Monday, July 16th, 2012
So you’ve just completed a hard workout or you’ve just finished a big day working in the yard. Now to relax you just want to get in the hot tub or put a couple heat packs on your body and soak it in. Sounds good right? But is it the best thing for your body? NO.
Think about a baseball pitcher. After he has thrown a big game, what do they do with his arm? They ice it down. Why? He has just physically stressed his arm and shoulder. The same thing you do with a workout or with any other increased physical activity like yard work. When you stress a muscle there are micro tears that occur within the muscle. This stress and these tears create inflammation. The best thing to naturally slow and minimize inflammation is ice. Heat will do nothing but make the inflammation worse. Large whirlpool baths that athletes use are filled with cold water, not hot. All for the purpose of reducing inflammation after a hard workout.
Friday, August 6th, 2010
A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows that immobilization of a joint can result in degeneration of the nerves controlling the joint and the muscles surrounding it. This is significant because it shows that any state of immobilization, either surgical, bed rest, or laziness can lead to degeneration of the nerves.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
For many years osteoarthritis has been thought to be solely a by-product of aging. Today, this is not the case. Many individuals suffer with osteoarthritis at a relatively young age, and at the same time many older individuals suffer very little from osteoarthritis. So what causes osteoarthritis? If it’s not solely due to aging, which you can’t avoid, then some other cause may be able to be prevented.
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Balance and proprioception are huge problems among our aging population. I began the discussion on this topic in the last post about the possibility of utilizing barefoot shoes to improve your balance. We also discussed how life threatening poor balance can be. I would like to mention simple exercises you can get your parent, grandparent, or yourself to do to improve balance and proprioception in order to prevent life altering fractures from falls.
It is a good idea to have someone present as a supervisor for these exercises when they are first attempted as a safety precaution. Always keep something stable next to you (wall, chair, counter) so you can catch yourself if you lose your balance. Some of these exercises may seem very simple, but for many individuals they are very difficult. Begin with the easiest exercises first until a good basis for the level of balance and proprioception is established.
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or think you may have it. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, it can take up to 4 years to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Why does it take so long? The reason is because fibromyalgia is sort of a diagnosis you get if you fit the description and symptoms and nothing else can be found as the cause. Fibromyalgia is somewhat of a mystery and is not well understood. In the past it was looked upon as mostly a psychological condition, but more resent research has shown a possible link to chemical imbalances within the brain, resulting in a lower pain tolerance.