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Lower Back Pain

Exercises That Could Cause Lower Back Pain

Anywhere between 70 and 90 percent of Australians will suffer from lower back pain at least some part of their life. Around four million Australians, or 16 percent of the population, have back problems in general.

When your back causes grief, you can often feel like fitness and exercise is out of the question. How are you supposed to move around when you’re in so much pain? The truth is, some exercises are better than others for alleviating or not agitating injuries and painful areas. Some, you should avoid altogether. Here are a few activities that could cause lower back pain.

The Superman Exercise

A popular stretching and strengthening exercise is the superman position, which involves lying on your stomach and reaching your hands and feet upward. While you might think this position is strengthening your body, it’s actually hyperextending your spine. You may not see any repercussions from this position, but it’s not worth risking if you already have problems with back pain.

Incorrect Plank

Most people know how beneficial the planking position is for them. It strengthens your core and can help with pain in your back from the resultant additional strength. However, if you do it wrong, you are doing more harm than good for your lower back.

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Dental Implants

Implants – The Right Dental Implants for You

When you see your dentist about a possible dental implant, you may think there’s only one option. Believe it or not, there is a vast range of dental implants to suit various patients. Just like other dental procedures, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.

However, before you see your dentist, it’s helpful to understand what’s available to you. You can then be more aware of why a dentist made the choice they did, and what comes next. Read on to discover what main dental implants are available and which one might be right for you.

Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal dental implants are the most commonly used by dentists around the globe. They are made from titanium and are shaped like a screw. Your dentist inserts these into the jawbone below the gumline, then attaches a natural-looking tooth on top.

Subperiosteal Dental Implants
You may not see the need for another type of implant, considering endosteal implants work so well. However, they won’t work for everyone. They sit under the gum like an endosteal implant but can be above or on the jawbone.

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Exercise Help Addiction

Can Exercise Help Addiction?

Addiction is something that many people struggle to combat on their own. Publicly-funded drug and alcohol treatment services in Australia treated over 130,000 people in 2017-18, and drug rehab facilities welcome many thousands of new people every year. Those figures don’t include the many thousands of people who are addicts and don’t seek help.

Drug rehab professionals use a range of techniques to combat drug use, such as counselling, psychotherapy, medication, and help groups, but what about exercise? Studies are looking promising for physical activity to be beneficial for those on the road to addiction recovery as well.

Exercise will most likely never become the primary treatment method for drug rehabilitation. It can take more than that to put someone on the straight and narrow and keep them on it. As the figures currently stand, there is a 40 to 60 percent chance of relapse for substance use, according to American Addiction Centre studies.

However, if you pair conventional treatment methods, such as psychotherapy and medication with exercise, you may find it can be rewarding and beneficial for addicts. Studies involving cocaine-dependent rats showed that regular swimming reduced self-administration of cocaine.

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Porcelain Veneers

The Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers

Many people are not happy with their teeth. Some people think the gap between their two front teeth is too big, or they don’t like a small chip or crack. Others don’t believe they’re white enough, don’t like the shape, or they have a permanent stain that not even teeth whitening services from their dentist can fix.

If you have imperfections in your teeth that you don’t like, you might think you have to put up with them. While you can, your self-esteem and confidence can plummet as a result. Why not fix the dental problem, or at least weigh up the options of trying something like porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are tooth-coloured porcelain shells that adhere to your natural teeth. They are a permanent addition, with your dentist removing your teeth’s enamel to fit them. Once you have them, there’s no going back to your original teeth.

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Drug Rehab

Signs You May Need to Go to Rehab

Many people think of drug rehab as a place to admit defeat, but it’s not that at all. It’s the middle ground between medical care and outpatient treatment, providing tools and support for those who possibly need a helping hand to break free from the grasp of drugs and alcohol.

However, it’s not always easy to know whether you need drug rehab or not. You may feel like your problem isn’t severe enough, or that you can help yourself without professional assistance. Here are a few tell-tale signs that drug rehab, in fact, could be the right move for you.

You Put Drugs Before Anything Else

If you are beginning to make drugs your primary focus and priority, then rehab could be a sensible solution for you. You might be starting to do everything for your next drink, smoke, or hit, and your favourite hobbies and activities could also be taking a backseat. Even loved ones may end up coming off second-best to your drugs. At this point, drug rehab is not only an option but a necessity to get you back on track and in the driver’s seat.

Your Physical and Mental Health is Suffering

Drugs can affect both your body and mind – in the short term and long term. If you identify unwanted behaviour or body changes that are a direct result of drug use, then rehab facilities can help. There are trained medical staff at drug rehab centres that focus on both aspects of your health.

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Use Botox

What You Need to Know Before You Use Botox and Other Wrinkle Relaxers

Injecting something into your face can seem quite scary. If you usually shy away from needles, then it’s even more so. Fortunately, Botox is a wrinkle relaxer that has FDA approval. You can rest assured that it’s far safer to use than many other injectables for sale.

If you think you’re ready for that youthful glow, then it’s time to do your homework. Here are a few of the many things you need to know before you use Botox or other wrinkle relaxers.

You Don’t Look “Frozen”

Critics will raise their eyebrows at you when you say you’re going to get Botox, with many then going on to tell you that you’ll end up looking frozen. Of course, there will be some movement restriction, but conservative amounts of Botox will still let you show plenty of emotion. Botox relaxes your wrinkles, but it doesn’t affect your facial muscles that help you make expressions.

There Are Things You Need to Avoid Before Botox

Your qualified and experienced Botox specialist will tell you everything you need to avoid before your treatment. Anticoagulants are the most important. Stay away from ibuprofen, aspirin, and anything that can stop your blood from clotting and increase the risk of bruising.

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