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The ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles into the skin in order to regulate and balance the flow of 'chi' (life force) throughout the body,triggering the release of the body's natural, pain-killing endorphins.
- Anti-wrinkle Face Creams
Anti-Wrinkle Face Creams make up the bulk of skin care/beauty creams for women over 50 who are seeking to slow skin's natural drying (which causes wrinkles) and to make their skin looks its very best. While no cream can erase or stop the natural wrinkling of skin, it can hydrate and protect it from the sun, improving its appearance and preventing sun damage.
Every cell in your body needs calcium. If you don't consume enough, your body will extract it from your bones to keep the amount in your bloodstream constant.
Chondroitin, a supplement often taken in conjunction with glucosamine, is believed to promote water retention and elasticity in cartilage and inhibit the enzymes involved in cartilage breakdown. It promotes the healing of the worn articular cartilage in joints, thereby easing the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. Most commercial chondroitin supplements are made from cow or shark cartilage, so it is a good option for people who are allergic to shellfish and therefore unable to tolerate glucosamine. Be aware, however, that chondroitin may not be appropriate for patients on blood thinners and that possible side effects include minor stomach pain.
- ESWT (extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy)
A treatment that sends sound waves through your plantar fascia to stimulate the damaged tissue and speed up healing.
Produced naturally by the human body and found in and around cartilage cells, glucosamine is believed to be one of the building blocks of cartilage. Glucosamine should not be taken by people allergic to shellfish. And, since glucosamine may affect glucose tolerance, diabetics who take it should carefully monitor their blood sugar.
Moist heat penetrates tissues quickly and deeply, increasing circulation, promoting healing, and relieving stress. Avoid soaking more than 30 minutes at a time, as this can overheat tissues. Also, in the case of injury, avoid applying heat during the initial, acute stage. Instead, apply cold to reduce inflammation and reduce pain. Also consider doing water exercises in a warm pool. The warm water helps to loosen muscles and joints, making it easier to do the exercises that strengthen muscles that support your knees .
- LLLT (low-level Laser Therapy)
Low-powered laser that emits specific wavelengths of light in the visible red and/or far infrared range for therapeutic purposes. It is believed to increase cell metabolism without heating or damaging tissues. When used to treat knee pain, LLLT increases cellular energy in the treated area, thereby promoting healing and reducing inflammation and pain.
- Olay Renegerist
Olay Renegerist is a line of skin care products manufactured by Olay. It contains a concentrated amino-peptide complex that hydrates to lift and firm the skin.
- Omega-3 Fat Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fat fatty acids, commonly found in fish oil, flaxseed oil, and cod liver oil, have anti-inflammatory properties. A study at Cardiff University in Wales showed that regular use over a three-month period significantly reduced the levels of enzymes that cause cartilage to break down.
Supports that slip into shoes for extra or specialized support of the foot.
- Plantar Fascia
The band of ligaments that run the length of your foot from your toes to your heel.
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are effective treatments for acute sports injuries.
- SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine)
More expensive anti-inflammatory medication. May upset stomach.
- TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Medical electrical treatment that reduces pain and inflammation in muscle tissue.