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13/Sep/2022

Definition & Overview

Whether you’re playing on an outdoor field, an indoor court, swimming pool, or your backyard, the fact that your body is exerting a certain degree of effort makes it prone to a sports injury. Injuries can range from a simple sprain to a head contusion or a broken bone.

Due to a wide range of sports, every muscle or bone is susceptible to an injury. Some of the most common sports injuries are fractures, dislocations, strains, sprains, and shin splints. However, there are two main types of sports injuries: acute and chronic. An acute sports injury is a sudden onset of pain and/or inability to move or apply pressure on the limb while chronic sports injuries occur over time and are caused by the wear and tear of a muscle, joint, or tendon. Those with chronic injuries usually experience a dull pain in the affected area during physical activities.

Minor or mild sports injuries may not require medical intervention. In some cases, resting the affected limb and letting the body heal on its own will do the trick. However, severe cases may require surgery. Fortunately, developments in surgical processes and advances in the field of medical technology, such as minimally invasive surgery, make several procedures less invasive, allowing patients to recover and return to their chosen sports faster.

Cause of Condition

The exact cause of a sports injury will depend on the exact type of injury. However, most injuries involve the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. When these are stretched too far too quickly, they’ll tear. Severe tears will require surgery, but minor ones typically heal without medical intervention or medications other than pain relievers.

Another common sports injury is a fracture. Fractures require immediate medical attention, not only to relieve the pain but also to set the bone back to its proper form. It will take months for the bone to heal.

Dislocations are also extremely painful injuries. However, a sports doctor or a trainer who is trained in sports medicine will be able to return the dislocated joint to its proper position thus relieving much of the pain.

Not all sports injuries occur suddenly. Chronic sports injuries develop slowly over time. For instance, runners often risk a variety of chronic sports injuries that are often microscopic. These injuries develop slowly and are caused by repeated actions.

A person’s physical attributes and bone architecture may also cause sports injuries. Some of the most common are an uneven leg length, flat feet, overly high arches, bowlegged, and knock-kneed. Structural conditions, such as lumbar lordosis, high Q-angle, and patella alta also increase a person’s risk of incurring a sports injury.

Key Symptoms

Pain is the common symptom of a wide range of sports injuries. However, the degree of pain is typically not indicative of the extent of an injury. Athletes, for example, are trained to ignore a certain level of pain and many athletes push through a painful experience in the hopes of improving their skills or physical resistance.

Doing so can result in incurring a sports injury without realizing the extent of the condition. For example, a lumbar strain normally begins with minor back pains that weight lifters normally ignore. However, continuing the exercise routine often results in a sudden deterioration of the condition accompanied by extreme pain and back spasms.

Other than pain, swelling and redness of the affected area is a common sign of a sports injury. When these appear, it’s imperative to have a doctor diagnose the extent of the injury and undergo treatment to prevent permanent damage. For instance, many amateur athletes have a tendency to push through despite the presence of signs and symptoms of tendon injuries. Unfortunately, continuing the exercise routine without giving enough time for the tendons to heal will result in a condition called mucoid degeneration, which is when inflexible fibrous materials replace a torn tendon.

Who to See & Types of Treatment Available

If you experience a sudden excruciating pain or pain that refuses to go away after a certain time, it’s best that you consult a sports doctor. However, if a sports doctor is not available, your family doctor should be able to diagnose your condition and provide treatment, or refer you to a specialist.

The consultation will begin with an interview on how the injury occurred. This is followed by a physical examination to check for visible signs of fracture. If the doctor believes that the condition is severe, an imaging test, such as an x-ray to examine your skeletal structure and check for signs of damage will be performed.

If you do not require surgery, the doctor will initiate a treatment program that is based on the R.I.C.E. principle, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Getting enough rest prevents an injury from worsening while the use of ice reduces pain and inflammation. Meanwhile, compression and elevation prevent fluid from building up in the area and reduce swelling.

