Epidural Injections for Back Pain and Herniated Disc

Sometimes cases of herniated disc back pain and other forms of pain associated with spinal problems will eventually heal; a little rest, physical therapy and over the counter pain medication is all you need. But sometimes the back pain can be severe and debilitating. In those cases, epidural injections may provide temporary pain relief needed while the underlying condition is being treated with other therapies, or allowed to heal on its own. Steroidal epidural injections also provide the benefit of reducing inflammation, which contributes to herniated disc pain.

If you suffer from severe herniated disc back pain, and need dramatic pain relief, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers and request a consultation today.

What is an Epidural Steroid Injection? 
An epidural steroid injection delivers anti-inflammatory pain medication via a syringe for fast pain relief. As the name implies, the medication is injected into the epidural space around the spinal cord. The epidural space is filled with fat and small blood vessels, and surrounds the dural sac, which in turn surrounds the spinal cord, nerve roots and cerebrospinal fluid.

Typically the solution injected is a combination of a steroid, a local anesthetic, and saline. The steroid (cortisone) provides anti-inflammatory action. One of two different local anesthetics are commonly used: Lidocaine or Bupivacaine. Lidocaine is faster acting, but Bupivacaine provides longer term pain relief. The saline may be used in part to dilute the local anesthetic, and/or to flush out immunologic agents that are promoting inflammation.

How Long do the Effects Last? 
The duration of the pain relief provided can vary widely from patient to patient, depending on your condition. Some experience pain relief for several days, while others experience extended relief for several months.

How Many Injections Can I Have? 
It is common to receive a series of three injections, spaced about two weeks apart. However, some patients experience enough pain relief after the first injection that subsequent injections are not needed at that time.

In the event that the full three injections are received, you will have to wait six months to a year before you could receive another series of injections.

What are the Possible Side Effects? 
Some patients may experience flushing, sweating and heart palpitations for a few days after the injection. There may also be a temporary increase of pain as the medication takes effect. Temporary weight gain and an increase in blood sugars may also be experienced.

Rare side effects include accidental puncture of the dural sac, infection, and bleeding. In some cases no pain relief is experienced after the injection.

How Can I Find Out More? 
To learn more about epidural injections for spinal and herniated disc back pain, and to find out if this treatment would benefit your individual condition, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers to request an appointment today. Below is some better firm mattress idea for back pain relief.

Latex Mattress

Forget your preconceived notions about latex mattresses – it is true that synthetic latex used to be a dominant part of the industry, but today manufacturers are opting for natural latex foam that is derived botanically. The two different types of latex mattresses are Dunlop and Talalay. This means that the Dunlop or Talalay mattress you purchase and sleep on is fully biodegradable, sourced by tapping latex from rubber trees (much like sap would be for maple syrup) and comes from a renewable resource. Best of all, they are free of the volatile chemicals that are unpleasant and detrimental to a person’s health.

The Number Bed Advantage

Number beds, also known as “air mattresses,” are different than traditional mattresses with metal springs and coils. The Number bed is made up of durable air chambers for a gentle cushion of dual adjustable support. This means, not only can you adjust the exact firmness or softness of the surface you sleep on, couples can choose separate settings for their side of the bed. Number beds address a wide range of issues for people such as couples with different firmness preferences to those with spinal and other orthopedic issues.

Each person has their own unique number setting representing required firmness and support for their body. That number is between 0 and 100 and is manually entered in by the user via a remote that triggers an air pump to increase or decrease the amount of air in the bed’s air chambers.

Compare Select Comfort’s Sleep Number Beds to Dream Number Beds.

There are several manufacturers of digital number beds but the most well known are Dream Number Beds and Select Comfort. Select Comfort sells Sleep Number Beds and Dream Number Beds sells the Dream Number Bed. They are almost identical in construction, warranty and guarantee, with the Dream Number Beds clearly winning when it comes to prices.

