Shin Splints – What Are They and How to Cure Them

Based in North Carolina, Jayne Lessard is a private practice therapist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois. In her free time, Jayne Lessard enjoys staying active by running, hiking, and cycling.

Runners confront many obstacles and potential injuries, with one of the most common being shin splints. The term shin splints refers to the throbbing pain runners experience in their shins after or during their run. Athletes often get shin splints after they increase their workouts too quickly or run on a new surface. Shin splints are also caused by stress fractures in the lower leg bones and overused muscles. Flat feet might also cause shin splints.

Luckily shin splints can heal on their own. Runners are advised to rest and postpone training until the pain eases. Doctors recommend icing the shins 20 to 30 minutes per day every four hours for several days or until the pain is gone. Runners can also take anti-inflammatory painkillers to help with the pain. If the pain does not go away quickly, the situation may require a medical professional’s assistance.


Natural Depression Treatments

Based in High Point, North Carolina, Jayne Lessard manages a private therapy practice, where she works with individuals and groups on a variety of issues, from depression and anxiety to addictions and personality disorders. Jayne Lessard earned a master of arts in clinical psychology from Wheaton College.

Depression is a serious condition that can leave people feeling hopeless and helpless. Many individuals turn to therapy or medication to relieve the devastating effects of this condition, but there are other ways to battle depression.

1. Setting a Routine: People suffering from depression often suffer from a lack of motivation. For this reason, they are advised to set a routine and stick to it, which can help them keep their lives on track.

2. Exercising: Regular exercise has a strong impact on mental illness in both the short term, through the release of the feel-good endorphins, and the long-term. Exercise can be as simple as taking a walk several times a week.

3. Maintaining a Healthy Diet: For some people, depression leads to overeating. Controlling one’s diet can keep depression at bay. Additionally, some research suggests that eating omega-3 fatty acids and folic acids can help with depression symptoms.

Samaritan’s Purse Greta Home and Academy in Leogane, Haiti

A marriage and family therapist in High Point, North Carolina, Jayne Lessard has treated patients for more than 25 years. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Jayne Lessard has served as an overseas staff counselor with Samaritan’s Purse and has taken missions to countries such as Niger and Liberia.

For more than 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has served as a non-denominational Christian organization that assists people who are in pain around the world. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, this group travels to different countries to aid those affected by natural disasters, war, disease, and more.

One of Samaritan’s Purse’s most notable successes is the Greta Home and Academy in Leogane, Haiti. It is named after FOX News’ Greta Van Sustren, who became a powerful advocate for Haitians following the country’s devastating earthquake of 2010. Providing discipleship courses and other academic programs, the Greta Home and Academy offers Haitian orphans and other vulnerable children the opportunity to go to school and become strong Christian leaders.

Presently, 73 children from the ages of 2 to 16 are students at the Greta Home and Academy, where they can stay in its dormitory-style bedrooms and participate in morning and evening prayer services. Visit to contribute to the Greta Home or any of Samaritan’s Purse’s other programs.

Samaritan’s Purse – Construction Projects

For more than 25 years, Jayne Lessard has been offering individual and group therapy at her own counseling practice in North Carolina. In her work, she utilizes approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodynamic theory. Jayne Lessard balances her private practice work with international volunteer counseling efforts for Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that helps people in need of assistance worldwide.

Among its many service initiatives, Samaritan’s Purse supports a number of construction projects. The organization’s housing projects target families who need temporary shelter after a natural disaster, and these early response efforts typically lead to long-term housing aid. Over the years, Samaritan’s Purse has constructed housing in nations around the world, ranging from Honduras to Indonesia. The organization also provides housing for families in the US after natural disasters, and the program has built more than 1,000 homes since it was founded.

To foster spiritual growth and healing, the group also builds churches where people can gather to worship. The organization additionally contributes to the economic and physical well-being of international communities by renovating or building new schools and hospitals in developing countries.

Samaritan’s Purse Expands Recovery Work One Year After Typhoon Haiyan

Since 1994, Jayne Lessard has worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups as a private-practice therapist in High Point, North Carolina. Outside of her work in the States, Jayne Lessard has provided her services to individuals in several African and Asian countries through Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit Christian organization that operates a range of assistance programs in countries throughout the world.

More than one year after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, Samaritan’s Purse continues to work in the country to help individuals and families recover from the devastation that the storm left in its wake. The organization has been providing assistance in the Philippines since the typhoon made landfall on November 8, 2013, and has since shifted the focus of its work from emergency aid to long-term recovery projects.

In the days immediately following the storm, Samaritan’s Purse was in the country distributing food and clean water, as well as health and medical supplies. Today, the organization continues to help Filipinos with such needs while also leading projects to restore homes and livelihoods that many people lost in the typhoon.

An Overview of Warming Up and Stretching for Runners

The recipient of a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College, Jayne Lessard provides care to patients as a counselor in High Point, North Carolina. Outside of her clinical work, Jayne Lessard enjoys running.

One of the major concerns every runner faces is the threat of injury, a risk that can be minimized by proper stretching. Contrary to popular belief, recent sports science has revealed the stretching is much more effective following a run rather than before the run. Working the muscles and joints is easier when the body is warm and receptive to the elastic movements involved with stretching. In fact, some experts believe that stretching cold muscles and joints can actually heighten a runner’s risk of injury.

Warming up, meanwhile, is an equally important aspect of running that should occur before a workout. Because the body is less likely to be damaged when its temperature has risen, a runner should engage in warm-up activities designed to elevate his or her heart rate and further prepare his or her body for a run.

Understanding a Basketball Team Rotation

Jayne Lessard has provided her services as a licensed counselor to patients in and around the High Point, North Carolina, for more than two decades. Jayne Lessard’s professional experience also includes leading the Montreat Anderson College women’s varsity basketball team as head coach.

One of a basketball coach’s most important jobs is managing his or her rotation, the term used to describe the number of players active during a game and how many minutes they spend on the floor. Every basketball team features five starters who generally log more minutes than other players on the team. Starters, naturally, begin the game on the floor to start each half and, in most cases, are the five players to finish a game. A starter, however, can be supplanted in terms of total minutes by the team’s sixth man. Despite the title, a sixth man is often more skilled a player than some of the team’s starters; however, many coaches value bringing an offensive spark off the bench to handle the ball or lead the second unit when the starters are resting.

The remainder of minutes are absorbed by rotation players and bench warmers. A rotation, or role, player generally serves a specific function and may see as many minutes as a starter or no playing time at all depending on the matchup. A tall rim protector, for example, can be valuable against certain teams but rendered a liability by teams fielding smaller, quicker lineups. Moreover, a bench warmer is either a young, inexperienced player or a veteran who has been eclipsed in terms of production by his or her teammates. Bench players only see the floor in blowouts or in cases of injury to teammates.