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The Gift That Keeps on Giving: 3 Illnesses to Expect When Your Child Starts School

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Gift That Keeps on Giving: 3 Illnesses to Expect When Your Child Starts School

As a first-time parent, when your child starts school the experience can be exciting and nerve-wracking. You may be even more nerve-wracked when you realize the host of germs they bring home. There are some common ailments you can expect as your child becomes adjusted to interacting with other children and coming into contact with communicable diseases. Stomach Bugs Unfortunately, stomach bugs can spread through your house like a wildfire. Even though your little one is miserable, the bright side is children often get over stomach troubles quicker than adults. Your main agenda is keeping your child comfortable and hydrated. Do not be alarmed if your child sleeps for many hours. Check on them periodically to make sure they are sleeping normally and ideally, they should sleep on their side just in case they vomit in their sleep. Look out for any signs that could indicate gastrointestinal ailments are more serious, such as a high fever, the inability to keep down fluids after several hours, rashes, neck stiffness, or unusual behavior. You should also be cognizant about reducing the spread of stomach. Try to keep your child confined to their room as much as possible. Wear gloves when handling any messes they create. Everyone in the household should wash their hands frequently. Wiping down surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door knobs, tank levers, and bathroom/kitchen fixtures with disinfecting wipes can also help minimize the spread. Chicken Pox Chicken pox is far less common that it used to be due to early vaccination against the virus. Even if your child has been vaccinated, it is still possible to have chicken pox. Typically, the incidence of chicken pox in vaccinated individuals is less and when it does occur, it is less serious. Many people are more accustomed to the itchy blisters that develop in chicken pox. However, in vaccinated children, they may develop itchy, raised bumps that do not look like the classic chicken pox. If you have not been vaccinated against chicken pox, especially if you never had the illness, you should consider having the vaccine well before your child reaches school age. Chicken pox in adults tends to be more severe and have a higher rate of complications. It is unlikely you will be able to care for your sick child without being exposed to the virus. Strep Throat Mild sore throats are common as part of the cold or seasonal flu. In strep throat, your child may complain of difficulty swallowing. Their tonsils may be enlarged and covered with white spots. A trip to the doctor is in order for a course of antibiotics. This will lessen the duration of strep throat. Your child may also benefit from liquid acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help reduce their fever and make them more comfortable. Never use aspirin in children, due to the incidence of Reye’s syndrome. To lessen the possibility of spreading strep throat, make sure you wash dishes with hot, soapy water. If you wash dishes by hand, some people add a small splash of bleach to their dish water and allow them to soak before washing. Once your child feels better, their tonsils should return to normal size, but it does not always happen. Their tonsils may remain enlarged and have small craters. You should speak...

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Understanding Which Eye Conditions Vision Therapy Can And Cannot Help

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Which Eye Conditions Vision Therapy Can And Cannot Help

If you or your child has a vision problem, then you may try to seek out as many treatments as possible to help your son or daughter. In your search for a treatment, you may have learned about vision therapy. Vision therapy is a treatment conducted by a doctor to help the visual system correct itself. This occurs through a series of activities and the eyes are then strengthened. Visual acuity is assisted greatly through the use of vision therapy. Visual therapy cannot assist with every type of vision problem though. Keep reading to learn about a few conditions that may not be helped with the treatment so you can focus on your child’s health. Nearsightedness Nearsightedness is a visual acuity issue that makes it difficult to see objects far away in the distance. The condition is sometimes called myopia and it is a refractive problem where light and images do not fall onto the retina properly. Specifically, the images focus in front of the retina. This problem occurs as the eyeball becomes elongated. This is a physical problem that cannot be repaired. Glasses are typically worn to help focus images back further within the eye so they hit the retina correctly. Glasses are used in this way to treat the problem without actually fixing it. In most cases, myopia issues will worsen until you become a young adult. While vision therapy cannot be used to treat myopia specifically, certain vision therapy activities can be used to reduce the eye strain that comes with nearsighted issues. Eye strain is often a condition that develops due to the overuse of the eye muscles. Vision therapy activities can strengthen the muscles to reduce soreness associated with eye strain. This is often something that is considered to assist children who have recently started wearing glasses and experience some discomfort when wearing them and also when taking them off at night. One of the vision therapy activities that is suggested is also one used to improve hand and eye coordination. It is typically referred to as a pencil push up and involves focusing on a pencil point as it is moved closer and farther away from the face.  Eye Turn Disorders If you have a child that was born with a crossed eye condition or a serious misalignment of one or both the eyes, then it is possible that surgical intervention as well as the use of injections, patches, and glasses must be used to correct the condition. These things may also be a requirement for adult eye turning and misalignment issues that worsen over time. Many of these problems happen due to the weakness of the eye muscles and the way that one or both eyes turn down or towards the nose.  While many serious eye turn or misalignment disorders require surgical or advanced medical treatment, the eye or eyes will likely need to be retrained once the muscle issue is resolved. Retraining can be completed with a vision therapy regimen. The activities will likely include the use of tools like graphs, word diagrams, balls, strings, wands and other objects to encourage certain eye movements.  Vision therapy activities can sometimes be used to assist mild misalignment issues like lazy eye. An eye doctor will need to determine the severity of the misalignment first to figure out if vision...

