How to Start Strength Training When You Have a Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

How to Start Strength Training When You Have a Chronic Illness

We all know that strength training is key for keeping the body strong, maintaining a healthy weight and improving self-image. But if you have a chronic illness that comes with a host of unwanted symptoms like pain and fatigue (such as myalgia encephalomyelitis, Lyme, or fibromyalgia), the last thing you’d want to do is to hit the weight room.

But it’s still worth it. For those dealing with chronic illness, lifting weights may soothe and manage symptoms, increase energy, improve mobility and enhance life quality, research shows.

The niggling question is, how does one get started?

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4 Top Physiotherapy Tips for Healthy Living | The Health Sessions

4 Top Physiotherapy Tips For Healthy Living

This article is written by Alyssa Moylan. 

Do you think the term physiotherapy is a purely theoretical term? Well, let us tell you, physical therapy (PT) is something that we incorporate in our everyday lives without noticing much. All the stretches and finger flexing are part of relieving pain or pressure from an area, and that forms the base of physiotherapy. Besides the daily cricks, the more serious function of physiotherapy is to help people regain the use of their muscles and nerves to be able to move again. Be it old age, a genetic disorder or an accident or illness, a person who gets immobilized for a long time tends to lose sensations of the limbs and in order to ensure that the person is not permanently paralyzed, many doctors suggest physiotherapy. 

Besides improving joints and muscular mobility, physiotherapy also helps in preventing injuries from overworking or even underworking. Further, a healthy lifestyle also requires some level of physical action and conditioning if you want to keep up with the fast pace of the world and achieve your dreams. And physiotherapy can be your companion in that.

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How to Improve Your Functional and Mobility Training | The Health Sessions

How to Improve your Functional and Mobility Training

This article is written by Anne Denning.  

Have you wondered why some people go slow or move with pain, which affects their daily chores and even work? Well, this is because some people have instability and malfunction in their movements and mobility.

If this happens to you, you need to enhance your moves to accomplish your fitness goals. This will make you efficient and able to satisfy the demands and work of everyday life. Here are some details of what functional and mobility skills can do for you to live a quality life.

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How to Work on Your Recovery in Everyday Life | The Health Sessions

How to Work on Your Recovery from Illness in Everyday Life

Do you ever dream about going to a luxurious wellness center where you can fully focus on your health and happiness?

I know I did. During times when I was severely ill, I used to fantasize about exotic yoga retreats or Swiss spas, with nothing on my mind but gentle exercise, nourishing meals, health-boosting massages and meditation sessions.

But unfortunately, that’s not how recovery works for most people. It’s something you have to work on in the midst of doctor’s appointments, work obligations, looking after your family and running a household.

And even if you do start your healing process in a rehabilitation retreat, one day you will get back to your regular life. You still need to find a way to combine managing your health and your other responsibilities.

So how can you work on your recovery from illness in everyday life? 

A lot of it depends on your health condition and personal situation. But here are some helpful ways you can still boost your health and happiness when you’re short on time and energy.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Alternative Therapy Care for Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

5 Reasons Why You Should Explore Alternative Therapy Care for Chronic Illness

This article is written by Pat Tiffin. 

The only option to maintain a good quality of life with chronic illness is symptom management. More and more in recent years, patients are turning to complementary and alternative therapies to improve their health outcomes.

Conventional treatment often leans heavily on medication. Though pharmaceuticals can be helpful in symptom management, quality of life is a whole different issue. For example, ‘mild side effects’ from drugs that manage high blood pressure (hypertension) can include nervousness, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, lethargy and even skin rash. Although your body may adjust over time, symptom management by medication could reproduce new symptoms.

Granted, there’s nothing life-threatening in that list of side-effects, but if you weren’t taking medication and felt sick like that, you’d probably take yourself to the doctor.

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