Monday, February 27, 2012

The Healing Powers of Music Therapy As an Autism Symptoms Treatment

There are many different forms of autism symptoms treatment. There are the more traditional therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) and floortime. And then there are a lot of alternative treatments as well.

The thing about all these alternative treatments is that you have to be very careful to research them before you try them, because not all of them are credible. But that said, sometimes you can find really good ones that will help your child if you look just a little outside the box.

How to Use Music Therapy to Help a Child with Autism

One such idea is music therapy. Music therapy can be surprisingly helpful as a treatment for autism symptoms. It has a way of connecting with those who have autism that can often not be achieved any other way. Those with no ability for communication have responded to and seemingly connect with music therapy.

Why is music therapy successful as an autism symptoms treatment?

People with autism often like patterns, and music is full of patterns. Music has rhythm to it. It is something that people with autism can feel. And they use a part of their brain which is entirely different than what is used for verbal communication.

Music is something that children with autism don't have to think much about or interpret. Music moves you, and allows you to express emotions that you might not have any other way of getting out and in this way it can help as an effective autism symptoms treatment.

How exactly is music therapy implemented for autistic kids?

You may think that music therapy relies solely on learning to play an instrument, but that is not it at all. Music therapy is not instruction in music. Instead, a music therapist will use a lot of different tools, knowledge and creativity to create musical experiences where the autistic person feels comfortable, based on their needs.

Verbal Skills Not Required

One advantage to music therapy as an autism symptoms treatment is that it does not require any verbal ability. A person with autism can use a bell, bang on a piano, or shake some cymbals without needing to talk - and by doing this, they can begin to communicate with others through music. You might say that in some ways, music could be considered an ancient form of communication - perhaps one of our oldest forms.

Why is it that music therapy works so well with autistic people?

Music can capture, and help maintain, attention. It will motivate and engage a person to respond and participate.
Music is, in many ways, a universal language.
Music gives people with autism a way to express their emotions, and to be able to identify their emotions, in a way that they might not otherwise have had the ability to do.
Think of how many non-autistic people get pleasure from music. For many of the same reasons, it can be anxiety reducing for those with autism, too. Repeating the same music many times can create a sense of security and comfort in an office setting, which can make a person with autism feel more at ease and receptive to learning.

Some forms of autism symptoms treatment work better than others, but it is worth trying any that you think have merit and are able to do.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sciatica Symptoms, Treatment, and the End of Pain

If you are suffering from sciatica symptoms and want to learn how to treat your pain and get rid of sciatica for good, then keep reading. In this article I will discuss the common sciatica symptoms, treatment options, and most importantly, I will tell you the secret to lasting sciatic pain relief.

Common sciatica symptoms
Most sciatica symptoms happen in the lower back, buttocks, and thighs. Sometimes they radiate all the way down the legs to the feet.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

Pain or cramping in the buttocks or thighs?
Tingling, pins and needles sensation, or numbness in the buttocks?
Burning pain, sharp pain, or shooting pain?

These are all classic symptoms of sciatica. For some people, these symptoms make it difficult to walk, stand, sit, and they certainly get in the way of a happy, comfortable life.

Treating The Pain
There are many ways to treat the pain. Your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and hot/cold therapy. Some people try massage, acupuncture, yoga, and pilates.

For most people however, the most effective sciatica treatment involves some for of physical therapy. This is because your physical therapist can strengthen and rehabilitate the surrounding muscles that are causing the problem.

Treating The Underlying Causes
For most sciatica symptoms, treatment options focus only on the pain. This is true for most of the treatment options listed above. But the big problem is that even if the pain goes away, it doesn't mean that you've done anything for the underlying problem. If you haven't fixed the underlying problem, then the sciatica symptoms often and usually do return.

So what is the underlying cause of sciatica? Your doctor will talk about herniated disks, spinal stenosis, muscle impingements, etc, but those are all the immediate triggers of sciatica. A better question to ask is what created those conditions in the first place. If you understand that, then you can understand why the sciatica most likely will return. You need to identify and correct those underlying imbalances.

It used to be that you had to go through an expensive series of physical therapy sessions in order to find and correct these muscle imbalances related to your sciatica. However, now there is a new comprehensive approach that teaches you how to do this on your own, in the comfort of your home.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fear Is An Anxiety Attack Symptom - Treatment for Fear Anxiety Is Within You

Fear is the basis of anxiety but it is not the only anxiety attack symptom. Treatment for your anxiety needs to address this fear first, however, because it is the trigger for anxiety.

You'll likely want to look at natural anxiety relief, rather than drug-induced treatments because at some point, you will want to be drug and anxiety free.

So let's talk about fear itself and how you can start treating yourself now.

Where does this fear come from? Why does it cause such distress and feed anxiety as well as it does? What can you do to stop it?

