Massage Therapy For Women

The ancient civilizations of the Chinese, Egyptians, Hindus and Persians used massage therapy as a principal treatment for many an ailment. Now, the fact that Americans spend 6 billion dollars annually on massage therapy gives an idea of its popularity in treating a wide range of disorders.

It is important to clearly differentiate massage therapy from sensual massage, as the word 'massage' calls to mind massage parlors, which were used to peddle sex. Today, health professionals who are well trained, certified and insured give the therapy in a clinical and comfortable atmosphere.

Massage is part art and part science. Hands manipulate the skin, muscles, soft tissues, joints, tendons and ligaments. The therapist strokes, kneads, squeezes, presses or taps to achieve the aim of treatment. The patient is made comfortable, and some lubricants like oil, cream, jelly or lotion are applied. The therapist keeps the patient covered and exposes only the area that he is working on. A typical massage session lasts about an hour.
The massage relaxes the muscles and soft tissues, improves circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system and calms the nerves. There are a wide range of mental and physical disorders for which massage therapy is very beneficial. It eases tension, knots, cramps and spasms in the muscles. Massage therapy is a prime component of most relaxation therapies and stress management. As stress is perceived to be the root cause of many problems like cardiac diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorder and hypertension, stress management via massage therapy is an excellent supporting treatment for these disorders. There are quite a variety of massages - some for general purpose and some others targeting a specific problem. Some of the popular ones are Swedish massage, sports massage, shiatsu, acupressure, aromatherapy, neuromuscular therapy and prenatal pregnancy massage.
Today's therapists are trained in professional schools, both in theory and practice. They need to pass a board examination and many states have certification standards. Therapists are registered with their professional associations. These associations like the National Certified Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work (NCTMB), Associated Massage and Body Work Professional (AMBP) and American massage therapy Association (AMTA) set a high standard of professional ethics and competency.

Female Infertility

The amount of women who cannot become pregnant in the United States is estimated to be over three million. The trouble of infertility seems to be tackling more women than ever before and according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control, this increase is partially attributable to an increase in sterility-causing diseases. For example, between 1965 and 1976, reported cases of gonorrhea tripled. By the late 1970s, penicillin-resistant gonorrhea had become a major public health problem and unfortunately not until the 1980s did infectious disease experts realize the full extent of the fertility problems caused by Chlamydia. During the same decade, there was a six hundred percent increase in the number of women using IUDs, which put them at increased risk for pelvic inflammatory disease, a major cause of infertility.

According to a 1985 infertility study, as many as 88,000 women may be unable to conceive because of infections that occurred while they were wearing an IUD. The drop in fertility has also been attributed to the postponement of pregnancy into the thirties because of career demands or because of uncertainty about the long-term stability of the spousal relationship.
Specifically, abnormalities of the fallopian tubes, including scarring from endometriosis or previous infections, surgery or swelling from a current infection account for about twenty to thirty percent of all infertility problems. Problems with ovulation are thought to be the cause of infertility in about ten to fifteen percent of all cases. Chronic diseases such as thyroid disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or liver disease usually cause infertility by interfering with the complex mechanism of ovulation. In approximately five percent of the cases, there is a problem with the cervix or cervical mucus. Other factors include on-the-job exposure to chemicals and radiation and sustained strenuous exercise, such as marathon running, which can cause temporary (that is reversible) infertility in some women even though their menstrual cycles may continue to be normal.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that looks like eudiometrical tissue (the tissue that lines the uterus and is shed each month in menstruation) is located out side the uterus. It is also called endometritis (disorder of the uterus) and cause lower abdominal pain. It is uncertain whether this develops from a backflow of eudiometrical tissue during menstruation into and beyond the fallopian tubes or from an "embryological mistake" whereby eudiometrical cells develop in an incorrect location. Endometriosis is usually located only on the pelvic organs surrounding the uterus, but in rare instances it can be found in other places such as the upper abdomen or lung.

These areas of endometriosis may bleed at the time of the menstrual period just as the uterine endomentrium does. This may cause pain and because there is no way for the blood to escape, scarring may develop. This scarring may seal off the ovaries and prevent the egg from reaching the fallopian tube. Even if there are only small areas of endometriosis and the tubes and ovaries are not completely blocked, fertility may be reduced.

