Why Does Cold Weather Make Back Pain Worse?
Maybe you've heard before that people with achy joints or arthritis can predict a cold snap coming long before the local weather man. Have you ever wondered why this is? Or maybe you yourself suffer from back pain that seems to get worse every time winter strikes and the temperature drops below freezing. What exactly is happening in the body here?
Well, first of all the technical name for this condition is "cold allodynia" and scientists have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause or reason behind it. However, there are several ideas floating out there about exactly why this happens.
Dr. John Parenti, with the Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, believes that the cause is related to barometric pressure on your joints. There are many receptors in your bodies nerve endings. These detect things like texture, temperature, and of course pressure. However, these nerve endings may also pick up on changes in barometric pressure in the air and respond, in some people, with a pain reaction.
Other studies, done by Japanese researchers on rats have led others to conclude that the part of the body that senses barometric change is actually in the inner ear area, which may disprove the idea that joint pain from cold weather is a result of barometric pressure.
Other ideas suggest that the pain may be the result of trapped nerves. Following an injury, surgery, or any other significant physical event in life, it is not uncommon for certain nerves in the body to be out of place and more susceptible to pain and pressure changes.
The pain may even be caused by tense muscles surrounding the nerves. It is no secret that cold weather can make your muscles contract and tense up. Perhaps tense muscles constrict around nerves during times of cold weather and result in pain from trapped nerves.
So what can you do about back pain during cold weather? Well, the first thing you can do is to keep warm and bundle up. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing for the weather such as thick coats, gloves, and hats. Extra layers are extremely helpful.
I have also heard that you can get one of those body trimmer belts and a fitness store. These belts are designed to keep heat in to help slim you down, but you can use this to help keep you warm too during the colder months. Simply slip it on before you go outside and you'll find that your core is much warmer throughout the day.
And lastly, make sure you do plenty of stretches to keep your body loose and limber. It is easy to injure yourself in cold weather. To minimize this risk, be sure to stretch and stay flexible, especially if you're going to be doing any sort of exercise outside such as shoveling snow.
If you wear appropriate clothing, perhaps slip on a body trimming belt to help keep your body heat in, and make sure you stretch before going out into the cold, you can help to reduce the risks of back pain caused by cold weather.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Why Does Cold Weather Make Back Pain Worse?
Monday, March 10, 2014
European markets were mostly higher. Japan's Nikkei 225 closed down 1 percent at 15,120.14 and China's Shanghai Composite plunged 2.9 percent to 1,999.06. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.8 percent to 22,264.93. Markets were also down in Australia, Taiwan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. Data released on the weekend showed China's exports fell by an unexpectedly large 18 percent in February, possibly denting hopes trade will help drive the slowing economy while communist leaders push ambitious reforms. China's official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5 percent, announced last week by Premier Li Keqiang, assumes trade also will grow by 7.5 percent. But customs data show combined imports and exports so far this year have shrunk by 4.8 percent. Meanwhile, Japan reported Monday a record current account deficit for January, and lowered its economic growth estimate for the October-December quarter to 0.7 percent from 1 percent. Andrew Sullivan of Kim Eng Securities in Hong Kong said sentiment was affected by the weak data from China and from Japan. However, "there are technical factors behind the China data which means it is not as bad as the first look suggests," he said in a market commentary. Some analysts say exports in February last year might have been overstated by exporters inflating sales figures to evade currency controls and bring extra money into China. In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent to 6,738.95. France's CAC-40 gained 1.1 percent to 4,415.79 and Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent to 9,373.67. Futures augured subdued trading on Wall Street. Dow Jones futures and S&P 500 futures were both little changed.
