Avocado and Soybean Oil to Relieve Arthritis Pain

The pain of arthritis is very common. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons for people to see a doctor and certainly one of the main reasons to go onto disability. There is no cure for arthritis at this time, but there are a number of medications to treat symptoms. Most medications have side effects, however, and often cannot be used for arthritis pain.

There are a variety of natural supplements that can be taken for arthritis pain. Most supplements have decent science behind their use. One should remember that supplements or medication work best to treat arthritis pain when paired with a program for weight loss and with low-impact aerobic exercise.

Piascledine

There is an intriguing supplement on the market in Europe called Piascledine that is derived from avocado and soy. The supplement concentrates the active ingredient considered crucial for the control of arthritic pain. This supplement has been tested in placebo-controlled trials in France by the company that makes it. The Cochrane Collaboration, an independent science group, has evaluated these studies.

Basically, Piascledine has “moderate to high” evidence that it works in the short-term to relieve pain. This is good news as this is a natural product with little to no side effect profile. A more long-term study (three years) found little difference in pain control between the supplement and placebo. A review study in 2008 found that the use of the avocado-soybean oil supplement reduced and even stopped the need to use NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory pills).

The French company that makes Piascledine, Laboratoires Expanscience, sells this product in 46 countries but not yet in the USA. The French experience has demonstrated the safety of the supplement over a 15 year span of use in that country.

 

Anti-Inflammatory

The avocado combination provides anti-inflammatory activity and has also been shown in laboratory testing to build up cartilage. This unsaponifiable and anti-inflammatory product has shown a decrease in destruction of the joints over time. This has been examined at the University of Arizona.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, the supplement blocks pro-inflammatory substances, can help to rebuild cartilage cells and also prevents the deterioration of the synovial (joint) lining. Typically, the supplement works better than simply eating the vegetables as the ingredient is concentrated for you that way. The dosage ranges from 300 to 600mg per day.

The product is derived from the unsaponifiable part of the vegetable oil. This is a tiny fraction of the overall mass of the soybean and the avocado. The amount of avocados and soybeans that would need to be consumed to equal the unsaponifiable dose in the supplement is too large to recommend a dietary source for this substance.

This product is another natural remedy with a good side effect profile that has been found to be an effective way to treat the pain of arthritis.

If you want natural relief without heavy medicinal fog, reach for our full line of safe, holistic pain-fighting products. You should check with your doctor to make sure any of these natural remedies will not interfere with any current supplements of medications prior to trying them for yourself.

Healthy Strategies For Boosting Your Immune System

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON & NATURAL MEDICINE SUPPORTER, DR. MEREDITH WARNER, DISCUSSES WHAT SHE IS TELLING HER PATIENTS TO DO.

DURING THESE TIMES, WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN OUR BODIES AND KEEP THEM STRONG.

 

Now more than ever, it’s important to strengthen your immune system to fight off viruses and keep your body healthy and protected. All of us at Well Theory are here to help.

The name of the game is to keep your stress under control so you can reduce your body’s inflammatory response.  Inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of many different types of chronic conditions and diseases. 

Secondly, ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to fight off illness.  You should be getting most of these nutrients from your diet but if that is not the case, supplementation is going to be critical.  

Our First Tip: Supplementation With An Immunity-Boosting Multivitamin

 

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner formulated this multivitamin complex with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and hemp to improve the health of your immune system. We use high-quality, key ingredients to keep you feeling your best from the inside out:

  • Full Hemp Powder lowers chronic inflammation that can lead to autoimmune disorders.

  • Magnesium Oxide alleviates muscle cramps, bone pain, and symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as boosting nerve function and promoting better rest.

  • Vitamin C is a powerhouse ingredient for boosting immunity and improving tissue repair and healing.

  • Zinc Gluconate improves cell health and development and aids in the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses.

  • Vitamin D3 helps the body to absorb calcium, strengthens bones, and protects against chronic disease and respiratory issues.

  • Calcium Citrate promotes stronger bones and encourages healthy nerve function by balancing blood and calcium levels.

Our Next Tip: Strong At Home

Stay on top of physical activity and overall wellness from the comfort of your own home! From arm exercises to yoga and cardio, there are plenty of ways to incorporate low and moderate intensity workouts into your day. Just 30 minutes of activity can go a long way in boosting your mood and your strength.

