- Exercise & Fitness
The Truth About Your Body & Your Bones
Ever take a shot in the dark? How about skimming pebbles across a pond to strike a certain object? Now, if you are really good already, you might hit your mark, but most of us would need quite a bit of practice to really be able to trust in our shot.
Yet, when it comes to certain arenas, certain specialties or particular occupations, we readily lay down our trust without a second thought. We don't check the trajectory. We don't research methodology. We do nothing but rely on the word of someone who spent years in school; someone who is supposed to know the answers.
We automatically trust that that person not only gives a hoot about us (which we have no concrete proof of), but that they also have a sincere heart to help and save. We trust that our welfare is of greater importance than their pocket, but more and more lately, evidence is pointing to the contrary.
What am I rattling on about? Why our wonderful medical system of course!
Here I am, having to learn about the body and its functions as part of massage therapy, and the things I'm discovering about how the body actually works, versus what the doctors and so-called "experts" have been telling us is not adding up to the same thing.
Take for example our discussion on bones. Did you know that the body has 206 bones in it? But its not until you get into the diseases of any part, organ, or system of the body, that you start making discoveries that the doctors aren't telling us.
If you do your own homework sometimes, you'd find that a lot more can be done to help your body heal, versus the chemical methods of poison that the medical/pharmaceutical industry keeps shoving at us. I call them the great death machine, because sickness, disease and death has become a profitable industry for them.
The Truth Versus What They Tell You
When I was a teen, I had a problem with my legs. I had a large knot beneath each knee. I couldn't kneel down at all, and even if I wasn't, it still hurt. Now mind you, I was never the athletic kid. In fact, I wasn't a super active kid at all. Sure I played a bit of sports stuff periodically with neighbors, but it's not like I was a big proponent of sports, or on every team available.
So when this pain developed, I was taken to an orthopedic, who diagnosed me as having Osgoodslaughter disease, which he said was a weakness in the bones that I would outgrow. I don't recall his reasons given for the knots beneath my knees, but I know for a fact that his reasons weren't at all related to what I discovered today about this disease.
When I brought it up in my class, my instructor, who is very experienced in the field of medical nursing as well as massage therapy, told me that Osgoodslaughter disease is the result of repetitive overuse of the muscle, which end up getting separated from the bone in the knee area in children. She said it has nothing to do with weakness in the bones. It's like how carpal tunnel sydrome is a repetitive strain type of injury as well.
Another thing she brought up was Osteoporosis. We were discussing how this can occur if a person is not active. This is because when the leg muscles contract, it pulls a bit on the bone where connected and this action stimulates the production of bone marrow. Therefore, a sedentary person will lose bone mass at a greater rate, because this marrow production requires movement to stimulate the action occurring. Sounds like a good reason to exercise to me.
As a person ages, the rate of bone loss greatly increases, and even a person who exercises regularly can still lose more than they produce. This is why supplementation to assist with bone loss is needed. Alot more greens in the diet wouldn't hurt either.
Another thing she brought up about osteoporosis is that if an older person falls and breaks a bone, the best thing the family can do is not to coddle them. These kinds of injuries can cause water to collect in the lungs, or in bowels, which could lead to complications, including respiratory problems.
Yes, they will have discomfort and some pain, but if they are not immediately getting therapy to be mobile, or moving after casting or surgery, a simple broken bone in the elderly could lead to severe complications and even death. So when you think that the nurses are being inconsiderate to try to get that person up and moving right away, you will be wrong. If you stand in the way of that movement, you will block their recovery.
My point is, don't ever start to address a health problem by relying solely on your "medical professionals" because they don't always tell you everything. Make some effort to research things for yourself. Don't rely only on their literature about the subject. Get your own objective opinion so that you can take some control in your treatment. Disease takes away some of your control over your life, but you don't have to give more away in addition to that. Go the extra mile and fight for yourself, your health and your life.