Sports Injuries: Sometimes, the Most Difficult Thing To Do Is Stop Moving

There are some people who lead relatively sedentary lifestyles. They are less active by nature. This does not mean that they are unhealthy, however, as even a sedentary person can get in some form of exercise (and people operate at different energy levels).

On the other hand, there are those individuals who are active by nature. They work out, spend time outdoors, or otherwise do something physically active daily. They also push themselves to challenge their physical limits. Inevitably, these results in some form of exhaustion, strain, or even injury. The toughest part? Letting themselves heal.

Healing Requires Rest

Now, we've all been there. I can not tell you how many times I've been injured in training or competition, and it's very difficult to just take it easy after the fact (except it hurts so much to move, anyway). I've heard countless stories of, “I think I started running on my sprained ankle too soon” or, “I know I have a dropped muscle, but I just had to go surfing last weekend.”

In order to heal properly, you need to rest, but this does not mean zero physical activity. Go for a walk instead of a run. Lift lighter weights or stick to body weight exercises. Do some light to moderate stretching, or yoga. There are a great many things you can do without training an injury.

Healing is Strength

When we push ourselves to our physical limits, or even do movements we are not used to doing, we damage our muscles. Now, do not freak out. Your body does not break so easily. That damage is what prompts our body to become stronger.

Muscle cells respond to damage by basically growing new muscle cells, but not exactly the same as before. Since the muscle cells were not strong enough to handle the activity or movement without damage before, they repair stronger, with more muscle cells (or more effective contracting of muscle cells).

You know that time you were sore after a weightlifting session? That soreness is a sign of training muscles, and with some exceptions, a sign of those muscles getting stronger. After some rest, what do you notice after your next workout? You feel stronger, do not you? Your stamina may even be better. Giving your body time to repair will make you stronger in the long run.

Are you Hurt or Injured?

A simple question dragged from a football movie … in fact, this may seem a silly question, but there is a pretty big difference. Building back up after soreness or mild strain is different from coming back after an outright injury. If you're sore, you can usually take it easy for a day or two, or just tone down the activity. If you're injured, it will take a lot more in the way of rest to get you back to fighting form (without re-injuring yourself).

As with most (if not all) of my other discussions, I would like to point out that your body is designed to heal itself, whether from illness or injury. When a particular movement hurts, it's your body's way of telling you not to do that, at least for a while. Our difficulty is recognizing what our body is trying to tell us. Sometimes, we just need a little help.

Injury can result in qi blockages and / or imbalances, which can result in pain or impaired movement. Pushing through does not mitigate the imbalance. Consequently, it takes much longer to heal. Rest. Most of you probably know the phrase, “Build it, and they will come.” Rest, and you will heal.

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Hematoma Treatment – Traditional & Alternative Medicine

In this article I'm going to talk about traditional hematoma treatment as well as alternative medicine.

A hematoma takes places when blood builds outside a blood vessel and they can happen anywhere. It usually happens when there is an accident or trauma, such as falling off a ramp when skateboarding or getting hit by a post office truck.

Other causes could be drugs, diseases, high blood pressure and cancer. You may be wondering, how do you know if you have a hematoma.

Well the skin can change colors such as become darker, there could be pain, inflammation and swelling.

Traditional treatment usually involves RICE Have you heard of RICE Before? It stands for rest which is when the body heals itself, so many times it might just be the best medicine. Elevation, ice and compression which all reduce the inflammation and improve the healing.

If the injury is really red, there is pus coming out of it or if it's in an eye, it's best to see a doctor.

Plus if you notice hematomas occurring without any injury it's best to get it checked by a doctor because it could be serious.

If you are wondering if there are better treatments or alternative medicines the good news is that there are tons.

One of my favorite things is coconut oil, which has millions of uses. In a study at the US National Library of Medicine they took rats and split them into groups. Some received coconut oil and some did not. Wounds treated with coconut oil healed much faster.