Here are 10 exercises that we’ve shared to improve your home workout.

Don’t forget the benefits of sunshine! Go for a walk, soak up some sun, and enjoy some fresh air, and exercise. Follow this up with a hobby at home and plenty of rest.

Our Final Tip: Tools For Stress

A healthy mind and body can be cultivated with exercise and by nourishing the body. Pair our Immunity Boosting Multivitamin Complex with our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, designed to provide you with the full benefits of hemp-derived CBD for stress reduction, improved joint health, and inflammation reduction.

Looking for healthy recipes to aid in strengthening your immune system? Make sure to check out The Herbal Kitchen for balanced nutrition backed by science.

From all of us at Well Theory – stay healthy, stay positive, and do something today that you enjoy for a life lived well.

A Life Lived Well

Beyond the medicines formulated for pain relief and overall wellness, Well Theory provides you with sources to craft a happy, balanced lifestyle. From a cooking show centered around healthy recipes to informative blogs and notes from Dr. Warner herself, Well Theory helps you take control of your life so that you can age vibrantly, alleviate pain naturally, and live well.

Dr. Warner believes that small steps can make a huge difference in how you live.

10 Body-Sculpting Workouts To Do At Home

Remember that strengthening the body with exercise and balanced nutrition is essential to strengthening your immune system! A strong immune system will help your body to fight off illness.

During this period of social distancing, it can be difficult to prioritize your health and exercise. We’re here to help by sharing 10 exercises that you can easily do to improve flexibility, build strength, and break a sweat at home for a thorough workout routine.

1. Leg Extension Yoga Stretch

Start by laying on your back on a yoga mat.

Loop a belt or resistance band around the ball of one foot, holding the ends in your hands. Slowly extend this leg straight up towards the ceiling, keeping the sole of your foot parallel to the floor.

Keep your opposite leg extended out on the floor, or bend at the knee if this is more comfortable.

Using the belt or band, gently pull your leg towards your chest, taking deep breaths and remembering to keep your leg straight. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths, and then repeat with your other leg.

 
 

2. Supine Twist Yoga Stretch

This is a great stretch to alleviate tension in your lower back. Lay flat on your back on a yoga mat and draw your upwards into a 90-degree bend. Cross your right leg over the left, and then gently twist your hips and low back to the right until your legs are resting on the ground.

Extend your arms out to the sides and look over your left shoulder, feeling the twist and stretch from your lower back to your neck. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths before repeating in the opposite direction.

 

3. Happy Baby Yoga Stretch

Lay on your back on a yoga mat and pull your knees into your chest. Gently hug your knees into your armpits, feeling a stretch in your thighs and lower back. Bring your hands in between your knees to grab the soles of your feet, and bring them parallel to the ceiling. Slowly rock to the left and right, breathing deeply as you stretch and open the hips.

 

4. Side Stretch

Stand straight with your hands extended towards the ceiling, fingers interlaced.

Slowly bend from side to side, feeling the muscles of your abdomen stretch and extend. Remember to breathe deeply, exhaling as you bend to the side.

Take this stretch slowly. Repeat multiple times on each side of the body, stretching and loosening your oblique muscles.

 

5. Lateral Pulse

Work out the backs of your upper arms using a resistance band. Extend your arms straight in front of your with the resistance band around your palms. Make small pulses outwards, allowing the resistance band to activate the muscles of your arms. Do two repetitions of these for 15 seconds each.

 

6. Tricep Kickbacks

Use 5lb weights for this exercise. Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and extend one leg a short distance behind you. Lean forward slightly and tighten your abdominal muscles, tucking your elbows up towards your body.

Grip the weights and extend your arms behind you, gently extending your elbow and engaging your tricep muscles, and then slowly curl them back until your wrists are in line with your elbows. Do 10-15 repetitions twice, resting in between each set.

 

7. Bicep Curls

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart, knees bent slightly, and lean your shoulders forward to feel your abdominal muscles tighten. Using 5-10lb weights, grip your weights with your arms extended at your sides.

Bend your elbows and curl your hands towards your shoulders, and then lower them back towards your hips. Remember to keep your elbows as stationary as possible. Repeat this 10-15 times, rest, and then do one more set of 10-15 curls.

 

8. Rear Deltoid Press

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and roll your shoulders back. Bend your knees gently and lean forward slightly to engage your abdomen.

