First Responders: 4 Great Ways to Relieve the Aches & Pains
First responders are an amazing breed – caring, selfless, physically and mentally tough. Fire fighters, police, EMT's & paramedics show up for emergencies very aware of the inherent risks of their occupation. But other risks come from the physical nature of the job. Aches, strains, stiffness, soreness, and pain come with the territory, but you don't have to accept the pain and try to push through it. Here's a few things you can do to help feel better and shorten recovery time.
- Hot & Cold Therapy – With muscle strains and soreness, HEAT, is the way to go for relieving stiffness, aches, muscle knots, and spasms. ICE is for reducing inflammation, swelling and pain from new injuries. See more detail on exactly when to use heat or Ice. > http://bit.ly/2GErF7p
- Good Orthotics – Anybody who's in this line of work knows about the benefit of good shoes. But for possibly even greater benefit, a quality pair of orthotics for your shoes can make a real difference throughout your body. They've been known to help your posture, keeping your body aligned while relieving stress on joints and muscles.
- Stretching During the Work Day – During downtime, a few quick moments doing some light stretching will circulate blood flow and keep you're your body loose. Just a few times a day can help tremendously. Here are some good stretching suggestions > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uclwD9S_SG8
- The Benefits of Compression Wear – Compression gloves, and sleeves for your elbows, knees, ankles and calves... easy on, easy off compression socks, and Advanced Pro back braces have been shown to help provide circulatory support for muscle stiffness, soreness and pain – reduce strain and fatigue by keeping muscles warm, while reducing recovery time for aching joints and muscles.
Copper Fit BALANCE™ – It's the premium, full-length performance orthotic insole crafted to help improve stability, posture, and alignment. When worn, BALANCE helps relieve foot and body aches and pains, relieve plantar fasciitis strains, and correct mild to modern over pronation. Podiatrist designed, Copper Fit Balance carries a semi-rigid base with a deep heel cup and adaptive arch support calibrated for optimal flexibility. The support is layered with a copper-infused top fabric to reduce foot odors.