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.

My Head is Pounding! Can it be the Weather?

Woman with pain in her headFor many years, you struggle with headaches and oftentimes you cannot explain why you are getting them. The common triggers for headaches are lack of sleep, stress, and illness. However, did you ever consider the weather as a headache or migraine trigger? According to the National Headache Foundation there are 5 common weather triggers for migraine headaches.

5 Common Weather Triggers

  • Changes in barometric pressure
  • Changes in humidity
  • Changes in temperature
  • Extremely dry conditions
  • Storms

Have the above triggers kept you from performing your everyday tasks? If you answered yes to any of the above triggers, you might have weather-induced migraines. Many headache specialists believe the combination of weather conditions and neurovascular imbalances in the brain can lead to migraines.

 Scientist’s Theories

Some scientists believe that you getting headaches triggered from the weather conditions is a protective mechanism against adverse environmental stressors. Getting the headache is the body’s way of warning you to seek a safer and calmer environment. Doctors, who think you get headaches from environmental changes, back this theory.

Some people realize that migraines start when the weather changes and the barometric pressure changes. Doctors think that headaches occur with barometric pressure changes, because the pressure on the brain changes or the way the brain blocks pain changes. These factors all contribute to the onset of headaches when the weather changes.

If you feel the weather changes or pressure changes from weather affect your head, you are not alone and can take the following steps to alleviate or reduce headaches from weather changes.

 4 Steps to Alleviate or Reduce Headaches

  • Keep a journal when you headaches occur and how long it lasts will help you see a pattern when you get migraines. This process can help you determine if you have weather triggered headaches or not.
  • Monitor weather changes to avoid getting migraines. Stay inside on cold windy days to help avoid getting headaches.
  • Take migraine medication, if you take any, at the onset of a migraine. Don’t wait until you are beyond relief from pain medication.
  • Making good lifestyle choices can help you fight migraines. For example, getting enough rest, exercising regularly, eating healthy died and getting enough sleep can ease pain from headaches and help reduce how many headaches you get.

Recently we helped a young woman who was in the store ready to cry from the pain from a migraine headache. She mentioned it hurt to just blink her eyes. She is not the first client we have seen with migraines and needed relief fast. We recommended the LaserTouchOne, and a she was willing to give it a whirl. Once she felt the relief, the LaserTouchOne sold itself. She bought the LaserTouchOne  on the spot that day to ease her pain immediately.

Stop by our Coldwater location to learn how our many products help with pain at all ages.

We also offer $150.00 off stairlifts and in stock scooters for the month of October. This is a great time to start thinking about holiday shopping and save now!

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!

Help! Back Pain Keeps Me Up at Night

Athlete with back painEver woke up and thought you felt you wrestled a large animal in the night? Have you had your back so sore and stiff, you retrace what you did the day before? These are common signs your back is keeping you up at night, and you need to evaluate how you sleep or prepare to sleep, to get a good night’s rest. Chances are these tips will help you alleviate back pain so you can sleep at night.

6 Tips for Alleviating Back Pain

  1. Put a pillow between your knees. A little fun fact for your back and hips. If you put a pillow between your knees, you take the pressure off your back and hips so you can rest. A very easy task with great results.
  2. Put a pillow top or egg crate top on your mattress. There are times when you change the cover on your mattress, and you are pleasantly surprised. By adding a foam egg crate to the top of your bed, you can eliminate back pain. This is not the answer for everyone, but if you are not comfortable on your mattress, then give it a shot.
  3. Keep your neck in a neutral position. By not having your neck twisted and turned awkwardly, you can relax and sleep. When your neck is not neutral, you open the door for not only neck pain, but back pain for the next day. Now is the time to invest in a pillow that eliminates the gap between your neck and back.
  4. Invest in a firm mattress. The rule in mattress purchasing is you find the firmest mattress and go down a notch or two. You don’t have to have the hardest, firmest bed, but one that is firm is best for your back. Otherwise your back gets bent and feels tired when you wake up, and you have not even started your day!
  5. Establish a routine for bed. If you are going to bed the same time, or relatively the same time each night, your body responds. Your body likes the system of a routine and muscles will relax so you can rest. A routine on bedtime helps keep your body on track and let it relax so you can sleep and not have a stiff back in the morning.
  6. Time to meditate. This is the easiest solution with great results. If you spend 5-10 minutes before bed just meditating and relaxing, you will be surprised how great your back will feel in the morning. Meditation gets a bum wrap, but it a very effective tool to keep your back and core healthy.