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Menopause Ruining Your Skin? Fight Back To Reclaim Radiant Skin

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Menopause Ruining Your Skin? Fight Back To Reclaim Radiant Skin

Nearly everyone knows that menopause can bring an onslaught of annoying symptoms from hot flashes and night sweats to mood swings and memory lapses. These topics are frequently covered in women’s magazines and health journals and are often the subject of light-hearted jokes as aging women learn to poke fun at themselves. What you may not know it is that menopause can also cause a host of skin problems that can leave you feeling old and worn out. But you don’t need to suffer in silence. Learn how menopause affects your skin and what you can do to combat the negative effects. How does menopause affect the skin? As a woman nears menopause, her body gradually decreases its estrogen production. This hormone is typically known as the female hormone and is responsible for the changes that occur in a woman’s body during puberty and for maintaining a healthy reproductive system. As child-bearing years come to an end, the body no longer needs estrogen to regulate the menstrual cycle and it decreases the production of this hormone. Unfortunately, estrogen does more than help with the reproduction system. It also promotes oil and collagen production, both of which are important to smooth, healthy skin. As a result, a lack of estrogen can cause dry, sagging skin and wrinkles. How do you combat dry, itchy skin? Dry, itchy skin is a natural result of low oil production. There are a number of things you can do to treat or prevent dry skin. Try these tricks for combating dry skin. Avoid long, hot showers. Hot water strips the skin of oils, and the longer the shower the more prominent the effects. Try warm showers and limit your time to 5 to 10 minutes a day. Use a moisturizing body wash. Apply body lotion while your skin is still damp. This helps to lock in moisture. Avoid using mineral oils, such as baby oil or petroleum jelly, on your skin. While it may seem like an easy solution for dry skin, mineral oils are made from petroleum products and do not penetrate the skin. Mineral oils simply coat the skin and can clog pores that may lead to acne and other skin problems. Opt for a vegetable-based body oil instead. Use a mild soap on your face and nix the heavy cleansers. Always wear sunscreen when leaving your home. How do you reduce wrinkles and signs of aging? There are a host of products on the market designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging.  But you don’t need fancy products to enhance the appearance of your skin. Try these instead. Get Plenty of Omega-3 Oils. Consuming more Omega-3 oils from natural sources will boost the oil production in your skin and enhance your beauty from the inside out. Snack on dried seeds and nuts, add flax seed to your salads and smoothies, and consume fatty fish on a regular basis. Add soy to your diet. Soy products contain isoflavones that mimic the action of estrogen and will help keep your skin healthy. Eat more antioxidants. Antioxidants are found in brightly-colored fruits, berries, and veggies and may help make your skin stronger. Get plenty of sleep. A good night’s rest can do wonders for your skin, leaving you looking refreshed and...

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Over 40 With Poor Vision: Why Can’t You See Close Up And At A Distance?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Over 40 With Poor Vision: Why Can’t You See Close Up And At A Distance?