For the original version visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/world-stocks-tumble-weak-china-093648237.html
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
With this, the three convicts on death row in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan have been spared the gallows. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam rejected the Centre's submission that there was no unreasonable delay in deciding their mercy plea and the condemned prisoners did not go through agonizing experience as they were enjoying life behind the bars. The bench, also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and S K Singh, said they are unable to accept the Centre's view and commuted the death sentence of convicts to imprisonment for life subject to remission by the government. There had been inordinate delay on government and President's part to decide their mercy pleas, the SC judges said. The apex court rejected the Centre's contention that delay in deciding mercy plea of convicts Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan did not result in agony. "We implore government to render advice in reasonable time to the President for taking a decision on mercy pleas," the court said. The top court has asked the government to add a new criteria for considering commuting death penalty to life imprisonment inordinate delay in deciding mercy petitions. It said the government should handle the cases of mercy petitions in a more systematic manner. "We are confident that mercy plea can be decided at much faster speed than what is being done now," the bench said. The convicts had submitted that mercy plea of other prisoners, which were filed after them, were decided but their petitions were kept pending by the government. Their plea was strongly opposed by the Centre which had said that it was not a fit case for the apex court to commute death sentence on the ground of delay in deciding mercy plea. Admitting that there has been delay in deciding the mercy petitions, the government, however, had contended that the delay was not unreasonable, unexplainable and unconscionable to commute death penalty. The counsel, appearing for the convicts, had contested the Centre's arguments, saying that they have suffered due to the delay by the government in deciding the mercy petitions and the apex court should intervene and commute their death sentence to life term. The apex court had, in May 2012, decided to adjudicate the petitions of Rajiv Gandhi killers against their death penalty and had directed that their plea, pending with the Madras high court, be sent to it. Rajiv Gandhi was killed in May 1991. His assassins were convicted by a TADA court in January 1998 and were awarded death sentence, which was confirmed by the apex court May 11, 1999. (With inputs from PTI)
For the original version visit http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-Court-commutes-death-penalty-of-Rajiv-Gandhis-killers-to-life-term/articleshow/30605581.cms
Monday, February 17, 2014
Since I've written a few books on picking up girls, and I also happen to live in Sin City, guys are always asking me for advice on getting laid in Vegas. It's not an easy question to answer quickly -- I could fill a few books full of this knowledge, because Las Vegas contains tons of different scenes where you can pick up girls and close deals.
They range from the massive resorts on the Vegas Strip, to the off-Strip bars, clubs and casinos, to pool parties, after-hours nightclubs, and of course the amazing Las Vegas strip clubs (where I've some of my greatest conquests).
If you're on a mission to get laid in Vegas, the name of the game is HAVING game. So, here are some quick tips for making it happen:
1. Take "Batting Practice" everywhere you go.
This is a classic principle from the first Mack Tactics book. Batting Practice means you don't wait until the evening (or after you've started drinking) to start talking to girls. And you don't ONLY try to talk to the hottest girls that you want to take back to your room.
Batting Practice means that all day long, you're having short, positive interactions with new women.
This keeps you in the "Mack Zone" mentally, and it can also provide all sorts of valuable Intell and opportunities.
I'll give you a quick example. The other day I was passing through a casino on my way to having lunch, and I saw a few chicks having a good time at the slot machines. They were young, probably in their early twenties — OK looking, but nothing I wanted to bang.
So did I keep walking by? No. I walked over, smiled, and took some quick Batting Practice, just to see what might come of it.
I came up with a funny "Vegas line" to start the conversation:
"Hey girls, I know you're on a mission to bankrupt this casino, but let me give you some quick advice: always play the maximum number of credits on a slot machine. If you don't, your boyfriend might break up with you."
Huh? The girls paused from playing the machine and looked at me, curious.
"It's true," I told them. "A buddy of mine was here with his girlfriend and he was playing this same slot machine. He was playing the max number of credits on every spin, because that makes you eligible for the big huge jackpot. Then he had to go the bathroom, so he told his girlfriend to keep playing the machine until he came back, and guess what happened? On her next spin she HIT THE JACKPOT!" (Now the girls are all staring at me with their mouths open, amazed…)
I continue: "So he comes back from the bathroom, he sees the jackpot symbols lined up, and he's screaming in joy! He thinks he just won $30 million! But then he sees that she didn't play the max credits on that spin…so instead of $30 million, he won $75 and a coupon to the buffet. He had to break up with her because of that. Seriously, wouldn't you?"
The girls were awed and amused by that story. (They always are.) I introduced myself and found out they were in town for their friend's bachelorette party. We exchanged phone numbers and I told them I knew about some cool spots to party at later on, so they should text me.
Sure enough, around midnight, they texted me. I was just drinking beer at some rock n' roll dive bar down the road, but they all came over for drinks — and there was a SMOKING HOT girl in their group who I ended up banging that night. (No, she wasn't the bride-to-be. It was the maid of honor.)
That's just one example of hundreds that I can tell you about. Always take Batting Practice, and at the very least, you'll have girls to accompany you when you hit the bars and clubs later that night. This is very important, especially in Vegas, because having females in your group makes other women notice you.
I've got 7 more tips on getting laid in Vegas that are going to TURBO CHARGE your success rate the next time you're in Sin City. Just visit our Mack Tactics blog for the rest, and watch our free videos, too. (We've even got information on Strip Club Game that will make you a stone cold mack in the Vegas gentlemen's clubs...)