The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection – The Pathway to Self Healing

What are the causes of illness?

Thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs trigger a range of emotions from happiness to sadness, joy to despair. Emotions affect the body, either positively (strengthening it) or adversely (weakening it).

Emotional stress is a big factor in causing physical distress–such as headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain. Hawaiian shaman, Serge Kahili King, is the author of several books on self-healing. He discusses the effects of stress in his book, Instant Healing Now. He emphasizes: “Chronic stress held in the body for long periods of time can lead to major pain and serious illness.”

Intense fears can cause breakdown of cellular tissue, or blockages in vital organs. Unresolved emotions from our past can be buried deeply within vital organs, muscles and bones. Ongoing stressful situations pile on emotions into weakened areas. Eventually, the immune system is compromised and cannot function normally. The body begins to break down and can become diseased.

Doubts and fears are based on negative beliefs. Negative “beliefs” can cause illnesses. Strong beliefs, such as going out with wet hair will cause a cold; or, thinking: “If someone sneezes/coughs on me I will catch their cold” — can create a cold.

The lost healing arts of the ancestors

In ancient cultures, the medicine man or shaman used a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach, which meant complete healing of the patient on all levels–physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But now, we rely solely on physicians to heal our bodies. We have lost the necessary co-treatment of mind and spirit.

Limitations of our culture’s healing practices

While physicians are dedicated to easing pain, suffering, and saving lives–traditional medical training is limited to the treatment of physical symptoms. The only choices a doctor usually has are surgery and medications. In many cases, surgery can be life-saving. Medications can help to stabilize the patient, as in insulin treatment and high-blood pressure medications.

Yet, invasive techniques and pills aren’t the answer for everyone. Serious side-effects can and often do occur from standard medical options. Deepak Chopra, M.D., former Chief of Staff at New England Memorial Hospital, is a prolific author of books on the mind-body connection. In his tape series “Magical Mind, Magical Body” he mentions a report in an AMA Medical Journal, which stated that 30% of all illnesses are a direct result of prescribed medication. Others purport it to being higher, as high as 50%. Add to that the medication mistakes, and bacterial dangers of our hospitals, which do cause many unnecessary serious illnesses and deaths.

What we need to know modern medicine and the holistic healing approach

Dr. Chopra and a few other well-known physicians now embrace the holistic approach to healing as a way to expand the impact and effectiveness of conventional medicine. They have discovered that when emotional cause of an illness is also dealt with in some way, a patient is more apt to be completely healed, with no recurrence of the problem.

Dr. Chopra believes that correctly channeled, the mind has enormous power. It can make us depressed or joyful, sluggish or dynamic. He tells about a researcher who visited a ward of heart attack patients to discover if emotional distress might be a factor in heart disease. When interviewed, each patient told a story about a life situation that had “broken their heart.”

Dr. Chopra teaches that every cell in the body has consciousness. He says that you do not think with your brain alone. “Cells in the body pick up the slightest shift of mood and they respond accordingly. Think confidently and your body becomes strong for you. Think negatively and your body goes weak.” Dr. Chopra also says that cells have a limited shelf life. Before dying, each cell must program its consciousness into the new cell that takes its place. If the dying cell has taken on a program of disease or damage, this message gets imprinted or passed on into the freshly birthed cell. He stresses that cellular memory can be changed. Reprogramming can be done to imprint replacement cells with health and vigor instead of disease or injury.

Patients who feel hopeless might have more difficulty in healing because they already feel like victims. However, when it is discovered that a past emotional problem set-up an illness, a person then has power over it. The mind can be used to heal the body!

Dr. Bernie Siegel, a cancer specialist, is one of many physicians who have begun to look into mind-body connections to pain and illness. He was frustrated by the methods taught in medical school. He felt like a mechanic working on machines, instead of a true healer.

Dr. Siegel researched alternative healing methods. In his book, Love, Medicine and Miracles, he says that our state of consciousness and disease are inseparable. He tells many stories about his patients and how their minds influenced illness and healing, dying or living. He emphasizes that he has seen time and time again, how we sensitize the target organs of our bodies in a form of negative biofeedback. Dr. Siegel now includes visualizations, affirmations, art therapy, and understanding the messages of dreams in his healing work.

Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing, is another physician/author teaching about the mind-body-spirit connection. Dr. Weil says that spontaneous healing is not a miracle or lucky exception. It is the result of the natural healing system that is our birthright. He believes that stress and negative influences are the cause of many illnesses. He studied botany and uses of healing herbs because he had a problem with prescribing traditional medicine–about which he states:

• “Patients are exposed to risk because medicine is toxic and can create serious side effects.”

• “Prescribed medications strengthened disease processes instead of resolving them.”

Dr Bruce Lipton, a world-famous cell biologist, author of The Biology of Beliefs, states that we do not have to believe that we are victims of our genetics. His pioneering work with stem cells proved to him that it is the individual’s environment that causes 95% of distress, pain and illness. He stresses that one can reverse illness through changing ones beliefs; and that one can heal by transforming past memories from negative to positive. His colleague, Gregg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing of Beliefs, agrees wholeheartedly.

Carolyn Myss, PhD., a medical intuitive, “looks” into a patient’s body and “sees” illness and its cause. In her book, Why People Don’t Heal And How They Can, she states that forgiveness is necessary for healing. Letting go of the past releases patterns locked in the body.

Louise Hay recovered from cancer after her teacher helped her to let go of anger and resentment about a childhood rape. In her book: Heal Your Body, Louise teaches that the body tries to alert you to internalized stress through the metaphorical language of illness and pain.

The diagnosis of cancer is frightening. But one does not need to die of this disease. In a serious cancer study, researchers interviewed thousands of people who had cancer. They found that many of these people had suffered a great loss, then had buried this unresolved loss deep within. This can be a loss of a loved one, money, or career, or even loss of one’s identity. (Examples: A woman who dedicates herself to husband and family, but has given no credence to her own needs or personal identity. A person who has lost a beloved home to foreclosure. The man who lost most of his money in a stock market recession.)

Self-healing, holistic alternatives

Those who have a serious physical condition should first seek a medical diagnosis and have diagnostic tests done. Then, take yourself out of the role of the victim of circumstances. You can empower yourself and take control of your life and body. Be intuitively open to discovering a possible emotional cause/connection to your physical problems. To get the process started: meditate daily. Program your dreams. Every night, ask your dreams for information and guidance about your condition. Do this for at least thirty nights in a row. You don’t have to remember your dreams to get help from them. Simply be aware of intuitions that lead you to the right alternative healer, the perfect book, and so on.

Read holistic books on self-healing. Seek out alternative healing approaches. Ask your doctor for referrals to alternative health care professionals. A reputable holistic, or alternative healer can work hand-in-hand with a doctors and the medical diagnosis to aid the patient in his or her own healing.

Be knowledgeable about your choices. There are so-called “healers” who claim to be professionally trained and certified–but are not. Always request and carefully check the practitioners’ credentials. Be sure to ask how many years of experience they have had and the results achieved. Ask for references from their clients. Check out their websites. Do a Google Search on them.

Holistic healing is available for all levels of the self — mind, body and spirit.

Some of the following list is broken down into separate categories pertaining to one level of self, yet many of the methods address and affect all levels. The wise person will seek out one or more from each category.

Spirit:

• Prayer

• Meditation

• Healing Visualizations

• Affirmations

• Guided Imagery

• Healing Dreams

Body:

There is a vast range of techniques and methods for body health.

• Nutrition counseling

• Herbal therapies

• Homeopathy

• Naturopathy

• Aromatherapy

There is also the field of bodywork, which encompasses hands-on healing methods such as:

• Acupuncture

• Therapeutic massage

• Therapeutic Touch

• Cranial-sacral work

• Reflexology.

• Reiki

• Myofascial release

Mind:

Traditional psychotherapy and psychiatry are not the only choices one has for transforming emotional states, or for healing past memories.

There are many excellent alternative therapies which utilize one’s own unconscious mind to resolve mental, emotional, or physical distress:

• Hypnotherapy,

• Biofeedback

• Psych-K

• NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

• EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also called Meridian Tapping

• Shamanistic Practices – Soul Retrieval; Journeying Within

• Dreamwork

NLP is a good option for all aspects of working with the mind-body connection. NLP Master Practitioners help a client eliminate blocks to success, heal imprints, change limiting beliefs, help the client discover the hidden causes of anxiety and depression. NLP practitioners have expertise in healing one’s inner child/younger selves of traumatic memories.

EFT / Meridian Tapping, is a wonderful technique for releasing stuck emotions in minutes. This method also works to ease or eliminate pain, change beliefs, heal the past and more! It involves a specific proceedure of tapping on accupressure points. Once learned from a teacher or website, it is quite simple to do on your own.