Grip your 5lb weights, hanging your arms at your sides with your elbows slightly extended. Stretch your arms out straight behind you and then slowly bring them back forward until they touch your thighs. Do 10-15 repetitions two times, resting in between each set.

 

9. Bent-Over Rows

Stand with your feet together and bend at the waist. Hook a resistance band under your feet and pull the band up towards your chest. Tuck your elbows into the body as you pull the band upward, exhaling as your elbows reach your waist. Do two sets of 15 rows, resting between each set.

 

10. Teapot Core Workout

Stand straight with your legs a shoulder-width apart. Hook a resistance band under your left foot and stretch the band upward with your left hand. Touch your right hand to your right temple, keeping your elbow pointed away from your body.

Keep your lower body tight and bend to your right with your upper body, feeling the stretch in your left oblique before returning to bend towards the left side. Repeat this for 15 times, rest, and do a second set before repeating on the opposite side.

 

We hope that you give a few (or all!) of these exercises a try to get your blood pumping at home, and strengthen your immune system even further with our line of Well Theory products for stress management, inflammation reduction, and overall health.

 

Treating Ankle Arthritis With Ankle Replacement

For years ankle fusion has been the only treatment option available for people suffering from severe ankle arthritis. Fusion has always been an effective treatment technique, but it’s an option that completely alters the patient’s gait, changing the way they walk for the rest of their lives. It totally eliminates ankle motion and causes severe arthritis in the rest of the foot too.

New advancements in medical technology have offered a solution, that can produce long-term mobility, flexibility, and stability. Total Ankle Replacement surgery allows the patient to retain motion in the ankle joint, creating a new joint that functions like the old one, but without pain. Below we’ll explain why Dr. Meredith Warner prefers Total Ankle Replacement surgery for her patients, and detail each step of the procedure.

Ankle arthritis is a condition caused by damage to the joint that connects the foot to the leg, also known as the tibiotalar or ankle joint. There are three bones connected in this joint: the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. Ankle arthritis can involve any or all of these bones. Symptoms vary but most commonly include pain during movement, swelling, tenderness, and difficulty walking.

About 50 percent of people over the age of 60 are affected by ankle arthritis every year and seek out a treatment that may help relieve pain. Most ankle arthritis is post-traumatic and can usually be traced to an injury.

Fusion

Ankle fusion is one of the most common ankle arthritis solutions offered by medical professionals in the United States, yet often comes with a variety of complications. During the procedure, the doctor will extract damaged cartilage and use pins, plates, and screws to set the joint in a stable position. The joint is removed, allowing the bones to fuse and grow together over time.

The procedure is often successful and reduces pain, however adjacent joint disease may develop in the months and years following surgery. Also, by removing the joint, range of motion is reduced in the ankle, ultimately affecting gait. The change can negatively impact the knee and hip, causing injury or damage.

An Innovative Alternative: Ankle Replacement

Total Ankle Replacement surgery may not be as conventional as total hip or knee replacements at this time, but is a solution that can be as viable and successful for individuals living with arthritis. Dr. Meredith Warner prefers this treatment method over fusion because it allows patients to maintain a more normal gait post-surgery.

During the procedure, damaged cartilage is removed, and a new metal and plastic joint is implanted in order to restore function. The method relieves ankle arthritis pain and offers patients more mobility and flexibility than fusion. Following surgery, the patient can safely move the ankle joint, meaning less stress is transferred to adjacent joints.

Most patients can begin weight bearing on their ankle within one month and begin physical therapy just a week following surgery. Studies have shown that ankle replacement leads to more normal gait than a fusion. On average, replacement joints start to wear out after about ten to 15 years. Once the total joint is worn down a doctor may recommend a second ankle replacement or at that time a fusion may be appropriate.

For many patients with ankle arthritis, an ankle replacement may be the best treatment path to explore to ensure long-term success, comfort and to protect the rest of the foot and leg from arthritis problems.

At Well Theory, we always advise working with your primary physician to find the least invasive option available to you for the successful treatment of your condition. Dr. Warner, the founder of Well Theory, uses this methodology with her own patients, and this led her to develop a line of natural, safe, pain-relieving products that harness herbal medicine and modern medical therapies. Click here to view our full line of wellness products!