If you’re over 40 years of age and can’t see things perfectly up close and at a distance, even when you wear eyeglasses, you may wonder if you’ll lose your eyesight. Although a good number of adults experience problems seeing things up close after they turn 40 years of age, your eyes should still be relatively healthy enough to see at other distances. Your vision aids should also help keep your eyes clear. But if you develop an optical condition that changes the health of your eyes, such as myopia, your current eyeglass prescription may not be enough to correct your vision. Here are more things to know about your vision problems and what you can do to correct them. Why Can’t You See Things Clearly Anymore? When you turn 40 years of age, you gradually develop an expected and normal age-related eye problem called presbyopia. Presbyopia is a refractive error eye condition that makes it difficult to read small print, view images on a computer screen, or sew your child’s favorite sweater without the objects appearing blurry. You usually correct presbyopia with contact lenses or eyeglasses. But if you lose your ability to see objects from afar with or without vision aids, you may have a problem called myopia, or nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is a type of refractive eye error that affects your corneas. Your corneas describe the clear, curved tissues that cover the surfaces of your eyeballs. Corneas also help your eyes receive and focus light, but you can easily damage your corneas if foreign objects scratch or injure them. In addition, if your corneas begin to curve too much, light can’t enter them properly. Images appear distorted or blurred as a result. Your current prescription probably won’t work as well as it should to correct the new changes in your eyes. It’s possible for your vision to become worse over time. To correct your new eye problems and save your vision, see an eye doctor at a place like All About Eyes for treatment. What Can You Do to Improve Your Eyesight? An optometrist, or eye doctor, will most likely perform a comprehensive eye exam on you. The exam may reveal scratches or injuries on your corneas that require medicine to repair. Medications, such as eye drops and antibiotics, can help the corneas heal or recover. If the damage is too great, surgery may be an option. Surgery is often used to replace severely damaged corneas. Sometimes, eye surgeons use tissue grafts made of natural or synthetic material to correct the issues. However, this is something an eye doctor can discuss in greater detail when they examine your eyes. If none of the problems are found above, an optometrist may simply prescribe stronger vision aids to correct your eyes. Sometimes, vision aids become outdated or damaged and lose their strength. Your new glasses may feature lenses that correct both of your issues at the same time, including progressive and bifocal. Progressive lenses may be a good option for you because they only use one lens to correct multiple vision problems. Bifocals typically feature multiple lenses to help you focus on objects at different distances, which may not be right for you. To keep your eyes healthy after treatment, be sure to avoid dust and other things that irritate the corneas. If...

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Factors To Consider When Selecting A Primary Care Physician

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors To Consider When Selecting A Primary Care Physician

If you are moving, changing your health insurance or are simply unhappy with your current doctor, you may be looking for a new primary care physician. As you search for a new doctor, there are many factors to consider. Some of the most obvious include whether the doctor takes your insurance, their location, their experience and how comfortable you feel talking to them. However, there are many other factors that you need to consider as well. Here are a few factors that you may not think about or overlook that are important to consider as you search for a new primary care physician. If the Doctor is Part of a Group Practice or Individual Practice One important factor to consider as you search for a new primary care doctor is whether the doctor you are considering has an individual practice or is part of a group practice. As a general rule of thumb, if the doctor is part of a group practice, the other doctors in the group will pitch in and take on the doctor’s patients should your doctor be sick or on vacation when you need care. If the doctor has an individual practice, there may not be anyone that takes on their patients when they are away, which can leave you searching for a doctor should you need urgent care and your doctor is in vacation. A benefit to an individual practice is that it is smaller. The waiting room may be smaller as there is only one doctor’s patients, and there may be fewer staff. Ultimately, you have to decide which is ideal for you and select a doctor that best fits in with what you prefer. What Hospital the Doctor Admits Patients To Another factor to consider as you select a primary care physician is what hospital the doctor admits patients to. Not every doctor has privileges at every hospital. This can make it difficult or impossible for them to care for you or get you admitted into the hospital of your choice should you be sick. If you live in an area that has multiple hospitals, and you prefer one over the other, always ask a doctor if they admit patients to that hospital and if they have privileges at that hospital. How You Communicate With the Doctor The last factor you want to consider when selecting a new primary care physician is how you can communicate with the doctor. Some doctors are hard to reach. You may have to talk to staff to relay your message to the doctor. Other doctors have certain times of the day where they will take phone calls from patients. One of the newest trends is for doctors to allow patients to email them. The doctor will then respond to the email when they have time throughout the day. Being able to communicate with your doctor is important. It can give you peace of mind that you need to be seen or not be seen based on what you are experiencing. It can help you get a prescription filled quickly. Or it can help you ensure you are following doctor’s orders, in case you forget what you are told. As you search for a new primary care physician, always find out how you can communicate with the...

