As summer temperatures continue to rise, many of us are seeking out the nearest pool to beat the heat. But there’s more to get from your time in the water than a fun reprieve from the sun.
Water workouts and aquatic therapy offer a wide variety of health benefits, too, and bonus – they’re great for people of all shapes, sizes, and ability levels when it comes to recovering from sports injuries, joint pain or injury, post-surgical recovery, orthopedic conditions and injury, and more.
When we’re injured or dealing with a chronic, painful condition, it can be tempting to resign ourselves to the couch. But the truth is, gentle, low-impact movement can actually help increase your recovery time when done correctly, and ease painful systems associated with your injury or condition.
Give these three options a try:
Swimming and water aerobics. Swimming and moving under water are excellent options for people dealing with chronic pain, because the buoyancy helps to reduce injury-inducing resistance, and takes some of the stress off of your muscles and joints – and while building up strength and alleviating pain.
Hot and cold therapy is a natural, effective way to combat chronic pain. But which should you use for back pain, arthritis, or injuries such as strains and sprains?
Read on to learn when you should turn up the heat or cool it down.
Arthritis. Apply moist heat to stiff, tight joints to help relax muscles and ease pain.
There are few things worse for back, neck, shoulder, hip, and knee pain than a long commute. But that trek back and forth to work is an unavoidable reality for many of us.
To help make your commute pain-free, consider some of these tips:
Whether it’s minor body aches, chronic lower back pain, or the pain that comes from recovering from an injury or condition, studies have shown that food really can help you feel better.
When you incorporate nutrient-packed fruits, vegetables, and grains into your rehabilitation plan, you increase the likelihood of recovering more quickly and feeling better faster.
It can be daunting to make those big changes we think we need to make when it comes to losing weight, staying active, or eating healthier. Goals like, “lose 20 pounds this month,” or “No more sugar in my diet,” seem huge and unattainable, and that can make it hard to find the motivation to even get started.
The truth is though, when it comes to your health, lasting change is made through a serious of tiny, conscious choices made every day – things that are so simple and small, you might already be doing them!
Have you smiled today? If not, go and ahead and do it now, because it could actually make a huge difference in the level of pain you’re experiencing.
Studies have found that people suffering from chronic pain conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, and fibromyalgia experience less pain and fewer symptoms simply by adopting a positive attitude. Some research has even found that a happy outlook can be as effective as taking painkillers.
There may not be a magic cure-all for back pain, but there are a few things, including physical therapy, that can help reduce pain and manage your symptoms.
These, however, are not those things. These bad back habits can actually increase your pain and up your chances for further injury – so steer clear.
Have you finally gotten acclimated to the Spring time change? It’s definitely been tough waking up an hour earlier, and not just because you’re feel extra groggy.
Daylight saving time actually has real implications on our physical health.
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, if you work in physically demanding jobs outside of an office, daylight savings time actually increases your chance of workplace injury and reduces motor functioning, thanks to lack of sleep.
It might surprise you to know that physical therapy can do more than get you back on your feet following an injury – although it can definitely do that, too. Did you know physical therapy is also an invaluable pain and condition management tool for these other conditions as well?
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