Busy Mom, Business Owner and Fitness Guru: Meet Amber Orton

Fitness trainer, mother, and business owner, Amber Orton, recommends MedMassager for everyone.

As a fitness trainer and business owner, Amber Orton works long hours helping other people achieve their health and wellness goals, as well as maintaining her physique. Orton believes in clean eating, healthy living, and non-toxic beauty products.

Orton said she first heard about MedMassager eight months ago via social media. “I have always been interested in the healing properties specific to stimulating reflexology points through the feet,” Orton said. “I use essential oils, which often times are applied to the feet as a point of absorption, and have seen benefit in doing so.”

Orton said the idea of an oscillating massager with nodules to stimulate reflexology points intrigued her. “I was very interested in using this [Foot] MedMassager while I worked to see if it helped my overall sense of well-being and healing,” she noted.

Immediately, Orton noticed the benefits of the massager, as well as increased local circulation. “I love how I feel after using it. It stimulates the nervous system and helps me release tension.”

Orton mostly uses the massagers like an ultra-sound found at a physical therapy office to stimulate local circulation in her feet and calves while she works in her office. “Often times, I feel tension in that area [of the ankle sprain] and up through my outer calf. I feel since using the Med Massager, it’s much less tight.”

One of the things Orton mentioned she loves about the MedMassager especially as a working mom, business owner and gym rat is that “it’s easy to multi-task and it feels great!”

Amber Orton is not just a physical trainer, but also avid about personal health and wellness. She knows the benefit that proper circulation can have on the body and how a lack of circulation can lead to slowed healing, as well as other issues. Orton noted that because the MedMassagers stimulate local circulation and oxygen is necessary for every process in the body, the machine also helps with stress resilience—the ability to cope with life’s stressors.

Orton has tried a number of different massaging products and says that now that she actually has the MedMassager, “there is no comparison.”

A little piece of advice from the guru herself? “I do understand its expensive, but its 100% worth the investment. It can be used for so many things, such as any type of muscle pain, restless leg syndrome, planter fasciitis, heel and bone spurs, diabetes, neuropathy, and relaxing tense feet. I do believe this product is much different from any other I have come across or am familiar with for its healing ability and functionality,” she said.

 

September is Spinal Cord Awareness Month

September is Spinal Cord Awareness Month. This month is very important to me —MedMassager’s Social Media Manager, Erin Rollins— because I suffered a lower spinal cord injury in 2014 due to a wrong-way drunk driver. Read my story here.

Every year 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury occur. Most happen due to automobile accidents, sports injuries, falls, and acts of violence.

According to Disability-Benefits-Help.org, “Although people with spinal cord injuries are all too aware of the effects of this type of injury, the population at large may not be. Others may not realize how difficult it is to live with a spinal cord injury, much less make a living.”

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month was established in September, 2014 due to the passing of U.S. Senate Resolution 533. Since this time, organizations around the world have helped to spread awareness of the impact of spinal cord injuries on sufferers. Several organizations also promote SCI research to help individuals access necessary therapy and possible cures in order to regain mobility.

Spinal Cord Injuries are linked to poorer circulation due to less mobility, as well as, cellular changes, neuropathy, pain, and inflammation. These effects can be kept under control with medications, exercise, diet changes and massage and physical therapy.

For more about Spinal Cord Awareness Month or ways to get involved, read here.

 

Friend of MedMassager, Steve Cannon’s “Expand Your Possible” Is Growing

Remember Steve Cannon? We wrote about him a few months ago. Steve Cannon is an adventurer at heart, a physical beast of a man, and a friend of MedMassager. He is a fat bike cycler, runner, and philanthropist. In 2009, Cannon became the second person to ever run across his home state of Iowa, raising nearly $3,500 in doing so. In 2012, he became the first person to ever run around Lake Michigan, logging 1,037 miles in forty days, and raised over $30,000.

His largest fundraising event, however; took place in 2013 when he organized a cross country marathon relay through a group he started— “One Race Events” —and raised nearly $500,000.

Cannon’s adventures to date can be found on his website at expandyourpossible.com .

And….that’s not all. Expand Your Possible is growing. The organization has teamed up with Alaska Coffee Roasting Company to give supporters access to some of the finest coffees from around the world!

