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STRESS SERIES 3 – STRESS RELIEVING METHODS

The body’s initial reaction to a crisis or threatening situation is to activate the “fight or flight” stress response, in which the sympathetic nervous system primes the body to take either confrontational or avoidance action.  In facing an emergency, the body...

STRESS SERIES 2 : STRESS RESILIENCE

The power of the mind is of extreme importance when dealing with high levels of stress.  Instead of succumbing to the dire effects of stress, the mind can be conditioned to channel stress into a positive experience. The general perception that stress negatively...

STRESS SERIES 1 – THE STRESS RESPONSE

When faced with stressful situations, the body develops a stress response, which involves interaction between different body systems to cope with the stressors.  The stress response starts in the brain, where cognitive appraisal of perceived threats and stressors...

THE CHEMISTRY OF EXERCISE

Any physical activity or movement of some sort, “activates” most of the physiological systems in the body, such as the respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems, as well as hormonal and immune responses. Regular exercise results in the inherent...

HAND OSTEOARTHRITIS

The human hand truly is an anatomical wonder, considering how much your use your hands daily, and all the different movements your wrists, hands, and fingers are capable of. Each hand and wrist has 27 little bones, which enables all the different movements. The bones...

STROKE IMPLICATIONS AND REHABILITATION

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death from natural causes in South Africa, closely following on the top three: TB, diabetes, and heart disease. This is according to the latest information available from Statistics SA, namely for 2016. In 2015, stroke was the...

SARCOPENIA

Growing old gracefully is not for the faint hearted, the brittle boned or the weak. Brittle bones due to osteoporosis, in combination with muscle loss (sarcopenia), can result in falls and broken bones. Muscle mass and strength, in particular, are very important to...

MEDICAL CANNABIS

"This year we will open up and regulate the commercial use of hemp products, providing opportunities for small-scale farmers; and formulate policy on the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes, to build this industry in line with global trends. The regulatory...

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