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Glucosmine to Treat Knee Pain in Little League Baseball Players

Joint pain is a common complaint among baseball players, especially among children who are starting their new Little League Baseball playtime. If your child is playing baseball, and is beginning to complain of pain in the elbows or knees, it may be prudent to speak with a pediatrician about the use of natural supplements to ease joint complications.

Sports injuries in children are very common and while Little League baseball is relatively safe, there are some times when your child may experience joint complications. For children who are pitching in baseball or children who are playing catcher, the risks or joint pain are far more common and should be prevented as much as they are treated by the use of natural home therapy.

Typical treatment of joint pain at home will often be recommended by your child’s pediatrician and will include the use of ibuprofen along with a combination of heat and ice packs. But, in some children, the use of other supplements may be necessary. Glucosamine, a common natural supplement used to treat joint complications in older adults, especially those with osteoarthritis, may be recommended for use in your child. As a supplement that helps to rejuvenate health bone and joint growth, children who are not responding to traditional home treatments of joint pain may do well with supplements of glucosamine.

Glucosamine, for use in children, is not a standard recommendation by physicians and, as a result, should not be given to your child unless a pediatrician has approved such use. If your child is playing Little League baseball, it is always recommended that you seek out the advice of a pediatrician before allowing your child to play as you will want to be sure your child is physically capable of handling the mobility and joint stress of the baseball game.

For most children, playing baseball is relatively injury free and fun. For some children, however, the complications with joint pain can be complex and, when not treated successfully with home therapy, a sports specialist may recommend other supplements. Ask about the use of glucosamine in your Little League …

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Glucosamine Chondroitin Soft Chews: A Pain-Relief Supplement

Day after day, our joints and bones take a beating just by moving and performing daily activities. Many times, we aren’t aware of the wear and tear on our joints until it is too late. At this point, we feel pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility, all due to our standard, daily mobility.

As we get older, we have to learn to take care of our joints; this is where Spring Valley’s Double Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin Dietary Supplement Soft Chews come in.

Both glucosamine and chondroitin are components of cartilage. Glucosamine is commonly used as a treatment for osteoarthritis and chondroitin as well. Both of these components are found within the proteins and collagens that make up the cartilage.

Spring Valley has created a dietary supplement chew that assist in rebuilding the cartilage that suffers due to years of damage. The chews come in different flavors; I suggest the orange cream flavor, it has less of an after taste, however having water nearby is not a bad idea. The chews are low in calories, only 25 calories to be exact. Hardly any fat, sugars, or carbohydrates. But they do have 500mg of Glucosamine and 400 mg of Chondroitin. This supplement does also contain shellfish, for those who are allergic.

In order for this supplement to work effectively you will need to take one soft chew three times a day. I suggest spacing them out throughout the day such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chews provide the nutrients that are necessary for healthy joints by nourishing the cartilage, synovial fluid, and other connective tissues.

I have been using this product for about a year now and have noticed that there has been a change in flexibility and range of motion due to the proteins as well as joint lubrication. The level of pain has lessened and because the product is made of the same components of your body, it is safe to ingest.

You can purchase Spring Valley’s Double Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin Dietary Supplement Soft Chews from any GNC store or Wal-Mart. I normally buy the 50 pack, however they do …

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Poultice: Natural Healing & Pain Relief

From chronic pain to acute pain, we are a society that is built upon the use of oral anti-inflammatories, pain relievers and steroids. For many individuals, the use of all natural products to alleviate pain has become a focus, moving away from traditional medicine.

One such aspect of natural healing involves the use of a pain management technique known as a poultice. A poultice is a natural method for healing that provides external therapeutic application, often alleviating the need for oral pain relievers, steroids and anti-inflammatories.

Poultice is the term used to describe a concoction of therapeutic products which promote warm or hot healing properties. When heat is used in the promotion of pain relief, the process works to relax the muscles, dilate capillaries, promote blood flow and draw toxins away from the affected area.

Creating a paste, a poultice is warmed and then spread into muslin, linen or gauze and applied to the area that is creating the chronic pain. Most often, patients who suffer from boils, fractures, fibrocystic disease, lymph node enlargement, isolated neuropathic pain and even sunburn, find the use of a poultice to be quite effective in lieu or oral pain relieving agents.

