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Why Are My Muscles Still Not Working?

September 12, 2017 | By | One Comment

You deserve to move, run and dance the way that your body was designed to. Life is not meant to be watched from the sidelines, but sometimes your pain can put you out of the game.

Injuries and pain can be incredibly frustrating, making it very exciting when clients finally find a solution to their pain. I work with clients on a daily basis who get excited when we are able to initially resolve their muscular dysfunction. Unfortunately, I also watch many of their smiles fade as their pain and muscular dysfunction quickly return. I understand this can be disheartening and unfortunately, for some clients, it leads them to believe that the therapy did not work.

This could not be further from the truth. It is important to remember that the biggest part of restoring proper muscular function involves retraining the muscles. For some people, this is a short process. Yet, for others retraining their muscles can take time.

You can compare retraining your muscles to relearning a skill. I am sure many of you can recall practicing a skill for years, but as soon as you stopped practicing you lost your ability to perform as well. Playing an instrument and speaking a foreign language are great examples. You may have played an instrument growing up or taken Spanish classes in college. Unfortunately, once you stopped regularly practicing these skills, your performance decreased.

The same thing goes for your muscles. If a muscle has not been functioning properly for a prolonged period of time, it is going to take time to retrain the muscle to function the way they should.

Injuries, stress, and the duration of muscular dysfunction all play a role in how long it may take to restore proper muscular function. Fortunately, even muscles that have been dysfunctional for years are usually able to be restored within a matter of weeks.

Moral of the story… do not be disheartened when your pain and muscular dysfunction return. This is often part of the recovery process and increasing therapy and the frequency of your exercises will accelerate your recovery rate.

5 Reasons You Should Take a Daily Multivitamin

August 18, 2017 | By | No Comments

  1. Support healthy aging. 

As you get older your nutritional needs increase. At the same time, your body also has a harder time absorbing nutrients from food.

  1. Correct nutritional deficiencies.

Prescription drugs, surgery, and other health conditions are prone to causing nutritional deficiencies.

  1. Boost energy levels.

Several studies have demonstrated that taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is associated with increased energy levels.

  1. Maintain muscle strength.

Many of the problems with muscle loss are associated with free radical damage. An antioxidant-rich daily multivitamin can help decrease free radical damage. Vitamin D has also been shown to improve muscle strength in older people.

  1. Manage Stress.

Along with boosting mood, research has shown that a daily multivitamin-particularly one containing therapeutic dosages of B-complex vitamins-can help reduce stress and anxiety.

  1. Bonus Reason! A good multivitamin helps to increase antioxidant levels.

View original article to learn about the top 20 reasons to take a daily multivitamin.

Enjoy Sun, While Boosting Your Vitamin D Levels

May 7, 2017 | By | No Comments

Did you know that Vitamin D is one of the most essential nutrients for our bodies, yet an estimated 50% of American’s are deficient in it?

Thousands of studies have been done on the health effects of vitamin D, and research shows it is involved in the biology of all cells and tissues in your body. Most fascinating to me are the dozens of studies showing that raising your vitamin D levels can significantly reduce your risk of cancer.

Most recently, a randomized clinical trial by researchers at Creighton University, found vitamin D and calcium supplementation lowered participants’ overall cancer risk by 30 percent. Another study discovered that when you increase your serum vitamin D levels to 40 ng/mL or higher, your risk for cancer diminishes by 67 percent. They found that most cancers occurred in people with a vitamin D blood level between 10 and 40 ng/mL. The optimal level for cancer protection was identified as being between 40 and 60 ng/mL.

A primary consideration when it comes to vitamin D is to get your level checked, ideally twice a year, in the middle of the summer and winter, when your level is at its highest and lowest. What you’re aiming for is a level between 40 and 60 ng/mL year-round.

It is a safe bet that most of you reading this right now haven’t been getting enough vitamin D, even if you regularly take supplements.

It has been proven that natural sun exposure is by far the best way to boost your vitamin D levels. Unfortunately, we all know that too much sun can lead to pre-mature aging, skin damage and even disease. So how do you get the most out of the sun while still protecting yourself?