Shamanistic Practices — Countless holistic practitioners, worldwide, have studied with professional shamans, and now offer mind-body-spirit healing techniques such as shamanic journeys into one’s psyche, soul retrieval, and healing through metaphor and symbolism.

Dreamwork – This is a magical way to do self-healing. One can undertake a Therapeutic Dreaming Quest. For thirty nights, ask for the same thing every night. Ask to be healed. Ask for help from Spirit. Along the way you may receive dreams that provide information about the cause(s) of your illness or pain. These dreams may come in the form of nightmares. Do not be alarmed by these. They are bringing awareness from deep in the subconscious to your conscious mind. The “Dream Decipher Process”TM is a great method for interpreting your dreams.

But even if you never remember a single dream, the guidance you seek will come to you during the day in other ways. Allow the insights to flow in. Act on them.

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Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness And The Search For Powerful New Health

The mind-body-spirit debate has developed into a well known researched fact over the past decade. While there has always been some amount of contribution given to the mindset of any patient, only recently has the concept of caring for the “entire self” become a common practice in today’s modern medicine and prevention programs. Mind-body-spirit wellness has reached new levels of inclusive factors for today’s health conscious individuals. Holistic health has finally reached acceptance in many offices of doctors and practitioners of medicine.

The power of caring for one’s entire body is really quite impressively powerful. Individuals who have opted for total mind-body-spirit wellness have been able to determine great levels of health and energy within their own framework by allowing their entire being into account. Studies on the power of the mind have shown some shocking results, the effects have been proven to be of course, mind-blowing.

Holistic health is essential in providing high quality total care for your self, your family, and your overall well being. Studies have proven that holistic health practices have dramatically reduced the number and frequency of illnesses related to common every day exposure. School children living in mind-body-spirit wellness focused homes miss less than half of the school days due to illness than that of their classmates still living in traditional Western medicine focused homes.

Accounts of real world individuals being able to provide testimony to the effects of holistic health practices on their daily lives are continuously increasing. Many individuals offer that the mind-body-spirit wellness approach to life has given them not only their physical health back, but their emotional health as well. For those who place more emphasis on the testimony of physicians and health care practitioners, there are an increasing number of offices that practice mind-body-spirit wellness as part of their routine care.

Holistic health and the mind-body-spirit wellness approach to life has also opened up a while new industry for the entrepreneurial spirit. Many manufacturers feel that it has been nothing short of a blessing to fully endorse their product without doubting the word of their advertisers. There is a vast and endless ocean of new and improved products which adhere to holistic health practices and principles which have emerged onto the market as of late, and for the most part, these products actually do what they say they are going to do. Of course, we wouldn’t be an enterprising society if a few unscrupulous manufacturers didn’t sneak in there for their piece of this multi billion dollar industry. Our culture responded appropriately by deeming specific authorities on the topic to be the final word in quality and effectiveness.

By developing institutes that focus completely on mind-body-spirit wellness and awareness, there has been a successful and remarkable overhaul in the basic integrity of holistic health materials and products. While of course there are still some scam factories out there, the vast majority of holistic health companies want to be part of this ever growing, popular, and health enhancing trend that is changing the lives and souls of everyone involved.

Holistic health products that are able to make claims of providing “miracle” results are generally not considered to be authentic products endorsed or even recognized by any authority of holistic health practices. Rather, while there have been case reports regarding “miraculous results” on an individual basis, the mind-body-spirit wellness community does not promote grand promises but instruction, focus, and of course, directives that help individuals enhance their mind-body-spirit connection. Very few products on the holistic health market today receive genuine endorsements or “approval” from these authorities. Those that do have not only been proven to deliver what they promise, but also meet a strict standard of what constitutes and actual holistic health product.

As the mind-body-spirit wellness and awareness movement grows and matures over the next few years, there is bound to be growth in numerous areas of product development. What has reached the market now can be considered to be some remarkable enhancements in the holistic health practice. In fact, there have been a few products which not only earn the endorsement of leading authorities, but actually are not expected to be able to be produced better than they are right now. This is a pretty bold statement considering that technology and education will never be static yet those few products out there that are being praised and sung by the leading authorities have literally taken the holistic health product market by storm.

