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Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Swimmer Michael Phelps won Olympic gold again Sunday while covered in red — red spots, roughly medal-size, all over his shoulders and back. The marks were the result of an ancient Eastern medicinal therapy known as cupping that is achieving new popularity among some athletes in the United States, including numerous Olympians. Cupping typically involves treating muscle pain and other ailments with cups that apply suction to skin. Cupping is often combined with other forms of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and massage. “The practice itself is very old,” says Karyn Farrar, a physical therapist at Rehab 2 Perform in Frederick, Md. “In the past five to 10 years it’s becoming prominent in terms of physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists [in the United States] using it more and more.” Farrar’s office treats five to 10 athletes — mostly high school and college students — with cupping each day. Farrar says cupping is like a reverse form of massage. Instead of applying pressure downward onto muscles, she says, “you’re using negative pressure to pull soft tissues apart” from the suction of the cup. “As you’re pulling, you’re also getting increased blood flow to the tissues.” She claims the practice decreases swelling in acute injuries and speeds up healing. The large red spots are caused by the bursting of small blood vessels near the skin. Farrar says she expects more athletes to ask about the treatment after seeing the very visible signs of its aftermath on some of this year’s Olympians. According to Ted Kaptchuk, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who is trained in Asian medicine, the cupping trend isn’t exactly new in the U.S. Cupping has a long history in Western medicine and was commonly practiced by American physicians in the 18th and 19th centuries. But Kaptchuk says cupping fell from favor in the U.S. in the 1920s when practitioners of Western medicine began to see the practice as “old-fashioned,” in part because of a lack of scientific evidence that it had a true healing effect. Today, while some studies have explored the effects of cupping, there is still scant scientific evidence supporting its healing potential. “We need rigorous research to understand whether there is a physiological effect associated with cupping and currently that is unknown,” says David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. NCCIH currently… Read more »

Working Out with Your Dog

Working Out with Your Dog

The loneliness of a long distance runner is a reality for many runners and walkers who are balancing family, a full-time job and a workout routine. Day after day you hit the road—pushing yourself to get through the workout. If you just had a training partner to help get you through some of those long days, your life certainly would be much easier. Having a training partner can be the difference between choosing to workout each day or deciding instead to vegetate in front of the television set. Instead of searching the city for the perfect workout buddy, look no further than your backyard. Your family dog can make the ideal training mate. Your dog won’t complain about the route that you run, the weather, or the way that you smell when you’re finished with your workout. However, working out with your canine does take some planning and careful consideration before you head out the door. The following tips will make your workout more enjoyable for you and your pooch. Can My Dog Work Out with Me? Most dogs will be able to tag along with you on your next walk or run, but some are better suited than others for the longer distances that runners and walkers tend to cover. If you don’t yet have a dog, and are seeking one that will also make a good training partner, you have countless options. Mixed breeds are actually some of the best athletes because they aren’t as susceptible to hereditary problems as pure breeds. Retrievers, labradors, and many hunting dogs, as well as sighthounds, herding dogs and working dogs are also excellent runners. Particularly large and small breeds, however, like Great Danes and Chihuahuas, don’t handle distance running well, but can walk with you without problem. Dogs with smaller snouts, like bulldogs, pugs, and King Charles Cavaliers, should also be restricted from running because of their inability to breathe efficiently. However walking will do them no harm. Visit the Vet Before you even think of putting the leash on your dog and cruising the local streets, have your veterinarian give your dog a good once over. He will want to check out your pet’s cardiovascular system and joints, and may be able to provide you with additional tips that will make the experience more enjoyable for both you and your dog. Check with the Weatherman Dogs cannot handle the weather… Read more »

Get Involved and Give of Yourself

Get Involved and Give of Yourself

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the word; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead  There is a secret to developing a healthier you. Those who know the secret understand how to tap into a power that can and will change their lives forever. The secret is . . . giving—of yourself, your time, and your talents. Those who do so will improve not only the lives of others, but also themselves—body, mind, and spirit! Volunteering for a Healthier Body Stay fit while helping out. Do you like to work with your hands, get out into the great outdoors, bang nails, or clean up the environment? Volunteering is a great way to stay fit and active. You don’t have to look any farther than your own backyard. Organize a stream cleanup or volunteer to work with an environmental group that does one. You’ll enjoy the great outdoors and, at the same time, improve the parks and natural resources in your area for all to enjoy. Maybe you’re a fix-it person who likes to get even more physical. Check out Habitat for Humanity, a group that has helped to build houses for over 150,000 homeless families so far. Contribute your skills with hammer and saw, or learn these skills from others who are a part of the organization. The satisfaction that comes from building something with your own hands is deep and lasting. And the families who receive the homes will forever remember what you’ve done for them. Often, nursing homes and other care facilities need your help too. You can take those who are wheelchair-bound for walks on the grounds, or help with some of the more physical jobs around the center. For all who wish to benefit physically from volunteer work, keep in mind the words of General Norman Schwarzkopf: “You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.” Volunteering for a Healthier Mind Teachers, leaders, and mentors often say that the way to learn something really well is to teach it to someone else. In our fast-paced, “entertain-me-right-now” world, few people take the time to enjoy a good book anymore. Many do not have the skills to do so. Check out volunteer opportunities at your local library or elementary schools. Taking time to read to children is an investment in our… Read more »

