This is when you should draw upon your years of experience and "bite the bullet". You just have to accept what has happened and do whatever you have to do, for as long as it takes to let it heal and repair. Depending on the severity of your injury, you probably can work around it to be able perform some type of low intensity exercise. If you have to stay out of the gym all together for a couple of weeks or even a month so be it. You have to look at the long term. If you have been training for years and plan to for as long as you can and have to take a month off, don't worry. That one-month which you have to stop training doesn't really mean much in the big picture if you have been training for years and will continue to train after your injury. If you can perform some type of exercise, even if it's only walking, do it. Your getting your body moving, your blood flowing, and it helps to clear your mind. An injury is just as much as a mental setback as it is a physical setback. It's the people who remain mentally strong and positive during injuries that recover faster and get back to fighting shape and sometimes even better they were before the setback.
Exercising when you have chronic headaches is always a challenge. Many times a migraine is made worse by even light activity and most migraineurs want to just lie down and be still as any movement makes the pounding pain increase. So how do you get exercise if you are having regular headaches? One of the best ways to reduce the level of pain and frequency of migraines is through aerobic exercise. The exercise will raise serotonin levels and since serotonin receptors are involved in migraine, this reduces headaches. Endorphins also go up (the brain's happy drug! ) so everyone feels good after exercising. Great. Just great. Sounds fine. But how in the world can you do this when your head is exploding? And if you have a daily headache, just the thought of exercising causes anxiety because the exercise might make the headache soar to a pounding migraine. It sort of starts going around and around and around. The key here is to break the cycle. Start small but keep repeating the actions. If you have a headache that is mild but bearable, go for a walk.
Over 300 million people worldwide, with over 17 million of them living in the United States, are taking NSAID, (Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) on a daily basis. You may regularly take an over the counter NSAID, such as Ibuprofen, to relieve painful joints or muscles. You also may be given a prescription for a NSAID by your doctor when you are suffering from more severe joint, muscle, or tendon pain and inflammation. If you are like millions of other people then you have probably experienced first hand the benefits of NSAID in successfully treating severe or chronic pain and inflammation. While NSAID may be a successful treatment in easing acute and chronic pain, there are some significant side effects. NSAID can have adverse effects on kidneys, they have been known to cause asthma to become worse, and they may even cause stomach and duodenal erosions. These erosions can cause bleeding in some people that is serious enough to require hospitalization. According to the American Journal of Medicine (1998 105-1B: 31S-38S) NSAID-related deaths in the US is higher then those from cervical cancer, malignant melanoma, or asthma.
Introduction: Rotator cuff tears are a common source of shoulder pain in the active population. Although sports participation and trauma are common factors in the development of shoulder pain, rotator cuff tears are also frequently caused by the normal degenerative aging process of the shoulder. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surround the ball of the shoulder joint and provide stability and motion for functional activities. As we age, normal wear and tear can break down the tendon and muscle fibers, which in addition to a decrease in blood supply, contributes to degeneration and tearing, ultimately leading to a full thickness tear of the rotator cuff. Multiple occupations and activities require heavy lifting and overhead motions predisposing an individual to inflammation, calcium deposits and arthritic bone spurs. Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries: Some common causes of rotator cuff injuries include falling and using an arm to break a fall; lifting with the upper extremities and exceeding the ability to maintain proper lifting techniques will also result in a strain to the shoulder girdle.
Painful headaches, backaches, neck and shoulders that appear mysteriously in a repetitive pattern often are caused by trigger points. Once activated, they can be tricky to resolve, so as they say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Learn three ways to protect your body from these nagging sore spots. Trigger points are tight bands or knots in a muscle that get activated and create a specific pain pattern. The pain may be distant to the originating muscle, and then can cause a trigger point in that muscle with a cascade effect of aches. For example, the headache that runs up over the back and top of the head that focuses over an eye is commonly caused by a trigger point at the top of the shoulder blade. Many things can activate or perpetuate the points, including poor body mechanics, overuse, and cold, so it's better to learn how to navigate around them. Tip #1: Good body mechanics When your body is in poor alignment, the muscles aren't in the best position to do their jobs.
