Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Herbal Remedies For Dandruff

Dandruff  Cure
Scalp irritation is commonly known as the dandruff. In general, dandruff can be defined as the state of skin in which the silvery and shiny scales get torn from the scalp and accumulated in the hair. According to the experts and dermatologists the main cause ofdandruff is yeast like fungus which is called as malassezia. This type of fungus is mostly found on the scalp but it doesn’t cause any type of problems.
If in case the growth of this fungus is not checked then this can lead to the generation of the dead skin cells. Some of the most common reasons of its growth are the mild inflammation, increased oil production, illness, less usage of the shampoos, immune suppression, stress and the hormonal imbalance. In fact the situation can become more worrisome and disconcerting if the skin starts getting infected.
Some of the common symptoms of dandruff: the most common symptoms of occurrence of dandruff are the scaling scalp, itchy feeling, oily looking and white flakes of the dead skins in the hair as well as on shoulders. It had been noticed that the scalp can either be excessively oily or it can be excessively dry. Most of the health experts and dermatologists believe that the most important causes of the dandruff are the low resistance of the body because of constipation and the infections, generation of toxic materials in the body because of intake of the wrong types of food and the impairment of the general health.

Some of the herbal and natural remedial treatment for dandruff:

  1. Almond oil and olive oil: in order to get the effective results, mix these two oils in equal ration and massage into your scalp. Leave the mixture intact for the 5 minutes and then rinse your hair with the normal water.
  2. Ginger: the root of the ginger can be mixed with the olive oil. Before shampooing your hair, you can apply this mixture on the scalp. In case if the condition is worst then you have to apply the mixture for the duration of 10 to 15 minutes before shampooing your hair.
  3. Rosemary Rub: you can also use rosemary oil for the treatment of the dandruff. If you want to have a better mixture then mixes the olive oil with the crushed rosemary. Then leave this mixture for about 15 minutes into the scalp.
  4. Tea Tree Oil: it is a natural occurring ingredient which is very useful in the cure of the dandruff.
  5. Fenugreek Seeds: these fenugreek seeds are considered to be the most important element in the treatment of dandruff. You can take the 2 tablespoons of these seeds and soak them in the water overnight. Then in the morning you can grind these seeds to form a paste and then this paste can be applied all over the scalp. Leave the mixture for around half an hour.
  6. Lime: while washing the hair, a teaspoon of fresh lime juice can also be used for the last rinse.

How to Get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff  Cure
Dandruff in considered to be the most common and complex skin problem which results in the flaking of the white and dry skin from the scalp. Some of the main causes of the dandruff are: a fat-eating yeast fungus called malassezia, excessive shampooing, stress, poor diet, overuse of styling products, oily skin, dry skin and any other combination of the mentioned problems. Since there are many causes of the dandruff, hence there are many treatments of the dandruff. The most trusted option for the treatment of the dandruff is considered to be the self-care options. It is considered to be the most effective method and hence most of the people are going for this option.

Knowing about dandruff control

The best way to get rid of the dandruff is to go for the use of commercial shampoos. A good anti-dandruff shampoo is known to contain elements like the coal tar, selenium sulfide, zinc and the salicylic acid. All these elements and minerals are very much useful in the treatment of the irritation of the skin cells. Some of the most effective brands of commercial shampoos are the Pantene Pro-V, Neutrogena and the Head and Shoulders. In case if you are having doubt regarding the usage of any kind of shampoo then you can always take the help of dermatologist or a hair stylist. If you have chosen the right shampoo and are able to get rid of the dandruff then make sure that you must use that shampoo on the regular basis. Take the small amount of that shampoo and rinse hair to avoid the further scalp irritation.
  • Another way to get rid of the dandruff is to go for the styling of your regimen: some of the compounds like the dyes, waxes, creams and hair gels and also the use of irons and the hair dryers can lead to the irritation of the scalp. If you want to get rid of these scalp problems, then you have to reduce the usage of these products. Instead of these products you can go for the use of products which have natural ingredients. Some of the common methods are the towel-drying and the air-drying.
  • Another way to get rid of the dandruff is to go for the use of lotions and moisturizing oils: in this case you can try oil with peppermint or a refreshing scalp scrub. Such types of products will help in healing the flaky and dry skin. Besides this, they will also help in the circulation which is considered to be the key factor. Some of the other ways to improve the circulation are the massaging or brushing the scalp before going for the use of shampoo, exercise in the presence of sunshine and the fresh air and rinse your hair with the cold and warm water in an alternate manner.
  • If you are consuming a healthy diet then also you can get rid of the dandruff in easy manner. Diet containing vitamin A and B are very much helpful in fighting against the scalp.

Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 prices available in Singapore in June and July 2011

Here are the prices for Samsung Galaxy S2/II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 when it is released in Singapore in June and July 2011 respectively:
Price of Samsung Galaxy SII/2 (available/release date June 2011)
Prices of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • 16GB – $848
  • 32GB – $978
  • 64GB – $1108
  • 16GB – $668
  • 32GB – $798
  • 64GB – $938
Prices are exactly the same with iPad 2 Wi-Fi and 3G version so you decide whether to buy iPad 2 or Galaxy SII/2
Information is from sgmobiledeals.com

Friday, May 27, 2011

Eyecare Instructions for people using computers and computer professionals

Spending long hours in front of television or computers is part of peoples life today. Especially if you are a computer professional, there is usually no escape from it. This causes many eyes and vision related problems in future. Here are some useful eye care tips for computer users.
  • After every 20 to 30 minutes of work, look at a distant away object and blink several times. This will help in better focusing
  • Blink frequently. People tend to reduce blink rate while working on computer. This can lead to dry eyes. Try to blink 12 to 15 times every minute.
  • Exercise you eyes at frequent intervals. Eye exercise is simple. All you need to do is just blink several times, then close your eyes and role them in clockwise and anti clockwise direction. While doing this, inhale and exhale slowly and open your eyes slowly after doing this.
  • Rub your palms against each other till them become warm. Cover your eyes with your warm palms for about a minute. Palming is another great way to relax and soothe your eyes.
  • Splashing water on you face during breaks can keep you refreshed. This also helps in cooling your eyes.
  • A few minutes of walk during breaks will refresh your body and mind. It is also good for your eyes as walking increases blood supply to your eyes.
  • Fix an anti glare screen on to your monitor or use anti glare glass while working on computers. Also position the monitor and lights in such a manner that glare from the screen is minimum.

Hasselblad Launches the New H4D-200MS

Hasselblad's latest multi-shot camera, which delivers unprecedented 200 megapixel files, is currently shipping. Upgrades for H4D-50MS cameras are also available.

After careful testing for stability and color accuracy, the H4D-200MS - first announced at Photokina last September - is now available. Based on the H4D-50MS platform, the new camera is capable of creating 200 megapixel files for the ultimate in resolution.

Since 2000, Hasselblad has continuously developed its multi-shot technology. In 2008, the company announced the first integrated multi-shot camera—the H3DII-39MS—which was followed more recently by the H4D-50MS. As a further development of the H4D-50MS technology, the H4D-200MS utilizes Hasselblad's patented piezo frame module, which now captures 6 shots and combines them into an astounding 200 megapixel file.

Designed for studio photographers whose work requires the ultimate in resolution, extremely fine details and exact color information, the H4D-200MS is ideal for capturing images of stationary items such as cars, jewelry, artwork and other high end products where there is no room for compromise in image quality. In addition to its extended multi-shot capabilities, the H4D-200MS offers standard multi-shot and single-shot modes as well. Naturally, this extraordinary capture device offers all the benefits of the H4D family of cameras such as True Focus, Ultra Focus and Digital Lens Correction, to name just a few.

The H4D-200MS is available now for 32.000 Euro (plus tax). H4D-50MS owners have the option of upgrading their systems for 7.000 Euro (plus tax) by sending the camera to the factory in Copenhagen, Denmark. While the camera is being converted, the service team will make sure that the firmware and hardware is updated to ensure that the piezo modules' strict tolerances, which are necessary for precise multi-shot capture, are met.

For more information, please visit: www.hasselblad.com/H4D-200MS

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

10 Tips to Protect Your Eyes

We go to the gym, abstain from chocolate cake and drink gallons of water all in the name of good health. But what can we do to protect those most valuable organs—our eyes? We talked to ophthalmology experts to find out what we should be doing to preserve the oft-neglected eyes.

