Friday, December 05, 2014

Is Back Pain The Most Common Phenomenon?

Heat Therapy is a very useful self help technique for muscular pain. As muscular pain accounts for a large proportion of chronic pain, including most cases of back and neck pain this makes heat therapy an invaluable technique. Pain due to muscular spasm and "trigger points" can be intense but still respond well to heat.

DOMS is the soreness you feel 24 to 48 hours after performing the activity. It is short for DOMS. This is completely normal and common. The reason the soreness does not show up for this long after is not known for sure. The consensus is that the rebuilding stage for the muscle fibers takes this long to be noticed. Also, swelling can occur in and around the muscles. This swelling can cause an increased amount of pressure on the surrounding structures (nerves, joints, muscles), adding to the soreness.

Does this sound familiar? I think every runner who races has felt this pain I'm describing at one time or another. It could be after a marathon, a PR in the 5K or just an extra hard track workout. Why is this? What did you do wrong? How could you have done differently so this post-race soreness wasn't so acute? Or is this the price you pay for a fast time?

The circadian rhythm, on the other hand, is tied to cycles of light and dark. Darkness causes the pineal gland in the brain to secrete the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Although bright lights or melatonin tablets can be used to affect the circadian rhythm, my favorite method involves tanning beds. Believe it or not, tanning beds are also useful to improve circadian rhythms and increase vitamin D production particularly in the winter not to mention give you a bit of color, which improves muscularity and enhances well-being. I like to "fake bake" once a week in the winter usually on a day I'm not training.

When we participate by giving consistent effort into a quality program, we can create something to bring into the world around us- a stronger, more fit self.

Note: Try adding a pinch of tropical sea salts and squeeze half a lemon to your water. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces and you will notice a profound difference in your energy levels in mere days. It takes some serious discipline to drink that much water on a daily basis, but doing so can provide anabolic and anticatabolic effects. The water will help lubricate the gut; the sea salt will aid digestion (by stimulating HCL production); and the lemon will reduce acidity. All this will enhance recovery and improve performance in the gym!

Any time you take up a different training program, you will often get extreme muscle soreness, known as muscle soreness. This discomfort is totally common and it ought not keep you from sticking to the training. It ends over a couple of days to weeks.

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