Too busy to exercise during pregnancy? There is data out there suggesting that you should try to squeeze in a few workouts a week.
Some of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy for mom include:
- Reduced weight gain
- Improved muscle tone
- Improved self esteem
- Decreased incidence of varicose veins
- Improved sleep
- Decreased incidence of low back pain, musculoskeletal pains
- Improved posture, body mechanics
- Improved heart, lung function
- A possible link is decreased need for induction, cesarian deliveries, episotomy, anesthesia
- Prevents and provides treatment for:
Knee pain can affect all sorts of people. I see a variety of patients who complain of knee problems: men and women, young and old, very active and less active people.
If you experience knee pain, here are some helpful tips:
- Stretch to relieve joint and muscle tension: It eases muscles and helps them get back in shape.
- Ice or cold pack on your knee at least once a day: This will stop inflammation as well as minimize pain and spasm in the area.
- Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication: If systems last more that 10 days to two weeks, seek professional help.
- Compress or wrap the sore area: This will help decrease swelling.
- Elevate: Elevating your knee reduces stress. Keep the knee area at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling. Continue Reading »
You most likely heard about asthma before and probably even know someone who has it, if you aren’t already dealing with it yourself. Asthma is a disease that makes your airways red, swollen and inflamed. This causes your airways to become narrow, making it hard to breathe.
Asthma can become dangerous if it isn’t managed properly (after all, you have to breathe!). The good news is that it can be controlled. Here are some things you can do to help take care of your asthma:
- Learn exactly what your medications do. Some are to be taken every day to help control asthma while others are only used during a flare-up. Be sure you know the differences between each one.
- Take your controller medications every day. These medications help lessen the inflammation and prevent flare-ups. You should take them every single day, even if you feel okay.
- Take your rescue medications if you start having symptoms. These make it easier for your airways to open up so you can breathe better. Continue Reading »