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Hi,  We hope everyone is ready for a fabulous spring. This newsletter is about Hobbies and how important they are for our health plus Sciatica and how in can interfere with our lives. Hope you enjoy the news and look forward to seeing you in the Centre one day soon.

HEALTHY HOBBIES

Singularity and ability to focus are two admirable human qualities. Many of us hold down a job for three, sometimes four decades without ever thinking twice about changing course. Some people are quite content to get on and do the same things each day without complaint. Others seem to have such a variety of thought trains that they flit successfully from job to career almost bi-annually!

Whichever category you fall into you will possibly have noticed the other one and maybe even wondered if you might fit into it. The important aspect of your life, whether singular or filled with myriad dreams and aspirations, is that you have some form of distraction from the sometimes mundane daily routine. We call these distractions 'hobbies' and they are represented by all manner of activities and pastimes – and, according to the psychologists, they are imperative to our continuing sanity. Apparently having a hobby is pretty important in helping us to maintain a balanced outlook on life, therefore hobbies are actually good for our health.

WHICH HOBBY FOR ME?

The list of hobbies available is almost endless – if there's a subject you can think of, there is a hobby and invariably a club or interest group built around it. The variety of hobbies extends from Kodiak bear wrestling and stamp collecting through to paranormal phenomena, boomerang throwing and shark grappling – and if you're ridiculously poor you could even practice origami using junk mail! However, rather than list a whole lot of 'things to get hooked on' let's take a general look at some of the good bits. The benefits derived from engaging in hobbies, we are told, are manifold and include:

  • Stress reduction – hobbies provide distractions from the daily humdrum and tensions
  • Effective in the reduction of depression by occupying the mind – people involved with a hobby they enjoy don't usually display signs of depression
  • Mind-building hobbies generally have more success in delaying or minimizing dementia and Alzheimer's even than walking
  • Proved to have effects similar to that of meditation by permitting the mind to focus on a single activity
  • Provides the opportunity to meet other people
  • Practicing a hobby in childhood with assistance from a trusted adult may help prevent the emergence of a personality disorder later on in life
  • Hobbies help you to briefly escape the realities of the world, thus providing relaxation and opening your mind to dreams and aspirations that might not otherwise find a release into your conscious mind.

Try this useful link for a new hobby http://www.thehobbyportal.com/.


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SCIATICA – SERIOUS OR NOT?

Many people of differing age groups suffer with sciatica, but what exactly is it? Sciatica refers to a combination of symptoms normally originating from the lower back region when a nerve connected to the sciatic nerve is compressed or becomes irritated. This results in a tingling or burning sensation down one or both legs or pain starting in the buttock and running down one leg; sometimes there is a shooting pain as one stands. There are a number of common reasons known to be the cause of sciatica, one of them being a herniated disc. In most cases, these discs tend to weaken over time but can also be affected by a sudden turn or twist of the spine. The result is often the pain we know as sciatica.

So, how serious is such an injury and how difficult is it to remedy?

Those suffering with sciatica will be pleased to learn that it isn't generally serious and, in the majority of cases, can quite easily be managed. In fact most sciatica pains can clear up on their own within days or, at most, weeks. However, if they don’t or if you have experienced fairly regular flare ups of pain the possibility would tend to point up the fact that there may be a condition existing that needs some attention.

The first step in the healing process is a visit to your chiropractor to diagnose the cause of your condition.
As sciatica can also be caused as a result of a mis-alignment (subluxation) in the spine that pinches the root of the sciatic nerve; this pinching process can apply a good deal of pressure on the nerve and cause severe pain. Because your chiropractor tends to specialise in this type of mis-alignment it makes sense to seek advice from this source first. With modern chiropractic care being so successful in helping those with sciatica, it’s almost considered routine by most practitioners.

You don't necessarily have to be the subject of an injury trauma to have the sciatica experience; sometimes even something as simple as a sneeze can bring it on! Some of the things to avoid where possible:

  • Long term stress on the back – particularly the lower back
  • Heavy lifting
  • Standing for any length of time – particularly on uncushioned surfaces such as directly on concrete
  • Sitting with bad posture
  • Twisting the spine suddenly
  • Bending at the waist

If you are experiencing sciatic pain in the lumbar, buttock and leg regions certain activities should be avoided for a period of time. These can vary depending on the case, so it is important to ask your chiropractor what is best for your specific area of pain. Chiropractic care helps to restore the proper relationships between bones, discs and nerves, thus keeping you fit and mobile to do the everyday things you want and need to do.

 

 

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