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Causes and Complications of Chronic Pain – Adult Health and Wellness



Often called ‘the fifth vital sign,’ pain is as important as temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure as a key indicator of a patient’s medical status. The longer we live, the more likely it is that we will eventually experience some type of injury or disease that results in temporary or even chronic pain. Surgeries become more frequent, both elective and those deemed vital to our survival and well-being. Injury and surgery leads to scar tissue that may cause lingering pain, mar our outer appearance, and diminish certain movement capabilities. Many of us also take a variety of pharmaceuticals and/or recreational drugs to delay some disease process or to alleviate symptoms of chronic physical or emotional pain. These drugs, even properly prescribed prescription drugs, may sometimes exacerbate the problems and even create new unexpected painful side effects.

Sometimes, continuing to take pain medication actually perpetuates the pain when the medication is stopped or increased doses may be required to maintain the same effect. With body therapy, on the other hand, over a period of time, fewer and fewer treatments may be required because the body cells remember the sensations of neuromuscular letting go and previously over stimulated nerve receptor cells begin to quiet down.

Causes of Pain

A popular belief, even among medical professionals, is that the most common cause for pain is a pinched nerve. According to this belief, there are three types of pain:

*Nocioception – immediate, protective pain

*Inflammatory – local cellular damage

*Neuropathic – one or more nerves are affected, delayed in onset, becomes chronic pain, requires physical input to heal the injury…and is radiculopathic (nerve root impingement causing weakness, numbness, and difficulty controlling certain muscles)

Chronic pain is believed to be caused by shortened (contracted) muscles resulting from neuropathy and radiculopathy. This theory is based upon Cannon’s 1949 Law of Dennervation Supersensitivity which states: “Any measure (such as a nerve impingement caused by radiculopathy) which blocks the flow of motor impulses and deprives an organ or tissue of excitatory input (motor impulses) for a period of time, will cause abnormal functioning (called ‘disuse sensitivity’) in the receptor organ or tissue.

Recent research, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI’s), has demonstrated that no matter how much a normal functioning spine is compressed or twisted, there is ample room in the space between the vertebrae for free movement of the nerve. Researchers are now suggesting that much of the pain may be caused by sensory receptor overload from postural imbalances. Through a process called “sensitization,” a pattern may be set up in the body in which hyperexcited receptors feeding the central nervous system cause the brain to send signals to twist and torque the body to avoid pain.

The pain generating stimulus must be interrupted until the memory in the nerve cells has been forgotten. For many chronic pain cases, deep tissue therapy a few times every week can help these hyperexcited receptors feeding the central nervous system to quiet down and the sensation of pain to dissipate and even disappear.

Deconditioning Complications of Chronic Pain

Any part of the body that has severe and chronic pain will discontinue normal, symmetric, coordinated movement, and the person with pain will simply self-splint, immobilize, and decondition the area. Muscles, nerves and joints weaken and deteriorate leading to muscle atrophy, neuropathy, contracture, decreased movement, and gradual weight gain. To compensate for a weak, painful area, joints, nerves and muscles in other parts of the body will work overtime, leading to “overload and overuse syndrome.

Hormonal Complications of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a potent stressor that may affect every endocrine system in the body. Initially, the pain causes an excess of stress hormones (catecholamines and glucocorticoids) to help the body control pain and prevent damage. However, this excess may trigger hypertension and tachycardia, sometimes leading to cardiovascular death.

If severe pain continues and is not controlled, adrenal exhaustion and decreased stress hormone levels may result. The fluctuation between excess and deficient glucocorticoids, often called Cushing and Addison syndromes respectively, can lead to many severe symptoms, including: mental deficiencies, muscle weakness, edema, osteoporosis, diabetes, forming stones, tooth decay, and even testosterone deficiency. A further effect of pain and lowered levels of important hormones is a compromised immune system, lowered resistance to infections and slower healing of wounds when injured.

Neuropathic Complications of Chronic Pain

Persistent pain causes excess electrical activity in peripheral nerves, spinal cord and brain. This ‘hot wire’ effect appears to cause nerve tissue damage in the spine as well as the brain, which can lead to dementail and other organic brain problems.

Cardiovascular Effects of Chronic Pain

Pain increases blood pressure. This is not such a problem for a person with a normally low to average blood pressure. But for a person suffering from hypertension and high blood pressure, the increased blood pressure resulting from the body’s pain response can lead to a more serious heart problem such as a stroke or aneurysm.

Pain, especially as we age, should not be taken lightly. There are all sorts of medications available to decrease the level of pain. And when needed, pain medication can literally save lives. But for chronic pain, there are so many diet, exercise and body therapy prescriptions that can not only be life saving but can transform the quality of a person’s life.

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Best Cleanse For Weight Loss In Men – Is It The Total Wellness Cleanse?




If you are searching for the best cleanse for weight loss in men then make sure you read this article.

Cleansing to lose weight and for health is becoming more and more popular. It just make sense to cleanse your body from toxins that it may have in order to achieve a healthy weight reduction and ultimately a healthier body.

Many different weight loss cleanses use just juice or other liquids to clean out your system. This can be a fast way to lose some weight. However, for long term health and weight loss these are seldom successful.

For men sometimes it is a little harder to stick to a so called cleanse diet in order to just lose weight. If you are equipped with knowledge of what will work and why you need to do specific things in order to lose the weight and improve your energy and health, you are more apt to be successful in the long run.

A well laid out plan and guides to help you along the way is essential. You don’t want to have to rely on any magic potions or pills. Using as program or plan that uses real food to help you regain your energy and health and lose weight at the same time is what most men are looking for… Does this sound like you?

