MindBodyEase.com: Blog MindBodyEase.com: Blog https://www.mindbodyease.com/blog/ Copyright by MindBodyEase.com en MindBodyEase.com Sun, 22 May 2022 11:00:37 -0400 6 Mobility Aids to Help Caregivers in the Home If you are a caregiver, it is important to have the right tools to make your job easier. In this blog post, we will discuss six different mobility aids that can help you care for your patients or loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. These include wheelchairs, canes, lifts, walkers, and other mobility aids. Having these tools at your disposal make caring for others much more manageable!

Caregivers rely on many tools during the day to help care for patients or loved ones; having the right mobility aids can make all the difference. Below are six different mobility aids that can help make caregivers' lives easier.

What is the job of a caregiver?

Caregivers provide care for another person who is unable to do so themselves. This can be due to age, illness, injury, or disability. Caregivers help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, eating, and using the restroom. They also provide transportation, housekeeping, and emotional support.

Caregiving is a rewarding but challenging job. Therefore, caregivers need to take care of themselves physically and emotionally. One way to do this is to use mobility aids to help with the physical demands of caregiving.  Websites like Mobility Medical Supply offer great advice and reviews on all types of mobility aids. 

Why are caregiving tools so essential?

Caregiving tools can help make a caregiver's life much easier. The right tools can help caregivers provide care for their patients or loved ones in the home and make it possible for them to do so without having to leave the house. 

This can be extremely important for caregivers who have to work or who live far away from their patients or loved ones.

There are various caregiving tools available, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Here are six caregiving tools that can help caregivers in the home:

Top 6 mobility aids caregivers should use

Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are a great way to help patients or loved ones get around the house. They can be used to help someone get from one room to another or even to get around the yard. Having a manual wheelchair handy can make life much easier for both the caregiver and the patient.

Canes: Canes are another excellent tool for caregivers. They can help patients or loved ones walk or even keep them steady on their feet. For example, having a cane handy can make it much easier to care for someone unsteady on their feet.

Lifts: Lifts are a great way to help patients or loved ones get in and out of bed. They can also be used to help someone get into a chair or onto a couch. Having a lift handy can make it much easier to care for someone unable to get around independently.

Walkers: Walkers are another excellent tool for caregivers. They can be used to help patients or loved ones walk or even to keep them steady on their feet. Having a walker handy can make it much easier to care for someone unsteady on their feet.

Transfer boards: A transfer board is a flat, solid piece of equipment that helps caregivers move patients from one surface to another. For example, if you need to transfer your loved one from their bed to a wheelchair, a transfer board can make it much easier and safer.

Bath Chairs: 

Bath chairs are a great way to help patients or loved ones take a bath. They can also be used to help someone get in and out of the shower.

Having a bath chair handy can make it much easier to care for someone unable to get around independently. 

Caregivers can use a bath chair to help their patients or loved ones take a bath without lifting them.

Final thoughts

No matter what type of mobility aid you use, it is crucial to have the right one for your needs. Caregivers need to be able to care for their patients or loved ones in the best way possible, and having the right tools can make all the difference. So do some research to find the best mobility aid for you and your family today!

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Autistic Senior Care - Could Professional Live in Carers Be the Solution? For many adults as they grow older there may be a need for some form of assistance. This might be residential care, a nursing home or using an in home care provider to offer the support that might be needed with declining physical health, mental health, or both.

This is equally an issue for autistic adults. One concern that many older autistic adults who are used to living independently have is that the type of help available to them. They may have particular concerns that care offered by the residential system may have little understanding of autism or lack the staffing levels to be able to cope with autism effectively, They may worry that they have to pay over and above the usual care costs in order to offer the autistic person the best support possible.

Autistic Adult Support Is Becoming More Crucial Than Ever

It is estimated that one in a hundred people in the UK, at least, are autistic, many of whom are adults now reaching their senior years. Some of these individuals may have also spent much of their lives living under a misdiagnosis of their condition, something that may only have come in light in later years when they saw a doctor for some other medical reason. Because of this, the support that is currently offered to autistic individuals is much more prevalent in the younger age groups.  Sadly, there is not a lot of research or support around autism in adults of middle age or greater.

Autism is a spectrum diagnosis that covers a range of intellectual capabilities. Autistic individuals often have other mental health or physical conditions. Many autistic adults, who do not display severe signs of intellectual disabilities have never been given a formal diagnosis either and priority specialised care for autistic adults is prioritised for those with learning disabilities. This means that only generic care is available and that is not always suitable.

Why might home be better?

Many autistic individuals thrive on routine, having everything where they expect it to be, having their meals at set times, and following a structured routine. This is something that can be hard to achieve in a more traditional residential care setting where they will not only be surrounded by other elderly people. In some cases, some residents may have memory issues which can be distressing to others. In addition, there may be frequent changes in staff and often with little notice.

A live in carer on the other hand will offer more structure to an autistic individual. They will be more able to closely follow a routine that suits the person they are caring for. This type of care also allows for them to be surrounded by all of their own belongings and keep them exactly as they want.

Some autistic individuals find it hard to form relationships in adulthood and as such may rely disproportionately on the help of a sibling or their parents. This is the life that they are comfortable with and the solitude that it provides is what they need whilst offering them the right level of support. For others who have previously coped, the need for someone to help them on a day to day basis may have become necessary. As such, live in care offers a practical choice that can work around the autism rather than against it.

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5 Ways To Deal With Crisis Fatigue Naturally We're all going through so much collectively, and now more than ever, dealing with our mental health is paramount. While many people turn to psychiatrists for pharmaceuticals to help them get through the day - which is sometimes necessary and shouldn't be stigmatized - there are ways to cope with anxiety or depression due to crisis fatigue more holistically. If you feel like you're in a mental funk due to the current state of affairs, keep reading for ways to start feeling better today. 

Get Outside In Nature 

Countless studies have shown the proven benefits to our physical health and emotional and mental health from simply getting outside. You can go for a leisurely walk or a more intense run to clear your thoughts. Enjoy their majesty through a therapeutic hike if you live near the mountains. Are you closer to the beach? Get on the waterfront and dip your toes into the ocean. Connecting with nature is not only mentally grounding, but it reminds us of how small we are in the scheme of things and simultaneously so important. Choose to get outside and reap the benefits of fresh air and Vitamin D. 

Choose Exercise - Everyday 

The importance of moving our bodies daily cannot be overstated. So many people gained significant weight during the lockdowns at the beginning of the global pandemic. Rapid weight gain is bad for our body's overall health, but it's also not great for your self-image and mental health either. While every body type is beautiful, when your body changes drastically during times of crisis, it can wreak havoc on your emotional wellbeing. Choose to exercise every day. The key to getting a workout in daily life is choosing a form of exercise that you genuinely enjoy - making it more likely to keep up with it. Physical activity is excellent for your body's health, but it also boosts essential brain chemicals that help us battle anxiety and depression. 

Work On Your Second Brain 

They say that our gut is our second brain - it's been proven. Making sure you're maintaining a healthy and happy gut is critical and definitely when your mental health is suffering. There are many ways to improve the health of your gut - namely pre and probiotics. There are many ways to incorporate these important things into your diet. You can go the route of supplements easily found at your local natural foods stores. You can also increase your gut health through healthy foods like krauts, kimchi, flaxseeds, mushrooms, and tons of other foods. Research foods that promote gut health and nourish your second brain with them. 

Staying Hydrated 

If the human body is sixty percent water, you should at minimum be drinking the recommended gallon of water a day. But, it doesn't stop there. Like other areas of our modern lives, the kind of water we hydrate with isn't limited to what comes out of the tap. Look into reverse osmosis water, alkaline water, spring water, purified water - the options are many. Choose one that works for your needs and your lifestyle. And, don't forget - if you're spending a lot of time physically active and sweating, you will need to up your water intake to more than the recommended daily amounts. Staying adequately hydrated keeps your body healthy and helps you avoid a myriad of health issues that can increase your likelihood of developing emotional health issues. So drink up!

Get Out Of Dodge 

When the world feels heavy, we all want to escape. Don't choose to escape through drugs or alcohol. That's the easy way out. Instead, get out of town - even if it's just for the weekend. It's a proven fact that people who take regular vacations have better mental health and are less likely to have cardiovascular issues and a lower risk of stroke. So, guard your complete health by allowing yourself time off to get out of town, unplug and unwind - it works. 

Taking care of your mental health is essential no matter what is going on - but with everything happening on a seemingly daily basis, it's more important now than ever to take steps to guard your emotional wellbeing. You can do this naturally if you take the proactive steps mentioned above. Here's to your health!

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All is Not Lost: How to Find Positivity and Hope While Battling Chronic Illness or Other Health Issues When you find out that your loved one is diagnosed with a chronic illness, it feels like the world disintegrates around you. The floor disappears under your feet, the walls float off into space, the air even seems to rush out of your lungs. I understand the feeling. I experienced the same feelings when we found out that my husband, Scott, had a “something” on his liver. 

