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4 Tips for Protecting Your Joints This Winter

It’s that time of year again, winter weather is back bringing holiday greetings and frosty temperatures. But cooler months can also bring achy, swelling pain that takes a toll on your joints.

According to The National Institute of Health, change in weather has a direct impact on the pressure in your joints. When barometric pressure drops, the tissues around your joints expand, putting more pressure on your joints, which triggers swelling and stiffness. That’s why many people say they can predict the weather just by the pain in their joints.

Don’t let the winter weather stop you from staying active this season. Follow these 4 tips  to stay active and pain free this winter:

START SMALL

If you’re going to exercise, start with small warm-ups to reduce the pressure put on joints before you head out. Low impact warm-ups such as yoga or walking are not only easier on joints, but they also enhance your mobility and range of motion.

BUNDLE UP

If running is your go-to outdoor exercise, staying layered is crucial to protecting yourself from hypothermia and troublesome joint pain.

  • Start by choosing a base layer that is soft, comfortable and tight fitting. This will help regulate your body temperature by moving sweat away from your skin.
  • The second layer helps insulate the body in order to trap and retain heat. Be sure to find a layer that maximizes warmth and comfort, without unnecessary bulk.
  • Consider the final layer a shield against harsh winds, rain, and snow. Don’t rely on this layer for warmth, as the base layer is what secures body heat.

STAY HYDRATED

According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, dehydration can make the body more sensitive to pain. Keep in mind that you must match your hydration with the amount of exercise you are doing. After more than an hour, add electrolytes and carbohydrates to increase your fluid intake.

Doctors also recommend drinking warm or room temperature liquids, as the body absorbs them more quickly than cold drinks. When exercising in frigid temperatures, warmer liquids are also essential to optimizing internal temperatures.

EAT SMARTER

If you’re exercising outside, it is important to load up on foods full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. The Omega-3 acids in foods such as salmon and nuts are known to curb inflammation and stop joint pain in its tracks. To up your Vitamin K intake, think green. Foods like spinach, kale, cabbage and more are crucial to soothing pain. Don’t be afraid to add color with Vitamin C rich foods such as red peppers, oranges, papayas, and broccoli. These foods are known to reduce cartilage loss that causes joint pain and stiffness.

RPT™: Pro Golfers’ Fast Pain Relief

Helping golfers improve their swings often leaves the professionals at Lakewood Country Club feeling below par. Golf professionals Shellie Ferguson and Nicholas Keefer often experience intense pain from spending long hours teaching on the golf course. Luckily, for these pros, tee time led to RPT time, which stands for Reflexive Pattern Therapy, a breakthrough treatment for fast pain relief created by Andrew Bloch and found only at Advanced Wellness Systems.

RPT combines Western and Eastern approaches to pain relief, focusing on particular patterns within the autonomous nervous system that, when located and corrected, relieves chronic pain. This unique technique uses reflexes to fix these patterns, but instead of using a reflex hammer, Andrew uses his hands to deliver fast, pressurized contact movements to patients’ problem areas. “The movements I use evoke a reflex from the patient, causing their body to react with equal momentum,” Andrew explains, “That momentum results in immediate pain relief.”

No, he’s not exaggerating. RPT gives patients immediate relief. Take it from golf pro Shellie Ferguson, who was hardly able to stand up when she first visited Andrew at Advanced Wellness Systems. After just one session of RPT, she was able to walk out of the office pain free. “After the first therapy, I felt instant relief.”

But RPTisn’t just a one-time thing. Once the pain is alleviated, Andrew turns his focus to the somatic nervous system and equips his patients with stretches to strengthen their core for long-term relief. With RPT’s long term relief, your body will be ready for for the front nine, and the back nine.

If you’re feeling like your stuck in the rough, visit www.advancedwellnesssystems.com or call Andrew Bloch at (301) 710-9777.

Lax to the Max: Dr. Paris Shares Ways to Stretch with Ray Megill

It’s lacrosse season, and it’s time to let loose–your body, that is. Advanced Spine & Wellness Center’s Dr. Brian Paris and lacrosse pro Ray Megill demonstrate stretches to take your LAX to the max.

Dr. Paris notes lacrosse requires constant moving and changing directions. Properly stretching minimizes the risk of injury and prepares the body for all the shooting, putting and dodging on field. Megill, former Major League Lacrosse player and Performance Sport Systems lacrosse coach, adds it’s important to get blood flowing before hitting the field.

 In the video below, Dr. Paris and Coach Megill illustrate two helpful stretches to get you game ready:

  1. Active Knee to Chest. This stretches one part of the body while firing off the musculature on the other side.
  2. Quad Pull and Reach. This stretch elongates tissue and opens up the body.