The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
Generic Name: METHYLSALICYLATE/MENTHOL - TOPICAL Pronounced: (METH-ill-sal-ISS-ill-ate/MEN-thall) Muscle Rub Top Uses
This product is used to treat minor aches and pains of the
muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). Menthol and methyl
salicylate are known as counterirritants. They work by causing the skin to feel
cool and then warm. These feelings on the skin distract you from feeling the
aches/pains deeper in your muscles, joints, and tendons.
How To Use Muscle Rub Top
Follow all directions on the product package. If you are
uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or
This medication is for use on the skin only. Do not apply
near the eyes, mouth, nose, or genitals, and be careful not to touch those
areas while the medication is on your hands. If you do get the medication in
those areas, flush with plenty of water. Wash your hands well before inserting
If you are usin...
When I do my strengthening exercises, should I be training for large, bulky muscles, or smaller muscles for endurance?
Safely strengthening the muscles around painful joints is one of the best ways to alleviate joint pain and keep the pain from returning. In fact, keeping muscles strong and flexible is one of the best ways to keep joint pain from occurring in the first place. The question posed at the top of this blog belies an understanding that there are different types of muscle fibers in a muscle.
There are in fact two important types of skeletal muscle:
Type I muscle fibers is also called "slow-twitch" muscle. It is composed of small fibers. Type I muscle is used to carry light loads over long distances. A marathon runner has an abundance of type I muscle fibers. Picture the marathon runner - lean and toned. Type II muscle fibers are also called "fast-twitch" muscle fibers. Type II muscles are large and used for lifting heavy loads. Type II muscles are powerful bu...
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