Today practice on counting the organs and parts of your body that are working. Many parts are working well for you, COUNT THEM NOW! The most valuable thing to gain is INNER PEACE,can you afford not having it? You have infinite capacity for it,SEEK MORE PEACE NOW! Today practice on feeling one with the universe, as wind is one with the air or wave is one with the ocean. You are the universe! With ZEN,benefits will happen but don’t focus on future benefits, you are to be present HERE AND NOW.Just do it, changes will come! Today practice LIVING the FULL DAY:seeing,hearing,smelling,tasting,feeling WITHOUT JUDGING.BE FULLY PRESENT in all senses HERE&NOW! The highest power of SELF HEALING is found in helping others to heal.The ULTIMATE HIGH is in serving others selflessly. TRY IT NOW! You can quiet the chatter in mind by practice.If you think #ZEN is not for you, you are the best person to benefit from it,Try it! Be MINDFUL of millions of people living in refugee camps,unsafe with no comfort,I have seen it live,makes you more humble in life!! When you'r at your worst and feel you can't go on any more,there are millions that would change place with you in a second.REMEMBER Practice MINDFUL SHOWER! Next time you take a shower,Try to BE really there,Stop thinking and feel the flow of water on you,TRY IT!

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7 stretching & strengthening exercises for a frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is a condition in which the shoulder is stiff, painful, and has limited motion in all directions.

Stretching exercises are usually the cornerstone of treating frozen shoulder.

Always warm up your shoulder before performing your exercises. The best way to do that is to take a warm shower or bath for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also use a moist heating pad or damp towel heated in the microwave, but it may not be as effective.

In performing the following exercises, stretch to the point of tension but not pain.

1. Pendulum stretch

Do this exercise first. Relax your shoulders. Stand and lean over slightly, allowing the affected arm to hang down. Swing the arm in a small circle — about a foot in diameter. Perform 10 revolutions in each direction, once a day. As your symptoms improve, increase the diameter of your swing, but never force it. When you’re ready for more, increase the stretch by holding a light weight (three to five pounds) in the swinging arm.

2. Towel stretch

Hold one end of a three-foot-long towel behind your back and grab the opposite end with your other hand. Hold the towel in a horizontal position. Use your good arm to pull the affected arm upward to stretch it. You can also do an advanced version of this exercise with the towel draped over your good shoulder. Hold the bottom of the towel with the affected arm and pull it toward the lower back with the unaffected arm. Do this 10 to 20 times a day.

3. Finger walk

Face a wall three-quarters of an arm’s length away. Reach out and touch the wall at waist level with the fingertips of the affected arm. With your elbow slightly bent, slowly walk your fingers up the wall, spider-like, until you’ve raised your arm as far as you comfortably can. Your fingers should be doing the work, not your shoulder muscles. Slowly lower the arm (with the help of the good arm, if necessary) and repeat. Perform this exercise 10 to 20 times a day.

4. Cross-body reach

Sit or stand. Use your good arm to lift your affected arm at the elbow, and bring it up and across your body, exerting gentle pressure to stretch the shoulder. Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds. Do this 10 to 20 times per day.

5. Armpit stretch

Using your good arm, lift the affected arm onto a shelf about breast-high. Gently bend your knees, opening up the armpit. Deepen your knee bend slightly, gently stretching the armpit, and then straighten. With each knee bend, stretch a little further, but don’t force it. Do this 10 to 20 times each day.

Starting to strengthen

As your range of motion improves, add rotator cuff–strengthening exercises. Be sure to warm up your shoulder and do your stretching exercises before you perform strengthening exercises.

6. Outward rotation

Hold a rubber exercise band between your hands with your elbows at a 90-degree angle close to your sides. Rotate the lower part of the affected arm outward two or three inches and hold for five seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times, once a day.

7. Inward rotation

Stand next to a closed door, and hook one end of a rubber exercise band around the doorknob. Hold the other end with the hand of the affected arm, holding your elbow at a 90-degree angle. Pull the band toward your body two or three inches and hold for five seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times, once a day.

