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Synthetic Sports Socks Protect Runners’ Feet and Improve Their Performance

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Synthetic Sports Socks Protect Runners’ Feet and Improve Their Performance

Runners are typically happy to invest plenty in the latest trainers, coolest active wear and state of the art GPS running watches. However, there are many runners out there who don’t appreciate the importance of picking out a proper pair of synthetic sports socks. That’s a shame since socks rank among the least expensive pieces of kit, but they actually make a huge difference to the health of your feet, as well as your overall running performance. Cotton socks are the serial offenders. If you’re still wearing them for your daily 5-miler, here are just a few reasons why your feet will thank you for switching to specialized sports socks. Sports Socks Wick Moisture People tend to think of cotton socks as more comfortable than their thinner synthetic brethren. This might be the case if you’re just going for a quick walk, but cotton has the unfortunate drawback of collecting moisture. In contrast, sports socks made from materials such as polyster, nylon, and lycra have been blended to ensure that moisture is wicked away from the skin and towards the outside of the sock. This is obviously a real advantage when you’re out running due to the increased secretion of sweat. The reduction in moisture makes it much harder for blisters to develop. These aren’t just uncomfortable – they can also become infected or cause you to put your foot down incorrectly at each stride. Excessive moisture also increases your chances of developing athlete’s foot. Sports Socks Control Your Feet Sports socks have been designed to provide proper support during high impact exercises. Most offer additional padding at key points, and the weave structure will have been designed to keep your feet from moving incorrectly during each footfall. At the same time, they are more elastic than common cotton socks, so they’ll be able to hold their shape over long distances and offer superior friction control. Sports Socks Provide More Space Around the Foot Sports socks are made of slightly rougher material than other socks, meaning that they tend to move around a little less in your running shoe. When your feet start to expand after a mile or two on the road, their thinness will prevent your feet from becoming too constricted. If your feet move around, broken toenails and twisted ankles are more likely, while constricted feet can’t receive sufficient blood-flow and will quickly cramp up. Synthetic socks can save you from both eventualities. Synthetic sports socks might be a touch more expensive than your basic cotton sock, but you need to view them as a critical part of your kit. If you don’t own a couple of pairs, make sure you pick ’em up. For more information, contact a sports...

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Protecting the Bodybuilders Spine

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protecting the Bodybuilders Spine

Injuries when strength training the larger back muscles, such as the rhomboids are common. In order to build strength and mass, bodybuilders use heavier weights in order to stimulate maximum growth and size. Whilst free weights are better for developing muscle synergy they carry with them a greater risk of injury, as unlike resistance machines they rely on stabilising muscle groups such as the shoulder girdle to support them. Following these basic tips will help to protect your spine and allow you to develop upper and lower back strength with minimal risk. Mobilise Spine mobilisation should be incorporated into any training regime and performed prior to the pulse raising exercises. Try standing upright and gently twist the torso right and left with arms held up in alignment with the shoulders. Follow this with some lateral flexes; placing the hands at your side, slide them down left and right until your fingers touch the outside of the knee. According to Sprint Physiotherapy, the majority of exercises should be performed ten times, helping to loosen the spine and increase its range of motion. This is useful when trying to avoid muscle strains during quick movements with heavy weights.  Embrace the Core Amongst personal trainers and fitness instructors, ’embrace the core’ has become a cliché phrase that is often overused. However, it actually has a lot of truth to it and if explained properly can help save you from injury. When performing any back exercises, particularly the deadlift, Romanian deadlift, and bent over row, tensing your stomach will stop your spine from excessively bending. The core itself consists of the obliques (the sides) and the lower back as well as the upper and lower abdominals. Bringing your bellybutton back towards your spine whilst tensing, as if you’re getting ready to be punched will make your whole midriff a lot stronger. Work the Trunk Naturally when you perform bigger compound exercises that work mutiple muscle groups you will often work your core muscles; deadlifts, pull-ups and lunges are great examples of this. Yet training different parts of your core throughout the week is strongly advised. Just like a house, if you have four strong walls you have a stronger structure. With the core, having strong abdominals, obliques and lower back will give you maximum protection. Exercises such as the plank, side plank, dorsal raises and leg raises can be done easily without equipment at home or at the gym. One to three sets at eight to ten repetitions is perfect for movement exercises. However, for isometric exercises like the plank holding for up to one minute is a good time to aim for. For assistance, talk to a...

