I think a lot of people feel tight on their neck when they tilt their neck to either side because of desk work or other reasons.
This is caused by the tightness of the muscle on the sides of your neck, which is called SCM (Fig. 1). There might be a lot of people who massage the muscle of the neck, but you couldn’t quite loosen it up.
So I want to share where to rub to loosen up the muscle.
When you rub a part of your head, you can make this SCM softer and it gets easier to tilt to the side.
Where you need to rub is the coronal suture shown in Fig. 2 as yellow lines.
The location of the coronal suture is 4 fingers from the top of the head where is the center of the tips of the ears. When you slide your fingers back and forth on the suture, you feel slight bumps. That is the coronal suture.
If you feel tight on your left side of your neck when you tilt your neck to the right, rub the left side of the coronal suture, moving the tips of your fingers over the suture back and forth.
You don’t need to press too much. The good pressure is as strong as your nails don’t become white.
This is also good if you feel tightness on the area between the neck and the shoulder.
Due to the stress from the surrounded situation caused by COVID-19, there are a lot of people whose breathing become shallow.
Related to the article posted in my blog: Let’s Relieve Broken Heart Syndrome caused by Stress due to COVID-19, it is also important that your nose is not stuffy to breathe smoothly.
We can only breathe deeply when you breathe in from your nose.
Please compare when you breathe in from your nose to when you breathe in from your mouth.
How did you feel? You should not be able to breathe deeply from your mouth.
That is because in the nose, the air is mixed with NO which opens the lung and softens the capillaries, but when you breathe in from your mouth, that process doesn’t happen so the lung doesn’t accept the air from the mouth.
For easier breathing, I want to introduce the acupuncture points that open your nasal passage.
1. Above the nose and about a half inch below the hair line, there is the bulge of the bone. Please massage the point (Fig. 1).
2. A half inch above the eyebrow, there may be tender points. Please massage these points (Fig. 1).
3. Please massage the base of the arms (Fig. 2).
Please massage these acupuncture points when you have a stuffy nose.
If you feel tightness of chest or difficulty of breathing, please also read the following article:
Let’s Relieve Broken Heart Syndrome caused by Stress due to COVID-19
According to CNN news, since the outbreak of COVID-19, a condition called “broken heart syndrome” significantly increases.
Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations and extreme emotions. The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery.
Broken heart syndrome symptoms can mimic a heart attack. Common symptoms include:
Shortness of breath
I want to introduce a self-care method for this condition.
If they are caused by stressful situations due to COVID-19, the following self-care can treat the condition, which is introduced by Mr. Niki, an acupuncturist in Japan.
1. Find a tender point on the bone in the center of the chest at the level of your nipples, which is an acupuncture point CV-17 (Fig. 1).
2. Touch the tender point with the edge of a penny gently (Don’t press it hard into the skin) (Fig. 2).
3. Hold the penny for 5 seconds.
After doing this, instantly you could feel that your chest opens or you feel relaxed, and you could breathe deeply.
Whenever you feel stressed or can’t breathe deeply, please try this method.
What you need is just a penny!
CNN news article for reference
In summer, we drink a lot of water without sweating in an airconditioned room so that excess water is easily accumulated in the body, but we have to be careful about edema that could be a sign of serious diseases.
Edema is the condition that when you press the skin with your finger, the water where is pressed is lost and a dimple is retained for about 10 seconds, while fat is the condition that the pressed area returns very quickly.
Edema caused by normal excess water can be improved by sweating a lot by taking a relaxing bath or exercises.
But if edema is not improved by sweating, there is a possibility of kidney diseases.
When you have kidney diseases, water can be discharged from your body and is accumulated in your body, resulting in edema of the whole body.
Edema in the leg in the morning (Fig. 1) and edema in the face in the evening (Fig. 2) are dangerous.
Edema in the leg in the evening is okay because water tends to be accumulate in the leg that is locate in the lower part of the body during the daytime.
But if you have edema in the leg in the morning, it could be caused by kidney diseases because the leg is not located in the lower part of the body while sleeping. Excessive water retention could be caused by some problems in the kidney.
On the contrary, edema in the face in the evening means that there is a possibility that water could be discharged sufficiently from the kidney as urine.
One of the causes of wrinkles is UV. The stratum corneum gets thicker to block UV. The thickened stratum corneum gets dry and becomes wrinkles.
But if you avoid UV too much, there is a possibility that the bone could be weakened. Our body makes the bone from vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D is made by soaking in the sun. That is why if you avoid the sun light, you can’t make the bone in your body.
You can prevent wrinkles and spots and also protect the bone by absorbing UV from the palms of your hands because the palms don’t have melanin pigments that block the UV so that vitamin D can be made efficiently in a short time. Sufficient UV can be absorbed by soaking your palms in the sun for 15 minutes a day.
Wrinkles that could be a sign of dangerous diseases
Wrinkles made in the ear lobe could be a sign of heart diseases (Fig. 1).
