How to choose a lift chair?

Lift chairs make standing and sitting much easier for people with limited mobility.  Lift chairs also ease the pressure placed on your joints during sitting and standing.  They can help ease the pain of sitting and standing for people who suffer from stiff joints or conditions like arthritis, severe back pain and other related conditions, especially models with therapeutic benefits like integrated massage and heat features.  Lift chairs are also a great option for seniors who need a little extra help getting up and down.

SIZE:  Power lift chairs come in numerous sizes to accommodate many different heights and weights.  Size and weight limits vary for each brand and model but typically range from petite/small to heavy duty/XXL with up to a 700 pound weight capacity.

POSITIONING:  Will you be sleeping in your power lift chair?  If so, you might wish to consider an infinite position chair, allowing you to adjust the chair into the most comfortable position.   This feature generally allows you to control the chair back separately from the foot of the chair providing you with endless positioning options.  Some chairs will also have features such as power pillows or power lumbar support to meet your comfort needs.

FABRICS AND COLORS:  Lift chairs generally are available in a large variety of fabrics and colors.  Some companies use fabrics that combine durability and comfort like polyester that come in various colors to match most décor styles.

SPACE LIMITATIONS:  You will need to make sure your power lift chair will fit in your room as most will need to sit away from the wall.  Many companies do offer lift chairs that are designed to be placed within 4-6 inches of a wall.  The base on normal lift chairs stays in one place when reclined; however, these “space saver” chairs glide forward as you recline and require less space behind them.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE:  Your lift chair may need serviced over time due to not working as it once did.  You will want to consider this when purchasing a new lift chair as not all dealers offer this service and parts may not be available for all lift chair models from other suppliers.   Oftentimes, a hand control may go bad and can easily and economically be replaced if there are parts available.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. services everything we sell.

BATTERY BACKUP:  Many lift chairs have a battery backup system incorporated.  This feature should be powerful enough to raise your chair at least once to allow you to get out of the chair should your power go out.

HEAT AND MASSAGE FUNCTIONS:  Power lift chair features vary from model to model and some will offer integrated heat and massage options with massagers for specific pressure points in your back and legs as well as heat for your lumbar area.

At New Visions, we strongly recommend that you try several different styles before deciding on a chair.  We have a large selection available in our showroom and would love to help you in your selection.

 

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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/

Carpal tunnel pain

Carpal Tunnel and Arthritis: What’s Your Pain Source?

Are your or someone you know experiencing pain in your muscles and joints? Are you unsure of what the causes this pain? Oftentimes it is hard to distinguish between carpal tunnel and arthritis. Here are symptoms of both so you can tell the difference between the two.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel

  1. Numbness in the fingers. A common symptom of carpal tunnel is the “falling asleep” of one’s fingers (the thumb, ring and middle fingers), particularly at nighttime. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with a tingly feeling in your hands or a burning pain and numbness that runs all the way up your arm, you may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome. If the pain continues, see your doctor.
  2. Muscle weakness. As the syndrome becomes more severe, you may notice reduced grip strength, pain, muscle cramping or muscle weakness. The slowing of nerve impulses and coordination is often another common symptom.
  3. Swelling. Severe inflammation in the fingers and hands may occur, causing unpleasant pain in the joints. Loss of flexibility and decreased range of motion may also be a result of swelling in the hands and wrists.

Symptoms of Arthritis

  1. Joint pain. Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain in several different areas: fingers, wrist, hands, ankles, heels, back and neck. These pains can be both sharp or intermittent. It is common to experience excessive tenderness, swelling or stiffness in your joints and muscles.
  2. Fatigue. Feeling extra tired lately? Lacking motivation to get up and move around? You could be experiencing tiredness due to arthritis pain and joint inflammation.
  3. Abnormal growth. Those with arthritis may develop uncommon-looking bumps or outgrowths on their fingers, toes or hands. These lumps are typically fluid-filled cysts and appear, disappear and change size quite often. While they do not typically require treatment, there are treatment options available.

There are two distinct differences between carpal tunnel and arthritis: time of day and area of pain. While carpal tunnel pain is typically associated with the fingers, hands and wrists during the nighttime, arthritis can be present at any time of day and occurs in a multitude of joints and muscles.

If symptoms for both carpal tunnel or arthritis are not treated right away, it could result in the deterioration of important muscle tissue and eventually the full loss of hand motion. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, consult your doctor right away.

Still not sure if you are suffering from carpal tunnel or arthritis pain? Here is a quick quiz on carpal tunnel syndrome to help give you more insight!

 Are you looking relieve carpal tunnel or arthritis pain? This month we are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne to help fix your aching pains and needs! Call us at 419.678.4979 or stop in today for a FREE trial!

 

 

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/carpal-tunnel/carpal-tunnel-syndrome

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS591US591&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=arthritis%20symptoms

My Fingers Hurt Everyday! Why?

