The Benefits of Hot Water

August 10, 2013 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

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Think back to injuries and pain you experienced as a child (or more recently). Chances are, heat and cold were recommended as therapy by your doctors, grandmothers, school nurses or parents.

It makes sense then, that there are real benefits of using heat when it comes to your health. This is especially true of hot water. While heat packs may be great for localized pain and injuries, being able to submerge in hot water eliminates limitations associated with small, stiff heat packs by being able to reach every spot at one time.

While drinking water is beneficial for overall health, soaking in hot water as you do in hot water plunge pools may be just as important.

Relaxation

In the fast-paced society in which we live, relaxation is hard to come by. Between constant appointments, the availability of mobile technology and other distractions, stress levels seem to be at all time highs.

Think of what requires you to take a break from technology and the other distractions…water. Even if you are not suffering from an injury, pain-causing condition or anything else, by taking the time to relax in hot water, you’re forcing your body to slow down. That’s something that can be hard to come by and the benefits are truly immeasurable.

Muscle Recovery

Following workouts for high-performance athletes or even physical therapy for individuals recovering from injuries or medical procedures, warm water therapy is often recommended.

By taking the time to soak in warm water (optimally between 94 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit), tight muscles are given the opportunity to relax and endorphins are released. Some hot water pools (available for homes and professionals) are equipped with massage hoses that add the additional benefit of deep tissue therapy during the soak.

Proper muscle recovery is critical for future performance and long-term prognoses in individuals recovering from injuries. Hot water offers this type of recovery in an affordable fashion.

Pain Relief

In the same way that hot water provides for relaxation and muscle recovery, it can be used for pain relief (for injuries and chronic conditions).

Hot water heats the body’s muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and thereby restoring blood flow throughout the entire body. Increased blood flow decreases stiffness in joints, relieves pain and has been known to calm muscle spasms in individuals with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other medical conditions.

By regulating the neuromuscular and endocrine systems (through increased blood flow), benefits can be seen quickly when hot water therapy is used on a regular basis.

When it comes to tangible health benefits from a naturally occurring element, hot water offers demonstrated relief from pain, shorter muscle recovery times and increased stamina to individuals suffering from injuries and chronic conditions.

Manuka Honey For Arthritic Pain Relief

April 26, 2008 by  
Filed under ARTHRITIS

What do you rub on your joints for arthritic pain relief? I have always relied on Efficascent Oil (Methyl Salicylate Camphor + Menthol) — which could be available under different brand names in other countries.

When my knees become stiff, this home remedy efficascent oil is really a lot of help.

Have you heard of Manuka Honey? Don’t worry, I haven’t either.

Manuka Honey – a special type of honey -has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it a viable treatment solution for people with arthritis.

In treating arthritis and other forms of inflammation, eliminating the underlying cause and inflammation is necessary. Doctors and other medical professionals are now discovering that a particular type of honey called “Manuka Honey” has natural anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely effective in treating these conditions. In addition, Manuka Honey has the ability to diffuse into the depths of skin tissue so as to get to affected areas.

“Manuka Honey is an organic, all-natural substance that is more effective in relieving pain than most analgesic products that are available over-the-counter,” says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International which is a manufacturer of Manuka Honey products. “Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Manuka Honey is now being considered a viable treatment option for arthritis and other muscle and joint pain.”

Manuka Honey products are manufactured by Honeymark International.

You can purchase Honeymark’s Pain Relief Cream with Manuka Honey by calling 1-866-427-7329 or visiting www.HoneymarkProducts.com.

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Some Tips for Easing Arthritic Pain

January 23, 2008 by  
Filed under ARTHRITIS

Published in The Indianapolis Star are some tips for easing arthritis pain suggested by Dr. John Hur, Methodist Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Specialists:

Shape up

The more you weigh, the more stress you put on joints, especially hips and knees. Excess weight can mean more pain, no matter how severe your arthritis may be.

My personal note: This is exactly what my nurse friend told me. Because when I dropped too many pounds, I was kind-a worried. But then it turned out that my arthritis pain was lessen when I lost significant weight.

Get moving Exercise

Protects joints by strengthening and stretching muscles around them. Strong muscles help stabilize joints, and reducing stiffness can help reduce pain. But to reduce injury risk, start new activities slowly until it’s clear how your body will react.

My personal note: I am a bit problematic in this area. Like this afternoon, I walked a few blocks (slow pace, not hurried walking). After which my leg muscles feel like cramping. On days that I am immobile, my muscles are often not strong enough to support my stiff knees. I may have to work harder onstrengthening and stretching my muscles withour straining myself.

Use the big joints

When lifting or carrying, use the largest and strongest joints and muscles by holding large items close to your body, forcing yourself to use your arms instead of your hands. This helps avoid injury and strain on smaller joints.

My personal note: I’ve given up on carrying anything at all. Even grocery bags! That may even be bad. But I guess at some point I have to do all the carrying myself. Sometimes it is difficult becoming dependent on somebody all the time.

Get in tune with your body

If you’re in pain, don’t ignore it. Pain after activity or exercise can indicate overstressed joints. If you have more arthritis pain two hours after exercise than before, consider cutting back on your exercise routine or eliminating certain exercises the next time.

My personal note: No problem in this department. I never ignored any pain. The only other problem I can see is finding the balance. Right exercise that won’t strain too much and sticking to it. Because of the pain, most arthritis patients feeling pain may not do any exercise at all. Exercising in water is my solution to this. Hit the beach! Or go regularly to your country club’s swimming pool if you do not have a pool at home.

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