Three Reasons Why Orthopedic Rehab Is Helpful

If you have ever had a surgery or serious injury, you know that it can be physically exhausting to recover properly. Most surgeries or major traumas require specific exercises and protocols. Orthopedic rehab is designed to deal specifically with injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. Issues in this field often include sports accidents, such as torn tendons and broken bones, tumors, and even infections. Following a recovery protocol specific to your injury and operation can help you to recover faster and more fully. Here are three reasons why.

Regain Function

After a serious injury or medical condition, our bodies often attempt to compensate for the trauma. For example, when a person limps, it is an attempt to take pressure off of a damaged body part. As a result of this natural compensation, the muscles and tendons surrounding the injured area can often weaken or atrophy from lack of use. This is further exacerbated following an operation. Orthopedic rehab helps the patient focus on strengthening the repaired body part and the area surrounding it. Without a directed recovery, most patients will continue to favor the injury, resulting in a lifelong limp, hitch, crook, or other physical abnormality.

Prevent Injury

As discussed above, the human body will tend to protect a damaged area by shifting the workload to other limbs, tendons, or muscles. Even after the area has been surgically repaired, the human body will continue trying to shield it. If the body does not re-learn that the damaged body part is okay, the overuse of other areas could result in further accidents. This example is often seen in athletes with an injured leg or foot; in an attempt to protect the weakened area, the athlete puts more force into their cuts, pivots, or jumps with their good leg. This can result in damage to the strong leg or foot if too much strain is placed on it. Conversely, if the surgically repaired area is never re-strengthened, it is more apt to suffer the same failure as before through normal use. Orthopedic rehab can help patients regain the strength lost through trauma and an operation.

Avoid Surgery

In some cases, orthopedic rehab can help patients suffering from physical trauma avoid an operation altogether. This can be achieved through directed exercises or by altering how a person performs physical tasks. In the case of a weak back, a therapist might work with the patient on how to sit, stand, sleep, and bend over. The proper use of the back, coupled with specific exercises designed to strengthen the weakened area, can reduce the amount of pain a patient is feeling. In many cases, this approach can entirely solve any issues a patient is having, rendering surgery unnecessary.

In conclusion, orthopedic rehab can be helpful in resolving a number of physical ailments. Patients should wholeheartedly work with their physical therapists for a better recovery experience.

The War On The War On Carbs

For those that love carbs, you’ve been taking a beating lately. Don’t eat carbs, they make you gain weight say the “experts”. Lately, there has been a complete war on carbs and as someone who loves their carbs… it’s time to start a war on the “war on carbs”

Carbs are essential, there’s just no getting around it. Whether your goal is to lose weight or increase sport performance, you’ll just do yourself a disservice if you abandon our friend the carb. For all high intensity, short duration activities, muscle glycogen is the source of energy and muscle glycogen comes from… carbs. Even endurance activities of moderate intensity use glycogen as 50% of your energy needs. In fact, the one limiting factor on your sport performance will be the lack of availability of carbohydrates. Even during low intensity exercise when your body uses a higher percentage of fat as its fuel source, it takes a good supply of carbohydrates to fuel that process. Ever play a sport or involve yourself in a high intensity workout program and you hit the proverbial “wall”… that’s because your body has a lowered supply of glycogen EVEN THOUGH your body has a great supply of fat. Want to perform better… eat your carbs.

What if you want to lose weight; surely you need to decrease your carb intake. After-all, carbs MAKE you fat right? Carbohydrates provide you with variety, necessary nutrients and volume to your diet.

Recommended ranges for carb intake is between 45-65% of your total intake. Weight loss occurs when there is a calorie deficit and not a particular macronutrient profile.

Weight loss occurring on low-carb diets is generally attributed to 2 things… a lower overall calorie intake and loss of body mass. Ever start a diet that restricts your carb intake and seen great results in the beginning weeks? Lower carbs mean lower muscle glycogen stores. For every gram of glucose lost through glycogen you also lose 2.7 grams of water with it. This loss of glycogen combined with water loss is the contributing factor in the initial big losses seen.