“Eyes are delicate and precious,” says Dr. Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). “Just a touch of maintenance will keep them going for years.”
  1. Regular checkups. When was the last time you had an eye exam? If it was at 3 years of age, chances are you’re due. The AAO recommends an eye exam before 5 years of age to check for childhood problems like amblyopia (sometimes called lazy eye) or strabismus (misaligned eyes), and then on an as-needed basis (vision problems or injuries) up to 19 years of age. One exam in your 20s, and two in your 30s can identify problems which may benefit from early treatment. While it’s normal for vision to change with age, serious eye problems like glaucoma and macular degeneration (deterioration of retina that causes loss of detail vision) can be treated if detected early. So step up the eye exams after 40 years of age to every two to four years; after age 65, every one to two years. Anyone with diabetes, a family history of eye problems or African-Americans over the age of 40 should check with their doctor about more frequent visits. (African-Americans may need more frequent checkups in middle age because of an increased risk for glaucoma.)

  2. SPF for the eyes. Sunglasses don’t just prevent crows’ feet from squinting, they also block harmful ultraviolet and other rays than can play a role in the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. Fair-skinned caucasians are at the greatest risk for the latter. Be sure your sunglasses have 100 percent UV protection. “The blue wavelengths--violet and blue--hit the retina,” says Dr. Lylas Mogk, co-author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight. “The best filters against blue are in the amber-orange-brown range of commercial sunglasses.” You should always wear sunglasses when outside (and not just in the summer) but especially in high glare areas around snow or water. A wide-brimmed hat is great for blocking rays—even if it counteracts the cool of your aviators.

  3. Eye protection. Sunglasses aren’t the only protective eyewear you should don. Obviously anyone working around construction, manufacturing—any job with machinery and flying particles—must wear eye protection. But even when you’re working around the house, you should guard your eyes. “Even while hanging a picture, plaster or a nail can fly into your eye,” warns Dr. Iwach. Any hardware store sells inexpensive clear plastic eye protection.

  4. Contact care. “Contacts are a great tool, but they come with responsibility,” says Dr. Iwach. Be sure to have a pair of glasses with a recent prescription so that if you get any irritation you can change over. Wearing your contacts when your eyes are irritated can turn a simple problem (irritation) into a significant problem (a corneal ulcer). Make sure you care for the lenses properly. “I can’t believe people who pop a lens in their mouth and then put it in their eye. That is not a good idea unless you want to be seeing the eye doctor a lot,” warns Dr. Iwach. Make sure your solutions aren’t expired, keep your contacts clean—and keep them out of your mouth.

  5. Eye candy. Are carrots really good for your eyes? “Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which the retina needs,” says Dr. Lylas Mogk. “But we’re not in danger of having vitamin A deficiencies.” Green leafy veggies like kale, collard and mustard greens, and spinach are good for the eyes because they contain lutein, which studies indicate can reverse symptoms of macular degeneration.  And getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from fish and flax can help prevent dry eyes. But avoid omega-6 fatty acids, which is tricky in the American diet. Omega-6s are in vegetable oils. “There are very few processed or packaged foods that don’t have vegetable oils,” notes Dr. Mogk. “And the omega-6s counteract the good omega-3s.”

  6. Eye lube. As we age, we experience more dry eye symptoms. “The biggest reason people have dry eyes is that the tear film doesn’t have the right consistency of water, mucus and oil,” says Dr. Mogk. The oil part of your tears comes from little glands at the margin of your eyelids. As you blink, oil is supposed to coat the eyes. But if this coating is insufficient, the tear film evaporates and eyes feel dry. This triggers reflex tearing, which is why your eyes water when they get dry and irritated. Omega-3 helps with this. Also, heat and air conditioning can cause dry eyes, especially if you sit near a vent or fan unit. Make sure that the vent in your car isn’t blowing toward your face.

  7. Quit smoking. Need another reason to quit smoking? You got it: Smoking increases the risk and accelerates the development of cataracts, macular degeneration and optic nerve damage. “I’d be more afraid of losing your vision than lung cancer,” says Dr. Iwach.

  8. Eye strain. Any focused work means you don’t blink as frequently. And all the computer work and internet surfing can take a toll. It’s always good to take a break from activities which involve prolonged staring. And artificial tears can help reduce eye irritation, lubricating the eyes to help you work longer.

  9. Talk to your family. Eye problems are often hereditary. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma or another eye condition, share that information with your immediate and extended family. “It’s a way to give the gift of vision for the rest of their life,” notes Dr. Iwach. The sooner people are diagnosed, the more that can be done to treat and prevent further damage.

