If you ever feel lethargic and unmotivated or maybe the opposite of being perpetually anxious, stressed and on the go, researchers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine would simply shake their heads and offer you a spot in an acupuncture clinic. This is where the practice of using needles to stimulate certain acupuncture points is used to provide relief for all sorts of ailments from headaches to alcoholism. For years, psychologists have scratched their heads about mind over matter, but the proof is in the pudding and for numerous folks around the world, acupuncture works full stop!
One of the most difficult things for athletes to do, especially in extreme weather conditions, is to control their core body temperature. On a hot day the body generates heat during exercise at faster rate than the atmosphere will allow it to dissipate. In extreme circumstances, even the atmosphere can make the body temperature rise, let alone allow it to dissipate heat itself.
Good bacteria do exist and even the dreaded E coli bacteria is not as bad as you might think, provided it is not a genetically mutated strand outside the body. Escherichia coli are found naturally occurring in the lower intestine. It gives off Vitamin K and helps you with digestion. Unfortunately, the bad press surrounding these bacteria is a result of the harmful bacteria strands that can make you very, very ill
Tetanus shots protect against the Clostridium tetani bacteria found in soil and animal faeces and are given as protection against lockjaw
Occasionally an athlete will put undue stress on tendons and joints during a training program and when this happens, there is the risk that the individual may develop a case of tendonitis. Tendonitis occurs when a tendon rubs repeatedly over a joint, causing friction. The friction in turn causes soreness and inflammation. This can be a painful condition, which causes stiffness and can limit mobility.
A bloody nose can be caused from something as simple as the air being too dry, to some other underlying symptom that is far more serious. In sports, the cause of a nosebleed is usually pretty clear
Did you know that air pollution levels inside the modern home may be two to five times higher than the levels outdoors. Combine that with the fact that the average person can spend up to ninety percent of their time indoors, is it any wonder that the term Sick Building Syndrome has become a new byword in the English language.
A sprained ankle typically occurs when the ankle joint is rolled in one direction or the other and the ligaments and tendons, which give it support and hold it upright, are stretched too far. The result is a painful injury that can lead to swelling and immobility.