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Lifting and Squatting

10-natural-ways-to-prevent-injuryTo avoid injuries when working out in the gym, it's important that you always lift weights and perform squats properly. It is important that you don't lift using sudden movements and never try to lift more than you can physically manage. You could injure yourself or others if you try and lift weights that are too heavy for you; you may have to let them go.

Know your Body

10-ways-to-avoid-injuriesApart from knowing the mechanics of your body, it is important to know your own body well to avoid injuries naturally. So, be aware of your body's strengths and limitations and take into consideration your physical weaknesses. More often than not, people injure themselves because they put too much pressure on a weak area of their body or overexert a weaker muscle.

The Mechanics of Your Body

natural-ways-to-avoid-injuryYour "body mechanics" refers to the way that your body moves during daily activities. When you sit, lift items, stand, walk, bend over, and sleep, you can strain and put pressure on various parts of your body if you do not use proper body mechanics while doing them. Knowing how your muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints all interact with each other can help you to avoid discomfort and injury.

10 Natural Ways to Avoid Injuries

Natural Ways to Avoid InjuriesThere is an old adage that says, "prevention is better than cure." When it comes to your safety at home, in the workplace, at school, or in the gym, it is much better to avoid injuries as best as you can rather than to risk your health, mobility, and even life.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, around 31 million people in the United States attend hospital emergency departments every year because of unintentional injuries. There are also over 130,000 deaths each year caused by injuries, most of which are preventable.[1]

With the proper foresight, care, and attention, most injuries can be avoided and there is much that you can do to protect yourself and others from being injured. In fact, you can avoid most injuries by not overusing muscles, using the proper equipment and gear, being in good physical shape, warming up before exercise, and knowing how your body works.

In this article, you can read about the 10 best natural ways to avoid injuries and make sure that you can do your best to prevent injuries from happening.

 

Witch Hazel

witch-hazel-reduces-chronic-painWitch Hazel is commonly applied topically for typical bruises, sprains, and joints. It is even used for those experiencing chronic pain in joints, muscles, and the skin. It soothes the muscles and inflamed areas of the body and provides a calm, soothing feeling. It is a perfect antibacterial for skin conditions, either chronic ones or temporary ones like insect bites or minor scrapes.

Tart Cherries (Anthocyanins)

tart-cherries-reduce-chronic-painThe anthocyanins found in tart cherries are the most anti-inflammatory substance you can find in any fruit or vegetable. Research has shown that tart cherries contain the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food. Tart cherries also contain high amounts of Polyphenols (micronutrients that help prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases), and they are high in antioxidants.

Chondroitin

chondroitin-reduces-chronic-painChondroitin is already found in the cartilage of our bodies. Taking supplements of chondroitin can help ease chronic pain in joints and areas in between the bones. The chondroitin in our body helps cushion the joints and absorbs water to keep our cartilage healthy. Taking supplements of chondroitin can help ease pain caused by cartilage damage from certain diseases like arthritis.

Menthol

menthol-reduces-chronic-painMenthol comes from the peppermint and other plants, often synthetically constructed into a waxy, clear solution or ointment. Menthol has been used to treat a variety of painful symptoms for many centuries and still continues to prove beneficial today. It is commonly used to alleviate the pain from migraines and everyday headaches.

Ginger

ginger-reduces-chronic-painThe health benefits of ginger seem endless as researchers find new perks from this plant every day. Ginger is most widely known as a natural ingredient that can help fight all types of pain. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that speeds up the inflammation process and reduces the amount of pain you feel in the affected area.

Arnica

arnica-reduces-chronic-painArnica is an all-around pain reducer and a perfect natural ingredient for those experiencing chronic pain. It increases circulation, which speeds up the inflammation process. Whenever we have inflammation from an injury, extra blood flows to the injured area and sometimes this blood can just sit there rather than circulating, causing inflammation.

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