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Solutions for sleep apnoea are linked to the control of snoring

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Solutions for sleep apnoea are linked to the control of snoring

Snoring can be an annoying condition, especially if it is your partner who snores and inevitably sleeps through it all. For you, the snoring usually results in you having disturbed nights. You may even find it more comfortable and restful to sleep in another room. When you become aware that your snoring partner has lapses in actually breathing, then the situation becomes concerning. This is known as sleep apnoea and is often associated with snoring. Sleep apnoea can be treated. The aim of all sleep apnoea solutions is to keep the airways open and allow for the steady and uninterrupted flow of breath, which is usually the way that snoring is controlled too. Control the snoring and you may control the sleep apnoea Most often, snoring is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the mouth obstructing the flow of air in and out of the lungs, which is the link between snoring and sleep apnoea. Not all snorers suffer from sleep apnoea, but long-term snoring can lead to the development of apnoea. If the snoring can be controlled, or even cured, it is possible that this will cure, or prevent, sleep apnoea. When you lie on your back the soft tissue at the back of your mouth is pulled towards your throat by gravity. In someone who snores, this can either cause the snoring, or exacerbate it. It can also lead to sleep apnoea.  If your partner snores, you should help them to avoid sleeping on their backs. This may be as simple as prompting them to roll over during the night, or for them to sleep against a fairly solid pillow/cushion that will not allow them to roll over onto their backs during the night. Solutions for sleep apnoea using mechanisms or devices The best and most recommended solution for sleep apnoea is called CPAP, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This involves the sufferer wearing a mask either over the mouth and nose, or the whole face, while they are asleep. This is connected to a machine that controls the flow of breath, keeping the air passages open and allowing the breath to flow evenly in and out. There are also a few oral devices that are secured in the mouth during sleep. These help to control the flow of breath, helping to reduce the possibility of apnoea occurring. There is one device that is worn on the back of the neck. All of these devices are possible alternatives, but only if the sufferer has tried and proven to be intolerant of CPAP. There are also surgical solutions, including the insertion of implants to help to strengthen the tissue of the soft palate. Another option is surgery to trim the soft tissue at the back of the mouth and the uvula. These operations effectively remove the obstacle to the free flow of...

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Treatment Options You Can Consider For a Chipped Tooth

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treatment Options You Can Consider For a Chipped Tooth

There are numerous reasons you could acquire a chipped tooth, ranging from eating hard foods to trying to pry open packaging using your teeth. When this happens, some individuals may opt to overlook it, assuming it is simply an aesthetic defect. The truth of the matter, though, is that although a chipped tooth may not be painful, the structural integrity of your tooth could have become compromised, and the chip could lead to further dental problems down the road if not addressed. That is why it is best to have a dentist take a look at your chipped tooth and provide you with restorative treatment. So what are some of the treatment options you can consider for a chipped tooth?  Dental bonding for a chipped tooth If the chip is small, your dentist will probably recommend dental bonding. This restorative treatment involves the application of a tooth-coloured composite material on the chipped area. The dentist will then mould the composite material to act as a filling on the chipped area, thus giving the impression of a whole tooth. Once the composite material has been reshaped appropriately as an extension of your tooth, it is set using a blue light that hardens the material. Once the procedure is done, your tooth will appear as good as new.  Dental veneers for a chipped tooth If the chip in your tooth is quite significant and conspicuous, then you may have to consider having a dental veneer installed. Veneers are shell-like covers that are typically made from porcelain. The veneers covers the entire frontal surface of your tooth, thus changing your entire tooth’s appearance. If you like, you could opt to have a set of veneers installed at once so as to maintain the uniformity of your teeth. Dental veneers are also a popular treatment option for people seeking teeth whitening. Therefore, if you were looking to kill two birds with one stone by fixing the chip and whitening your teeth, dental veneers would be right up your alley.  Dental crowns for a chipped tooth A dental crown is similar to dental veneers in the sense that it provides a cover for your damaged tooth. However, the main difference between these two options is that while veneers only cover the front surface of your tooth, a crown will encapsulate the whole tooth. If the chip you acquired resulted in a large chunk of your tooth mass being lost, then a crown would be an ideal option to consider. This is because the crown will provide your tooth with additional support while preventing the risk of the tooth’s nerves becoming exposed over...

