At the end of a long workday, when our bodies hurt, we often turn to popular prescription medications. Medications such as Flexeril or Valium offer a quick fix to muscle spasm, pain, soreness, and tension. Unfortunately, these medications come with a laundry list of troubling side effects and can be highly habit-forming, leading to problems more severe than muscle pain down the road.
Practice Central It seems there’s a studio or spa for everything today with the advent of “boutique wellness.” Your patients may ask about anything from Reiki to flotation tanks, so which therapies are worth recommending? Studies have shown that cryotherapy, compression therapy and infrared sauna treatments have numerous health benefits.
Research Results In a well-rounded practice, a doctor provides patients with recommendations for optimizing their overall health. This can include resources to improve their sleep, understand the impact of nutrition, reduce their stress, become more mindful, and improve their movement patterns.
Whole body cryotherapy is a method of cold therapy consisting of single or repeated exposure to extremely cold temperatures.During a cryotherapy session, the body is engulfed with nontoxic nitrogen gas, which can get down to -220 degrees, inside a specialized chamber for 2 to 3 minutes, bringing the body’s temperature down to about 55 degrees. Variations of this cold therapy have been used for years to treat musculoskeletal issues, among many other benefits.
We all experience those occasional bouts of insomnia or restlessness when we just can’t seem to get comfortable or settle down. In some cases, we might feel like there is something crawling on our legs, even if there is nothing there. Jigging the affected leg, tapping it on the ground, or sometimes lightly slapping the specific area with the crawling sensation usually helps stop those sensations so that we can get back to sleep or our other activities.