If you do require surgery, most sports doctors prefer to use minimally invasive techniques to limit the amount of damage and allow faster recovery times.

Everyone who participates in sports will incur some form of sports injury in one way or another. As, it is impossible to perfect a skill without making mistakes, sports injuries are often inevitable. What’s important is that the body is allowed to recover from the injury and that the person learns from the mistake to prevent a similar injury.

Another way to prevent injuries is to train under a qualified sports trainer. Trainers are highly knowledgeable and received an adequate amount of training, helping you learn the proper posture and methods to quickly build skill while limiting the risks of an injury. They will also be able to detect the signs and symptoms of a sports injury before they cause any serious damage.

To get high quality non-invasive and non-opioid treatment for your sports injuries, Hope Clinic Scottsdale is your go-to place! Here, you can get personalized treatment for your injuries that do not require drug prescriptions or invasive procedures. Using verified hands-on techniques and dual modality devices, Hope Clinic presents a wide range of solutions to relieve pain by facilitating your body to maximize its healing and repairing ability. No drugs needed, yet just as effective—if not more.

Decide to live pain free today. Visit us at: Hope Clinic Care, 15030 N Hayden Rd ste 120, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (tel: +1 480 659 5470)

References:
  • Drezner JA, Harmon KG, O’Kane JW. Sports medicine. Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 29.
  • Lauerman W, Russo M. Thoracolumbar spine disorders in the adult. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 128.
  • Article source: https://www.docdoc.com/medical-information/conditions/sport-injury
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17/Aug/2022

When you experience ongoing, persistent physical pain that lasts longer than six months, it is called chronic pain. Sure, chronic pain makes everyday activities hard to do, but it also takes a toll on your mental health. It causes extreme emotional stress, and a high stress level can affect the stress hormones and neurochemicals found within your brain and nervous system, which will influence your mood, thinking, and behavior. This is why chronic pain and mental health problems are closely linked.

With chronic pain, you may find it difficult to participate in the activities you used to do and enjoy, which could lead to decreased self-esteem. Furthermore, it may lead to sleep disturbances, fatigue, trouble concentrating, decreased appetite, and emotional changes. These negative changes in your lifestyle can increase your pain and worsen your overall mood. If left untreated, these can quickly result in depression and anxiety. People with chronic pain are four times more likely to develop depression and anxiety compared to those who are not in pain.

There are chronic pain conditions that often come with heavy emotional toll:

Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints, which can cause disabling pain. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. They cause inflammation and pain that affect mostly the joints, but also certain organs and connective tissues. With arthritis, it is difficult to complete daily activities and participate in social activities. The frustration and feelings of isolation that come with these limitations and inabilities may lead to development of mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is known as a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The causes may include physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. However, in some cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no clear causes or triggering events. Women are twice more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men, and those with fibromyalgia possess the risk of experiencing anxiety disorders (particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder) approximately five times higher compared to those who do not have this condition.

Back and Neck Pain

These kinds of pain may occur as a result of muscle strain, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, dealing with heavy objects, trauma and/or stress. For some people, the ache lasts not for long, but for others, back and neck pain can become chronic. When it does, it surely interferes with their daily routines and makes it incredibly hard for them to do simple activities, such as walking and moving around. In the long run, chronic back and neck pain can cause the sufferers to spiral into depression, and even cause depressive symptoms to become worse.

Migraines

Migraines are headaches that are characterized by severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation in the areas of head, face, and neck. Migraines are considered chronic when they last for 15 or more days a month for over three months. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, and in some cases, symptoms of major depressive and anxiety disorders.

To deal with these difficult physical and mental conditions, Hope Clinic provides various kinds of non-invasive and non-opioid treatment methods. Using cold laser therapy, along with microcurrent and balancing treatment, Hope Clinic presents a wide range of solutions to relieve pain by facilitating your body to maximize its healing and repairing ability. No drugs needed, yet just as effectiveif not more.