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Four Decisions To Make When Choosing A Stair Lift For Your Home

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Decisions To Make When Choosing A Stair Lift For Your Home

If the time has come to get a stair lift for your home, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many different brands and models that picking between them can feel impossible. Instead of just endlessly browsing through your options, a better way to approach this situation is to make a list of the features you need in a stair lift and then only look at models that offer those features. Here are the four main decisions you’ll need to make when narrowing down what features you need. Do you need a regular or heavy duty stair lift? While there is some variation between brands, in most cases, regular stair lifts have a weight limit of about 300 pounds. If you weigh more than 300 pounds, you will want to restrict your consideration to heavy duty stair lifts, which have higher weight capacities. If you’re near 300 pounds, it also may not be a bad idea to spring for a heavy duty chair lift. This way, if you happen to gain a few unplanned pounds, you do not have to worry about going through the struggle of replacing your stair lift. If you ever have visitors who may need to use the stair lift and are over 300 pounds, you can accommodate them, too. Do you need the chair to swivel? There are two basic types of seats that chair lifts may be fitted with. A fixed-seat chair lift has a chair that faces the interior of the staircase. To get in and out of the seat, you would have to step on the top or bottom stair. The other option is a swivel seat, which rotates to face the top or bottom of the stairs for you to get in and out — and then swings to face the interior of the staircase as you’re in motion. If you have very limited mobility, the swivel-seat chair is probably a better choice as it allows you to avoid stepping onto the stairs. However, if don’t envision yourself struggling to get into the chair from the step, a fixed seat might be a better choice. There is less of a chance of malfunction, as there’s no swiveling apparatus to worry about, and fixed-seat lifts tend to be cheaper, too. Do you need a foldable or non-foldable stair lift? Do you have family members who will be traversing the stairs by foot on a regular basis, or are you the only one who frequents the stairs? If you want the stairs to be very accessible to foot traffic, you may want to get a fold-up stair lift that condenses against the wall when not in use. However, if you’re the only one who uses the stairs regularly, you can get away with a non-folding stair lift — you won’t have to go through the struggle of folding it up. Anyone who does need to use the stairs by foot will be able to; they’ll just have to squeeze past the lift. Is a battery-powered lift or an electric lift better suited to your needs? A battery-powered stair lift plugs into the wall to charge, but then runs on its battery. An electric one must be plugged into the wall in order to run — it does not have...

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Why You Should Visit An Urgent Care Center If You Have The Flu

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Visit An Urgent Care Center If You Have The Flu

The flu is a nasty virus that can come on suddenly. While it typically is not hazardous for your health, it can leave you feeling miserable and tired for a number of days. The typical types of flu bugs that go around will usually go away on their own; however, if you visit a doctor quickly, you might be able to get medication that will help reduce the length of time this common illness affects the way you feel. Here are several things you should know about the flu and treatment options for it. What Causes The Flu? The flu is a highly contagious virus you can obtain simply by being exposed to someone that has this condition. If a person has the flu, tiny particles of the virus can get in the air. All it takes for you to catch this illness is breathing in air that is contaminated with the virus. There are multiple types of flus you can get, and visiting a doctor is the only way to find out if you should take medication or not to treat the symptoms you are experiencing. When Is Treatment Recommended? If you are suffering from a fever, chills, sore throat, and other respiratory symptoms, you may have a type of flu that can be treated with antiviral medications. The only way you can get these types of medications is by visiting a doctor. If your regular doctor is not available to see you, you can visit an urgent care clinic. The doctor you see will most likely test you to see what type of flu you have. This test typically involves rubbing a cotton swab on the back of your throat. This specimen is then tested (typically in the doctor’s office), and it will determine if you test positive for the types of flus that can be treated with antiviral medication. The downside to this test is that it offers the most accurate results if it is completed within 48 hours of getting the flu. If you wait too long, the test may not show a positive result. In this situation, the medications would not be helpful at all. The purpose of antiviral medications is to shorten the span of the flu symptoms. If you test positive and can take this medication, your chances of developing other illnesses from the flu will be reduced. If the flu is left untreated, it can turn into pneumonia in some cases, and this can be a dangerous condition for babies, seniors, and people with major health problems. Will A Flu Shot Help? When you already have the flu, getting a flu shot is not likely to help with the symptoms you are currently experiencing. Flu shots are helpful in general though, but they are not able to stop all types of flu strains. The flu is an illness that changes from year to year. Because of this, researchers are not able to make flu vaccinations that completely stop the chances of developing a flu illness. When they make the vaccinations each year, they try to speculate as to what types of strains might occur. Based on this, they will make vaccinations to stop these particular strains. Each year, the vaccinations made are unique, and this is why you must get a...