Being a thorough person, my husband wanted to explore every avenue that might heal him. We went to all the appointments that would be expected in our western healthcare system, such as MRIs, CT scans, and biopsies. But Scott also had us investigate methods of healing that were from the natural or eastern-oriented sector, such as Reiki, bio-feedback and Cesium High pH Therapy. 

The western world only offered three things for cancer treatment: chemo, radiation and surgery. And the hope they gave seemed more like dogged determination than real hope. Besides, I could read between the lines: there really wasn’t hope for him with just these methods. Practitioners in the eastern or holistic sector, however, were forward-thinking, positive, and busy putting one foot in front of the other. And they had many treatment choices, not just three.

So, during this time where we found—in holistic healing—a promise of life lived outside of a hospital bed, there were three factors that gave us optimism and aspiration: connecting with people, integrative health, and a higher power. 

Build Your Connections

Some of your connections will hopefully be family and friends that you can depend on during this unbelievably difficult time. Our neighbors and family were an enormous support! Just like it “takes a village” to raise a child, it took a village to sustain me and Scott during this horrendously trying time. Their care lightened us and gave us the feeling that things would be OK.

A word of caution: while it is important to have people in your corner, it’s just as important to be mindful of who your supporters are. Some people support by being so overly concerned that they end up exuding fear and negativism. Their lower vibrations really do affect your energy. So limit your time with these people, for your own self-care and that of your sick loved one.

At the time we found out that Scott had a problem, I was involved with an alternative care company. I was connected with people—nationwide—who each had their own network of integrative practitioners. These people became the network I relied on for additional treatments. I was so new in the holistic world that I didn’t even know the titles to ask for. I just trusted that these people knew more than I did, and that allowed me to follow lead after lead.

If you don’t have any kind of alternative care network yet, a good place to start is at your local health food store. Ask them about their resources. Just like there are groups of people who love sailboats, or who collect gems or antique guns, there are groups of people who know about muscle testing, releasing trapped emotions or looking at the person as a whole: body-mind-spirit, instead of isolating or looking only at the physical body structure.

Know Your Options

One of the beauties of working with the holistic or integrative sector of healthcare is their positive outlook. I couldn’t help but notice the difference between the two floors of our local hospital: the floor that offered surgeries was quite energetic and happy, because people get better from surgeries. The floor that housed cancer patients was somber and sad because people die from cancer.

I have heard from so many people in just the last month who were told something like, “He’s only got three months.” This squashes hope. Often patients and family stop right there. They don’t look elsewhere; why should they bother? The doctor—the knowledgeable one, the one who makes decisions—already said, “There is no hope.” (And according to the treatments available in the western method, they are absolutely right). 

But for those willing to look outside standard western methods, there is still hope, maybe because they have many more options from which to choose. The Immune Therapy Center in Tijuana currently has 25 methods. I much prefer the energetic gleam in their eye from a hopeful approach than the deadened, glazed glance that skirts over a person who is already considered dead via western choices.

Another reason for the hopeful attitude of integrative practitioners is that they recognize that our physical health is tied to our emotions. And if our feelings and emotions can change, the health surrounding the areas that house our emotions can change too. That’s what they do in looking at the whole mind-body-spirit. They take the whole person into consideration, and when that occurs, miracles can happen.

Believe in a Higher Power

Which leads to point number three: connecting with a higher power.

From the beginning, Scott and I tried following the inspiration we felt came from a higher being - which for us, was God. Every day we did what we felt God’s spirit led us to do: call this facility, talk to that person, or find this link online. In fact, I was led to find one of our main energy workers because I was at the natural health food store, and I saw a sign about a class she was giving. I attended that class, which led to her coming to help us, which led to our going to The Optimum Health Institute in California, and that led to our going to a natural cancer clinic in Mexico. All from a sign at the health food store I noticed when buying organic veggies.

Feeling open to God’s spirit and inspiration is part of feeling supported by God. The other part is just believing in God himself. Stephen E. Robinson has a book called “Believing Christ” and he points out, “[People] believe in Christ, but they do not believe Christ.” (pg 9, Believing Christ, Deseret Book, SLC 1992). One way of putting that is that we are happy to think of the “good news” of the gospel, but we don’t think it applies to us personally.

For me, believing in God—that through Jesus my husband and I will both be resurrected, that God knows me, that God loves me and God always wants what’s best for me—that gets me through the hard times.  Among many beautiful truths in the world, the bottom line is that Jesus died for me so I can live again. Jesus is the only one who did that, and that changes my life. That gives me perspective and hope for the future.  Feeling supported by God and knowing there is more to His plan than I fathomed helped me to understand Scott’s choice and find peace with it.

Finding the Silver Lining

My daughter-in-law and I have both had a thyroidectomy. It’s a surgery that can destroy the vocal cords (thus the ability to speak), create ugly visible red marks on the neck, and even cause death. Both of us though, in our own ways, approached the surgery by looking to the future. “When I get better I will…” and “In the future I will…” Hope in the future is the silver lining. And amazingly, when your mind is on that trajectory, your health often follows the same path.

This kind of thinking goes even beyond a silver lining. It’s about finding positivity and hope, even when battling something devastating like a chronic illness. It’s training your brain to expect the best outcome, and never settling for less than. And the best way to keep this positivity and hope is to look outside of what you know, hold those you can depend on close, and trust that God has a plan that exceeds our expectations.

For more advice on how to remain hopeful despite adversity, you can find Scott’s Choice: Letting Go, Letting God on Amazon.

Elaine Brewster is a personal health and wellness advocate in the truest form: after walking by her husband's side during cancer, she saw that physical aspects were just one small part of our whole well-being as humans. Her best selling book shares raw, real, and relatable conversations about chronic illness, self-care for caretakers, grieving, spiritual and emotional well-being, and the need for a more proactive + holistic approach to health.

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‎5 Ways To Help Preserve Brain Health In ‎Elderly People

Have you been experiencing memory loss? Or are your loved ones finding it difficult ‎to focus on tasks? If that is so, you or your loved one's brain health might be at risk. ‎With our five ways to help preserve brain health in older people, you don't have to ‎worry about anything.‎

Physical body pains are not the only gift aging might give you. Often getting old ‎involves experiencing memory loss, inability to focus, and many other problems ‎related to the brain. Science has proposed many ways to preserve brain health in ‎older adults, and here we will be discussing 5 of them. ‎

So, without further ado, first, let's know how brain health gets affected with age.‎

What Is The Effect Of Aging On Brain?

The effects of aging on the brain are complex and multi-faceted. One of the most ‎significant changes that occur as we age is a decline in cognitive function, including ‎memory and attention.‎

You might not be able to focus on something while you are working. You might get ‎distracted way too quickly from a task. You tend to forget names and even dates as ‎well. These are some of the most common signs your brain health is at a ‎deteriorating stage.‎

However, these signs do come with age, and one cannot avoid them. If not properly ‎looked after, one might have to get help from memory care centers. We have ‎discussed what comprises your brain health in the next section.‎

What Is Brain Health?

Brain health refers to the overall well-being of the brain. This includes the overall ‎function of the brain, as well as the structure and size of the brain. Some of the main ‎aspects of brain health are;‎

  • Emotional Function: This involves how well you respond to emotions
  • Cognitive Health: It affects your abilities to process, learns, and remember
  • Tactile Function: it revolves around your ability to sense pressure, ‎temperature, and pain.‎
  • Motor Function: This is the ability to perform actions and movements

5 Ways To Help Preserve Brain Health

If you never want your or your dearest ones to suffer at memory care centers, then ‎you need to work on it now. Here are 5 of the best ways to preserve your brain health. ‎

‎1. Maintain A Healthy Diet‎

The first and foremost thing you need to do is maintain the best diet possible. You ‎cannot expect a healthy brain when all you eat is a nutrition deficient diet. To have ‎your brain, the healthiest try to involve the intake of antioxidants in your diet.‎

Increased vitamin C and E intake are essential nutrients to maintain a healthy ‎brain. Try to incorporate tomatoes, berries, fish, nuts, and vegetables into your diet as ‎much as possible.‎

Plus, you can also pop some biotins and vitamins in the form of prescriptions. Often a ‎proper diet might not be able to deliver the required nutrients into your brain's tissue. ‎An appropriate routine of the supplement will do for that. However, at first, make sure to get proper consultation from your physician.‎

‎2. Be Mentally and Physically Active‎

To preserve the health of your brain, you need to be physically active. Regular ‎physical and mental activity has always been linked with a decreased risk of ‎developing dementia. ‎

Being inactive while being old can often destroy your cognitive abilities. And in that ‎case, memory care assisted living centers would only help. To avoid this, start ‎having a proper exercise routine daily for at least 15 minutes and play puzzles.‎