Balancing treatment can also be an option in reducing depressive and anxious symptoms. The use of transcranial headbands in microcurrent stimulation helps the brain move from an anxiety dominant Beta wave to an Alpha/Theta relaxed and focused brainwave pattern, leaving the individual feeling rested and restored. This relaxation signals relaxing brainwaves and enables the body to self-repair connective tissues. Even so, if you experience heavy symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders, it is always encouraged to seek more professional help, including proficient therapists or psychiatrists.

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23/Jun/2022

Microcurrent electrical stimulation is a technique for treating musculoskeletal pain by using low-level electrical current, where the current is delivered by a particular device to certain parts of your body that are affected. This kind of therapy uses an extremely mild electrical current, which is only one millionth of an ampere. The human body also produces its own current in each cell, making this therapy suitable to treat pain and body aches. So, let’s take a look at the 3 reasons why you should choose microcurrent electrical stimulation therapy for your pain!

Microcurrent electrical stimulation has little to no side effects.

Due to its non-invasive and non-opioid nature, microcurrent electrical stimulation is considered extremely safe for everyone. From children to senior citizens, microcurrent electrical therapy can be effective in treating injured muscles and joints, repair body tissues, reduce inflammation, and eliminate pain without having to consume medicines or go under the knife.

There are, however, some conditions that you need to pay attention to before undergoing microcurrent therapy. Make sure that you are hydrated, drinking plenty of water before your treatment session begins. Furthermore, if you are one of these groups of people, you are unfortunately not suitable for microcurrent electrical therapy.

List of people who should not undergo a microcurrent treatment:

  • People with pacemakers (small devices implanted in the chest to help control the heartbeat).

  • People who have uncontrolled seizures.

  • People with implanted pumps (battery-powered devices that are surgically implanted to provide continuous drug delivery for pain management in patients with non-cancer pain).

  • Pregnant women.

 

Microcurrent electrical stimulation improves your body’s ability to repair itself.

As previously stated, the human body produces its own natural current within every cell, which provides intercellular communication through electromagnetic signaling. This signaling is interfered with and the communication is disrupted when your tissues and muscles get injured. So, this is where microcurrent technology plays its role. The low-level electrical current delivered to your affected tissues will help restore your body’s electromagnetic field back to normal, allowing the injured cells to heal. The length of the healing process is different for every individual, some take a longer time to heal than others. The good news is, other than speeding up the process of recovery, microcurrent treatment procedures can also contribute to the prevention of getting similar injuries in the future.

Microcurrent electrical stimulation can be personalized according to your injuries and needs, and it works best when combined with other hands-on therapy and exercise programs.

The frequencies used in microcurrent electrical stimulation differs, depending on the injuries and tissues involved. For every kind of tissue in your body, there is a specific frequency. Moreover, this therapy will not mess with other manual therapy or medications that you have to be under. Instead, microcurrent treatment will support other treatment methods that you require to do, and thus, accelerate your healing process.

Some injuries that microcurrent therapy can treat include:

  • Arthritis,

  • Fibromyalgia,

  • Sports injuries,

  • Back pain,

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome,

  • Tennis elbow,

  • Muscle sprains and strains,

  • Post-surgery pain,

  • Shoulder pain,

  • Nerve injuries,

  • And many more.

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23/May/2022

This day and age, stress is something that we all experience quite often. Whether we feel stressed out at school, at work, at home, or anywhere else, stress can easily build up over time. Before we know it, our muscles become tense. Worry not, this is where progressive muscle relaxation technique becomes handy! Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a deep relaxation technique that is mainly used to manage stress, anxiety, insomnia, and muscle tension.

PMR is based on the simple and specific practice of tensing or tightening one muscle group at a time, followed by a relaxation phase by releasing the tension. The purpose is to recognize what a tensed muscle and a relaxed muscle feels like, so that when you begin to become tense due to stress or anxiety, you will realize it quicker and be able to control it and return to a relaxed state.

