Curious About Cryo Therapy?

A major advance in medicine has been made using a very old method. Cryo Therapy isn’t new but the levels and exactness it can be applied with are. In short, it is the process of applying extreme cold directed at damaged tissues and cancer cells. It has the remarkable ability to stop cancer cells from rapidly spreading to other areas of the body.

Individuals with injuries can use cryo therapy to heal themselves and get back into the rhythm of life a lot faster. Although this type of therapy has been use since the mid-1960’s to treat various types of skin tumors, skin tags and other anonomlies; there wasn’t the ability to direct it at specific types of cancers such as prostate, liver and cervical cancers. The cryo therapy is usually recommended when surgery is not an option for the patient and the results of cryo therapy can be promising.

How cryo therapy works is very simplistic. It simply kills the damaged and cancerous cells by blocking off their blood supply through the freezing and thawing of those cells – which renders the harmful cells the cryo therapy is directed at – essentially dead. Another plus to cryo therapy is although you may imagine that cold applied to areas may be painful but cryo therapy is quite the opposite. The majority of patients report no discomfort whatsoever and the few that did encounter discomfort during the procedure reported it as mild.

If you have cancer or you know someone that does – talk to your doctor and explore cryo therapy – it may be a very healthy option to pursue as there is no surgery, no healing time and very little discomfort involved. Additionally, this method of treatment usually has outstanding results on sports injuries that would otherwise take months upon months to heal.

4 Tips for Staying Shoulder-Safe at the Gym

You probably never think about your shoulders and why would you? They are there on your back just doing their job of letting you to push, pull, lift and twist your arms in every direction. If you work out at your gym regularly, you’re more likely to suffer a shoulder injury if you aren’t careful and we have 5 tips to help you ensure that your shoulders stay in their place and aren’t thought about regularly instead of becoming a painful reminded of ,”Oops I shouldn’t have done that”.

Pain is a signal from your shoulders and if you feel any pain whatsoever, stop and see if it continues. You could be tearing ligaments or muscles in the area through over-use or over-excertion, so don’t fall into the motto of, “No pain, no gain” pain is a signal from your body something is amiss. Investigate it.

Tip 1 – Remember your age. You could probably get away with a lot more abuse and malformed lifting techniques in your younger days. If you’re lifting weights and it hurts, modify your lifting style and if it continues, stop. If you push it, you could put too much strain on your shoulders and pay the price with a throbbing, aching shoulder. Higher reps with lower weights is the way to go.

Tip 2- Talk to a pro. This is especially beneficial if you’re going back into the gym and working out after a long absense. Get some tips from someone that is well versed in muscles and exercises to target specific body areas.

Tip 3 – Concentrate on working groups of muscles instead of individual muscles. For optimum shoulder strength, work your muscles in groups. The best work outs will incorporate moves that work a number of muscles instead of just one.

Tip 4- Always do your warm ups. You may think you don’t need to every single time, but you do. Warm up those muscles before you work them and stretch them out. It’s been proven time and again through various studies that a simple warm up can avoid a majority of work out injuries. Doing too much, too often is the number one cause of injuries in people that are new to or revisiting regular work outs.

If you do injure your shoulder, ice and rest are the best remedies for nearly all shoulder injuries, and that’s when you’ll probably be remembering your shoulders, with every movement! Use these tips and keep your workouts (and your shoulders) healthy!

Cutting Down on the Obese Teenage Girl Population

The March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine had an outstanding article about helping decrease the number of overweight teenagers, specifically teenage girls who are at a greater risk for a myriad of health issues including diabetes and heart disease.

A study done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) named the TAAG (Trial of Activity for Adolesent Girls) was published in the March issues under the title “Promoting Physical Activity in Middle School Girls,” and it showed the programs which linked schools in 6 geographic regions of the U.S. with community partners (such as the YMCA or YWCA, local health clubs, and community recreation centers) increased time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among the middle-school female students by about 2 minutes per day, or 80 calories a week.

This is not a huge commitment for the teenage girls and the outcomes were promising health-wise. Physical activity was measured using accelerometers (a device for measuring the acceleration of motion), rather than self-reported to ensure that the results were accurate. The study showed this moderate after activity could prevent excess weight gain of about 2 pounds per year and could prevent the teen from becoming overweight in later teen years or as an adult.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the TAAG showed a reduction of nearly 9 minutes of sedentary behavior in girls in the intervention schools. Furthermore, the best results were seen in programs offered between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, which suggest that after school programs are more effective than programs offered at other times, such as morning weekdays and weekends. Research has shown that adolescents, especially girls, become less active during the teen years and are at a greater risk of obesity.

The study results support the need for schools and community programs to work together to provide opportunities for physical activity programs in after school settings. Even better, if you’re able, get out and get active with your child after school. Stop on the way home from school at a park, take a brisk walk and talk about the events of your days and if you work or are unable to do so, consider signing your daughter up for after school activities – her health will benefit greatly!

If you’d like more information on the NHLBI’s Obesity Education Initiative and the NIH’s We Can! public awareness program to prevent childhood obesity, can discuss resources that encourage increased physical activity, the value of decreased screen time, and better food choices for children and families. Check out their website at We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition), .