Both offer multiple variations and options with their number beds such as the type of fabric, pillow top, and a combination of materials offering contouring support with multiple unique zones for more natural support for your body’s curves. Several base options are also available allowing you to adjust the bed at the head or foot, and preset your favorite positions at a click of a button.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Developed technology during the 1970’s as a material to relieve astronauts from the pressure of g-forces while in flight, memory foam wasn’t originally intended for mattresses. It took a little ‘outside the box’ thinking by a Swedish company to realize that the potential sleep benefits of the material were too great to be ignored. With a unique ability to mold to and support your body, this material had the ability to relieve more pressure than any previous type of foam. It also takes a long time to return to its original shape – the long-lasting impression of the shape of your body is what inspired its creators to coin the term ‘memory foam’.

So how does memory foam mattresses work? As opposed to innerspring mattresses, there are no separate parts. The incredibly durable polyurethane based foam is filled with billions of minuscule air pockets, which decompress when met with body weight and heat. As air releases, the person sleeping literally sinks into the bed, providing a floating sensation while balancing the body and aligning it correctly. Choosing the right thickness and density can control how much sink there is; the high-density foam will provide more support, while lower density foams will allow you to sink more, and the thicker the foam, the deeper you can go. Memory foam mattresses are generally several layers of varying density that help support and distribute the sleeper’s weight.

Memory foam is perfect for sleepers who like to feel snug, and enjoy the sensation of melting into a mattress. This is also best for sleepers who don’t turn much while sleeping, or wish to curb as much movement as possible. While the foam is great at minimizing movements and the chance of disturbing a sleeping partner, that also means there is no springiness to the mattress. But for a restful sensation that feels like floating, this is the mattress to get.

Read more about TV Brand memory foam and AngelBeds, two of the leading memory foam mattress providers in the nation.

Brain Wave Theta The Best Frequency For Brainwave Entrainment

Theta Brain waves are closely associated with meditation and generally occur during dreaming sleep and deep trance states. Theta brain waves fall into the range between 4 and 8 Hz.

When Theta brain waves dominate many benefits can be achieved including:-

  1. Stress Release: Theta Brainwaves can lower both physical and mental stress. Most people will be familiar with this sensation from the deep sense of relaxation that they feel just moments before they drift off to sleep. This is when Theta brain waves are most prevalent for most of us.
  2. More Energy: People who experience Theta brain waves regularly have more energy, because the relaxation induced by them gives the body more rest and as a result they have more energy when they emerge from the Theta brain wave state.
  3. Better Healing Abilities: While the mind is in the theta brainwave state the body has opportunity to repair itself. As a result people who regularly experience Theta brainwaves can more easily recover from injury and illness.
  4. Improved Learning: Theta brain waves are also associated with the ability to retain more information while studying. Any students who can induce a theta state while learning will find they have much more productive study sessions.
  5. Increased Creativity: Theta brainwaves a produced in abundance by artists and musicians, so if you can produce more theta brainwaves it follows that you will be able to think more creatively.
  6. Better Memory: I suppose this is closely related to the improved learning function of theta brainwaves, but they also help retrieve memories, They are also tied to greater access to the subconscious mind which is heavily involved in storing memories.
  7. Subconscious Communication: Theta brain waves are closely associated with subconscious communication enabling you to reprogram deeply held limiting or un-helpful beliefs, such as phobias and addictions.

Theta brainwaves are also believed to be linked to lucid dreaming i.e. Being able to control your dreams, the ability to have out of body experiences and development of psychic powers, by those that have faith in those experiences.

So how can you can you take your brain waves into the theta spectrum at will and take advantage of all of those benefits that they offer?

Brain Entrainment simply involves using an outside stimulus to synchronise the brainwaves to the required frequency. We are all familiar with the situation where we listen to some music and find ourselves tapping our feet, or drumming along with our fingers to the beat. Well the same situation occurs in our brain, except we are not aware of it. Brain Entrainment is achieved by listening to sounds at the right frequency so that the brainwaves become synchronised, or in time with that frequency. Once our brainwaves have adjusted to the theta range we can start to reap all of those benefits we have discussed.

