Month: August 2015

Chronic Back Pain Limits Brain Power

You don’t need to be a scientist to know that chronic back pain can have a negative impact on your life, often bringing with it anxiety and depression. It can affect your ability to work, sleep, and perform other daily activities.

Until recently, it has been assumed that whatever changes occurred in the brain as a result of chronic back pain were only temporary and that the brain would revert to a normal state once the pain stopped.

Recent findings by researchers from Northwestern University have turned this assumption on its head. What they found was that chronic back pain – defined as pain lasting six months or longer – can cause significant and long-lasting damage to the brain, aging it up to 20 times faster than normal.¹

Chronic back pain and shades of gray

In fact, chronic back pain actually shrinks the gray matter of the brain – the part responsible for memory and information processing – by as much as 11 percent each year. In contrast, normal aging of the brain results in just a 0.5 percent loss of gray matter a year.

Scientists compared 26 healthy volunteers with 26 patients who had been suffering with chronic lower back pain (some with sciatica) for more than a year. Those with chronic back pain with sciatica had the largest decrease in gray matter. Another significant finding: The longer a subject had had chronic back pain, the more brain loss he suffered.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain

One theory on why there is such a large decrease in gray matter is that chronic pain forces nerve cells to work overtime. Even more troubling is the possibility that if chronic back pain is allowed to continue, it may become harder to reverse and less responsive to treatment due to these changes in the brain. Experts say the findings should sound a warning to patients with back pain to seek care as soon as possible.

Driven to distraction

The Northwestern study is consistent with other research on chronic pain and cognitive ability. Scientists at the University of Alberta have confirmed that chronic pain can impair your memory and concentration.

In testing done by Drs. Bruce D. Dick and Saifudin Rashiq at the university’s Multidisciplinary Pain Centre in Edmonton, Canada, two-thirds of participants who suffered with chronic pain had a difficult time paying attention and remembering simple facts.

Participants in the study – all of whom had pain lasting six months or longer – were given computerized memory tests, along with a neuropsychological test of attention on what were identified as “pain” and “less pain” days.

On a “less pain” day, participants were tested after they received a pain-reducing procedure as part of their ongoing treatment at the Centre. On a “pain” day, participants were tested without getting any pain-reducing procedure. Sixteen of the 24 participants – 67 percent – showed signs of cognitive impairment on their pain-testing day. Although the sample of participants was small, the findings were statistically significant, according to the lead researchers.

You must remember this

Further evidence of a link between chronic pain and brain function comes from a study done at Keele University in the United Kingdom. Scientists compared the “prospective” memory – such as remembering to pick up groceries or keep a doctor’s appointment – of 50 subjects with chronic back pain to the memory of 50 subjects who were pain-free.

Investigators used something called the Prospective Memory Questionnaire, a self-rating scale that requires users to record the number of times their prospective memory fails in a given period of time. The scale measures three types of prospective memory: long-term habitual, short-term episodic, and internally cued.

Those with chronic pain had significantly impaired short-term memory compared with subjects who were pain-free. No differences were observed in the other types of prospective memory.

“One explanation for the observation of short-term prospective memory deficits may be related to the link between pain and stress and the impact of this relationship on cognitive function,” Ling’s team reported.

The ideas is that when pain kicks in, it triggers a region of the brain known as the lateral occipital complex (LOC). When this happens, it overrides a person’s ability to concentrate and accurately recognize images.

Strategies to improve memory

The investigators said they hope that these findings will help guide the care of patients with chronic pain and encourage the development of skills to offset memory problems.

Here are a few quick tips to improve your memory:

Read out loud
If you want to remember something, saying the words out loud will help burn the information into your brain. If you can turn it into a rhyme, even better.

Write things down
Mental clutter makes it hard to recall data. Use address books, datebooks, and calendars. Jot down notes on more complicated material and reorganize your notes as soon as possible. The physical act of rewriting can help imprint facts into your memory.

