When you’re struggling with chronic pain, an inactive lifestyle can worsen muscle or health issues. That’s why a level of activity is instrumental in maintaining your health and aiding in recovery. Fortunately, there are 10 small and easy steps you can take to leading a more active lifestyle. Take it Slow Rome wasn’t built in a day. Going out and training for a half-marathon may be a little much. Instead, try incorporating a light exercise activity such as a daily walk outside at a manageable distance. Start Early Even if you’re not traditionally a morning person, doing physical activity in the early AM has many benefits beyond exercising in the evening. Rising early and heading to yoga or the gym gets your endorphins moving and sets the tone for the rest of your day. Know Your Limits Right out of the gate, you might be tempted to push yourself to Continue reading →

Spinal stenosis is a condition that can put pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves of your spine. Usually, it will occur in the neck or the low back. When you have spinal stenosis, you may feel pain, numbness, weakness in your muscles and even impaired bladder control. While it is often caused by the wear and tear we put on our bodies over time, it can be treated, and some exercises can help alleviate the pain. Exercises for Spinal Stenosis From aerobic exercise to stretching, there are a number of things you can do to help with your spinal stenosis. 1. Walking: Walking is a perfect, low-impact exercise for this condition. You can vary the pace as needed, making it more or less strenuous. Adding a daily walk is a great idea. 2. Swimming: Another ideal exercise is swimming because it strengthens all the muscle groups in your Continue reading →

Sports massage therapy can be essential for athletes who need to recover from injury quickly. Everyday training can put the body under a lot of stress, which eventually contributes to pain and injuries. Various massage therapy techniques do effectively reduce muscle stiffness and help a speedy recovery. Here’s a few most-effective options for athletes. Acute Stretching Acute stretching is one of the best massage therapy techniques for athletes. The use of acute stretching prior to the beginning of a workout routine warms up the muscles, increases the range of motion and reduces the risk of injuries during a training session. While there are two camps when it comes to stretching before a workout, the benefits of the technique are becoming more widely accepted. Several clinical studies suggest that stretching before exercise plays a paramount role in injury prevention. The very same applies to chronic stretching after an exercise session is Continue reading →

Anyone who experiences cold weather joint pain knows how sore it can be and that it may affect general mobility and well-being. What are the best ways to cope with these types of aches?

Nobody likes to be in pain, and with so many great, modern new treatments available nowadays, our options for dealing with niggling health issues such as tendon-related pain have never been greater. Perhaps you’re wondering if extracorporeal shock wave therapy may be an ideal treatment for yourself or a loved one, or maybe your doctor has mentioned it as a possibility for treating your current condition. In this article, we’re going to explore the different conditions extracorporeal shock wave therapy can treat, how it works, and what you can expect when you undergo this procedure. 

When we exercise, we deplete our stores of glycogen and break down our muscle and red blood cells. The result is that we need to recover. Nutrition plays a tremendous role in the body’s recovery processes. In this context, “recovery” can be defined as the return to a healthy state. To help achieve muscle recovery you should consume the foods known to have the desired positive effects. Important muscle recovery foods include:

Hot stone massage therapy is an increasingly popular modern method of relieving stress, reducing muscle stiffness, and boosting blood circulation. However, the use of smooth, hot stones to warm, relax, and therapeutically massage key points of the body is nothing new. In fact, it is something very ancient in its origins.

Head trauma has long been a leading cause of serious injury across a wide range of professional contact sports, besides among college, high school, and amateur sports players. Concussions are a variety of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that often occurs when sports participants accidentally knock heads, receive an elbow, knee, or foot impact to their head, receive too many direct head blows in boxing, collide head-first with the ground or a stationery object, or otherwise suffer from sudden, forceful head trauma. A single major concussion or a long series of smaller concussions in sports events can be career-ending and may lead to chronic severe headaches, nervous system damage, depression, suicidal thoughts, violent/erratic behaviors, and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can only be successfully diagnosed after death.

If you’ve recently suffered a concussion, we advise that it will probably take you at least 1 – 2 weeks before you start feeling completely back to your normal self again. The good news is that if you’re managing your concussion from home, you’re well on the road to a full recovery. However, how long it takes will depend on various factors, such as your age, the severity of the concussion, and your health before the head trauma. 

If you or someone you know has recently experienced a blow to the head, it’s wise to check for symptoms of concussion and consult a medical expert just to be on the safe side. However, many of us do occasionally hit our heads without any serious consequences – so how do we know when it’s time to get down to the emergency room?