‎3. Stress Management‎

Try to maintain your stress levels as low as possible. Old age can bring a lot of stress, which is something obvious. However, it is important to learn stress ‎management to improve brain health.‎

Try to meditate as soon as you wake up early in the morning. Also, learn to do deep ‎breathing exercises whenever you feel stressed out. The inhale and exhale strategy ‎works the best in this case.‎

‎4. Get a Proper Sleep‎

Not being able to get a proper amount of sleep can decline the health of your brain. ‎With an early bedtime and early rise regime, you will get adequate sleep. Maintain at ‎least 8 hours of sleep in a comfortable environment free of distractions.‎

‎5. Get Socially Involved‎

Socializing always works. Remember, catharsis is the easiest step to relieve your ‎brain from stressors and have a healthy brain. Try to join social groups that include ‎your age fellow. ‎

A friend by the side can be the best support while at the older stage of life. You can ‎also join groups to improve cognition while playing puzzles or telling stories. You ‎can join centers dealing with memory care in assisted living in your area.‎

Final Words

To sum it up, old age can bring along a lot of problems. But losing your brain health ‎is one of the worst problems at this stage. Not only would you be having difficulties ‎remembering something, but you will also be unable to perform cognitive tasks. ‎

So, make sure to look after the health of your brain by maintaining a healthy diet, ‎having a good sleep, indulging in physical activities, managing your stress, and ‎socializing!‎

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5 Bad Habits Your Smile Wants You to Break From creating mood-boosting endorphins to reducing blood pressure, there are many reasons why it pays to get in the habit of smiling more often. But when it comes to habits, some aren’t always great for your smile—and may put you in a position where you’re not as likely to show off your pearly whites. Whether you want to embody success during work presentations or charm friends at social events, here are seven bad behaviors you might consider breaking to build a better smile.

Treating Teeth as Tools

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it isn’t indestructible. In addition to being vulnerable to acids—such as those produced by plaque—teeth can be harmed when they’re used as tools. For example, regular nail-biting exerts enough pressure to misalign your jaw and chip enamel. Using your teeth to open packages can have a similar effect.

Next time you feel the urge to use your teeth for something other than their intended purpose, opting for the proper tool—such as a nail trimmer or pair of scissors—can help save your smile from harm.

Brushing Too Soon, Too Hard

Brushing for two-minute periods twice a day is critical to fighting cavity-causing plaque. But while dental hygiene is important, tackling the task improperly can have negative results.

When you brush right after you eat, for instance, you are intensifying the acidic reaction in left-behind food particles. This can weaken your enamel and leave you more susceptible to cavities. If you wait 30 minutes after snacking, the acids will neutralize and leave your teeth safer to brush.

Similarly, you should also avoid applying too much pressure when you brush, as this behavior can wear away at enamel and gum tissue. If you feel sensitivity when you brush or spot receding gums when you smile, check with your dentist to see what pressure you should apply with the toothbrush. You can also achieve an effective clean without harming your smile by switching to an electronic or soft-bristled brush.

Hanging Up on Hydration

By keeping your body hydrated, you’ll be able to produce enough saliva to neutralize harmful acids in your mouth. Drinking water often also helps rinse away lingering food particles that can get stuck on teeth.

If you have trouble hydrating on a regular basis, consider carrying a large bottle of water with you, so that you’ll always have a convenient sip on hand. Setting reminders on your phone can also help you stay conscious of how much water you’re drinking.

Overindulging in Alcohol

While water is a great beverage for your smile, alcohol isn’t. Like coffee and soda, many alcoholic beverages—such as wine—contain tannins that can discolor teeth and dampen your smile’s brightness. Alcohol also contains acids that can harm enamel.

Even if you drink sparingly, it’s a good idea to consume a glass of water afterward to help counter the effects of alcohol. If you have trouble limiting your alcohol intake, you might also consider professional help to recover from a possible dependency. Entering a 30-day inpatient addiction program, for instance, can help you learn to live a healthy life without alcohol with the support of trained staff.

Passing Up on Protection

If you play contact sports, your mouth is always at risk for roughness. Catching a ball or an elbow to the face, for instance, can be enough to break or knock out a tooth. If you want to avoid a gap in your smile—and expensive reconstructive dentistry—it’s best to wear a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth any time you engage in hazardous physical activities.

Protection might also be necessary if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. Referred to as bruxism, teeth-grinding is a practice that can push teeth out of alignment, as well as wear down enamel. During the day, grinding can be eased by chewing on sugar-free gum or practicing stress-busting activities, such as meditation or rhythmic breathing. If you grind at night, however, your dentist may recommend a custom nightguard that will pad your enamel from abrasion while you sleep.

Remember, building a better smile shouldn’t be a solo effort. By visiting your dentist for bi-annual checkups you can catch potential problems early on and discover safe solutions to protect your teeth. Professionals can also introduce you to teeth whitening, realignment, and reconstructive treatments to repair any damage that bad habits may put on your smile.

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Owatonna Chiropractor Unpacks Massage Devices and Percussion Instruments Many patients come into the office with aches and pains. It is a fact of life that when we are subject to the law of gravity on a constant basis our skeletal structure will be exposed to pressure and injury. Whiplash injuries, disc herniations, and work injuries are all sources of insult to the neuromusculoskeletal system. Obviously, there are many possible ways to be injured beyond what has been highlighted.

The injuries that we sustain to our spines can have devastating impacts upon our quality of life and overall well-being. Many patients come into my clinic with previous injuries that are still causing them back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, and sciatica even years after their injuries took place. The conventional method of chiropractic care is to provide chiropractic adjustments to reposition the bones of the spine, break up the scar tissue that’s present, and help the body heal itself by taking pressure off nerves.

While conventional chiropractic methods provide amazing results for people, it is important to recognize that addressing the underlying soft tissue injuries, which often complicate pain syndromes, is equally important to improving clinical outcomes. This is where myofascial release technique and trigger point therapy come into play. These techniques are focused on addressing the spasms, imbalances, muscle tightness, and pain which too often accompany misalignments in the spinal column.

Myofascial release technique involves releasing the muscles through pinning and stretching the muscles while having them go through ranges of motion. For example, the supraspinatus muscle is often involved in rotator cuff disorders, so by pinning the muscle belly just above the shoulder blade and having the patient draw their arm away from their body the muscle can elongate under pressure which will help it to relax quickly. Trigger point therapy, on the other hand, is focused on compressing a muscle in a location which is causing a reflex pain syndrome somewhere else in the body. Compression of the muscle causes ischemia which is a loss of oxygen to the muscle tissue. The reduced oxygen flow causes the muscle to run out of energy which forces it to relax and let go.

These two soft tissue therapies are very different in their approaches, but they are very similar in how effective they are at helping to resolve soft tissue disorders and pain syndromes. Two different instruments are on the market for professionals which can have tremendous benefit when using these soft tissue techniques by augmenting the treatment mechanisms. They are called the Vibracussor and Arthrostim. The Vibracussor delivers impulses at high frequencies that help to reset the muscle fibers and break up scar tissue. The Arthrostim delivers stronger percussion impulses which help to stimulate the nerve fibers inside joints of the spine and extremities which can help to reset the muscle tone of nearby areas. Both approaches help to decrease pain, increase flexibility, and promote healing.

I have found that chiropractic adjustments in and of themselves are very beneficial for patients; however, patients that get a combination of chiropractic adjustments with soft tissue therapy, especially with the Vibracussor and Arthrostim instruments, seem to do very well. These instruments make a difference in patients who have structural changes to their neuromusculoskeletal system like altered curves and improper posture and positioning of the head. The Vibracussor is a favorite when addressing shoulder disorders, especially shoulder pain and rotator cuff tendinopathy. The Arthrostim can help encourage movement in the shoulder joints when there is frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, present.

If you’re loving your chiropractic care, but you don’t think that you are getting the results you are looking for, then consider consulting with a chiropractor that has training in these soft tissue therapies. Addressing the underlying muscular and ligamentous tissue damage could be the key to solving your case. I know it has been in many of my patient’s cases.

About the author:

Dr. Joshua Burnham sees many patients with chronic pain disorders. He is an Owatonna chiropractor that specializes in the Gonstead Technique. You can contact him by reaching out to him through his office’s website.

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The Many Benefits of Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China for more than 5,000 years. With its emphasis on health and harmony, it has been a valued system of medicine for the Chinese people, especially in the past few decades. There has been a great deal of medical research into Chinese medicine in recent years, and more and more people are turning to it as a form of treatment.

In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of Chinese medicine, describe its various types, and explain why certain remedies may be especially useful for some people.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM, is a system of healing practices that developed over thousands of years in China. It’s based on the idea that health and disease begin with imbalances in the body’s energy system, known as “qi” in TCM.

Ayurveda, an ancient branch of Indian medicine, is one of the main influences on TCM. Others include traditional Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, and Chinese animal medicine, which involves diagnosing and “treating” conditions by treating the animal itself.