Even the low SPF sunscreens can prevent your body from turning the Ultraviolet B rays in Vitamin D. In order to get your daily dose of D, you need 15-20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure.That’s right, don’t lather on that sunscreen just yet. If you have sensitive skin and are afraid you will burn easily you can decrease your sun exposure to just 10-15 minutes.

Getting your daily dose of D will keep you happy and healthy, but don’t forget to put on your sunscreen after those first 20 minutes have passed. To help prevent sunburn, make sure to reapply every two-hours and use a brand you trust.

Tips to Increase Daily Antioxidant Intake

April 7, 2017 | By | No Comments

1. Properly prepare your fruits and vegetables
The way you prepare your fruits and vegetables can significantly affect the level of nutrients in you consume. Cooking can destroy the nutrients in some fruits and vegetables, while increasing bio-availability in others. When cooked for 30-minutes, tomatoes antioxidant levels have been shown to increase up to 35%. On the other hand, bell peppers are best consumed raw because they lose a significant amount of nutrients when cooked.
Tips for maximizing antioxidant content of cooked veggies:
  • Don’t peel
  • Minimize chopping
  • Don’t soak in water pre-cooking, water soluable nutrients like vitamin C leach into the water
  • Cook quickly at a high heat rather than slowly on a lower heat
  • Don’t cook in copper pots (this reduces the amount of vitamin C)
  • Boiling and steaming are the best methods for maintaining antioxidant levels for most vegetables
2. Taste the rainbow!
Eating an assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables provides you with a variety of different antioxidants. Antioxidants are often responsible for the variety of colors we see among fruits and vegetables. By diversifying the colors of your food, you are providing your body with a spectrum of nutrients it needs for optimal wellness.
3. Drink ’em up.
Green drinks, smoothies, and green tea are also great sources of antioxidants. Juicing is an easy way to consume your recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables. Just beware of your sugar intake when it comes to fruit juice and smoothies. Make sure to stay away from your standard, store bought juices like orange juice and apple juice. These drinks tend to be high in sugar.  Matcha green tea is also especially rich in antioxidants. You can drink matcha green tea alone, or try adding it to your smoothies and juice.
4. Eats nuts!
Some may be surprised to learn that nuts and seeds are actually incredibly rich in antioxidants. So, when it comes to snacking between meals try a handful of brazil nuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds. Brazil nuts are a key source of selenium, which is important for brain health, while almonds and sunflower seeds are great sources of vitamin E.

Increase Blood Circulation to Improve Cardiac Health

January 12, 2017 | By | No Comments

Proper blood circulation is essential to maintaining a healthy body. Your circulatory system is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and is used to filter out waste and carbon dioxide from your body. The circulatory system is also responsible for transporting hormones and supporting the Lymphatic System.
This system performs functions that are absolutely essential to keeping your body working well. A poor functioning circulatory system can lead to a wide range of health complications, which ultimately can be fatal over time.
Great cardiac health begins with a strong circulatory system. Fortunately, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to prevent and reverse poor blood circulation.
1. Stand more, sit less.
Sitting dramatically slows down blood circulation, so it is important to get up and move around regularly. Try to take standing or walking breaks every 30-45 minutes. Working at a standing desk is also a great alternative for individuals with sedentary jobs.
2. Exercise.
Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is one of the best ways to increase blood circulation and improve cardiac health. Walking, jogging, and running are all great ways to get your blood moving.
3. Nutrition and diet.
Consume foods and supplements that support healthy circulation. Consider adding supplements like omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Foods that support a healthy cardiovascular system include oranges, avocados, tomatoes, garlic, beetroot juice, blueberries, and nuts.
4. Stay rested.
During sleep, your heart rate slows and blood pressure drops as the cardiovascular system works to repair and regenerate. This process is an important part of supporting healthy circulation. Make sure you are getting a healthy 7-8 hours of sleep a night to support this process.
5. Bemer. In addition to making the previously listed lifestyle changes, Bemer Therapy treatments are a great treatment to enhance blood circulation. One 8-minute treatment can dramatically increase circulation. Bemer Therapy treatments are now available at MRT.
We strongly recommend you watch this short video to learn more about Bemer treatments. The results will blow you away, and you will quickly see why we are so excited about this new treatment.