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How Activity Helps With Pain

How Exercise Helps With PainWhen we are pain we seem to do all that is in our power to avoid making it worse, right? For some people this may mean limiting most of their activity altogether. Unfortunately, ignoring pain does not make it go away nor does avoiding motions that may cause discomfort. This avoidance, in fact, creates greater problems including weakened muscles, compromised posture, and further joint trouble. However, studies have discovered that regular physical activity aids in the reduction of chronic pain.

Everyone responds to pain differently, but research has been able to harness a quantitative measure to compare levels of pain. Our pain threshold refers to when we begin to feel pain and our pain tolerance is the amount of time we can handle pain before stopping whatever we are doing that is causing it. The vice president with Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham Alabama, Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, explains, “Exercise improves your pain threshold. With chronic pain, your pain threshold drops -- in other words, it takes less pain to make you feel more uncomfortable. With cardiovascular, strengthening, and flexibility exercise, you can improve that pain threshold.”

Researchers at the University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia studied exactly that.

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How Food Can Cause Inflammation

How Food Causes InflammationMost people think that eating food is a no-brainer - we eat food and we live. But it is not quite that simple. Every person’s body is unique and every person’s body reacts differently to certain foods. Some people experience gastrointestinal upset, mood disorders, skin issues, chronic pain, and many other conditions. This is because some foods cause inflammation in certain people. This inflammation leads to the degeneration of the body’s cells.

Inflammation occurs in some people because foods they eat contribute to, or cause, leaky gut. Leaky gut happens when large molecules get through the gut lining and into the blood stream prematurely. This causes the body to send “soldiers” in to fight these molecules and remove them. This process creates inflammation. Some professionals also believe that certain foods feed viruses that are harboured in the body, causing inflammation as the virus irritates the cells it inhabits as it grows and multiplies into more virus cells.

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10 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera for Topical Relief

10 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera for ReliefAloe Vera is one of Nature's Ingredients and when it is used topically it has many benefits for your body, especially if you are in need of some relief.

Here are 10 reasons you should use Aloe Vera topically:

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The Do's and Don'ts for Knee Pain

The Do's and Dont's When Dealing With Knee PainKnee problems are, unsurprisingly, very common. After all, the knee is the largest joint in the body and is responsible for bending and straightening your legs! It is a common misconception that bad knees mean you are unable to exercise. In fact, professionals insist that it is crucial to stay active to strengthen the supporting muscles and to prevent any issues from getting worse. But as always, there are movements you should avoid. Good news though, there are plenty of safe exercises that do not strain the knee joint!

Here are the Do’s And Don’ts to keep in mind when dealing with knee troubles:

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How Collagen Reduces Pain

How Collagen Reduces PainCollagen is a protein and its main responsibility is to build the structural components of our bodies. Muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, and tendons contain mass amounts of these collagen cells. Without collagen these tissues fail to perform properly. We have abundant amounts of collagen protein cells in our bodies when we are young. But, as we age, we need to take better care to eat the right foods to help us maintain our collagen cells and avoid the foods that can cause the premature breakdown of these collagen protein cells.

We can begin to experience pain when the collagen cells in our bodies fail to produce healthy cells. This loss of collagen can cause muscle soreness and stiffness, bone pain when bones rub together in areas where there is no longer adequate collagen, heart or chest pain (angina) when the heart muscle or blood vessels lose strength, or body aches when tendons become weak and can no longer support our muscles and bones.

Collagen is a very vital part of our health and maintaining a pain free life!

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Tips to Prevent Shin Splints

How to Prevent Shin SplintsShin splints can be caused by many different things. Some include overused muscles, stress fractures, weakness of stabilizing muscles or compromised lumbar spine function. Regardless of the cause, they are painful. The good news is there are several ways to prevent them before they become an issue!
                        
Some ways to prevent shin splints are:

1. Warm up!

Before you begin your workout, you must dedicate some time to prepare your muscles for the work they are about to do. This can be done by just walking a few laps leisurely and doing some dynamic stretching afterward.

Another great exercise to include in your warm up is toe curls.

  • Standing hip-width apart on a towel, start with one foot and begin to gather the fabric by curling your toes.
  • While you gather the fabric with your toes, pull it closer to you until you have gathered most of it.
  • Return to the beginning and repeat the same motion on the other foot.

Also, once you begin your workout be sure to start gradually. During exercise, your shins have to bear up to six times your bodyweight. Be sure to be mindful of this when deciding what intensity to start with.