There are plenty of plans out there that claim to help you drop the pounds. But in order for it to be the best cleanse for weight loss in men, it needs three important factors.

  1. uses real food that you can get at the local grocery store
  2. addresses both your health and your weight
  3. Offers support throughout the whole process

One such cleanse is the Total Wellness Cleanse. It is an overall cleanse for the whole body is exactly what you need if you are wanting more energy, a healthier future and weight loss. This Cleansing program will teach you how to eat and include some specific activity for your ultimate success.

Total wellness is what needs to be your goal. Weight loss is just a side effect of overall health.

Don’t get discouraged. If you think that you are ready for a change and to get on the road to a healthier you, then look around. Search the internet and find a plan that will help you achieve your weight loss and health goals. We found that the Total Wellness Cleanse does include everything that you will need to be successful -and all in one place.

There is a support system in place to help you through the rough spots and to cheer you on. It has everything that a total body cleanse needs to be considered the Best cleanse for weight loss in men.

Best of luck

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Beaucaire – A Former Beauty




Beaucaire is a small Provencal town situated on the banks of the Rhone river. There is evidence of a Gallo-Roman settlement in this hilly area as early as 11 B.C.. The ancient community gave way to a medieval town in 1067 and the establishment of a castle in 1180. The name Beaucaire translates into beautiful stone, most likely a reference to the limestone found in the area. One Sunday, we headed out for a short afternoon of exploring and a bit of history. The town of Beaucaire is located in the “Golden Triangle” of Avignon, Arles and Nîmes, all much larger cities with extensive historical monuments. The town of Beaucaire is bordered on one side by the Rhone river, and on another by the Rhone-Sète canal. Unfortunately, the town is not nearly as enthralling as the bigger centres in the region and clearly not as well-maintained.

The remains of the castle are impressive, even as a shadow of its former size. Standing in the open area after the entrance, one can begin to imagine the immense presence that once stood on this hilly promontory. Entry to the castle is free and guided tours are available in a limited fashion. The view of the Rhone river from the top is worth the short climb. However, in our opinion we found that overall the site condition was poor, as compared to other historical monuments in the region. The town itself is not terribly large, and it is worth the time for a short stroll through the old streets. In the historical section, one begins to get a feel for what this centre may have been like during the days when the castle occupied 26 hectares and the numerous mansion houses were at their prime. The height of prominence for this centre was in the 18th century when the Madeleine’s Fair, which is still held each July 21st, reached 250,000 attendees. However, over time as the importance of the fair declined, and commerce shifted to other centres, the influence of Beaucaire has declined. The town has some historical buildings that are appealing, unfortunately, though not as impressive as those found in many other larger cities. Even the tourist signage information panels have seen better days, as we found that many were broken or graffiti-ed. The updated port area on the Rhone-Sète canal apparently can hold up to 200 vessels. This is a bit of a stretch of the imagination or certainly a triumph of logistics. Even many of the nearest cafes seem to make a minimal effort to complement the waterway.

My husband had visions of an afternoon nap at this point, but he was out of luck. Just a few kilometres away from Beaucaire is the Abbaye de Saint-Roman. This monastery dates from the 5th century. It was a hermit settlement and occupied by monks until 1538. The entire structure was literally carved out of the limestone on the hill. The structure is the only troglodyte monastery in Europe, where literally the occupants lived like cavemen in the rock. A castle was built on top of the former monastery after 1538. It was only after the destruction of the castle that the former religious structure was uncovered. The abbey was classified as a French state monument in 1990 and the oldest monastery in the country. The striking elements of this visit were, the beautiful view of the Rhone river over the ancient tombs, the incredible amount of hard labor required to build the structure and the simplicity of life that existed within the walls.

The challenge faced by Beaucaire and other small centres, is that the entire region has a such a rich and complex history, it is difficult to attract the necessary attention and funding. The Beaucaire tourist office maintains an informative website. However, it is short-sighted that the parking in front of their office is by permit only! It is potentially unfair to deny yourself a visit to Beaucaire. Certainly, it will never have the same crowds as the larger centres like Avignon. If you do go, do not miss the Abbaye de Saint-Roman as it is truly worth a reflective visit.

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How To Get Ready in 15 Minutes in the Morning




Here are my schedule on how I can get ready in 15 minutes every morning, of course this is when you are in a rush as I usually am especially getting ready to go to work. But I hope it helps.

7am- Alarm clock goes off, get out of bed into the bathroom.

7.01- Toilet, I am probably lucky I only need to do a number one in the mornings, sorry if this is too much information.

7.02 – Get your toothbrush out and out some toothpaste on, brush your teeth for 3 minutes, I use a electric toothbrush that has a 3miunte timer. Rinse mouth after use.

7.05 – Fill the sink with warm water and lather face wash in your hands and rub over face. Then rinse and pat dry with a clean soft towel.

7.07 – Back in the bedroom. Now the bathroom is free for the next person. Put moisturiser cream onto your face and let it sink in while you get changed

7.08 – Get changed into your day clothes which should have been picked put and laid out the night before including underwear, tights and shoes.

7.10 – Now carefully apply your make up, as time is tight choose 2-3 areas that you wouldn’t walk out of the house without. My two are eyebrows must be drawn in and blusher. You will need to get this done within 5 minutes it takes me 3minutes.

7.13 – Brush hair, quickly style if you need to i.e. clips, ponytail, hairspray etc.

7.15 – You should now be ready to go, so all you need to do is grab your bag and jacket and head out of the door!

The schedule above is my most day schedule on how I get ready in 15 minutes in the morning and this is what I do exactly when I need to get ready to go to work. On nights out it be nothing like this!

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