Our society will most likely continue the never ending search for powerful new health remedies and holistic health products which enhance the mind-body-spirit wellness experience with great enthusiasm and vigor over the next ten years. After all, what is considered a relatively new phenomenon in this country has been considered to be tradition in other societies for centuries. There is a wealth of knowledge waiting for us to uncover as time goes by.

The mind-body-spirit wellness movement and the holistic health practices that are now finally being viewed as medical advancements will continue to offer our society a new way of looking at health, not to mention a vast assortment of new health treatments. This can only be considered to be good news for those who suffer from chronic conditions, serious health problems and illnesses, or the healthy who wish to remain that way.

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Understanding Mind Body Spirit – The Trinity Explained

The mind is very active, and when it chooses to be separated and conflicting it can only perceive. It does desire to know, and chooses carefully out of uncertainty when it perceives. Even when we think about the process of our mind body spirit, we see it in a physical sense, often relating it to our brain, rather than our connection to the universe.

Mind body spirit is union while in this world, and You as the One whole Mind of God are the Trinity eternally.

God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are each a level in the whole Mind of God, the Trinity explained, and are the only levels capable of Unity.

The part of your mind that will hang onto perception can not separate itself from spirit, and will be joyfully bridged over to knowledge. Spirit is where the power to create abides, and the more it creates, the more mind body spirit perception will cross the bridge to knowledge. Knowledge will increase.

It is the total, undeniable truth that you are. This is not perceived by us; but it is known.

It is important to respect the laws that rule the physical universe as a reflection of Who we are beyond the material world, spirit and soul, if you will. I mean that violation of these laws threatens our mind body spirit survival.

Internally– meaning within our true essence, or spirit and soul, that inner altar where we abide– is the universe that supports our survival as well, both emotionally and psychologically. The internal equivalent to oxygen is love, which comes from our spirit

The universe I talk about here does not entail the stars, moon, and the galaxies we gaze at on a beautiful night.

The universe I speak of here is literally meant to mean “all that is real.” Of course externally, the physical universe we can see does support our physical existence.

All things made by the separation are in conflict, because they are meaningless to each other. Their only function is for themselves. In the Trinity explained, Spirit has no conflicting degrees that are either measured or translated.

Perception needs translation and transcending, but knowledge does not.

It becomes in the service of spirit, where perception is changed. This will produce gradual overriding of perception by knowledge, when truth is tapped into. When truth and knowledge are one you will know this as spirit, or many like to say, spirit and soul, and more clearly understand the Trinity explained.

Often we try to ask our human thinking for the Trinity explained, but as we humans are we get caught up in misperceived notions. Because it brings your mind body spirit into areas of uncertainty, perception in general always involves some misuse of your mind. Otherwise it wouldn’t be perception.

When truth and knowledge are one you will know this as spirit, or many like to say, spirit and soul, and more clearly understand the Trinity explained.

The part of your mind that will hang onto perception can not separate itself from spirit, and will be joyfully bridged over to knowledge. Spirit is where the power to create abides, and the more it creates, the more mind body spirit perception will cross the bridge to knowledge.

Photosynthesis in plants and plankton in the ocean produce oxygen that we need in order to breathe.

The function of perception is to interpret. This permits you to misinterpret your body as who you truly are, in an attempt to escape from the conflict you made.

Perception in general always involves some misuse of your mind because it brings your mind body spirit into areas of uncertainty. Even when we think about the process of our mind body spirit, we see it in a physical sense, often relating it to our brain, rather than our connection to the universe.

They are discovered through spirit and soul. They are not dependent on our body or spirit. Spirit is merely one with these laws, and when understood, the Trinity explained.

The laws of the universe merely describe the way things truly are. The laws were not invented by man.

What these egos might perceive as an attack from knowledge is that knowledge can not lose; but the attacker is really perception in conflict. Your mind will return to its proper function, leaving behind all your subordinate functions the ego– which is all about the body, made, only when it wills to know.

Other ego minds might perceive knowledge as an attacker, though it can not attack.

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Why Are Adult Coloring Books So Popular?

The coloring books for adults have intricate patterns to color. Some say these are psychologically based patterns to relieve tension. Actually, it’s the coloring we do that causes us to relax and as a result these books are extremely popular.

Years ago, I remember catching my wife coloring away with a quiet yet enthusiastic demeanor when I came home from work early around 4:00pm. She was sitting with our three children (all under 8 years at the time and all quietly coloring) in our den. I went up to give her my usual hello kiss and didn’t get her attention right away as she was totally absorbed coloring.

