Summer months often finds us out of doors and participating in sports not normally pursued. Minor injuries can occur due to falls, over use of muscles, or exacerbation of arthritic joints.

The rule in treating minor muscle injuries is RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress(ace bandage) and Elevate. Always use ice on an injury the first 72 hrs after that you can use heat if needed.

If you have sore joints, ice ten minutes before the activity and after the activity. This works very well for runners.

A somewhat unknown remedy for bruises is arnica salve. Arnica will help absorb the blood and ease the soreness. Use it three times a day for a week. You can find it at most health stores.

And of course, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Divide your weight by two. That is how many ounces of water you need without exercise. Add more depending on the level of activity.

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