The ear lobe doesn’t have many blood vessels so that the ear lobe is easily affected by hardening of the artery (arteriosclerosis) and wrinkles are made by poor blood circulation due to hardening of the artery. The ear lobe is one of rare spots in our body where we can check the condition of our blood vessel.
It is said that wrinkles on the forehead are also made by hardening of the artery, but they are made by UV as well, so the ear lobe that is not easily affected by UV is more useful to check the condition of the blood vessel.
According to a survey conducted on 108 people whose ages were 54-74 year old for 8 years in Chicago University, people who had wrinkles in the ear lobe tripled the risk of heart diseases.
Eating blue back fishes is recommended to prevent hardening of the artery because EPA contained in blue back fishes improves the blood flow and helps prevent hardening of the artery.
Signs Appearing When You Get Sick: Lung/Hardening of the Arteries
Which is better to prevent heat stroke, coffee or green tea?
Green tea is good to prevent heat stroke.
One of the causes of heat stroke is that the water in the body is lost by the raise of the body temperature.
According to a recent research, when drinking green tea, the amount of sweat was more than when drinking water in the heat, resulting in suppressing the raise of the body temperature.
However, barley tea is recommended to prevent heat stroke because barley tea is rich in minerals and doesn’t contain caffeine that promotes urination, so you can drink barley tea as much as you like.
Summer cold is stubborn and can cause respiratory disorders like prolonged cough, pneumonia. Summer cold is often accompanied with diarrhea and vomit, and we also sweat a lot in summer, so it can cause dehydration.
The temperature difference between the indoor and outdoor is extreme so that the immune is weakened.
Which is better to prevent summer cold, coffee or green tea?
Green tea is better to prevent summer cold.
Catechin contained in green tea attaches to viruses and prevents them from attaching to the mucus membrane.
To make tasty green tea, the temperature of water should be 70-80 degrees C (158-176 degrees F), but to activate immune cells, the water to make green tea should be cold because more catechin can be extracted.
To prevent summer cold, about 500 cc (16.9 FL OZ) of green tea a day is recommended.
How about coffee?
Caffeine contained in coffee has the effect to widen the bronchial tube, so when you have cough, it is good to drink coffee.
Damage to the skin
Which lowers the damage to the skin due to UV by about 25 %, drinking coffee or green tea?
According to a research in University Witten/Herdecke, Germany, drinking green tea lowers the damage to the skin due to UV by 25 %.
Spots and wrinkles are caused by active oxygen due to UV, but catechin contained in green tea removes active oxygen.
Catechin is a type of polyphenol, which is a substance protecting the plants from UV so that antioxidant action is expected.
Green tea contain vitamin C. 3 cups of green tea contains as much vitamin C as a piece of lemon.
Which is better to prevent the damage to the skin, drinking green tea before going out or after returning home?
Drinking green tea before going out is better to prevent the damage to the skin.
This is the same as you apply sunscreen before going out.
Which can make fat-burning amount about double, drinking 3 cups of coffee or green tea a day?
Drinking 3 cups of coffee a day makes fat-burning amount about double.
Chlorogenic acid contained in coffee suppresses the absorption of sugar and promotes the metabolism of fat.
Caffeine activates a type of enzyme called Lipase, which breaks down fat.
The effect of these two substances promotes fat-burning amount.
Which increases fat-burning amount, drinking iced coffee before exercise or after exercise?
Drinking iced coffee before exercise can be expected to increase fat-burning amount.
Chlorogenic acid and caffeine start to show the effect about 30 minutes after drinking coffee and the effect reaches a peak in 3 hours. That is why drinking coffee before exercise is more effective to burn fat.
How about green tea?
According to a research in UCLA, the metabolism of rats that were given green tea extract increased and the intestinal bacteria that gain weight turned into the ones that lose weight.
Which lowers the risk of stroke by 20 %, drinking a cup of Coffee or Green Tea every day?
If you feel dizzy when you are outside, you feel tingling sensation in the one side of your body or you can’t speak fluently, these symptoms can be a sign of stroke caused by the heat in summer.
Drinking a cup of coffee every day lowers the risk of stroke by 20 %.
When we sweat, the amount of water in the blood vessel decreases, the blood flow becomes bad and the blood vessel is raptured or blocked, resulting in stroke.
Caffeine contained in coffee widens the blood vessel and improves the blood flow.
Caffeine prevents the blockage of the blood vessel by promoting the metabolism of fat and other substances in the blood flow.
But taking large amount of caffeine at once contracts the blood vessel or can put a strain on the heart.
According to a research, drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day lowered the risk of heart diseases, but drinking more than that didn’t show any effect, drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day is the best for our blood vessels.
Which can control a rise in blood sugar levels, drinking a cup of coffee before a meal or after a meal?
Drinking a cup of coffee before a meal controls a rise in blood sugar levels.
Sugar and fat contained in a meal are absorbed in the blood vessel from the stomach and the intestine, but too much amount of sugar and fat raises blood sugar level rapidly and damages the blood vessel. Caffeine has the function to prevent the absorption of sugar and fat in the stomach and the intestine, so drinking a cup of coffee before a meal can be expected to prevent a rapid rise in blood sugar level.
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