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EXERCISE FIXES JOINT PAIN   Leave a comment

The Harvard Medical School published recommendations for the relief of joint pain. Joint pan can be caused by:

• osteoarthritis
• old injuries
• repetitive or overly forceful movements during sports or work
• posture problems
• aging
• inactivity
• excess bodyweight

I deal with chronic pain in my right ankle resulting from injuring it repeatedly playing rugby during my college years. I can testify that regular exercise definitely helps me manage the pain in that ankle.

Targeted exercise can not only relieve joint pain but possibly delay or even eliminate the necessity of surgery for joint pain relief. The Harvard Medical School also reports, “Beyond the benefits to your joints, becoming more active can help you stay independent long into your later years. Regular activity is good for your heart and sharpens the mind. It nudges blood pressure down and morale up, eases stress, and shaves off unwanted pounds. Perhaps most importantly, it lessens your risk of dying prematurely. All of this can be achieved at a comfortable pace and very low cost in money or time.”

A primary culprit is excess bodyweight. Excess bodyweight:

1. Increases risk for osteoarthritis
2. Puts additional stress on weight bearing joint
3. Activates inflammatrot factors that can spread the pain to ther joints

The targeted solution for eliminating excess bodyweight to relieve joint pan integrates targeted exercise with improvements in diet and nutrition.

To develop an affordable, effective and sustainable aster Plan to lose weight and relieve joint pain, contact me – Tom Delaney – at greatriverfitness@gmail.com!

“INJURY MIND” – KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT   Leave a comment

Physical injury has a definite psychological impact for the training athlete. Cognitive and emotional reactions are much more easy to manage when you know what to expect from yourself. Sports psychologist Paul Russell wrote an excellent summary of the psychological impact of athletic injury in Fitpro Network:

1. Physical well-being
• Physical injury
• Pain of injury
• Physical rigors of treatment and rehabilitation
• Temporary physical restriction
• Permanent physical changes

2. Emotional well-being
• Psychological trauma when the injury occurs
• Feelings of loss and grief
• Threats to future performance
• Emotional demands of treatment and rehabilitation

3. Social well-being
• Loss of important social roles
• Separation from family, friends, and teammates
• New relationships with treatment providers
• Necessity of depending on others

4. Self-concept
• Loss of sense of control
• Dealing with altered self-image
• Threat to important life goals and values
• Necessity for decision-making under stressful circumstances

Russell also summarizes the cognitive consequences of injury as well as stages of rehabilitation. This is a very good review to familiarize yourself with BEFORE injury so that you can be immediately prepared for injury, should it happen. Check out the full review HERE.

If you want to evaluate the status and impact of athletic injury on your physical fitness and overall quality of life, as well as make a personalized plan for recovery, contact me – Tom Delaney – at greatriverfitness@gmail.com.