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What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes muscle pain, fatigue, pain sensitivity, and joint discomfort. This common condition is type of arthritis that is easily missed and not thoroughly understood.

As the second most common condition impacting the health of our bones and muscles, it’s important to give you the facts on fibromyalgia. You may know someone who has fibromyalgia or be living with this condition. Now, when someone asks you: What is fibromyalgia?, you can share this article with them.

The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are what make it challenging to diagnose. Common symptoms including joint discomfort, muscle discomfort, and overwhelming fatigue are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia.

Like so many joint and muscle conditions, there is no known cause for fibromyalgia. However, doctors do know that there are a number of ways to lessen the symptoms of this condition. Read on to learn more about fibromyalgia and how it impacts those around you living with it. Read more

How To Recognize The Good In Each Day

How To Recognize The Good In Each Day

What are you doing today? We get bombarded by messages about living life to the fullest and seizing the day. We want you to remember that you don’t need to climb a mountain or run a marathon or write a bestseller for today to be considered a great day.

Find your joy and happiness in each and every day – even the days that feel routine and hum-drum. We’ve put together some tips on how to see the greatness in today.

Visit our SierraSil Facebook Community page or tag us on Instagram and tell us what made today a good day. Remember to never take things like your joint health, your mobility, your freedom to move, and the opportunity to be outside in the fresh air for granted. Read more

Healthy Weight and Your Dog

Healthy Weight and Your Dog

You love your dog and want to give your beloved pet the best life possible. Your dog loves to walk, play, run, and eat. So you indulge your dog however and whenever you can. Taking long adventurous walks in nature and having an extra helping of dog food or favorite treat – all seems to make your dog smile.

However, often many of us are susceptible to giving our dog too much of the good things. In other words, feeding our dogs too much. Just as being overweight contributes to health problems in humans, the same is true for our dogs. When your dog is overweight, a number of health problems can occur including joint health issues, mobility concerns, breathing issues, and a lack of energy.

We want you and your dog to enjoy a long life together and this means you need to be proactive about your dog’s health. There are lots of factors about your dog’s health that you can’t control, but weight is one that is definitely within your control. Give your dog the best life possible – keep the extra pounds off and watch your dog move easily and live longer. Read more

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

According to the calendar, spring is here and this means it’s gardening season. There is something so appealing about a vibrant and colorful bed of flowers or the overflowing bounty of a vegetable garden. As a gardener, it’s a great way to see and enjoy the fruits of your hard and passionate work.

As avid gardeners, we’re keen to spread the word about the benefits and beauty of gardening. Not only is it a relaxing and refreshing way to spend time outside in the fresh air, it’s also excellent exercise. Yes, exercise – all the bending, lifting, and carrying is practically a strength work-out. Because of this, we want you to think carefully about how you bend and lift heavy items – remember to protect your joints and take a break when needed.

Now, we know that depending on where you live you might be dealing with less-than favorable gardening conditions. The good news is that even if you’re still digging out from snow or dealing with very soggy soil, there is lots you can do to get ready for the gardening season. In this article we’ve put together some ways you can get ready for the planting season and how to spring clean your garden for the summer and fall growing season. Read more

Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring

Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring

Ah, there is nothing quite like spring. You’ve got your windows open, the green grass is back, and the kids are outside playing. It’s the ideal time to get outside with your dog and enjoy the warm weather, longer days, and funky spring smells.

However, we do want to remind you that with this new season comes some hidden dangers and threats to your very curious dog. Whether your dog is a senior dog or an energetic young puppy, it’s highly likely that they’ll dig up some trouble this spring. We want you to get your dog outside and even when possible let him run off-leash for some extra joint-building exercise – but remember that with the melting snow comes the potential for injury and hazards.

