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Stretching, stretching, stretching. Everyone tells you that you should stretch in
order to maintain good muscular health and flexability. Well yes and no. I wil attempt to
There are times when stretching is warranted and other
times when it is not.
When stretching is not warranted:
Immediately following an injury or trauma to a muscle,or group of muscles.
Stretching an already hypermobile muscle (the opposing muscle group may be hypomobile
setting the stage for possible future injury). When the muscle is cold. It has been my
experience, stretching a cold muscle has little or no effect on muscle flexability. In
fact, it may cause the very damage stretching was designed to prevent.
So, when should you stretch? After you have warmed up.
Bring your bodys temperature up to a level where you just start to perspire (beads
of sweat). Or if its a rest day from your workout routine, about 1 hour before bedtime.
Taking the Pain Out
Ten years ago, Adrienne
Bell of Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with
fibromyalgia, a painful disease of the muscles and connective tissues.
�I ached everywhere I had a muscle,� Adrienne says. �My body
felt like it was totally disintegrating.�
On the advice of her
physician, Adrienne began swimming twice a week for exercise. Though
the swimming did help, her workouts were still painful and she would
have to spend a day in bed every few weeks to recover. �This was the
�norm� for five or six years,� she says.
She came across Rel�v
quite by accident and, �I thought if it didn�t do me any good, it
shouldn�t do me any harm!� So she tried Rel�v Now and within
three weeks had no pain while swimming. �The other aches and pains
started to disappear,� she reports. �My irritable bowel syndrome
and chronic fatigue are now all part of the past. I can live a full
life and do what I want, when I want, without having to allow days in
between to recover from ordinary activities.�
The products have worked
their magic on Adrienne�s daughter, Susanna, as well, who was
diagnosed with fibromyalgia and attention deficit disorder four years
ago. Within eight weeks of starting the products, Susanna blossomed.
�She is taking GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism and recently completed a
Leprechaun Rugby Coaching Award and her RLSS Bronze Medallion. This
would have been totally out of the question a year ago.� Find out
more about this amazing product by visiting: www.relivonline.com/massage.
Soothe Away Jaw Pain
Daily 30-minute "brain treats" help
relieve the hurt and stiffness
source: Prevention Magazine
In a recent study, more than 40 people with
tempromandibular disorder (TMD); a set of conditions that affects the jaw muscles, jaw
joints, and masticatory functioning, reported less jaw pain and greater jaw movement after
practicing stretching exercises or relaxing.
So whether your jaw hurts because you have
TMD, or because youve been grinding or clenching your teeth lately, try what worked
for the study participants.
* Listen to a
relaxation tape or tune in to relaxing music of your choice 30 minutes each day.
* Repeat the
following stretching exercise 10 to 15 times, three times a day: Open your mouth as wide
as you can without causing pain. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly close. "Its
important to do this when you can focus on the stretch itself, not when your driving to
the store," advises Richard Ohrbach DDS, PhD, assistant professor of oral diagnostic
sciences at the State University of New York in Buffalo, who headed the study.
Note: If you
have pain in front of the ear, pain and clicking in your jaw joints, or extreme difficulty
opening your mouth, check with your doctor before trying this exercise.
For more information on treatment of TMD
contact me at [email protected]