2. Stretch it out!

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Facts About Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg SyndromeIt is estimated that up to 10% of Americans suffer from restless leg syndrome and about 2-3% of these cases are categorized as severe RLS. This condition affects people of all ages, but most commonly middle-aged and older individuals.

Restless leg syndrome is a nervous system disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs, resulting in an overwhelming need to move the legs to try to make the sensations go away. The sensation can vary depending on the person including throbbing, achiness, pain, numbness, tingling sensations, or a creeping feeling, as though insects are moving across the skin.

Unfortunately, RLS tends to flare up at night, leading to sleep disorders for many people.

With most cases of restless leg syndrome, the cause is unknown, but researchers believe that the following factors may be culprits:

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10 Reasons to Use Emu Oil For Relief

10 Reasons to Use Emu Oil for Pain ReliefEmu Oil is 100% natural and is a safe and effective way to ease a variety of painful conditions. It has been used in medicinal practices for centuries and is also used cosmetically to heal the surface of the skin. Here are 10 reasons to use Emu Oil.

#1) Emu oil mimics the fatty lipids that are found in the top layer of our skin, which helps it absorb into the skin faster than any other type of oil or cream.

#2) Emu Oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and effectively treats the skin, as well as the surfaces below the skin.

#3) Emu oil has the ability to penetrate the skin further than other known substance. When it is used in conjunction with other anti-inflammatory ingredients, it can bring those ingredients below the skin's surface as well.

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How Mindfulness Practice Reduces Pain

How Mindfulness Reduces PainPain is regulated by our nervous system. Our brain alerts us of the pain we feel and it strives to maintain balance in the body. Stress disrupts the brain’s ability to deal with pain signals. Dr. Steven Stanos, medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, stated, “The brain is always trying to inhibit pain signals. But if you're stressed, simply put, the brain's ability to filter these pain signals is affected in a bad way and pain can be increased.” Research shows that even the process of thinking about something stressful immediately causes increased tension in the back muscles. This tension aggravates any underlying conditions that you may have.

Mindfulness significantly reduces stress levels, anxiety, and feelings of depression. Researchers conducted a study in which participants were placed in an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction group. When participants finished this training, scans revealed that in troubling situations they had less neural activity and responses. This means that there wasn’t a large release of stress hormones, leading researchers to the conclusion that mindfulness teaches strategies that help the brain regulate and react to an emotional situation with less stress, thus helping decrease pain levels.

But when some people think of mindfulness exercises, they envision someone sitting around chanting mantras or listening to a recording that tells them to envision certain things. This idea is unappealing to many individuals and they decide that practicing mindfulness is not for them.

This is understandable because it can be difficult to make yourself sit around and listen to a voice telling you to imagine that you are floating on water. However, practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be like this.

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How Magnesium Relieves Pain

How Magnesium Helps Relieve PainMagnesium is an essential mineral that our bodies need for over 600 cellular processes. Our bodies do not manufacture magnesium; the foods we eat supply the body with magnesium. Researchers believe that some of our conventionally grown foods are deficient in magnesium, which is due to the soil being depleted of certain nutrients. Many researchers recommend that we choose organically grown vegetables since many organic growers replace the nutrients lost through farming, by properly amending the soil.

Many functions in the body rely on Magnesium. It helps to maintain the proper function of the central nervous system and low levels can be associated with changes in brain function and mood. Low magnesium levels are commonly found in people with Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, depression, and Autism. People who experience migraine headaches are often found to have low levels of magnesium as well.

Our immune system relies on magnesium to keep us healthy. Low levels of magnesium are associated with a poorly functioning immune system. This is partly because viruses and bacteria are stressors for the body, and when the body is under stress it uses more magnesium. Physical and emotional stress is very common in our modern lives. When we are under stress, the body uses more magnesium to help our minds and bodies cope. This depletes our magnesium stores and lowers our immune system.

The proper function of our muscles is dependent on adequate levels of magnesium. Often people with a low magnesium level will experience muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms, and more. Low levels of magnesium affect our muscles’ ability to relax and the body’s pain levels. Pain sufferers are often advised to try increasing their intake of magnesium to see whether it helps to reduce their pain levels.

Magnesium and Pain

Pain in the body is most often caused by inflammation. Inflammation is a sign that something is not functioning well in the body, or that the body is dealing with a lot of emotional or physical stress.
Magnesium plays a key role in controlling the level of inflammation in our bodies since it regulates so many cell functions.

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