HOW CAN I PREVENT THESE INJURIES?
While it is always a wise decision to consult with a physical therapist, there are some tips you can implement into your personal life as well, in order to decrease your risk of sustaining an injury. These include: • Stretching. This is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries. Your tissues require water in order to be elastic, and stretching helps to bring water into the tissues. This increases muscle flexibility and prevents them from becoming stiff or tight, thus decreasing the chances of them over-stretching and/or tearing. • Hydrating and eating nutritious meals. Did you know that your body is over 70% water? Because of this, it requires water in order to remain supple and function properly. Without adequate water and nutrition, your body’s tissues are more prone to over-stretching and injury. Make sure you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, and always keep a water bottle with you when you are working out. If needed, you can also replenish your electrolytes with sports drinks, such as Gatorade. • Staying within your abilities. It is important to train and practice for any physical activity you’d like to try. Start small in the beginning and build up from there. For example, if you aren’t used to running but you’d like to complete a 5k, don’t start off with 3-mile runs. Begin with a half mile and slowly build up. When you push your body past its current limits, you make yourself more prone to injuries because your body is not prepared for the physical demands being asked of it. A physical therapist can help you understand the limits of your body and can create an exercise plan for you to reach your physical goals.
• Using the proper equipment. When engaging in any type of physica activity, it is important to make sure you have the right equipment. Fo example, running shoes, hiking boots, helmets, and more can help yo avoid injury and stay safe while doing the activities you enjoy. They ca make all the difference when it comes to preventing injuries.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
If you are suffering from aches and pains, you think you may have sustaine an injury, or you’d like to learn more about injury prevention, contact Easter Shore Physical Therapy today. One of our dedicated physical therapist would be happy to meet with you for a consultation and discuss how ou different programs can help you remain active and pain-free!
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Healthy Detox Recipe
Miracle Red Juice
INGREDIENTS • 2 large beets • 4 long carrots • 2 apples • 6 celery stalks • 2 limes or lemons • 2 inches of ginger
HEALTH BENEFITS • Immunity
• Eyes • Liver • Spleen • Kidneys • Pancreas • Digestive Tract
INSTRUCTIONS Prepare beets, carrots, apples, celery, limes (or lemons) and ginger by chopping into smaller pieces before placing into a juicer. As the skin of a beet is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, it is recommended to leave the skin on the beet. Do not peel the ginger, which you will add to taste as ginger can be spicy. After all ingredients are added to the juicer, blend until juiced and smooth. Miracle Red Juice can be absorbed more easily on an empty stomach. Drink one glass every other day or as needed.
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