Unreasonable Resolutions

Unreasonable Resolutions

Now that 2015 has arrived, the vows of “I’m going to start exercising” will soon echo around the globe. Sound familiar? Most will fail miserably, as they are unknowingly behind the 8-ball. The result: empty wallets, excessive guilt, and expanding waistlines. Why do we decide to get in shape during the holiday season anyway? Three reasons: Santa brings us treadmills, the New Year gives us a fresh start, and everybody is talking about health. The real problem is one of timing. This time of year, we are all exhausted and distracted. With holiday travel, meddlesome relatives, defective gifts, and bowl games, there is just too much to going on. Throw in some gigantic holiday dinners, a surplus of desserts and frequent alcohol consumption, and you’ve got the toughest time of the year to attempt a lifestyle change. Making exercise a habit is tough work. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 75 percent of the nation doesn’t get enough physical activity, and 20 percent get none at all. However, the main problem is not laziness. The majority of us make serious attempts to get in shape, but we keep failing time after time. These failures result in guilt, self-doubt, and apathy towards exercise. Even worse, we end up missing out on a wealth of health benefits because we simply couldn’t stick to a routine. Becoming a couch potato goes far beyond laziness. Several complex factors combine to determine who will get fit, and who will crash on the couch with a tube of Pringles. By educating yourself about the nuts and bolts of exercise behavior, you can avoid the following pitfalls that plague holiday fitness efforts. Pitfall #1: Inadequate Preparation Like building a house, developing a new lifestyle requires a detailed blueprint. This step is critical, yet is commonly skipped. A realistic exercise schedule must be set, attainable goals should be developed, and an exercise partner may need to be recruited. Additionally, back up plans need to be developed for unexpected events.  Weather issues, fatigue, work or family crises, and injury can all disrupt our exercise routines. Without solid preparation for dealing with the “what ifs”, your exercise efforts will be derailed, usually permanently. Instead of preparing, most over-enthusiastically jump right into exercise itself. Things are great for a week and then something pops up. You have to work late, you get a cold, or your back is… Read more »

Examining Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

Examining Actos Bladder Cancer Cases

Kidney cancer malignancy causes drop under various groups. If you or a loved one has been taking the pharmaceutical Actos, you might like to have a check-up as soon as possible. The stated treatment is under doubt for leading to this type of cancer malignancy and you may end up a sufferer. Please read on to give you an extra idea on what you might be experiencing. Possible bladder cancer malignancy causes One of primary bladder cancer malignancy causes is accumulate and increase of normal tissues inside the body. The unlimited development of these tissues usually results in serious bladder problems at its early start. Plenty of individuals who may have this infrequent development usually report pain and other difficulties. When the tissues grow and collect eventually, this results to the rise of infrequent tissues. Abnormal tissues may come in the shape of cancers, which can be either cancer or noncancerous. There’s nothing to be concerned about if the tissues end up being noncancerous. If examinations expose these are cancer, these tissues might have the capacity to propagate and outcome in bladder cancer malignancy. In worst-case circumstances, cancer malignancy development in the bladder might also propagate to connecting parts. This can lead to further individual decline, because other body parts may stop working properly. Various other government bodies analyzing the condition feature bladder cancer malignancy to e cigarette smoking smoking cigarettes. While studies are still carried on, many assessment results display signs or symptoms that smoking cigarettes are also primary causes of all types of other cancer malignancy types. Hardly a big surprise, as there are risky materials and elements seen in smoking cigarettes. Heavy e cigarette smoking smoking cigarettes likewise has an effect on an peoples defense procedure. Specific drugs may also outcome in bladder cancer malignancy. In truth, the Food and Drug Management (FDA) is analyzing the type two diabetes pharmaceutical Actos. Kidney cancer malignancy experts found out this treatment have side effects that may be responsible for bladder cancer malignancy. Looking for more information? health bladder control can really help you out regarding this. Filing for Actos bladder cancer malignancy cases Legal situations appropriate for Actos bladder cancer malignancy situations drop under injuries or possible category measures lawsuit lawsuit. Personal damage has a wide lawful opportunity, but is appropriate as this situation comes under substandard product claim. Furthermore, having this condition may also outcome in real and… Read more »