Have you noticed a decrease in your game as an athlete? Are you rehabbing an injury that just doesn’t seem to heal? Many injuries are very overt, they come while playing or training in our sport of choice or from accidents. Some are not so easy to recognize, like ligament laxity or osteoarthritis. This article is dedicated to all the golfers and others experiencing pain, as well as other athletes looking to improve their sport or quality of life.
Significant athletic injuries that hinder a person in playing their sport are almost always ligamentous or tendonous in nature, not muscular. Ligaments and tendons are called connective tissue, they’re tissues in our body that connect parts together. Our Ligaments connect bones to other bones and tendons connect muscles to bones. When there is an injury, even a small one, the injured ligament can often not repair itself as fast as we’d like or fully heal, since connective tissue doesn’t have a rich blood supply bringing healing components like oxygen and nutrients. And while some pain is caused by too much activity, some can be caused by too little. Ligament laxity is when our ligaments become to loose from not enough movement and strengthening. When this happens our body’s nerve cells in the ligaments send pain signals to the brain if the ligaments are stretched to far.
Prolotherapy is a method of injection treatment designed to stimulate healing and regenerate tissue. Many different types of musculoskeletal injuries and pain lend themselves to prolotherapy treatment including low back and neck pain, chronic sprains and/or strains, whiplash injuries, tennis and golfer’s elbow, knee, ankle, shoulder or other joint pain, chronic tendonitis/tendonosis, and musculoskeletal pain related to osteoarthritis. Prolotherapy works by raising growth factor levels or effectiveness in connective tissue ligaments and tendons to promote repair or<><><><><><>Continue Reading >
Spring is here and we can all smell the sweetness of the blossoms that bless this beautiful desert. Well maybe not “we all” because many people cannot smell the sweetness as the allergy medications can block our sense of smell while taking them. Since we are not yet through this season as it will go until June when things really start to heat up I’d like to make some suggestions that you may not have thought of before to treat allergies. The first thing would be to remove the most common inflammatory foods from your nutrition until allergies are over: Dairy, Eggs, Soy and Gluten (and alcohol) while drinking your body weight in ounces of water per day.Continue Reading
Maybe it’s because of the freshness and life that Spring brings (and that I planted seeds and they are sprouting!!)…. Maybe it’s because I’m nesting and very much in love with my husband and our growing family…. Maybe it’s because I’ve moved into a better version of myself over the last year….
Surely it’s all of this and more…. I’ve been keeping a journal since I was in 6th grade. For my blog contribution, I thought I would simply write a journal entry to share my heart with whoever feels like reading about it.
I just want to express my deepest gratitude and love for the life that I get to live. This life is a beautiful work of art; in all its majesty and all of the struggles that come with being alive, the ebb and flow of happiness and sadness can provide an unknown state of joy and peace, when you strive to find the positive growth that floats in the midline.Continue Reading
What recharges your batteries, strengthens your purpose, and brings you together with your support community? I encourage you to take 20-30 minutes today or tomorrow to sit down and write out a list of four really strong motivators that work for you personally.Continue Reading
Enzymes act as catalysts - molecules that make reactions happen faster. While there are enzymes that help to build things up, in this article I’ll focus on enzymes that help to break things down, a.k.a. digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes are an incredibly important part of our gastrointestinal system. They help to break chemical bonds in foods, transforming large molecules into smaller molecules we can easily absorb. That’s what digestion means - breaking down into smaller parts.Continue Reading