In its most basic form, TCM is a form of natural therapy. It relies on the body’s ability to heal itself, rather than using chemicals or other artificial methods to treat disease. Traditionally, TCM has been used to treat both acute and chronic conditions, as well as to promote overall health and prevent illness.

How Does Chinese Medicine Work?

Herbal remedies are used as part of Chinese medicine. They’re thought to trigger the body’s own healing response, which is called “qi.” Herbs have extensive histories that have been passed down thousands of years, and most have been used to treat specific ailments.

What’s interesting is that herbs that work well for one person may not work for another. This is because the body’s constitution is thought to be very important in Chinese medicine, and every person’s “qi” is different.

Of course, there are many herbs that are safe for use during pregnancy. These herbs may work well for a pregnant person because their “qi” needs to be strengthened.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are often highly concentrated, making them easy to take in many different forms—smoothies, teas, capsules, tinctures, and much more.

Herbs can be used together to make a formula, which is called a “tang.” A Chinese herbal medicine formula is often created to be taken as long term treatment.

Chinese herbs are generally safe to use during pregnancy, although there are some that should be avoided.

Chinese herbs are often used to treat acute conditions such as colds, flus, and infections. They may also be used to treat chronic conditions, such as diabetes, allergies, and high blood pressure.

TCM and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you and your practitioner will decide which herbs are best for you. It’s important to remember that herbs should be taken according to the prescribed dosage, and they shouldn’t be taken for longer than the recommended time.

Most herbs during pregnancy are considered safe and don’t have any known side effects. However, there are some herbs that may have a negative effect on the developing baby.

To minimize any risk, pregnant women should avoid use of any herb that’s high in polyphenol, such as grapefruit or apples.

That said, there are many safe herbs that can be used while pregnant.

Chinese herbs that may be useful during pregnancy include:

  • Arnica: Arnica is used to treat pain and swelling during pregnancy, as well as morning sickness.
  • Peppermint: Peppermint is useful for treating nausea and vomiting, which are common during pregnancy.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is useful for treating nausea and vomiting.
  • Ginger: Ginger is used to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, as well as morning sickness.

TCM and Chronic Conditions

Rehabilitation programs, diet and nutrition, and exercise are often used to treat chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. TCM is often combined with these programs to enhance the benefits of each.

Chinese herbs are a common addition to these therapies. Some herbs may have beneficial effects on the body’s metabolism, helping the body to better process food and insulin.

Other herbs may have anti-inflammatory properties and help relieve pain. This may help with conditions such as arthritis.

Herbs that may be particularly useful for treating chronic conditions include:

  • Ginseng: Ginseng has long been used to treat conditions such as fatigue and low energy. It’s also useful for treating chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
  • Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body to better adapt to stress. This may be especially useful for people with chronic conditions, as it helps the body to overcome any imbalances that may exist.
  • Cordyceps: Cordyceps has been used for thousands of years to treat low blood sugar and to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It’s also useful for treating diabetes.

TCM and Sports

For many athletes, the focus is on improving performance. Strategies for this include building strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Herbal remedies can be used to promote general health and prevent illness. They can also be used to treat injuries, unhealthy habits, and stress.

Examples of herbs that may be especially useful for people who participate in sports include:

  • Ginseng: Ginseng has been shown to improve endurance and stamina in athletes. It can also help to build strength and flexibility.
  • Coconut: Coconut has antimicrobial properties that can help prevent infections and build immunity.
  • Ginkgo: Ginkgo is a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent toxins from building up in the body during exercise.

How to buy TCM

If you’re hoping to purchase TCM while traveling, it’s recommended that you look for TCM shops near your accommodation. Before your trip. make sure you have access to local payment system and have some handy app such as a VPN for China ready during your trip. 

TCM is also widely available in most major airports throughout China, so you don’t necessarily have to carry it with you throughout your journey.

China’s online TCM shopping platforms have made it incredibly easy to shop for TCM while on the go. Many offer English search functions and delivery options, so you don’t even have to step foot in a physical TCM shop to buy products.

There’s no shortage of TCM products being imported from Asia to the U.S., so you can also purchase TCM supplements and other products from Amazon, ebay, or other online retailers and have them shipped directly to your door.


Chinese medicine has many benefits, including being effective for treating a variety of conditions and promoting overall health. Herbs can also be taken safely during pregnancy, which gives them particular benefits for women.

There are many different types of Chinese medicine, so it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you. It’s also important to remember that traditional Chinese medicine takes time and dedication, so be prepared to commit to it.

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Benefits of Sports Physiotherapy Many people wonder what the benefits of sports physiotherapy are. It's a good idea to check with a local therapist to see what their expertise is. A physical therapist in Okotoks can provide you with valuable advice on preventing and treating injuries. In addition, a licensed physiotherapist will be able to advise you on the best treatment method based on your current physical condition.

A sports physiotherapist in Okotoks will have a plan for you. The exercises and treatments he or she prescribes will be specific to your injury. A good physiotherapist will have expert knowledge about what exercises to perform. This way, you won't have to endure painful sessions for a long time. Another benefit of sports physio in Okotoks is that it is very cost-effective.

While some people may think that it's only for athletes, this isn't the case. Physiotherapists help people in a variety of sports, from rugby and football to hockey and soccer. A good physiotherapist will be able to diagnose and treat injuries and optimize recovery time. By keeping the muscles flexible and strong, a physiotherapist will help patients achieve their goals.

Besides preventing future injuries, physical therapy in Okotoks helps patients maintain their strength and flexibility. By following a regular physical exercise regime, the therapist can make your injury recover more quickly. A physiotherapist in Okotoks will also help you avoid overuse by addressing postural imbalances. This will help you avoid future injuries. A physical therapist in Okotoks will keep your body healthy.

Aside from improving health and performance, sports physiotherapy in Okotoks can help patients recover from sports injuries. With a skilled physiotherapist, an injured athlete can get back on his feet and resume their activities. An orthopedist is an expert in treating and preventing injuries, and he will be able to give you exercises that will enhance their flexibility and range of motion.

Besides treating injury, it also improves an athlete's performance. The sports physiotherapist in Okotoks will be able to assess your weaknesses and improve your endurance. Using the right training techniques can result in injuries. Without proper assessment, a physical therapist can create a customized training program for you. If you want to increase your athletic skills, a physiotherapist will be able to prescribe a treatment program.

A physiotherapist in Okotoks can help athletes recover from injuries, as well as improve their physicality. He will also help athletes improve their flexibility and strengthen their muscles, which is crucial in their sport. The benefits of sports physiotherapy in Okotoks are: The therapist will be able to treat a variety of sports-related problems. Injuries can prevent a person from achieving his potential.

Physiotherapy in Okotoks has many benefits. Firstly, a sports physiotherapist will increase an athlete's flexibility. This is essential for athletes in various activities, including boxing. In addition, a physiotherapist will strengthen a person's joints, ligaments, and muscles. This is crucial for swimming. While the therapist is able to help an athlete overcome a tennis elbow, a therapist will also be able to improve an athlete's flexibility and range of motion.

A physiotherapist in Okotoks will assess an athlete's injuries and help them achieve their goals. Often, athletes will be feeling exhausted after intense workouts. But with a sports physiotherapist, the patient will experience a greater level of flexibility. The therapist will also perform a thorough assessment of the individual's posture and he will help the athlete improve their posture.

In Okotoks, a physiotherapist can provide the necessary training for athletes in a wide variety of activities, including golfing, curling, and playing a variety of other sports. Whether a person needs an athlete's rehabilitation or the individual's injury has caused an injury, the benefits of physiotherapy in Okotoks will help them improve their performance.

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How do we Create a Customized Plan for Spiritual Growth

It’s hard to identify our painful spiritual issues and even harder to find solutions. Let me help you discover what your spiritual problems are and then give you the solutions you need.

A majority of individuals know a personal spiritual guide for everyday living within their spiritual growth plan that wasn't developed by them...has given every individual the gift of intuition, which is an instinctive knowing from one's higher self and spirit. Yet most people don't know how to use it.

Intuition is a powerful tool that can be utilized to help guide us through our everyday lives. Unfortunately, this gift is often ignored or misunderstood.

Many individuals have not even been able to associate with what their intuition is, let alone incorporate it into their everyday lives. In this complex world, we need all the help we can get.

The thing with spiritual growth is the fact that it's not the same for everyone. We all have different lives and different experiences, it makes sense then that we would all be on different paths.

But how do you plan for something that has no rules? How do you figure out what will work for you?

I've created a customized program for my clients to assist them in their spiritual journey . It’s completely built around your goals and your passions.

Why is spiritual growth important for us?

At some point in life, everyone experiences a crisis or a setback. It is usually met with great challenges that could be emotional, physical and/or spiritual.

When tragedy or crisis occurs, we'd like some normalcy in our lives again. However, we are often left with emotional scars that slow down our lives and prevent full recovery.

