Why You feel More Sore in the Morning

The circadian clock regulates inflammatory arthritis-FASEB journal

New research from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology journal has described a gene protein that is created by our biological clock that represses inflammatory pathways within the limbs during the night.

The research focused on joint tissue cells which keep a 24 hour rhythm, called ‘fibroblast-like synoviocytes’, important cells in the pathology which underlies inflammatory arthritis.  In the study, these cells were harvested from healthy joint tissue in mice and/or humans and when researchers ‘knocked out’ a gene that disrupted the 24 hour rhythm, there was an increased inflammatory response.

This suggests that gene product, called the CRYPTOCHROME  (cry) protein, has significant anti-inflammatory effects during night time sleep, making inflammation symptoms, such as stiffness, seem worse when the affect wears off as you wake up.

For more information, sources please go to:http://dx.doi.org/10.1096/fj.201600353R

 

 

 

Running with Shitzus

3 days a week Rene and I take our two scruffy dogs for a jog-this exercise is mostly for me and Rene as we’ve been trying to work towards a 5k run for a few months now. We have a beautiful trail close to home that leads us through the woods under a canopy of shade trees, next to a creek that stretches just over 2 kilometers down to the beach.

Sometimes if it’s too hot for them or due to timing, I’ll go out on my own.  While it’s definitely a more ‘focused’ run, it’s way more interesting to enjoy the personalities of the running squad and the friends we meet along the way.  I have many more laughs and smiles at the meet-ups with other dogs and their owners, and at the end of the trail, the reward of the beach where we can take off our running shoes and cool off our feet in the lake. When we get there they love to lie

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in the water or gallop along aside us, and often need to be chased away from trying to roll their backs into dead fish carcases (why, oh why must they do that??!). One time I got a shock when one jumped in the lake when  he’s never been in water before-after a pair of ducks casually coasting along-I was in disbelief at how good a swimmer he naturally is-it really is in the genes! Now they know when we put on running gear they start ‘dancing’ around and don’t leave our sides-knowing it’s jogging time-and we feel very guilty if we’re not bringing them this time or if they are mislead by our outfits as we aren’t going at all.

In the meantime for me,  I feel in myself the benefits of being in better condition-the breathing and agility improving, stronger and greater energy. As we get closer to being able to run 5k without stopping other than for the dogs to do some ‘sniffing’, I have asked my triathlete friend Paula to coach me (and Rene if he keeps going with it) for a 5k race.  For now, the company of the shitzus and their entertainment value are my biggest motivators.

 

 

 

TMJ Basics

Many of my patients have reported significantly less TMJ pain after even one massage treatment.  Here’s how it works:

-Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a disorder of the muscles of mastication (chewing),  the temporomandibular joints and associated structures….  While TMJ disorders may be thought of as a recent phenomenon, a combination of jaw, head and ear pain has been described clinically for centuries.   Patients “whose teeth were disposed irregularly, crowding one another (who experience) headaches” were noted by  Hippocrates.

 

 

 

 

The causes of temporomandibular joint dysfunction are:

-imbalances in the muscles of mastication

-muscle overuse

-malocclusion

-cranial bone misalignment

-postural dysfunction

-increased stress

-trauma (either direct or indirect)

-sinus blockage or infection

-joint pathology

 

Massage Therapy can help to reduce the direct and indirect muscle tension and trigger points that affect the temoromandibular joint while mobilizing tightened joints.  Self-massage, heat and ice can also be very effective in relieving your tension and addressing inflammation.