Myofascial Pain and Breast Cancer

Up to 45% of those undergoing or post breast cancer treatment have pain. Usually, this pain is in the upper limb or mid-back region. It is generally thought that this pain is due to a myofascial trigger point, or areas of hyper-irritable spots in the skeletal muscle. These spots continually contract and/or become fibrotic. These spots are painful and cause muscle dysfunction around them and gradually increase pain in the area.

The myofascial matrix of the body is the area where muscle and fascia integrate. The myotendinous zone is where muscle and tendon integrate. There are weaker tissue connections and many nerve fibers at transition zones in the body. The myofascial area can become very painful. This is especially true if a faulty spot, or trigger point, is created.

Trigger Points

Trigger points not only are extremely tender and painful in and of themselves, but they also refer pain. As well, they can cause distant motor and autonomic or sensory effects. For example, a trigger point in the sternocleidomastoid muscle (front of the neck) can cause headaches that move to the crown.

Treatment

Common areas of trigger points and pain in breast cancer patients include the upper trapezius muscle, pectorals, serrates anterior, and some shoulder muscles. In addition to being painful, the neck, mid-back, shoulders, and scapular areas may become stiff.

Treatment is possible and generally safe. First-line treatment should be with a physical therapist. These professionals have a variety of techniques to treat muscle and fascial pain. A good physical therapist will create an individualized program to include stretching, massage, deep tissue work, strengthening, and passive relief modalities for the patient. If physical therapy is not successful or fast enough, a physician can perform trigger point injections with a numbing medication and/or anti-inflammatory. These injections are directed into the painful trigger point itself.

Insurance covers both therapy and physician trigger point injections and treatments. In many states, there is a provision to allow direct access to a therapist for patients. 

At Well Theory, we advocate for patient-led, holistic alternatives to invasive procedures. Therapy is a great option for addressing discomfort caused by myofascial pain – and so are natural pain relieving products that harness the power of herbal remedies. Click here to view all of our surgeon-designed, safe, and holistic pain-relieving products!

A Solution to Arthritic Knee Pain Without Replacement

A minimally invasive, office-based treatment for chronic knee pain from arthritis.

 

Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the most disabling conditions in the world. It is present in about 20-30% of the elderly population (over 65-years-old). With the aging of the population and the increasing number of people working longer, this is expected to increase. Also, most individuals are more active now than ever. The pain of arthritis is long-term and can render one unable to do even basic daily activities.

There are many non-operative treatments available for chronic knee pain from arthritis. These treatments range from braces to hyaluronic acid injections. However, many physicians recommend a replacement of the natural knee with a metal and plastic one when other treatments don’t work.

Many people do not want to undergo the trauma and expense of a total knee replacement. Some people are not healthy enough to undergo such a surgery. Some individuals wish to delay such a surgery for any number of reasons.

Also, 20-30% of patients still have pain and disability even after having a total knee replacement.

Treatment Options

There is a way to treat the pain without replacing the knee joint. By blocking the sensory nerves that provide the pain signal from the knee to the brain, the pain can be treated. First, the nerves must undergo a temporary block to see if the pain relief is adequate. Then, a minor procedure is completed that prevents the nerves from working to create a pain signal. The pain is effectively gone. This has been shown to provide a significant amount of pain relief in a number of scientific studies. While there is no cure for arthritis, there is a potential treatment for the pain of arthritis of the knee.

The nerve block is done in the clinic. An area around the kneecap undergoes a series of injections with a medication that numbs the nerves. If this proves to provide enough relief, the next stage of treatment occurs.

Procedure

The patient with the painful arthritic knee is mildly sedated, and numbing medication is injected into the area to provide relief during the procedure. Specialized cannulas and probes are placed around the kneecap in key positions. Each probe is inserted under the skin into an area known to have a sensory nerve. Once positioned, the probes area activated and render the nerves ineffective. The probes utilize radio frequency to produce a minimally invasive heat source that essentially burns the nerve. The surrounding tissue has minimal to no damage due to the design of the probe and the procedural technique.

If successful, this procedure can provide an individual with long-term pain relief without the need for medication.

For daily, natural relief without medicinal fog, reach for our Pain Relieving CBD Cream! The holistic blend in our CBD cream is designed to relieve pain on contact, and interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in your body to further regulate inflammation.

Three Ways a Total-Knee Replacement May Affect an Arthritic Ankle


If you’re living with an arthritic ankle, a total knee replacement can have a tremendous effect on your life. Below we’ve shared three ways a total knee replacement can affect the health of an arthritic ankle.