Spiritual growth helps us learn to live a life where we are able to cope with adversity and have the ability to bounce back.

Create a plan for spiritual growth today, our main goal is to live a happy and peaceful life. We want to do our best in life and try to avoid any trouble.

The spiritual growth process can be very challenging because it requires us to go through changes and face our fears.

After going through the spiritual growth process, you’ll be able to handle the toughest situations of your life.

Spirituality is an important part of life but many people struggle to find it and sustain it.

Agitate: When we feel lost and unhappy, we seek answers to our deepest questions. Who are we? What is life all about?

Finding the answers is easier than you might think. Join us tonight for an evening of deep insights and an introduction to a way of life that can help us grow and find inner peace.

What are the Common Habits of Highly Spiritual people?

Maintaining a spiritual regimen of prayer, scripture study, and church attendance may seem like an impossible task for most people.

How can you keep your spiritual habits from interfering with your daily routine? The answer is simple. You need to develop habits that ensure your spiritual health.

If you are looking for Positive Quotes that will make you feel empowered, relaxed and motivated to achieve your goals, you are in the right place.

We all have relationships in our lives that can cause stress and uncertainty, but these relationships provide us with opportunities to grow spiritually.

10 common habits of highly spiritual people

  • They invest in their emotional intelligence.
  • They discover their passion and purpose of life.
  • They invest in their physical health.
  • They seek to be in nature.
  • They invest in friendships.
  • They make time to be grateful.
  • They seek to understand the world around them.
  • They learn to meditate.
  • They reach out to the less fortunate.
  • They make time for self-care.

We all know that negative habits can bring us down, but what are some positive habits that we can use to grow spiritually?

There are so many habits that we could avoid, which ones are the most destructive? Positive habits are important to educate us and help us avoid those negative ones.

Become aware of which habits are helpful and which ones aren’t by using this guide on spiritual growth.

The spiritual path is one of great highs, but also some lows and pain. What if there was some kind of guide for a spiritual regimen for your life?

Follow this practical guide to the spiritual regimen that will help you achieve your life’s purpose and have greater personal growth and fulfillment in your life.

How do I Develop a Plan for Spiritual Growth?

Spiritual growth is hard to stick with. You don’t want to become a zealot and you don’t want to push your beliefs on others. Do you want to be a good person and grow closer to good habits?

Start with a spiritual growth plan that’s small and frequent. Work on your spiritual plan in small doses every day and you’ll find that it’s easier to stick with than you would have ever thought.

I have no direction in my life. I am living the same day over and over again, not getting anywhere.

You only have one life to live. You can choose to live an exciting life that is full of purpose and meaning - or you can decide to be on auto-pilot. There are no short-cuts to living an extraordinary life.

You might have considered incorporating spiritual growth on your own but are unsure of where to start.

If you would like to incorporate spiritual growth into your daily life, but are unsure of how to go about it, then this post is for you.

We will give you an 8 step plan that will lead you down the path to spiritual growth, whether you are in a 12 step program, or not.

Overview of the Plan:

  • Get comfortable
  • The first step is to decide that you want spiritual growth and to be open to receiving it
  • Clean the slate
  • Get clear
  • Receive
  • Listen
  • Visualize
  • Breathe
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Maintaining A Healthy & Happy Gut It’s a team effort when it comes to bettering your digestive health. You try your best by eating the right foods, avoiding the harmful ones and maintaining a healthy level of physical activity throughout your week. However, despite taking all the correct steps, you still need help from probiotics.

How Probiotics Help

Probiotics are small, microscopic bacteria that reside in your gut. Unlike harmful types of bacteria that can cause disease and infection, probiotics work diligently to support a healthy ecosystem inside the human body. Many researchers still continue to study how they aid the body, their positive impact on digestion and how they can help people suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, research has discovered that probiotics may be greatly beneficial for ailments outside of the digestive system such as arthritis and asthma.

Due to the numerous benefits probiotics provide, many consumers are now specifically searching for supplements and foods that contain these special bacteria. Common fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt and kombucha, are also available as supplement forms. Furthermore, manufacturers are answering the call for healthy gut supplements by creating prebiotics as well as probiotics. Since there’s only one letter that differentiates the two bacteria, many consumers may think the two are the same and/or interchangeable. However, despite probiotics and prebiotics being closely related, they still have a number of differences.

How Prebiotics Help

As mentioned earlier, probiotics are minute organisms that live in your gut. Similar to most living beings, probiotics need food and a healthy environment to grow. This is where prebiotics come in, providing all the needed sustenance that probiotics require to survive. To be more specific, prebiotics are nondigestible fibers that the human body cannot process but are an invaluable food source for the probiotics residing in the gut. The primary benefit prebiotics provide to humans is serving as a fuel source for the helpful organisms inside you. Without integrating both probiotics and prebiotics into your daily diet, there is very little chance the human gut will gain the many perks associated with probiotics.

Providing Relief To A Number Of Ailments

There is a considerable amount of data that points to probiotics being a great additive to healthy and smooth digestive proves. Today’s research has also shown that these microscopic organisms may aid with symptoms of diarrhea caused by antibiotics, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, there are a growing number of studies that support the idea that probiotics may provide relief to sepsis, allergies and periodontal disease.

On the other hand, prebiotics have shown to carry just as many health benefits. Prebiotic ingredients are thought to improve the body’s mineral absorption, reduce cholesterol, stimulate the immune system and prevent obesity. Some researchers are also looking into the connection between a rich prebiotic diet and a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.

Getting Enough Probiotics & Prebiotics

The easiest and most accessible way to make sure your body is getting plenty of probiotics and prebiotics is eating a diet that is rich in both of them. However, be warned. Not all fermented foods have probiotics, but you can still find them in several kinds of pickles, certain aged and soft cheeses and even cottage cheese. Other foods that are comprised with high amounts of probiotics – such as miso, tempeh and kefir – may not be well-known to some Americans but are highly recommended. Many foods that contain prebiotics are usually already common staples in a healthy, well-balanced diet. These include onions, mushrooms, asparagus, wheat bran, apples and bananas.

For more information on the difference between probiotics and prebiotics along with food examples, check out the infographic below.

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Making The Most Out Of Your Stroke Recovery In the United States, the third leading cause of death is stroke. First and foremost, the brain regulates and controls a bulk portion of the body’s nerve signaling and abilities. The human brain has numerous purposes, but just one single stroke can put all of those vital functions at great risk. Emotional activity, memory, communication and physical capabilities can all show negative symptoms when the brain is not functioning at its maximum potential.

Difference Between Heart Attacks And Strokes

A stroke and a heart attack may appear similar but are very distinctive ailments. Both organs count on the other to maintain basic functions of the human body. Furthermore, a heart attack and a stroke both happen when there is an absence of normal blood flow and oxygenated blood. However, a stroke predominantly affects the brain while a heart attack primarily targets the heart. When blood flow to the heart is blocked, it can trigger a heart attack. When blood flow to the brain is blocked, it can lead to a stroke which can then cause permanent damage, brain tissue to decay or death.

What Causes A Stroke

A burst blood vessel or a blocked blood vessel leads to reduced oxygen flow to the brain, thus causing a stroke. There are several risk factors that can lead to this such as lack of exercise and smoking. Some can be treated or medically managed. However, there are certain risk factors that can be more difficult to tackle.

A person’s lifestyle choices has a significant effect on their mental and physical health. Risky choices such as excessive drug use can lead to conditions with harmful long-term symptoms. Almost everything that is put into the human body has the potential to influence your emotional and physical health. For instance, consuming highly processed, fatty foods can make an individual feel lethargic and groggy, while a diet filled with low-fat, plant-based meals can positively support a vigorous immune system.

Manageable risk factors for a stroke are, but not limited to:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

Unmanageable risk factors include, but not limited to:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender

Despite taking every precaution such as not carrying any genetic risk factor and taking great care of their own body, a person can still be at risk for a stroke. This may be due to the following:

  • Climate
  • Geography
  • Economic and social circumstances

It is important to keep these external risks in mind when individuals are consulting with their primary physician.

Treating And Recovering From A Stroke

Nearly a quarter of stroke survivors will fall victim to a second stroke, making speedy treatment critical for many. Treating a stroke begins in the doctor’s office. To ensure proper diagnosis, doctors must first pinpoint the primary cause of the patient’s symptoms. This might be done through a CT scan or other effective stroke tests. These stroke tests can range from an easy physical and/or blood analysis to more elaborate procedures such as MRI scans, echocardiograms, cerebral angiograms or carotid ultrasounds.

There are also additional steps outside of the doctor’s office to further help patients during the recovery process. Simple measures such as seeking therapy and support, eating a nutritious and healthy diet, keeping the brain active, monitoring medications and taking special note of any sudden imbalance or dizziness. Recuperating from a traumatic brain injury such as a stroke requires a great deal of time and patience. Therefore, it is important not to feel discouraged during this time. Check out the graphic below for more information on stroke recovery as well as easy measures to incorporate into everyday life.

