Blog : MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN

Tradie Health Month

Working as a Tradie… https://pixabay.com/en/boots-blundstone-work-boots-shoes-3283686/Working as a Tradie can be demanding and stressful, even if it is something you’ve always wanted to do and it’s your dream job. It can be easy to get stuck in the same daily routines and habits that don’t always give you the best results health wise.

Three things that I’ve generally seen in my Naturopathic practice that can really effect people working within the trade industry include: firstly, struggling to maintain good energy levels and getting run down. Secondly, experiencing aches, pains and injuries and thirdly, sometimes dealing with work stress, pressures and tight time schedules.
ENERGY
If you’re feeling tired all the time, relying on coffee and energy drinks, it could be due to a few things.
It’s very important (and probably obvious) to ask yourself – “Are you well Hydrated?” Especially if your work is very physical, you are out in the heat and you perspire a lot. Our blood, bones, muscles and cartilage are all made up of water – they all need hydration to function well. Not enough water can lead to poor concentration, constipation, irritability, headaches and even blood pressure problems.
Make sure you are drinking water regularly throughout the day. When it comes to how much water everyone is different and there are variables to consider. However, a general rule of thumb is to consume 30ml of water per kilo of body weight and increasing that if you’re physically active, perspiring a lot and in the heat. It’s also important to mention that having too much water may also cause issues.
Listen to your body – feeling thirsty, having dry lips, mouth & eyes, dark urine or not urinating much (on average we urinate about 7 or 8 times a day) could be signs to increase your water intake. It’s a great idea to get yourself a couple of large reuseable water bottles (not plastic) and keep them fresh and filled up daily in the car or with you.
Hydration is not just about drinking water, it’s also about ensuring you are absorbing the water into your cells for energy production. This can be improved by using a good quality electrolyte every day, making sure you are eating enough fibre and reducing EMF (Electro Magnetic Frequency) exposure. More information about this topic can be found in this Dr Mercola link here.
EATING WELL can also dramatically effect energy levels, support good immunity and improve overall welbeing. It can be tricky when you’re always out and about and grabbing food from different places. It’s awesome if you can actually take meals, snacks and smoothies from home to avoid the roller coaster of deep fried takeaway and sugary drinks. If you are out, you can definitely make better choices by avoiding carb heavy foods such as bread, pastries, muffins and hot chips. Instead choose more sustaining things such as quality meats, salads, hearty soups, nuts & trail mixes, eggs, avocado, salmon, small amounts of fruit, cheese & quality protein balls/ bars etc
And last but not least get enough SLEEP – aim for 7 to 8 hours a night, allowing your body to restore and repair from the busy and probably strenuous day you’ve had.
BODY SUPPORT
If you experience musculo-skeletal issues find yourself a great body-worker such as an Osteopath, Remedial massage therapist, Acupuncturist or Bowen therapist. It is also a really good idea to have regular maintenance “Tune up” treatments when you have a physically demanding job. Discuss this with your practitioner.
It also must be said that you can have all the treatments in the world, but if you are still doing the same bad postural habits everyday, for example lifting things incorrectly, sitting slouched in your vehicle for hours, not looking after old injuries, you may always have recurring issues. Working on core strength and balance with a great Personal trainer, Pilates instructor or Yoga teacher can make a huge difference to your strength and your body awareness, hopefully preventing future injuries.
General muscle soreness & tension can also be helped by having regular baths, using homeopathic Arnica and a herbal anti-inflammatory cream such as fisiocream. Magnesium supplementation may also be supportive as this mineral acts as an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant. These products are available at Autumn Retreat, pharmacies & health stores.
STRESS SUPPORT
As a tradie, work pressure can be a big thing. Whether it’s about meeting the demands of a client or boss, work inconsistency from contract work, having a huge workload that seems unmanageable and or providing for a family. Also not knowing when to stop or how to have work-life balance if you’re your own boss. Discussing these matters with a great practitioner such as a Psychologist or Counsellor may provide a huge support. Potentially providing you with some good ways to manage your daily or your larger stresses too.

Love and Healing

Carolyn x

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs.

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5 Ways to reduce Pain & Inflammation

There are simple diet and lifestyle changes that you can make that can help to reduce inflammation in your body:

 
1. Include a colourful range of veggies, berries and a small amount of fruit every day plus good fats from wild fish, avocado and fresh raw nuts.
2. Minimise your intake of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, white rice, cereals.
3. Reduce your intake of red meat (once or twice a week is great) and opt instead for wild fish, organic free range chicken and eggs or vegetarian protein sources such as chickpea, beans and tempeh.
4. Reduce your intake of alcohol, coffee and processed foods high in sugar and salt.
5. Avoid foods you may be reactive to, such as wheat and dairy products.
 
For optimal health, it is important to dampen down the inflammatory response. Pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are commonly used to help relieve pain and inflammation, however many of these carry risks such as causing damage to your digestive tract. Fortunately there are some safe and effective natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief solutions available:
 
* Turmeric – This Ayurvedic herb has been used traditionally for the treatment of traumatic injury, and to reduce swelling and pain in arthritic conditions.
* Boswellia – Has analgesic, anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory actions, as well as being effective for arthritis and pain, it may also assist with inflammatory conditions of the lungs, digestive tract and skin.
* Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oil containing EPA and DHA, may reduce acute and chronic pain and inflammation.
 
Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements if you are unsure, on medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss natural pain relief suggestions specific for you. Carolyn :)