Tired of not getting rest at night? Maybe you should try one of the techniques above.

The other day we had a mom come in the store who could not stand still because her back hurt badly. We recommended TheraBeads so she could get instant relief. Stop in New Visions Medical in Coldwater today to get help on your back pain.

 

For the month of September we also have $50.00 off LaserTouchOne and BioFreeze is marked down. Stop by and see what we can do to help you with your pain management.

Are Your Feet Healthy for the Race of Life?

Foot getting massagedMany times we forget that we need to take care of our feet, until they start hurting and then we remember.  We worry about our skin or hair, but rarely do we worry about our feet, which are pretty important to get us from one place to another. There are many ways to keep your feet healthy and ready to go when you are ready to run out the door.

3 Basic Tips for Healthy Feet

Wear Good Shoes.

What does that exactly mean? Going barefoot is not a good choice because you have absolutely no support and you open your feet up for immediate injury. The cool grass may feel amazing on your feet, but one shard of glass can keep you from wearing your favorite shoes for a long time. However, when wearing heals or stylish shoes make sure they are comfortable and you can actually walk in them. You would hate to get tendonitis in your feet because your goal was wearing shoes that look good, but kill your toes and feet.

Treat Heel Pain.

Many people do not realize that plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that supports the arch of your foot and extends to the heel. When pain starts, plantar fasciitis can last a long time without treatment. You want to talk about a limit in your activity? This can keep you down for a long time without proper treatment. You really need to start treatment immediately or you will open yourself up to many other health issues like weight gain, muscle tension, and depression.

Beat the Fungus.

Fungus will grow in warm moist places and that is where your feet live most of the time—in socks and shoes. It is important to keep your feet dry and clean to prevent athlete’s foot fungus. If you get athlete’s foot fungus many over the counter topical creams will work. However if it persists, you should see a doctor to get a prescription to kill the fungus.

At the end of the day, you need your feet to get around and do all the activities you love to do. If you have foot pain, you are not happy, and activity slows down. This can cause a new problem–weight gain, which again is hard on your feet. It is a vicious cycle to care for your feet. Time to pay attention to the feet below you!

We have had several athletes in our store recently worrying about their foot pain. We have recommended the LaserTouchOne to help them relieve the pain, and they are pleasantly surprised. They cannot believe this one device can help alleviate the pain and usually they get rid of the pain indefinitely.

Please stop by our store and try a LaserTouchOne to make your feet happy! We are offering $50.00 off LaserTouchOne through the month of September. Stop by today.

Is Your Activity Leading to Shin Splints? 3 Things to Consider

Man with shin splintsYour shins hurt and feel achy and you wonder, why do they feel so tender? Often times, athletes and workers who stand a lot or put stress on their legs forget that pain in their shins persisting over a period of time can be more than a sore leg. Many times you think your muscles are sore or tight and don’t think this pain is a big deal. However, when your shins continue to ache, it can very well be shin splints.

3 signs to pay attention to that your shin pain is possibly shin splints.

  1. Excessive Pressure on Lower Leg Muscles. Many times runners suffer from shin splints and it is due to the constant pressure and pounding their legs get from running. This excessive pressure also exists for many who are overweight as well. Sometimes this constant pressure can cause persistent leg pain and that develops into shin splints.
  2. Excessive running or walking on uneven terrain. Think you running through the trails or hills is fun? Probably so, but it can lead to shin splints if the terrain causes wear and tear on you lower leg muscles. Also if at work you stand on a hard surface like concrete your shins can also get tired of the pressure.
  3. Bad Shoes. Your running or walking shoes are expensive and you are determined to make them last. Great, but at some point you need to replace them especially if you wear them everyday. Time to put your shoes to the test and make sure they stand up to what you are putting them through. Taking care of your feet and shins with good shoes avoids a lot of pain and aggravation later.

If your shins ache and it is difficult to walk around home or work, you probably have shin splints. You need to rest. Yep, the best cure for shin splints is rest. Resting is not always easy, but if you couple it with an over-the-counter pain reliever, you can get relief usually within 2 weeks. However, if the pain persists you should consult your doctor to see if you have something more than shin splints like a stress fracture.