  10. Stay healthy. We’ve already seen how eating right (veggies over processed foods) helps with eye health. Exercise increases circulation, which can lower pressure within the eyes, which helps with those who have glaucoma. Getting regular overall physicals may lead to early detection of diseases like diabetes or other systemic conditions that can lead to eye problems. And most important, if something bothers you or feels wrong, get it checked out. As Dr. Iwach puts it, “You get your oil checked regularly, so get your eyes checked regularly.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

B&N Unleashes A New Nook

B&N Unleashes A New Nook: Touchscreen E-Ink, 2 Month Battery, $139
by Matt Burns on May 24, 2011
Barnes & Noble just unveiled the latest and greatest Nook ereading device at a special NYC event. It’s a simple device, really. In fact B&N stated that this revamped Nook is the easiest to use ereading device on the market. The touchscreen enabled Nook, sorry Kobo, is said not to feature any page turning latency and a battery that last up to two months, which is double the current Kindle’s battery life.
A 6-inch Pearl E Ink screen is front and center on the sleek device. It’s rather small at 7.5 ounces in a casing that’s just 5 x 6.5-inches. It’s tiny. Barnes & Noble is understandably proud of its latest creation and proudly stated on stage that the new Nook features 37 less buttons than the latest Kindle. (Not having a QWERTY keyboard would do that)
The new Nook hits at a very Kindle-like $139 price. The unit ships June 10 with pre-orders starting today on Nook.com.

Monday, May 23, 2011

How to build an army of happy, busy worker bees

People who are happy at work put in far more effort, work longer hours, and are more productive than those who aren't. So can you actually make the people you manage any happier?

By Linda Mignone, guest contributor
FORTUNE -- For all that's been written about happiness at work -- desiring it, seeking it, wishing for it -- how do you actually create it? And how do you use it to do better work?
Aside from it sounding sensible, recent studies have demonstrated that the happier a worker is, the more productive they will be on the job. While an employee may appear engaged in their work, they may not be as effective as they could be if they were happy.
"There is a big difference between how people report engagement and happiness," says Jessica Pryce-Jones, who is the CEO of HR consulting firm iOpener and the author ofHappiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success.
Pryce-Jones says that people who have a more vigorous work ethic find it easier to be engaged in what they are doing, but that does not necessarily mean that they are happy. There are many senior leaders who are highly engaged in their work but would rather leave their jobs.
"The happier you are at work, the greater sense of energy you feel [to do more]," says Pryce-Jones.
In survey studies conducted by iOpener, of employees who reported that they are happy at work, 78% also say that they feel energetic while at work, whereas a mere 13% of unhappy employees claim the same.
People who are happy at work put in far more effort, work longer hours, and are more productive than those who aren't. They remain at their jobs twice as long and they work 25% more time than an unhappy employee works.
For Zappos founder Tony Heisch, happiness at work begins with giving employees a sense that they are part of something bigger and that they feel connected to the work they do.
"It's about perceived control. At Zappos, we do not use scripts in our call centers; we leave it up to each rep on how to interact," Heisch says. "There are no layers of approval. If they want to do something special, they can do it."
Part of the employee happiness formula lays in the idea that happiness can be synthesized. At a TED conference talk back in 2004, Harvard psychology professor Dan Gilbert argued that people have the ability to create their own happiness, and that synthetic happiness is the kind we have when we don't get exactly what we want.
Assuming that we are capable of making our own happiness, how can a manager help things along? 
Putting a happiness formula to work
One way to get started on building happiness at your organization is to nurture your junior staff, the members of the team who usually support the strategic plan rather than devise and implement it. Consider a vital project in the organization and delegate some of the meatier aspects of the project to a junior task force.
For this to work, you'll need to put aside preconceived notions of the roles and responsibilities at your company: what someone's degree is in, their educational pedigree, and even their recent work experience. The junior analyst in IT could be your most creative copywriter, but when relegated to coding all day, she may never have a chance to collaborate in a way that can deliver the most to a project. Be sure to recruit an eclectic mix of junior employees to the team, and there's no need to fear opinionated newcomers.
1. Put the team in charge
Don't treat it like an internship exercise. Count on them and let them know it. Have the team establish their vision for getting to a solution, creating their own timelines and benchmarks. It's important to provide guidance along the way and hold them accountable, but the goal is to give them a sense of autonomy. "People want more sense of control. [When organizations put] in more controls, they get the opposite of what they want," says Pryce-Jones.
2. Give your team a name
Simply giving the team a name will introduce a layer of accountability and a sense of membership in something important. Heisch says that managers often think that fear or incentives inspire motivation in the workplace, but a sense of purpose in the company and in the employee's work is more important.
3. Nurture your team
"Pride, trust and recognition from the company are critical factors in happiness," says Pryce-Jones. Give the team the resources they need to get the job done and provide them with recognition that they are part of an important project even before they begin.
Some organizations have begun to analyze their internal social networks to determine which leaders foster the most happiness, says Pryce-Jones. "We're not talking about emotional highs, or that someone has an optimistic [attitude]. We are talking about a mind-set."
4. Provide visibility 
Allow the team visibility at the highest levels of the organization and make them aware that they will present their ideas to senior staff and that they are responsible for the outcome. Have them present to the CEO if you can.
"We just started a new program where, once a quarter, individuals who are passionate about an idea can seek funding for it by coming to a quarterly meeting on a Saturday and presenting it," says Heisch. "It's like a pitch [for] internal venture capital."
When employees feel like they have some control over the work they are doing and when they feel like they're making progress, they are generally happier and more productive, and these feelings are often amplified when employees are part of a team. A team makes a bigger, bolder, richer sound, with more layers, like an orchestra. And the richest sounds come when the team feels that they are part of something big; a big idea, a vision.
Linda Mignone has 20 years experience in brand, strategic and direct marketing in start-ups to international Fortune 500 companies and serves on the board of YouTern, a company that matches student interns with entrepreneurial employers.

New Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader Dramatically Accelerates Digital Workflow

Press Release:

Reader Leverages the Latest USB Technology to Provide Blazing-Fast Card-to-Computer Transfer Speeds When Shooting is Complete

Fremont, CA, May 19, 2011 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced the new Lexar® Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader, a high-performance card reader that enables professional and advanced amateur photographers and videographers to maximize their workflow with blazing-fast transfer speeds. The reader leverages SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) technology to deliver high-speed performance that supports the latest CompactFlash® (CF) UDMA, Secure Digital Extended Capacity™ (SDXC)**, and SD Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I) memory cards. The versatile reader is also backwards compatible with standard CF, SD™, and Secure Digital High Capacity™ (SDHC) memory cards and USB 2.0 host devices. For additional information about the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader, visit www.lexar.com.

“USB is the most popular connectivity option for PCs, and it’s critical that professional photographers and videographers have convenient and versatile tools to maximize their workflow and fully leverage the performance of their high-speed memory cards,” said Manisha Sharma, director of product marketing for cards, Lexar Media. “The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader combines extremely fast performance with a versatile, innovative design to provide pro and hobbyist shooters with a reader that dramatically reduces image transfer time. The speed offered by the reader enables users to move large volumes of high-resolution images and HD video faster than ever, allowing them to spend less time at the PC and more time on other activities.”

The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader features the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, which operates at 500MB per second; while the Hi-Speed USB 2.0  interface operates at 60MB per second*. The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader takes advantage of the performance of high-speed cards. Real-world tests prove that today’s high-performance cards can be read more than six times faster with the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader than with previous generation USB 2.0 card readers, and future high-performance cards are likely to enable an even faster data transfer experience. The reader can transfer content from both SD and CF cards simultaneously, and allows for easy file transfer from one card to another. The USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader also features an innovative, pop-up mechanism that lets users close the reader when not in use, protecting it from dirt and debris. Its compact, portable design means users can take it on the go, and its smooth contours help it slip easily in and out of a photo bag or briefcase.

The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader provides consumers with the quality and reliability they have come to expect from Lexar Media. All Lexar product designs are tested in the Lexar Quality Labs, a group of facilities where all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 800 intended digital devices.

The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader comes with free, dedicated customer support and a five-year limited warranty. The reader is available now for purchase on www.lexar.com, and will be available from leading photo retailers in June, with an MSRP of $49.99.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

How to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain and back injuries are very common in our society. In fact, approximately 60 to 90 percent of all U.S. citizens will experience at least one back injury in their lives. Half of these people will experience multiple episodes of back problems. Many will undergo surgical procedures, and roughly 10 percent will see their condition become chronic. The ultimate cost to society in lost productivity and health-care resources totals in the billions of dollars. An even higher price, however, is paid by the people who have lost the ability to participate in the activities they most enjoy. Back problems can make fishing, golfing, or even just playing with children and grandchildren fraught with pain. In the worst cases, a back problem can interfere with even the ability to get dressed.