How does progressive muscle relaxation work, exactly? It’s pretty easy! First and foremost, you need to find a quiet place, free from any distractions. You can start by lying on your back or sitting down. Make sure to remove any glasses or contact lenses if you are wearing them. Loosen any tight clothing, too.

Next, take several slow, deep breaths. Let’s try doing PMR from the bottom part of your body: your feet. Take a deep breath, then pull your toes downward as much as you can to tighten the muscles around that area, and hold them for about five seconds. Afterwards, let go to release the tension. Exhale slowly as you do this step. You should feel your muscles become loose. Shift your focus on the difference between tension and relaxation; remember, it is necessary to notice how different tension and relaxation feels. Remain in this relaxed state for about 15 seconds before working on the next muscle group.

Moving on to the next muscle group: your calves. Squeeze your calf muscles as hard as you can and hold for another five seconds before releasing the tension. Stay relaxed for 15 seconds, then work on your knees and thighs by moving your knees toward each other and squeezing your thigh muscles for five seconds. Like you’ve done before, loosen your muscles afterwards.

The steps are basically the same with every muscle group. You can work on your buttocks, arms, hands, shoulders, jaw, eyes, and eyebrows. With your hands, for example, you can tighten the muscles by clenching and unclenching your fists. With your shoulders, you can raise them toward your ears, and with your eyebrows, you can just raise them as far as you can. Of course, every session needs to end with a tension-release and relaxation.

Now that you get a hang of progressive muscle relaxation, let’s jump into how it can be beneficial in managing stress and anxiety. Progressive muscle relaxation has been proven to be effective in reducing symptoms or feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, and anger. By practicing PMR often, you will learn what relaxation feels like, enabling you to recognize whenever you start to get tense during the day. Progressive muscle relaxation can also improve your sleep and eases neck pain, because it induces relaxation.

But that’s not all! PMR helps decrease the frequency of migraine episodes as well, and it does so by balancing your serotonin levels. Furthermore, a high level of stress might lead to the clenching of jaw or grinding of teeth, which may cause you to develop a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ is the joint that connects your lower jaw (mandible) to your skull, and a temporomandibular joint disorder may cause facial pain, tenderness at the joint, and trouble in moving the joint. Through a consistent practice of progressive muscle relaxation, tension or stress levels can be reduced and TMJ disorder symptoms will be alleviated.

Progressive muscle relaxation is a simple practice, yet it turns out to have many benefits! So, if your days are filled with fast-paced activities, or if you tend to get stressed a lot, we recommend you to set aside some quiet time to do the PMR method regularly as one way to improve or maintain your overall well-being. Your body, and your mind, will definitely thank you!

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29/Mar/2022

Waking up with a stiff neck is definitely not a pleasant way to start your day. It can be painful, extremely inconvenient, and interfere with your daily routine and activities. With a stiff neck, even simple movements can be a little more difficult to do. In a lot of cases, strained neck muscles are a result of incorrect sleeping positions, but how could you have noticed the way you sleep when you are… well, asleep?
Fret not, although it might sound impossible to control how you sleep, there are some things you can do to minimize awkward sleeping positions! In addition to that, take a look at these main causes for a stiff neck and how to treat one.

Awkward sleeping positions

We all have our own preferred sleeping positions, but there are 3 main positions: back, side, and stomach. The position that is a total no-no is sleeping on your stomach! Why so? When you sleep on your stomach, your lower back will become strained, because your belly sinks into the bed, adding pressure on your spine. Your neck may also be twisted to one side for a long time, leading to strained neck muscles. Thus, in the morning, you will wake up feeling sore instead of feeling refreshed.
If you continue sleeping with this pattern for quite some time, your stiff neck problems may develop into something more serious, such as herniated disc or radiculopathy. Meanwhile, sleeping on the back may cause brief episodes of sleep apnea and some problems on the lower back as well, which is why professionals recommend sleeping on your side.

