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August  2007 The Healthy Back and Neck





ARC4LIFE � THE HEALTHY BACK AND NECK NEWSLETTER





August 2007 - In This Issue-



  1. Article � How drinking enough water actually helps improve posture!
  2. Inspirational quote
  3. Inspirational story
  4. Posture tip of the month- The Problem with Forward Head Posture
  5. Featured product- Pronex Traction Unit


  1. How Drinking Enough Water Actually Helps Improve Posture!


    You may think �what!!, that doesn�t even make sense!, how can water help my posture�
    Well let me tell you. In between each bone of the spine (there are 24 by the way) there is a disc. Those discs are a gel like material that need to stay hydrated. To keep your discs fully hydrated one needs to make sure they take in an adequate amount of water. When your discs continually are dehydrated they break down quicker. We�ve all seen or know someone who was 6 foot tall then years later he or she had clearly lost height they used to have when they were younger and healthier. And when we get breakwn of the discs it will contribute to poor posture because our spine is not supported correctly. So, remember that person I just mentioned who seemed to have shrunk, well he or she looks even smaller because his/her posture is now more hunched over � head jutting forward, upper back and mid-back hunching, low back unable to straiten up. The disc space between each disc in total makes up 1/3 the height of the spine, so you can see how just a fraction of each disc being depleted can reduce you height and disrupt your posture immensely. Don�t let this happen to you!! The average person should drink 4-6 glasses of water per day. Not to mention, water also function in nearly every cellular function of your body, so don�t underestimate the power of H20!



    Did You Know?...

    • 75% of Americans, and most of the world population, are chronically dehydrated.
    • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
    • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
    • One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters
    • Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.
    • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
    • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
    • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
    • The human body can easily dehydrate itself, particularly on hot days, so you should not use thirst as an indicator of when you need to replenish your fluids. Keep a glass of water nearby throughout the day and refill it often.
    • Some people are afraid of drinking too much water but this only happens in very rare cases.
      Don�t underestimate the importance of drinking water�your body is depending on it daily.




  2. Inspirational Quote

    �The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.� - William James




    Testimonial of the month:


    My cervical traction neck pillow has precluded occurances of multiple nightly disrupted sleep deprivation episodes due to referred pain occuring in my arm and hand that caused painfully unpleasant sensations of "flaming pins and needles" that kept me literally up all night from herniated disc pain. This pillow is a godsend! I broke it in as suggested increasing my time lying in it until that blissful night when I slept pain-free all night long. Also for the first time in many months I have begun dreaming again nightly, and don't need to splash cold water on my face during my long nightly commute home due to the misery of constant exhaustion caused by unrelenting neck pain. My physical therapists were astonished by my progress. Today I placed my order for my Pronex traction unit. Can't wait to use it for maintaining these awe-inspiring gains permanently!

    Janis. B, 8/02/2007, South Grafton, Massachusetts




  3. Posture tip of the month

    Last month we talked about the most common postural misalignment � forward head posture. Sometimes without even having someone look at your posture you can feel your head is forward of where it should be.

    Some of you may even know because you�ve seen an xray of your neck you had taken. The picture shows a neck that protrudes forward or someone has looked at your posture in the past and told you about forward head posture. Maybe it was a chiropractor or physical therapist for example. In most cases individuals with forward head carriage have lost some of the proper neck curvature also.
    To learn more follow the Click here.



  4. Inspirational Story








    Inspirational Story Of The Month �

    (Names And Details Have Been Changed To Protect Privacy.)




    What Happens When You Multiply One Small Act Of Kindness By Twenty-Five Years?



    ����� Life can be difficult.

    ����� Waking up every day to the miserable sound of your alarm clock. Hitting� or more like POUNDING� the snooze button two, three, four or more times. Tired, you drag yourself out of bed, shower, get dressed, eat� and� begrudgingly limp off to another day�s work that you don�t want to do.

    �����After all, there are a ton of things you�d rather be doing than going to work, right?
    ����� That�s why it may be difficult to smile. Or be nice to everyone you come in contact with during the day. Heck, how many times has someone cut you off on the way to work and it made you so aggravated you wanted to scream?

    ����� Maybe you did. Or, maybe you bottled it all up inside and had a miserable day. ANOTHER miserable day.

    ����� Well, you are not alone.

    ����� Everyone feels that way from time to time, some more so than others. Many people just don�t seem to be nice to each other in the streets anymore. It�s evident from all the road rage incidents reported on the news.

