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June 2013 / Bio Skin Blog

Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Simple Tests for Skeletal Alignment

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    Many athletic injuries and cases of chronic pain are associated with poor skeletal alignment. Your body’s natural positioning allows bones and joints to move in an efficient manner so that the muscles and ligaments can perform properly. Poor skeletal alignment places added stress in areas where the bones connect often causing pain in the back, hips, knees and ankles.

    Unfortunately, our bodies are not always perfectly aligned. This can cause unwanted injury and often chronic pain. Here are two simple ways to observe your skeletal alignment:

    1. Use a mirror to visualize posture and balance.
    2. Pay close attention to joint soreness during exercise.


    Mirror Test:
    Face a mirror, close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax, then open your eyes. Looking at your overall posture what do you see?

    Ask yourself: Are my shoulders even? Can I see the back of my hands? Do my hands hang at the same height? Do my knees or ankles buckle? Are my feet pointing slightly inward or outward?

    Assess your body’s natural positioning to see where distinct issues appear. This will help you pinpoint potential problem areas to discuss with your doctor.

    Pain Test:
    Next time you exercise, pay close attention to your joints—hips, knees, ankles, back, etc. What do you feel? Stiffness, throbbing, warmth or a limited range of motion? How often do you naturally grunt “ooh” or muffle out an “ugh” due to pain? Take note on where the pain is coming from whether it’s located in a muscle or possibly on a specific joint. Recurring pain may be caused by poor skeletal alignment or possibly from overcompensating to relieve the pain of an injury.

    It’s a good idea to keep a training journal for workouts and exercise routines. Jot down your workout (miles ran, weights lifted, laps swam, etc) and include if you felt great or had specific pain. This way you will always have a record of when the pain started and possibly if you need to change your workout routine. It is also important information for future doctor appointments.

    The mirror and pain tests are simple techniques to better understand your skeletal alignment and realize areas in need of improvement. Do some research and discuss with your doctor the best approach to improve skeletal alignment. Luckily, there are several non-invasive options to help improve skeletal alignment so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.

    Bio Skin offers a variety of products designed to help manage the pain associated with skeletal alignment as well as joint and muscle injuries to help improve your physical activity and prevent chronic pain.

  • Tennis Elbow without the Racquet

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    Did you know that only 5% of patients treated for tennis elbow were actually injured while playing tennis?

    Tennis elbow is a lot more common than you’d think and can be an occupational hazard or any job or activity involving repetitive gripping or twisting motions of the forearm muscles. Quite often gardeners, plumbers, dentists, mechanics and other professionals will experience this injury throughout the course of their career.

    If your elbow is tender, specifically on the outer side of the elbow joint, you may have tennis elbow. Other signs of tennis elbow may include elbow pain when performing simple acts like twisting a doorknob, using a screwdriver or gripping a toothbrush.

    Depending on your age, physical activity and severity of pain, you main need to seek a doctor’s advice on the best treatment. Often an elbow sleeve or forearm band is a helpful option to prevent pain and encourage a quicker recovery time.

    The function of a tennis elbow strap is to reduce tension on the extensor tendon. Similar to when a finger holds down a string on the neck of the guitar, it reduces tension on the string distal to the fret where your fingers are located. The article “Are Tennis Elbow Straps Effective?” provides a further explanation on how tennis elbow straps work.

    Bio Skin offers three incredibly comfortable options for tennis elbow—Standard Elbow Skin, Tennis Elbow Band or Tennis Elbow Skin. Constructed from Bio Skin’s patented thin, breathable, Ultima™ material, these premium supports provide extra compression and pain relief for your tennis elbow ailments.

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