Joint Care

Top 5 Tips on Sports Injury Recovery

What is considered as a Sport Injury? There are a few things that fall under the sport injury classification, but they include: A physical accident A fall or heavy blow Not stretching properly before exercising Using gym equipment that is inappropriate – like too heavy weights Applying the incorrect technique when exercising – like twisting and moving in an awkward way Pushing yourself above your comfortable limits. Sports Injury recovery can be a long journey depending on a lot of factors including your body’s ability to heal naturally and also your nutrition.  But there are some easy steps you can take to help you ease the pain and get back to your regular sporty life, as quickly as possible. TIP 1. ICE PACK For the first 48 hours when a sports injury occurs, apply an ice pack directly to the injured part of your body – but make sure you…

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Top LOW-IMPACT Exercises to do with Joint Pain

For those of us who experience joint pain, it’s quite difficult to think about exercise, when you have a lot of pain just moving around.  So, in this blog we’re going to suggest a few types of exercise that you can do to help keep your movement fluid, which should hopefully reduce the severity of the pain. The aim of this, is to start slow, and go slow. You don’t have to do major amounts of movement, you just need to move, little and as often as you can. The reason we experience so much pain with our joints is that with Arthritis for example, you have wear & tear general deterioration of the joint, which causes inflammation, and then, all the tendons, nerves and muscles tighten up around the affected joint to protect you, and to stop you moving.  Whilst this is what the body needs, it can often…

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Arnica – What is it and Its Healing Properties

Arnica – As one of the most ancient homoeopathic medications, arnica has been used for centuries in many households. We, today, would like to let you know all about the mysteries of arnica. The Origin of Arnica The use of Arnica as a traditional medication has been documented to date back to Greece in the 16th century where it became popular, and then knowledge regarding the plants healing properties was spread far and wide across Europe after this time. Back to more recent history, more and more populations around the world have shunned what we call traditional medicine in western society, like painkillers & anti-inflammatories, to take a more measured natural approach.  In fact, medications and natural products that include arnica in its ingredients are increasing, and they have been mainly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, swelling and bruising. What does the flower of Arnica do? With the flower…

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Can you ever stop the pain of Arthritis?

Arthritis refers to the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. It often begins with joint pain and stiffness which reduces your ability to move comfortably, and whilst there are 200 types of arthritis, the most widely known & common forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down, due to the lack of nutrients your body is absorbing. Rheumatoid arthritis is a slightly different disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints. Osteoarthritis This is the most common type of arthritis and generally occurs the older you get, but it’s also caused by “wear and tear” of the joints, in everyday activities.  In Osteoarthritis, the synovial fluid that keeps the cartilage stable & healthy, has deteriorated or has dissipated,…

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Breaking the Arthritis Pain Circle

For those people who are unfortunate enough to have Arthritis, pain can be the most debilitating part of the disease and its often the hardest part to manage.  Within this post, we’ll provide some useful easy tips from our resident specialist sports massage therapist, Adrian Whitworth, to help you break the arthritis pain circle. So, what is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is caused by damage to the Cartilage – the soft squidgy bit between the joints that cushion your movement. Cartilage is strengthened by use, so it is important for you to remain mobile, as the constant squeezing of the cartilage by the joints is key in keeping your joints stable. This is why you can often hear the phrase “bone against bone” when medical professionals talk about Osteoarthritis and joint problems, because with limited or damaged cartilage, the bones rub against each other, causing intense & extreme pain.  Damage to the…

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Hyaluronic Acid – Age is Just a number!

In Yuzuri Hara, a Japanese village, the local population are considered to be some of the longest living people in the world, they often live well and happy to over a hundred, the village is known as ‘The Village of Long Life’. The local doctor, Dr Toyosuke Komori, has studied and written books about the people of Yuzuri Hara and their long life. He concludes that the longevity may be down to the diet of the local highly starchy vegetables, with the common ingredient being Hyaluronic Acid. Dr Komori, who is in his 80’s, adopted the local diet when he came to the village 60 years ago, he says “I feel very strongly that if I had not come here to Yuzuri Hara, I would not have lived this long and healthy a life”. Hyaluronic Acid is a polysaccharide naturally produced in the body, but as we age, the levels…

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