Dealing With Athletic Injuries to Muscles and Joints

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For many of us, muscle injury is something we’ve dealt with at one point or another. No matter what your level of fitness or your activity, muscle injury can occur at any time. However, there are some things that you can do to prevent things like pulled muscles, strained backs, or bum knees, like:

  • Drinking enough water
  • Making sure to do a warm up before exercise
  • Doing a cool down after exercise
  • Staying properly nourished by eating a balanced diet
  • Stretching thoroughly before and after exercise
  • Wearing the right clothing and shoes
  • Following proper technique
  • Observing safety and sport precautions

All of these things can help reduce the incidence of injury, but sometimes, the inevitable happens and you end up with a painful joint or muscle. When that happens, it’s best to take things easy for awhile. Modify your routine to reduce stress on the injury, taking care to not further injury the joint or muscle. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to flush out the toxins in your body.

After the injury has occurred, start by applying a cold compress to the area, to bring down inflammation. IceWave Patches can also aid in reducing acute inflammation caused by muscle injury. During the next few days, apply warm compresses to loosen the muscle. Also, consider taking Acute Phase, a combination supplement that’s designed to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. You can also consider other supplements, like Fibroplex 120 and ChondroCare to aid in the healing and prevention of muscle injury moving forward.

Eating a nutritious diet and getting enough rest during the healing period is also essential, as it ensures that your body has what it needs to heal. Some may find that meditation, acupuncture, or massage therapy can aid in the recovery process as well.

For more information on dealing with athletic injuries, check out our Athletic Injury Basics.


What To Do About Stress: Meditate!


Stress. Everyone experiences it at one time or another and some experience it all the time. Stress can be a terrible feeling but it can also be affecting your health. Chronic stress can affect your blood pressure and mental health, not to mention diet and sleeping habits. Several studies have been conducted showing the benefits of meditation in regards to lowering blood pressure and improving mental health. With meditation, you can help relieve some or all of that stress and improve your overall level of wellness.

The goal of meditation is to bring inner peace within you in a positive manner.

Here are some facts about meditation you may not have known:

  • Meditation is a natural procedure that should be practiced for 20 minutes, twice a day, for the best results.
  • It is the most researched method for self development.
  • It is also the most widely practiced method for self development.
  • Meditation originated in India, but today, is practiced all over the world.

Here are some basic mediation instructions:

  1. Find a quiet room ? make sure it is not a place where you work or exercise.
  2. Stretch to loosen muscles and tendons.
  3. Sit in a comfortable position (can be on the floor, in a chair, etc.)
  4. Close your eyes (if you have trouble with your eyes closed, place a candle in the room and focus on it).
  5. Breathe deep (this helps slow your heart rate as well as relaxes muscles and focuses the mind).
  6. Focus on your body parts starting at your feet, going all the way up to the top of your head. Think about the way they feel and relax them one by one (include your internal organs).
  7. Or focus on positive thoughts.

In order for meditation to work for you, patience is needed because your mind will not always want to focus. And practicing meditation on a regular basis will help you gain a sense of yourself.

If you are not comfortable meditating by yourself, you can pick up CDs that will walk you through the meditation technique or you can ask someone to join you. There also a lot of books about the technique of meditation that will be extremely helpful as well.

What are your best meditation tips?



Exercise: The Fountain of Youth?

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In a recent piece by New York Times health writer Gretchen Reynolds, she mentioned a very startling discovery that may get many people exercising. According to her report, Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University, discovered in an experiment that exercise kept a strain of mice from becoming gray prematurely. However, that wasn’t the miraculous part. These mice were actually genetically programmed to grow old at an accelerated pace, so the odds were actually against the mice. But exercise seemed to work miracles in reducing or eliminating almost every detrimental effect of aging. Just imagine what this research could mean for humans and exercise!

As a result of the experiment, we have no doubt that people will begin to take exercise much more seriously. After all, we already know that exercise can improve cardiovascular health, boost immunity, lend more energy, and help in weight control. Studies of older humans have also shown that weightlifting can improve health at the cellular level. However, the fact that exercise can actually REDUCE the detrimental effects of aging is pretty amazing. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with future studies, but this is definitely good news for those who incorporate exercise into a healthy lifestyle plan.

If you haven’t started exercising regularly, now is the time for doing it. This study is just sampling of the benefits exercise and a healthy diet has to offer anyone.



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