Cardiac rehabilitation is a program designed for people with heart problems. It helps you improve your cardiovascular (heart) health through proper nutrition, exercise, and stress relief. Get your heart pumping and improve your health with this key component of cardiac rehab, exercise!
How do you prevent a second heart attack? Cardiac rehabilitation can help. And it’s not just for heart attack survivors. Studies have found that it helps men and women of all ages with mild, moderate, and severe heart problems
Cardiac rehabilitation is a holistic program designed to improve your heart health. This means it includes not only an exercise program, but also nutrition and stress relief education. Stress reduction is an important part of keeping your heart healthy. Learn twenty-five ways to reduce your stress!
It is easy to feel cooped up in your house or apartment during these times of uncertainty and worry. Exercising outside is a great way to workout and get some fresh air, but only if you feel comfortable and safe to do so.
Your patients are no stranger to delayed onset muscle soreness, or “DOMS”. Whether they are rehabilitating an injury or completing workouts of their own, pain is an inevitable side effect of being active. This pain can adversely affect muscle function by inhibiting muscle contractions, which can theoretically be thwarted by the application of cryotherapy, which is consistently prescribed by physical therapists, athletic trainers and chiropractors alike. But what type of cryotherapy should you be recommending? Years ago, researchers set out to answer this question by questioning whether topical menthol-based analgesics or ice was “more effective at reducing pain and permitting greater muscular voluntary and evoked force” (Johar et al. 2012).
The fight for DOMS pain relief
Sixteen subjects performed an exercise used to fatigue the elbow and provoke DOMS. Two days later, they were chosen to receive either Biofreeze® topical menthol gel or an application of ice to the elbow flexors. Measurements were taken after 20, 25, and 35 minutes, recording:
Maximum voluntary contractions
Evoked tetanic contractions
Results showed that delayed onset muscle soreness decreased voluntary force 17.1% at 20 minutes with no treatment, while tetanic force was 116.9% higher with the topical analgesic than ice. Also at 20 minutes, pain was significantly less in the Biofreeze group.