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What Are Porcelain Veneers and What Can You Expect from Them?

A lot of people say that the first thing everyone notices about us after seeing our faces is our smiles. The way we smile can definitely create a long-lasting first impression on people, and I don’t talk only about our facial expressions and how gentle or elegantly we smile.

I am also talking about our teeth.

White, shining teeth go a long way when it comes to improving our presence and looks while helping us create a much more solid impression in people. But this is something that requires a considerable amount of discipline and power of will.

Dental Care in a Nutshell

To achieve a model’s smile, we have to commit to very disciplined and careful dental care, and also engage in specific practices like the ones showcased over here. These practices can englobe things like:

  • Brushing your teeth on a daily basis
  • Flossing every two or three days
  • Consuming more calcium
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Reducing the consumption of staining foods and beverages, such as coke, coffee, red wine.

Sadly, there are occasions in which you might have neglected your dental care and your teeth are relatively stained or yellowish, so some of these things might not improve the looks of your teeth. At least, not as much as you want.

Some professionals recommend trying baking soda or hydrogen peroxide, and you can even find toothpaste containing these compounds. Studies have shown incredible results from these products, so you might as well give it a try.

When Normal Methods Don’t Work

Yet… What happens if your teeth are not only stained but damaged? There’s no toothpaste or natural products that can heal your teeth the way they used to be. Still, there’s another viable option for you, known as porcelain veneers, which can be applied by professional dentists to improve the looks of your teeth and correct some functional problems related to them.

But what are porcelain veneers? Do they hurt? Are they expensive? Are they even worth it? In this article, we will talk about the most important aspects of porcelain veneers you should know to help you decide whether to try them out or not.

Introduction to Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can be simply described as a porcelain layer that can be placed over a tooth for the sake of improving its looks or covering some faults it might have, especially when we are dealing with a chipped or broken tooth.

There are two main types of veneers: the ones made out of porcelain, and the ones created using composite materials. The latter is mainly used in children or adolescents since later on when they are fully grown, they will require a more permanent solution, which are the veneers created using porcelain.

Now, in the two categories, you can find full veneer crowns and laminate veneers. Crowns are meant to be restoration device that covers the whole tooth, while the laminate veneer is the one that is mainly used for aesthetical purposes, and is only a thin layer of porcelain or composite material.

The main reason veneers are used is as a way to help a single tooth (Or multiple ones) recover from damages caused by physical injuries or accidents. There’s a wide range of damages that can either be caused by incidents, or poor dental care, including teeth that have received damage in the edges and seem like very old ones, or malformed teeth that causes damage or grants a very weak or painful bite.

These devices can only be received through prescriptions, thus, an appointment with a professional dentist is necessary. He or she will assess your situation and decide whether you are suitable for them, and which options are better for you based on your age and circumstances.

Are They Worth It, Though?

It depends entirely on your situation and your expectations. Most of the time, people get them for aesthetical purposes, since they want their teeth to look good. This can result in an incredible boost in self-esteem and confidence in some people, which is always a good thing, especially for those who care about their looks.

If that is the case for you, and you are already a grown adult, getting a porcelain veneer might be expensive at first, but you have to understand that it will probably be a long-term investment that will be with you for years to come. Normally, a porcelain veneer can last up to 10, 15, or 20 years! This, of course, will depend entirely on how careful you are with them, and how much you take care of your teeth.

So, if you consider your looks a very important asset for your personal and professional life, this might as well be one of the best investments you can make.

Are They Painful or Uncomfortable?

Believe it or not, a lot of people are scared of going to the dentist, just because of the pain related to previous experiences, or the stories they have heard about how painful an appointment can be.

Although this is certainly true for some specific situations, it is not always the case. And when it comes to dental veneers, it is a straightforward and painless experience, since no drills or injections are involved in the process.

That being said, once the procedure is finished and your veneers are installed, you might feel some level of discomfort and sensitivity. This side effect depends on each person since we all have different levels of sensitivity, but generally speaking, it lasts from two days to two weeks after the installation.

Of course, to ensure that your veneers are properly taken care of, dental care is absolutely necessary. How careful you are with them will decide its efficiency, and of course, its lifetime, so you have to make sure you engage in this aspect of life, with a lot of discipline and care.

Over here https://www.byrdie.com/veneers-process you can check someone’s experience with dental veneers, the things she dealt with, and how she took care of her teeth in the process. I recommend checking it out if you have doubts about the process and want to learn more about it on a more personal take.

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Here Are the Answers to Questions That Will Improve Your Child’s Oral Health How many of life’s problems could be avoided if parents made different choices when they had infants? The world may never know. But we do know that some of the problems we face as adults are directly linked to choices our parents made. This is not a license to blame your parents for everything that is wrong with you now. They did the best they could with the information they had, just as you are doing with your children. Despite our best information, your questionable choices will equally affect your children when they are adults.

As you consult your options to find the best teeth straightening treatment for you, realize you have an opportunity to help your kid skip this process when they get to be your age. There are many variables that dictate the kind of smile you will have as an adult. Some of which are cold and indifferent to genetics. Your kid will have to fight that every step of the way. But it is a fight they can win. Much of it is down to early prevention. Even when genetics are against you, there is still a lot that can be done to promote better oral health than what nature intended. If you have questions about your child’s oral health, here are a few answers to get you started:

Yes, Thumb-sucking Can Lead to Oral Health Issues

Almost all babies suck their thumbs. And they usually go on sucking them for years. Some stop after three years. Others take a little longer. The reason you want it to stop by 6 is that it is the time when adult teeth start forming. Thumb-sucking past this point can distort the process.

According to StopThumbSucking.org,

Now though, what pediatricians say about thumbsucking is that it should be stopped as early as age three, because of the risk of bad palate development and speech problems that can result, and it is bad for the child’s self-confidence.

When children continue to suck their thumbs past 6, they will very likely have the expense and inconvenience of braces and a lower self-image in their future. Braces are one thing. Speech problems are quite another. One of the best life advantages you can give your child is proper elocution. It plays well in job interviews at every level. A person who speaks well is the person to which others are more likely to listen. 

Yes, Twice a Day Brushing Is Sufficient

Brushing after every meal is fine as long as you only have two of them. Otherwise, brush twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening, and you will be just fine. This also applies to small children. You should brush their teeth twice a day and apply extra focus to the back teeth as they tend to be the first to form cavities. 

Children don’t need a lot of toothpaste. This is information toothpaste companies don’t want you to know. That full and curly-tipped dollop of toothpaste in the ads is way too much. Your children only need an amount of paste equal in size to a grain of rice. Toothpaste companies are engaging in a cynical ploy to make you buy a lot more toothpaste than you really need to be using. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the toothpaste industry is telling you a thousand lies with every photo showing a suggested amount. 

Yes, Natural Sugar Is Still Sugar

As a parent, you don’t let your kids over-indulge in sweets. But you give them as many apples and bananas they want. While natural sugar is different from processed sugar in significant ways, it is still sugar. Too much of it is bad for their teeth. Sweet fruit is only good for you in moderation. You are not hacking the system by eating grapes instead of Pop-Tarts. You have to treat natural sugar like any other sugar and moderate your intake accordingly. Otherwise, your child’s teeth could suffer.

Think about the struggles you have had with your teeth over the course of your life. These are struggles you can help your child reduce by stopping thumb sucking by 6, helping them brush twice a day, and limiting the intake of natural sugar as well as processed sugar. 

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How to Choose the Best Teeth Straightening Treatment for You Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Getting your teeth straightened for the perfect smile not only gives you a perfect set of pearlies but also makes chewing and speech easier. This is aside from the confidence boost and improvement in dental hygiene. As straightened teeth are easier to brush and floss, it dramatically reduces the chances of developing gum diseases, periodontitis, tooth decay and other disease conditions like stroke and heart and lung diseases too. Incidences of headaches and tension in the jaw are also reduced once crooked or crowded teeth are straightened out.

If you are interested in having your teeth aligned, then you will need to see an orthodontist. They are specialized dentists who deal with teeth straightening through the steady application of pressure, resulting in orthodontic tooth movement. Depending on the type and severity of misalignment, the orthodontist can prescribe braces, clear aligners or retainers. Dental surgery is also considered in rare cases with severe bite issues.

Orthodontic tooth Movement

The success of teeth alignment procedures is dependent on how teeth respond to the treatment. The steady pressure applied on the tooth sets off a complex bio-mechanical process in the root and its surrounding tissues. Resultant movement is the incredible by-product of interaction between bone tissues, ligaments, cells and cell signaling chemicals. An important point to note here is that trying to accelerate tooth movement can have adverse, damaging effects on the root and its surrounding tissues and is best avoided.