Another idea is bromalean which can help a lot. In a study by the third medical university at China researchers took 16 pigs and shot them with high velocity rifles. They divided them into groups and the group that received bromalean healed much more.

The way it works is it increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the wound and reduces infection. Plus it activates growth factors, which are needed for healing.

If that was not enough it helps with burns. In Bursheba Israel they took pigs, burned a few and bromalean really improved the healing. It's looks like they have something against pigs right? They are shooting them and burning them, poor pigs.

If you really want to heal a hematoma or a skin injury believe it or not they even have a stem cell gun. It takes an hour and a half to isolate the cells and spray the skin. Then it only takes a few days for the treatment to work and the skin is brand new again.

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Over-The-Counter Solutions for Pain Management

Using prescription medications for pain management can sometimes involve a risk of developing dependency. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to using medication. Prolonged or severe discomfort can be a symptom of a medical problem, so it is important to speak with a doctor. For chronic pain that is only mild or moderately intense, it's worth exploring options outside of the pharmacy.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy uses low voltage of electrical currents to stimulate joints, pressure points, and other parts of the body in need of pain management. A far cry from the more aggressive forms of shock therapy used in psyche wards and dramatic historical films, TENS therapy administers a reliably mild shock delivered from a battery pack the size of a handheld radio. While the power is limited by the size of the device, it is important to consult with a physical therapist or other medical professional. Applied to the wrong areas or turned up too high, even a mild current has the potential to damage tissue.

Tai Chi
Originally from China, the karate-like art of Tai Chi is sometimes called “moving meditation.” Find a group of local practitioners in a park or community center, and you will be well on your way to relaxation. Many Westerners struggle with sitting still for meditation, and Tai Chi is attractive because it allows you to focus on the prescribed motions. Performing the movements and moving from one step to the next requires a degree of focus and concentration, especially for a beginner. While yoga provides a similar blend of activity and meditation, Tai Chi may be better for many patients in need of pain management. Instead of getting down on the ground and dealing with the complaints of yoga, practitioners of Tai Chi can remain standing and learning the basics without needing a great degree of flexibility.

Massage
Many forms of mild and moderate discomfort can actually be attributed to muscle tension. Following a minor sports injury or sprain, the recommended treatment often focuses on rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The RICE treatment for sprains and strains encourages circulation and allows the body to repair itself. Massage works by improving circulation and helping toxins drain towards the lymph nodes. By giving the body's tissues a better opportunity to repair, massage can minimize physical recovery time following an injury. For optimal pain management, it's worth communicating an experienced masseuse.

Acupuncture
Another treatment option from China, acupuncture uses needle punctures for a variety of therapeutic treatment goals. The needles are used to stimulate nerves, and the treatment can include the application of heat, lasers, or pressure to the target areas. Criticized as a pseudoscience by skeptics, acupuncture is not based on Western medicine. Scientific studies into the effectiveness of acupuncture have been inconclusive, although many patients claim to experience relief. Those interested in trying this form of treatment should make sure to find an experienced professional.

Whatever pain management path is chosen, it is important to know that many options are available.

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Getting Over Everyday Strains and Sprains Has Never Been Easier!

When the body does not get some regular exercise, it becomes more prone to strains and sprains. So we sometimes find that we suffer from a lower back pain which was nonexistent earlier. Sometimes, one might suffer from a shooting pain in arms or legs, maybe even a stiff neck. Pain might go by itself if we keep ourselves hydrated, but sometimes the fatigue sets in. We might want to miss a day at work or sometimes even parties after work do not seem a welcome idea.

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3 Signs You Might Need to See an Osteopath For Neck Pain Relief

We live very busy and stressful lives. As we age, our bodies lose the flexibility and natural resilience it once had and we begin to feel the effects of our daily lives on our bodies. Muscle fatigue, aches and pains, stiff shoulders, and the dreaded neck pain. It is important to take care of ourselves through stress relieving activities and proper exercise. Massage therapy on a regular basis is also helpful for working out the aches and pains, increasing blood flow, and providing more flexibility in our movement. However, sometimes despite all our efforts our neck pain seems to continue to bother us. Here are 3 signs you might need to see an osteopath for neck pain relief.