“Oh you’re home early?” she said continuing to color.

“Yeah, what’s up?”

“We’re just keeping out of trouble… , kids like to color… ” I didn’t think much about her enthusiasm at the time, and was happy she was having a break.

Remember the Wham-O’s Hula Hoop rage where millions found a lot of enjoyment and fun with such a simple hoop. But coloring is different? It’s more individualistic and peaceful to yourself and others around you. Adult coloring now is a rage for adults in the modern world.

I researched adult coloring and read the back and forth movement of the crayon, colored pencil, or marker does in fact have a calming effect since it requires the use of both sides of the brain causing neurons to reinforce their connections between both sides while shutting down the frontal lobe which controls organization. So, a feeling of balance occurs after a stressful day. Coloring gives relief to the daily demands of attention focusing at work, stress of everyday life, information overload, intense competition, intense play, intense everything at times.

Johanna Basford’s, “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book” seems to have started the adult coloring book rage in 2011. This book may be a collector’s item someday – like an original hula hoop.

Basford, a Scottish commercial artist doing a lot of intricate black and white patterns for wallpapers, beer bottles, wine labels was originally asked to do a children’s coloring book but she convinced her British publisher to have her do an adult coloring book since her clients enjoyed coloring in her patterns. Well, we all know after two million copies were sold, Johanna found a new niche for adults to enjoy worldwide.

Johanna doesn’t use computers to assist her drawings as she believes computer generated works are soulless.

Her success speaks for itself as she does work for Sony, Chipotle, Absolute Vodka and other major clients from her little studio in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Her original book shows signs of the Brodick Castle Gardens on the Isla of Arran where Johanna played as a child.

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Coloring Books For Adults – How Can It Help Me?

Adult coloring books are all the buzz of late. It is clear that it revolves around colored pencils or crayons and coloring pages. But, it is just coloring, right? How can something like staying within the lines be a benefit to me?

I grew up during the time of doodle art – remember those? You got a pack of felt markers and elaborate black line drawings on a number of themes. I would spend hours coloring these in! Little did I know then that coloring pages were a benefit to my well-being.

Well, apparently they were back then and still are today for people of all ages.

People are making the adult coloring books bestsellers on Amazon! At the time of this writing, eight of the top twenty books on the bestsellers list, are coloring books for adults. There must be something behind this recent growth in interest.

The themes of adult coloring books are usually intricate and centered more around adult images, not your childhood counterparts that included bunnies, super heroes, and farm animals. You would expect to see geometric patterns, psychedelic patterns reminiscent of doodle art type pages, fantasy images including angels, dragons, goddesses and mermaids, and ancient designs of religious and spiritual nature.

So why the fascination, and how can they help you?

In the most basic sense, the act of applying colored media to intricate line drawings is a benefit to relaxation and stress reduction. You are able to put the outside world aside for the moment and focus on the art of coloring singularly.

Studies have shows that anxiety levels dropped in adults that colored. They did note that simple doodling had no affect on anxiety. The focus on coloring and switching off the brain allows that blocking of anxiety in the moment. Coloring does not have a need for complicated thought processes and like listening to calming music, you are able to get within yourself, isolated from external anxiety, commotion, and distractions.

The repetitive, low-stress, and “no brainer” act of color lends itself to relaxation. The calming effects not only helps to reduce stress levels, but also can help to bring you back to your youth.

The awesome part is that anyone can do it will no skill set required! Grab a crayon and you are good to go. You can make it even more enjoyable and have your kids or grandkids color with you. Depending on the age of the young ones they may be interested in the adult coloring books, others still wanting to color a cow, astronaut, or pretty flower arrangement.

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Choosing the Perfect Coloring Pages

May be you might be full-time professional or may be a businessman or an educator or a parent, everyone is determined to give something interesting and appealing to his or her kids, after his or her school work. If you are interested to provide some printable pages to your kids – those were created in order to be colored. Thanks to the available services that are provided by the internet, you can teach your kids or pupils how to use the online coloring because this online activity may increase their creativity levels for good. The online coloring is the perfect educational entertainment and it will greatly enrich your child’s own artistic view.

This creative art that is transferred to the children by providing very productive coloring sheets is aimed to cope up with his/her constant search for the latest things and subjects. For instance, you can choose a special coloring topic such as Christmas; by choosing a special topic, you will help the child learn more about a specific matter. This matter will be depicted on the page thus developing the child’s coloring skills; the fine motor and coloring skills will thus be developed because these skills are highly important especially when dealing with the preschoolers.

The kids – who are advancing their skills by continuously using coloring pages, one day, will be in a position to handle the school assignments dexterously. For instance, the holiday coloring sheets will offer your child the necessary opportunity in order to gain a more positive attitude towards life in general. The child will also gain a new and independent view on everything happens around him/her and this new attitude will be extremely helpful when dealing with future adult matters. The perfect coloring pages that can be found on different sites, which offer your child the appropriate outlet in order to express everything he wants without making mistakes or fearing about something.

Coloring is truly an inspiring hobby that greatly assists your kids to communicate his feeling about the world, he is beholding around. The child will thus become able to see various blank figures that will come to life thanks to his online coloring; this is actually the main purpose when it comes to complete the online coloring that can stimulate your child’s mind in a positive and creative manner. The child will also learn about various shapes and colors that will be used during the coloring process and he is more likely to feel accomplished when finishing the coloring.

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Disney and Christmas Characters Coloring Pages

Whether you are a parent or you are a preschool teacher you need to know the tricks to keep your kids engaged in activities which not help in building their creative abilities but also provide them the best opportunities of indulging in fun. Trying to find such activity becomes difficult when you are least aware of the coloring pages available for free (as most of them are available for free online). Internet is a hub of a variety of Disney and Christmas coloring pages which can be easily downloaded and printed for free. These coloring pages help in sustaining the interests of kids for a good length of duration. Moreover, it doesn’t carry any kind of risk or potential harm to kids while coloring.

Children who lack intellectual maturity and emotional satisfaction can be appreciated through the assignment of task involving coloring their favorite characters. In the beginning they may start up with whacky coloring but eventually their skills tend to enhance. They gain emotional satisfaction and also build up essential motor skills like concentration of eyes and hand, hand dexterity etc. it is a kind of wholesome enjoyable task. Most kids love Disney characters very much and when they get their hands onto coloring they forget everything else. They become like angels and always try to express their best by coloring.

Similarly Christmas Eve coloring pages are very popular during this season. They involve a variety of brightful colors. Kids learn color coordination by eventually thinking about what color pairs best with the other. They learn about the natural colors. The funniest part to it is that not only kids enjoy coloring but adults also love coloring these pages. There are numerous websites over the internet which also offer online coloring to both kids and adults for free. There are articles too to read, tips on coloring and make effective patterns or designs.

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Winnie the Pooh Free Coloring Pages – Educational and Fun!

Whether you are a preschool teacher or a parent, you will only be all too aware of the need to keep your children constantly occupied and amused, otherwise they will get restless, agitated and irritable. Trying to do find an activity that will sustain their interest for any reasonable length of time as well as one that will not actually pose any level of risk or danger to the child can be a task easier said than done. Contrary to what you may think, children are not involved in a mass conspiracy designed specifically to make your life as difficult as possible, rather, they lack the emotional and intellectual maturity to appreciate that certain activities are wrong, or are “naughty” because they are dangerous.

Winnie the Pooh coloring pages are often looked upon with something bordering upon blind devotion and love with many adults because the Winnie the Pooh coloring pages are without a doubt, an excellent means of keeping youngsters amused. However, as wholesome and enjoyable as Winnie the Pooh coloring pages are and maybe, even Pooh bear can potentially pose a threat to the children. Winnie the Pooh coloring pages will by their very essence, require the presence of crayons, pens or pencils in which the child can color in the pages and so if left unsupervised there is always a very real risk that they may end up trying to eat the tools or use them in an equally haphazard manner. Before you buy any Winnie the Pooh coloring pages, make sure you check the coloring implements that come attached with it. If they are crayons, make sure that they are non-toxic ones so that in the event that your child should accidentally swallow them then the damage will be minimal.

Children are actually far more resilient than we give them credit for that said however, it is only natural that we as adults and care providers want to make sure that proper precautions are being used and implemented in order to prevent any potential harm befalling the children. Winnie the Pooh coloring pages are an excellent way to help your children learn about boundaries, i.e. what they can and cannot do. They are also more of an investment than a purchase if truth be told for one simple reason: it is far better that the children color in the Winnie the Pooh coloring pages as opposed to your expensive wallpaper!