 

Last week we had a young cross-country runner stop in asking if I could fix her shin splints. I recommended our LaserTouchOne unit and rest and now she is up and running after a couple of weeks of using the LaserTouchOne and not running. Please stop and see what we can do to help you with any shin pain.

My Head is Killing me, and I Can’t Stand up! 5 Ways to Conquer a Headache

Older man with headacheFeel like your head is exploding and you can barely move? You are constantly trying to regroup, breathe deep, and not think that your head hurts. You have too much to do, and no time to waste on a throbbing head. How can you win the battle of the migraine headache? It is never easy and what works for one, may not work for you.

Here are 5 ways to conquer the headache and make your day run more smoothly.

  1.  Massage. Whether you have a professional do it or you rub your temples yourself, a massage can do wonders for an aching head. Just the basic head, neck, and shoulders massage can have you feeling better in minutes. Sometimes you just need to relax the muscles so you can function. You don’t even realize that you are tensed up and not relaxed until you get a massage and feel your body start to unwind and relax.
  2.  Stretching. Who would ever believe that stretching can relieve a headache? Some basic stretches can make you relax and win the headache battle. For example, you move your chin to chest and stretch back, look side to side, or stretch your ear to each shoulder. These simple stretches can reduce or eliminate the tension in your head.
  3.  Aerobic Exercise. Exercise like brisk walking, running, swimming or even biking can stimulate muscles and reduce a headache. There are many times I have felt my head start to pound, and I immediately get up and walk. It is amazing how quickly the nagging pain subsides. According to the National Pain Foundation, aerobic exercise reduces headache pain and keeps you healthier. So when your head starts to throb, go for a quick brisk walk you will feel better, and you might even lose a few pounds.
  4.  Yoga. The combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation can do wonders for the aching head. You don’t have to be super flexible to start yoga. You start where you are and go from there. It is truly an experience of balancing the mind, body, and spirit to be in sync.
  5.  Relaxation and Meditation. I know many people think relaxation and meditation is goofy. However with deep breathing and concentration, you can really relax your body and mind.  Try visualizing your most relaxing location while deep breathing and just meditating on being in that location and unwinding. With visualization and deep breathing, you will be amazed that you really can reduce headache pain. You can even incorporate music that helps you unwind.

 

Trying to manage headaches to stay healthy and productive can be a challenge. However, there are many options that work, and one will work for you. I have the LaserTouchOne that helps or eliminate headaches as well. By rubbing at the base of the neck and shoulders, I can feel my muscles relax and the pain subsides. It is a great find that is portable, and you can carry it with you in case you are traveling and your head starts to throb, and you just can’t stand up! Stop in today and try the LaserTouchOne and you will feel relief.

6 Ways to Manage Plantar Fasciitis

Patient foot being examinedDo you love to run or walk but can’t do what you enjoy due to the pain in your feet?

Is your first step in the morning your most painful?  Perhaps your physician has diagnosed you with Plantar Fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the tendons in the bottom of your foot.

So what are common things you can do to alleviate Plantar Fasciitis?

 Here are 6 quick, easy tips to keep you on your feet!

1.  Maintain a Healthy Weight.  Your feet hold your whole body so if you are overweight your feet are doing more than their share! Not fair, right? Studies show that overweight people have more issues with Plantar Fasciitis then those maintaining a healthy weight.

2.  Daily Stretching is a must!  Do a quick stretch before you get out of bed so that first step isn’t so painful.  Also stretching your ankle and calf muscles regularly helps to keep all your joint tendons in good shape and doing their job.

 3.  Use orthotic inserts and other foot tendon supports.  Your doctor or pharmacy can recommend additional support inserts for your shoes as well as braces and wraps applied to your foot.

 4.  Avoid shoes that exacerbate the problem.  You may have to give up your favorite flip-flops for a time period until the inflammation is under control.  Some women find wearing high heels gives relief because it puts pressure on the fore foot, and less on the arch.

 5.  ICE!  Many people keep a frozen bottle of water to roll under their foot periodically during the day.

 6.  Laser. Another option that is a best kept secret for managing Plantar Fasciitis is the LaserTouchOne. The LaserTouchOne helps eliminate pain and keep you on your feet moving!

 

I recently had a customer from Coldwater who had been suffering with heel & foot pain for several months. 

