Hey you guys! I hope your weekend was grand! I will post on Wednesday about my week and weekend! Stay tuned for that! Some things happened that I am looking forward to sharing with you!
IN the meantime – here is the latest from our guest Rick Binder!
Not exactly about cutting sugar but relevant nonetheless. Next week I will tie it all up together!
Three Techniques for Recovering from Pain
When I was young – in the days before the Internet – I would actually play outside after school and on weekends. Much of that time my parents didn’t even know where I was. My friends and I would run around the neighborhood playing. In the course of that fun and occasional mischief we would sometimes get hurt, but being young we’d usually bounce right back with no real ramifications.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that I sometimes take longer to bounce back from injuries. The mind is willing but the body won’t oblige. I’ve had to accept this fact, but I have also made a career of discovering and working with people to make sure they bounce back from pain and injury as fast as possible so that they can feel and perform their very best for as long as possible. I’m going to discuss three of those proven methods below.
1. Reconnect the brain to the injured area
Normal, healthy cells transmit a low-level electrical current in order to communicate with the brain and each other. When there is an injury or trauma this current is disrupted. When this happens there is inflammation and pain, and cell functions begin to shut down. The faster we are able to restore this cellular function the faster we heal.
There are many modalities out there. Many of these modalities have been around for ages and some are more recent. One of THE most effective methods I’ve found combines two separate methods into one. I call it Cellular Health – the practice of activating our bodies at the cellular level in order to trigger the mitochondria to produce the enzymes and chemicals the body needs to repair the injury and triggering the body’s master regulator of antioxidant response to eliminate free radicals several times faster than anything we could ever ingest nutritionally. I know this sounds complex but I’ve only got 600-800 words for this piece.
2. Corrective Exercise
Corrective exercise is all about exercising with a purpose and selecting the right exercises for ones posture. The goal is to identify movement and postural imbalances, and to correct them using a specially designed program focusing on balance, stability and mobility. Self Myofascial Release (SMR) is actually the first step in a full-blown corrective exercise regimen. I’m lumping all four steps into one here for the purpose of making a point. When rebounding from an injury that has kept us on the sidelines for weeks or months it is important to start back slowly by reintegrating the affected area into normal movement patterns. This consists of inhibiting the muscles that have shortened or tightened up. This is where Self Myofascial Release (SMR) comes in. Over time, as a result of injury or just basic activities of daily living, small areas of muscle fascia can become sore, inflamed and “knotted up”. These knots, or adhesions, become tough and fibrous. This builds up, becomes scar tissue and leads to dysfunction inhibited movement patterns and pain. SMR – weather it be through foam rolling, lacrosse balls or any number of rollers, rolling pins and therapeutic massage canes – helps break down these adhesions and improve the quality of the muscle fascia. From here it is important to lengthen those short, tight muscles through a proper stretching routine.
The next steps address the under active muscles. These muscles need to be activated through a series of simple yet effective exercises. This step is most effective because now the tight muscles have been relaxed. The final step in the process involves integrating dynamic movement of the affected areas. It is more of a rehabilitative technique than a workout, although depending upon the degree of musculature imbalance and the length of time someone has been sidelined or impeded by an injury it may initially be a challenging routine.
3. Reduce Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress is cellular damage brought about by the food we eat, the air we breathe, pollution and pretty much the very act of being alive on this planet. For many years the medical community has claimed the solution to this is to eat antioxidant rich foods and supplements live Vitamin C. It is certainly important to practice proper nutrition, and antioxidant rich foods are a part of this. Research has found a more effective way of significantly reducing our levels of oxidative stress by an average of 40% simply by activating pathways that trigger the natural manufacture of antioxidants. These antioxidants we make are significantly more powerful and effective at neutralizing this cellular damage than are the antioxidants we take.
Whether recovering from an injury or simply taking preventative measures to minimize your chances of becoming sidelined from one, the above steps should be standard operating procedure.
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Have a great Monday!