The main excuse I constantly hear when it comes to not exercising is, “I don’t have the time; I’m just too busy.” Over the years I have challenged people that no matter how busy they think they are, I can find time for them in their schedule to get daily exercise. In response, I will get the look of “Oh, sure. You just don’t understand my life.” I hate to break it to folks who think they are the busiest person in the world and no one has a schedule as full as theirs: You are not the busiest person in the world, and your claim is just another poor excuse to avoid putting in the time to get some exercise. As a person who regularly traveled 60 percent of the year, including overseas travel required in a very mentally and physically challenging job, I still managed to find time to exercise. I’m afraid I don’t buy the “too busy” excuse for a second.
I like to tell people there is always one thing they can do every day to get exercise, and as a matter of fact they do it every day anyway, and that is walking! The dumbfounded looks I get in response are priceless, but in today’s exercise-gimmick world this is just too simple a solution for people to believe or understand. When it comes to walking you don’t have to purchase a gym membership, or some infomercial exercise DVD set, or outfit yourself with special exercise gear. You have all the tools you need to engage in this form of exercise right now for free. What a deal! And after you read this article you can get right out of your chair and go do it, no training or expertise required. It just doesn’t get any easier than that!
Childhood arthritis is the number one cause of acquired disability in children, and the sixth most common childhood disease following asthma, congenital heart disease, cerebral palsy, diabetes, and epilepsy. It is estimated that 300,000 children in the U.S. suffer from some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA). JRA is a form of arthritis that affects children 16 years old or younger and is the most prevalent type of arthritis affecting children today. The most common features of JRA are: joint inflammation, joint contracture (stiff, bent joint), joint damage and/or alteration or change in growth. Other symptoms include joint stiffness following rest or decreased activity level, which is also referred to as morning stiffness or gelling, and weakness in muscles and other soft tissues around the involved joints. JRA can affect internal organs as well.
Most people have heard of or seen the initials D.O., but most do not know what they mean or understand the difference between a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and M.D. (Medical Doctor). Both are fully qualified doctors licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery, both complete four years of medical education, both obtain medical education through internships, residencies, and fellowships, and both can practice in any specialty of medicine.
The biggest difference between a D.O. and an M.D. lies in their perception of the human organism and its health or lack thereof. An M.D. has been trained to treat you for a specific symptom or illness, and views symptoms in disparate parts of the body as separate, largely unrelated disease states. The D.O., on the other hand, is trained to view your body as an integrated whole as it relates to your health and wellbeing. D.O.’s receive an additional 300-500 hours of training in the musculoskeletal system, which is the body’s interconnected system of muscles, bones, and nerves that makes up two thirds of your body mass. This gives the D.O. knowledge and training to better understand how one part of your body can affect many other parts, thus finding the cause of illness, rather than merely treating the symptom or specific illness. A good example of this would be the case of the narrowing of your nerve pathway in your lower back affecting your hips, knees, ankles, and even causing pain in your toes. Most medical doctors would focus on the leg pain as a discrete event and likely prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatories. A D.O. would focus on what is causing the leg pain.
Inflammation is impossible to escape, as it is a normal, natural part of the healing process; without it injuries and wounds great or small would never heal. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues in an attempt to rid the body of foreign substances. Some of the chemicals cause leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. The inflammatory response is basically your body’s way of releasing free radicals to scavenge damaged tissues in order for your body to begin to repair itself. The common physiological symptoms include swelling, redness, heat at the site, lack of a range of motion of affected body part, and usually increased pain. After the primary healing takes place the excess free radicals produced during the immune response are neutralized by anti-oxidants or free electrons in the body.
Inflammation can be separated into two distinct categories: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s normal protective response to an injury, irritation, or surgery. This natural defense process brings increased blood flow to the area, resulting in an accumulation of fluid. The common medical advice in treating acute inflammation is RICE therapy, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.