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Sciatica

Debra Murray

What is Sciatica?    Sciatica refers to "leg pain that originates in the lower back and travels down the leg through the buttocks via the sciatic nerve." There may also be tingling or numbness associated with the pain.    It's a condition that can affect persons of any age.     Sciatica is not a medical condition itself, though. Rather, it is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, for example. This and similar issues give rise to sciatica and the discomfort it brings.      What Are the Common Symptoms of Sciatica?  Signs that someone may be dealing with...

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Sculling

Katie Hightower

Two Oars are Better Than One!    If you've watched the Summer Olympics, you might be familiar with rowing, but chances are, you've seen the bigger 8-person sweep boats. Yet rowing has much more to offer from its smaller shells, built for two oars instead of one. This type of rowing is called sculling! It can be done in a larger four-person shell, or it can be done in smaller more delicate shells meant for two people or even one person. Can you hear the flat water calling your name?   Sculling is a form of competitive and recreational rowing...

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Shin Splints

Debra Murray

Don't Let Shin Splints Get You Down Shin splints are a common problem for athletes, military recruits, and dancers. This condition is characterized by pain along the front of the lower leg bone (tibia) between the ankle and knee. Any activity or occupation that involves strenuous lower body exertion with frequent stops and starts or increases in physical intensity can cause shin pain to occur. The medical terminology for this condition is medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). However, a variety of different diagnoses can also be considered MTSS, such as:1) Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) – DOMS refers to the discomfort...

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Skiing

Debra Murray

Skiing is a wonderful wintertime activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you are looking to tone up, improve your cardiovascular health or just have some fun, you will find that skiing comes with many health benefits. All you need is a pair of skis and poles along with some protective gear and warm clothing to partake in this activity. You can enjoy some time on the slopes even more and reduce any muscle soreness or discomfort you may feel by using Emu Therapy's all-natural topical pain relief before and after you go skiing.    Health Benefits...

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Sledding

Debra Murray

Everyone loves sledding! Whether you go for fun by yourself or with your grandkids, you need to be physically fit. This fun activity is becoming more and more popular to healthy, active adults. In fact, sleds are now being made with adults, and not just kids in mind. There is no better way to get into shape than to be running up hills, flying down them, and laughing breathlessly. It is great exercise and cardio and burns many calories! It takes no prep or special gear aside from a sled and it is essentially free to do. Get started sledding today but...

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Snowboarding

Debra Murray

This Alternative Approach to Exercise is Changing People's Lives As we begin to enter the more mature years of of life, we often look to increase our health through various means of exercise. Some of us head to our local gym to perform hours of cardio, weight reps and specific machines to target our muscle groups. But many gym enthusiasts are, quite simply, getting bored of their current routine. "It feels so boring and monotonous," you may hear them exclaim when thinking about their fitness lifestyle. That's why more individuals are shying away from traditional gym routines and turning to...

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Soccer

Debra Murray

Fast Relief from Your Toughest Activities Soccer, or football as it is known outside the USA, is the most popular sport in the world and played in most countries. This team sport, with 11 players on each side, use legs, head and torso to pass a ball and score goals. The nature of the game means players may be sprinting, running fast or slow, and even standing around at times   Playing soccer is continuous and is great for fitness and cardiovascular health. People from kids to adults and all skill levels can participate in soccer. Soccer is ideal for...

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Softball

Debra Murray

The Health Benefits of Softball    Eye on the ball  Softball challenges the hand-eye coordination part of your brain The cerebellum is exercised each time you're at bat and the ball is pitched. These reflexes are applied when you raise your glove high to catch a pop. And when you run to gather a ground ball into your glove, you're using and improving your hand-eye coordination.    Upper cut  Softball calls on you to use your arms, shoulders, back, and your core strength. Throwing, running, and pitching can give you a more muscular upper body.    Catch some cardio  Play...

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Sprains

Debra Murray

What is a Sprain?    Have you ever twisted your ankle, caught yourself during a fall, or twisted your knee and wondered if the pain you were experiencing after the incident was a sprain? A sprain involves the ligaments which connect the bones at a joint. When those ligaments get stretched or torn, you have sprain. There are three types of sprains: mild, moderate, and severe. Expand below to read more about the types of sprains.    Mild Grade 1 sprain This occurs when there is modest stretching and some damage to ligaments. Moderate Grade 2 sprain When the ligament...

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Strains

Debra Murray

The Ins and Outs of Muscle Strains   Have you been experiencing muscle pain? It’s possible you’re suffering from muscle strain, which is when the muscle or tendons around the muscle are damaged. You may have simply strained the muscle or you could have pulled or torn it, all of which will result in similar symptoms. Read on to find out how muscle strain occurs, how to treat it at home and when to see a doctor.   Causes of Muscle Strain Have you been asking yourself, "Why do my muscles hurt?" Muscle strain can occur if you put pressure...

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Sweeping

Katie Hightower

  In the rowing world, there are two types of rowing. Sculling involves two oars, one for each of your hands, and sweeping involves one oar that both of your hands will hang on to. Sweeping has deep roots in world history, dating back to Viking and Greek war ships, which were powered by men who sat side by side each other. In order to move those ships, the men would have to work collaboratively to establish an efficient rhythm. This type of rowing formed the foundation for today’s modern Olympic sport of sweep rowing.   As rowing evolved and...

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Swimming

Debra Murray

Dive into the Deep End   If you're looking for a physical activity that will engage multiple muscle groups, strengthen your heart, and tone your body, then head to your local pool. Swimming is a powerful form of exercise. It improves cardiovascular health, tones muscles, and strengthens bones. Because it isn't a weight-bearing activity, those with joint pain can tolerate swimming, and topical pain relief products will make the experience even more enjoyable.Exercising at the pool can be enjoyed by people of all ages. There are multiple ways to get fit in a pool. For example, you can swim laps...

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