Unsuitable pillow

Choosing an appropriate pillow is crucial for a good quality of sleep. You need to make sure that your pillow can support your head and neck properly. A hard pillow might feel a tad uncomfortable, but oftentimes, neck problems are actually caused by a pillow that is too soft. Soft pillows cannot hold your head and neck properly like firm pillows do, creating tension in your neck muscles. When you use a firm pillow to sleep at night, it will help you in keeping your spine straight and aligned—from your atlas (located in the neck) to your tailbone, posing less of a risk to having a stiff neck. Using a feather pillow or pillows made with “memory foam” is recommended because they can conform with the shape of your head and neck, but make sure to change your pillow once they lose their firmness and shape.

Sudden movements

Sudden movements during your sleep, especially when you’re dreaming, such as flinging your limbs, rolling over, tossing and turning may create tension in and sprain your neck muscles.
Now that you know the primary causes of a stiff neck, what should you do when you experience it one morning? Should you just accept it and go on with your day with discomfort and pain? Absolutely not! Here are some simple, easy, and fairly quick ways to deal with a strained neck.

Ice or heat therapy

When you wake up with a stiff neck, put some ice on it for about 20 minutes to limit the swelling and cut down on inflammation. If the pain lingers until the next day, try replacing ice with heat (perhaps by using a warm towel or a heating pad). Put it on your strained neck for 20 minutes as well. Heat is known to relax your muscles and improve blood flow, which may reduce the pain and increase your neck’s range of motion.

Stretching and massage

Massaging the sore area of your neck gently can also help relax the muscles and increase blood flow, gradually improving your flexibility. However, you need to be careful to not overdo it and make it worse. Other than massaging, doing some stretching will help with your stiff neck, too.

Some stretching techniques that you can do:
  • Touch your right ear to your right shoulder and push the left side of your head gently for 10 seconds. Do the same with your left ear and left shoulder. Repeat these movements for 10 repetitions per side.
  • Slowly turn your head to the left until you feel a slight stretch (it’s alright if you cannot turn too far due to the strain) while standing with your neck and your back straight. Hold it for 10 seconds, then turn to the right and do the same thing. Repeat for 4-5 times per side. This is to increase your flexibility little by little without causing more pain.
  • Stand up straight, look up to the ceiling as far as you can, hold it for 10 seconds and come back to the starting position. Next, look down to the ground as far as you can (while still standing straight) and hold it for 10 seconds as well. Do 10 repetitions for each up and down movement.
Another thing that you can do to manage a stiff neck, especially if it’s getting worse, is to visit Hope Clinic and get appropriate treatment. Located in Scottsdale, AZ, you can get non-invasive and non-opioid treatment for your injuries. With an over 93% success rate, Hope Clinic offers excellent treatment procedures that are 100% drug-free!

Using verified hands-on techniques and dual modality devices, our therapists and professionals provide solutions to relieve pain by facilitating your body to maximize its healing and repairing ability. No drugs needed, yet just as effectiveif not more. It’s time to say bye-bye to neck pain!
Contact us and book your session through (1) 480 659 5470 or visit https://hopecliniccare.com/contact-us/.
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11/Feb/2022

This day and age, we all suffer from some kind of pain, whether it is from injury, illness, or something alike. Yet, we tend to not take good care of ourselves. Dr. Oei of Hope Clinic is here to help, and he specializes in healing the pain from the inside out, not with injections, but with a permanent healing process. The name says it all—Hope Clinic truly gives us hope.

As a medical doctor, Dr. Okky Oei started off in the ‘70s. One thing that sparked his interest in the area of pain management was his own experience he had in medical school. He injured his back, and when he sought treatment for it, all he got was drug prescriptions. Soon enough, he realized that his body reacted sensitively toward prescriptions and could not handle too much of it.