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4 Ways Pain Management Can Help Save Your Career

Suffering from chronic pain can take a toll on every aspect of your life. However, pain management treatment can help you regain control of your life.

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An All Natural Alternative To NSAIDS

Looking for an all natural alternative to NSAIDS for your pain relief? Consider hemp CBD supplements and topicals (applied to the skin). In June 2015, the FDA reviewed new safety information on prescription and OTC NSAIDS, and strengthened the warning labels of non-aspirin NSAIDS. Reviews revealed an increased risk of heart failure with the use of NSAIDS and potential heart-related side effects. Hemp CBD-infused products are a great all natural alternative for pain management and effective supplements to optimize your lifestyle.

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Knee Replacement! 5 Things You Must to Do Before the Surgery

If you are reading this article, my assumption is that You or a loved one are planning to have a Total Knee Replacement surgery. The information I am about to share is based on that assumption, and is the result of what I have seen work, after knee replacement surgeries, in terms of quick recovery, better pain management and improved mobility. After spending the past six years (I am a home health administrator) managing the recovery of 100s patients that under joint replacement surgeries, the following are what I have seen produce the best results in terms of preparation for the surgery.

What Does Really Work?

Like anything in life, proper preparation guarantees the best output and for knee replacement proper preparation is the difference between recovering in days, and spending months in painful after surgery follow ups and corrective procedures. Here are five things you can do to get the best results when it comes to knee surgery:

1. Propulica the Surgeon!

All orthopedic surgeons are not created equal. Choose an orthopedic surgeon with a proven record, in knee replacement surgery. Propuplica is a non-profit organization that allows you to make an informed choice about any surgeon, by accessing detailed

previous performances and rates surgeons accordingly. It rates surgeons based on their historical complication rates and more importantly it tells you how they fair against their peers. After you are referred by your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to a surgeon, my advice is that you run their name through this tool and you will find yourself much more informed about the surgeon. Remember your PCP may be referring you to a friend or a college, which he or she had a long standing relationship which could affect their judgment, and even if their recommendation is on point, having this objective tool to validate their referral, will put you at ease about the surgery.

2. Ask Questions!

Once you settled on a surgeon, set an appointment for initial assessment. While the job of the surgeon is to review your medical condition and asses your medical needs, your focus should be on interviewing them. Remember you are hiring them and not the other way around, so do not be intimidated and prepare a list of questions to ask. It's important that you engage the surgeon and have at least a pre-written 10-15 questions that you need answers for. If you are a smoker for example or a diabetic, ask them what extra steps or precautions you need to be aware of, to guarantee the best outcome. Giving them your past medical history, is not enough, so make sure you get your questions answered by the surgeon, in person and verbatim.

3. Exercise is King! I mean that!

Now that you have chosen the right surgeon for the job, you need to comply fully with their orders. One of those orders will be a list of pre-surgery exercises you will need to follow, on a daily basis prior to the surgery. These exercise are essential to your recovery as they can help strengthen your knee, improve flexibility, and help you recover faster. I can not stress enough how important it is to follow these exercises, to have the best outcomes. Here is a link to some of the common exercises recommended for pre surgery preparation. I am only including the link for illustrative purposes and it's imperative that you follow your surgeon's recommendation when it comes which exercises to do.

4. Tweak your home for (surgery) success!

To make your home safer and easier to navigate during recovery, Mayo Clinic recommends that you consider making the following improvements to your home prior to going in for the surgery:

• Create a total living space on one floor since climbing stairs can be difficult.

• Install safety bars or a secure handrail in your shower or bath.

• Secure stairway handrails.

• Get a stable chair with a firm seat cushion and back, and a footstool to elevate your leg.

• Arrange for a toilet-seat riser with arms if you have a low toilet.