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5 Precautions You Should Take When Using a TENS Machine

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Precautions You Should Take When Using a TENS Machine

TENS refers to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. The TENS machine passes an electrical current through different sets of pads placed on different parts of your body. That current helps to relieve pain by disrupting the transmission of pain signals by your nervous system. This article discusses some precautions that you should keep in mind if you would like to use this machine as a pain relief mechanism. Be Careful If Pregnant Pregnant women are advised to talk to their doctors before they start using the TENS machine. Such a consultation is intended to provide guidance on which parts of the body the sticky pads of the machine should be placed. For instance, the doctor may advise you to avoid placing the pads on your abdomen because the electrical current may affect your unborn baby. Beware of Water You should also avoid using the machine in water, such as when you are swimming or taking a shower. This is because the water may cause a short circuit in the machine. This can result in an electrical shock. The machine may also be damaged beyond repair if water gets into it. Check for Broken Skin The TENS machine is connected to your body through pads that have a gel. It is therefore prudent for you to make sure that you place those pads on unbroken skin. This precaution is intended to keep you safe from any negative effects that may result from that gel being absorbed into your bloodstream through the broken skin. Be Careful If You Suffer from Allergies People who suffer from skin allergies should talk to their doctors before using the TENS machine. This will help them to establish whether they will exhibit an allergic reaction to the gel contained in the pads that are attached to the skin. Be Careful If You Have Heart Rhythm Issues People who suffer from heart rhythm problems, such as those who have pacemakers, should never use a TENS machine. The machine may disrupt the operation of the pacemaker. People with conditions like epilepsy should also avoid using the machine, unless their doctor has given his or her approval. This is because the electrical current generated as the machine works may trigger an episode of the disorder. The TENS machine is a welcome way to combat pain without resorting to medications that may have undesirable side effects. However, the machine may not be suitable for everyone. It is therefore advisable to consult a healthcare professional before you start using this machine. As you use it, keep the precautions above in mind so that you remain...

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Is Your Hearing Loss Sensorineural Or Conductive?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Hearing Loss Sensorineural Or Conductive?

There are two main types of hearing loss, and both types have different causes, symptoms and treatment options. Both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss are diagnosed using pure tone audiometry testing, and if you’re experiencing hearing loss, you should know what type you have in order to understand your options. Here’s an overview these two types of hearing loss: Sensorineural This type of hearing loss occurs when your cochlea, located in your inner ear, is damaged. Your cochlea contains tiny cells that transport sound from your ear to your brain, where the sound is translated into what you hear. Damage can occur due to trauma, noise exposure and the presence of an autoimmune disease, which can cause your white blood cells to attack your own body. Deterioration of the cells in cochlea can also occur as part of the aging process. Sensorineural hearing loss can make it difficult to follow conversations when there’s background noise, and sounds may seem muffled. Some sufferers also experience buzzing in their ears and may not be able to pick up certain sounds, such as high-pitched voices. There’s no cure for this type of hearing loss, but your hearing can be improved with the use of hearing aids or a cochlear implant. The suggested mode of treatment will depend on the results of your hearing test and the extent of damage to your cochlea. In addition to amplifying sound, hearing aids can be used to alter the pitch of certain sounds, and this can enable the sound to be received by an undamaged part of your cochlea, as different parts of the cochlea receive and process different types of sound. If the cells in your cochlea are severely damaged, a cochlear implant can be used to bypass your ear altogether. The implant is attached to your temporal bone and receives sound through a microphone you wear around your neck or attached to your waistband. Conductive This type of hearing loss tends to be caused by a problem with your middle ear and can be temporary or permanent. Trapped fluid from a viral infection, impacted wax and narrowing of the ear canal due to a tumour or other tissue growth are all possible causes of conductive hearing loss. Symptoms that could indicate this type of hearing loss include sounds remaining clear but too low, an unpleasant odour in your ears and ear pain. Treatment for conductive hearing loss depends on what your audiologist has identified as causing the hearing loss. If you have a lingering viral infection, you may need an aggressive course of antibiotics, and if you have impacted ear wax, your hearing can be restored by having the blockage cleared. Conductive hearing loss can be more difficult to treat if narrowing of your ear canal caused by a tumour or other tissue growth is to blame. If the cause of the narrowing cannot be removed, you can try using hearing aids to improve sound volume. Once your audiologist has established the type of hearing loss you have, they will discuss suitable treatment options with you in more detail. If you’re concerned about the health of your ears, book a consultation with your audiologist (like those at hearservice) as soon as...

