Stretching, Exercise and Chiropractic Care, Cont.

I was going to write about the new Chiropractic system another time but felt I really hadn’t finished all I had wanted to say on exercise and chiropractic care, so this is a continuation of the first installment about the magic pill. I guess I lump exercise and chiropractic care together only because they both work on the muscles and spine and I don’t think one is effective without the other.

This new chiropractic system is called the Pettibon System. I am sure you can google Pettibon and read all about it, so I will give a brief nuts and bolts description. This new system focuses on trying to completely heal the body not just adjust it for a time. The premise is that simple adjustments without strengthening the weaker muscles will just throw the body back out of alignment. They have exercises and weights that you need to use the rest of your life. When the spine  doesn’t have it’s curve the whole body is weaker. So how does all this relate to RLS? Since the spine houses the nerves for our body and if our spine is compacting on the nerves we are not getting a healthy flow through our nervous system or with our flow of energy.  If our back is out of alignment that can directly effects our legs. I have also felt that weak lower backs can have a strong impact our ability to sleep at night. Are they related? I will let you find that out for yourselves, but for me I have noticed a signficant improvement in my RLS.

Again no magic pill, just hard work, but isn’t it better to make a lasting difference with our RLS instead of a temporary one?

More things to think about.


Stretching, Exercise and Chiropractic Care!

Here is the first of my 3 installments on the magic pill.

One of those things that seems to be the hardest for all of us to do is maintain a good exercise routine. Yet that is one of those things I firmly believe can have great benefits to sufferers of RLS, again no magic pill, just good old fashioned hard work. I have mentioned before that a light walk before bedtime can release some of the tension in our muscles and help us sleep better, but I think stretching can also have a big impact on our symptoms. I subscribe to a chiropractic newsletter “To your Health”, that has wonderful “stuff” in it. In the latest newsletter was this short article on stretching that I feel has great value to all of us, that is why I mention Chiropractic care in the title of this blog, but also I am going to address a revolutionary approach in chiropractic care that I have been on for the last 6 months that has really helped with my RLS. I will talk more on that new approach on another blog. Back to Stretching, here is the article.

“Stretching the Limits

A surprising number of people believe stretching is a waste of time. Stretching exercises relieve muscle tension, flush lactic acid out of your muscles (lactic acid accumulates during high-intensity exercise, creating that “burning sensation,” and can contribute to suboptimal muscle performance), and increase your range of motion for longer strides and better athletic performance.

Contrary to popular belief, stretching shouldn’t be the first thing you do when you are about to work out or play a sport. In fact, stretching cold muscles can result in pulls and injuries. Your best bet is to start with a five-minute warm-up, consisting of a shorter, less intense version of whatever activity you’re about to engage in.

After your warm-up, take a few minutes to stretch your major muscle groups, with a particular focus on the areas you are about to train. Each stretch should last about 30 seconds. In general, there is little benefit to stretches that last as long as 60 seconds.

Every workout should end with a brief cooldown and stretching routine. Research indicates that if you only have time to stretch once, you should make time after your workout, when your muscles are warm and responsive to stretching. If you’ve done your workout right, your heart rate will be at its peak and you’ll feel warm and tired. The cooldown lets your heart transition to its normal rate and lets your muscles adjust out of their contracted state, which can help prevent strain and soreness.

Now that you know the benefits of warming up, cooling down and regular stretching, never again underestimate the importance of the first and last few minutes of your workout.”

More things to think about.


That Magic Pill?

The thought came to me that as a society we too often try to find that magic pill. The one thing that will make all the difference and deliver the cure! I think we can agree that is not real life and the chances of discovering a magic pill is an illusion at best, so then why do we keep searching? I would like to think we are optimists at heart, but all too often I think we are just plain lazy. A pill is easy and we don’t have to sweat or work out the problem on our own. We don’t have to give up our vices or deny ourselves things we enjoy.

You might wonder how that applies to RLS. Well I see it all the time in drug companies advertisments for the latest drug they have found to help (cure?) restless legs. Here is the new magic pill they shout. But wonder if the real answers to Restless Legs isn’t a pill, but just good old fashion hard work and how we care for our bodies? Are we willing to take that step and not just look for the easy answer? Everyones search might give them different answers but I do believe it will be worth the time spent. I would like to share 3 things I have found that I think are essential to helping RLS and maybe even our overall health. I will give the first part on my next blog.

More things to think about.