A tension headache can be debilitating and we all know what it is like to rummage through the medicine cabinet in search of pain relief for tension headaches, unfortunately these do not always seem to work. As we have been told in so many circumstances, "prevention is better than cure". Well, to prevent a tension headache we need to understand what makes them occur and perhaps we will be able to reduce the number of times we have to resort to pain relief. During periods of our lives we require pain relief from tension headaches. Sometimes these headaches can last intermittently for weeks, and taking continuous medication is probably not the best solution. A tension headache is rarely in just one place, it usually spreads from behinds the eyes, around the forehead and temples, down the neck and into the shoulders. Finding pain relief for tension headaches is hard enough, but to find relief from all the other related symptoms is even harder. One of the most effective forms of relief for tension headaches is some fresh air, bearing in mind that these headaches are often triggered by environmental and social situations it makes sense that by changing scenery and going to a calm place that you will find some relief.
Ever wonder why that unusual pesky knot will never go away or why your wrist keeps hurting whenever you type, or how about these ugly words flatfeet, trigger finger, carpel tunnel syndrome, hammertoes sciatica, plantar fasciitis. Well what would you say if I told you your muscles have memory of things you can't ever remember? For Example, some repetitive use memories would be, someone who does a lot of typing. The use of the muscles in the arms typing at 75 wpm documents are using their muscles to excess and over use them when the action is repetitive for a long period of time. A number of things can occur, the muscles shorten, the muscle memory is lost and the muscle now thinks it is suppose to be short and tight. It thinks this is the "normal" shape that it should hang on to. In essence the muscle forgets what it is like to be "normal" or an un-relaxed state. When this happens (oblivious to us) all the muscles pull and stretch at the rest of the arm making everything out of alignment, but it pulls at the sight where the tendon attaches thus resulting in tendonitis, tennis elbow or golfers elbow.
When my shoulder locked up last year, the constant pain was the least of my worries. As a massage therapist and structural integrator, I depend on my arms for my livelihood, not to mention simple daily tasks like opening doors and brushing my hair. The helplessness was surprising and frightening. Fortunately, I developed several ways to speed my recovery and am happy to share them with you. Although a frozen shoulder seems to come on suddenly, it is usually the accumulation of many small injuries and a deprivation of healing. I could trace my initial injury to a day of weed whacking months before. I remember telling my shoulder, "I know it hurts, but we need to get this done, and you'll recover." It did, but not completely. Then, about a week before my vacation, I strained it again dancing, then spent hours using the computer, and worked a heavier than usual schedule with clients. Multiple injuries, even if each one is small, add up and take their toll. The first step in healing a frozen shoulder is to rest, truly rest.
If you have been diagnosed with FMS, you know the overwhelming aches, pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia all too well. It makes every movement of your body an excruciating effort. Imagine if some of that pain could be relieved - without barraging your body with any more harsh drugs. Sound impossible? Think three things: chemical sensitivities, guaifenesin and emu oil. Doctors are now recognizing that as many as 75 percent of the people who suffer with fibromyalgia are also sensitive to many common, often unavoidable chemicals, like perfumes, pesticides and fuels. Additionally, some individuals develop symptoms similar to fibromyalgia when they eat foods that contain additives. Some experience symptoms when exposed to carpeting and building materials. Diagnosis of chemical sensitivities is difficult, since the signs so closely parallel those of fibromyalgia. Not only do they include the aches and pains associated with the autoimmune disease, but symptoms of chemical sensitivity may include unexplained fatigue and difficulty in sleeping as well as difficulty in breathing.
More than 90% of people with migraines experience some disability related to their headaches. If you're one of them, you know how high a price you pay: missing school, work, and enjoyable activities, not to mention enduring hours or days of incapacitating pain. Fortunately, there are effective ways to abort a migraine. The first step-if you haven't already done so-is to have your migraines diagnosed by a doctor. Less than 60% of people have. Some effective abortive treatments are available only by prescription, so you may be enduring needless pain by not seeing a doctor. Start keeping a headache journal. Make sure to identify the activities you miss because of migraines. Doctors are more likely to prescribe specific and effective treatments if they're aware that your headaches prevent you from continuing your typical activities. Effective strategies for treating migraines vary from person to person. You might need to try a variety of techniques before you find the ones that work best for you.