I love being outdoors working in my yard or my garden this time of year! Now I’ll admit I don’t particularly love pulling weeds, but I do love how everything looks when I’m done!
Fresh air, dirt, sunshine, exercise…there is just something about being in nature!
As much as I enjoy it, yard work and gardening can also be hard work and can lead to new or worsening aches and pains for many. The good news is there are a lot of things you can do to prevent or minimize pain from gardening.
Today I’m going to talk about several tips and tools that can help…but keep in mind the most important tool is you! If you’re in pain you’re certainly not going to enjoy yourself. So these tips are just as much about taking care of yourself and your health, as they are about enjoying your garden and the bounty it will bring when both you and your garden are properly cared for!
Here are 9 of my best tips:
One of the most common questions I get around the topic of Knee Pain is “How do I do a proper squat?”, which I’ll elaborate on more in my next blog.
But today I want to talk about THE ONE THING you don’t want to do, especially when exercising…if you want to avoid Knee Pain.
This ONE THING just happens to be a very important part of a proper squat, which is why I’m starting here!
So, what is it?
DO NOT let your knees move left or right with activities like squatting, lunging or stepping up or down.
Let me explain how you can test yourself to see whether or not your knees move left or right.
Today I wanted to share one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE meals!
When I have people ask me “Why do I have Knee Pain?” Sometimes it can be difficult to answer. Not because I don’t know how to ease Knee Pain, but I don’t know their personal circumstances or health history in the same way I do with my patients.
What I can suggest, however, is that they start by looking at their routines and habits for things they may be doing that can put extra stress on their knees. Then stop doing those things!
The problem is that most people don’t know what those things might be…otherwise they would have stopped doing them a long time ago.
I’ve been seeing a lot of people lately who are suffering from Knee Pain and asking for advice or tips on what they can do to ease it. So, I’ve decided to write a series of Knee Pain blogs to answer some common questions, “debunk” a few myths and help anyone struggling with Knee Pain that needs some help but hasn’t decided to come to see me yet.
A patient came into the clinic last week limping with knee pain and asked: “I’ve had Knee Pain for the past few weeks. I’m not sure what I did, but it just doesn’t seem to be going away. I’ve tried taking Ibuprofen, but that didn’t help much. Resting seems to help, but only while I’m resting. Every time I stand up and start moving again it hurts. I went and bought a knee brace to see if that would help, but I can still feel the pain and it gets worse when I take it off. What else can I do to get rid of this Knee Pain?”
I’ve been hearing from a lot of people the past few weeks with complaints of pain that is holding them back from being as active as they’d like to be. Knee Pain has been the biggest complaint, but Back Pain and Shoulder Pain aren’t far behind.
Regardless there seems to be a common theme here!
It's the weather! Not the cold weather, but the Springtime weather that will be heading us into Summer before we know it!
We naturally want to be outside and be more active this time of year and we typically see more people who start to exercise more around this time too.
Whether it’s walking, running, hiking, yard work or prepping your garden…why does Knee Pain get worse when you exercise or are more active? Isn’t exercise supposed to help you feel better?
Well, yes…and NO!
Let me explain.
How many times have you (or someone you know) made a New Year’s Resolution to “lose weight” or “eat less & exercise more” or “improve your health”?
I know I have…many times!
And I’m pretty sure, I’m not alone here!
I know the frustration of trying again and again to lose weight…and keep it off, without feeling like I’m constantly hungry and craving the very foods I’m trying to avoid.
I know what it feels like to not be able to focus because of “brain fog” and lack of energy.
I know what it feels like to dedicate my time and effort to exercising every day with little to show for it.
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As the year comes to an end, many people will begin to look back and celebrate what they have accomplished in 2018. This self-reflection also leads to many New Year’s Resolutions that some say are pointless to make.
Well, I disagree!
If you really want something, the best way to get it…is to set a goal and go after it!
I love using tennis balls for self-massage! It's not only easy & inexpensive...it's incredibly effective!
While massage alone generally will not not fix the underlying problem causing a muscle to be tight or painful, it can still be a very important part of the recovery and healing process. Massage can temporarily relieve tight muscles and decrease pain, but it also improves blood flow to the area and helps promote healing.
We are excited to be celebrating our Grand Opening on Thursday, November 8, 2018!
Please join us from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for some refreshments, beverages, drawings & prizes!
We hope to see you there!
We help active adults age 35+ recover from injury and resolve lingering aches and pains so they can get back to their exercise routines & the recreational activities they love, and to improve their health naturally, without pain medication, injections or surgery.
Oregon City, OR
Dr. Julie Krueger