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Three Reasons Why Orthopedic Rehab Is Helpful

If you have ever had a surgery or serious injury, you know that it can be physically exhausting to recover properly. Most surgeries or major traumas require specific exercises and protocols. Orthopedic rehab is designed to deal specifically with injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. Issues in this field often include sports accidents, such as torn tendons and broken bones, tumors, and even infections. Following a recovery protocol specific to your injury and operation can help you to recover faster and more fully. Here are three reasons why.

Regain Function

After a serious injury or medical condition, our bodies often attempt to compensate for the trauma. For example, when a person limps, it is an attempt to take pressure off of a damaged body part. As a result of this natural compensation, the muscles and tendons surrounding the injured area can often weaken or atrophy from lack of use. This is further exacerbated following an operation. Orthopedic rehab helps the patient focus on strengthening the repaired body part and the area surrounding it. Without a directed recovery, most patients will continue to favor the injury, resulting in a lifelong limp, hitch, crook, or other physical abnormality.

Prevent Injury

As discussed above, the human body will tend to protect a damaged area by shifting the workload to other limbs, tendons, or muscles. Even after the area has been surgically repaired, the human body will continue trying to shield it. If the body does not re-learn that the damaged body part is okay, the overuse of other areas could result in further accidents. This example is often seen in athletes with an injured leg or foot; in an attempt to protect the weakened area, the athlete puts more force into their cuts, pivots, or jumps with their good leg. This can result in damage to the strong leg or foot if too much strain is placed on it. Conversely, if the surgically repaired area is never re-strengthened, it is more apt to suffer the same failure as before through normal use. Orthopedic rehab can help patients regain the strength lost through trauma and an operation.

Avoid Surgery

In some cases, orthopedic rehab can help patients suffering from physical trauma avoid an operation altogether. This can be achieved through directed exercises or by altering how a person performs physical tasks. In the case of a weak back, a therapist might work with the patient on how to sit, stand, sleep, and bend over. The proper use of the back, coupled with specific exercises designed to strengthen the weakened area, can reduce the amount of pain a patient is feeling. In many cases, this approach can entirely solve any issues a patient is having, rendering surgery unnecessary.

In conclusion, orthopedic rehab can be helpful in resolving a number of physical ailments. Patients should wholeheartedly work with their physical therapists for a better recovery experience.

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Understanding Occupational Therapy

Much of what we know about proper practices and methodology in the world of occupational therapy is advanced by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA establishes the guidelines for practitioners in the United States. It publishes these guidelines, as well as general information about the practice, in their publication “Framework: Domain and Process.”

The most recent edition, the third edition, was released in 2008. The Framework is a guide for practitioners to assess patients’ needs and help them find better solutions to achieving their goals. It provides the structure for this assessment in three basic steps: Evaluation, Intervention, and Targeting of Outcomes.

Understanding the Framework will allow you to get the most out of your relationship with your medical professional and your treatment. By equipping yourself within the Framework, you can better achieve your goals.

Evaluation

Evaluation is the first part of the discovery process. On paper, the evaluation portion consists of finding out what a patient has done and is able to do. Your practitioner will want to find out what sorts of jobs you’ve held in the past, how you were able to perform those jobs, and whether or not your environment, coworkers, own work ethics, or outside factors contributed to your success or failure at that job. Your doctor might speak to you, people you’ve worked with, or family members to get a clearer picture of what is going to be suitable for you as a worker.

Intervention

According to the AOTA’s Framework, intervention is a collaborative process. After the interviews, you and your practitioner will work together to devise a plan that utilizes your personal strengths in the job market. Part of this plan is finding a compromise between your personal goals and the practical applications of this plan.

Intervention is an attempt to change some habit or action that previously kept you from success. Identifying unwanted or non-vital habits and replacing them with more desirable habits in a safe environment with lots of outside support helps increase the chances that these habits will be maintained as you move into the workforce.

Targeting of Outcomes

Occupational therapy acknowledges that adjusting to the workforce is an ongoing process. It might take multiple plans, or multiple attempts, before the original goals of the practitioner and client are met. This section of the Framework is meant to allow the doctor and patient to modify their approach and change any aspects of the evaluation or intervention plan.

For some people, occupational therapy is a single interaction between client and practitioner that creates a habit. For others, it is the beginning of a lifelong process, with doctor and patient constantly working in tandem to achieve ever-changing goals. In either situation, the hard work of both the specialist and patient leads to success. An understanding of this relationship can help navigate the varied decision-making involved in the day-to-day practice of occupational therapy. The Framework highlights the value of this relationship and can be a useful tool.

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