People craft– taking care of yourself

Swimming laps from 6 to 7 a.m. is my mood sweetener. Endorphin release works magic, but my entire body is rewarded with blood and lymph flow.  I have no aches and pains. This morning I read an article from Neil Kirschen, M.D. of the Pain Management Center of Long Island, N.Y.  on how to feel better fast.  Joint aches?  Dr. Kirschen recommends gentle movement, taking the hurt joint through its range of motion.  For example if your shoulder aches, slowly move it in a circle.  Or, ice it.  Apply a cloth-covered ice pack for ten minutes to release painful fluid buildup in the area.  Or, pop 200 to 400 mg of ibuprofen.  This over-the-counter painkiller eases pain and inflammation.  If joint pain doesn’t go away, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, note date and time of day, recent activities, medications, your stress level and recent illness or injuries before phoning your doctor.  You may already see a pattern.  Take a walk through a park.  One of my favorite places to walk our dogs is alongside a water lily pond.

Water Lily
Take a stroll by a water lily pond.

4 thoughts on “People craft– taking care of yourself

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, swimming does it for me also. I do my laps on the way home from work. Problem with walking my dogs beside the water lily pond is that labs want to go swimming!

  2. Janessa Breckenridge

    Heck yeah, isn’t she aweful? Hubby Rob does the shopping and the cooking. He gets their sons to clean their rooms, do their own laundry, and walk their dog. How unfair.

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