23 Jul 2019

What Should You Know About Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy!

Blood Flow Restriction is a training and rehabilitation technique involving the use of cuffs or bands to prevent venous return into the limps while maintaining the arterial info into the muscles. This modality is a true game-changer in the world of rehab, sports training and general fitness.

 

Blood flow restriction training goes by many terms (KAATSU, occlusion training, BFR, etc.), but all are striving for the same goal: allowing you to train at lower loads while achieving the same results you would get at training at higher loads.

How does it work?  Occluding a percentage of the venous return will create a swelling effect on the muscles.  This swelling effect causes various metabolites to accumulate and thus stimulating muscular growth.  Direct muscle fatigue forces the nervous system to recruit more muscle fibers, which allows the capacity of growth.

What are the benefits of BFR?

Increases muscular size and strength.  Decreases muscular atrophy after injuries/surgeries, thus decreasing recovery time and diminishing muscular damage with rehabilitation.  Able to maximize exercise efforts with low-intensity activities.

Who would benefit?  Anyone who is recovering from immobile/mobility restriction (bed-ridden patients to post-operative) to athlete populations looking to hit the next level or isolated exercises for a specific muscle group.

Our therapists at Vida Seattle are trained with Smart Cuffs and uses their bands for our treatments. To learn if you would benefit from BFR please contact our Physical Therapy Department Head, George Hwang at georgeh@thinkvida.com to answer any further questions.

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13 May 2019

5 Tips for Natural Migraine and Headache Relief

Suffer No More!

In the US alone, more than 38 million people suffer from migraines. For many of us, daily headaches and migraines are a regular part of our day. Finding relief can sometimes seem like a never-ending cycle. Luckily, there are proven, natural ways to find relief from migraines and headaches.

If you are searching for naturals ways for headache relief, read on. In this post, we will explore five natural tips for migraine and headache relief.

Drink More Water

A dehydration headache can occur when the body does not have enough fluid. Some may develop mild headaches, whereas others may develop migraines due to dehydration. The body needs a certain amount of water to function. When there is not enough fluid in the body, it can cause dehydration which can lead to complications such as fatigue, headaches, and dizziness.

When the body lacks water, the brain can temporarily shrink or contract as a result of fluid loss. Once an adequate amount of fluid is retained, the brain returns to its normal state and symptoms of headaches or migraines are relieved.

Try to increase your water intake by drinking water, replenishing your electrolytes, and eating water-rich fruits and vegetables.

Try Essential Oils

Whether you put them in a bath, activate an oil diffuser, or infuse them with a candle, essential oils are known to reduce the effects of headaches and migraines when inhaled. Essential oils are naturally occurring aromatic composites that are found in many common types of flowers, plants, herbs, and barks. Essential oils are traditionally used for many health, holistic, and beauty practices and offer many benefits.

The most common types of essential oils to alleviate migraines and headaches are peppermint, lavender, and basil. Some suggest that applying essential oils topically can offer faster relief.

Get More Sleep

Lack of sleep or inadequate sleep is one of the leading causes of headaches and migraines. Most doctors recommend getting between 6-8 hours of sleep every day. In recent studies, sleep deprivation can increase the risk of migraines and headaches. Sleep deprivation is known to increase certain proteins, which at a high enough level, can trigger pain.

Adopting good sleeping habits, such as scheduling a bedtime, limiting caffeine after a particular time of the day, and reducing screen time, can help get one step closer to achieving quality sleep and reducing headaches and migraines.

Alleviate Using Heat or Cold

For tension headaches, applying a hot compress to the back of the head can help alleviate symptoms. In some cases, placing a warm towel in the affected area can also help reduce tension or pain in the head.

For migraines, some people use a cold compress to alleviate their symptoms. Similar to a hot compress, try placing the cold compress near the areas of tension, such as the temples, back of the neck or head.

Incorporate Yoga into your Routine

Yoga is a great way to alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and reduce tension. Practicing yoga may help reduce the frequency of headaches and migraines.

Certain poses improve circulation and promote deep breathing which helps alleviate pain. Try these poses for headache relief:

  • Cat Pose
  • Modified Eagle Pose
  • Big Toe Pose
  • Dolphin Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Fire Log Pose
  • Plow Pose

Find Headache Relief Today

Finding headache relief can help improve quality of life. Try incorporating these key tips into your routine to help alleviate headaches and migraines.

For more tips and tricks on managing headaches and migraines or other chronic health conditions, contact us.

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26 Feb 2019

How Important Is Your Gut Health?

How Important Is The Health Of Your Gut? 70% of the body’s immune function is located in the gastrointestinal tract. Gut flora aids our innate immune system response and the Brain/Mood health is affected by the intestines and good flora. Hormones are also affected by your gut health…

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28 Feb 2018
22 Feb 2018

Squat Away Ankle & Hip Pain

Squatting is a key developmental movement that we do in order to stand up and walk as little ones. The thing we often ignore in our squat training is that we learn to squat from the ground up. This is a fundamental movement that can not only help with our squat form but also with pain from a nagging problem or when recovering from an injury.

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21 Feb 2018
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