Pain shown in fingersAs we age, many times we feel tenderness in our hands, wrists, and fingers. What is happening? Oftentimes this is a sign of arthritis and you will need to get medical attention. However, how do you alleviate the pain? What are signs something is wrong, and it is not just a bruise or temporary soreness?

Symptoms of Arthritis Pain

  •             Pain in some or all your joints, fingers, and wrists
  •             Growing bony knots on your fingers or joints
  •             Numbness in fingers
  •             Swollen, red or hot joints
  •             Fingers begin to look like swollen sausages
  •             Difficulty doing everyday tasks like opening a jar or gripping a can

The above signs are symptoms to a bigger problem with your aching hands and that you might have the beginning stages of arthritis. How can you move forward and do your normal daily tasks? If you are having pain it is time to explore options to alleviate the pain.

Methods to Alleviate Arthritis Pain

There is no one way to deal with pain in your fingers, hands, and wrists, but you can try several things that will help and see what works the best for you. As always, the best medicine is to stay active as long as you can to keep your body running like a smooth machine. This is not always an easy task, but one that is forever rewarding.

  • Shoulder lifts, stretching your fingers, and rotating your wrists can be a big factor in alleviating arthritic pain.
  • Rotating your thumbs in a circular motion is also beneficial as will making a fist and stretching your hand a few times each day.
  • Keep a rigorous activity in your life. Exercising benefits your overall health everyday. Typically those with arthritis seem to have less pain with overall activity in their daily routine
  • Alternative methods of pain relief like LaserTouchOne

Recently, a customer in her middle 40s stopped by the store and stated her fingers were just sore. She mentioned that it was not all the time, and she thought she was too young to develop arthritis. However, I told her we had the LaserTouchOne to help alleviate pain, and it would be great for her fingers. She was skeptical that a device would actually make her fingers feel better. I told her to just try it for a few days at home. She finally decided okay. She took the LaserTouchOne home and was very surprised how well it helped. She came back and bought one, and it has really alleviated her finger pain. Not only has the pain subsided, but now she is more active and can do more knitting because her hands don’t hurt.

 

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try the LaserTouchOne for any of your pain issues.

We also are offering $150.00 off stairlifts and instock scooters to help you with your holiday planning! Stop in now and see what we have as the holiday season is approaching!

5 Signs Knee Pain is Interrupting Your Daily Living

Person holding knee from painMany times we ignore knee pain and think it is just part of aging. Or maybe we did too much the day before that caused stress on the knee joint. However, knee pain can lead to arthritis and over time that arthritis can cause loss of mobility. How do you know when to address pain? What are signs – regardless of your age – you should look for?

5 Signs Your Knees are Not Healthy

  1. Changes in Pain.

    If you are waking up and feeling soreness in your knee, maybe there is a problem. After a night’s rest you should feel refreshed, not tangled and sore. A sure sign there is a problem is waking up day after day with joint soreness in your knees.

  2. Changes in Appearance.

    If you are seeing redness, swelling, and your knee feels tender to the touch, there is a problem. This could lead to arthritis and needs to be addressed immediately. Especially after an injury this needs to be checked. Nothing worse than sore knees that seem to be better until you do something, and then they are red and swollen immediately after the activity.

  3. Losing Your Range of Motion.

    Finding it difficult to perform daily tasks that used to be easy? How do you adjust? Sometimes we compensate for knee pain and don’t realize we have an issue. When you are losing range of motion of daily tasks, there is a problem with your knees.

  4. Deformation of the Knee Joint.

    Sometimes your knees start shifting due to age or activities you engage in on a daily basis. The knees can point toward each other and look knock-kneed or away from each other and look bow-legged. It happens, and when it does, it can cause pain in the knee joint and be a precursor to arthritis.

  5. Popping, Cracking, Locking, and Buckling.

    Is your knee a bit noisy when you bend or locks when you stand straight? Does your knee buckle when you climb a set of stairs? These are signs something is not right! It is time to get it checked out before your knees gets worse.

The above signs are warnings to you something is up, the knee is not functioning properly, and you need to get your knees examined by a physician soon. When your knees are failing or starting to make life less mobile, maybe it is time to investigate a lift chair to help with mobility and keep your independence while living.

 

Last week a daughter brought her elderly mother into the store shopping for a lift chair because her mom has been struggling to get up out of her old recliner ever since the arthritis in her knees was getting worse.

 The daughter could tell that her mom was having trouble and decided that it was time to invest in a new chair. We showed both of them the variety of chairs that we have on the showroom floor, and let her try each one on for size. We found the one that fit her best and was most comfortable for her. We showed her how simple it was to operate – two buttons, an up and a down. She found it very easy to use! When she was ready to get out of the chair we simply raised her up, and all she had to do was walk up out of the chair.

 She was amazed how easy it was to get up and her knees didn’t bother her when she did it! She loved it, and we were able to deliver her new chair the same day!

 Are your knees causing you trouble with mobility? It is time to check out a lift chair and make life easier. Stop by New Visions where we have many lift chairs to choose from. We’re offering $50.00 off this month!