Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Lake Hodges Recently

I apologize for not being so present here in the blogosphere, somehow I sm so swamped with work that I go home to work still. I however despite of the craziness do take time to take care of my  health and fitness of mind and body by spending time with nature on weekends hiking. Here are some photos of my hikes recently.

Despite the busyness, I still say, life is very good!

Acupuncture and Migraine Pain Relief

Over three million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Typically accompanied by severe pain, migraine headaches can last for several hours or several days and cause significant disruption in your daily life.

Migraine Symptoms

Migraine headaches can affect the entire head or cause intense pulsing or throbbing sensations in one area. Some headaches are preceded or accompanied by sensory warnings such as blind spots in vision, flashes of light, or tingling in an arm or leg. Most all migraines progress in four stages, although you may not experience all of them. Each stage is accompanied by a variety of symptoms.

Stage One – Prodrome

One or two days prior to a migraine headache, you may notice subtle changes in your body that can signal an oncoming attack. These may include: neck stiffness; excessive and uncontrollable yawning; irritability; hyperactivity; depression; constipation; and food cravings.

Stage Two – Aura

The aura stage involves nervous system problems that may occur before or during a migraine headache. Visual disturbances like flashes of light, bright spots, vision loss, and seeing various shapes are often experienced. Sometimes the aura stage can include sensory disturbances like sensations of pins and needles in an arm or leg or limb weakness. Motor and speech disturbances are also experienced by some migraine sufferers. Aura stage symptoms usually build up gradually over several minutes, then continue for 20 to 60 minutes.

Stage Three – Attack

The frequency of migraine headaches vary from person to person and range from one to several attacks a month. If left untreated, attacks can last from four to 72 hours. During the attack stage, you may experience: pain on one or both sides of your head; throbbing or pulsating pain; nausea and vomiting;
sensitivity to light and sound; lightheaded feelings or fainting; and blurred vision.

Stage Four – Postdrome

The final postdrome stage occurs after a migraine attack. During this period, it's common to feel drained and exhausted, although some people report feelings of mild euphoria.

Although the exact causes of migraine headaches are not fully understood, studies show that genetics, environmental factors, imbalances in brain chemicals, and changes in the brain stem and nervous system often play a role. If you're experiencing migraine headaches, it's important to seek treatment for pain relief. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options. To find out about the benefits of acupuncture for migraine pain relief, click here for information.

Morning Has Broken

While I was out hiking yesterday morning I just can't help but sing the song Morning has broken as I was seeing the fog slowly fading away as the sun rises.

"Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing, 
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the world.

"Sweet the rain's new fall, 
sunlit from heaven, 
Like the first dewfall on the first grass. 
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, 
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass." 

What a beautiful morning life always give us, we just have to come appreciate every moment.

Using State-of-the-Art Inventions to Enhance Performance on All Talent Levels

Training to become a world-class athlete often begins in childhood. Many people start training and learning the skills needed to compete even before they leave grade school. The years of training and learning can take its toll on a person's body, however. Athletes of all ages and levels of talent can stay in performance shape and also avoid devastating injuries by making use of services like sports physical therapy of New York and other athletically-geared intervention.

Young Athletes and the Risk to their Bodies

It is typical for many people to assume that kids cannot sustain devastating injuries while competing at such an early age. In fact, young athletes are not quite as strong and limber as many people would assume. Because their bodies are still growing, they are often at risk for injuries like “greenstick” breaks, or breaks that do not severe the bone entirely. A greenstick injury results in the bone being bent and creased, which is still just as painful and devastating as a clean break.

Young performers also have softer joints that make it easier for their elbows, ankles, shoulders, and other joints to come out of their sockets. A common injury that young kids experience is called nursemaid's elbow. This injury results in the elbow being dislocated, leaving the arm hanging askew. A doctor must pop the elbow back into place to eliminate the pain and stiffness associated with this damage.

Adult and Teen Athletes

Teenagers and adults likewise are at risk of suffering dire injuries that need therapeutic intervention. A compound fracture in one's leg, for example, can take that person out of competition for weeks, if not months. Once the leg is healed, the athlete must learn to bear weight on the bone before he or she can go back to competing.

Many people hesitate to put weight on injured parts of their bodies for fear of pain. Their therapist will teach them how to regain confidence in their own body's ability to perform. After a few weeks of therapy, athletes may be ready to go back out onto the field and rejoin their team.

Athletes of all ages face a range of injuries. They can stay safe and also heal faster by making use of services like physical therapy. Therapists teach athletes how to walk, run, and bear weight on injured areas again.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park

Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park is not just about geysers and hot springs, it is also about wildlife, waterfalls, and beautiful vast open spaces. Let me first share with you one of the waterfalls we experienced in Yellowstone that is easily accessed by the roadside. This is waterfall without the hike. Later, I will share some waterfalls with the hike.

Monday, January 25, 2016

How to Work Safely in Cold Weather

There is nothing you can do about the weather, and working outside in the cold winter months puts you at additional risk for injuries and illnesses. Know how to prepare and what to do should the worst happen.

Wear the Right Cold-Weather Gear

The most important thing you can do is wear the appropriate cold weather garments. A set of clothing should be designed to hold up to the elements while also keeping you warm and dry. They need to give you free range of motion while you are performing your job or working with equipment.  

In general, it is advisable to wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. You cannot always tell how the weather might change during the day. The layers allow you to adjust to the needs of the situation. Even if it looks like the day will be warmer, keep your heaviest gear with you just in case.
An inner layer ought to provide thermal protection and be resistant to moisture. Keeping skin dry is important to maintaining your body’s core temperature. Wear an undergarment made of wool, silk, or a specially designed synthetic. Your middle layer provides you with thermal insulation, while the outer layer is there to keep the rain, wind, and snow out. It needs to be water tight but still breathable so that you don’t overheat while working.

Cover up your head with a hood or hat that offers enough insulation to protect your ears. Gloves are essential, but make sure your hands are still free enough to grip equipment and tools. Wear waterproof boots and at least two layers of thermal socks.

Plan Ahead for the Cold

Know what the weather is going to be like before you head out to work. If it is at all possible, try to schedule your work shift for the warmest parts of the day. Some occupations do not have this luxury. Cold-weather cleanup crews and emergency responders must brave the cold no matter what time of day.

Anticipate the working conditions you will encounter as well. Working in the cold is bad enough, but there are even more dangers when your environment is wet or icy. Bring all of the gear you think you may need.

To keep your body temperature at safe levels, you should also take care of your overall health. As you experience the cold, your body works harder to maintain it’s safe temperature. Drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and caffeine. Eat high calorie meals like pasta to give your body plenty of energy to burn off throughout the day.

Know When to Get Help

You should never work alone or assume that you are immune to the consequences of hypothermia or frostbite. Pair up and use the buddy system. Slurred speech, confusion, and exhaustion are symptoms of hypothermia. Frostbite attacks your skin and causes it to freeze. Your extremities may swell or become numb and turn white. Know the early warning signs of these conditions, and stop work immediately to seek medical attention if one of you starts to exhibit symptoms.

You’ve got a job to do regardless of unfavorable weather conditions, but your safety is your primary concern. Make sure you are ready to face the cold.  Plan ahead, wear the appropriate gear, and be ready to respond to emergencies.