• Try a stable bench or chair for your shower.

• Remove loose rugs and cords.

5. Accept and Avoid Rule!

Accept Physical Therapy!

Depending on your medical condition, the surgeon will recommend either home health therapy after the surgery, outpatient therapy or both (usually in success), again do your homework and chose your providers based on their past performance. Once again you are hiring so choose wisely. Medicare's home health compare for example, is a great tool that you can use to rate a home care agency based on their health care outcomes, as well as their patient satisfaction rating. For outpatient therapy, health grades has ratings tool you can use to help you chose the right outpatient physical therapy for your knee.

Avoid Infections!

Finally let's address the 800-pound Gorilla in the room! Knee Infection! Nothing hampers your recovery like a nasty infection. In knee replacement, they are very easy to avoid, yet they are the number one reason why rather a smooth ride to recovery town, becoming very bumpy all of a sudden. To avoid post-surgery infections, include an infection plan in your pre-surgery planning. Infections after a knee replacement are not common, but are nightmarish when they occur so avoid them at all cost. Make sure one of the questions you ask your surgeon during the interview is: What systems do you have in place to make sure I do not get knee infection after the surgery? Any good surgeon will walk you through their infection control plan which should include: pre, during and post-surgery plans. Dr. Howard J. Luks who is an orthopedic surgeon has an excellent article on knee infection prevention, that anyone who is planning to undergo a knee replacement surgery, should read.

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Eliminate Pain and Prevent Injury

If you do not have pain, you will. Up till a few months ago I did not have a personal experience with the damage that a static post could have on my body. Now attention to body mechanics maintenance has become foremost in my exercise schedule to treat pain in my lower back. However, consider this recommended method of rejuvenation and regeneration, myofascial release, for other areas of soreness.

The imbalance trigger – Seated for most of the day designing and implementing corporate wellness programs I shortened my hip flexors, my gluteal muscles stopped firing, and my lower back unwillingly took on more responsibility for my locomotion. The solution for me, and I suspect for most dealing with muscular or postural pain, is the application of soft tissue release techniques. As frequency and consistency are vital to recovery and rejuvenation of the grieving tissues, the techniques are best studied and self-applied at home or wherever convenient.

In the coming months, I intend to have available for my students and class participants various myofascial release videos that demonstrate simple, safe, and effective techniques which can be done at home and depending on the intensity preferred and tolerated with a tennis ball, golf ball , kitchen rolling pin, and / or baseball. I will include modifications for those individuals that find getting down and up off the floor problematic.

Soft tissue release and myofascial release techniques help us deal with imbalances caused by our body mechanics, our sports inclination, repetitive movements, old injuries, no movement, our weekend warrior syndrome, or even our emotional stress. To restore mobility and ease of movement learn safe and effective self-massage for muscles and fascia . Then stretch and lengthen the muscles that have been shortened by an unhealthy posture and follow that by strengthen the muscles that are not working in your best interest. Myofascial release practitioners experience relief reduction in discomfort, confidence in using self-myofascial release techniques and increased motivation to perform activities of daily living.

Fascia is a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue that envelopes, separates or binds muscles, organs and other soft structures in the body. We have learned that fascia plays a huge roll in our movement. It helps to support our muscles by transmitting force through the body. Since much of the force we experience daily comes from ground reaction forces coming through the body from the foot upwards, the foot is the first place to focus our attention. Think of the fascia system as an arrangement similar to a spider web, allowing movement in multiple directions, always organically changing to its environment. When we stop moving our fascia gets sticky and stuck.

Check in with yourself, feeling any pain? Please Google self-myofascial release techniques and learn more about how to apply self-care.

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Asthi Jivak Ayurvedic Knee Pain Treatment

Ayurveda is an ancient form of Indian medicine that has citation to almost every disease condition that could happen to a human being along with its treatment modules and prevention protocols. Ayurvedic system of medicine is based on the divine knowledge of sages who lived years back and their tremendous and in depth exploration of the nature and functions of the human body.

