What is actually going on when you’re in pain?

What is actually going on when you’re in pain?

Acute and Chronic Pain: An introduction By: Dmitro Jovnyruk, BSc. (M.OMSc Candidate)

When we injure our bodies, from over-exertion or a traumatic accident, for example, we go through a phase of acute pain that is very local to the site of injury, typically sharp pain making the area hot and/or swollen to the touch as blood is shuttled to the area. In addition, typical injuries include muscular contractures (prolonged spasms) that constrict the venous drainage out of the area. The swelling stage is a way for your body to compartmentalize and contain the troubled region and add stability to the area so that further damage can be minimized and the pain allows us to consciously be aware of it, so we can avoid it. This stage is extremely important because it is the beginning of the healing process. Swelling is your friend in this situation and not the culprit. With blood being sent to the area, swelling is commonly associated with, as a state that needs to be reduced by either putting ice or taking anti-inflammatory medication. Understanding that nutrient rich arterial blood going to the area to begin recovery, would tip off that delaying the process may not be the best strategy at the infancy stage of the injury.


Finding Pilates

Finding Pilates

Finding Pilates: Or How I Negotiated My Way Back to Health & Fitness 

" You shall gain but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit".

                 Paul Tsatsouline, Chairman of Strongfit and founder of the modern kettlebell movement

Really? Sweat, blood, and vomit? Are you kidding me? I thought that was indicative of poor health, illness, disease...have I gotten this whole health/fitness thing all wrong? Am I on the wrong path?

Karen Liberman

Soul to Sole!

Soul to Sole!

Meet Courta, creator of Soul to Sole

 

When I was living the glory days as a dance and fitness teacher in Nova Scotia, I developed the S2SD Kit to help my students gain and maintain strength, flexibility, as well as prevent and treat injury. As a dancer and fitness, rehab, and movement professional I understand the importance of early intervention when it comes to injury as well as the benefits of working to prevent them altogether. Who wants to sit in a physio clinic three times a week for six weeks?! I carefully selected tools that would bring about the quickest benefit to users. Inside the S2SD Kit there are easy to follow exercises for each of the three tools in the kit. Our social media contain images and videos of these exercises and users are encouraged to share their own exercises using the hashtags #S2SD & #MindBodySole. We are always coming up with new exercises for the kits and the possibilities are endless! The best part about these kits is that you can use them at home, in studio, or at the office whether you’re into fitness, hiking, or Pilates. S2SD Kits are perfect as a warm up tool prior to class or physical activity. Designed for ages 8+ the kits can be useful to someone with great flexibility or someone with limited range of motion looking to gain flexibility or recover from a long day on her/his feet. When it comes to Pilates you find people who genuinely enjoy achieving a physically active lifestyle. Not surprisingly, these are people who love to be fit and invest in their personal and family fitness. Pilates is a highly sought after form of physical activity and fitness participation because, unlike some other fitness methods, you leave the studio feeling GREAT - worked, aligned, strong, and flexible. The principles of alignment that are characteristic of Pilates ensure participant’s safety and benefit. Support this positive achievement both inside and outside the studio with the S2SD Kit!