Change The Position of the Ankle

When a total knee surgeon places a total knee implant, they must consider the position in three planes. It must be position in the lateral (side-facing), coronal (front-facing) and finally the axial (cross-section) planes. Often, a position of external rotation in the axial plane is selected to place the patella correctly in its femoral groove.

Anatomy

Sometimes the rotation of the femoral and tibial total knee components changes the rotation of the tibia (shin-bone), ultimately affecting the ankle.

If you have ankle pain or feel that you wear out shoes differently since your total knee replacement, it may be worth seeing a foot and ankle surgeon.


Tendinitis May Develop Due to Changes in Range-of-Motion

People with pre-existing ankle arthritis usually have limited range of motion; the same is true of the knee of course. Over time, with an arthritic knee and ankle, the walking pattern accommodates to the limits of both joints.

Once the knee is replaced (assuming all goes well), the knee will have a much better range of motion. This knee range of motion then puts additional stress on the already limited and arthritic ankle. It is not unusual to develop Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, peroneal tendinitis or posterior tibial tendinitis in the ankle region due to the changes in walking.

Reduced Flexibility in the Hindfoot

Again, total knees will change the alignment of the knee from being either valgus (knock-kneed) or varus (bow-legged),  and change the angle of the ankle in the forward-facing plane.

Because the ankle has changed its angle, the calcaneus (heel bone) must change its relative position.  If an ankle has been in valgus, typically the calcaneus compensates by moving varus.  Conversely, if an ankle has been in varus, the heel will correct by moving into valgus.  The goal of the body is to maintain an overall neutral position of the leg and body relative to the ground.

When the total knee is placed and suddenly the knee is straight (neutral) again, this places the ankle in a different plane. The change is happening along with the tibial rotation change discussed in the first point. The heel bone will need to compensate less but often becomes stiffer due to the new biomechanics of the ankle joint. A stiff hindfoot will increase midfoot and forefoot pain, contribute to plantar fasciitis and make navigating uneven ground difficult.

All this to say, if you find that you are having more foot and ankle pain after total knee surgery, you should be evaluated. Sometimes a simple custom insert is necessary. Other times, professional physical therapy can help. Injections, massage, and other techniques can reduce the discomfort also. Rarely surgery is required, but it happens.

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3 Ways To Naturally Reduce Hot Flashes

3 Ways To Naturally Reduce Hot Flashes

Living With Hot flashes

doesn't have to be difficult

Hot flashes can strike with little or no warning. They can be extremely uncomfortable, embarrassing in certain situations, and affect your quality of life. Unfortunately, hot flashes are an unavoidable regular occurrence for most, if not all, perimenopausal and menopausal women.

Menopause happens in three stages:

  • First, perimenopause is when the body’s production of estrogen begins to slow. This stage can last for a couple years. 
  • Menopause actually begins when a woman has not experienced a menstrual cycle in over a year. 
  • Postmenopause is when the time after menopause has ended – the symptoms will begin to lessen. However, some symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, or night sweats can still continue for up to two years after menopause has technically ended.

This means that many uncomfortable symptoms - such as hot flashes - can last for many years as you travel through the cycles of menopause and beyond.

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Here are three simple ways you may potentially reduce the number and severity of the hot flashes you experience:

  1. Make lifestyle changes. A simple way to help get through your day while experiencing hot flashes is to give yourself the ability to cool yourself off whenever it becomes necessary. Making simple wardrobe changes like wearing layers every day makes it easy to take off a cardigan, light jacket, or scarf whenever a hot flash begins. Other lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, losing weight, or increasing your daily activity with short walks or exercise routines can help lessen the frequency of hot flashes. 

  2. Try supplements, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Black Cohosh has received a lot of attention for its possible effects on hot flashes. Evening Primrose Oil, which you can find in most drugstores, is also a botanical that is believed to relieve hot flashes. Other possible remedies include sage, ginseng or hops.  Menopause is, essentially, the symptoms of a hormone imbalance as your body changes with time. Herbs and supplements that promote balance can be helpful additions to your wellness routine and make your symptoms less severe. 

