The body's pH
All living things have an optimum balance of two basics in chemistry: acid and alkaline. The human body's pH levels found in the blood and lymph are vitally important to health. Without the adequate intake of water and a proper diet high in alkalinity, it is likely that over-acidity can occur. Your body functions best when the pH of your blood and lymph are balanced somewhere between 6.8 and 7.1 pH. Acid conditions can cause muscles to constrict and inhibit the exchange of nutrients and waste products in your muscle cells causing fatigue, soreness and an inability to recover from work. If you take antacids in over-the-counter medications or in prescriptions, this could be an indication that your body isn't able to function at a level that keeps your muscles in balance.
Looking beyond just muscle pain, an imbalanced pH effects all cellular activity in the body which can lead to a whole host of degenerative diseases and symptoms that we just chock up to modern living. Everything from heart disease to constipation and much, much more can be the result of acid producing diets and lifestyles.
One very common and overlooked issue is the lack of enough water in our diet. Human adult bodies are over 50% water and we need to replenish daily with quality H2O what our bodies need to be healthy. Lack of enough quality drinking water can lead to an acid buildup very quickly.
Rather than go into a complete description here of all that makes a body acidic and what to do about it, just know that the whole concept of pH balance is fundamental to all living things and you absolutely owe it to yourself to be aware and proactive about learning what makes your body's pH so important and vital to the quality of your life.
Please do your research about the importance of regulating your body's pH. There are many good websites that explain in more detail how pH imbalances can effect your health and what products and books there are to help regain balance.
The evenbetternow.com website has a good basic overview and advice. They also sell various products to measure and adjust your pH.
Here are three books on the subject of pH :
Support your insurance claim with this professional study on the effectiveness of Armaid®.
The Effects of the Armaid on Severity of Symptoms (Including Pain, Tingling, Weakness, and/or Stiffness), Grip Strength and Level of Function in Subjects with Symptoms Associated with Upper Extremity Repetitive Strain Injury, by Michael Greiner, MOT, OTR and Daniel Cicchelli, RPT
When Armaid® Isn't Enough
Did you ever wish that there was one "cure" that could alleviate our problems? Modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry is doing it's best to give us just that but things often don't work out that way. Usually regaining health and balance in our lives is a personal journey, made up of many parts and pieces gained over time and through experience. There is not just one formula for all people. Here is what one woman said about her journey of taking responsibility for her recovery:
"I stopped expecting other people like doctors and therapists to fix me and started to think positively and try to make changes myself. Particularly focusing on what I could do rather than what I couldn't and trying to be less obsessive about it. Realizing that I still have a life and I have to find a way to live it."
It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! by Jack Bellis and Suparna Damany, MSPT
Very well written with a clear and accurate theory explaining how repetitive strain develops. The book is stuffed with practical suggestions that include stretches and several sections of helpful and diverse resources. It has helped thousands of sufferers to better understand and deal with their own recovery. One of the best books on the market and is highly recommended.
Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, by Sharon Butler
Sharon is a pioneer in self-help by giving repetitive strain sufferers workable options based upon her years of service as a Hellerwork practitioner. Her book is highly recommended and is a must-read to understand body mechanics and how to free up tight muscles and fascia adhesions to open nerve pathways on your own. It includes great stretches with emphasis on postural alignment and other helpful body basics to keep you in balance. A wonderful compliment to Armaid use.
The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain
& The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, by Dr. John Sarno
Dr. Sarno has dared to explain and show that chronic pain can be based in raw, unresolved emotions. The mind has the ability to subconsciously hold the rage that may be the product of daily stress, a traumatic childhood or a perfectionist mentality. This repressed anger and frustration can produce a psychosomatic problem that can only be alleviated by personally understanding how your mind is effecting your body. There are too many satisfied readers of his books that have experienced major and often complete relief to ignore that the mind-body connection is a supremely powerful one and must be at least acknowledged and allowed for. Dr. Sarno's books are a must-read for chronic pain sufferers no matter where your pain is located. Reading Dr. Sarno's books are important for chronic pain sufferers no matter where the pain is located.
Jack Bellis and Suparna Damany's website that compliments their great book listed above.
Paul has collected a very wide assortment of book titles, links to various organizations, informational resources, repetitive strain groups and many other topics that are quite comprehensive. He has also chronicled his own RSI recovery story. We would list more sites but why do it twice when Paul has already done a great job.
A superb list of books, tapes, DVD's, links, online articles and discussions that will keep the recovering performing artist very busy pouring over this exhaustive list that's geared specifically for the musician. An amazing site.
Sorehand, probably the best of the online support groups out there. Great support for your questions and helpful for your journey to find what solutions are right for you. Go to the above address and find out how to join and what's involved. There's many great contacts listed for other support groups and general information for the RSI sufferer. The Sorehand archive is a great treasure trove of information as well.
Sharon Butlers' website expands upon her book and includes information on how to treat nine specific RSI maladies with targeted programs that are available for purchase both electronically and in book form.