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2 Annoying Nail & Hair Problems a Dermatologist Can Quickly Fix

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Annoying Nail & Hair Problems a Dermatologist Can Quickly Fix

While you likely know that a dermatologist is the best medical specialist to visit when you are having problems with your skin, you may not realize that dermatologists are also very skilled in treating scalp, nail, and even hair problems. While your primary care physician may volunteer to help you take care of some of these issues, the advanced training and extensive experience dermatologists have in treating hair, nail, and scalp problems means that they can often find solutions to tackle your problems when your primary care physician has run out of options or cannot find the cause. Here are two common, annoying hair and nail problems you may be dealing with and how a dermatologist can help you fix them quickly and easily.  1. Hair Loss in Women Not Caused by Medical Conditions or Dietary Deficiencies If you are a woman and have sudden hair loss or thinning, then it is first important to have your primary care physician ensure it is not caused by a major medical problem, such as hypothyroidism, or dietary deficiencies. If these tests come back showing you have no medical problem that is causing the hair loss, then don’t just then accept it as a “normal part of aging” or something you just have to live with, like many people do. Your dermatologist can help you find the cause of the hair loss and a treatment to halt it or even reverse it. Here are three causes of hair loss in women and how your dermatologist can treat them.  If other women or even men in your family have experienced dramatic hair-thinning at any time in their lives, then that is a sign that you may have female-pattern hair loss. This is the most common cause of hair loss in women, and there are treatments that can not only halt the progression of it, but also give you your healthy, full head of hair back. The name of the condition can be a bit misleading, because women with this condition often experience thinning of their hair and no patches of missing hair. This hair loss or thinning is caused by hairs falling out too quickly due to a shortened grow cycle, and it easily treatable with a minoxidil scalp treatment that can lengthen this cycle and keep hairs on your head, where they should be. However, other women develop hair loss due to excessive production of male hormones in their bodies, called hyperandrogism. Your dermatologist may order hormonal tests to see if your body is producing too much androgen, and if it is, he or she can get this cause of hair loss under control with a medication called aldolactone. If your hair loss is accompanied by acne around your jawline, which is another common problem when your body is producing too much androgen, then this medication can also help diminish the acne while it makes your hair fuller.  Ciatrical alopecia may be the cause of your hair loss if your scalp also feels red or irritated. This type of alopecia has many potential causes, and one can be an inflammatory skin condition that is treatable with topical and/or oral cortisterioids. While this more rare cause of hair thinning in women is not able to be reversed completely, treatment can keep you from losing more hair than you have already...

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3 Delicious, Nutritious Soft Foods You Can Eat The First 2 Days After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Delicious, Nutritious Soft Foods You Can Eat The First 2 Days After Dental Implant Surgery

