While getting into the Christmas spirit, we here at Prana put our heads together to come up with a few Christmas gift ideas to help spread healthy holiday cheer to yourself and loved ones.
First, have you ever considered a standing desk for the office warrior in your life? The evidence about health concerns with prolonged sitting continues to mount, yet the general public is not convinced they need to make a change. Maybe others will want to follow the White House’s lead after they reported earlier this year to transition to standing desks. If the White House does not persuade you, perhaps this article and graphic describing the potential dangers of prolonged sitting will further encourage you to consider a standing desk.
Second, for the athlete in your family, a foam roller. Foam rollers are a great recovery tool to help alleviate tension in tight muscles. Science is also beginning to support our long believed opinions that foam rollers can make a great recovery tool after exercise. Though the sample size is small, a recent study found foam rolling to be a useful tool in assisting in reducing muscle soreness pain and improving range of motion.
Third, while on the topic of muscle soreness, have you considered tart cherry juice. In recent years, tart cherry juice concentrate is becoming more well known for its benefits as a sleep aid and alleviated muscle and joint pain. Even the arthritis foundation is beginning to promote the benefits of tart cherries. The benefits may also reach beyond arthritic pain, several studies show decreased pain in endurance athletes who drink tart cherry juice as a supplement. Most dark colored fruits, such as tart cherries, have high levels of antioxidants which purportedly help to reduce muscle tension. Furthermore, tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin which can aid with sleeping.
Finally, what about a book? Here are a few of our favorites:
- For the runner: Anatomy for Runners – Jay Dicharry is the author as well as a practicing Physical Therapist who operates a running performance lab in Oregon. His scientific and entertaining look at running helps to manage injuries and improve performance.
- For the crossfit athlete: Becoming a Supple Leopard – Kelley Starret offers many unique, functional ways to assist you in gaining strength and mobility throughout your body.
- For the dancer: The Perfect Pointe Book – Lisa Howell is a renowned physiotherapist from Australia who specializes in treating dancers. In addition to her book, she maintains a blog The Ballet Blog which offers helpful advice and news about developments to help dancers perform better with less injury.
- For the loved one struggling with chronic pain: Taming Pain and Taming Stress – Cheryl Wardlaw is a physical therapist and teacher at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA who’s specialty is treating patients with chronic pain. Cheryl used her knowledge gained over 35 years of practice to write these insightful books to assist patients in overcoming their pain.
On a final note, these products mentioned about are all items that we have recommended to patients in the past but would like to mention that we receive no financial gains from the sales of these products. All items mentioned above are simply products that we have used and found to be beneficial in helping patients to achieve their goals.
From all of us here at Prana, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.