This led him to think that there had to be a better way to manage pain without using drugs. Medicines and injections are helpful, but most of the time, they do not fix the root cause of chronic pain. He studied medicine and pain management using different modalities for over eleven years. People with chronic pain began coming to him, and in many cases, pain really affected their quality of life. Dr. Oei dove deeper into studying the human body and the way it works, and eventually, came up with non-invasive and non-opioid treatment methods using advanced technology, including microcurrent electrical stimulation modality.

In this podcast, Alicia Haygood shares her experience with Hope Clinic after dislocating her shoulder due to snowboarding. She sought treatment elsewhere, and although it did not hurt as much anymore, her shoulder still felt weak. Her brain blocked the pain, but her mobility was not improved. Eventually, she came to Hope Clinic and got treated using microcurrent electrical therapy. Afterwards, she felt a lot better—and she stated that, “My mobility had turned a complete 180 since I came to see you [Dr. Oei].”

Dr. Oei explains a little more about how the human body works, and the way these non-invasive modalities help the body to heal itself. Aside from microcurrent electrical stimulation, Hope Clinic also offers a balancing treatment to help people with insomnia and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Learn more and listen to the full podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5xcXMLJIVDrFIThC8pntK5?si=pDrvnehyRJ2P39_u8a1FJg&nd=1.


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09/Feb/2022

Are you familiar with the term myofascial release? It’s a therapy technique commonly used to treat myofascial pain syndrome, which is a chronic pain disorder that affects the musculoskeletal system, caused by sensitivity and tightness in your myofascial tissues (“myo” means muscle, and “fascial” means fascia). Fascia itself is a thin casing of connective tissues that surrounds every organ, muscle, blood vessel, bone, and nerve fiber to keep each one of them in place. The muscle tightness sets off the trigger points within your myofascial tissues, where the pain originates.

Due to the pressure upon these sensitive trigger points, you may even feel pain in seemingly unrelated body parts. For instance, the trigger point is located somewhere in your upper back, yet you can feel the pain from your upper back all the way to your arm. Myofascial pain occurs in about 85% of people sometime throughout their life stages, yet it is often underdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or overlooked. Both men and women are equally impacted, although middle-aged inactive women possess the highest risk.

To help people with this chronic pain disorder, healthcare professionals and physical therapists often resort to myofascial release therapy. Myofascial release aims to ease the tightness and tension of your trigger points, thus reducing the pain you feel. However, determining the source of your pain might not be an easy task, which is why myofascial release is often applied over a broad area of muscle and tissue instead of at single points.

How does this work? Normally, myofascia should feel elastic and pliable, so, first, your therapist will gently apply pressure to the myofascial areas on your body while searching for stiff or tensed areas. Next, your therapist will conduct focused manual pressure, massaging, and stretching to loosen up restricted movement, and thus, lessening the pain. Sometimes, therapists will use essential oils as well during the therapy.

Due to its non-invasive and non-opioid nature, myofascial release has little to no side effects and risks. Nonetheless, this kind of treatment is not suitable for people with: burns and painful wounds, fractured or fragile bones, deep vein issues, and under blood-thinning medications. Overall, myofascial release therapy is beneficial and effective in treating pain—both mild and chronic. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Now, are you wondering where you can receive myofascial release therapy? We got you! Located in Scottsdale, AZ is a non-invasive and non-opioid pain clinic: Hope Clinic Care! Here, you can get myofascial release therapy for your muscle strains and any other injuries.

With an over 93% success rate, they offer other various excellent treatment procedures that are 100% drug-free! Using verified hands-on techniques and dual modality devices, Hope Clinic Care provides solutions to relieve pain by facilitating your body to maximize its healing and repairing ability. No drugs needed, yet just as effectiveif not more.

Learn more and make appointments at www.hopecliniccare.com.