(Sourced from Harvard Medical School Health Publications)

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Acupuncture meridians

Acupuncture works and that is why it has stayed as a useful tool for thousands of years. But how does it work? Acupuncture is based on inserting very fine needles into a specific point on the body and stimulating that point either by rotation of needle, heat or a small electrical current. In the traditional Chinese Acupuncture, the philosophy of treatment is to stimulate certain points based on body map that can unblock the flow of energy (Chi or Qi) through some paths, or Meridians.Although we have not found evidence of these meridians by our scientific methods of evaluation, million of patients report improvement in different conditions, including pain using acupuncture each day. Today many neuroscience experts believe that the sensory stimulation of acupuncture needle releases some neurotransmitters in our body that have inhibitory effects on pain transmission.We all rub our knees when we bang our knee to a hard object and feel pain. We do that because we get relieve with creating a sensory message that on it's way going to our brain, can somehow block the passage of the knee pain message to brain. Scientists think that the Acupuncture method of effect maybe similar to this.There are some natural pain killers (endorphin) that our body make with relaxing and relieving effects. Acupuncture may be effective in increasing the secretion of this natural pain killer. Although Acupuncture is a practically safe method of treatment, it should be only practiced by trained and experienced professionals to avoid adverse events. If properly and safely used, it can be a good addition to your comprehensive inter-disciplinary method of pain management.

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You can take control of your MIND by controlling your thoughts. YOU ARE YOUR MIND! In our daily language we are reminded of this fact every day. What we call My hand, My leg, My eye are properties of our body that our mind claims them as MINE. We can lose any single one of them, lose a hand, a leg or an eye and still be there. But you are not sentenced to follow the same habits of your mind forever. Your mind is flexible and with practice you can create new habits. You can practice on a daily basis to bring up positive memories, thoughts and even positive emotions. The new scientific research shows that after you bring up positive thoughts for a few weeks, your Mind gets used to turn positive on a regular basis. Bring light to the dark corners of your mind and your mind will lighten up and emit positivism. Once you have more positive thought and emotions, then you can influence your environment positively. Mood is contagious and your positivism can go a long way. You can engineer your mind to become more positive and with time you and your environment will change to better. Start with thinking about three good things in your life, three things you like and three things that bring you joy in life every day. Do this practice on a daily basis for a few weeks and see the benefits in you and the people around you.

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A DAILY DOSE OF MEDITATION MAY WORK BETTER THAN A DAILY DOSE OF MEDICATION ZENDOSE Practice MINDFUL SHOWER! Next time you take a shower,Try to BE really there,Stop thinking and feel the flow of water on you,TRY IT!

ZENDOSE Today practice by intentionally be more compassionate to others.Your one extra step of compassion can go a long way in healing you.

ZENDOSE Observe your ANGER,Feel your body sensations in anger,but stay as an observer,don't act,until it passes like a raining cloud,Try it

ZENDOSE The Horizon Inside is deeper than the horizon at sight, WAKE UP TO YOUR HORIZON INSIDE and start flying in it.

ZENDOSE Today practice MINDFUL HEARING.Bring your AWARENESS to the sensations of your hearing and stop the following trail of thoughts. Try

ZENDOSE: Try living today without any negative thoughts or feelings.Stop your trail of negative thoughts each time it starts. LIVE FREE NOW

ZENDOSE You can yield and overcome, bend and be straight, empty and be full. The powers we know are illusions.Real power is waiting IN YOU!

ZENDOSE #ZEN:A SECULAR practice for unbecoming who you are and becoming who you really are,to find inner peace.Can you afford not doing it?

ZENDOSE Your today’s #ZEN practice:DECIDE to be Happier,Kinder and Calmer today and remind it 3 times today.Feel effects tonight. LIVE ZEN!

