On Your Feet All Day Long? Let Us Help Relieve the Pain!

Do you work on your feet for over 6 hours a day? Did you know that doing so can have negative effects on your body, particularly the oxygen flow to your legs? Luckily, compression socks can help diminish the side effects.

Compression socks help to improve blood flow to your legs. In particular, they work to gently squeeze your legs in order to properly move blood flow through and up your legs. Not only does this help to reduce swelling in your legs and feet, but it also works to prevent dangerous blood clots that could occur.

Who Should Invest in Compression Socks

If you have any of the following issues and/or symptoms, you should consider investing in a few pairs of compression socks:

  • Working on your feet long (6+) hours at a time
  • Individuals who suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, or who have just had surgery
  • Achiness or heaviness in legs when on them for long periods of time
  • Swelling in legs
  • Blood clots, or post-surgery individuals

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Stockings for Every Individual

Your compression socks can be personalized to fit both your needs AND your personality. These stockings come in various:

  • Colors
  • Lengths, from crew length to the top of the knee
  • Pressures, from strong pressure to lighter pressure

Compression socks can help you live a better life by offering increased oxygen delivery, decreased lactic acid, prevention of muscle cramps, and minimized muscle fatigue.

Get your own pair of personalized compression socks today by stopping in to visit us or giving us a call at 419.679.4979 today!

4 Ways to Keep Your Back Healthy

Not only do we want to be able to fix back pain when it occurs, but ideally, we want to PREVENT back pain from occurring at all. Although some back pain can be attributed to acts of trauma—such as a car accident or a severe fall—most is due to everyday activities that are done incorrectly (without you even realizing it, I’m sure!). These everyday activities can include things such as vacuuming, bending over to pick something up or even simply carrying shopping bags.

Tips to Keep Your Back Healthy

  1. Check Your Posture. Working at a desk for 7-8 hours a day, or slouching over your computer or even your cell phone when you’re texting (we all do it!) is extremely damaging to your back and could cause future back pain. If you must sit for a long period of time, be sure to have a comfortable chair that will allow you to sit with your shoulders back and refrain from slouching. Be sure to break up the long periods of time in front of a computer or other screen by participating in stretching exercises for 5-10 minutes every hour, helping you to maintain the natural curves of your back.
  2. Get Out and Exercise. Daily. I’m sure you’ve been told time and time again about the importance of exercising. And there is merit behind the recommendations to exercise daily. It’s important because not only does exercise help keep your weight down, but it also prevents back pain. Being overweight and suffering from back pain go hand in hand—extra weight, particularly around your midsection, can put a great deal of added strain on your back. Likewise, if you aren’t in “good” shape, you are far more likely to hurt yourself when participating in simple daily activities. Your muscles are meant to move, so get out there and exercise! You can record your daily exercise, and find daily motivation, on any of these 6 apps here.
  3. Quit Smoking. I’m sure you know that smoking raises your risk of heart disease and cancer (specifically lung and colon); however, it is also extremely harmful to your back. Studies show that smoking reduces the blood supply to the discs between the vertebra, causing those discs to begin to deteriorate. Smoking also causes the blood vessels to narrow, which can result in reduced oxygen and nutrients to your spine. Why is this bad? Reduced oxygen and nutrients means you will be more susceptible to injury, and if you are injured, your body will take much longer to heal.
  4. Rest Well. For starters, choose a mattress that is suited to factors such as your height, weight, age and other necessary comfort levels. But getting the proper mattress is only half of the battle: try making a cognizant effort to sleep sideways rather than on your back or stomach. If you must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your lower abdomen to reduce the amount of stress to your back. And don’t forget, getting enough rest is always another important aspect of maintaining overall good health!

 

A few other tips for good measure: always bend your knees and hips rather than your back, lift and carry objects close to your body, sit with feet flat on the floor and, lastly, when sitting, use a chair with a backrest (feet flat on the floor), changing how you sit every few minutes.

Are you already experiencing back pain and looking for pain relief products? Check out our products page or give us a call at 419.678.4979 for more information!

6 Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain from Sports and Injuries

There’s a good chance that you have heard about some of the benefits of participating in yoga: increasing your fitness and relaxation levels and curing numerous medical conditions, just to name a couple. While yoga cannot cure ALL medical conditions, it does offer a multitude of relief for musculoskeletal issues and pain, as well as improving flexibility, strength, posture and balance, which can aid in the prevention of sports-related injuries. To stay healthy, active and engaged in sports, athletes must use proper methods for preventing overuse injuries and ensure longevity. Here are 6 poses to increase strength and relieve any pain caused from sports injuries:

