As a physical health centre, we treat our fair share of body aches and pain. But whether we use massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture or chiropractic treatments to relieve the pain, preventing the problems from happening in the first place is by far the best “treatment’.
But that’s a lot easier said than done. You never know when a strain or sprain will happen, so how can you prevent it, beyond the common sense precautions?
One way of reducing the chances of suffering painful injuries is to maintain your body in such a way that it is better prepared to handle, or even avoid them, whenever or however they might occur.
Remember “8” Day and Night
A simple way to keep your body in better condition is to remember “8” – that is, drink 8 glasses of water a day and get 8 hours of sleep a night.
The Benefits of 8 Glasses of Water Per Day
It has no taste, colour or nutritional value, yet we can’t live without water. And it delivers some major benefits to your body and mind that can help reduce the incidence of injury.
Have More Energy
When you don’t get enough water, your muscles don’t function as well. That makes them more susceptible to injury if you over-stretch or over-exert them.
Water helps keep your joints working smoothly and pain-free.
When you feel stress, your body feels it too. 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. The more water it has, the better your brain can manage emotional and physical stress and the less chance you have of getting hurt.
The Benefits of 8 Hours of Sleep
We all try to cram more into our days, but that often results in less rest during our nights. Without properly recharging, your body and mind are less able to deal with stress and pain
When you get proper sleep, your body has the energy to help reduce inflammation and the pain it causes.
Reduce Muscle Fatigue
We injure ourselves more often when we’re tired. But when your muscles get the right rest, they perform better and keep you healthier.
A rested mind is more aware of everything around it, including potential causes of injury.
From eating a healthier diet, to regular massage treatments, there are many ways to lower your chances of injury. Every step you take, including remembering 8, will help you live a more pain-free lifestyle.