What Expand Your Possible is Offering:

ETHIOPIA YIRGACHEFFE

Flavor Profile: Notes of peach, lemon, and jasmine

Grower: 650 smallholder farmers organized around the Kochere Coffee Mill | Matewos Ersemo

Variety: Indigenous heirloom cultivars

Region: Kochere kebele, Kochere District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia

Harvest: October – January

Altitude: 1850 – 1950 meters

Soil: Luvisols

Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Alaska Coffee Roasting Company takes great pride and care in the coffee that they source, to ensure that you’re getting the BEST product possible. In fact, this coffee earned the highest rating of any Ethiopia Yirgacheffe reviewed by CoffeeReview.com! Trust me, ya’ll don’t want to miss out on this!!!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

steve@expandyourpossible.com or angi@expandyourpossible.com

Want another perk?? For anyone who orders NOW, Steve Cannon and his team will throw in a copy of their first movie “Reaching for the Stars” for FREE. Watch the trailer here.

 

10 Easy Things To Do Everyday For Your Health

Mommy on Purpose has a little bit of advice.

Here are 10 Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Health:

  1. Vitamin Up
  2. Eat Whole Foods
  3. Cut out the soda
  4. …..And Drink Water Instead
  5. Favor Natural Remedies Over Chemicals
  6. Move Your Body
  7. Appreciate Your Body
  8. Enjoy a Glass of Wine
  9. Cut back on electronics and blue light
  10. Prioritize sleep

For the full article, read here.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome is a sleep disorder commonly associated with discomfort, twitchiness and an irresistible urge to move one’s legs, most often occurring at night or after a person has gone to bed. It is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease.

Since symptoms can flare up at night, RLS can affect someone’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Sufferers comment that movement can help, although once the movement stops, symptoms can recur. Some believe the movement increases circulation and circulation can help manage those symptoms.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),

“RLS is best characterized as a neurological sensory disorder with symptoms that are produced from within the brain itself. RLS is one of several disorders that can cause exhaustion and daytime sleepiness, which can strongly affect mood, concentration, job and school performance, and personal relationships.”

It is estimated that between 7-10 percent of people in the United States have RLS. RLS can occur at any age, to anyone and affects both men and women. It is noted that RLS can get worse and more frequent with age and develop into PLMS—Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep. PLMS is associated with periodic and frequent limb movements. Ironically people with RLS can also develop PLMS, but in those with PLMS doesn’t necessarily mean that they will develop Restless Leg Syndrome.

Treatments for RLS can include both drug and non-drug therapies.

So, what causes RLS? According to the NINDS, significant evidence suggests that RLS can be caused from a number of underlying conditions including, but not limited to:

  • end-stage renal disease and hemodialysis
  • iron deficiency
  • certain medications that may aggravate RLS symptoms, such as antinausea drugs (e.g. prochlorperazine or metoclopramide), antipsychotic drugs (e.g., haloperidol or phenothiazine derivatives), antidepressants that increase serotonin (e.g., fluoxetine or sertraline), and some cold and allergy medications that contain older antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine)
  • use of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine
  • pregnancy, especially in the last trimester; in most cases, symptoms usually disappear within 4 weeks after delivery
  • neuropathy (nerve damage).

According to the site,

“Considerable evidence also suggests that RLS is related to a dysfunction in one of the sections of the brain that control movement (called the basal ganglia) that use the brain chemical dopamine.  Dopamine is needed to produce smooth, purposeful muscle activity and movement.  Disruption of these pathways frequently results in involuntary movements.  Individuals with Parkinson’s disease, another disorder of the basal ganglia’s dopamine pathways, have increased chance of developing RLS,”

RLS can also be aggravated by sleep deprivation or sleep conditions.

To read the rest of the research article, read here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-to-School Health Tips

Going back to school can be an exciting time for parents and children, and also a begrudging time. Kids may feel constrained when sitting in a classroom for five-plus hours a day, compared to summers where they have more opportunity to get outside, play with their friends and engage in more physical activities. Here are a few tips to help your kids start this school year off on the right track.

Nutrition:

According to Hopkinsmedicine.org, 17 percent of children ages two to 19 are obese, and a whopping 40 percent of total daily calories are empty calories from sugar and solid fats.

For parents whose children are picky eaters, the site recommends that parents do NOT use food as a reward, be a role model with healthy eating habits and continue introducing new foods periodically. According to other research, taste buds change every few weeks and the number of taste buds tend to decrease with age, changing what people prefer at different ages (link to article here).

Here are FOUR HEALTH TIPS for parents with children going back to school:

1 Watch out for Head Lice

2 Stop Bullying

3 Check for Scoliosis. Every prevention is key

4 Check Vision regularly especially if your child squints, strains, or holds handheld devices extremely close to his/her face.