He finally decided to go to a podiatrist for some relief.  He was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and had to get cortisone shots, use steroids, and get custom made orthotics!  After all of that–he was still in pain!  

 He was very skeptical about the LaserTouchOne after I told him about it.  I convinced him to just let me give him a demo and then he can let me know what he thinks.  I did a couple of back-to-back 2-minute treatments on him and found that his trigger point was actually in his calves.  After he left the store, he was feeling much less pain and was very intrigued by the device.   A couple days passed, and he came back in to the store and said that his feet hadn’t felt this good in almost a year!  He was sold and had to have a LaserTouchOne!  He is now pain free and a happy owner of a LTO to stay that way!

6 Quick Tips to Treat Annoying Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hands on a computer keyboardEvery day we use our hands ­- especially at work! Can you imagine what it would be like if you could not? How would you eat? How would you work? It would become very constricting to not have your hands at your beck and call.

I work with so many people that are affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It can happen at any age and is triggered by repetitive daily activities.  For example typing, manufacturing, and carpentry are all examples of careers that have repetitive hand movements that can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

So how do you treat this painful ailment?

6 quick tips that seem to be on the help-me-now hit list are the following:

1.  Use a Splint: 

A splint keeps the wrists in a straight, immobile position to rest the joints that are inflamed. Typically this is something you should do for at least a month.

2.  Rest:

Yes, the old prescribed method. If it hurts, rest it! Just resting the wrists can do a world of good.

3.  Anti-inflammatories:

Your physician can prescribe anti-inflammatories, or you can use over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen. This helps with pain and swelling to calm the nerve and let you relax.

4.  Physical Therapy:

If none of the above are working, your doctor can prescribe PT or OT to help you get the joint working properly again.
 
5.  Cortisone Injections:

Again, this is a quick relief to reduce swelling and pain, but not always the best long term solution.

6.  Laser:

For continual non-invasive relief, LaserTouchOne is a device that eliminates pain, and it is easy to use and carry with you.

For example, earlier this week a woman who had developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from a repetitive task at work came in with both of her wrists twisted in pain. We casually introduced her to the LaserTouchOne, and she allowed us to give her a demonstration in the store. After her quick 2-minute treatment in just one wrist, she felt the relief and did not want to leave the store without a LaserTouchOne!

 

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to have a free demonstration today. You will be amazed how simple and pain free you can be in minutes. We are offering 10% off LaserTouchOne for the month of April!

4 Solutions to Control Fibromyalgia

Girl with neck and shoulder painSo why do you have pain everywhere? Your joints hurt and feel miserable just walking! Chances are if you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you are hurting all the time.

I am often asked by people who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, what they can do to maintain their functionality and minimize their pain. Here are three things you can do to help ease the pain of Fibromyalgia and get healthy too!

1.  Exercise:

Yes I know your body hurts, and the last thing you want to do is exercise. Well studies show even with starting with 5 minutes a day, you can alleviate the pain and make your life easier. Try some new exercises like Yoga, Pilates, or swimming. They are all easier on the joints and still promote healthier lifestyle.

2.  Get your Diet in Check:

Get rid of food with additives; then add Vitamin D, Fish, and Veggies. These are all typical things you should do to keep healthy anyway. So do it. A good rule of thumb is to remove anything “white” from your diet. Typically, if it is white it is processed. Additives in processed food can act as triggers to inflammation in the joints.

3.  Add Supplements:

There are several supplements that can really help ease the pain and promote joint health. For example, magnesium helps alleviate muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue. It also helps with irritability, anxiety, sleep disorders, dizziness and nausea. There are others that can assist in eliminating or easing the pain.

4.  Use Laser for Quick Flare Ups:

LaserTouchOne is portable and easy to access and use on muscles when pain flares up. For example, a woman who suffers with Fibromyalgia came in one day with pain in her back. I showed her the LaserTouchOne and gave her a treatment. She said that it seemed to help a lot, but she wanted to think about it.

A few days later she called me from her workplace. She had another flare up of her Fibromyalgia and wanted to know if she could run over quick during her lunch break at work to get a treatment, so that she could make it through her day. She came right over, and we gave her a treatment with the LTO, and she left feeling much better and a happy owner of a LaserTouchOne!

Visit New Visions in Coldwater, OH to get a free treatment and see how it can alleviate pain quickly and effectively! We are offering 10% off the LaserTouchOne for the month of April! Stop in today!