There have been many theories around fear and its role as an anxiety attack symptom. Treatment options are equally diverse. Some are scams while others have proven to be highly effective, regardless of how long you've suffered anxiety attack symptoms.

Having suffered years of anxiety, I underwent the related medical treatments. The medications merely kept me calm while I went through 3 years of therapy, but when it was over, the fear had eased but it hadn't gone away.

Then one day, I discovered the secret behind that fear. Today, I immediately recognize when the fear is stirring and can halt it immediately.

If you can identify your fear, you will be able to do the same.

First let me say that I disagree with the approach that you don't have to know what causes the fear, and that it's only important to know that the fear is simply an anxiety attack symptom. For me, it was imperative I figure out the fear so I could deal with it. And when I did, my anxiety attacks subsided.

I hope this secret I'm about to reveal helps you too.

The first thing to realize is that fear comes from your subconscious. Your body senses a danger or perceived danger and responds with fear. Fear causes your body to increase its adrenalin so it can fight to preserve itself. Today, however, much of the fear is internalized rather than from an outside source, like a threat from a wild animal.

It's true that over time our experiences have taught us to respond automatically with this fear instinct. When it gets out of control, as when it becomes an anxiety attack symptom, treatment must be sought.

Let's start with your thoughts, because that's where the fear hides.

If you listen closely when you feel an anxiety attack coming on, you'll get a sense that something just happened to scare you. You know that feeling you get when you go into a room and forget why you went there? Fear as an anxiety attack symptom feels much the same. Inside, you feel uncomfortable. It's a feeling that's difficult to pinpoint or explain. You just sense something isn't right.

I firmly believe that the fear builds because now you are afraid of the fear itself, just as popular programs say. You don't understand where it's coming from and this makes you believe something terrible is going to happen.

This 'something' that caused your unease might be a memory your subconscious has suppressed. For instance, let's say you had a bad experience years ago when you had to go to a meeting. Perhaps you were asked to make a brief presentation, but you hadn't been notified in advance and weren't prepared. You immediately felt fear. This is a natural response to such an unexpected event.

One day, you're going about your business and something reminds you of that nerve-wracking event and the fear you felt resurfaces, but you try to suppress it. This time, you can't pinpoint what's causing it. You have now set up an automatic fear response that will continue until you find a way to deal with it.

When you sense your fear, stop and think about what just happened. What were you thinking about? Are you anxious about something in your life? Often, we have day-to-day 'fears' about things. We worry over finances, health, career, family, retirement, an expected move.

Perhaps you're having trouble meeting your bill payments. Maybe you have to do something you don't particularly feel comfortable doing. Maybe you are going somewhere and you're nervous about the trip for some reason.

Take time to sit down and write out the things that make you nervous, fearful, stressed. Cover your personal traits - for example, if you're a homebody and would rather keep to yourself than attend a meeting or go to a social gathering. Include any traumatic events in your life, going right back to the beginning.

Have you lost loved ones recently? Are you concerned about your life without them? This is particularly tough and might require help from bereavement support groups. Be sure to take advantage of them, because they can provide tremendous help in moving on.

How's your self esteem? Do you feel good about yourself? You might have to really think critically to discover just who you are and why you are the way you are. Write it all down and see if you can identify the things that trigger your fear.

See, my occasional lack of confidence will make me uncertain when I have to take on certain tasks. I'm not sure I can handle them, or that I'll do a good job. I now know that this is a threat to my self-esteem. If I fail, it shows I'm not as good as I'd like to believe.

Failing only reveals my weaknesses and limitations. Because self-esteem is necessary to live comfortably, fear results from this 'threat'. And yes, that fear can soon turn into an anxiety attack if I don't take those few minutes to catch those fleeting thoughts that caused it.

First you need to work on fear - your anxiety attack symptom. Treatment begins at home, as they say.

I've discovered that just the act of halting my fear to stop and think about what just went through my mind was enough to bring the anxiety attack to an end in a matter of seconds. As soon as that happened, I was able to think about the fear and focus on solutions, rather than on the fear itself.

Have you ever wakened from a dream and immediately forgotten what it was, but it felt important to remember? You struggled to recall it so you could find out what happened or resolve the problem. Think of your fear as a dream - something in your subconscious that you can resolve.

Remember too, that most fear is fear of the unknown. Identify your fear and it no longer has control over you. You have control over it, and your anxiety.

I wish I could better explain this process, but the best I can advise is to watch your thinking. Listen to yourself, to your thoughts. Understand who you are. Take the time to sit down and truly evaluate what makes you tick.

Be honest in your personal evaluation. It can be difficult, but it's absolutely necessary for this to work. Often we don't recognize how we think, especially when we're talking about the subconscious. For instance, you might believe you have good self esteem and that you're upbeat and forward-thinking. You can be almost certain this is not entirely true in all situations. Ask your partner or family member for feedback if necessary. Sometimes an outside source can pick up things you'll miss.