How To Treat Muscle and Pain From Exercising

It is no secret that exercising is one of the best things that you can do for your body, hands down.

Regular exercising will reduce your dependence on your doctor and the over burdened health care system.

Regular exercising will keep you looking and feeling like you are 10-20 years younger.

Regular exercising, if done in the right way, will reduce your aches and pains and prevent them from progressing and getting worse as you age.

Along with all of these benefits, exercising can cause some irritation. The way that exercise makes you stronger is that when you exercise, you tear muscle fibers. These torn muscle fibers then repair themselves stronger and bigger than what they were prior to the workout. Continue reading How To Treat Muscle and Pain From Exercising

How Much Should You Exercise?

With so much information out there on exercise, most of it contradictory, how can you know the correct amount of exercise for yourself?

How much exercise you require might be different then the person next to you who is the same age and shape. The right amount of exercise is dependent on so many variables.

It depends on your past medical history (do you have heart disease? High blood pressure? History of thrombosis or embolism?). It also depends on your past injuries (do you have a bad shoulder from playing football when you were younger? Do you have a bad hip from falling too many times while cheerleading?). Continue reading How Much Should You Exercise?

Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 3

yoga 2You can prevent falls. Not just by being more aware of where you step. But by strengthening the muscles that support you and keep you upright, and that will catch you when you fall.

Even though falling might seem like an isolated incidence, with little predisposing you to it, falling is made worse and more likely by your overall health.

The leading cause of falling in those over age 65 is from a lack of hip mobility. This lack of hip mobility builds up over time. It is cummulative. Continue reading Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 3

Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 2

200177292-001As our population ages, issues associated with aging are becoming more and more prominent. Recently, the New York Times ran a series of articles on falling and how it can affect the elderly.

When we are young, falling is part of our physical developement. Falling can help us learn how to walk and how to maintain balance. But as we get older, those falls get harder and affect us more.

My uncle Mort, who lived to his mid 90’s said that the older he got, the harder the ground became. To me, this is a great illustration of how our bodies change over the years. Certainly the gorund didn’t get any harder. What changed was his body. Over the years, my uncle’s body accumulated wear and tear. This coupled with not recovering from traumas as quickly as he did when he was younger, made the effects of the falls worse as my uncle aged.

The older we get, the more falling will affect us. This means that it will take time and money to heal. It can be expensive to pay for the physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehab, and treatment that all comes with healing from a major injury. It can get very expensive.

Prevent falls now by taking care of yourself now. You can prevent falls in the future, and you can decrease the drastic effects of a traumatic event by keeping your muscles strong and loose.

Pain Free Lifestyle is an exercise, stretching and nutrition program that is easy on your body. It is designed to be able to be done by anyone. no matter what type of shape, or lack there of, they are in. It is low impact and low intensity. This is because as you get older, you can’t go hard with exercise. If you go too hard, you will only injure yourself.

Exercise now to prevent health issues in the future. Exercise smarter, not harder. This is the Pain Free Way.

Here is an article from the New York Times on the effects of falling on our society

 

 

 

Reduce Joint Pain Through Exercise

knee replacement 2A recent study came out concluding the at 1 in 5 americans are in chronic and daily pain. If you are in pain, you can reduce that pain through proper exercise and healthy eating.

It is easy to do, it just takes consistency. I’m not talking about spending an hour a day 5 days a week pumping heavy iron in an expensive gym. If you know what you are doing, then you can exercise from home, using a few inexpensive dumbbells. Spending 20 minutes 3 days a week. Continue reading Reduce Joint Pain Through Exercise

1 in 5 Americans In Chronic Daily Pain

200177292-001A large scale study was just published that proved that 1 in 5 Americans, roughly 39 million people, are in pain on a daily basis.

Pain affects everyone. I treat pain. I am a trigger point doctor, a chiropractor. I think that more people are in pain than what we think there are. And this study reinforces that.

If you suffer from chronic, daily pain you don’t have to throw in the towel. You can do something to lessen your pain. Proper exercise and healthy eating will reduce pain. But it has to be low intensity and low impact exercise along with stretching. Continue reading 1 in 5 Americans In Chronic Daily Pain

Extreme Exercising

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In our society, if you want someone to take notice of a product, label it “extreme”. It seems like everything is extreme now.

“This is the new and extreme version of potato chips, the flavor is EXTREME!”

“Volume 2 of our exercise system is even more extreme than volume 1!”

Just because something is extreme, doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Continue reading Extreme Exercising

Pain and Exercise

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Pain has become all pervasive throughout our society. It is a major driving force behind the pharmaceutical industry and the health care industry. It is the number 1 reason why people go to see medical doctors.

In the past, pain was not considered a major symptom. Many times medical doctors would conclude that a medical procedure was successful, even if the patient was still in pain after the surgery. As long as the structural issue was corrected, the pain was secondary.

I heard a medical doctor tell their patient that the surgery was success, the surgical site healed properly, and the structural issue was corrected. They tell the patient not to worry that the pain is still there, it might go away, it might not. But the pain is not the concern of the surgeon.

Pain is a major driving force in our society. There are 116 million Americans who are in chronic pain on a daily basis. That is a huge amount of the population. Just because someone looks fine, doesn’t mean that they are pain free. Continue reading Pain and Exercise

Reduce Dependence on Pain Medication Through Exercise and Healthy Eating

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Pharmaceutical opiates are killing more than 40 people per day.

This is according to a new book by Erin Marie Daily titled “Generation Rx: A story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis”.

Opiates are a class of pharmaceutical drugs that are derived from the poppy plant. It is the same plant that heroin and morphine are made from. They are also called narcotics, pain killers, pain meds, etc.

If you can control your pain, then you can reduce your chances of having to turn to these medications for pain relief. Continue reading Reduce Dependence on Pain Medication Through Exercise and Healthy Eating

Exercise To Reduce Pain And Feel Better

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The diet and exercise industry is a good reflection of society in general. Society focuses on, and rewards, an aesthetically pleasing body rather than a functional body.

For years the fitness industry (and all of its many offshoots) has focused on how to look good and lose weight. It promotes bodies that are tight, toned and tanned, rather than promoting feeling good, reducing pain and increasing activity levels; issues that are important to most of us throughout our daily lives. Continue reading Exercise To Reduce Pain And Feel Better