 

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03/Feb/2022

Our brain is a vital part of our body. It is the center of our decision making process, controls the function of the other body parts, regulates our breathing and heartbeat, and so on. However, the brain is also very delicate. Some of our daily habits may harm our brain, and we may not even be aware of them. So, pay attention to 6 common habits that can damage your brain!

Doing nothing.

Yup, doing nothing can damage your brain in the long run. Think of your brain like a muscle: If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Your brain is designed to think. Acquiring new skills, learning different languages, having interesting conversations, reading, challenging old belief systems, or even puzzles and crosswords can help stimulate your brain and develop neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to adapt).

Consuming too much sugar.

Sugar is usually linked with health conditions like diabetes and obesity, but it turns out that consuming too much sugar can harm your brain, too. How so? High blood sugar can shrink the brain and affect the brain’s functional connectivity, disrupting the brain’s ability to learn and memorize.

Sitting all day.

A lot of jobs require us to sit for long periods. However, this is detrimental to our brains and overall health. Sitting means inactivity, and inactivity is the opposite of healthy. When you are physically active, it keeps the brain arteries open, boosting blood flow, which carries oxygen and other essential nutrients to the brain. On the other hand, if you sit too much, your brain could look just like that of someone with dementia. Sitting too much also raises your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Listening to loud music.

Hearing loss is linked to brain shrinkage and an increased risk of developing dementia. One possibility is that the brain has to work harder to process what is being said and it is not able to store what was heard into memory. Using your earphones and listening to music for 30 minutes continually can permanently damage your brain.

Not getting enough sleep.

A third of American adults don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lack of sleep may cause excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and problems with cognitive performance, including memory, reasoning, problem-solving and communications skills. Moreover, poor sleeping habits are associated with an increased risk of dementia.

Smoking.

It is well known that smoking harms a lot of organs in our body, and that includes the brain. Smoking can shrink your brain, causing memory loss and damaging blood vessels, thus reducing blood flow to the brain, which also means that your brain receives less oxygen and nutrients.

To fix these habits, there are a few things you can do. You can keep your brain active by learning new languages and doing crossword puzzles. Finding delicious and healthy alternatives to replace added sugars, such as fruits, will help you cut back your sugar intake as well. Other than that, doing simple home exercises, or simply walking around the neighborhood, can be good for your brain and your physical health.

If you want to listen to music, you can! But keep the volume under 60% of your device’s maximum volume, and make sure to not listen to it for long hours. Try to also fix your sleep schedule by keeping a consistent bedtime schedule and ditch the distractions. Deep breathing and meditation might help improve your sleep quality, too. Lastly, learn to quit smoking! If you need help to quit smoking, talk to a doctor about nicotine patches and prescription medications. There are quit smoking programs and other resources that your doctor can recommend for you as well.

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04/Jan/2022

Your workout posture may determine the quality of your workout routine.

How many of you put hitting the gym as your 2022 resolution?

Maybe you want to lose weight. Or maybe you want to gain weight. Or maybe you don’t care so much about it, and instead, you’re aiming for better stamina, better endurance, and overall, just a better lifestyle. Whatever it is, there are several things you need to pay attention to, especially if you’re a beginner. One of them is your workout posture.

Fitness is a world of its own. There are countless articles, hacks, tips and tricks out there. You’ve probably heard about how important correct posture is while exercising, but why? Well, to put it simply, posture is the body’s alignment and positioning in relation to the force of gravity. Gravity exerts pressure on our joints and muscles, so, maintaining a good workout posture ensures that the force of gravity is distributed evenly throughout our body as you exercise.

Let’s say you’re doing squats without a proper form. Your back is rounded, your knees go too far beyond your toes, you’re not going low enough… if you do this repetitively, it will not only strain your joints, but it also won’t train the muscles you’re targeting enough. Eventually, you’re left with knee, ankle, or lower back injuries instead of a leaner lower body.

Now, let’s take a look at the proper postures of 2 popular exercises: squats and push-ups.