  3. Reduce stress. Did you know that hot flashes can be caused by outside factors? Anything from stress at work, tight clothing, taxing physical activity, or too much caffeine or alcohol can trigger a hot flash. You can reduce stress and anxiety by slowly building up an exercise regimen, especially yoga and walking, or engaging in something else low-stress; gardening or a similar hobby works well. Techniques such as meditation can also help. Sleep is very important for stress reduction and adaptation; you can receive more sleep by using melatonin as a sleep aid, or start taking CBD as it has proven anti-anxiety and potential sleep benefits.

Well Theory: a Better Way to Wellness

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As with all new therapies, you should always consult your physician prior to beginning a new wellness regimen – especially those that include supplements.

You have to make sure that your new supplements don’t interact negatively with any medications you’re on, and the best way to do so is consulting your prescribing physician.  If your physician does not know, engage a natural medicine knowledgeable doctor as soon as possible.

You can download our free Menopause Guide for even more helpful tips, tricks, and resources for managing your menopause symptoms successfully!

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Why You Should Consider A Multivitamin Before Surgery

Why You Should Consider A Multivitamin Before Surgery

Why You need a daily multivitamin

before getting surgery

When you are about to undergo surgery, you are usually given a pre-operation checklist for certain things to do or avoid as you prepare for your procedure. This can include things like a round of preemptive antibiotics, not eating certain foods or fasting 12-24 hours before your surgery, etc.

 

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It’s important to take your surgeon’s advice while you’re preparing for your surgery. Not only are surgeons skilled enough to understand the science behind these procedures, they are also experts in the science behind healing. Nutrition is a key factor in repairing tissues affected by surgery, and starting a supplement regimen is a great way to make sure your body is optimized and ready to begin the healing process.

healing after surgery

and getting back to normal

The healing process after your surgery centers on the building of collagen – which is the main component in many tissues, such as your skin, tendons, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bone, and more. Basically, any tissue that can be affected by surgery – “surgically traumatized tissue” – needs collagen to rebuild. The production of collagen, and the overall healing process, happens in three stages after surgery:

  • Inflammatory phase (up to 5 days): Right after surgery, the body forms a blood clot to stop bleeding. Infection-fighting cells and debris-cleaning cells are sent to the surgical site. Redness, swelling, and inflammation ensues.
  • Proliferative phase (2 days – 3 weeks): Fibroblasts, specialized collagen-forming cells, start building tissue at the surgical site.
  • Remodeling phase (3 weeks – beyond): Over time, the body slowly replaces the collagen that was initially formed at the surgical site with stronger collagen – to strengthen the tissue at the surgical site and promote better function over time.

Without proper nutrition, this healing process can take longer and may even encounter complications. A balanced diet, including essential vitamins and minerals, is extremely important for your healing experience to go smoothly. This is why many surgeons will recommend a multivitamin or specialized supplement regimen before and after surgery.

The right amount and combination of supplements can greatly impact your surgical recovery in a positive way. But you shouldn’t start a supplement regimen without guidance.

Inform (And ask!) Your doctor

about supplements

While most supplements should be safe and beneficial to take as you’re preparing for surgery, there are some supplements that could actually harm your recovery process. For example, certain herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs can reduce your body’s ability to clot blood – an essential component of a smooth recovery. Other supplements can interact negatively with other medications your surgeon may recommend for your healing process.

Your doctor would be more than happy to recommend certain vitamins and minerals to promote healing, and can tell you which supplements to avoid or discontinue while leading up to surgery. You should bring up supplements during your pre-op consultation to make sure there are no delays, as it can take a week or more for any medications to fully leave your system.

Surgeon-Designed Multivitamin

for your peace of mind

If your doctor prescribes many different vitamins and minerals, your pre- and post-op supplement routine can get expensive, and complicated, very quickly. It’s far easier to carefully choose an inclusive multivitamin and have your doctor confirm that none of the ingredients would interfere with your procedure.

In her years of practice, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner found herself prescribing many different supplements and multivitamins to help her patients prepare for surgery. She specializes in surgical procedures impacting the foot – which contains nearly one-fourth of all bones in the human body. The foot is a complex, flexible structure that contains bones, joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments… all working together to enable movement and balance.

For procedures as high-stakes as these, she believes that proper preparation is essential for ideal outcomes for her patients. This is why she created a multi to support the connective tissue in your body. It contains highly fortified ingredients ideal for pre- and post-surgery recovery, including Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Full Spectrum Hemp Powder, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid),Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), Zinc Gluconate, and more.

