When LED lights first came out I was kind of put off by the high prices. I mean they sounded great, because they use so much less energy than even compact fluorescent bulbs, but they were quite pricey, and it would take years for them to pay for themselves even with the energy savings. Right now, though, I am shopping for LED flood light deals and hoping to find the best prices out there for high quality flood lights made with LED technology. In the recent years, I have seen the price drop in LED lighting a lot, and so that makes them a lot more desirable to me.
But there are a couple of other reasons for my increase in interest in them. read more …
I was just sitting around the office the other day not really having a lot of things on my plate. That happens once in a while as I have a job where we might work really hard for weeks and weeks or we might have sit around all day doing nothing. You have to be there to get on something if it comes up though. I stumbled on this Mallorca travel blog though and I got to thinking about how long it has been since I had a really nice vacation. I think last year I went up to the visit my brother and the sister in law up in Sheffield. It was not precisely an exhilarating trip. read more …
Your baby’s crib is likely to be covered in wonderful, quality linen, and dressed up to look like the perfect sleeping place for your new child. However we should never forget that underneath all this wonderful fabric should be a reliably function and high quality memory foam crib mattress. In the excitement surrounding the arrival of your baby unfortunately it is often so very easy to overlook the importance of the mattress. And yet, it is the best type memory foam mattress that provides the support for your new child and it is important that it is both firm and well ventilated. So, when although you may be happy to spend hours selecting your crib furniture and the fabric that dresses it, spare some time to consider probably the most important aspect of your crib; the crib mattress.
The crib mattress is so important that it probably only ranks behind the purchase of a car seat in importance; from the perspective of your baby that is rather than you. After all, your baby will not really care what color or style the bed or furniture in its new room is, and even if it did it may well be a long time before it is able to express any such views. But think of it like this, the mattress that you buy for your crib is likely to last your child until it grows at least into the next size of bed.
I just now started working on my first job since I graduated from Texas Christian University. I did not get the job that I would have dreamed of having, exactly, but it is a whole lot better than washing dishes or bagging groceries. I did both of those jobs while I was in high school and college. I am not exactly working in the best location for where I am living right now, so I have started working on finding a new place. I have been talking to CPL Texas to see if they can move my account some place else. Of course you get to pick your electric provider in Texas and if you want to pay someone to give you electricity, they are quite likely to give it to you. I have been looking for either a cheap one bedroom place or a two bedroom place, assuming that I can find a roommate to share the cost with me. Obviously I am going to be able to pay a lot less if I am sharing the costs of the place with someone else. read more …
Peace and quiet rate high on many Baby Boomers’ lists of priorities. Living more simply calls to them. “Off the grid” was not a phrase most of us were familiar with even ten years ago. If we had heard it, it would have been with fear and loathing that we would have considered living without being connected to a reliable power source. However, these up and coming retirees are often extremely interested in solar panels and battery banks. Energy Conservation (click here to learn more) and personal independence rank high.
In addition, unique designs for homes that circumvent the need for central heating and air conditioning are coming to the fore. The strawbale house is a wonder in temperature economy. read more …
Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic can be an effective treatment for patients with low back pain. Now a new report1 has looked further into the effectiveness of chiropractic by comparing it to physical therapy treatment, and, more significantly, studying the long-term benefits of chiropractic as measured by the annual number of office visits.
Chiropractic More Effective Than Physical Therapy for Back Pain
Most studies that look at long-term effects of treatment simply look at self-reported outcomes: level of pain and disability. This study took a different approach. By examining how much care patients sought after the initial study period, they could determine the effect each treatment method had on future health care consumption:
“Care seeking behavior by patients with low back pain is most commonly associated with increased pain and disability, meaning more care is sought when worse symptoms are experienced. The amount of health care utilized may therefore be used as a measure of patient health status, and thus may be compared between groups of patients to determine effectiveness of certain therapies.”
“Proctor et al.2 determined that about 25% of patients with chronic, disabling, work-related musculoskeletal disorders pursue new health care services after completing a course of treatment, and among those who sought additional health care from a new provider, a subgroup of <15% accounted for a disproportionate share of lost worker productivity, more surgical procedures, and ongoing financial disputes. They further stated that in patients with chronic, disabling, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, post-treatment utilization of health care from a new provider is an important dimension of outcome…”
The authors started with 191 patients with low back pain. 107 patients received chiropractic care (flexion/distraction treatment, or FD) and 84 patients received active exercise therapy (EP) from physical therapists. All patients received treatment 2 to 4 times per week for four weeks. The study subjects were then followed for one year to assess outcomes. The authors found:
- 38% of the FD patients and 54% of the EP patients sought care for their back pain during the one-year follow-up.
- FD patients had an average of 2.2 visits to a health care provider after the treatment period, while EP patients had an average of 6 visits.
“We hypothesized that there would be no group difference in the average number of visits to any health care provider. The results demonstrated that actually there were significant group differences during the year after trial participation, with a higher number of visits to any health care provider and to a general practitioner in the EP group.”
The authors conclude:
“Based on one-year follow-up data imputed for complete analysis, participants who received physical therapy (exercise program) during a clinical trial attended a higher number of visits to any health care provider and to general practitioners during the year after care when compared to participants who received chiropractic care (flexion distraction) within the trial.”