Some studies you will read (actually the newspaper headlines you will read… very few read the actual studies) will tell you that we are gaining weight faster than ever even though our fat intake is down. This is partially true. The PERCENTAGE of fat intake in our total diet is down but the actual grams of fat consumed is unchanged all while the total calories consumed in our diets has increased. As well, most studies rely on self-reporting and people generally report eating less than they actually do.

Consider in the 1900’s the typical diet had a higher intake of carbohydrates and a lower intake from fat. Even though our dreaded enemy the carb was consumed at a greater rate, we have only seen the rise of weight issues in the past few decades. In short, the increase in the rise of weight gain we see as a society is largely due to increased calorie and decreased activity.

So, here’s what is so good about carbs:

1. They provide nutrients that you can’t get from fat or protein
2. Adds bulk to your diet
3. Stabilizes blood sugar levels
4. An adequate supply of carbs in your diet spares your body from turning to protein as an energy source meaning that protein can do its job.
5. It’s the body’s preferred energy source
6. Your brain only uses carbs as its energy source
7. You need carbs in order to fuel the process of fat burning

All this doesn’t mean run out for a dozen donuts. Select good choices of veggies, fruit, whole grains… eat ’em up… yum!

Losing weight doesn’t have to be so complicated. Like they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat and there is more than one way to lose weight. Don’t let your fitness plan be swayed daily by the changing tides of news headlines.

For the Boys: Men’s Sex Toys

More and more individuals are allowing themselves to have the once-off-limits conversation about sexual toys. While most sexual toys are designed for women, men’s sex toys are becoming more and more popular. Let’s face it: as far as sex toys go women are at the forefront surrounding adult play. From vibrators to clitoral stimulators, women are the target audience in sole play in the bedroom. The truth is, though, there is a large and ever growing market of toys that are dedicated just to men and their pleasure.

Male sex toys come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and functionality that suit not only the many different sexual needs of men but their aesthetic pleasure as well. Male sex toys have a variety of uses and below, those are described.

Prostate Pleasure

One of the most sensitive areas of the body on men that can be stimulated and provide an immense amount of sexual pleasure is the prostate. The prostate gland is near the rectum and can result in significant levels of arousal when stimulated. Because of this, many men’s sex toys are now designed specifically to stimulate the prostate gland. Prostate massagers are the most popular toy for prostate play. These toys are placed inside the rectum or they can simply be rubbed along the prostate gland to give that extra “pop” of stimulation allowing for harder erections and orgasms. More specifically, Aneros offers a wide variety of toys for prostate pleasure. The toys in this line are designed to provide a vibrating sensation that result in harder orgasms. Aneros is known for high quality and well-made products making them a leader in the prostate stimulating sex toy line.

Vaginal Replication

There are numerous toys that are crafted to mimic a penis. These mechanisms and toys can be placed inside the body of a man or woman in order to bring about an orgasm or other sexual pleasure. What, though, is available for men that want a vaginal simulation toy? Fleshlight is a toy that is crafted to look and feel like the vagina of a woman. The top of the toy replicates the external region of the female private area, complete with clitoris and labia. The hole on the toy, like the vagina itself, can be inserted into and the ribbing makes it feel like the vaginal cavity. The Fleshlight toy collection comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, all with the intended goal of eliciting a realistic penetration experience.

Vibrating Fun

Another male sex toy that is available on the market today is the We Vibe. This flexible vibrator has many different uses. The flexibility of this vibrator makes it a perfect toy for both men and women. While some women enjoy the double penetration, men, too, find it useful. For example, it can be inserted into the rectum and then placed in such a way that it simultaneously massages the prostate as well. During heterosexual intercourse, a woman can place this vibrator into her body in such a way that it rubs against the penis of her partner during penetration. Because of the incorporation of men into the product uses and the overall construction of the We Vibe vibrator, this stimulator is a popular choice for males who are looking for the perfect little sexual toy.

With sex toys growing in popularity to enhance the bedroom experience it is no wonder that sex toys for men are becoming more and more popular. There is a rise in gay marriages making the market for men’s playtime toys a continuously growing area. Ladies, step aside! Men are starting to take over the market!