There are two popular options for teeth alignment and both work on the same principle of constant application of force on the tooth. Over the course of treatment, the teeth get straightened out. The two popular options include:

Traditional Metal Braces

While they are very effective in correcting even severe cases of misaligned teeth, metal braces leave you with a mouth full of metal brackets, ligature elastic, archwire and bonding material. The tighter the wire connecting the brackets, the more the pressure applied on the tooth. The downside to metal braces is that they are very conspicuous and uncomfortable. Aside from that, maintaining oral hygiene becomes a challenge as food debris tends to get stuck in-between them, leading to tooth decay.

Clear Aligners

Advancing technology has meant the advent of a more discrete, but equally effective way of straightening teeth. Clear aligners are a preferred option by adults as they are less visible. This is a popular treatment choice and involves application of a series of clear plastic aligner trays that are slightly tighter than the previous one. The aligner trays will need to be replaced every 1-2 weeks till the teeth reach the desired position.

The best aspect of clear aligners is that they are almost invisible and can't be seen easily. Since they are removable, you can slip them off when its time to eat and pop them on again when done. There are no concerns with oral hygiene either as the braces can be removed for brushing and flossing. As compared to traditional braces, clear aligners are definitely more comfortable, without causing any irritation of the cheek lining or gums.

All these and more make clear aligners the best choice for those wanting to straighten their teeth. What’s more, there are more than a dozen brands of clear aligners for you to choose from. Of these, the OrthoFX clear aligners stand out as they work faster and more effectively. This is by virtue of the unique triple-layered material used and its dual-shelled design which ensures greater comfort and shorter treatment regimes.

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How Psychologists Help Couples Grow Closer

 In most pieces online that you will read about psychology, you’re going to learn all about how the trained professional psychologist works with the individual to help them realize certain things about their mind that can be self-corrected with the help of the professional. Though psychology actually goes well beyond the individual as a science. There are trained psychologists out there who also deal in what we colloquially know as couples therapy, often called marriage counselling. This is where both parties in a relationship are seeing the same psychologist to really unravel the mysteries of how their once-loving relationship is going off the rails.

 While there are understandably a lot of people who are very suspicious of couples counselling, even to the point of being cynical, couples who have benefited from the proper psychological help via places like the Lionheart Psychology Group have nothing but good things to say about how they were helped and how their relationships were saved. Here are some of the best benefits that couples can look forward to when deciding to see a professional psych counsellor.

The Four Best Benefits of Psychology for Couples

1: Improve Your Communication

 One of the most common reasons for divorce is always “irreconcilable differences.” When this line is unpacked in family court, it’s usually one of or both of the parties claiming that they were unable to communicate with their partner anymore. A psychologist is an impartial ear that listens to your problems and seeks to understand what’s going wrong. They’re not there to play referee, nor to tell you what to do. However, the psychologist is listening to what’s happening between you as a couple and will offer advice to help you better communicate. A relationship with open lines of communication is one that’s more likely to last.

2: Better Manage Your Conflict

 Many relationship experts claim that all couples share two main things in common. First, they initially claim they’ll never fight like all of those other couples, and second, they end up fighting just like all of those other couples. Couples counselling helps people understand what they’ve been overlooking, in that your partner is an individual with their own hopes, dreams and wishes, and nobody lines up perfectly. A psychologist can help you learn how to recognize signals, respect boundaries, and approach conflict in a new way that doesn’t devolve into actually fighting. Conflict resolution has saved countless relationships.

3: Build Stronger Bonds of Trust

 We live in a different society today than generations ago, and for individuals who do want to cheat on their significant other or keep secrets, it’s made a lot easier now with social media and so much of our lives being online. People can easily lead double lives. This, unfortunately, means that suspicions are growing larger in today’s relationships than ever before. “Why is that guy following you on social media?!” Or “Your ex-girlfriend is speaking with you?!” These things erode trust, and the erosion of trust can drive someone away. Psychologists are trained to get to the root causes of this and many, many more issues that can damage trust in a relationship.

4: Revitalize Your Intimacy

 Intimacy isn’t only sex, but sex is a big part of intimacy. As couples live together over time and age, they are driven apart not only from the bedroom but also insightful conversations at the table, or loving time spent snuggling in front of a movie, or even travelling and laughing together. Many people aren’t doing it on purpose, but they’re growing complacent and taking their significant other for granted. A psychologist can identify these problems and truly help couples revitalize the intimacy that’s so important to relationships.

 There are many different couples out there in need of counselling, and they might not even be aware of it. Or, they could be aware of it but are just too skeptical or reserved to go through with making an appointment. At some point in the relationship, you and your significant other need to decide if your love is worth salvaging or if it’s just something you should abandon. If you want to save it, then seeing a trained psychologist might be the best way to go.

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How has Medical Care Advanced for the Elderly?

Gone are the days when the elderly soon resigned to fate and goodwill of the almighty. Medicine has grown by leaps and bounds especially when it comes to senior care. The elderly population has increased potentially as well as the population of people aged above 85. This phenomenon has been marked by major shifts in eldercare policies. With political incentives, technologies for eldercare have flourished and the sector has witnessed breakthroughs like never before. In this article, we will look at some of the ways elderly population is benefitting now appreciative of its past and the progress thus made.

Medical data at the tip of the finger

Not long-ago medical data was kept in dusty old rooms in battered files and looking up for records was a task nobody volunteered to execute. With the advent of laptops and computers, record keeping has become a breeze. Not only are doctors of today in a position to look at medical history and provide better medical diagnosis than doctors of previous years, but patients are also at the top of their health too. Wearable devices are monitoring the vital signs 24 hours, seven days a week and providing reliable data for better health care. With each passing year the accuracy and functionality of these devices is being improved and significant progress is being made for differently abled seniors as well. Primary Medical Care Centres are equipped with the latest state of the art machinery especially Primary Medical Care Center for Seniors Hallandale Beach which houses some of the best doctors of the area.

More independence for the elderly

Mobility technologies have vastly improved, giving the elderly more independence, choice and control over their time. In most of the advanced medical centres, technology has allowed paralysed people to operate light and blinds simply by the blink of the eyes. Sensors in an advanced Primary Medical Care Center for Seniors in Hallandale Beach will detect falling motion and sound an alarm for help. The care has shifted from specialised hospitals to sophisticated homes and assisted living. Even home care help is gaining popularity nowadays. All this was only a figment of imagination just about a decade ago.

The popularity of independent living with home care facilities can also be attributed to a marked cultural change. This has been brought into effect by the challenges faced by institution delivered services to maintain their bottom lines. Plus delivering care at home is found to be more effective than otherwise.

Financial Options Have Increased

Health care was always costly for the elderly. However, the innovation in financial technology has allowed them to be the master of their own coins. With health insurances becoming more affordable and accessible to people, good quality healthcare is being provided to people. Most providers of elder care services are paid to manage and take care of the entire medical incident and incentivizes them to serve and discharge the patient quicker.

Long Term Care has been enhanced

Institution based delivery of services have upgraded themselves to discard structural care. Due to the advances in modern psychology the importance of community-based health care is improving. This is coming especially handy when taking care of the elderly. Community based support services and groups not only provide a wider range of services but also provide within the elderly a sense of community. This is in sharp contrast to how services were delivered earlier in isolation which has time and again proved its worthlessness as an option. Isolated individuals have an adverse effect on their mental and physical being.

These advances have struck a chord with the elderly and made them age better in a community. In the years to come, as the average lifespan increases, we can only hope to see better technologies removing all sorts of struggle from the lives of the elderly.

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Dental Problems in Children That Won’t Cost a Fortune with a Discount Medical Card

It is so difficult to impose good dental hygiene in adults and it is a whole other problem when it comes to kids. Usually attracted to food items that are a sin to consume when it comes to dental health, kids usually don’t look at dental hygiene practices as fun activities either. In this article we will be looking at some common dental issues of kids and understand how medical discount cards the best help may be around. Most health insurance plans do not cater adequately to kids and that is when having a Medical Discount Plan comprising a network of the best Haitian Dentists serving Broward serves you well. Let us look at some common oral problems that kids face:

  • Tooth Decay

Also known as cavities, tooth decay are hands down one of the most common tooth problems of kids across the world. Caused primarily due to sugar rich diets, the onset of tooth decay usually occurs when plaque accumulates on the surface of the teeth degrading the enamel and eventually destroying the tooth. Prevention is simply maintaining proper dental hygiene and tooth filling in case of permanent teeth.

  • Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitivity can be caused by cavities, enamel wear, newly erupted permanent teeth, teeth grinding. Acid erosion and enamel wear and other orthodontic diseases. Certain toothpastes in the market help to alleviate the symptoms of tooth sensitivity and cause relief, however dentists are the best answers to sensitivity problems as they will strike at the root cause of the problem.

  • Pediatric Gingivitis or Gum Disease

Gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, causes red and swollen gums which have a tendency to bleed in case of abrasion from common activities such as brushing or chewing. More extreme form of this disease is observed in children with poor dental hygiene. In case of eruption of crooked teeth, they are less available for brushing causing the development of plaque and subsequent dental problems.