When successfully created with cornmeal and herbal mixtures, and applied with an extra layer of cotton to prevent heat loss, a poultice can provide pain relief, and reduce inflammation, for as long as six hours. For many individuals who must continue to work while suffering with pain, creating a natural herbal mixture poultice often provides the necessary pain relief so as to avoid using oral medications that may impair the ability to function in the work environment.

If you prefer a cool or cold poultice therapy, instead of using cornmeal as the base for the paste creation, alternative healing practitioners usually recommend using a clay base as this provides for a longer cooling effect. Cool poultice remedies also work well with sunburn and fractures.

As with any injury or complication that results in inflammation and pain, the key to your optimal health lies in obtaining early diagnosis and treatment, often with a medical …

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Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain

As a cancer survivor, chronic pain has been a big part of my lifestyle for six years now. I have found that pain management is a very important part of controlling the symptoms and finding lasting relief. In addition, you must learn to manage your pain, in order to find any kind of relief for your nagging pain. However, here are some important tips to consider, when managing chronic pain with medications or alternative therapies.

Managing the Pain

Furthermore, it is important to find the right medications or alternative therapies, which will relieve your symptoms. If you take your medication at a certain time each day, you will stay with effective pain relief. Every minute feels like an eternity, when your symptoms began to breakthrough after you have established a regular routine. When this happens, it is usually controlled with medication or alternative treatments.

Seeing a Specialist

Additionally, it is important to see a specialist, because they can help you control your pain effectively with medication. However, you must be willing to experiment with several types of treatments. Then, the doctor can find the right medicine and therapy to control your pain, since no two patients are alike. These pain specialists are trained in finding the most effective way to manage your symptoms, so make an appointment today.

Alternative Pain Therapy

Right now, there are many different types of alternative therapies to control pain and its effects on the person. The practice of acupuncture is a popular form of pain relief, which is said to have helped many people ease their pain. Some people swear by meditation while others recommend vitamins and teas. Be sure to research the alternative therapies you are interested in, so you can avoid a possible scam.

Coping with the Pain

Start by looking for a hobby, which allows you to focus on something besides the pain you are feeling. For example: journaling, sewing, solving puzzles, reading, and playing games can help take your mind off the pain. Sometimes talking to others may help, so build up your local support system. This way, you can learn …

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Pain in Finding Happiness: Trouble Brews

As with any story; there is another side, an unbelievable twist, a shocking final chapter to the story of Christy and Frank. In the last chapter Christy found at least a piece of happiness when Frank seemingly changed overnight, this installment brings that shocking twist to life.

For weeks Frank had been very close to what Christy would have called perfect. He was not drinking and was continuing to show her the attention and love she had been craving all along. Christy was so happy that she didn’t know what to think about everything that had transpired; all she knew was that she truly felt as though she had a partner again and she liked it.

Frank seemed at ease with their life as well; he didn’t seem to hold any resentment or anger any longer and was at least pretending to care. He had told Christy he was happy they had begun to work things out together and Christy was able to relax and try to allow Frank the room he needed to breathe. She didn’t know if Frank was truly happy or if it was all part of some sordid game but she hoped for the best. All she ever wanted, all she had asked of him he was doing and she was overwhelmed with love and pride for the strong man that she saw before her.

On the day that changed everything Frank kissed Christy and told her he loved her before she went to town, Christy was radiating happiness as she ran her errands. Only 2 hours later Christy came home wanting to share the events of the day with the man she loved. She couldn’t wait to get through the door and give him a hug, tell him she loved him, and spend a quiet evening with her husband.

She barely got to finish saying “hi baby, I missed you today!” before Frank changed the atmosphere from Happy to see you to complete confusion. The only thing he could say to her was that he didn’t care about her day and he was going to …

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Chronic Pain – No Exit

Chronic pain has offered me my last rebirth, my last reinvention. My career in mutation ceased the day it came filing into my life, like an occupation, insidious and absolute, or like the musical version, whimsy thinly masking tragedy. It’s theater of the absurd, No Exit.

Perhaps I needed someone or something to come in and seal up every conceivable escape route, but I would have preferred a slightly less merciless tactic. But war is not diplomatic.

