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What Is Inflammation?

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a key component of the body’s immune system. When the immune system detects injury, illness, or a threat, it triggers an inflammatory response.

This inflammatory response works to heal wounds, fight infection, defend against bacteria and viruses, heal joint injuries, and mend muscle and tissue damage. For example, when you have a cut, the skin around the cut becomes red and a bit sore, this is the body’s inflammatory response to help heal this cut.

However, there are times when the inflammatory response in the body can be too reactive. This overly reactive response can result in autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, muscular injury, and other inflammatory conditions. Read more

Learning About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Learning About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is common for anyone who enjoys moving their body and taking on new activities. You’ve likely experienced a deep dull muscle ache in your legs or arms a couple days after a good workout. This deep muscle soreness is a very different feeling than sore and stiff joints, it literally feels like your muscles are on fire.

Typically, you’ll wake up two days after a long run, hard bike ride, all-day tennis tournament, or big session in the gym and feel like you can’t move. Your legs are so sore that you struggle to walk up and down stairs and to simply walk around the house. Your arms are so heavy it’s challenging to raise them above your head to shampoo your hair or to pick up your laptop.

This is the DOMS. DOMS is a signal that you’ve pushed your body and placed your muscles under extra load and strain. The good news is that DOMS won’t last forever and that you can take measures to lessen the impacts of DOMS. Read more

Enjoying Summer Travel with Your Dog

Enjoying Summer Travel with Your Dog

Your dog is part of your family, so it only makes sense that you want to bring your dog with you during your summer travel. You definitely can travel with your dog, but you do need to keep a few things in mind when planning and going on vacation.

Whether it’s a weekend camping trip, a drive across the country, or a visit to a national park – you can do it all with your dog. Just like traveling with young children, friends, or other family members, you need to do some extra planning and be ready for the unexpected.

The primary goal is to make sure that your dog’s joint health and overall needs are taken care of. Remember that your dog has specific mobility, hydration, eating, and sleeping needs. Keep in mind all aspects of your dog’s personality and health when planning summer travel. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to summer travel with your dog. Read more

How To Have An Active Summer

How To Have An Active Summer

To have an active summer, all you need to do is to just do it. Yes, that’s right, find that sport, hobby, or activity that you enjoy and get out and do it. You don’t need to run 10 miles every day or play in a tennis tournament every weekend to be considered active.

Being active is all about moving your body in a way that supports healthy joint mobility and allows you to develop strength and fitness. For each of us, this means something entirely different. How, when, and why you’re active is tied directly to how you’re feeling physically and emotionally.

To help you have an active summer, we’ve put together our best tips and advice on how you can incorporate activity into your day-to-day. Too many of us mistakenly believe that being active means a rigorous training program or huffing and puffing around the block – it’s time to put an end to these myths. Follow our tips on how to have an active summer and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. Read more

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

How To Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

The summer heat is here. This heat and sunshine is a massive relief after the long winter most of us have experienced. However, just like you, your dog is likely struggling with this change in temperatures.

The heat, humidity, and hot sun can be deceptively dangerous for your beloved dogs. Sunburns, dehydration, burned paws, ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, and seasonal allergies are all summertime hazards for your dog. Along with taking care of your dog’s joint health and mobility needs, it’s important you keep your dog safe from summer hazards.

We’ve put together a list of summer dog safety tips that can help you keep your dog safe this summer. Of course, we always want to hear from you. Do you have some summer dog safety tips that are working wonders for your dog? Visit our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page and tell us how you keep your dog safe and healthy in the warm summer months. Read more

Travel Smart with SierraSil

Travel Smart This Summer

Delicious food. Amazing vistas. Cultural exploration. Relaxing or thrill-seeking. New experiences. Life-changing accomplishments. Bucket list goals. Eye-opening and mind-expanding.

Yes, there is nothing quite like travel. The gift and beauty of travel is that it allows us to open our eyes, hearts, minds, and souls to brand-new experiences and people. Travel allows us to push our boundaries, learn new skills, follow passions, and fulfill long-held dreams.

Whether your ideal travel experience is a round-the-world cruise, a hike to the Everest base camp, or a week at a yoga retreat – there is something for everyone. And we want you to follow through on your travel goals, don’t let joint or mobility issues hold you back. There are no limits on the travel you do, just personal adjustments that make it possible for you to get the most out of your trip and your life. Read more

What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes muscle pain, fatigue, pain sensitivity, and joint discomfort. This common condition is type of arthritis that is easily missed and not thoroughly understood.

As the second most common condition impacting the health of our bones and muscles, it’s important to give you the facts on fibromyalgia. You may know someone who has fibromyalgia or be living with this condition. Now, when someone asks you: What is fibromyalgia?, you can share this article with them.

The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are what make it challenging to diagnose. Common symptoms including joint discomfort, muscle discomfort, and overwhelming fatigue are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia.

Like so many joint and muscle conditions, there is no known cause for fibromyalgia. However, doctors do know that there are a number of ways to lessen the symptoms of this condition. Read on to learn more about fibromyalgia and how it impacts those around you living with it. Read more

How To Recognize The Good In Each Day

How To Recognize The Good In Each Day

What are you doing today? We get bombarded by messages about living life to the fullest and seizing the day. We want you to remember that you don’t need to climb a mountain or run a marathon or write a bestseller for today to be considered a great day.

Find your joy and happiness in each and every day – even the days that feel routine and hum-drum. We’ve put together some tips on how to see the greatness in today.

Visit our SierraSil Facebook Community page or tag us on Instagram and tell us what made today a good day. Remember to never take things like your joint health, your mobility, your freedom to move, and the opportunity to be outside in the fresh air for granted. Read more

Healthy Weight and Your Dog

Healthy Weight and Your Dog

You love your dog and want to give your beloved pet the best life possible. Your dog loves to walk, play, run, and eat. So you indulge your dog however and whenever you can. Taking long adventurous walks in nature and having an extra helping of dog food or favorite treat – all seems to make your dog smile.

However, often many of us are susceptible to giving our dog too much of the good things. In other words, feeding our dogs too much. Just as being overweight contributes to health problems in humans, the same is true for our dogs. When your dog is overweight, a number of health problems can occur including joint health issues, mobility concerns, breathing issues, and a lack of energy.

We want you and your dog to enjoy a long life together and this means you need to be proactive about your dog’s health. There are lots of factors about your dog’s health that you can’t control, but weight is one that is definitely within your control. Give your dog the best life possible – keep the extra pounds off and watch your dog move easily and live longer. Read more

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

According to the calendar, spring is here and this means it’s gardening season. There is something so appealing about a vibrant and colorful bed of flowers or the overflowing bounty of a vegetable garden. As a gardener, it’s a great way to see and enjoy the fruits of your hard and passionate work.

As avid gardeners, we’re keen to spread the word about the benefits and beauty of gardening. Not only is it a relaxing and refreshing way to spend time outside in the fresh air, it’s also excellent exercise. Yes, exercise – all the bending, lifting, and carrying is practically a strength work-out. Because of this, we want you to think carefully about how you bend and lift heavy items – remember to protect your joints and take a break when needed.

Now, we know that depending on where you live you might be dealing with less-than favorable gardening conditions. The good news is that even if you’re still digging out from snow or dealing with very soggy soil, there is lots you can do to get ready for the gardening season. In this article we’ve put together some ways you can get ready for the planting season and how to spring clean your garden for the summer and fall growing season. Read more