Exercise:

Encourage children to be active during physical education and suggest they participate in sports. Exercise has so many health benefits including keeping one’s heart healthy and may decrease depressed feelings in certain individuals.

Let’s Talk About Sleep:

Sleep is very important for people of any age, and especially growing children.

1.) Sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise.

2.) 8-10 hours of sleep a night is the magic number!

3.) Establish a healthy sleep routine

Also, make sure to be vocal and talk with your kids and their teachers about your child’s learning style, likes and dislikes, or any other issue that may impact performance or your child’s ability to learn.

For the rest of the article and to see the infographic, click here.

Is the Summer Heat Negatively Affecting Your Joints?

With summer in full swing, some days the heat can feel unbearable. Certain conditions or symptoms can worsen with the weather.

According to Arthrosurface.com, because joints contain sensory nerves that respond to the smallest of changes in the weather, temperature and humidity can affect the amount of fluid in a joint causing swelling, inflammation, and also pain.

Here are a few tips to stay cool this summer and give those joints a break.

1.) Stay indoors where it’s cool.

2.) Wear breathable and loose fabrics such as cotton instead of synthetic materials.

3.) Stay hydrated: Water and electrolytes will keep you hydrated, whereas soda, caffeinated beverages and alcohol can cause dehydration.

4.) Stay active by swimming. Swimming is a low-impact activity and keeps pressure off of the joints.

Read the rest of the article here

 

Celebrating Juvenile Arthritis Month

July is Juvenile Awareness Month. When one thinks of the term arthritis, he/she may imagine an older person with joint pain or creaky joints, swelling, and/or someone who has trouble with everyday tasks.

According to arthritis.org, however; arthritis is common, but may not be easily recognized, and is more common in children than one may think. Arthritis does not stem from one single disease. Instead, it is a term to commonly refer to pain in the joints, or joint disease. Currently, there are more than 100 different documented types of arthritis or related conditions. According to the site, arthritis is not specific to a person of a particular age, race or sex. In fact, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. Currently, approximately 50 million adults and 300,000 children have arthritis in the USA.

Arthritis happens when the cartilage in between the bones no longer works properly or wears down partially, or completely. The wearing down of the cartilage between the bones is thought to cause inflammation in the joint, causing arthritis. Then the joint becomes hard to move and is usually painful.

In children, arthritis is thought to be very treatable, and in some it even disappears. Usually arthritis is not inherited from the child’s mother or father, but can be in rare instances.

For specific types of arthritis and signs to look out for, read more here.

To join the movement in spreading awareness about juvenile arthritis, please use the hashtags #CUREARTHRITIS and #KIDSGETARTHRITIS

Awareness is the key to making Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month a success. If you or someone you know suspects that they may have arthritis, see your primary care doctor for an evaluation.

June is Men’s Health Month!

It’s that time of year again! The goal of Men’s Health Month is to spread awareness of preventable health issues, and encourage early detection and treatment for all male populations.

According to Menshealthmonth.org, “This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.”

Check out the Men’s Health Resource Site here for the following topics: 

1 Cardiovascular Health

2 Sexual Reproductive Health

3 Mental Health

4 Prostate Health

5 Nutrition/Obesity

6 Cancer

7 Other Health Topics

Happy Health!

 

 

5 Ways To Improve Blood Circulation Now

Without good blood flow, cells will not get the oxygen or nutrients they need. Poor circulation is a symptom of many illnesses or diseases including peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, to name a few.

In the most severe cases, poor circulation can eventually lead to amputation when the cells start to die and the tissue becomes necrotic. Poor circulation often begins in the extremities, but can lead to other parts of the body including the organs.

5 Ways To Improve Circulation Now:

1.) Consider a standing desk. Studies show that sitting for long periods of time increasing the risk of sudden death from all causes. Read the study here:

2.) Exercise: Rain or shine, get out or stay in, but whatever you do, move your body. Dance, walk, run, just move!

3.) Use our medical massagers to increase local circulation. Using our massagers on the lowest setting for as little as 15 minutes is equivalent to walking four-miles circulation-wise.

4.) Consider wearing compression socks

5.) Make sure you are getting proper nutrients including B-vitamins and Magnesium.

According to University Health News, if interested in treatments for poor circulation, “determining the cause may involve some blood tests, a blood-glucose test, physical examination, blood pressure testing, and, possibly, an ultrasound or CT scan. Once the cause is determined, treatment options should be discussed with a physician