Posted on December 21, 2010 with No Comments
Bruises, or muscle contusions, are one of those injuries that just about everyone has had at one point or another. In fact, bruises are the second most common sports injury after strains, and although not considered a serious injury, they can cause mild discomfort and create quite a nasty looking discoloration on the skin.
A deep tissue bruise can be the result of your body colliding with a solid object, (or a solid object colliding with your body). When this occurs, the soft tissues under your skin (muscle fibers and connective tissue) are crushed but the skin does not break or rupture.
When these soft tissues are damaged, blood from the ruptured capillaries leaks out under the skin and pools, causing the area to swell and form a red or purplish mark that can be sore and tender to touch. The symptoms associated with bruises are pain, swelling and restricted movement.
Like muscle strains, bruises are usually graded into three categories and these are referred to as: first; second; or third degree depending on their severity.
A first degree bruise is the least severe. It is the result of a minor rupture of the capillaries and is accompanied by mild pain, some swelling and stiffness. There is usually very little loss of function as a result of a first degree bruise.
A second degree bruise is the result of a moderate rupture of the capillaries and increased bleeding. There is also increased swelling and pain associated with a second degree bruise and a moderate loss of movement at the injury site.
A third degree bruise is the most severe of the three. A third degree bruise is the result of a major rupture of the capillaries and will result in massive swelling, severe pain and instability around the injury site.
Anyone can get a bruise, although people involved in contact sports are most at risk. But why do some people bruise more easily than others?
The severity of a bruise can depend on a number of things: like how tough a person’s skin tissue is; the general health of the underlying muscles and soft tissue; medications you may be on; or your age. Age can be a major contributor because as we get older our blood vessels tend to become more fragile.
The immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury is vital. Proper care and treatment now will go a long way towards a full recovery later. It is likely that most first degree bruises will require very little treatment, however second and third degree bruises should be treated with the following.
This involves the application of (R) rest, (I) ice, (C) compression, (E) elevation and obtaining a (R) referral for appropriate medical treatment.
Posted on December 13, 2010 with No Comments
It is a common thing these days to be tricked into buying some stupid product that doesn’t live up to the hype. Most of the time you end up wasting time and money, and even worse than the it is most likely natural skin care products you are purchasing. Now don’t get us wrong there are plenty of skin care products that do what they say they are going to do, but are they natural.
Younger looking, brighter skin is obtainable but finding a natural product that can do this can be difficult. Natural products can do everything from remove spider veins to fight wrinkles, but they tend to be more expensive and harder to find. These days with the help of the Internet the products are getting easier to find but choosing the right product for you can be hard.
People do things to make themselves look better everyday. From using a moisturizer to getting surgery. Many of the products out there are poorly made with cheap products, that are put into fancy jars and marked up 1000%. Don’t fall for the gimmicks any longer. Look for products with ingredients you understand like aloe butter, emu oil black willow bark and things of that nature.
If you are going to buy a new skin care product make sure it has a money back guarantee this will make sure you can get your money back if you do not like the product or if it doesn’t work. Stay away from products that use cheap harsh chemicals, which can damage your skin or cause allergic reactions.
Here are some products to look for and stay away from.
Liquid Petroleum (Mineral Oil) – Is a petroleum based oil that clogs pores and is the leading cause of adult acne.
4-Dioxane (Dioxane) – Has been proven in some states as a catylist to cancer.
Aroma (Fragrance) – Fragrance is bad for you and can harm your skin and your lungs, stick to essential oils that are natural.
Preservatives (Parabens) – Helps the product keep a shelf life some will not harm some are terrible for you.
Hydroxyl Functional Group (Alcohol) – Can dry your skin out and leave you susceptible to illness.
Your skin is a major part of you, if it is unhealthy you will be unhealthy so take care of it. It can be damaged very easily. When putting a product that has chemicals or even fragrance on certain areas of your body it can be very harmful to you. Always remember when you apply something to your body it is absorbing it so if it has chemicals in it you are absorbing the chemicals.
So without further wait here are some of the things we are trying to improve with the skin care products we purchase.
Collagen (Protein Bonds) – Occurs naturally in mammals has to do with connective tissue which effects skin tone and firmness.
Elastin (Elastic Protein) – Helps with the bodies reshaping after weight gain or loss also can control wrinkles.
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) – A vitamin oil that helps with cellular respiration, which gives your skin high energy output.
Just keep in mind there is no miracle cure for aging, but there are steps you can take to slow it down and even make yourself look younger by using natural skin care products. Just do your research to make sure the product you are choosing is right for you and your body.
Using natural or organic products is also helpful when treating acne. Acne-prone skin tends to be sensitive and inflammed. Harsh chemicals – including alcohol – can burn and do little for kill or removing infection from pimples or blemishes. Acne products like Acnetene use a substantial amount of natural extracts that have been proven for clearing the complexion and preventing acne.