Companies such as Mind Sync produce entrainment audios in both CD and MP3 format. It takes roughly 6 minutes listening to one of these tracks for the brain to become entrained to a new frequency, which is most often brain wave theta, as this permits the subconscious to become influenced most easily.

Obviously once you have acquired the entrainment audio files, you can use them as often as you like to achieve any or all of the benefits detailed above. There is no need to keep having prescriptions filled or spend the lengthy amount of time and effort it takes to achieve brainwave theta level with un-assisted meditation.

Mind Sync Entrainment Frequencies

Mind Sync make and sell a very wide range of entrainment frequency and binaural harmonic MP3’s. In this Mind Sync review you will mostly read about those modules that interest me most, namely those that concern healing health problems and personal development. They cover issues like increasing serotonin for sleep, increasing serotonin for mood, inducing theta brainwaves and epsilon brain waves and achieving alpha meditation.

It is widely accepted in the West now that meditation provides a huge bonus to health by reducing stress and promoting the body’s own self healing mechanisms. Anything that can help people achieve the required level of meditation quickly has got to be a good thing in my opinion.

There are also entrainment frequency MP3’s available to help with stress management, speed learning, energy, increasing IQ, releasing endorphins, increasing Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production, curing Tinnitus, relieving Jet Lag and pain management. We will be discussing each of those here.

But Mind Sync also move well into the realms of the mystical, with products that claim to aid with astral projection, astral travel, out of body experiences, lucid dreaming, becoming psychic, clairvoyance, manifestation, telepathy, precognition and past life regression. Now these are subjects that I have no experience or knowledge of. But if these are things that interest you, then I think that entrainment frequencies would be a way to develop these abilities, if you believe that they can be developed.

The reason that I believe in the benefits of entrainment frequencies, apart from the scientific evidence, is that as an aspiring, or wannabe, musician I know how slight changes in sound can change the way that people feel. We all know that different types of music can make you feel happy, sad, melancholy, elated etc. So it makes sense to me that if you concentrated on the sounds, or frequencies that promote those feelings, then you could create the power to change people’s brain waves.

The scientific evidence takes my beliefs much further, by placing sensors on a subjects head and identifying the changes in various parts of the brain, whilst listening to the entrainment frequencies.

So what are the benefits that you can achieve by listening to entrainment frequencies?

Well we discussed earlier on this site the benefits of increasing serotonin for sleep and serotonin for mood. We also looked at the advantages of reducing stress with meditation in that article. So let us take a look at Speed Learning and Increasing IQ.

The concept of Speed Learning was originally developed by a Professor Lozanov and it was extensively publicised in the 1970’s by Ostrander and Schroeder. They proved that by studying whilst listening to certain rhythms and frequencies that the ability to take in and retain information is significantly improved. Also a specific binaural frequency in the alpha range has been acknowledged as the most powerful contributor to increasing IQ in each subsequent examination.

The MP3 for increasing IQ can be listened to anytime to reap the benefits, while the speed learning entrainment frequencies should be listened to while studying.

The benefits of increasing your IQ and speed learning are obvious for students, but can also provide numerous advantages for anyone in business, or any walk of life.

Finally let’s examine the advantages of increasing Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production. Most of us have heard of athletes illegally taking Human Growth Hormone to gain an advantage over their competitors. But what does it actually do for them?

Well it can increase muscle mass and reduce body fat without dieting. HGH will provide higher energy levels, enhance sexual performance and stimulate re-growth of many internal organs that shrink with age. In short it can reverse the ageing process.

Supplements of HGH are very expensive and most do not contain enough of the hormone to be effective. So what is more economical and more effective?

Once again Mind Sync have a sound frequency CD or MP3 that is proven to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more HGH and once you have bought it you can use it as often as you need, without any further expense. Unlike supplements which you will continue to pay for indefinitely.

Mind Sync Brain Entrainment

Mind Sync, who also trade as World of Alternatives, have developed a whole range of audio products that can help with a wide variety of personal development and health improvement issues.

Their downloadable MP3 files each have combinations of alpha, theta and delta harmonics which create beneficial changes in brain activity and changes in consciousness, when listened to using headphones.

