Body Pain and inflammation are normal healing responses to physical activities. Everything from cleaning the house to lifting weights to playing a pickup game of basketball can cause micro-traumas in muscle tissue and strains in tendons and ligaments. In response to this, your immune system protects the "injured" areas by producing inflammation.
Inflammation is not only good, it is a normal part of the healing response. Think of inflammation as distress signals sent by your immune system to heal and protect your body from further injury.
The trouble starts when your immune system gets out-of-wack and you get too many of these inflammatory signals running rampant. These body pain causing signals are often triggered by stress or overuse of your joints and muscles. When this happens, you can forget about protection and healing from "good" inflammation. Now the area is under attack by an onslaught of "bad" inflammation!
Here is the deal: when inflammation occurs the body will send signals to rebuild the injured area by laying down collagen and elastin tissue. This is a good inflammation response. However, when the injury is severe or the inflammation is left to become chronic, the body releases fibrin, a much stronger tissue. Actually, it is scar tissue. This is good in the short run, as fibrin adds strength and stability to weakened muscles. However, over the course of months or years this excess fibrin can severely limit your range of motion, reduce muscle contractibility, lessen your strength and by extension derail your quality of life.
The answer to preventing this is to reduce inflammation quickly. This not only reduces pain, but also prevents too much fibrin from being produced while allowing you to continue to exercise through the injury to make you stronger. Be careful not to rely on NSAIDs and anti-inflammatory drugs to do this, as their negative effects on the liver and kidneys is well documented. There are other, natural ways.
First, adopt an anti-inflammatory diet. That means avoiding foods known to cause or aggravate inflammation, like: dairy, saturated fats, hydrogenated oils, sugar, caffeine, processed foods, eggplant and bell peppers. Next, eat more inflammation-reducing foods at every meal, like: water, green tea, olive oil, bright colored veggies, lean meat and poultry, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, onion, ginger and turmeric.
Second, take natural supplements that reduce pain and inflammation without side effects. Two such products are Paractin and Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid (Bio. HA). Paractin is a clinically-proven extract of the medicinal herb Andrographis Paniculate which helps correct an imbalanced immune system. This helps cut off the signals that cause inflammation and significantly decrease joint pain.
Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid (Bio. HA) is a natural compound found in the tissues surrounding your joints. In its pure form, Bio. HA lubricates cartilage and joints, thus reducing stiffness and pain caused by friction when the joints rub as a result of over strain or injury. Bio. HA also helps restore and increase flexibility.
Taking these supplements separately is great, but together saves time and money. Also, you need to take the correct amount or results may be unimpressive. Personally, I prefer a supplement like Hydraflexin™. It contains both of these natural supplements in efficacious amounts.
Third, you want to keep the muscles and joints moving. The old days of resting the injury or isolating the area are long gone. Research conclusively shows that keeping the body moving, within tolerable ranges of motion, keeps the healing response active while not allowing scar tissue to overrun and cause range of motion issues.
So if exercises or even your daily activities leave you in pain or inflamed, following these three tips will speed recovery time and get you back to your life in no time.