Friday, May 29, 2009

Knee Brace in Motorcross ( Magnetic Knee Brace )

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Many consider motocross the most brutal sport on the planet. Nowhere is an athlete as regularly battered and bruised as in taking jumps on their bike. In the last decade, there have been huge advances in safety technology for riders, especially in knee protection. A healthy knee is a major concern for all riders and using a knee stability brace properly is the first step to protecting this valuable body part.

  1. Step 1

    Try on a variety of sizes and brands of stability knee braces. A good brace for your body size should fit snugly and not slide up and down the leg. At the same time, it should not pinch or constrict your leg’s motion. Every brand’s sizing is slightly different, so try several out.

  2. Step 2

    Check the coverage the brace provides. Most high quality knee braces not only cover your knee but much of your ankle and thigh. Check what it is constructed from. Ask yourself if this brace would help keep your legs from getting burned against a hot engine.

  3. Step 3

    Wear this brace with all of your gear on. Does the brace work with your suit and boots? Many times a brace will fit while wearing street clothes but will fit uncomfortably or not at all when you are fully dressed.

  4. Step 4

    Study the knee protection the brace offers. Feel how sturdy and flexible a brace is. There should be complete patella coverage in order to provide maximum protection from injury.

  5. Step 5

    Take the brace on and off. Does the style meet your needs? Some braces have Velcro straps to adjust the brace, while others use locking mechanisms and some older models slip on. Try different models out with this aspect in mind and ask yourself what you are comfortable wearing.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

How to treat knee strain ( Magnetic Knee Brace )

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A knee sprain can be painful but is not a serious injury. If you have been diagnosed with a knee sprain, you may have some pain, swelling and bruising. To recover as soon as possible from a knee sprain, you need to follow a four step treatment plan, commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--rest, ice, compress, elevate.

1- Rest your knee. Initially after suffering a knee sprain, rest is probably the most important part of treatment. Try to keep weight off your knee and walk as little as possible.
2 -Ice down your knee to help relieve inflammation and pain. Put ice cubes or crushed ice in a sealable plastic bag. Wrap the bag in a towel or cloth. Place the ice pack on your knee for 20 minutes, four times a day. Continue treating your knee with ice for at least three days.
3 - Compress your knee by wrapping it with an elastic bandage. Wrap the bandage tightly enough to support your knee, but not so tight that it cuts off your circulation.
4 - Elevate your sore knee as much as possible. Try to keep your knee above your heart to decrease the blood flow and swelling to your knee. Lie down on your back, and place two or three pillows underneath your sprained knee while sleeping.
5 - Apply heat to your knee to alleviate stiffness after the first three days. Though the initial treatment for a sprained knee is ice, after a few days you should switch to a heating pad. Apply heat for 20 minutes, four times per day or as needed for stiffness and pain.
6 - Take Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil or Nuprin) for pain, if necessary. Ask your doctor for prescription anti-inflammatory medication, if the pain and swelling in your knee lingers longer than a week.

Hope this article will help you to relief your knee pain.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Knee Braces- What works ?( Magnetic Knee Brace)

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Knee braces are supports that you wear for a painful or injured knee. Some people use them to prevent knee injuries during sports. Braces are made from combinations of metal, foam, plastic, elastic material and straps. They come in many sizes, colors and designs.

In general, there are 4 types of knee braces,
  1. Prophylactic (say: pro-fa-lack-tick) braces. These are designed to protect knees from injuries during contact sports like football.
  2. Functional braces. These give support to knees that have already been injured.
  3. Rehabilitative braces. These limit harmful knee movement while a knee is healing after an injury or surgery.
  4. Unloader/offloader braces. These are designed to provide relief to people who have arthritis in their knees.

Do knee braces work?

Maybe. Companies that make knee braces claim that their products work well. Scientific studies have not completely agreed. It's not clear what the knee braces actually do. Braces often work better in the laboratory than they do in normal use.

In general, functional braces and rehabilitative braces are the most effective. Braces help some people more than others. Some people are afraid that knee braces may actually increase the number of knee injuries in athletes. In general, most people who wear knee braces feel that they help. Doctors are trying to learn more about how well knee braces really work and when it's best to use them. Remember, the need for a brace should be determined by your doctor.

How do I use a knee brace?

During sports, knee braces should be used as directed by your doctor. Take care when putting the brace on to make sure that the hinges are where the knee bends. Straps, tapes or hook-and-loop tapes should be fastened around your leg. You should check the placement of the brace during activities to make sure that it hasn't moved. Poorly positioned braces can hurt rather than help you.

