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.

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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

 

Happy Mother’s Day From the MedMassager Team

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers: the biological mothers, adopted mothers, foster mothers, fur mommas; the mothers who have lost a child, a child who has lost a mother, women who yearn to be mothers, those who have struggled to be mothers, and those women who have mothered other people’s children.

A Mother’s Day poem:

Sunshine
My Mother, my friend so dear,
Throughout my life you’re always near.
A tender smile to guide my way,
You’re the sunshine to light my day.
~ Anon.

A Mother’s Love
Of all the special joys in life,
The big ones and the small,
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all.
~ Anon.

Don’t forget to use promo code MOMMADAY for $50 off of either of our massagers or the already discounted set. Good through the next four days only!

10 Ways to Start Moving This Spring

Improving your peripheral circulation is possible in the comfort of your own home as well as outside the home.

Here are six simple steps to aid in the attempt to improve your circulation this Spring:

1.) Avoid sitting for long periods of time.

2. Don’t forget to stretch your arms and legs.

3. Sit in ways that don’t restrict circulation such as crossing your legs.

4. Keep your extremities warm.

5. Watch out for articles of clothing that will restrict blood flow.

6.  Move about at home. Even taking small steps can help improve circulation.

7.) Eat the Right Diet: Make sure to drink plenty of water daily and watch the number of fats in your diet. Quit smoking as this can lead to clogging of the arteries.

8. Exercise is not only GREAT for cardiac health, but it releases endorphins–the happy hormone. Exercise has also been linked to decreasing depression by at least 20 percent.

9. A body brush can help increase circulation.

10. Trick your body by using the warm to cold method. The shower may be the most convenient.

According to stannahstairlifts.co.uk, peripheral circulation is likely to be overlooked.

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Celebrate Every Kid Healthy™ Week

During the last week of April each year, an annual observance of school health and wellness achievements is takes place. This week represents what schools across the country are doing to support child health, including proper nutrition, exercise and learning.

Every Kid Healthy™ week is meant to encourage schools to support health-promoting programs by hosting an event at any point during the month. Consider a field day, pep rally, or other school-wide event to focus solely on health.

According to EveryHealthyKidWeek.org, “More than 7,000 schools have hosted events since 2013, and more than 3 million students, staff, family, and community members have participated in tasting new, nutritious foods at taste tests; learning health tips at school health fairs; competing in field days, running in fun runs; and much, much more.

Every Kid Healthy Week events should promote and reinforce healthy eating, nutrition education, physical activity and physical education.

The site has lots of resources to help you promote your event and get students and the whole community excited and involved.”

For the rest of the article, read here.

Enjoy Easter With These 7 Simple Tips

Easter may filled with Easter Bunnies, egg hunts, and bright colors, but the origin of Easter dates back to the beginnings of Christianity. It is also probably the oldest Christian observance after the Sabbath Resurrection.

According to Howstuffworks.com,  enjoying Easter was never as easy as these seven steps:

  1. Savor Each Bite: If your watching your weight, one tip that can help any person avoid overeating is to savor each bite. Don’t deprive yourself as it will be much easier to indulge later. Pick a few treats, and savior each bite.
  2. Start New Traditions: Cooking fresh meat can keep the sodium levels down. So you may want to cook that ham this year instead of purchasing one at the store.
  3. Prepare Your Own Healthy Options: If you are attending a party and worried about the options, you may want to prepare a health conscious dish you can indulge in too.
  4. Go Crustless! Eat the pie, but without the crust! Bake apple, peaches, etc and add your favorite spices, such as cinnamon.
  5. Ditch the Scale: The scale can be intimidating and some people can obsess over it. Use your clothing as an indicator of weight loss or weight gain
  6. Hide the Easter Candy: If you know you will have a tendency to eat all of the Easter candy, hide it after the holidays are over so it will be out of reach
  7. Throw Away the Elastic: Elastic can trick you into thinking you have more space and cause you to overeat. Wear something that makes you comfortable but not something baggy

For the rest of the article, read here.

 

 

 

 

Happy World Health Day!

Happy World Health Day! The World Health Organization envisions a day where every person receives healthcare when he/she needs it, and has access to medical treatment in the hearts of their own communities.

The statistics show that millions of people are still without healthcare, and this is why WHO is focusing on universal health coverage, especially on World Health Day.

Check the website here.

April Is Foot Health Awareness Month

Hello April!

It is said that April showers bring May flowers. April is the first full month of spring, and it is also Foot Health Awareness Month. Celebrating and discussing foot health in the month of April comes just in time for those sandal wearing days!

The foot is a magnificent part of the body and it is extremely important for balance and helping the body distribute weight. According to Podiatrists.org, “Synching the structural strength of a cantilever bridge with the mechanical complexity and precision of a fine Swiss watch, the human foot is a bioengineering masterpiece!”

The College of Podiatry aims to build on last year’s campaign while focusing on promoting foot health and raising awareness and understanding of podiatry this April. The site suggests that people with foot or lower limb issues and pain should visit an HCPC registered podiatrist.

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, “The average person takes 10,000 steps each day which adds up to more than three million steps per year.”

As of 2015, a CDC report noted that approximately 30.3 million people in the U.S., (9.4 percent of the population) suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can affect the nerves, causing nerve damage or neuropathy. Neuropathy can cause tingling, burning and other types of pain including numbness. For those living with diabetes, poor circulation and a compromised defense against infection can complicate problems with the feet causing them to become more vulnerable to injury.

How You Can Participate in Foot Health Month

Participate this year in Foot Health Awareness Month by taking care of your feet, seeing a doctor if you have any current issues, walking for circulation, keeping the feet clean and dry, trimming your toenails, and wearing supportive shoes.

The College of Podiatry is also asking the public and healthcare professionals to encourage awareness by spreading the message about foot health all month long. Please also follow the organization on social media, like and share their posts or post your own messages using #foothealthmonth2019 during the month of April.