Rehearse and review
Go over what you’ve learned the day you learn it, and review it periodically. Researchers call this “spaced rehearsal,” which has proven to be more effective than cramming.

Get your vitamins
Nutrients such as vitamins B, C, and E can nurture brain function. Dietary sources of B include spinach and other dark leafy greens, strawberries, melons, and black beans. Vitamins C and E improve the flow of oxygen through the brain. Good natural sources are berries, sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, green tea, nuts, citrus fruits, and liver. Omega-3 fatty acids – found in cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna – are also associated with improved cognitive function.

Surprise your brain
Another way to help your brain perform better is to stimulate it through novelty. For example, brushing your teeth with your left hand (if you’re right-handed) will fire up seldom-used connections on the nondominant side of your brain. Or try “neurobic” exercise, which forces you to use your faculties in unusual ways – say, getting dressed with your eyes closed, taking a course in a subject you know nothing about, or cooking a recipe in an unfamiliar cuisine

The brain maybe affected by pain but you should never let pain control how or what you think about. If pain relief is what you are after you must hold a firm belief that you can achieve your goals and if believe heart and soul and keep you’re your thoughts concentrated and coordinated there is no way that you can not achieve what you are after.

1. The Journal of Neuroscience, November 17, 2004 · 24(46):10410 –10415

50 Years of Back Pain Gone in Just Days!

Jerry Talisman had suffered from chronic back pain on and off for over 50 years. Like most people, he had tried it all… chiropractors, physical therapy, he even overdosed on tylenol but nothing gave him lasting relief until he discovered muscle balance therapy.

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you suffer from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment.  Click over the image below to get my FREE book

Negative Thoughts: How to Get Rid of Them

Many subscribers have requested me to help them to get rid of negative thoughts. I would like to share with you a technique I am using with great success to help my patients in my private practice. But first, let us delve into a LAW that is as important as any of the physical laws in nature:

“You are what you think about”

In your imagination, it is as simple as: What you have in your mind, you can have it in your hand. If you think about poverty, you will get poverty. If you think about failure, be prepared to fail. If you fear something, you will get what you fear about. If you think all day long of succeeding, you will succeed!

Positive thoughts have power to change your life
 when they’re fueled by positive emotions.” ~ Peggy McColl

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”~ Irvin Himmel

Negative Thoughts: A Case Study

How can I change my negative thinking? How can I get rid of this negativity that is robbing my life?

I will be glad to help you overcome your negative thoughts. I will be giving you more insights to help you out with this disease (I consider negative thinking a disease) Check you inbox always for more insights. However while you wait, let me share something important now:

Consider that everything in this life goes with a binary law:

  • It is ON or it is OFF
  • It is POSITIVE or NEGATIVE
  • It’s LIGHT or DARK

In the same way a thought could be POSITIVE or NEGATIVE. That means POSITIVE thinking will get you nearer to SUCCESS and health; NEGATIVE thinking will get your nearer FAILURE and disease. Nothing stands still!

Negative Toughts

You can change your Negative Toughts

Let’s Change our Negative Thoughts

You are, as a human being, capable of creating, changing and replacing your thoughts. For example:

Think now: create with your mind the thought of a RED SHIRT….. Got it? See it in your mind now. While you see the red color, the red fabric, try to see more details on the shirt you are thinking of. Can you see it?

Now, think right now of a shirt that is WHITE. Got it? Just stop and see your WHITE shirt with all the details.

Can you see how easy it is to change colors in your mind? Well. You have the power to change a NEGATIVE thought into a POSITIVE thought. The energy you are applying to change the shirt’s color is the same energy you are using to change a NEGATIVE thought into a POSITIVE one. In fact, try to think a thought where you have pleasure! It doesn’t matter what kind of thought it is, as long as it brings you pleasure. Use day-dreaming if you like, but change your mental attitude and you’re set for success today.

This simple method is being used by many of my patients who are seeing huge changes in their lives as they apply this technique to succeed in life and enjoy health. You can do the same today!

