Friday, June 10, 2011

You’re a pain in my...

I have spoken before about the many causes of muscles aches and pains, such as a vertebra out of alignment, lack of sufficient nutrients, illness, medication, arthritis, certain systemic diseases etc.
I would however like to just give a few tips on what I have found helps relieve the general aches and pains, these tips along with a chiropractic treatment can get you back to tip-top shape.

  • Omega 3 is thought to have an anti-inflammatory affect and is one of the reasons why it is the choice essential fatty acid given to those suffering from arthritis.
  • Vitamin B supplementation is important as it is easily depleted from our system, tablet form or injections regularly can prevent this. Vitamin B12 is highly recommended as it promotes a healthy immune system and nerve function as well as preventing nerve damage. It aids in protein production and cellular formation. A deficiency can lead to bone loss and spinal cord degeneration amongst many other disorders.

·      Vitamin C is important in wound healing. It plays the primary role in collagen formation which is essential for growth and tissue repair and also functions as an antioxidant. A lack of vitamin C may lead to muscular weakness.

·      Vitamin E prevents the breakdown of cartilage and stimulates the production of cartilage.

·      Magnesium is needed for the uptake of calcium and potassium and is involved in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, the transportation of energy, as well as protein production.

·      Calcium helps muscles and blood vessels expand and contract, aids in secreting hormones and enzymes and sending messages through the nervous system. It also determines the bone density within the body.

·      Potassium is involved in the contraction of muscles. A low amount of potassium will result in muscle spasm.

Some more tips:

  • Bathing in Epsom salts helps draw out spasm and inflammation.
  • Keep the muscles warm, heat packs help increase the blood supply to the area to aid in healing of the muscle.
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep your body well hydrated.
  • Always stretch before and after exercise.
  • Breathe when stretching and exercising.
  • Eat healthy foods.

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187

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