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Travel Smart This Summer

Delicious food. Amazing vistas. Cultural exploration. Relaxing or thrill-seeking. New experiences. Life-changing accomplishments. Bucket list goals. Eye-opening and mind-expanding.

Yes, there is nothing quite like travel. The gift and beauty of travel is that it allows us to open our eyes, hearts, minds, and souls to brand-new experiences and people. Travel allows us to push our boundaries, learn new skills, follow passions, and fulfill long-held dreams.

Whether your ideal travel experience is a round-the-world cruise, a hike to the Everest base camp, or a week at a yoga retreat – there is something for everyone. And we want you to follow through on your travel goals, don’t let joint or mobility issues hold you back. There are no limits on the travel you do, just personal adjustments that make it possible for you to get the most out of your trip and your life. Read more

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 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

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

SierraSil - Any Activity at Any Age

Any Activity at Any Age

There are no limits. The only limit is your mind. You’re only as old as you feel. Yes, these are all a bit cliché but – they’re also very true. You likely know someone who defies their age – looking, living, and thriving well-below their years. You can also experience this fountain of youth and energy.

There are no magic pills, foods, or solutions that can give you the feeling of energy, wellness, and health – it comes with good habits, consistency, an open mind, and a sense of adventure. Yes, you do need a bit of luck on your side with healthy joints, the ability to follow the unbeaten path, and overall wellness. But, really there are no limits on what you can do.

Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, picking up a new sport at the age of 60, learning to scuba dive or sail during your retirement years, packing up your belongings in a storage trailer and setting out for a round-the-world adventure – there’s no reason why you can’t do this and more. Read more

Arthritis - Need to Know

Need To Know: Arthritis

There is nothing more debilitating than arthritis. This very common disease knows no boundaries when it comes to age, sex, or race – it is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Often associated with joint swelling, redness, stiffness, a limited range of motion, and pain, arthritis symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. Impacting more than 50 million American adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is unfortunately more common than most people realize. Because the symptoms and pain of arthritis can be so wide-ranging, the disease impacts each person differently.

You may know someone with arthritis who struggles to walk up and down stairs and you may know someone with arthritis who is able to play tennis regularly and enjoy her garden. The individual impacts of this disease can make it hard for friends, family, and colleagues to understand how limiting the disease can be. 

We want to create better understanding of arthritis and urge you to share this article with your friends, family, colleagues, and social media network. If you know someone who has arthritis, take the time to listen to them and understand what they’re going through – don’t dismiss their pain or chalk it up to small aches. If you have arthritis, we hope you’re getting the right medical care and support you need to manage your disease and pain. Read more

Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth

You’ve heard the saying “50 is the new 40” or “60 is the new 50” – well, we want you to reframe your thinking about your health. Yes, there are certain things all of us need to pay attention to as we move through the decades, but what if we dropped the focus on the number and instead focused on total health.

Instead of telling ourselves we can’t do this or that because we’re too old or because we’ve never done it before, instead take an approach of openness. Not one of us is getting any younger, so taking on challenges, new activities, changes in nutrition, and setting a renewed focus on our overall body and joint health is a huge step in the right direction.

Admittedly, this thinking is counter-intuitive to much of what we see, hear, and read about getting older and aging. Instead of going trampolining (excellent for joint health support), we’re told to take up lawn bowling or walking. Instead of going on an all-day hike in the mountains with our grandchildren, we’re told to go to the park for an afternoon of relaxation and fresh air. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but what we’re trying to emphasize is that you can do what you want – there is no time like the present to take control of your mental and physical health. Read more

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Joint Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Joint Health

Work, play, and everything in between—joint pain can sideline you from even the simplest day-to-day activities. Whether it’s mild or severe, aches and pains can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. But what’s a person to do when suffering with swollen, painful, stiff joints?

In the West, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers are usually prescribed when it comes to addressing the symptoms associated with joint pain. But long-term use of some of these pharmaceuticals can lead to serious health alarms like an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

And if you think pill popping over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are safe alternatives, they are not free from side effects either, as they have their fair share of potential problems, like stomach ulcers and liver issues.

Fortunately, there are healthy, natural, and safe options that will effectively treat your joint pain. Read more