Ice Versus Heat for Pain Relief

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“I just pulled a muscle. Should I put ice or heat on it?”

“I have a muscle pull that has been lingering for months, should I use ice or heat?”

“I have a pain that has been chronic for years, should I use ice or heat?”

“I have joint pain that comes and goes. Should I use ice or heat?”

These are all questions that I hear frequently. If you use your body and exercise, you will get aches and pains and muscle pulls. Even if you don’t use your body and don’t exercise and are mostly sedentary, you will have more aches, pains and muscle pulls. So what is the best way to treat them? Continue reading Ice Versus Heat for Pain Relief

Just Because Your Old, Doesn’t Mean You Should Be In Pain

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“If I had known I was going to live this long then I would have taken better care of myself.”

“Getting old isn’t for sissies.”

“This pain is just due to getting old.”

These are all common sayings I hear around my office.

I am here to tell you that just because you are aging, doesn’t mean that you have to be in pain. Aging doesn’t equal pain. Continue reading Just Because Your Old, Doesn’t Mean You Should Be In Pain

Healthy Eating Heals Injuries

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Everyone knows that if you want to be thin, then you have to eat right and eat healthy. Does healthy eating have other benefits for your body? And how does it positively benefit your body?

Eating right will increase energy levels. Eating right will help your body function at a higher right level. Eating right will prevent injuries, and help to heal injuries quickly. Continue reading Healthy Eating Heals Injuries

Rest And Recovery

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Rest is kind of like stretching, it won’t get you in shape, but it is essential if you want to stay in shape.

Rest and sleep is when your body remodels itself and recovers from the stresses of exercise and daily life. If you don’t get enough rest or sleep, you will be more prone to injury.

Rest improves recovery, decreases inflammation, boosts energy, decreases soreness, improves strength, and improves immune function. Continue reading Rest And Recovery

Vegetable Oils

olive oilVegetable oils are found in a variety of foods that are available today. Most processed foods will have some vegetable oils in them. This is a huge difference from 100 years ago when vegetable oils were just being discovered.

Since the 50’s and 60’s it vegetable oils have been touted by most nutrition advocates as a safe and effective alternative to butters and other, more fatty, oils and cooking substances.

Our knowledge of nutrition and how nutrients affect our bodies has greatly advanced since the 50’s and 60’s. Unfortunately, most nutritional recommendations have not changed since then. Continue reading Vegetable Oils

Can Vitamins Harm?

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I am a big proponent of vitamins. I have long believed that we need supplemental vitamins to ensure optimal health.

Would it be better if we could get all of our vitamins and minerals and nutrients out of our daily food? Of course it would be. But most of us do not eat a healthy, well balanced diet.

Even if you do eat a healthy, well balanced diet, you can still benefit from supplemental vitamins.

I have a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. I eat a well balanced and healthy diet. I know about nutrition. But I still feel that I can benefit from supplemental vitamins. Continue reading Can Vitamins Harm?

How to Manage Arthritis through Exercise and Diet

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Painful and inflamed osteo-arthritic joints affect millions of Americans every day. Millions fight a daily, uphill battle to reduce their pain associated with arthritic and degenerative joints.

While the symptoms of arthritis may come on quickly, it is important to realize that the process has been going on for years. Continue reading How to Manage Arthritis through Exercise and Diet

Ease Arthritis Pain Through Exercise

ti chiExercise has been proven to slow down the progression of osteo-arthritis through strengthening up the muscles that surround irritated joints. The stronger and looser the muscles are that surround an arthritic joint, the more stabile and less painful that joint will be.

The more you can exercise, the stronger your muscles will get, and the more weight you will loose. This will allow you to move easier and will take stress off of your irritated and arthritic joints.

It is a matter of finding the right exercises to do. If you have foot, ankle, knee, hip or low back arthritis, then the pounding from jogging and running will be too much on your joints. It will flair up your pain and symptoms. Low impact exercise is the way to go: stationary bike, outdoor bike, elliptical machine, stair master, swimming, rowing. These are all examples of low impact cardio-vascular exercise.

The Pain Free Lifestyle program takes you step by step through the process of getting into shape. It will lead you into a healthier, less painful and more active lifestyle.

Here is a slide show that demonstrates some stretches and exercises that are easy on your body, low impact, and will not flair up your arthritis.

http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/managing-oa-pain-10/everyday-exercises-for-oa-slideshow

The Epidemic of Inflammation

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There is an epidemic of chronic, low grade inflammation going on in our society. Many people have some type of inflammation going on in their bodies.

Chronic, low grade inflammation, while not severe, will irritate disease process, sprains/ strains, tendonitis, bursitis, anything ending in -itis (pancreatitis, bursitis), anything inflammatory (irritable bowel), to name a few issues it exacerbates. It is my opinion that chronic, low grade inflammation exacerbates almost every problem throughout the body. Inflammation will not create an issue, but it will certainly make it worse. Continue reading The Epidemic of Inflammation