It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, what matters is what you look like on the inside. —Marissa Gibson (7 years old)

Negative Thoughts Are Enemies To Your Success

The greatest enemies to your success in life are negative thoughts of all kinds.

They hold you down, tire you out, and take away all your joy in life.

From the beginning of time, they have done more harm to individuals and societies than all the plagues of history.

One of your most important goals, if you want to be truly happy, is to free yourself from negative thinking.

Refuse To Rationalize

Rationalization causes automatic negative thoughts.

When you rationalize, you attempt to give a, “Socially acceptable explanation for an otherwise socially unacceptable act.”

You rationalize to explain away or put a favorable light on something that you have done that you feel bad or unhappy about.

You cast yourself in the roles of the victim, and you mark the other person or organization into the oppressor or the “bad guy.”

Rise Above The Opinions Of Others

Over-concern or a hypersensitivity about the way other people treat you causes negative thoughts.

For some people, their entire self image is determined by the way other people speak to them, talk to them or about them, or even look at them.

They have little sense of personal value or self-worth apart from the opinions of others. If those opinions of others are negative for any reason, real or imagined, the “victim” immediately experiences, anger, embarrassment, shame, self pity, and despair.

How To Stop Negative Thoughts

The antidote of negative thoughts of all kinds is for you to accept complete responsibility for your situation.

You cannot say the words, “I am responsible!” and still feel angry.

The very act of accepting responsibility short-circuits and cancels out any negative thoughts you may be experiencing.

>>>See more techniques here

 

Achieving Your Goals

Think of today as 3/4 of the way through this year. How are we doing with our intentions and goals we set at the beginning of the year?

Achieve your goals

Achieve your goals

If you’re on track to accomplishing all, most, or even part of what you set out to, congratulations! But if there are some goals still on the table, or you haven’t made the progress you had expected or visualized in achieving your goal by now, you may be getting frustrated, discouraged, angry with yourself — or even doubting your ability to get that thing you wanted so much.

If you want to get some power back in your soul so you can start moving in the direction of your dreams again, the first thing you must do is STOP and forgive yourself. And by that I don’t mean a simple self-conversation.  You must go through a process of forgiveness to get the real impact.

Let explain this a little:

First, you must separate who you are from what you have done.  In other words, not having achieved everything you wanted to by now does not change the fact that you are still the good-intentioned person who has a beautiful vision of what they really want.

Secondly, sometimes hard work and goal achieving activities are not the only ingredients required to make the progress you have visualized.  You can choose to keep your attitudes positive and work as productively as you know how.  This will empower you to move forward regardless of the circumstances surrounding you.

Finally, realize that there is a toxic element of resentment and doubt. This toxicity can invade your self-image if you haven’t made the progress that you’d  expected by a certain point in time.  It may not be the type of thing that throws a person into clinical depression, but it may creep into your belief about your worthiness to have the goal that you desire.  It’s a rationalization; you think “maybe I didn’t achieve the goal because I’m not good enough, smart enough or fast enough, etc.” These are excuses, which cannot help in the advancement towards your goal.

Having an awareness of these three points on an intellectual level is only the first step.  You must also do something on the emotional level to feel that you really have forgiven yourself.

As you may already know, there are only two ways to impress an idea into your subconscious mind.  One is with sudden impact; the other is with repetition.
Using repetition, repeat this affirmation every day for the next week:

I recognize that my results and my being are not the same thing, and I reaffirm that I am a good person.  I go forward in a spirit of expectation and understand that I cannot know all of what the universe has in store for me, but I will remain open to all things.  I am so happy and grateful in knowing that the good, which I desire, is worthy of me.  I forgive myself completely and release myself from self-doubt or fear. I move forward with the joyful expectation that I will achieve my goal. I willingly release the thoughts and things that clutter my mind.

These may seem like simple exercises, but they have power beyond their words.  Use them, and you’ll be ready to move forward again with a goal that is worthy of you and your abilities.

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