To work well, a knee brace should be worn during all activities that put you at risk of injury to your knee. Don't forget to warm up properly before beginning any athletic activity.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

How does magnetic therapy work? ( The Magnetic Knee Brace )

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How does magnetic therapy work? This is very commonly asked question by many people who looking for alternative medical treatment.

All physical and mental functions are controlled by electromagnetic fields produced by the movement of electro-chemicals (ions) within the body. When an injury occurs and tissue is damaged, positively charged ions move to the affected area, triggering pain and causing inflammation.

In order for pain and inflammation to be relieved and healing to take place, the electromagnetic fields at the injury site must be restored to their normal balance.

The application of a magnetic field to an injured area helps restore the electromagnetic fields back to normal levels. The magnetic field relaxes capillary walls, as well as surrounding muscle and connective tissues, allowing for increased blood flow. More oxygen and nutrients are transferred to the injury site, while inflammatory-related toxins are removed. The overall process restores the normal electromagnetic balance of the area, relieving pain and inflammation, and promoting accelerated healing.

In next post, I will explain what are the factors determine the effectiveness of magnetic therapy products.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Type of Magnet used in therapy ( The Magnetic Knee Brace )

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Before we go further on magnetic therapy, let me introduce some common type of healing magnet that works for magnetic therapy;

1) Flexible Magnetic Rubber

Flexible magnetic rubber is made by consolidating Strontium or Barium ferrite powder with a polymer rubber matrix. This magnetic combination is formed into flexible magnetic rubber sheets or strips by extrusion or calendering, in some cases with self-adhesive backing. The rubber-based characteristics make the magnet for very flexible & bendable as well as resistant to water moisture and odor. The final magnetic rubber product has good resistance to demagnetization and reasonable resistance to chemical agents, and average temperature stability. It commonly formed in sheets or strips and used for magnetic therapy in shoe insoles.

2) Hematite Magnet
Hematite (AE) or haematite (BE) (sometimes miss-spelled as hemitite) is the mineral form of Iron (III) oxide, (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides, formed from Magnetite. Magnetite is the most magnetic of all the naturally occurring minerals on Earth, and these magnetic properties led to its use as an early form of magnetic compass. Magnetite reacts with oxygen to produce hematite, and the mineral pair forms a buffer that can control oxygen fugacity. Hematite also has the same crystal structure as ilmenite and corundum. Hematite is one of the most naturally occurring earth magnets with very special magnetic properties. Beaded magnetic hematite is very commonly used as bead magnets in high quality jewelry where bead strands are used to create beaded hematite bracelets, beaded hematite necklaces, or beaded hematite belts

3) Ceramic Magnet
Ceramic magnets are most commonly used in body wraps, knee brace pads and cushions. Ceramic magnets are manufactured by chemicaly combining a mixture of iron oxide and strontium ferrite to produce a metallic oxide. A multiple stage milling operation reduces the calcined material to a small particle size; this finely milled water borne powder is then compacted in the presence of a magnetic alignment field to a "green" state. These compacted parts, which approximate the finished geometry, are then sintered at high temperatures to achieve the final fusion of the individual particles. Parts which have been produced in this manner are anisotropic and will exhibit a preferred direction of orientation when magnetized. Final shaping of this material is accomplished by grinding with diamond abrasives. Normally, ceramic magnets will not only be ground on the pole faces; all remaining surfaces will exhibit as sintered tolerances and physical characteristics

Other than mentioned above, there are other type of magnet that commonly used for magnetic jewellry. They are Neodymium Magnets and Samarium Cobalt Magnets.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

History of Magnetic Therapy ( The Magnetic Knee Brace )

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Magnetic energy is the strongest natural force in the universe and the power of magnets is one of the most basic powers of nature. Magnetic therapy has been in use for many thousands of years and it is still just as effective as it was when it was in use by ancient civilizations, such as the Ancient Greeks and Romans. This form of therapy has become more popular in recent years due to people's movement towards alternative medicine. This type of therapy is possibly more effective than it was previously since there have been many developments in the field since it was originally discovered.

Ancient Egyptians used loadstones to prolong life and improve health. It is said that Cleopatra wore a polished lodestone on her third eye, in the belief that it helped maintain her youth and beauty.

In more recent times, Paracelsus (1493-1541) considered to be the father of modern medicine, believed that the "life force' of the body was most influenced by the force found in magnets.

In Europe, Russia, China, Japan and many other countries, convinced of the benefits, millions of people continue to use magnet therapy. Today, we are experiencing an exciting revival of this ancient therapy. Resulting from the impact of more and more clinical studies and anecdotal evidence, 120 million people worldwide spend over $1.5 billion globally on the therapeutic benefits of magnets.

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