Breast Enlargement Cream

Breast enlargement cream is a non-invasive method and natural method of breast enlargement. The ingredients of the cream are similar in composition and serve the same purpose as that of breast enhancement pills but are found in smaller amounts. Some of the ingredients used are sabal, damiana, dong quai, blessed thistle, kava, dandelion root, oat bran, and wild yam.

Manufacturers claim that the use of breast enlargement cream can increase the size of the breasts by several cups and can help women to achieve fuller breasts with firmer tissues. Mothers who have lost their breast shape after pregnancy can also use the cream to give firmness. The cream promotes the growth of breast tissues by naturally balancing the female hormones. Many of the creams manufactured also act as a supplement to pills and work to enhance or sustain the changes achieved through the pills. The cream also has a cosmetic affect as its application boost the total appearance of the breasts and makes them firmer and smoother.
The cream is to be applied twice a day consistently for a period of 3 to 6 months to achieve a multiple-cup increase. The results may differ from one individual to another, and women with smaller breasts may take more time to attain a sizeable increase. The manufacturers claim that some results can be visible within the first 4 weeks of its use.

It is argued that breast enlargement cream is not so effective when used in isolation. Its effectiveness can be substantial if it is used in combination with breast enlargement pills and regular breast enhancing exercises. The risk of using breast enlargement cream is unknown. However some individuals may develop allergic reactions to the ingredients used.

Various manufacturers use different ingredients in the formulation of the cream, so it is important to check out the product with the doctors or health professionals to understand the benefit of each ingredients and the risk inherent in using such a product. Individuals who are allergic to herbal compounds must not use the product.

Pregnant Mothers and Starbucks

Many mothers are addicted to caffeine and cannot handle going without during the nine months of pregnancy. The damage done to the fetus is a very critical issue in this time of development. Occasionally we see pregnant women come into Starbucks and buy a cup of coffee and wonder if we should say something. We do not of course and mind our own business. They are probably well aware of the risks they are causing their future child. Maybe they do not believe the reports or figure one more cup will not hurt. And maybe that one cup itself will not, but day after day we see them there again.

As we move towards a national health care system, we will be responsible for this child as they grow older. We as a nation, you and I as taxpayers, will be footing the bill in the case of special education classes if that child has issues with learning. So much for the Child Left Behind Act. If the baby has any early complications well we may end up paying for that too. If the child grows up and becomes un-trainable, un-teachable or uncontrollable we are the one's who will foot the bill with additional education costs, additional police, jails, prisons and rehabilitation.
If we choose not to mention it and mind our own business, we will pay for it later. If we say something we make an enemy of a stranger. Yet we also see that probably nothing will change in either case and in the end it is up to the mother herself to be responsible and stay out of Starbucks unless she is buying decaffeinated coffee. If you are a pregnant future mom; please do what is right for the future of the nation and your child, it is your responsibility. Think about it.

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Homemade Baby Food

Making your own baby food is as easy as 1-2-3. Read how here.

Did you know that making your own baby food is not only easy, but cost-effective too? And, you have the added reassurance that you are providing your baby with wholesome, nutritious foods.

Use organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible to eliminate the risk of exposure to harmful pesticides and chemicals. Be sure to wash your hands and the equipment your are going to use thoroughly before preparing your baby's food. Peel fruits and vegetables and remove any seeds that could be a potential choking hazard.

Cook by boiling, steaming, or baking fruits, vegetables and meats and then puree or mash to the desired consistency using breast milk, formula, or water. Take caution when making beets, turnips, carrots, collard greens, and spinach. These contain high levels of nitrates and can cause anemia in babies. If making these vegetables, remove the liquid that the food was cooked in (since this contains most of the nitrates) and mash/puree with clean water, formula, or breast milk.

Once prepared, put your Homemade Baby Food into BPA-free ice cube trays, cover and freeze. Once frozen, remove from the tray and put into a freezer bag. Be sure to label the bag with the name of the food and the date you made it. Ideally, you should use the frozen baby food within 1 month.

When you are ready to use the frozen baby food, remove the amount that you want (each cube is approximately 1 ounce) and allow to defrost either overnight in the refrigerator, in a bowl of warm water, by heating on the stove or by using the defrost setting on your microwave. Make sure to test the temperature of the food before giving it to your baby.