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Important Questions to Ask Your Physiotherapist Before Treatment Begins

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Questions to Ask Your Physiotherapist Before Treatment Begins

Physiotherapy, or physical therapy as it’s sometimes called, may be prescribed for those who have suffered an injury or who have had recent surgery. It can also be good for those who are physically active, as physiotherapy works to manipulate the joints, increase circulation, decrease swelling, and help muscles get strong and healthy. If you’re heading out to a physiotherapy appointment or have been prescribed this course of treatment, note a few important questions you want to ask so you know what’s involved and work with your therapist properly.   1. Ask about topical ointments Many people use topical ointments to help alleviate pain and stiffness from activity or arthritis, but these might work against your physiotherapy sessions. They may increase your blood circulation too much or may not be safe for use on muscles and joints that were just manipulated in a therapy session. Before you use any of these types of creams and ointments, even ones you buy at the pharmacy and which seem safe or that you’ve used before, ask your therapist about them.   2. Ask if you should be exercising or resting In some cases, regular exercise and use of certain joints and muscle groups can speed healing, but for other cases, you body may need complete rest in between sessions. This will depend on the reason for your sessions, your healing itself, your overall physical state, and so on. Never assume that one or the other will be good, as you don’t want to overexert yourself and re-injure any area of your body but you also don’t want to become inactive so that muscles and joints get stiff and sore again. Before you make any decisions about physical activity between sessions, ask your therapist for advice. 3. Ask when you should tell them about pain and discomfort Physiotherapy is rarely painful although you may feel some discomfort as your body is being manipulated or massaged if the muscles and joints are still tender. However, you should ask your therapist as to how much discomfort you might feel and if you should expect to feel any pain. They should be alert to these reactions as this may mean that your healing is not progressing as it should or that their methods of therapy are too aggressive for your condition. Discuss this with your therapist and be ready to communicate with them about levels of discomfort and especially if you feel pain during your...

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Ways in Which a Lactation Consultant Can Be Beneficial To You

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways in Which a Lactation Consultant Can Be Beneficial To You

Although giving birth is one of the most natural experiences that you could go through, it does not mean that you will automatically know how best to handle your newborn baby. This is why a significant number of new mothers tend to become surprised when they experience problems breastfeeding as they assumed the process is as simple as letting the baby suckle from the nipple. This does not mean that all mothers are unsuccessful with this process. It simply means that some mothers may need the services of a lactation consultant to get on the right track. These professionals are trained in assisting mothers with the feeding process, thus ensuring that both mother and baby are comfortable. Here are some of the ways in which a lactation consultant can be beneficial to you.  A lactation consultant can prevent and treat sore nipples One of the biggest complaints suckling mother have is cracked and sore nipples. The most common cause for this improper latching by the baby when they are nursing. A poor latch leads to the baby struggling to suck out the milk, which applies undue pressure on the nipple, hence leading to soreness and inevitable cracking. When you hire the services of a lactation consultant, you can prevent cracked and sore nipples by being taught the proper way the baby should latch from the start. In the event that you have already developed cracked nipples and breastfeeding is proving to be a painful process, the lactation consultant can teach you methods on how to treat this condition. This ensures that your nipples are on the road to recovery. Additionally, the lactation consultant will then decrease the chances of a reoccurrence, as they will teach you the correct way of having your baby latch on when they are nursing. A lactation consultant can help you deal with engorged breasts Another complaint that lactating mothers have is breast engorgement. This typically happens when there is excessive milk being produced by the mammary glands. Some of the symptoms associated with engorged breasts include fever, redness of the breasts, inflammation and general pain and discomfort in the chest area. Generally, lactation consultants would recommend feeding the baby on demand to prevent engorged breasts. However, not many mothers have the flexibility of being around their baby throughout the day with work and other commitments. In these instances, it would be beneficial to enlist the services of a lactation consultant who will teach you how best to express and store the extra milk. They will also guide you on how to ease the symptoms of engorged breasts thereby reducing the discomfort that you are...

