Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Massage Chairs with Reflexology Massage

By Claudine Balsells

The practice of reflexology massage has so far been traced back to the Egyptian times. The archaeology record shows reflexology massage being practiced as early as 2030 B. C. Our ancestors certainly understood complex relationships about the body. Reflexology is the practice of stimulating the hands or feet which relieves tension throughout the body. Many of these techniques are now being integrated into massage chairs.

Reflexology massage is an interesting field of study. The idea behind this type of therapy is that the hands and feet have special relationships with the major organs in the body. Certain areas of the hands and feet can be massaged and their corresponding organ releases tension.

Reflexology or zone therapy is the study of certain areas of the hands and feet and their corresponding relationship to other parts of the body. Reflexology uses zone maps to identify the regions in the hands and feet. Massage is provided to the areas of the feet or hands which then releases tension to its corresponding organ.

Reflexology is mainly focused on the release of tension in the body. When someone is under stress, they began to tense up. This means the muscles are held under tension for sometimes very long periods of time. This in turn leads to muscle fatigue.

We all go through points of stress in our lives. Many of the stresses we have our mental yet they cause the same reaction in our bodies as a physical threat. Our bodies are ready for action but most the time there is in action. However, the stiffness of the muscles will increase when we are under stress.

Just as our body has a self protect cycle, reflexology seems to be able to undo the effects of the self protect cycle. When you are under stress, blood goes to your major organs in your feet and hands are ready to act. Reflexology works from the hands and feet, which are in turn connected to specific organs.

Many massage chairs are integrating reflexology into their programs. Reflexology is used for the feet and contained in the leg rest. Reflexology points in the feet are targeted with small nodes. These nodes are gently pushed into the prescribed zone.

Massage chairs also utilize the air compression technology and may inflate an air bag underneath the reflexology to. When the airbag is activated, it will fill up pushing the reflexology nodes into the appropriate spot on the foot. Compression massage is used around the foot to hold it for targeting the reflexology point.

Massage chairs also have heating elements built into the leg rest. It facilitates blood flow and helps to reduce swelling. This is a nice complementary treatment to the reflexology massage.

Some massage chairs allow you to customize your foot massage. They come with reflexology nodes that are mounted on a footpad. Be footpad is a plate that can be taken out of the leg rest. Those who do not want to have their reflexology points stimulated can opt out.

The ancient art of reflexology massage and its associated benefits is slowly being replicated in massage chairs. As science begins to unravel the mysteries of traditional healing treatments such as reflexology they surely will be incorporated into the most advanced massage chairs.

The ancient art of reflexology concentrates on the hands and feet. These are normally activated when somebody is under stress. Reflexology seeks to release the tension that is prevalent under stress. It helps to release tension from the major organs by soothing the soft tissues of the hands or feet. These techniques are being replicated in massage chairs.

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