As a fitness professional I can’t count the number of times I have recommended icing to my clients for anything from acute injuries to sports recovery. But new research from Dr. Gabe Mirkin, who coined the phrase R.I.C.E. some 30 years ago, suggests that icing may actually delay healing.
When we incur minor injuries, we are often not sure of whether to use heat or ice as a means of first aid. The matter is made even more confusing by the fact that we are inundated by advertisements of over-the-counter products. There are basic ways to determine whether you should use heat or ice to treat a minor injury, and there are specific steps for effectively applying each option. Instructions 1
Sustaining an injury is a tough trial to turn, but understanding the needs of the body on a cellular level can empower any injured individual to combat their injury wisely. You may ask yourself, "How did I get injured in the first place?", but that is not the point of this specific article. Once you are in an injury "cycle", it is your responsibility to get out of it. What does "injury cycle" mean? Perhaps this chart (courtesy of Trigger Point Therapy) will help explain:The Injury Cycle:
I am going to tell you all about something readily present to all moving organisms, but a like a visually stunning insect, is often overlooked. I am talking about the pot-o-gold, the unicorn, the Lucky Charms of movement. Indeed, I am talking about the…. TRANSVERSE PLANE OF MOTION! What is this transverse plane you ask? Well to understand the most neglected and challenging plane of motion, you must understand the other main two.
Have you ever been hampered by an injury that felt like one that you may have had at a previous time? The injury may be showing some of the same characteristics as before, but you can’t really remember. What were you doing when you became injured? If it has happened before, were you doing the same thing? Did your injury feel different two days ago? Maybe it went from a sharp pain to a burning sensation. All of these features of an injury are quite important, especially if professional medical help is required. A way to combat some of these que
Myofascial Release Part 5 Now that we’ve reviewed so much research regarding the tissues affected by myofascial release and how, it’s time to get into how to actually perform self myofascial release (SMR) and when is the best time to do so. By the way, if you missed any of the other entries in the series just click on The Bio Mechanic above and it will link you to my blog history.
Active people take hits. They get bumps, bruises, aches, and pains. Some are ER worthy in which case the patient will undergo physician’s care. Others are mere inconveniences that cause pain, swelling, discoloration, and irritation. Instances of pain are normal, chronic pain is not. There are solutions and preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the body’s reaction to active lifestyle occurrences.
Today life is crammed with demands on personal time, energy, and space. When you continuously care for others without taking care of yourself, you reach beyond your capacity to function. Like a hard drive with too much information, you essentially crash and burn due to these physical and mental imbalances. At a Pilates class it’s your time to recharge your batteries so you can rediscover your mind-body equilibrium. The Pilates breathing technique will help you to capitalize on your strengths without wearing yourself down.