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Should You Treat Corns Yourself?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Treat Corns Yourself?

Although corns are just extra layers of skin that build up on pressure points on your feet, they can be painful and are best removed. If you’re suffering from a corn, you may be thinking of buying an over the counter medication to treat the problem. Although these treatments may get rid of corns, they aren’t always the best solution and may not be at all suitable for people with certain medical conditions. If you take a different route and try to cut out a corn or file it down, you may cause more harm than good. In some cases, you may be better off getting a podiatrist to sort out your feet and, hopefully, to help you prevent corns from returning in the future. Using Corn Treatments Corn treatments, such as plasters, pads and gels typically contain salicylic acid. This acid can break down the hard skin of the corn and will soften it enough to remove it. While effective, you should be careful about using products that contain this substance. According to the Better Health Channel, corn treatments may also damage the skin around the corn if you don’t follow the application instructions correctly. Corn treatments containing salicylic acid are not suitable for some people. For example, you shouldn’t use these medications if you fit the following criteria: You have diabetes. You suffer from circulation problems. According to WebMD, if you have these issues and use salicylic acid, you may end up with ulcers or infections. It’s also important not to use these treatments if the skin around your corn is damaged as the acid may then damage healthy skin. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid them unless advised to use them by a doctor. Cutting or Filing Corns Some people prefer not to use medicated corn treatments and try to cut out the corn or file it down with a pumice stone or corn file. This is not always the best idea. If you don’t know how to cut out a corn or get a bit over enthusiastic with filing, you may damage healthy skin and may end up with a foot infection, according to the Better Health Channel. Even if you simply remove the top layers of a corn to relieve the pressure, it may well grow back. Podiatry Solutions May Be Better Podiatrists understand how to safely cut away corns, giving you immediate pain relief. However, cutting out a corn doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. It may well return in time if you don’t identify why it happened. A podiatrist can also assess why you got the corn and give you advice on how to prevent it coming back. For example, if your corn built up because your shoes are too tight or don’t fit right, your podiatrist can give you advice on more suitable footwear. If the corn was caused by a problem with your feet, such as flat feet, your podiatrist may recommend that you wear an orthotic shoe insert to correct your foot’s position. This may relieve the pressure on your feet that caused the corn in the first...

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Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery Tips Designed to Expedite the Process

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery Tips Designed to Expedite the Process

If you are dealing with chronic arthritis in your hip, hip replacement surgery is the most effective treatment option for getting rid of the pain and limited movement that you are experiencing. This type of surgical procedure is designed specifically to repair the damaged bone and ligament that is resulting in chronic pain. In most cases, it is the ball of the hip that is removed and a prosthetic joint is inserted in its place. This is a surgery that is known to be invasive and have a long recovery time. However, it is possible for you to speed up the recovery time for hip replacement surgery by following a few helpful tips.  Preparation The recovery for your hip replacement surgery should actually begin in advance of this procedure. It is recommended by most orthopedic surgeons that you begin strengthening your hip through physical therapy before you undergo the procedure. You need to make sure that you are strong enough to go through the rehab that is required after the procedure and this is only possible if you begin building up your strength before you undergo the surgery. If you are in better shape and stronger that the time of surgery, your recovery time can be reduced drastically. Prevention One of the biggest factors in your healing time is your ability to keep blood clots from forming in your legs and pelvis area. This is one of the most common complications with this type of surgical procedure. Your orthopedic surgeon will prescribe medication that you will take to lessen the likelihood of blood clots, but you will also need to wear support stockings that are designed to keep blood clots from occurring. Not only can blood clots be detrimental to your recovery schedule, but they can also be life threatening if they move to your heart, brain or lungs. Incision An important aspect of your recovery time also involves caring for your incision. You need to make sure that you pay close attention to this area in order to notice any warning signs that there is an issue. The staples that are used to close your incision are typically removed after a couple of weeks. Even after the staples are removed, this area might remain bruised and itchy. Do not apply any creams or lotions to the area and allow the incision to heal on its own. The burning or numbing sensation that you feel in this area after surgery is normal, but should go away after a short while. For more informant, consult a local orthopedic...

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