I had not thought of it in terms of agency, of freedom, until a recent therapy session. Perhaps I have lived with it too long, but it struck me when she said I must feel a sense of loss of freedom. And of course it is a loss of many things, but freedom is perhaps a factor in all of the things one loses in the interminable insistence of chronic pain.

The freedoms lost are both predictably significant and tragically fundamental. Take, for example, the ability to merely sit and think, to enjoy stasis, to stare blankly, to slip into the void of time and thought, lost; It is not the freedom of planning a vacation without the fear of whether you will feel well enough to even make it through the plane ride, let alone enjoy the trip; it’s not losing the ability to sleep through the night, the joy of having sex without fear of pain or without knowing that pain will overcome you when it’s over; the fear of losing a job and your financial security and future; or the dignity of keeping your health private or the sheer loss of the beauty of shared struggles with others about health issues that arise and pass dutifully or at least subside back into the realm of “normal”, of humanly manageable, of briefly mentioned and avoidable, of doctor curable and understandable. No, it’s not all these things that you think of when you are in the jungle of the worst pain; the tragedy of epic proportion, the grave digger of the chronic pain sufferer, is simply the loss of the ability to …

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Understanding Pain and Bondage

In recent years, more people have been looking into ways of making their sex lives more interesting. Of necessity, this means reading or experimenting in areas once considered “taboo”. Today, we have largely become more open to the discussion of various subjects and practices. Within limits, of course.

One area which has gained a lot more curiosity, interest and experimentation is the practice of bondage and pain. This practice was once called S&M;, which stands for either “Sadism and Masochism” or “Slave and Master/Mistress”. Today, the term used has become BDSM, for “Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism or Slave, Master/Mistress”. While more people have been looking into this practice, it is still largely misunderstood.

Many images about this practice are false. Clothing is popular which indicate people practice BDSM, yet many who wear such clothing do not truly practice it. Images, sets and scenes in movies allude to various aspects of BDSM, yet are most commonly written and designed by people who know little or nothing of the subject. Simply put, you cannot tell if a person practices BDSM by the clothes they wear, what movies they watch, how their home is decorated, what religion they do or do not belong to or because they have tattoos or piercings.

One of the first things to understand about BDSM is that there are many different levels to the practice. Just stating one practices BDSM is actually very little information. It’s like someone saying they like spicy food. That doesn’t say if they like Mexican, Cajun, Italian, Moroccan or just how hot or mild they may like their food. Some may say they like spicy foods but draw the line at anything hotter than Taco Bell, while others like food so spicy it will strip the paint from your car!

To make things clear and understandable, some myths must be dealt with. Let’s take a look at some of these myths.

Myth: BDSM is all about one person having power over another.

Fact: The power dynamics in BDSM are complex. However, those dynamics tend to be more defined than the average “normal” relationship. …

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Aren’t You in Pain

I was out one day with two family members that know I suffer from chronic pain and illness. We had lunch and then went walking around a few sites where we were. Both of them were complaining of aches and pains after we walked around a while and climbed stairs, etc. Finally, at one point one of them asked me, “Aren’t you in pain? You haven’t’ said anything all day.”

I was surprised at the question. Of course I’m in pain. My chronic pain never goes away and with all the walking and such we were doing I was clearly limping and was even partially leaning over.

My reply was, “Yeah, I’m hurting. But it is what it is. We’re almost done walking so I’ll make it.” and that was that.

What I was thinking was, “Of course I’m in pain! But focusing on it won’t change it and probably will only make it worse. I’d rather enjoy the day.”

I didn’t complain about it because it wouldn’t change how much pain I was in. When I complain about being in pain it is for a reason. For example, to let someone know I can not go any further or need to slow, or sit down. Simply complaining I’m in pain with other people doesn’t change my pain and it only makes other people uncomfortable. The “regular people”; the ones without pain; don’t want to hear about your pain. I have found that if you want to continue to be around regular people its is best not to talk about your pain openly very often. Only speak of it when you must. The rest of the time its best to be quiet about it.

It also helps my own outlook not to be constantly focused on the pain. If I am not thinking about and talking about my pain at all times I can focus on other things and enjoy other aspects of life. I can put the pain in the back of my mind and life life. If someone is talking about their pain then they are focusing on …

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