ZENDOSE The BIGGEST SECRET in #Meditation:NOBODY DOES IT PERFECTLY.Think the mind is too busy to calm down?JUST DO IT, changes come in time

ZENDOSE I had many rich patients who were miserable and many poor patients who were happy.Is there a lesson here to meditate on? Seek Peace

ZENDOSE PRACTICE keeping a dignified body posture. Research shows Your Outlook affects your emotions and thoughts,believe it or not! Try it

ZENDOSE PRACTICE remembering to intentionally do acts of kindness to others especially when you are very down, enjoy it's healing effects!

ZENDOSE Zen is not a religion,so don’t worry if you are religious or not.You wont lose your faith or sign up for a new one with Zen. RELAX!

ZENDOSE Today practice repeating this chant: THIS IS NOT ALL LIFE AND LIFE IS NOT AL THIS.Repeat many times and do it when losing hope! You can get a dose of ZEN by following me at twitter @drkevinrod looking for #ZENDOSE

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Your Doctor may ask you to keep a Pain Diary. Why? Many patients keep a journal of their daily activities and how their pain changes with activities. Many patients say that it has helped them to better understand the relationship between their activities and pain. It has been used as a venting out tool for some patients as well. When we see our doctors we want to tell them how much better or worse our pain has become since we last saw them. The pain diary is a good tool to demonstrate that. It should be looked at more as an information tool than a healing tool. Although many of patients feel more in control by learning from their Pain Diary about their activities and pain relationship, it's effect on improving pain has not been proven by research. But it can help you and your doctor to objectively understand how your activities may relate to the severity of your pain. Then based on that information, decisions can be made about changing activities or pain treatments. If you decide to do it, be aware that it is only valuable if you stay consistent in doing it on a regular basis. Try it an see if it can help you.

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The courts in Canada have decided that patients can now use Medical Marijuana (Medical Cannabis) as Edibles. It means eating the Medical Cannabis cannot be considered illegal any more, although our Ministry of Health does not agree with this. There are few things to know now that this cat is out of box.

1- First of all, patients can still only get dried Medical Marijuana from the Health Canada Licensed producers. This will change in future, but for now Health Canada only allows dry plant to be sent to patients who have a medical document for it. Once they get the Medical Marijuana, they can use their own recipes to make brownies, cookies, etc., or they can ask someone to make it for them so long they can be sure that ALL of the their product is used for making their edibles.

2- Marijuana absorbs slower when one eats it compared to inhaling it. This has led into issues when patients had edibles and thought nothing is happening so they took more and became impaired for a long day!! So slower action is to be taken into consideration. The effect also lasts longer, so one should know that if they do not drive after inhaling Medical Marijuana for 4 hours,they should not drive for 6 hours after using edibles.

3- Dosing is an issue and many studies have shown that you cannot always trust what the label of edible marijuana says about the THC content (in places where edibles are available in prepared forms for sale). How much THC is in a drop or a cookie? It depends on many factors as how much THC was in the plant to begin with and how the edibles were made.

4- we should know that the effects of Medical Marijuana depends on many factors like the plant strain, mode of consumption (inhaling, eating, etc), Genetic composition of user, metabolism,concurrent use of other agents, etc.

5- Eating Marijuana and drinking alcohol or other sedative agent/medications together can cause major impairments. I will write more about this as we go, until then, STAY SAFE.

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Father and Son

Happy Father's Day to all fathers who have to ignore their weakness and sickness to support their family. To fathers who are in refugee camps and don't know where their children are. To fathers who had to bury their children and yet stand tall for the sake of others in family. To fathers who have to run between bombs and bullets to get water or food to their family. To father who their children have forgotten them. To fathers who take blame for their children's faults and accept the punishment with open arms. To fathers who give without any expectations. Happy father's day to fathers that never got a chance to see their children grow. To fathers who put on a brave face against all odds each day to give confidence to their children. To the ones who have never thought of themselves first. Happy fathers day to all who have lost their jobs but never lost their hopes for their children. To the ones who work nights, holidays, hard jobs and multiple jobs to bring comfort to their loved ones. Happy father's day to all fathers who can erase all hardship of life with one smile from their family. Happy father's day to all fathers of the world, alive or not, who gave us the gift of life.

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