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Simple Measures Can Help Active Boomers Stay Pain Free

by boiron on June 14th, 2010

If you are an active boomer, staying healthy and fit as your body ages can come at a cost. Not only is there wear and tear on your joints and muscles, but bumps, falls and overexertion while exercising or competing can also occur. So what can you do to minimize the chance of injury?

We asked Anne Meyer, M.D., whose private practice in West Los Angeles focuses on sports rehabilitation medicine with integrative approaches to muscular-skeletal pain management, for some of her recommendations. Dr. Meyer says simple stretching, as well as getting exercise at least three times a week, are some essential measures that can prevent the likelihood of injury. She says that good nutrition is also important in reducing pain: “Eating healthy, such as incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet and relying less on pre-packaged food, allows the body to repair itself better by helping build new healthy tissues. Tissues are continually being renewed. Sometimes what you remove from your diet is more important that what you add.” She says you should also avoid artificial sweeteners, drink water more frequently to increase hydration, eat every four hours to optimize the metabolism and avoid acidic foods, such as citrus, if arthritis is present since it may exacerbate symptoms.

In the event you injure yourself despite these precautions, Dr. Meyer recommends resting and minimizing physical activity, applying ice to the injured area, elevating the injured arm or leg, and treating pain by applying a topical like our Arnicare Gel, which contains homeopathic Arnica montana. She says, “In conjunction with eating a good diet, participating in regular exercise and taking the proper care after an injury, Arnicare Gel can be used to naturally relieve pain in the muscles that have been strained. I recommend it to my patients to help them maintain their active lifestyles and to reduce pain, swelling and bruising when injuries do occur.”

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