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Muscle Soreness

Seems unfair, doesn’t it?

Exercise, the best thing you can do for your health with it’s long list of impressive (and life-saving) benefits, is also notorious for it’s unpleasant after-effects. Some people even avoid exercising for this reason.

‘Delayed onset muscle soreness’ (DOMS) or ‘post exercise muscle soreness’ (PEMS) or whatever you want to call it, is that nasty muscle pain experienced the next day or two after moderate or higher intensity exercise (or any activity you’re not used to). After a good leg workout, walking down the stairs becomes a daunting task!

Luckily, this soreness usually only lasts a few days, or at most a week.

Still, it can be quite unpleasant, and it’s even capable of reducing sports performance. 1 That’s why athletes who train almost every day are constantly looking for the next best thing to alleviate the pain!

So does anything actually help? Do you have to just “suck it up”? And what’s up with that delay of a whole day or two? Let’s discuss! Continue Reading

Disease vs. Illness

Although the distinction between these two terms has been discussed on this site before, the importance of this concept justifies a fully dedicated article. Some may claim this is “just” a discussion of semantics – but it’s not.

It’s about clarity.

Understanding this particular distinction can help you make sense of many confusing things about being sick or hurt.

For example: why is healing and recovery different? Why can things hurt when there seems to be no real damage? Why don’t doctors believe in [insert fringe therapy here], yet it seemed to make you or someone you know better?

These are very good (and important) questions.

Besides helping to answer such questions, the distinction between disease and illness is one of those fundamental ideas that can help tremendously in understanding what actually works in health care (and just as importantly – what doesn’t). Knowing what doesn’t work could save your life… or at least save you money!

So let’s take a minute to understand this basic idea, and why it’s so important.

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Muscle Strains – Treatment and Recovery Explained Simply

Muscle Strains – Treatment and Recovery Explained Simply

Last Updated: July 1st, 2013

Welcome to the ‘Understanding Muscle Strains’ e-book.

This is an educational resource describing the latest in muscle strain science, and a simple (yet research-based) strategy for optimizing recovery and preventing re-injury.

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Chronic Pain Hope – Brain Changes can be Reversed

an abnormal brain.

Chronic pain isn’t just an injury that won’t get better. Remember: damage doesn’t really ’cause’ pain.

In fact, chronic pain is often defined as pain that lasts longer than the expected time of healing.

One of the reasons pain persists is that the brain re-wires itself to change pain perception. This is known as ‘Central Sensitization’. The changes are actually significant enough that they can be detected through brain imaging! 1

It’s almost like a ‘pain memory’ 2. Like an over-reaction of your brains job to protect you from danger by giving you pain. It can make safely moving in a certain way cause pain, because your brain remembers that being a painful movement before.

But don’t let this worry you. Fascinating (and exciting) new research has shown that not only is this pain treatable, but these changes in the brain can actually be reversed!

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B-Boy Q&A: What should we do about wrist pain?

wrists feel like this?

The recent post about how damage doesn’t ’cause’ pain hopefully made more sense of why pain can be weird and confusing. But as usual with science, it also left people with more questions! As always, check the pain section for frequent updates on what to do about persistent pain.

I was asked on the Facebook page about wrist pain:

“as bboys, do we have to fear pain? or could we “overcome” it? Ive heard one of the best bboys in my area said: “If you hurt your wrist, continue to practice with it, it will become accustomed/ immune to pain”. Is that true?” – Lou Musou

Very good question!

The answer is really: don’t fear it, understand it. Then you’ll know what to do.

As we now know, pain can mean different things in different situations (and different people). I’ll answer this question using a few different scenarios common for B-Boys (to the readers who aren’t dancers, b-boy is the proper term for ‘break-dancer’).

This decision making process should still be applicable to any athlete.

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