Saturday, December 22, 2018

What You Need To Know About Common Soft Tissue Injuries

In my work as a psychologist I so often see people struggling to make life changes that they would really like to make. I encounter the same thing in my personal life. Despite best intentions, and some pleasing results from changing to a healthier lifestyle, it can still be too easy to reach for that cake, that biscuit, that family sized packet of crisps, or to stay for too long on that comfy sofa.

While it is never simple to make changes, an understanding of some of the powerful forces that shape our behaviour can help. Our behaviours are constantly influenced by automatic reactions more than we probably know. Behaviours can be strengthened by one of two processes, positive or negative reinforcement. When behaviours are reinforced, it is unlikely that willpower along will be enough to help us to change these behaviours in the long term.

Positive reinforcement occurs when something we do is immediately followed by a rewarding consequence. During, or shortly after something that we do, we feel good. Negative reinforcement is when we stop feeling as bad after something that we do. Intermittent reinforcement, which can be positive or negative, is an even stronger force that shapes behaviour. This is when a particular behaviour is sometimes reinforced by positive or negative reinforcement but sometimes not. Reinforcement occurs for short term consequences. The long term impact of a behaviour will not tend to automatically strengthen or weaken any of our habits in this way.

When we understand about positive and negative reinforcement it can be easy to understand why it can be so hard to stop some of our bad habits. Take overeating as an example. The immediate consequences of eating a tub of ice cream will often include positive reinforcement (it feels pleasant) and negative reinforcement (it takes our mind off our problems). The long term impact is not good, but this has little effect on how the behaviour is reinforced. In fact, if we feel bad about ourselves because of weight and health issues this may well support a craving for more ice cream due to the immediate consequences this has on temporarily relieving our negative thoughts.

It is always hard to change bad habits. Forming new, healthy habits and making sure that they are enjoyable for us is usually a helpful starting point. These new habits may go some way towards helping us to feel better so that we don't need to rely on the bad habits so much anymore. In time we may be able to recognise the pull towards a bad habit and meet the underlying needs behind it with a more healthy alternative. Increased awareness through mindfulness may help us to detect this pull before it is too strong for us to resist. It's likely that we won't be able to do this every time, and we don't need to. The more we are able to meet our underlying emotional needs in a healthy way, the less frequent our destructive habits will become and the less impact they will have on our overall health and lives.
For a few years more and more people are turning towards those alternative systems that allow the home water purification. A realization motivated by several factors: incomplete information of the substances contained in the water in the bottle as we have seen, economic savings, safeguarding the environment and convenience. Just look at the queues at the supermarket; with tons of bottles to carry back home which will be recycled with considerable costs.

These devices are connected directly to the tap at home or to the main pipeline and are able to filter water, making it not only more good but also safer for health. The cost of household cleaners will pay for itself in a few months, requiring only maintenance.

Of all domestic water purification systems, only those with reverse osmosis, work fine and can actually eliminate more than 99% of the harmful substances found in tap water, thus making the very best water and sure of, many bottled brands. These plants, in fact, are used for several years by hospitals, by humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, the chemical laboratories and major companies producing beverages from around the world (ie. Cold Drinks, beer, etc.) to produce and consume pure water in very large quantities.

The same type of equipment fitted with reverse osmosis, is used by many humanitarian and government entities associations occurring after natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, etc.) to produce perfectly clean water from polluted sources. In addition, some of the bottled water sold every day in supermarkets is nothing more than spring water filtered by reverse osmosis purification systems!

The "good" water should be free or very low in harmful substances such as: chlorine, nitrites, fluorides, chlorides, lead, phosphates, ammonia, bromide, etc. In fact the tap water and bottled water may contain these harmful elements, often with values close to the limits imposed by law. The presence of these harmful elements can depends on pollution of groundwater caused by pesticides used in agriculture, from detergents used daily in the home, from lubricating oils disposed of outlaws (eg. thrown in the gutters), and the increasingly frequent illegal dumps that pollute subsoil. With the Reverse Osmosis however, you can eliminate the most dangerous and harmful chemical elements up to 99%, bringing also the worst tap water in Italy in levels of extreme purity.

Reverse osmosis is a water purification technology is achieved by which a high percentage of contaminant retention, dissolved and undissolved (up to 99% retention of dissolved salts). When two liquids with different salt concentrations, are separated by a semi-permeable membrane, a pressure difference between either side of the membrane is a function of the concentration difference is established. This pressure, called osmotic, forces pure water pass off less concentration on the side of more concentration until the concentrations become equal.

Conversely, if the system applies a higher osmotic pressure and opposite, is the pure water of higher concentration side which passes into the lower concentration. This phenomenon, which plays a key role in the metabolism of all living cells, can be used as a method of desalination or demineralization, besides using very simple means.
Soft tissue injuries refer to pulls, tears, and contusions on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These types of injuries are sometimes acquired overtime with repetitive movements you do for work. These types of injuries which are acquired overtime is also referred to as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), repetitive strain injury (RSI), or simply overexertion/overuse injury. It can also be a result from receiving a blow, overusing or straining a body part, or getting a sprain through a single incident such as a fall or a slip.

An anterior cruciate ligament injury or torn ACL as well as a shoulder joint tear from an accident while operating machineries at work are examples of single injury-causing incidents. As for soft tissue injuries that have been accumulated overtime, it commonly represents itself as carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the feeling of numbness and tingling sensation in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve on the wrist of office workers. For laborers on the other hand, issues such as back strain are the cause.

If you are thinking that you may be suffering from such injuries, you may notice immediate pain that is accompanied by immediate or delayed swelling. Additionally, you may feel stiffness especially if trauma and swelling is involved. And if the joint is a weight bearing joint, you may suffer from instability if you experience such issues.

For people who suffer from soft tissue injuries, they often refer to a chiropractic blog to do a self-diagnose or research on what may be involved if they decide to go for treatment. Whiplash is among the common soft tissue injuries that most people suffer from and want to know more about. Additionally, torn ligaments in the shoulder, knees, and ankle joints, back strains, sprains, contusions, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tenosynovitis, tendonitis, and myofascial pain are also amongst the list of the most common injuries when it comes to soft tissues.

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