 The harmonic frequencies are generated with absolute accuracy for maximum effect and they have been extensively tested for safety and effectiveness.

Using a technique called frequency flowing, it has been proven, with brainwave technology, that these combinations of harmonics can create changes in consciousness and brain activity.

Mind Sync MP3’s do not contain music or subliminal messages. It has been widely proven that brainwave entrainment, or synchronization, is not effective when it is embedded in music, or accompanied by subliminal messages.

Modern life is full of stresses, anxieties, worries and demands. It is now widely acknowledged that mediation can help those that practice it control and release these emotions. But many people find meditation difficult. They find it hard to let go of their over active minds and find that their thoughts wander to their daily activities, when they should be deeply relaxed. Mind Sync’s Meditation MP3 provides the exact frequencies that guarantee to alter your minds state, in only 8 minutes. The programme lasts for 20 minutes and works every time that you use it. Continued practice will help you improve your health, your family life, even your job prospects.

The Mind Sync Sleep Improvement MP3 can be the answer to the troubles of the problem sleeper. Whether you have problems getting to sleep, or wake up repeatedly during the night, or sleep for 8 hours and still feel tired, the Sleep Improver can solve all of these problems. The theta harmonics used in the program can reduce the amount of sleep that you require and make you feel more refreshed and energized. Repeated use of the program can reduce your sleep requirement to 6 hours per night.

We have already discussed the stresses of modern life. They come at you from all angles your work, your family, money troubles, you name it. And stress is a killer, it is not only an emotional issue, it affects your body in numerous ways. The heart and blood vessels, the immune system, the lungs, the digestive system, the sensory organs, and brain are all in a constant state of readiness to meet the perceived danger that stress induces. In the long term this can be fatal, as it can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other organ failures.

The Mind Sync Stress Reducer uses a combination of alpha waves that produce immediate relaxation of the mind and body. The program lasts for 20 minutes, but the relaxation lasts longer and it works every time that you use it.

Each Mind Sync program can be bought individually, or you can buy a combination pack of all three of the modules discussed here and receive a big discount on the price of buying them separately.

Subliminal Audio

As an alternative to Mind Sync Brain Entrainment you may have heard of subliminal messaging.

Many people have a bad perception of subliminal messaging. This is mainly because, at one point, it was used as a means of advertising to TV viewers and listeners, without their permission. This is now in fact illegal, but using subliminal messaging for your own positive benefit, with your permission, is perfectly safe and legal.

You can purchase CDs and MP3s of subliminal courses for a wide variety of self improvement issues. They work in a similar way to hypnosis, in that the positive messages are sent to your subconscious mind. They build up there over time and help you to change your self beliefs, thoughts, and patterns of behaviour.

There is nothing dark or sinister about the messages, they just help you to change your thoughts, behaviour and beliefs in a positive way, while you simply listen to some relaxing sounds, like the ocean, a roaring fire or the wind. You can listen to them while you do other things, like work, exercise, drive or even while you sleep. They work in a similar way to affirmations, except that they go straight to your subconscious mind and do not have to wrestle with your conscious mind to get through.

Have you tried affirmations? I have and never really received much benefit. For example I was asked to use an affirmation “All is right with my world” of course what instantly happened was my conscious mind immediately listed all that was wrong with my world. Subliminal messages do not have to negotiate with that consciousness.

Subliminal audios are available to help you to cure bad habits and help with health issues like helping to quit smoking, cure obsessive eating, and lose weight, as well as self development and learning issues. You can even use them to help learn to play a musical instrument or learn to sing. There are in fact well over 200 self help courses, so literally something for everyone.

As an example, the Stop Smoking series uses the following messages at a level above your conscious hearing:-

• I am free from my smoking addiction
• I have overcome my smoking habit
• My willpower is rock solid
• I breathe easier and feel healthier every day
• I am more motivated than ever to stay off cigarettes
• I stay strong against cravings
• I always resist the temptation to smoke
• I easily resist my cravings
• I have quit smoking forever
• I have clean and healthy lungs and love being smoke free

So you can see they are only statements that you need to make to yourself in order to beat a bad habit.