- Cambron JA, Gudavalli MR, McGregor M, et al. Amount of health care and self-care following a randomized clinical trial comparing flexion-distraction with exercise program for chronic low back pain. Chiropractic and Osteopathy 2006:14:19.
- Proctor TJ, Mayer TG, Gatchel RJ, McGreary DD: Unremitting health care utilization outcomes of tertiary rehabilitation of patients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2004, 86A:62-69.
Sleep King’s Therapedic Mattresses Outrival The Rest
Starting as a smallish company in the 1970’s, Sleep King produced bedding and upholstery for contractors, designers and hotels. As the company grew, so did the demand for their products, and they began making products for consumers. In 1994 they added Therapedic bedding to their line of products and it has gone on to become a very successful line with many innovations. The latest memory foam technology and Sophisticated production processes have making the Sleep King to be the one of the best mattresses for people who have back pain. The Sleep King Therapedic mattresses are an excellent choice for quality mattresses at affordable prices. Sold at top home furnishing stores, they offer a variety of products to meet the needs of various customers.
When it comes to your sleep everyone has certain needs to be met in order for them to get a good night’s rest. Some prefer to have firm support under them, while others like a more flexible sleeping environment. Some like soft and pillowy mattress toppers while others prefer a more streamlined, flat surface. This is why there are so many different mattresses to choose from, but what if you’re sleeping in the same bed with someone else?
Sharing a bed with your partner may seem like it will mean compromise. Either one or the other of you will have to adjust to sleeping in the type of bed the other person prefers. This doesn’t have to be the case, though, and Therapedic has come up with the solution in the form of the Air Touch king mattress.
The AirTouch mattress features a unique airy surface for sleeping on. The foam conforms to the shape of your body, feeling so light that it seems you are sleeping on air. There is no stiffness or bowing of the mattress to make you uncomfortable. Better yet, you can adjust your side of the bed to fit your level of comfort.
Both you and your partner can choose the level of firmness or softness you want out of your mattress. This makes your bed very versatile and removes the need for you to compromise with your partner. Additionally, the foam you are sleeping on absorbs your motion so you can sleep comfortable, adjusting position when necessary, while your partner sleeps on without any disturbance in the movement of the mattress.
Any good mattress will last you long enough that you can have it around for many years. This means that most mattresses don’t stay with the same sleeper their whole life long. Instead, a king mattress may go from the home owner’s bed to becoming the guest bed. When this happens it is again an excellent feature that you can adjust the bed to the sleeper. This way anyone who sleeps on this bed can be comfortable, not matter what their preferences.
The Therapedic mattress offers a level of comfort and innovation that is difficult to match. That’s why Sleep King has outrivaled the competition this time.
Portland is a city that I have always wanted to live in, but I have never had the opportunity before. I have been looking for a change in my career for awhile, and so I have also taken it as an opportunity to try to relocate to Portland. I have been sending out applications to companies in the area for close to a year. I have finally found a good opportunity and I am excited to take it up. So I have started my search for portland oregon apartments that are available for lease, and since I have landed a pretty good job in Portland, I think that it would be best for me to start out by searching for fairly nice apartments and try to get a sense as to how much they tend to cost in terms of the monthly rent.
Of course, I also need to pay attention to other factors, such as the cost of utilities in the city of Portland. Electricity prices are different everywhere you go in the country, and there are other differences in other utility costs as well. I am interested in figuring all of this out, so that I will be able to figure out my budget, when it comes to an apartment, and what the most I will be able to spend is, in terms of the monthly rent.
I want to find something fairly close to my new job, because I really do not like long commutes. That is especialyl the case in the morning, because it is so hard for me to pay proper attention to the road when I am just waking up. It is not a good feeling at all, and so I do not want to drive very far to get to the location where I will be employed going forward.
In fact I have a job working for a dentist’s kids pretty much. This is not like some poor country dentist either. The guy is the son of a dentist and he is apparently the son of a rich dentist and his Mom is pretty famous, her father was the president of an Insurance company. He has two sons, one is 17 and the other is 15 and they have a band. I am there to manage them, but mostly to watch them and keep them from getting in trouble. They say that can buy Soundcloud downloads now and that is what they are doing, apparently in the belief that this will convince other people to give them a listen. I guess that if you want people to download your music and listen to it the best thing is to make it look as though it is the popular thing to do.
In fact the dentist wants me to play drill sergeant with the boys. read more …
I am going to start to look for miami luxury condos that are currently for sale, because I do not want to continue to live at this house that I have for much longer. I own too much property in Florida, in terms of the size of the plot of land that my house is located on. It is kind of getting to be a pain to keep up with the yard work, and I am getting a bit old for doing yard work as well. I think that living in a condo would be an ideal solution for me, especially as I approach the age of retirement.
I need to make sure that I can find a condo that is nice enough, to suit my tastes though. I currently have a beautiful house, and i would not want to take a downgrade, in terms of my living arrangements, just to move out of the house, and into a condo. Rather, I want to have a condo that is similarly nice to my house. I don’t think that should be a problem though, because I know that there is a lot of luxury real estate in the Miami area, as there are a lot of people who are rich in the Miami area.
I would not consider myself to be rich, but I do think of myself as being wealthy. I am wealthy enough to buy a condo that is going to make me happy, so it is mostly a matter of being able to find the right one. I have some time off right now, and I have been thinking about viewing some different condos in person, to see if I like any of them enough to buy them. However, I want to look online first, to see what is available.