The Benefit of Pilates

Written by Della Menechella

Pilates can benefit your overall health and sense of well-being in many ways. I have been doing Pilates for three years and I have seen for myself how challenging, yet effective it is.

Recently, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic muscle and soft tissue pain syndrome. One of my osteopathic doctors told me that if I hadnít been doing Pilates (and yoga), I would not be able to get on and offrepparttar examining table. As a matter of fact, when patients come to see him because of pain, he often recommends Pilates as a method of treatment.

While it certainly helps with physical problems, you will find many other positive rewards when you start integrating Pilates into your exercise program.

#1 Benefit of Pilates Ė Strong Core Pilates focuses on strengthening your deep abdominal muscles, your back and your butt. This results in greater pelvic stability and less likelihood that you will sustain an injury in your back. You will also enjoy having a flat, toned and sleek tummy.

#2 Benefit of Pilates - Improved Posture Pilates works to lengthenrepparttar 150784 spinal compression that you might be developing, especially as you grow older or spend long hours hunched over in front of a computer. Many of us spend a great part ofrepparttar 150785 day with our shoulders slumped forward. Pilates encourages you to lengthenrepparttar 150786 back of your neck and to slide your shoulder blades back and down. This encourages better postural alignment and allows you to stand and sit straighter and taller.

#3 Benefit of Pilates Ė Increased Strength and Flexibility When you are doing Pilates, you are simultaneously strengthening and stretching your muscles. This gives your joints greater range of motion and also helps preventrepparttar 150787 likelihood that you will get injured.

The Facts about Sinusitis

Written by Joe Miller


Simply put, sinusitis is inflammation ofrepparttar lining of your sinuses.


The sinuses are located behindrepparttar 150731 eyes,repparttar 150732 cheeks, andrepparttar 150733 jaw. They are chambers in which mucous is produced to clean outrepparttar 150734 bacteria that we take in every day throughrepparttar 150735 mouth and nose. The mucous moves alongrepparttar 150736 cilia, which are tiny, moving hairs that maneuverrepparttar 150737 mucous. Sinusitis creates difficulties forrepparttar 150738 sinuses as they try to do their job, becauserepparttar 150739 cilia cease to move andrepparttar 150740 sinuses either produce too much mucous or too little.

Possible Causes

Sinusitis can be caused in a variety of ways. The inflammation ofrepparttar 150741 sinus lining is sensitive to changes in temperature or humidity, and often swimming, diving, extreme changes in temperature, and smoking will set off inflammation. The reason these things can cause sinusitis is that they create a friendly environment for bacteria and viruses.

For example, smoking paralyzesrepparttar 150742 cilia, causingrepparttar 150743 sinuses to think that there are bacteria or a virus and to produce more mucous. Sincerepparttar 150744 cilia cannot move,repparttar 150745 mucous just sits there, congests, and becomes a breeding ground for more bacteria, creating a sinus infection. Stagnant water or liquid buildup from water activities can produce similar effects. Or, if a virus has already infectedrepparttar 150746 sinuses and swelling occurs, thenrepparttar 150747 produced mucous will build up even more. Sinusitis is justrepparttar 150748 beginning of any nasal problem.

What many people donít know is that sinusitis, though beginning inrepparttar 150749 sinuses can also contribute to an ear infection. The reason is thatrepparttar 150750 sinuses andrepparttar 150751 ears are connected throughrepparttar 150752 Eustachian tube, and something as simple as sneezing can push infection right out torepparttar 150753 ears. Not only can infection move out torepparttar 150754 ears but also down torepparttar 150755 lungs. Sinusitis is not entirely unrelated to an upper respiratory infection. Often Sinusitis, ear infection, and upper respiratory infection have similar, if notrepparttar 150756 same, causes.

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