NFL to Fund Research into Using CBD for Pain Relief!
The National Football League, or NFL, has announced that it plans to donate $1 million to fund up to five research grants that investigate the impact of CBD and medical marijuana on pain.
The NFL’s official website, NFL.com, reports that the grants will be awarded in November of this year.
The reason the NFL is making the grants is because “the use of cannabinoids outpaces available evidence,” according to Dr. Kevin Hill, who serves as the co-chair of the NFL’s pain management committee. Dr. Hill is also the director of addiction psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
In recent years, the NFL has been beset by claims of continuing mental and physical pain from former players of the often violent sport.
If CBD can help both former and current players deal with the pain that is associated with the sport, it would benefit both parties ...
As well as provider further evidence that CBD can also help “average, everyday folks” deal with pain as well.
For instance, a recent study from the European Journal of Pain showed that CBD may also be an option for treating different types of chronic pain.
In the animal study, CBD applied to the skin was shown to help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
Another recent pain study actually showed the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which happen to be two of the most difficult types of pain to treat.
Among the most common forms of pain experienced by both athletes and non-athletes is back, hip and sciatica pain.
There are three exercises that you can use to gain immediate relief from back, hip and sciatica pain.
If you have general lower back pain, the exercise for you is called the cat camel.
With this exercise you should get on your hands and knees on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles and arch your spine upward toward the ceiling. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds, then slowly relax your back. Allow your stomach to fall toward the floor, bring your shoulders together and stretch your back downwards into a swayback position. Hold for 10 seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat the entire sequence at least three more times.
If you have hip pain, the best exercise for you is the Figure 4 Piriformis Stretch.
Actually, you can do this exercise while sitting, standing or lying down.
If standing – stand with your feet flat on the ground. Place the heel of your right foot onto the ankle of your left foot. Bend down and hold the right foot. Slide the right foot up to the level of the left knee, making the shape of the number ‘4’ with your legs. Repeat with the left side.
If sitting – sit on a chair and put the foot of your right leg onto the knee of your left leg. Make sure to keep the shin of your right leg straight and in line with the knee. Repeat with your other leg.
If lying – lie down flat on your back and bend both of your legs at the knees. Now put the foot of your right leg on to the knee of your left leg. Place your hands under the thigh of your left leg and pull the leg up.
And finally, if you have sciatica pain you should do the cat cow exercise.
To do this exercise:
Get on the floor on your hands and knees.
Stiffen your core and abdominal muscles to position your spine in a neutral position, avoiding any sagging or arching.
Gently exhale and contract your abdominal muscles, pushing your spine upward toward the ceiling and hold this position for 10 - 15 seconds.
Slowly relax and let your stomach fall toward the floor (increasing the arch in your low back) and allow your shoulder blades to squeeze together toward your spine. Hold this position for 10 - 15 seconds before returning to your starting position
Many who experience back pain work in an office. Here are some exercises you can do to relieve back pain in that setting.
Even if your office interior wasn’t the creation of some corporate Feng Shui guru, there are exercises you can use to keep you comfortable, refreshed and pain-free at work. Be sure to take a quick break at least every 2 hours—get up, stretch your legs, rotate your wrists, grab a drink of water. You can spare 60 seconds for your health.
What it does: Stretches the muscles in the front of your neck.
Good for: Strengthening the neck muscles, relieving tension in the cervical spine area.
Standing Hamstring Stretch
What it does: Promotes circulation, stretches your hamstrings, stretches your back
Good for: Strengthening your core, back flexibility, posture
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