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Imperative Advantages of Sandhi Sudha Plus

Joint pain has been a problem for a number of people owed to metabolic disorders and lifestyle changes. Those who are obese tend to get problems in their knees, back and legs. People who sit in the office table for long hours develop neck and shoulder pain. Sandhi Sudha comes as a rescue to address all these joint ailments. This is a joint pain relief oil made with an all natural preparation and is based on an Ayurvedic formula, which is 1,000 years old. It is non-invasive and is meant for external application only.

Benefits

· With regular use of the oil, it is possible to feel calm and relaxed.

· It offers relief from body pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and back pain.

· Those with joint pain get their synovial fluid refilled to help joints function well.

· It relieves stiffness with muscles and tumors cervical spondylitis as well.

· Bones and joints with long term problems could also get treated with this oil.

How does it work?

The herbal formulation of this oil helps to improve lubrication between the two glands to aid their smooth functioning. It also helps to strengthen ligaments and muscles. After applying, the oil needs to be massaged on the skin's surface to aid its penetration, the circular motions of any massage would help in improving circulation in the affected area as well. It offers strength to the joints that are weak due to age and calcium deficiency. It stimulates synovial membranes to produce more synovial fluid to offer better lubrication between the joints.

How to use

The oil is meant for external application only. One or two tablespoons of 5ml oil is to be taken in a bowl. Dip fingertips in the oil and start massaging the affected area with fingertips gently. Too much pressure should not be applied and the oil should not be used in cut and damaged skin. Massages should be done in circular motion for at least 5 minutes. These steps could be repeated 3 times a day for 15 days for best results. A hot fomentation after massage maximizes results. The massage is found to be highly effective in treating muscle pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, wrist pain, back pain, arthritis and cervical spondylitis. Akarkara, nirgundi, gawarpatha are the main herbs used in the oil along with ten other herbs. Some of the rare herbs are used for best results in the oil.

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Flat Feet And How To Buy The Best Shoes

By looking at your foot arch, you can tell whether you have flat feet or not. When the arch is fallen or flat, the entire foot tends to make contact with the floor. A wet foot test can also help you determine whether you have flat feet. Flat feet result from longitudinal arch development, but it can also be as a result of health problems or injury. People with flat feet tend to be more prone to injuries because of lack of support to the upper part of the body but this is not a condition that requires surgery.

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How To Find Basic Relief From Lower Back Pain?

During your daily routine, there will be simple gestures that you will accomplish that will actually cause lower back pains. It's most likely that the most important pieces of information you zone in on are those that help people experience relief. Because, face it – relief or freedom from pain is what every person with the condition wants.

Relief from chronic lower back pain comes in a variety of forms. There are different types of medication (relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and pain relievers), diets and exercises (because chronic back pain is exacerbated by extra weight), lifestyle changes, and treatment methods. There certainly is no shortage of relief options; however, finding the one that can effectively restore your comfort and well-being is not going to be easy. Often, you need to combine solutions to get long-term relief, but the key is to really be open and try anything until you find those that work optimally well in providing you relief.

The type and frequency of stretching should be planned out carefully, because stretching too hard or too often could worsen the pain instead of eliminating it. A general rule is that stretching should be pain free and you should not force your body into difficult positions. Also, stretches are designed to be performed slowly and in a controlled manner, with holding certain parts of the movement for a few moments in order to allow the muscles or joints to become loose.

Here are some simple help you can do to heal the pain:

Forward Bend

Place a chair in front of you and put your hands on it, backing up slightly. Bend forward and allow your head to drop between the arms. Hold the position for one minute.

Hip Flexor Lunge

From a standing position, step forward with your right leg, making sure that your left leg is folded back and your left knee is lowered to the floor in a lunge position. Hold it for 30 seconds, then return to the standing position and repeat the movement with the other leg, again holding the end position for 30 seconds.