    ����� But there is a way to live a happier and healthier life. And it�s not that difficult. In fact, it�s simple. As you will discover in this quick, true story�

    ����� Here�s the story: There is a very unique man by the name of Shaw Grigsby. You will know in just a minute why he is so unique, but first here�s a little background�

    ����� Shaw is a professional bass fisherman and host of the show, �One More Cast With Shaw Grigsby.� He is one of only four anglers to have won over $1,000,000 in B.A.S.S. (B.A.S.S. is a professional bass fishing organization) career earnings and ranks 4th on B.A.S.S. all time money list.

    ����� So, who cares about this fisherman, his show and how much money he has made? Good question. There is a very good answer�

    ����� Not too long ago, Shaw�s television show had an episode with a special guest. That guest was interviewed and said he was at church one day in South Carolina and everyone was clamoring about how Shaw Grigsby was speaking at their church that day.

    ����� When Shaw spoke, the first thing he did was ask if Doug Owden was in the crowd. Doug froze at first and didn�t say a word. Then Shaw asked if Doug Owden was in the crowd again. This time Doug raised his hand and said he was.

    ����� Shaw asked if he was the Doug Owden from Florida. The one who used to fish for black drum on the Swami river. Doug answered with a, �Yes sir.� Then Shaw asked if he remembered about 25 years ago helping a couple of random kids out? Taking the time to show these complete strangers how to fish and give them a couple of lures.

    ����� Doug thought back� and once again said, �Yes sir.�

    ����� Well, one of those kids was Shaw.

    ����� Shaw went on to thank him and explain how that act of kindness was one of the catalysts to him becoming the success he is today. Shaw and Doug have been friends ever since� and� Doug was the special guest on Shaw�s fishing show that day.
    ����� You know, many people don�t believe in karma; that what comes around goes around. They cite examples of good things happening to bad people� and bad things happening to good people as proof. And they may be right. Who knows?

    ����� But here�s one thing that is certain: It is important to live your life on the premise that everything that goes around does, indeed, comes around with the understanding that, no matter how �good� you are, you still may step out of your house and get hit by a car or lightening some day.

    ����� Really, what do you have to lose by striving to be kind, compassionate, honest, and civil?
    ����� And no matter how much time and effort you put into being �good�, you will inevitably fall short of moral perfection. So why even try? Simply, the act of trying is, all by itself, a great reward.

    ����� Doug Owden did not take time out of his day and help those two little kids to be rewarded 25 years later with a great friendship and an appearance on a nationally televised fishing show. He simply did it because it was the right thing to do.


    And that�s something we should all think about tomorrow morning when we reach for the snooze alarm.





    And that�s something we should all think about tomorrow morning when we reach for the snooze alarm. And don�t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your, questions at info@arc4life.com. We�re here to help, and don�t enjoy anything more than participating in your lifelong good health.



  5. Featured Product - The Pronex Pneumatic Cervical Traction Unit




    The Pronex Pneumatic Cervical Traction unit is special because it cradles the reclining patient's head and neck on two soft foam cushions. One cushion supports the occiput (base of the head) and the other rests against the upper trapezius (upper shoulder area). An air-inflated bellows between them and provides more than 20 lbs of continuously adjustable traction. As the bellows expands, it lifts the head upward supporting the cervical curve and maintaining an even distraction (stretch) in the anterior (front) and posterior (back) cervical discs. Patients have total control over the amount of traction applied. Squeezing an inflator bulb increases the pressure, a release knob gently reduces it. There's no strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).



    The Pronex Cervical traction is user friendly and without restraints. It is portable, comfortable and convenient. This traction device requires no assembly, no weights, no cables, no springs or levers. It's simply restraint free. It encourages regular use by patients at home, helping in breaking the chronic pain cycle.



    The special design of the Pronex Pneumatic Cervical traction unit gives anatomically correct traction. This cervical traction device supports the natural curve of the cervical spine (c-curve) and provides an even distraction in the anterior (front) and posterior (back) cervical discs.



    Receive a 10% discount when you purchase the Pronex Cervical Traction Unit- use discount code arc100



    Remember, we�re always here to help you live your life as comfortably as possible through innovative traction and support products to help your body heal and maintain the health you deserve.




    ALL THE WAY FROM THE UK: "Just wanted to let u know that I had a cervical anterieur dissectomie due to a prolapsed disc pressing on a root nerve. The cervical pillow helped me to rest my neck in a proper position before the operation; and the pillow is now also helping me after the ops......I just can' t sleep without it, it as definitely improved my posture and more importantly I wake up without pain. Many many thanks.!"

    Carol. S, 7/31/2007, London, United Kingdom




    Visit our Blog at Arc4life BLOG - Read all about Arc4life�s New Products, Product Commentaries, Case Histories and daily on-goings at Arc4life ! Read about how in the month of August our
    Cervical Traction Neck Pillow appeared on ABC�s Good Morning America !







    That's all for this month's newsletter

    Sleep Tight!

    Dr. Matt

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