Thursday, April 2, 2015
Acupuncture is a healing method whose origin dates back to Ancient China. It’s based on the premise that illnesses are caused by a disruption of energy flow (Qi) in the body. Thin, solid, metallic needles are used to penetrate the skin close to acupuncture points, through which the channels (meridian) of energy pass through. By doing this, the acupuncturist is able to restore the flow of the life energy through the meridian. Modern science show that there exists an abundant supply of nerves close to acupuncture points. Tapping these causes the nervous system to trigger the release of chemicals in the spinal cord, brain, and muscles that alleviate pain. This promotes the release of hormones that activates the body’s own internal regulating system in order to reestablish homeostasis—the body’s tendency to maintain balance with its external environment.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
As children go up the education ladder, the more activities they engage in and the heavier their bags go. Their school bags are stuffed with various items—sports equipment, books, laptops, heavy wet weather clothing, etc.—their collective weight bearing the kids down, preventing their young bodies from achieving optimal development. In fact, according to Daily Mail, there is a growing number of children developing irreversible back deformities due to the weight of their schools bags, and these spinal abnormalities can range from back pain to disfiguring curvatures such as scoliosis. Kids tend to lean forward or on one side in order to keep the bag stable against their body. Over time, this can result to an abnormal spine curvature and stunted growth accompanied by symptoms of breathing difficulty, chronic body pains and headaches caused by head and neck muscle strains.