, and measures are not taken immediately to relieve it, lower right back pain can easily develop.

Information on Chronic Lower Right Back Pain

If lower right back pain lasts more than two weeks, you are likely to stop using the aching muscles in order to protect yourself from that pain. With disuse, the muscles can waste (atrophy) and weaken. This will increase the pain, since your muscles are less able to support your spine. If you increase your protection, and continue to avoid using the muscles, the cycle will continue, with the pain worsening at each turn. Chronic lower right back pain will result. This is why doctors urge patients with lower right back pain to exercise daily.

Information about Lower Right Back Pain Symptoms

You need to understand the symptoms of your pain as well. It is difficult to treat pain without knowing clearly what and where the symptoms are. You will want to gain a sense of exactly where your lower right back hurts. Is the pain focused in one small area, or does it spread throughout the lower right back? Is it confined to the lower right back or does it radiate into other parts of the body? Here are two major kinds of pain in the lower right back.

Lower Right Back Pain Symptom #1

Is yours a deep, aching, dull, or burning pain? Does it travel down your leg? If so, your lower right back pain may be chronic back pain.

Lower Right Back Pain Symptom #2

Perhaps yours is a very sharp pain, deep in the lower right back. This symptom may be the result of a back injury.

Information on Relieving Lower Right Back Pain

My personal physician assures me that the best relief for lower right back pain is usually exercise. Gentle exercises, performed daily with warm-up and cool-down, will strengthen the core muscles around the lower back area, relieving the pain and making them less susceptible to future injury.

CAUTION: Pain in the lower right back may also be caused by kidney stones or other non-muscular problems. Be sure to ask your health care provider for advice on any back pain.

An Overview Of Some Sciatica Remedies

Sciatica can be an incredibly painful condition when there is nerve damage or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. It runs from the bottom of the spine, through the hip, knee and to the ankle. Sciatica can be caused by a number of different things, each which need to be targeted when looking at sciatica remedies. Causes include pressure on the sciatic nerve from the piriformis, a herniated or displaced disk, spinal stenosis or an isthmic spondylolisthesis.

Sciatica can be caused by the piriformis, which is a muscle that runs deep in the hip joint, crossing over the sciatic nerve. When the piriformis is too tight or tense it can choke the sciatic nerve, putting pressure on the nerves which can in turn cause intense pain deep in the joint. Sciatica remedies that target piriformis syndrome include stretching the piriformis muscle as well the gluteal muscles around it. It has also been recommended that by massaging this area, muscles can be released so that they do not choke or put stress on the sciatic nerve. Other muscle relaxants that have been recommended include Valerian root and Passion flower as sciatic remedies.

Herniated or displaced disks can also cause sciatica when a bulging disk puts pressure on the sciatic nerve from a sports injury or something similar. To target disk problems, sciatica remedies can range from homeopathic treatment to surgery. Homeopathy refers to alternative medicine which is believed to more holistic in treating pain. Some of these include Colocynth, Belladonna, Nux vomica and Gnaphalium, however you can consult a homeopathic specialist for recommendations. Traditional medicines include anti-inflammatory drugs, pain-killers or even an epidural injection. Physical therapy is also recommended to strengthen and stretch the back muscles. The last resort for sciatica caused by a herniated disk is surgery.

When the spine is compressed or put under pressure, it can cause spinal stenosis which affects your hip and spine and can cause the sciatic nerve to have intense pressure on it, resulting in sciatica. This is because the spinal canal is narrowed which can cause a lot of pain, numbness and weakness in the neck and lower back. Physical therapy and the strengthening of core muscles through exercise can take pressure off the spine and relieve its stress on the sciatic nerve. Artificial support, like a medical corset can also be worn to take pressure off the spine. Sciatica remedies can also include anti-inflammatory medication or epidural injections. Spinal surgery to relieve compression can be used as a sciatica remedy, taking pressure of the sciatic nerve by alleviating stress on the spine.

A pinched sciatic nerve can be caused by isthmic spondylolisthesis when a vertebra is dislocated, causing strain on the surrounding muscles. When a vertebra has been dislocated or damaged, it is first suggested that one rests for a few days, so as to avoid stress or pressure on the spine. Anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers can also be taken as well as an epidural injection. Exercise, strengthening and stretching may also help rehabilitation of the muscles around the damaged vertebra, relieving pressure off the pinched sciatic nerve. Depending on how badly damaged the vertebra is, a sciatica remedy can include surgery to move the vertebrae off the nerve it is compressing.

More natural sciatica remedies include elderberry juice or elderberry tea, to relax muscles. Garlic or garlic supplements are also recommended along with vitamin B which can be found in spinach, bananas, bread and some types of beans, among others.

While pain can be relieved temporarily in terms of sciatica, the cause of the pain needs to be targeted. Sciatica remedies that try and target these causes are the most helpful and permanent remedies.

Cluster Headache –What Is It?

The cluster headache is a malady that affects just 69 out of 100,000 people in the population-much fewer than those who suffer from migraines, sinus headaches, or one of the many other types of headaches. This is probably why it was not really recognized by the medical community until the last 150 years or so and is still largely misunderstood. One of the earliest known mentions of the cluster headache was by von Mollendorff in 1867. In 1956, Sir Charles Symonds gave a more complete account which helped to educate the general public about this little known malady. Over the course of time there have been many different names attributed to these headaches including erythroprosopalgia, spenopalatine   neuralgia , ciliary  neuralgia , Rader’s syndrome, vidian  neuralgia , and histamine cephalalgia. It is no wonder that a clear diagnosis was not available-and also no wonder that they started calling the condition a “cluster headache.”

Episodic

Classified as a treatable, it is usually episodic-which means that you will have 1-3 episodes within a few weeks and then go for months or even up to a year without an episode. They involve pain in the periorbital area (around the eyes.) However some people suffer from a cluster headache as a chronic condition-this means that they have no pain-free episodes. People who suffer from episodic headaches can alternately suffer from chronic headaches and then go back to episodic.

Medication

Although this type of headache is often classified together with the migraine headache, the cluster headache is not the same at all-even responding to different types of medication. Migraines typically respond to drugs containing propanolol, but clusters do not show the same relief from this type of drug. On the other hand, migraines do not really respond to drugs that contain Lithium, while a cluster headache generally will respond to this type of drug. The link that these two types of headaches sometimes share is that people who get clusters often suffer from migraines simultaneously-suggesting some sort of common cause.

Who Gets This Type Of Headache?

Unlike the migraine which affects far more women than men, the cluster affects men more than women at a ratio of 6:1. The onset of the first episode with a cluster headache usually occurs sometime between the ages of 20 to 50, but there have been recorded occurrences in patients younger than 10 and older than 80. For women the onset is not related to their monthly menstrual cycle and women who are pregnant often experience a cessation in symptoms for the duration of their pregnancy. Taking birth control pills can also aggravate the condition for a person who suffers from the cluster headache.

Triggers

There are many suggested causes, or “triggers” for this type of headache. They include: food, hay fever, stress, alcohol, relaxation, and exposure to heat, cold, or glare. Every individual has different trigger mechanisms so it is important that any person suffering from the cluster headache malady try to figure out what their individual triggers are. One way to do this is to keep a headache journal. When an episode starts record everything that happened in the day or so leading up to the episode. Write down everything you eat, drink, where you went, your state of mind, any other physical symptoms or problems that are or are not headache related (such as a head cold) and so on. Once you have done this before each episode, you may begin to see a pattern. With the pattern noted you and your doctor can more successfully diagnose and treat your condition. Although it is rare, treatments are getting better and it is becoming more understood.