To help you and your beloved dog get the most out of the springtime weather and this almost-summer feeling, we’ve put together a list of potential threats and caution zones for you and your dog. Now, we don’t want you stressing needlessly and keeping your dog from following his nose, but remember the snow covered up a lot of garbage, junk, and other potential hazards. Read more

Let’s Talk Getting Fit

Let’s Talk Getting Fit

Everyone can be fit. What is important is in recognizing and accepting what being fit means for you. Of course, your top fitness is very different from that of a 20-year old hockey player or a 40-year old lifelong runner. We want you to take a few minutes and think about what being fit means to you.

Maybe it’s being able to walk up and down the stairs without being tired. Maybe it’s building stronger muscles to support your sore joints and alleviating joint discomfort. Maybe it’s being able to continue to improve your weightlifting and bodybuilding goals. Maybe it’s being able to spend the entire day out in the garden or on the tennis court.

Anyway, you get the idea. Your fitness is about you – and not anyone else. Think about what you enjoy doing, what you’d like to do, any goals you have, and take into consideration any physical health limitations you may have. The next step is in moving forward, creating a plan or small weekly goals, and striving to meet these. There is no “too old” or “I can’t”. It doesn’t matter if one week you can’t get to the gym or you’re not able to get out in your garden as you planned – there is no actual failure in this get fit strategy. Read more

Joint Discomfort

Need to Know: Joint Discomfort

We want you to know that you should never ever ignore your joint discomfort. The aches in your knees, back, feet, ankles, wrists, elbows, and fingers can all be pointing to an underlying condition that can be treated. Joint discomfort is often a symptom of an illness or disease, so please do seek medical attention for any joint discomfort.

Just as your health needs are unique, your joint care and mobility issues are also unique. You many have an autoimmune disease or other condition that makes joint discomfort and mobility issues part of your day-to-day. Regardless, we want you to know that you’re not alone in living with and managing this discomfort. You do not need to suffer in silence and we urge you to speak up when your joints are giving you trouble or the discomfort has worsened.

In this article, we take a deep dive into joint discomfort, looking at some of reasons for it and different treatment options and recommendations. Please do seek medical attention for any joint discomfort you have – take our word for it – your health is too important to not give it the attention it deserves. Read more

Try Something New this Spring

Try Something New this Spring

Ah, spring is in the air. The snow is melting. The early bulbs are starting to poke through. The green grass is almost ready for a mow. Kids are outside playing in the parks and zipping around on their bikes. People even appear to be happier now that the cold and grey slushy snow is gone.

For many, spring feels like the ideal time for a fresh start. While it’s always a good time to try something new, we want you to think about doing so this spring. Embrace the fresh air, bright blue sky, and warmer longer days with a new activity or two. The physical and mental health rewards of getting out and meeting new people, trying a new activity, or even eating a new food – cannot be overlooked. Maybe you’re struggling with daily joint discomfort or have always wanted to improve your swimming – well now is the time – sign-up for some stroke improvement classes or join a masters-level swim club. Read more

Natural Treatment Options for Joint Pain

Natural Treatment Options for Joint Pain

Whether it’s from illness, injury, or age, joint pain is something most everyone has experienced at some point in their life. Even everyday activities like carrying a child, walking up the stairs, or opening a jar can aggravate joint pain. But with the serious side effects of many anti-inflammatory drugs, it’s important to consider safer alternatives. Following are some natural therapy options to help alleviate long-term and short-term joint pain and prevent it from coming back.

As a Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) I’ve had the privilege of working with a wide variety of excellent health practitioners, and I find that the right combination of treatments goes a long way in treating and preventing joint pain. Read more

How to Choose a Dog Walker

How to Choose a Dog Walker

You know how important regular walks and exercise are for your dog’s joint health, muscle strength, weight control, and mental health. However, some days it is more challenging than others to find the time to get out the door and take your beloved dog for a walk. Don’t hang your head in embarrassment – you’re not alone. So many of us are busy and with multiple responsibilities, some days, something has to give.

Enter a trustworthy and reliable dog walker. It’s amazing how much stress can be alleviated for both you and your dog with the help of a dog walker. Not only will your dog get his much needed exercise, but you’ll feel good knowing that your dog’s needs are being taken care of. Read more