The mind is a powerful thing, but can the mind affect your health and recovery from injury? According to several studies, it appears that positive thinking can in fact, affect your health. The Placebo effect is the healing power of positive thinking. The Nocebo effect, on the other hand, is the opposite of this, the power of pessimism or negative thoughts. The way you think can definitely affect your health, how you heal and the outcome of care. If you approach a health care provider for a certain problem with the expectation that it won’t work, then chances are, it won’t work. Continue reading to find out how this happens and how to help.
We are never short on reasons as to why walking and moving is important for you, but here is another one to add to the list. A new study from Stanford University has found that walking boosts creative inspiration. The researchers examined the creativity levels of people whilst they walked compared to when they sat. As the title of this post suggests, their results show that walking does improve creativity, but what was interesting to me was just how much it improved.
Every year on October 16, people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decades Action Week. The theme for 2014 is “Straighten Up and Move”, focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health.
Continue reading to find out what World Spine Day is all about and a link to some fun exercises.
Can posture affect your mood? According to an article recently published in the Health Psychology journal, it appears it can. I have always though it does. When you are a bit down or stressed, you do tend to go into the slumped type posture with rounded shoulders and head forward position. In the study they wanted to test whether an upright seated posture could influence the results of a psychological stress task relative to a slumped or slouched posture. Their results were quite interesting.
Everyone knows that the diaphragms main role is with breathing. Over the last two blog posts hopefully it will be clear that if you are not using it properly, it can cause neck pain and restricted motion in the neck. I have also shown a simple breathing technique to practice to help use the diaphragm effectively. A lot of people may not be aware that the diaphragm also plays an important role in the stability of the lower back. That is why breathing correctly and using the diaphragm properly can help prevent lower back problems. It is also important to know the limitations of this system and how lower back stability can be linked to the way your breathe and your general aerobic fitness.
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