To sum up, you can change your behaviour and beliefs in a positive way, while doing other things and beat any negative thoughts from your conscious mind. What more do you need to go ahead and try it?

Well how about a completely free trial. Yes you can try 3 courses for free. We will send them to you along with a guide on how to get the most benefits from the courses. Simply click on the link below enter your details and you will be able to try them today.

Serotonin for Sleep

Many people that suffer with sleep problems do not have enough serotonin for sleep. Most people know that low levels of serotonin affect your mood and can lead to depression. What most people do not realize is that sleep and serotonin are so closely related.

Sleep problems are very common, in fact it is estimated that one third of the worlds population are dangerously sleep deprived and an even greater number will suffer from sleep problems either infrequently or temporarily. This can lead to many other far reaching problems.

The obvious problems that most of us are aware of are irritability and exhaustion. But other issues, that many suffer with, but do not associate with their sleep problems and low levels of serotonin, include severe headaches, pessimism and lack of vitality, light headedness, nausea and muscle discomfort, appetite irregularities, either starvation or lack of appetite, stress and inability to complete tasks, no matter how small, lack of focus and at the extreme end of the scale, rage, ADHD (Attention deficit hyper-activity disorder), loss of memory and hallucinations.

Low levels of serotonin for sleep can also be a contributory factor in Sleep Apnea (abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep). Serotonin in the body regulates the contraction and relaxation of blood vessels. It is well known, that malfunctions in the cardiovascular system have a major affect on Sleep Apnea and that increasing serotonin levels in the blood has a direct positive affect on Sleep Apnea.

Many factors can lead to low levels of serotonin in the body including use of prescription medications and over consumption of alcohol and caffeine. Physical conditions can also produce low levels of serotonin for sleep and mood, such as increased levels of stress, lack of sleep, lack of exposure to sunlight, lack of exercise and a poor diet. You will notice that many of those contributory factors are also mentioned as symptoms of low levels of serotonin. So it is a vicious circle that sufferers of depression and sleep disorders need to break.

Another benefit of increasing serotonin levels in the body is that it kills pain. For this reason anti-depressants are often prescribed for chronic pain sufferers. Increasing serotonin in the body eases pain, partly because it improves your mood and makes pain less noticeable, but it also blocks the perception of pain in the brain and increases the flexibility of veins, arteries and capillaries. Of course the fact that it improves sleep is another factor in dealing with pain and recovery.

So if you are suffering with low levels of serotonin for sleep, depression, stress, anxiety or pain, how do you go about increasing your levels of serotonin to help you overcome any or all of these ills?

Well doctors liberally dispense prescriptions for anti-depressants; Prozac is arguably one of the most well known drugs in the world. Anti depressants operate by reducing the amount of serotonin that is taken up by the neurons of the brain, so that there is more serotonin around in the body. Most anti-depressants are termed SSRIs, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.

But many people are not keen to take anti-depressants and get them selves hooked, quite often for life. So they would prefer a more natural method of increasing their serotonin levels. This can be achieved with some lifestyle changes.

Physical exercise is known to increase serotonin levels and meditation brings on calmness, reduces stress and anxiety, eases pain and stops those issues stealing your valuable serotonin.

However many people find meditation difficult to begin with. They are not used to relaxing their minds and find it difficult to reduce their brain activity and produce those theta brainwaves that are required. This is where the Mind Sync MP3’s can help. You simply download the MP3 and listen to it through headphones and in around 8 minutes the frequencies are guaranteed to alter you minds state. The program lasts for 20 minutes and the benefit of that induced relaxation can be felt throughout your day.

You can access the Mind Sync MP3s from the link below and download them immediately. So you could be relaxing and increasing your serotonin levels for sleep within minutes.

Bear in mind that the cost of the MP3 is probably less than the cost of a single prescription for an anti depressant and you can use the MP3 over and over again without ever paying again and there is no danger of overdosing or over medicating.