Tightness and soreness of the muscles and issues with range of motion can be part of a bigger health picture, with a variety of causes and possible remedies. We hope the following information will be helpful to you in addressing your specific muscle issues and improving your overall health.
Armaid's Clinical Study
Support your an insurance claim with this professional study on the effectiveness of Armaid.
The Effects of the Armaid on Severity of Symptoms (Including Pain, Tingling, Weakness, and/or Stiffness), Grip Strength and Level of Function in Subjects with Symptoms Associated with Upper Extremity Repetitive Strain Injury, by Michael Greiner, MOT, OTR and Daniel Cicchelli, RPT
The Body's pH
All living things have an optimum balance of two chemical fundamentals: acid and alkaline, expressed as the pH of the blood and the lymph. The human body functions best when these pH levels are balanced between 6.8 and 7.1. Acid conditions (pH levels between 1 and 7) can cause muscles to constrict, and inhibit the exchange of nutrients and waste products in your muscle cells, causing muscle fatigue, soreness and an inability to recover from work. If you take over-the-counter or prescription antacids, this could be an indication that your body isn't able keep its pH in balance.
Looking beyond just muscle pain, an imbalanced pH effects all cellular activity in the body, which can lead to a whole host of degenerative diseases and symptoms (which we often just chalk up to modern living) - everything from heart disease to constipation and much, much more.
There are many things that can make a body acidic and many ways to rebalance your pH, but one very common and overlooked issue is the lack of sufficient water in our diet. Human adult bodies are over 50% water and you need to replenish daily with quality H2O; without it, acid can build up very quickly.
The concept of pH balance is fundamental to all living things and you absolutely owe it to yourself to be aware and proactive about learning what makes your body's pH so important and vital to the quality of your life. There are many good websites that explain in more detail how pH imbalances can effect your health and what products and books there are to help regain balance. One we particularly like for good basic overview, advice and tools is evenbetternow.com.
And here are three books on the subject of pH that we also like:
Attitude and Education
Did you ever wish that there was one "cure" that could alleviate your muscle and health problems? Modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry want everyone to believe it is possible, but in our experience, life doesn't work that way. We have found that regaining health and balance is a very personal journey, with different elements coming at different times and through different experiences.
"I stopped expecting other people like doctors and therapists to fix me and started to think positively and try to make changes myself. Particularly focusing on what I could do rather than what I couldn't and trying to be less obsessive about it. Realizing that I still have a life and I have to find a way to live it."
It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! by Jack Bellis and Suparna Damany, MSPT
This book is well written with a clear and accurate theory explaining how repetitive strain develops. The book is stuffed with practical suggestions that include stretches, and several sections of helpful and diverse resources. It has helped thousands better understand and deal with their recovery.
- Jack Bellis and Suparna Damany's website that complements their book.
Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, by Sharon Butler
Sharon is a pioneer in self-help, giving repetitive strain sufferers workable options based on her years of service as a Hellerwork practitioner. Her book is highly recommended and is a must-read to understand body mechanics and how to loosen up tight muscles and fascia adhesions to open nerve pathways on your own. It includes great stretches with emphasis on postural alignment and other helpful body basics to keep you in balance. A wonderful complement to Armaid use.
- Sharon Butlers' website expands upon her book and includes information on how to treat nine specific RSI maladies with targeted programs that are available for purchase both electronically and in book form.
The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain
& The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, by Dr. John Sarno
Dr. John Sarno has dared to show that chronic issues can be based in raw, unresolved emotions that are the product of daily stress, a traumatic childhood or a perfectionist mentality. These can produce a psychosomatic reaction that may be alleviated by truly understanding how the mind affects the body. Using his techniques, many readers of his books have experienced major and often complete relief.
Paul Marxhausen has collected a wide assortment of RSI-related book titles, links to various organizations, informational resources, repetitive strain groups and many other topics that are quite comprehensive. He has also chronicled his own RSI recovery story.
A superb list of books, tapes, DVD's, links, online articles and discussions that will keep the recovering performing artist busy pouring over this exhaustive list that's geared specifically for the musician.
Sorehand is probably the best of the online support groups out there. Great support for your questions and helpful for one's journey to find what solutions are right. There are many contacts listed for other support groups and general information for those with RSI. The Sorehand archive is a treasure trove of information.