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Patella Tendonitis also known as jumper’s knee is commonly caused from overuse of the knee from activities like jumping and /or running. These activities can cause gradual damage to the patella tendon from excessive strain and pressure which over times weakens the tendon. Patella tendinopathy means degeneration of the tissues in the tendon and can be caused by ageing whereas patella tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon.
You will find the patellar tendon just below your knee cap where the thigh muscles connect to the shin bone. The main use of the patellar tendon is that it aids you in bending your knee.
The greatest cause to damage to this tendon is when jumping as jumping causes a lot of stress on the tendon at first the damage that can be caused by jumping and other activities that involve bending the knee, at first the damage will not be noticeable but excessively this damage can get worse.
Patellar tendinopathy is mostly a degenerative condition and not a result of inflammation so it is unlikely for a doctor to prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for most patients, another reason for this is that anti-inflammatory drugs can stop the production of natural chemicals that your body must create to help rebuild and heal the damaged tendon.
It is a good idea to diagnose and treat patellar tendinopathy early as early treatment of this condition can reduce the damage of the tendon.
Patella Tendon Strap are often used to help ease the pain and symptoms of this painful condition, Patella Tendon Strap can be bought cheaply online but are highly beneficial the Patella Tendon Strap help to support the knee and reduce the strain that is put on the knee when bending thus protecting the tendon from further damage whilst you recover.
It is a good idea not to do sporting activity whilst you recover, and keep pressure away from your knee, that is another good feature of Patella Tendon Strap as these straps will help to minimise pressure.
-Pool running is a good way to keep fit and active whilst recovering not only that but pool running helps to strengthen the knees muscles helping recovery.
Often in serious cases where all else has failed surgery may be required. With surgery surgeons will try to remove degenerating tissue in the tendon and try to fix and repair the tendon. Often after surgery the body will replace the lost tissue tendon with healthy new tendon tissue however this will take time around 3-4months.
It is estimated that more than 2/3 of Americans are overweight and a third are obese. Obesity rates have doubled since 1980 due to a sedentary lifestyle and a culture of fast food. Europe also seems to be catching the US up in becoming overweight. The European Unions top health officials have indicated that statistics now show that the majority of EU citizens are now overweight. Britain is increasingly being seen as the fat man of Europe, the government is even thinking of introducing a tax on fizzy drinks in an effort to reduce fizzy drink consumption but also to counter the costs that obesity can have on society as a whole due to obesity related health problems.
One European child in four is obese. The long term trends are not looking good for the developed world. Due to globalisation it also seems that the developed world is slowly exporting its problems worldwide.
Obese children are about 82% likely to be obese adults as well. Obesity lends to long term severe health problems and the net is wide and consists of ailments such as diabetes, high cholesterol, under-active thyroid, high blood pressure, stroke and heart problems. Obesity can also lend itself to emotional problems such as embarrassment, anger and resentment.
Nuova Health are dedicated to optimising the health of our clients. If you need to lose weight we recommend starting an exercise regime, cutting the calories, reducing sugar intake and reducing fat intake. That is a start to better health and weight loss. Orthotics and arch support insoles can help to solve joint issues that come about as a result of being overweight as the extra weight causes issues on the joints. Weight training will increase muscle mass, muscle mass is metabolically expensive – meaning it will speed up metabolism and help you to lose excess weight. Weight training ramps up fat burning hormones such as testosterone and human growth hormone vital to successful weight loss. As an aside to our female readers – don’t worry about building bulky unfeminine muscles as most women do not have the genetics to be able to do this, bulky female bodybuilders are almost always using steroids.
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At NuovaHealth we believe that optimal health can be achieved through balanced and healthy eating coupled with a rigorous exercise regime.
What is optimal health?
Before we start this article we need to define optimal health. Optimal health can be best described as that energetic but level emotional feeling that goes with excellent markers of physical health such as endurance and strength. Can you run a mile? Can you bench press your bodyweight?
Optimal health will show up in blood tests with the ideal level of hormones and no deficiency in nutrient uptake. Optimal health is being within the ideal bodyfat range with a low level of central body fat.
Optimal health can be measured by emotional wellbeing, a healthy weight, optimal hormone levels (according to blood tests) and physical strength and endurance.
What Nutritional rules should I follow to achieve optimal health?
It is now common knowledge that processed foods are the scourge of our day. What is processed? Take a look at the food you are about to eat, generally if it doesn’t exist like it does in nature then it has had to be processed for you to eat it and thus it is processed. Bread = processed. Apple = Not processed (naturally occurring in nature). Pizza = processed. Beef = Not processed. However a word of caution for meat lovers. Meat is an excellent choice for protein intake but modern day farming has reduced its nutritional value and it can be harmful due to the diet the cow has been fed and or hormones injected into the cow to force growth. When you can we recommend going for organic and free range foods. Pesticides and herbicides can do damage to our bodies, reducing hormone production and causing strain on our digestive systems and liver as it has to remove the poison from our body. If you cannot afford organic fruit and vegetables then do make sure to wash them thoroughly to remove pesticide residue.
We recommend a paleo type diet. Paleolithic diet is based on the foods that the caveman would normally eat, however we would allow certain substitutes such as brown rice to be allowed for calorie load.
Calorie intake is recommended to be around your weight in pounds x15. If you are looking to gain muscle then increase protein and increase calories incrementally. It is important to slowly gain weight to avoid excessive fat gain. Weight loss can be obtained by reducing calories below your maintenance level. The maintenance level is the amount of calories required to sustain your current weight.
In conclusion we recommend a paleo type diet emphasising vegetables, fruit and meat and a reduction in processed foods such as sugars, sweets, pizzas, pies and breads. If you can stick to these fundamental rules you will be well on your way to optimal health. Only when you can stick to these rules should you experiment with advanced strategies such as intermittent fasting and carbohydrate cycling for improved results.