After having dental implant surgery, you may have been instructed to eat only cold, soft foods for the first couple of days afterward. You may think this means you can only have bland, boring foods. However, there are several foods you can prepare that not only adhere to your dentist’s guidelines, but they are delicious and nutritious as well. Cold Basil Pesto Orzo The orzo that provides the base for this cold basil pesto dish becomes very soft when prepared, and its small size means you do not have to struggle with chewing and risk damaging your incision sites.  This tasty pasta dish is flavored with aromatic, fresh basil. Not only does the herb provide seasoning for the dish, it may help your implant incisions heal faster and prevent infection. Basil contains 345% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K, which is essential for helping your blood clot. The herb also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. To make this dish, prepare 1 cup of orzo according to the package’s instructions. When cooked, rinse it with cold water, then set it aside in a medium-size bowl. In a food processor, combine 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cold water and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Mix the ingredients on high for 15 seconds or until smooth. Pour the pesto sauce over the orzo. Mix until the pasta is fully coated. Then, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator. Chill for 1 hour before eating. Broccoli And Cheese Omelet This broccoli and cheese omelet is soft, delicious and packed with protein and nutrients. Broccoli contains 303% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, as well as 11% calcium and 10% iron. These nutrients can help your body heal faster and replace any blood iron lost during the surgery. To make the broccoli soft enough to eat, cut the florets into small pieces. In a small skillet, saute one cup of the pieces in a tablespoon of butter on medium high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to low heat. Then, add two tablespoons of water, cover, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  While the broccoli is simmering, beat two eggs in a small bowl with salt and pepper to taste. Drain the water from the broccoli, and pour the eggs over it. Cook until the eggs are almost cooked. Top with a tablespoon of shredded cheese, then flip one side of the combination over the other. Cook for an additional minute to melt the cheese, then remove and eat. Chocolate-Banana Smoothie If you are not quite ready to eat, you can drink your meal instead with a chocolate-banana smoothie. The banana in this mixture not only adds a rich texture and fruity taste, but it also helps replace vitamins and electrolytes that can be lost after implant surgery. One cup of mashed banana contains 23% potassium, 15% magnesium and 33% vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and aids in healing. In a blender, add 1 cup of chocolate milk, 1 cup of mashed, ripe banana and a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Blend on medium until the mixture is smooth. If you...

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Treating Back Pain Without Medication

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treating Back Pain Without Medication

Suffering from back pain can be uncomfortable and leave you unable to take part in strenuous activity. Typically, medications are prescribed to relax the muscles and ease your pain. You may have adverse reactions to pills, may drive for work and don’t want to be sleepy, or may simply wish to refrain for personal reasons. However, there may be a number of reasons why you don’t want to take pain meds. Luckily, there are different ways to treat your pain without the use of medications. Here is how. Chiropractor When you experience any sort of pain, it can really limit your normal day to day activities. When you experience back or neck pain, you should seek out a chiropractor to help alleviate the pain you are experiencing. When you first go to a chiropractor,  you will have to fill out papers to give them a better understanding of your health and if you have had previous issues in the area that arw preventing you from living a comfortable life. More than likely, the chiropractor will take an X-ray of the isolated place that you are experiencing the pain. Once they get a better understanding and see that you do not have any issue internally, they will give you an adjustment. The adjustment is focused on where you have the pain. For example if you are experiencing back pain, the  chiropractor will find the location on you and press down on that area which will help to release  air in the area and relieve pressure.  Acupuncture Acupuncture is an ancient traditional form of Chinese medicine. This procedure is done by putting long needles in the affected acupuncture points of the body. When you seek to have acupuncture as a treatment to pain, make sure you go to a place that is properly trained and regulated to do so. Ensuring that the location you go to uses single use needles, that the facility is sterile andemplotees are  properly trained. Additionally, when the needles are placed in the pressure-pointed areas, some places will even light the end of the needles to provide a soothing aroma for you. This aroma can assist  with the pain and healing process. While this remedy is not as popular as some, it allows you an alternative to taking prescribed medications.  Stretching When you stretch your neck and back,  it increases the blood flow to those areas that you are stretching. When you increase blood flow, it allows the joints in  the affected areas to get some pain relief. When blood flow is prevalent, it helps lubricate the joints and muscles. Expanding the affected areas increases circulation to improve your mobility. While stretching is not an instant relief method, it will help you heal and eventually alleviate the pain that you are experiencing.  Heating Pads and Ice Packs One of the easiest ways to treat minimal back pain and discomfort is to ice it or lay a heating pad on the affected areas. The hot and cold of either of these methods causes nerves to expand and contract, which can decrease pain caused by nerves. Some people experience better results with a heating pad, and others with an ice pack, so try both methods to see which you prefer. If you worked too hard in the yard or are experiencing...

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