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One convenient daily serving has everything she recommends her patients take daily to promote surgical recovery and overall musculoskeletal health. Gain peace of mind before your procedure by using our breakthrough formulation that was completely designed for orthopedic conditions.

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These ingredients work best together – while each is a necessary supplement on its own, together they pack a powerful punch.

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder

Hemp interacts naturally with your endocannabinoid system to add a long-lasting anti-inflammatory, tons of antioxidants, and a pain-relieving component.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes proper collagen formation and helps with wound healing, supports the joints, and contributes to healthy bones & teeth.

Calcium Citrate

Calcium Citrate helps promote healthy bone growth, and is integral to nerve signaling & muscle contractions.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 aids in your body’s ability to absorb calcium and supports nerve health. Important to almost every human system.

Magnesium Oxide

Magnesium Oxide also regulates magnesium levels to reduce muscle cramps, fortifies the bones, and is essential for nerve and muscle function.

Zinc Gluconate

Zinc Gluconate is an awesome assistant for wound healing and connective tissue - and also promotes tissue growth and development.

Promoting balance + health at a cellular level is key to maintaining function for many years to come, and recovering from any procedures you may need in the future. Choose the Well Theory Bone & Joint Health Multi to help achieve baseline wellness and promote cellular health.

Reduce Orthopedic Arthritis Pain with a Few Simple Exercises

You can do orthopedic exercises for yourself at home – and reduce your arthritis pain safely and effectively. The following exercises for arthritis help patients to become stronger and more flexible, while increasing endurance and balance.

Resistance Training for Orthopedic Strength


Stronger muscles can act as ‘shock absorbers’ for your joints (just like the shocks in a truck). By lifting something heavier than the joint itself, you can improve strength. This can often be done using just your own body weight.

Squats

To build the strength of your quadriceps (thigh muscles), you can do simple squats out of a chair:

  • Sit in a chair
  • Lean forward
  • Stand up

For a variation that strengthens the same muscles, you can lean against a wall with knees slightly bent. Hold this position for 10 seconds, stand up, rest a bit and repeat!

Stretching to Improve Flexibility

Everyone knows stretching is good for our bodies, but many think of Cirque du Soleil when discussing flexibility. Even a small increase in stretching can prevent orthopedic problems like arthritis from progressing and can help the pain. It can be done whenever you think about it. A good stretch begins by moving the joint to a position where you feel that it has been stretched, hold for 10 seconds and then push very slightly more. Heating before stretching and then icing afterwards helps as well.

 

Sample Exercise: Hip and Knee Stretch

You may only be able to reach your knees when you begin; even moving to the mid-calf will be great for arthritis in the hips and knees.

  1. Sit on the floor and reach for your toes until you feel a comfortable stretch.
  2. Hold for 10 seconds
  3. Push slightly more into the stretch
  4. Release

 

Aerobic Exercise for Endurance

Motion is key to orthopedic health. Joints that do not move will deteriorate and become even more arthritic joints. Low impact aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, and bicycling will strengthen your heart and lungs, allowing you added energy throughout the day. Endurance depends on how much oxygen gets to the muscles and joints, and how the muscles and joints use that oxygen.

Sample Exercise: Walk

The impact of running will negatively affect your arthritic joints, but walking will not and actually helps the joints. Walking for 20-30 minutes at least three times a week is recommended.

Balance for Even Weight Distribution

Balance involves the ability to maintain one position for a long time without falling. It is a variation of endurance, and improves with better strength and flexibility. Balance is very important for joints as it allows for an even distribution of weight. When weight is evenly distributed then cartilage is not as easily damaged (causing orthopedic ailments such as arthritis). Yoga and Tai chi are both good ways to improve balance, and reduce the rates of hip and wrist fractures.

Sample Exercise: Tree Pose (Yoga)

  1. Stand on one leg
  2. Place the sole of the other foot on the standing calf, making sure to not let it rest on a joint like the knee or ankle
  3. Focus on a spot on the wall and hold still
  4. Leave the toe of the other foot on the ground and place the heel against the ankle

By doing these few simple exercises in a short amount of time at home, you can gain relief from the pain and discomfort of arthritis.

Incorporate this routine and other simple exercises (as recommended by your physical therapist or orthopedic doctor) into a regular, daily routine to experience greater strength, endurance, and flexibility for improved health and movement!

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