1. Squats

Squatting is a popular exercise method for training lower body muscles, such as glutes and hamstrings. To do it correctly, these are the steps you can do:

  • Stand with your feet a little wider than your hips.

  • Make sure that your toes point slightly outward.

  • You can put your arms straight, or you can bend them while clasping your palms together.

  • Your heels and the balls of your feet must remain glued to the surface.

  • Keep your core tight and your upper body straight as you squat down, reaching a little over a 90-degree angle. Make sure that your knees remain facing outward and stay in line with your toes.

  • Straighten your legs to lift back up.

2. Push-up

Ah, the classic upper body strength exercise… push-ups. Seems simple, yet apparently, a lot of people still do it incorrectly. So, here are a few steps of how to have a proper push-up form:

  • Get down on all fours, straighten your legs, and place your hands slightly wider than your shoulders.

  • Keep your core and glutes tight, and your back straight.

  • Your buttocks must be in line with your body, not higher in the air or lower to the ground.

  • Gradually lower yourself, arms bent all the way while keeping your posture straight until your chest is close to the floor, but not entirely touching it.

  • Push yourself back up. When you do this, maintain your posture. Do not hollow out your back, as it would hurt your shoulders.

So, have you been doing it right? If not, well, it’s not too late to correct your workout posture. However, we know that sometimes, accidents occur. Sometimes, things just go wrong. Maybe your muscles ache, or your joints are strained. Fear not! When injuries happen and it seems like your body is giving up, there’s a convenient solution for you: Hope Clinic Care.

Hope Clinic Care is a place where you can get non-invasive and non-opioid treatment. With an over 93% success rate, Hope Clinic Care offers excellent treatment procedures that are 100% drug-free! Using verified hands-on techniques and dual modality devices, such as a proprietary 3D Motion analysis, we are able to identify areas that are either misused or dysfunctioning. This enables us to more specifically identify and treat the problem. 

Hope Clinic Care provides solutions to relieve pain caused by incorrect workout posture by facilitating your body to maximize its healing and repairing ability. No drugs needed, yet just as effectiveif not more. Make an appointment now at https://hopecliniccare.com/contact-us/ or call (1)480 659 5470.

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23/Dec/2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! …right? Supposedly, yes, but for some people, it can be hard to participate in the Christmas holiday tradition. Chronic pain does not take a vacation in honor of Christmas. For those who experience that kind of pain, and for the caregivers as well, it may be difficult to participate in shopping, decorating, or partying. They may feel isolated and abandoned. So, to help you have a beautiful, less-stress season while not giving up the fun, here are 5 tips on how to manage chronic pain during the holiday season.

1) Keep things simple and delegate tasks. You don’t have to spend all of your time putting together an elaborate gathering. If you’re having a small gathering, ask your family and friends to help. Involve everyone and delegate the tasks.

2) Know your limits. Holiday invitations are often open-ended, allowing celebrations to last well into the night—but they don’t have to. And if you are dealing with chronic pain, they shouldn’t.

3) Seek support. Let your loved ones know if you need anything, or join a support group to help you cope. It’s so important for you to not deal with your struggles alone. With the right community, you will be able to overcome it and not lose hope.

4) Take breaks as much as you feel necessary. It’s okay to let go of certain traditions, go easy on your decorations, and withdraw from social gatherings and Christmas holiday activities to take a break. No celebration is fun enough if you’re hurting. 

5) Plan a recovery day. Include resting into your schedule. You can also make appointments with a professional at Hope Clinic before or after the Christmas celebration to ease your pain!

Let us help you get through the holidays. With Hope Clinic, pain-free living is possible. Hope Clinic provides non-invasive and non-opioid treatment methods to treat your chronic pain. Our therapists and professionals are equipped with adequate knowledge and skills to give you the best possible personalized treatment. Reach out to us through +1 480 659 5470 or visit our website: https://hopecliniccare.com/contact-us/.




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