Despite all this, people still take their backs for granted, not realizing the dangerous positions they put their backs in every day. Almost everything you do requires the use of your back, and back problems are rarely the result of a single activity or accident. Most injuries occur over a period of years or even decades, as a result of various factors -- how you sleep or sit, what you eat, or how you deal with the emotional stresses at home and work. In this article, we will tell you how  to perfrom those tasks, and many more, without injuring your back. Just look at 

all the helpful tips spread out over these sections:

  • Protecting Your Back in Bed

    You'd think it would be difficult to injure your back while sleeping. While unconscious your muscles are relaxed and you're not lifting or carrying anything. But the truth is, if you have a bed that does not offer your back enough support, it could be the reason why you wake up with back-stiffness.  Also, if you are in a position that is bad for your back and you stay in it for eight hours while you sleep, you could be damaging your back without knowing it. In this section, we will tell you how to buy the right bed and what position you should sleep in.

  • Protecting Your Back in the Morning

    While you're getting ready in the morning to start your day there are a host of bad habits that could put stress on your back. For instance, when you stand at the sink, brushing your teeth, do you support your back? In this section, we will give you many tips for getting read to face the day without neglecting your back. We will show you the proper way to put on your shoes and tell you the right type of shoes to avoid back injuries. There's nothing like starting out your day on the right foot.

  • Protecting Your Back in the Car

    Many of us spend a significant portion of our days in the car. Strangely, little though is given to how comfortable we are in our cars, or what damage our car seats could be doing to our backs. In this section, we will tell you the survival tips you need to get through your morning commute without sacrificing your back. We will tell you the correct way to get in and out of car and how to make your car seat more back-friendly. We will also give you back-saving tips for a long car ride.

  • Protecting Your Back at Work

    Your office is like your home-away-from-home. Yet, almost not consideration is given to how comfortable you are while sitting at your desk. The wrong type of chair, a keyboard or monitor that is positioned at the wrong angle, or just sitting in one position for too long can all add up to significant back problems. We will show you how to set up your cubicle in way that will minimize back strain.

  • Protecting Your Back While Exercising

    It's a vicious cycle. If your back hurts, you will probably stop exercising. But if you stop exercising, you are more likely to injure your back. Even if your back is bothering you, it is important to get at least a little exercise. Movement keeps the joints in your back lubricated and loose. In this section, we will show you how to hit the gym without putting yourself in traction. We will also give you some exercise alternative that could be better for your back.

  • Stretches for Your Back

    Keeping your back flexible is a big part of keeping your back injury-free. When your back tightens up, you are more likely to pull or strain a muscle. In this section, we will show several stretches to keep your back loose. First we will demonstrate how you should stretch your hips. Next, we will move on to the hamstrings and then the hip flexors. Finally, we will conclude with stretches for your low back and spine.

  • Exercises for Your Back

    Though we told you earlier how to exercise without injuring your back, what we did not do is show you exercises to specifically strengthen your back. The muscles in your back not only support the spine, but they hold up your entire upper-body. Your back muscles need both strength and conditioning to perform their functions properly. In this section, you will learn exercises like the curl-up for your abdominal muscles, exercises for your upper and lower back, and the proper way to squat without injuring your back.

  • Protecting Your Back While Lifting

    Most people who throw out their back do so by attempting to lift an object incorrectly. Lifting puts more stress on your back than any other activity -- with the possible exception of carrying. In this section, we will show a variety of lifts designed to save your back.  You will learn the squat lift for heavy objects, the golfer's lift for light objects, and the crane lift for awkward objects. If you can master lifting correctly, you have made a major stride in protecting your back.

  • Protecting Your Back When Moving Objects

    Transporting or carrying an object may not provide the immediate, traumatic stress that comes when trying to lift an object, but it can do just as much damage to your back. There are several techniques you can employ to help you move objects that won't result in a trip to the emergency room. In this section, we will offer helpful advice for carrying or moving objects. We will also tell you the correct way to use a tool like a shovel or rake, and the best way to store objects for your back.

  • Diet and Back Pain

    Watching what you can eat can also help protect your back. Most obviously, if you do not carry a lot of weight on your front, it will take a lot of strain off of your back muscles. But in addition to the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, the right foods can also prevent back injuries. If you are tired and fatigued from lack of nutrition, you are much more likely to pull a muscle or acquire another back injury. We will tell you the foods you should be eating to save your back.

  • Stress and Back Pain

    Stress and tight muscles go together hand-in-hand. If you are carrying a lot tension in your upper back and shoulders, you are ripe for a back injury. In this section, we will help you recognize when you are experiencing high stress levels and need to be careful of your back. We will also offer some tips for dealing with your stress such as visualization.