Knee to Chest Stretch

Lay down on your back with both legs extended. Bend your right knee, grab it with both hands and gently pull it toward your chest until you feel a decent stretch. Hold the final position for 30 seconds, then repeat with the other leg.

It's worth mentioning as well that chiropractic treatments help restore flexibility to the spine; the body will be able to execute a wider range of movements with ease and comfort, and slowly but surely, better quality of life can be achieved.

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Chiropractic Care – Lower Overall Healthcare Costs With Chiropractic Care Wellness Treatments

How Chiropractic care can lower overall healthcare costs. Whole-body health and wellness is essential to a happy and fulfilling lifestyle. Unfortunately for many, this healthy state of being feels out of reach, whether it’s because of chronic pain, discomfort, recurring health issues or failed weight loss goals. Something as seemingly small as migraines and headaches can be debilitating and ruin even the best chances of having a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that chiropractic care can help with all of these problems, and more? Not only that, but chiropractic care is one of the most cost-effective medical treatments available.

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Are You Sleeping on the Right or Wrong Pillow?

You have woken up in the last week with a stiff neck and feelings of tightness, maybe even a headache. What could be could be causing this. Let's discuss one factor: Your Neck Pillow. What is it or is it not doing for you? Is it the source of your neck pain?

What do you think of when buying a pillow? Is it comfy? That's probably your # 1 concern. You may also ask yourself – will I get a good night's sleep? Do you need a special pillow because you are suffering with a pinched nerve or numbness and tingling? Others might be thinking- okay I have a king size mattress, I have to get larger pillows. Lots of things to think about when purchasing a pillow because its going to have an effect on your sleep.

Here is an important question to ask, that not many people first think of. Does your pillow keep you in alignment? This often comes into play with contoured neck pillows. You know those pillows with a “neck roll”. They can often keep you in good post in all sleeping positions. The neck roll helps to improve and maintain that natural neck curve. This is referred to as the cervical spine. The mid-back is your Thoracic spine, and the low back is the Lumbar spine.

What exactly does good posture or alignment look like? Imagine a person standing in front of you. From the anterior-posterior (front to back), your spine should be straight up and down. From the lateral view (from the side), you should have smooth flowing curves. A 'C' curve in the neck and one in the low back. Actually the low back is more of an elliptical curve (a wider, more elongated 'C'). With a Neck Pillow you can align the spine while getting a good night's sleep!

One of the most common misalignments is loss of the neck curve. So that “neck roll” built into a neck pillow is very important. Always remember that posture is a window into the spine. This means that if we have good posture our spine is aligned, and vice versa. And if the spine is in alignment, then the nerves are free from pressure and there's no pain.

Now the question becomes: will this keep me out of pain? We know that if we keep the nerves free from pressure, then we keep pain and problems away. With a properly aligned spine, we have minimal pressure on the nerves. An aligned spine also holds the disks in position. The disc is a 'shock absorber' of sorts, and lies between all the bones or vertebrae. This translates in minimal pinching. That means you will not have neck pain, shooting pains, numbness and tingling or weakness in the upper extremity.

So are you Sleeping on the Wrong pillow? Ask yourself: is it too high? Too Low? Is is too Soft? etc … Too high means your head may be pushed forward if you're on your back and if you're on your side, you're tilted or laterally bent. The opposite is essentially true for a pillow that's too low or too soft. This may also be the case for an old / worn out pillow that's too soft ..

What if the pillows too firm? The big issue here is that it may be very uncomfortable. You just can not get used to it. It's too much for the muscles of your head and neck. Comfort is actually a big deal. This is one of the most important qualities of a pillow: Is it comfortable with side sleeping and back sleeping? Getting good sleep is of utmost importance and a pillow that's too hard can hinder your sleep. Worse, you wake up in pain, discomfort or a headache.

So next time you are humming or haa-ing over what pillow you should buy, consider all the above points. Next time you wake up in pain, consider going pillow shopping. It will do your body and your sleep some good. I guarantee.

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