When it comes to the pains we feel with overuse or bad technique one of the best at home therapies is turning out to be heat as opposed to ice. Now if heat makes it feel worse switch over to ice instead. When heating the affected area, we recommend focusing the heat on the muscles more than the joints, typically heating for 20-30 minutes at a time. The big rule to follow while heating is don’t burn yourself. Other options instead of sitting with a heating pad can include topical heating products as well as the various patches that are on the market. When using topicals avoid using the products shortly after taking a shower as the skin pores are open and the intensity of the creams can be amplified. If needing to use ice instead of heat typically use the ice for 10-15 minutes or until the area numb. You can often do this 3-4 times a day if needed.
Pain that starts around the shoulder blades with pain that radiates to the front of the body can send off alarm bells for people. The biggest concern is that there might be something wrong with the heart. We see clients who have had these symptoms, a lot of them after seeing their medical doctor and finding nothing medically wrong.
In these cases, what they are feeling is a musculoskeletal issue linked to joint dysfunction where the rib meets the spine and then it causes pain to radiate to the front where the rib meets the sternum. The pains are often sharp/stabbing, aching, sometimes burning, and can feel like they are "shooting through" the chest because of the attachments front and back.
We’ll get to the meat and potatoes of this first then I’ll tell the story behind this article and why I wanted to share it with as many people as I could.
A study was done over the course of 21 years to find out what were the best things people could do to reduce the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. 21 years!!! It takes an incredible amount of effort and focus for me to sit down and finish a book but somehow these people had enough OCD tendencies to focus on one study for over two decades!
The study included senior citizens, 75 and older, and was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, it was funded by the National Institute on Aging, and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In other words, it’s good stuff.
The study wanted to see if any activity (physical or mental) benefited the brain long-term and potentially prevented the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Here were the 3 major things the study found to help you have a better brain: