How Do I Stop My Joints From Aching?

Do you wake up in the morning feeling sore and achy? Or do you get home from a long day of work and want to do nothing but sit on the couch and watch TV because your wrists, knees or back hurt too much to do anything else? You are not alone! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults in the United States suffers from arthritis or chronic joint pain, and almost everybody experiences joint pain at some point in their lifetime.

5 Ways to Prevent Aching Joints

1.Find out what is causing the pain. Joint pain can be caused by a number of different factors, such as overuse, sprains, improper exercise form, osteoporosis, tendonitis or arthritis. Do you know what is causing your pain? Pay attention to when you notice the pain occurring and record it in a journal. If you are unable to determine the cause of the pain on your own, make an appointment to see your family doctor.

2.Treat your muscle and joint pain properly. Try using the ice therapy method: apply an ice pack on the affected area every hour for 15 minutes at a time. To avoid ice burns, do not apply the ice directly to the skin, but instead wrap the ice in a towel and then place on the affected area. Do this for a few days. You can also try using ibuprofen to reduce swelling and joint pain.

3.Include antioxidants in your diet. A couple natural substances, such as Vitamin C, are said to be effective in preventing sore muscles and joint pain. Check with your doctor before taking high doses of any vitamin. You can also try using other natural mixtures such as herbal teas to prevent or reduce joint pain.

4.Try physical therapy. Physical therapists specialize in human movement and will be able to help you determine how to navigate in order to reduce or avoid your pain. They can also show you exercises that can relieve pain. Your muscles may just need more movement in order to regain strength and create healthier joints.

5.Rest. Do not overwork your muscles and joints. Sometimes all your body needs is a little TLC: “Tender Loving Care.” Give your joints time to relax. This will help restore energy and give your body the opportunity to repair itself naturally. Do not over-demand your body to do something it is not capable of.

We hope these tips help relieve your joint pain and restore your desire and ability to be active again! Are you or a senior loved one experiencing pain from aching joints? Check out our line of pain management products or call us at 419.678.4979 today!

 

 

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/art-sore-muscles-joint-pain?page=1

http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-relieve-and-prevent-joint-pain

http://www.newportnaturalhealth.com/2012/02/6-simple-steps-to-alleviate-joint-pain/

Are Your Shoes Causing You Pain?

How often do you get to the middle of the afternoon and think to yourself, “Wow. I can’t wait to go home, kick off my shoes and RELAX!” This may be because you have had a rough day at work, you’re ready for the weekend or it could even be because your shoes are actually what’s really causing you discomfort throughout the day. Roughly 75% of people in the United States experience foot pain some time in their life. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans aren’t sure what the root cause of the pain is. Are you one of those people?

 

4 Reasons Your Shoes are Hurting Your Feet

 

  1. They’re too tight. Your feet need to be able to move comfortably and breathe. Wearing shoes that are too tight restricts the arch of your foot from moving freely. Many people do not realize that as we age our feet still continue to grow. Make sure you are constantly having your feet sized properly before buying shoes to avoid the side effects of restrictive shoes: bunions, corn and ingrown toenails. Don’t put your feet in a straightjacket!

 

  1. They aren’t the right type. People often forget: not all feet are the same. There are three common foot types: over-pronation, excessive supination and neutral. Our feet are our body’s first shock absorbers and foundation as a whole; therefore, wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type can increase your risk for developing serious back pain. Why you may ask? Because our feet have the ability to change the alignment in all of the structures above them, particularly the back. Pay attention to your foot type and buy shoes that will provide the right amount of support for not only your feet, but your entire body.

 

  1. They’re too high and pointy. The higher the heel, the unhealthier the foot. As we increase heel height, we also increase the amount of pressure being forced on our feet. Have you ever heard someone complain (or complained yourself) about how bad their feet hurt when wearing heels? Discomfort always comes at a price! Lower the heel height and you will reduce the amount of force (and pain) being exerted onto the base of your foot. Likewise, remember to allow your feet enough room to breathe and avoid the pointy (and sleek) looking shoes. After all, pointy shoes–which cause the big toes to be pushed inward–are the leading cause of bunions!

 

  1. They’re too flat. Yes, your shoes can be too flat. Remember those ballet flats you wore out last weekend? While they may have looked great with your skinny jeans, they did not give your feet the proper protection they needed. Try wearing shoes that offer more support and structure, as well as cushioning, to your feet.

 

Foot Pain Remedies

 

Remember the following steps to prevent foot pain in the future:

 

  • Buy (and wear) comfortable, properly fitting shoes.
  • Avoid ballet flats, high heels and pointy toed shoes.
  • Wear supportive tennis shoes as much as possible.
  • Do not walk long distances in anything but tennis shoes.
  • Make sure your shoes fit by getting resized at least once a year.

 

Shoe pain can also be caused by aging, being on your feet for long periods of time, injury and being overweight. If you continue to experience pain, please consult your doctor.

 

We hope these tips help you relieve your foot pain! If you have any further questions on pain management, visit our pain products page or give us a call at 419.678.4979 today!

 

Resources:

 

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/beauty/6-ways-your-shoes-are-hurting-your-feet#47E7Zb8cQ00OhRAp.97

http://www.footbalance.com/why-footbalance

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003183.htm

5 Heart-Pumping Alternatives to Your Normal Exercise Routine!

Loving Couple Dancing At HomeEver dread working out? I don’t know about you, but this time of year it seems really hard to get motivated to exercise. Sure, we all know the benefits. We know why we should do it, but have you ever taken a closer look at the unique ways we can get our heart pumping on a daily basis?

With the busy lifestyles we are faced with today, it might be a good idea for you to take a break from the normal fitness routines you are used to and give these new ideas a shot. Who knows…you might have a little fun, too!

5 Heart Pumping Alternatives to Your Normal Exercise Routine

1. Hula Hoop: This playground staple is not just for kids! Not only is it inexpensive to purchase, but incorporating a weighted hula hoop into your routine will burn about 200 calories in 30 minutes. In addition, it tones your hips, waist and glutes. Not to mention, it can be a lot of fun to do with your kids, friends or even your senior parents as it is very low impact on the joints!

2. Indoor Surfing Classes. Here in Coldwater, Ohio, we are no where near the beach, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the physical benefits of hanging ten! This exercise works by balancing a surfboard on a base while using your core muscles to mimic real surfing movements. You’ll improve your balance, strengthen your core and define muscles without the need for sunblock!

3. Kangaroo Jump Shoes. If you don’t mind looking a little silly while you break some serious sweat, give kangaroo jump shoes a try! They work by adding gravitational pull to your body, which doubles the resistance of your exercise while wearing them. This means you will get a greater workout in half the time! Looking for even more reasons to give this unique option a try? They were originally designed as a way of relieving joint stress for professional athletes!

4. Mini Trampolines. You might have a large trampoline in your backyard. It’s fun to watch the kids bounce around on it, but did you ever think about how that fun activity is actually a great workout? Mini trampolines are taking the fitness world by storm – and for good reason! Aside from the fact that they take up much less space than the traditional trampoline and they can be used in the winter months, keeping your balance while jumping around will improve leg strength and tighten your abs. No gym membership or warm sunny days required!

5. Dancing. Are you a fan of those dance competition shows on TV? I don’t know about you, but I’m always impressed by how amazing those dancers look in their outfits. It’s no surprise that dancing offers amazing weight loss and toning options that can be a lot of fun! Running out of ideas for fun date nights with the hubby? Sign up for dance class! Not only will you both get a good workout, you will have fun and strengthen your relationship. Hard to find time to get away? Crank up the music at home and start your own dance party. The kids will love it and you will get a great workout – it’s a win-win for everyone!

All these awesome new exercise methods might leave you feeling a little sore in places you didn’t know you had muscles. Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try our line of pain relief products that can benefit you. We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now. Come in and try it out!

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

Lunch on terraceDuring this time of year, the risk of colds, flus and injuries are at their highest for all of us, especially seniors. Seniors need to be aware of the dangers of illness and how to proactively avoid possible life-threatening conditions. One of the most important things we can do is provide our bodies with healthy foods to give us the necessary fuel to boost immunity and fight off unwanted germs.

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

1. Eat From All Food Groups.

  • Group 1 – Fruits and Vegetables: incorporate lots of  dark green, red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies into your diet. They are loaded with natural disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Group 2 – Grains: focus on fiber since it helps with digestion. Be sure to increase fiber slowly and to increase fluids at the same time. If you have an intestinal disease, check with your doctor first before increasing your fiber.
  • Group 3 – Milk and Milk Alternatives: Getting enough calcium is highly important for bone and muscle health and especially important in the prevention of osteoporosis. We also need vitamin D, which helps us fight off depression and the winter blues. Try eating more milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • Group 4 – Meat and Meat Alternatives: We need this group for protein, vitamins and minerals. Protein helps repair muscles and keeps us well nourished. Focus on eating more fish, poultry, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds.

 

2. Drink Water. Water makes up most of our body and it is used in the transport of medications, for digestion, for circulation and for our joints and muscles. Water is also essential for our concentration and for our cognitive functioning. Limit sugary juices and caffeine as they actually promote dehydration. If you are not a fan of water, try adding in some lemon, cucumber or fruits -they will alter the flavor and add additional nutrients. Bottom line, the more water you drink, the more you will become accustomed to it and begin to crave it!

3. Have Someone Else Cook. There are many services available for seniors who struggle with either preparing healthy meals or just have a hard time getting to the store during the winter. Check your local resources and see what options are available where you live. In addition, there are many non-profit organizations, such as churches, that offer shut-in meal programs for individuals who need assistance. Don’t be afraid to check into these options and never be afraid to ask for help!

Eating a healthy diet full of good foods can actually help with pain and inflammation. For more information regarding pain management, stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try our line of pain relief products that can benefit you! We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now! Come in and try it out!

5 Ways to Keep Your Aging Parent Active & Engaged

e94cd405-beef-469f-9b4f-0d6334edc587As we age, maintaining a high quality of life is increasingly important in order to stay happy and healthy. According to the National Institute on Aging, boredom and depression can lead to forgetfulness and illness. Likewise, the American Academy of Family Physicians states that inactivity is one of the core reasons seniors fail to thrive. Having a high quality of life means obtaining a well-rounded lifestyle with social interaction and physical activity. No matter where the senior resides, he or she needs mental, physical and emotional stimulation to thrive.

How do you keep your aging parent active & engaged?

1. Volunteering. If the senior is independent and has a good level of mobility, volunteering is a wonderful way for them to feel engaged and useful within their community. Possible avenues for volunteering include participation at churches, schools and libraries. The most important thing is to tap into what the senior did throughout their career and help them find a way to turn that into a volunteering activity.

2. Music. Music is a universal language. It’s relaxing and a great form of cognitive stimulation. Help your senior create a library of music that appeals to them. Keep your eye open for local, free concerts that your senior can attend with friends and encourage the social side of music enjoyment.

3. Exercise. Studies show that fitness for seniors helps immensely with their range of motion, mobility and overall health. Special classes are offered for people over the age of 60, tailoring exercises to their specific needs. With known benefits such as lowering risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis, seniors today can’t afford to disregard participating in appropriate exercise.

4. Pets. Pets make amazing companions for seniors! Studies show that the simple act of petting a cat or dog increases feelings of relaxation and happiness. This is especially beneficial if your parent has recently lost their spouse or a close friend. A pet will help lower those feelings of loss and isolation. It’s important to make sure the pet suites your parent’s lifestyle. An energetic puppy would not be ideal as they require more attention and activity than the senior may be able to give. Cats, older dogs, birds and fish are great options to consider.

4. Senior Centers. Getting your parent involved with their local senior community is a perfect way to keep them active, both physically and socially. Senior communities offer numerous activities each day such as card tournaments, bingo, shuffleboard, sewing, free health screenings and exercise classes all in one location! Some of the best communities are a constant buzz of activity. They also organize trips and outings that are great learning and social experiences.

Most seniors like to stay at home. That’s ok, but prolonged isolation is not. Getting your aging parent interested in activities isn’t always easy. They often feel uncomfortable, concerned about their mobility and afraid of falling. As a caregiver, you must be prepared to deal with these feelings and help your senior move past them. Not only will it benefit your senior in the long run, but it will also benefit you as well. Keeping the mind, body and spirit actively engaged is one of the best things you can do for your parent.

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to learn more about our line of products that can help keep your parents active and engaged!

4 Ways to Keep You and Your Kids Active in the Winter

Happy excited little boy and his young father learning ice-skatiWhen the weather turns bitterly cold (like it has been lately) it’s easy to let your kids stop exercising, pull up the covers and hibernate with them until the temperature rises. Unfortunately, we all know that’s not the best way for our kids to stay healthy and keep their weight in check. If you live where the snow is a common sight during the winter months, it can be a lot of fun to exercise outside with your kids without it actually feeling like exercising.

Make sure you and your kids are dressed appropriately and it’s not too cold. Avoid really windy days too, as the air feels much colder to your skin than the actual temperature. Here are some tips for exercising during the winter months so you are ahead of the game come summertime!

4 Best Ways to Exercise in the Winter

1. Go skiing. Skiing is a lot of fun for people of all ages. It’s relatively low impact on the joints and you can adjust your skill and ability level by finding the right course. If you don’t live near a course, you can also enjoy cross-country skiing across a flat terrain. Be sure to stick to areas suitable for the activity such as your local snow filled park.

2. Go ice skating. Whipping around the rink or gently gliding with kids is a great way to spend a wintery day. It’s social, keeps your heartrate up and is sure to generate lots of laughs with the occasional fall! Just make sure you keep this activity to designated rinks as embarking on frozen ponds and lakes can be hazardous.

3. Walk, jog or run with a game. Cold weather is no reason to stop playing outdoor games and having fun. Gather a few kids and friends to play tag or have a relay race across the snowy yard. This way you and your kids stay active and healthy and still have fun! In addition, bundle up, but don’t over layer as that can lead to overheating.

4. Just play in the snow! Who says only school kids can enjoy snow days? Playing with children or grandchildren in the snow is an excellent calorie burner! It takes more effort to move your body around in the snow so you will be surprised at how quickly you get winded. Having fun with kids in the snow is a great bonding experience as well.

 

Not sure if outside exercise is still right for you and your kids? There are many inside options you can consider when planning your winter exercise. Malls can become a great place to walk and have a scavenger hunt. Gyms and local YMCAs are also great resources to keep your winter workout warm and on track.

Winter weather can provide so many great ways for your kids and yourself to get your daily exercise in! Should you find yourself a little sore from all that snowy fun, stop by New Visions in Coldwater to our line of pain relief products that can benefit you! We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now! Come in and try it out!

3 Tips for Avoiding Winter Exercise Injury

People running in winter park, motion blurWinter may seem like a great time to take a break from your normal exercise routine and relax, but lack of activity is never good for our waistline. Allowing for 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3-4 times a week will keep your weight in check and your mood elevated, as exercise is shown to combat the winter blues we often feel from lack of sunlight. So whether you are planning to shovel snow, ski cross country or take a winter day walk, here are some tips for preventing injury.

3 Tips for Avoiding Winter Exercise Injury

Stay Hydrated. While this may seem like common sense, it’s important for us not to forget to hydrate. Reaching for that cool glass of water definitely seems more appealing on a hot summer day, but drinking plenty of water is just as important during winter activities. If you tend to lose track of how much water you have consumed during the day, try keeping a journal or filling a large container in the morning in efforts to finish by bedtime.

Layer Adequately. Over-layering can be a concern in the winter months. It’s important to keep the body warm but not to allow it to get overheated once you begin exercising. Try using an inner layer of moisture wicking material, a middle layer of fleece and wind/waterproof material on the exterior. This will help protect you from the elements while regulating your body temperature. Be sure to also cover your head and hands, as there is where most of our heat loss occurs. This will also protect you from dangerous frostbite. Finally, wear goggles to protect your eyes from corneal freezing.

Condition for the Cold. Our body is a machine that responds best to repetitive training. Therefore, when it comes to exercising in the cold, it’s best to set small goals in order to achieve certain activities. For example, if you enjoy running but typically use a treadmill during the winter months, jumping right into your daily run in the winter may be dangerous. Instead, warm up inside and complete the majority of your run on the treadmill, then add in a few minutes outside. Add on more time each day and it will definitely become easier.

Staying active in the winter months is a great way to be proactive with your health! There are so many fun activities to do outside, just be sure to be safe and follow these tips for a happy and healthy season!

Don’t let a winter injury dampen your spirit! Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to our line of pain relief products that can benefit you!

How to Keep Your Senior Safe as Winter Approaches

Senior in front of fireAs winter and the holidays approach you think of beautiful snow, cuddling by a fire, and sipping hot chocolate.However, with all the celebration comes great danger with winter weather and holiday festivities. How do you keep you or your aging loved one safe from the weather?

5 Ways to Keep Your Senior Safe During the Winter Season

Avoid Extreme Cold.  Taking a walk during the winter can be invigorating and healthy; there’s nothing like some fresh air to keep you healthy and relaxed.  However, if the temperature is dropping, you may need to rethink that stroll outside and walk at the local YMCA or mall instead. As you age, you become more sensitive to the cold and you are at a greater risk of hypothermia. Keep a close eye on the temperature before you wander outside.

Keep Outside Walkways Clean.  Cleaning off snow and ice can be a chore, but you need to make sure that if grandma and grandpa want to go out and avoid “Cabin Fever,” they can get out safely.Hire someone to clean the sidewalk and driveway regularly during the winter months and give them your number in case they see something out of the ordinary. It is great to have another set of eyes keeping track of our aging loved ones, especially in the winter.

Make Sure Heat Source is Operating Correctly.  To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, makes sure the furnace is functioning properly. Have a qualified heating professional do maintenance on the furnace and venting system. If mom and dad use a space heater on those extra bitter days, make sure it is working properly and that it is stored where it is not a hazard when not in use.

Watch Out for the Holiday Clutter.  You need to keep things in order and remember that the holidays and winter tend to bring more “stuff.” Where do you put the “stuff”? Avoid putting things in their walkway pattern in the house and make sure electrical cords are out of the way to prevent mom or dad from falling.  If they received many new things from the holidays, make sure they are located where they won’t cause a fall.

Keep Seniors Active to Avoid Winter Depression.  Many times when winter sets in, seniors tend to stay home and leave exercise and socialization behind. Don’t let your loved one spend too much time alone. It is not healthy. You need to have them socialize and participate in physical activity in order to stay healthy and not get depressed and lonely. Make sure you involve mom or dad in activities that get them out among friends and family. Also, try to find ways to keep them active so they can enjoy the fun of winter activities safely.

Just recently we had a customer stop in the store to look for a new way to get her mom mobile during the winter. She was concerned she would get depressed if she could not get out and socialize with friends. We suggested one of our scooters to help her mom stay active and mobile during the cold weather. She found one that fit her needs, and now her mom can get around and visit her family and friends rather than staying inside alone during the cold winter months.

Need help with gift ideas for your loved one? We have many products to help your aging loved one. Stop by New Visions in Coldwater and see our variety of products! For a limited time we are offering $50.00 off of lift chairs plus a bonus gift! Come by today and see the new chair models!

5 Ways to Keep Aging Loved Ones’ Spirits High During the Holidays!

Grandmother and granddaughter preparing cookies in the kitchenAs the holidays are approaching, you look forward to the activity and time with loved ones and friends. Holiday time is a time to be thankful for all the gifts and joys in your life. However, as many adults age, the holidays can bring on depression or sadness that makes the holidays less than fulfilling. How do keep the spirits of your aging loved one high during the holiday season?

Here are 5 ways to keep your aging loved one happy and enjoying this festive time of year.

  1. Keep the Expenses Low. It is very fun to give gifts to the ones you love. However, aging adults tend to have a little more limited income, and they stress over the expenses of the holidays. Why not try to help your loved one create a memory book of photos and stories as a gift for their friends and family? You will have fun doing it together, and the expense of the gift is minimal.
  2. Remember Their Schedule. As you do all your planning of activities for the holidays, remember that your loved one might have a strict schedule to keep with medications or rest to stay healthy. Respect their schedule and make sure all the fun and hype does not wear your loved one out.
  3. Encourage Realistic Activities. If mom is 85, she might not want to embark on a 4-hour Black Friday shopping trip. You need to set realistic activities so older loved ones can feel involved but not exhausted and overwhelmed. Maybe taking a short shopping trip and a nice lunch is a better choice. You can even take mom or dad on a drive to see the lights and decoration for the season. Create activities that encourage involvement and are not too tiring.
  4. Keep Them Involved. Remember just because you’re terribly busy, you need to remember to do things that involve your aging loved one. For example, encourage them to go to the craft night at the local library or make some ornaments with grandchildren or friends. These are great activities to keep your aging loved one involved, have fun listening to memories, and doing activities at the same time.
  5. Respect Their Feelings of Loss. Many times the holidays drum up feelings of sadness for the loss of a spouse, friend, or another family member. Many of us have lost someone, and remembering them at the holidays can be full of great memories while also filling our hearts with sadness because they are no longer here. As mom or dad recall memories and get tearful, let them show emotion and listen. Sometimes a kind ear can fix everything.

Holidays are full of activities for family and friends to enjoy together. Remember to be respectful of your aging parents and help them enjoy the holidays with you. Try to help them enjoy the festivities and not get down. Maybe you will even find the perfect gift to keep them comfortable and safe at home while you are at it!

Recently we had a customer come in the store looking for a gift for her mom, who was alone at home. She was doing great health wise, but need some help getting up and down out of chairs. We helped her find the perfect lift chair for her mom to make her holiday more enjoyable and help her be a little more self-sufficient.

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater this holiday season and see the gifts we have for your aging parents. We are offering $50.00 off lift chairs with a bonus gift during the holiday season!

Are your Ankles Weak?

Woman stretchingWhen we get ready for activity or exercise, we don’t really think about, “are my ankles okay?” How do you avoid injury and keep your ankles healthy? The muscles and tendons around ankles are vital to keep you healthy and moving. When athletes or active people get moving, they put stress on the ankle and in order to keep from getting injured, you need strong muscles around the ankle and lower leg.

Popular Exercises to Keep Your Ankles Strong

  1. Ankle Circles. Simply sitting on the floor and stretching your legs out and then pointing and flexing your feet up and down and side to side will truly help your ankle strength. Also try doing circles with your foot, stretching the ankle even more.
  2. Alphabet Letters. Use your big toe as the pencil and try to trace in the air the alphabet 2-3 times on each foot. This is a great overall stretch.
  3. Toe Raises. While sitting and legs are straight, pull your toes back toward your body and hold for 10-15 seconds, then point feet and hold again for 10-15 seconds. This is a great stretch for your ankles and legs.
  4. Heel Raises. Point your toes away from you, and while keeping your legs straight, gently lift from the heel. Repeat this for 10-15 reps on each ankle.
  5. In and Out. Turn your foot inward and hold as long as you can and then turn it outward and hold as long as you can. Repeat this activity on each ankle 10 times. You can also do this exercise from a chair and add a resistance band to your foot to develop more strength. You can also try tying a band around your foot. Hold the other end of the band with your hand and move your foot (while pointed outward) in and out, holding the position for 10-15 seconds. Repeat several times on each ankle.
  6. Balance Exercises. Standing on one foot and trying to do a squat or throwing a ball will build strength in your ankles. If you repeat the process 10-15 times on each side and hold it for 15-20 seconds and you will build the ankle strength.

These are just some of the ways to build your ankles so you can continue to live a healthy lifestyle. Last week, we had a mother in the store that was worrying about her daughter’s ankle strength and how could she help her daughter after an ankle injury. I suggested using the LaserTouchOne, giving her the opportunity to try it out for a week and see if it helped. After just a couple of days, she came back and bought one. She said the relief her daughter had was amazing! Her daughter can now put pressure on her ankle and is on the road to recovery much quicker. LaserTouchOne is just one of the many products we offer to help with pain management at New Visions.

Stop by our store today in Coldwater and see our line of pain management products to help your athlete or active lifestyle.