  • Orthodontic Problems

Children having crooked teeth may not have lower self-confidence but may also be affected by various dental problems due to inability to maintain proper dental hygiene. Orthodontic interventions ensure that no such problems occur and put together various devices to help teeth acquire proper shapes. This not only improves appearance but also ensures that the jaw functions properly, gum disease and infections are at bay and overall health of the kid is at its best.

  • Excessive Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking in a toddler is a fairly common activity that is used to calm and soothe the kid. However, past a certain age it becomes a nuisance. Excessive thumb sucking causes open bite-meaning that the upper teeth do not come together with the lower front teeth leaving a gap even when the mouth is closed. This not only affects mastication but may also impair speech.

  • Dental Anxiety and Phobias

Visit to the dentist is filled with anxiety for you, imagine the chaos it causes in the young minds. Therefore to make the experience better, employ the services of  Haitian Dentists serving Broward that specialize in Pediatrics. MultiMed USA has a network of such reliable dentists who will ensure that their services are of the highest order and available at a cost highly affordable medical care to you. That is when you opt for their medical discount plans that have an enviable array of services catering to your unique needs.

While kids may have all these problems, it is important to remember that they look up to you for their actions. If you do not have good dental hygiene practice that is you preach without practice, chances are they will have difficulty imbibing them as well. Therefore, remember to be at your best.

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Simple Residential Care Guide — What You Need to Know

As we become independent, we might have to shoulder certain responsibilities that can be really difficult to deal with, even more, if we are working adults that have +40 hours/week jobs.

It is indeed a very common situation, and that leaves us with little to no time to properly care about our family members. And believe it or not, our children and elderly require that much attention to lead a happy life.

A child requires attention because we don’t know what they might come up with if we are not around them, and the elderly are prompt to suffering from accidents or might just be too old to deal with certain daily activities that, for us, are things we take for granted.

Sadly, people that have the financial stability to ask for help, don’t even consider the idea of doing so just because there’s a certain sense of responsibility making them feel that they have to take responsibility for the situation all by themselves.

This is a form of neglect for both you and your family. Situations where being worn out or just straight up incapable of dealing with life outside of work becomes even more present in today’s society because of that.

Here’s when residential care enters the play as a possible solution for your situation. But what does it englobe, and how does it work? This article is meant to be a simple guide to escort you through the options available and give you some advice on how to hire one of those services.

What is Residential Care

As mentioned in this article, it refers to a form of long-term attention provided to children, adults, and elderly people who are expected to stay in a residential environment that is both comfortable and safe to be in. These are commonly known as care homes, or family homes.

When it comes to these facilities, you have multiple options. Some focus entirely on providing services for elderly people while others focus on giving attention to children or adults with certain disabilities.

Some places provide services for people with mental problems like Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or learning difficulties. There’s also the option of having in-home services where someone receives attention in their own places, making it a more comfortable experience for most people.

However, there are situations in where someone cannot deal with the process of caring because of the physical or mental condition of the patient, thus, they might need to receive attention in a residential care home.

This is very common for people that suffer from dementia or have a specific disease that requires the presence of a professional doctor to be around in case something happens.

There are also two categories when it comes to the attention provided for the residents of the home: total and self-care.

The first one refers to the attention given to a resident that englobes all the survival needs of said person, and this involves things like bathing to the ambulation and respiratory needs of the patient. It is good to know that total care doesn’t always require that a resident is incapable of dealing with some of its own needs by themselves.

The second option refers to the attention provided to someone that only needs help in specific things and they are still capable of dealing with most of their necessities.

Care for Children

When it comes to child supervision, you have many options, with the most common ones being residential schools, residential child care specifically for orphans, child disability care, and foster care.

Residential schools are places where children commonly live 24/7, while they receive an education and proper attention. This specific option has divided the community: while a side claims that it is not good for a child to live under such circumstances, others claim that it is better to be alone and neglected, and on some occasions, it can actually be beneficial for them.

Disability care is provided to children with special needs, and a team providing this service is often composed of specially trained caregivers, teachers, and therapists to look after the children. Some of the conditions and disabilities included in the batch of special needs include physical and mental conditions, like:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction
  • Depression and self-harming acts
  • Loss of mobility due to diseases or accidents

Adult and Elderly Care

The conditions for an adult to receive attention from professional service providers (or governmental entities) are very similar to children, only that they focus more on disabilities and mental problems as well as old age.

Some service providers like the residential care home in Birmingham, Digby Manor, focus on providing attentive services for elderly people while making sure that there’s a homely sense of comfort with their small residential home, only capable of holding 26 residents.

Other homes might provide rooms for much more people, and some elderly people might get discouraged with this idea because of what the idea entails. Still, it all depends on what the main patient likes, so deciding which option is best depends entirely on each individual.

Last Piece of Advice

The best way to determine whether you should consider hiring an attention service is whether your family members require said attention or not. It is also especially important to consider the reputation of the service provider you decide to go for since it is a way to know how they handle people before even hiring them.

Thankfully you can have access to this information through the internet, and websites like Google provide reviews and customer comments about the services of most organizations. To choose a service provider that fits your needs, you should consider their caring plans as well as their pricing as well.

Always have a list of potential service providers then go for the ones that are best for you and your family. Contacting them before deciding which one to go for can give you extra pieces of information that will let you know more about their professionalism, so make sure to do so before hiring them.

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6 Responses to Hitting a Wall in Your Meditation Practice The following is adapted from Meditation Not Medicine.

After practicing meditation for a while, you might feel like you’ve hit the proverbial wall. This happened to me after I started meditating for approximately six months. In the beginning, I was so happy to have found a way to deal with my stress that my enthusiasm carried me for a while.

As my practice developed, however, I hit that point where it wasn’t as fresh and new anymore. Suddenly, the thing that I made a priority in my life was losing its luster. Thankfully, that’s behind me now, but it took some changes. 

Maybe it’s been shorter or longer for you, but hitting the wall can be deflating regardless of how long you’ve been practicing. 

If your practice feels stuck, like it can’t provide any more benefit, you’re not alone. We have all been there, feeling and thinking we couldn’t go any further, like we had maxed out our mind’s ability to be still. When in reality, the mind being still is its very nature. This wall is just an aspect of our discomfort coming through. After all, most of us have lived for many years in a constant process of getting lost in thoughts about the past and future. 

Getting Over the Wall

Hitting a wall is actually a completely normal phase in the meditation process. All you have to do is figure out a way to move past whatever it is that’s built that wall in your psyche.

I’m going to help you do just that. Here are six responses to hitting that wall that will take your practice to an even deeper level of peace and calmness.

  1. Meditate for a longer or shorter period. Most people should start a meditation practice with just a few minutes per day. If a few minutes is no longer working, or you feel like a longer time will provide more benefit, why not increase the time to ten, fifteen, twenty minutes or longer? Similarly, if you’re meditating for 20 minutes per day and think it’s too long or you felt like you got more out of your practice when it was only 15 minutes, go back to that. There are no fixed rules to how long you can meditate at a time or the number of times a day you do.
  2. Focus on the quality of your meditation habit, not the quantity. 
  3. Maybe you can change the place where you meditate. Find a different room or spot inside or outside of your current location. Some people do well in parks; others in a quiet place in their home. Any place is fine as long as it enables you to sit still, breathe, and obtain a calmness.
  4. Try to change your breathing pattern. 
  5. You might want to include some soft background music.
  6. Meditate with a group instead of alone. The experience of meditating in a group is quite different than practicing on your own and is a great source of inspiration and support.

In addition to the previous six responses for hitting the wall in your meditation routine, you can also try different forms of meditation. There are guided practices, mindfulness, transcendental, and many others to try. Feel free to explore the one that works best for you. It’s possible that all of them work well for different phases of your life.

Don’t Give Up

Now you should have plenty of knowledge to get over that wall. Don’t give up. Try each one until something works for you. Remain confident that you will get past this. Sometimes, all it takes is time. The important thing is to continue practicing, even if you stare down that wall every time.

Keep up your routine and you will get over that wall. Remember, we’ve all been there. In my case, I was there about ten years ago, and that wall is way behind me now.

You can do the same. Namaste.

For more advice on the ways stress impacts your mental and physical health, you can find Meditation Not Medicine on Amazon.

Adam J. Weber is the “no BS, common-sense” speaker, author, product creation specialist, and owner of the highly successful companies Weber Real Estate Advisors and Weber Advisory Group. He helps people reduce stress through his highly celebrated meditation technique: “Easy to Meditate.” When he first tried meditating, Adam was frustrated with the “flowery woo-woo fluff” of meditation books. He wrote Meditation Not Medicine to share his simple, practical approach to meditating, helping others reduce their stress without medication. He lives in New York with his wife, Haley; his two sons, Andrew and Daniel; and his best bud, Churchill, a Golden-Retriever-English-Setter mix.

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