6 Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain

  1. Cobra (Back pain). Lie face-down on the ground with your forehead resting on the floor and hands on either side at the middle of your ribcage. Bring your legs together, pressing the tops of your feet into the floor. Reach back through your toes, lengthening your legs, and slowly draw your elbows close to your ribcage. Using your back strength, lift your head and chest. Take 5 to 10 deep breaths and gently release back to the floor.
  2. Wall Plank (Elbow and shoulder pain). Stand and face the wall with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on the wall with your arms extended and slowly lean forward. Let your body rest on your hands while keeping your arms and body in a straight line, slowly bending your elbows and inching closer and closer. When you start to feel discomfort, slowly push back to standing.
  3. Rear Arm Lift with Strap (Shoulder pain). Standing, set your feet hip-width apart. While holding the strap in one hand, place both arms behind your back, pulling your shoulders in to grasp the strap with both hands. Make sure this is in a COMFORTABLE position for you. Slowly bring your hands toward each other, opening up the chest as your shoulder blades move toward one another. Also, be sure to breathe as you continue to adjust your shoulders.
  4. Butterfly (Hip pain). Sitting on the floor, bring both soles of your feet together, keeping the knees wide so that your legs form a diamond-like shape. Slowly drop the weight of your legs while keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Breathe deeply.
  5. Supported Warrior (Knee pain). Standing, lay your hands on the wall at shoulder height. Push your right foot forward so the toes are touching the wall. Bend your elbows as if you’re trying to push the wall out of your way. Keeping this same position, step your left foot a few steps behind you, slightly bending the (left) knee to the floor. Hold for 15 counts. Then, slowly straighten the left leg and bend the right knee. Switch leg positions and repeat.
  6. Standing Forward Bend, Variation (Hamstrings). Standing, cross your right ankle over your left. Bend your knees slightly and fold forward, placing your hands on the floor in front of you. If you cannot reach the floor, place a chair or block in front of you to lay your hands on. Reach your “sitting bones” toward the ceiling, moving your ribs away from your pelvis in order to keep your back from rounding. Hold for 30-60 seconds, then repeat, placing your left ankle over your right.

We hope these 6 simple exercises help get you on the road to recover with your sports injuries. Be sure to check out the yogajournal for more information on yoga poses and how they can prevent or relieve pain. And also, always remember to consult with your doctor before trying a new exercise program.

For optimal results in relieving sports related injuries, or any injuries for that matter, be sure to pair these exercises with the appropriate pain management product. Have questions about which product is right for you? Give us a call at 419.678.4979 and we would be happy to help!

 

Resources:

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/lifestyle/play-it-forward/

http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/yoga-poses-to-prevent-the-top-sports-injuries

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/yoga/yoga-poses-relieve-aches-and-pains

http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20131230/what-yoga-can-and-cant-do-for-you?page=2

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

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!

5 Reasons You Should Consider Regular Massage Appointments

08-back-massageHave you ever received a massage? Most of us have tried it at least once – especially women. Sometimes the experience is amazing and other times you are left feeling you should have just saved your money. Why is that? Because we all have different massage needs and benefit from different approaches. Communication with your massage therapist is key. Have a conversation beforehand and let him or her know what you like, if and where you are having pain and what you expect to get out of the experience. Once you establish that communication, you will begin to see these short- and long-term benefits:

  1. Relaxation. It comes as no surprise that our lives are busier than they have ever been. Working long hours, shuttling children here and there, taking care of our aging parents and trying to take of ourselves means we are juggling a lot of balls each day. And, unfortunately, taking care of ourselves using gets pushed on the backburner while we strive to take care of everything and everyone else. This leads to burnout, which is never good, so it’s important we make time for ourselves. Massage is a great way to do just that as it promotes relaxation and relieves stress.
  2. Pain Relief. Massage is great for alleviating pain you are experiencing. It’s common for people to experience pain in their shoulders and back as a result of carry heaving objects, sports, sitting or standing for long periods and even pregnancy. When you are experiencing pain, it tends to consume your thinking and makes it hard to focus on work or other daily tasks. Regular massage will loosen muscles and promote effective healing.
  3. Flexibility. Once those muscles are loosened up from the massage, it’s a great time to do additional stretches to help elongate them. Try this before a workout or sports activity too, even if it’s just targeted on specific areas of concern like the thighs or calves. It will warm you up before the physical exertion and help prevent injury.
  4. Better Circulation. During a massage, not only are your body tissues engaged, but so are your blood vessels. You may have noticed that massage strokes follow an upward direction. Blood vessels carry the blood throughout the body so this motion helps supply blood towards the heart. From there, your heart pumps the blood throughout different parts of your body. The blood cells carry oxygen so this promotes valuable oxygenation of the body as well.
  5. Ease Sleeplessness/Insomnia Sometimes, the occasional sleepless night occurs before a big presentation or event. Other times, pain can make it hard to sleep. Whatever the underlying reason for the inability to rest peacefully, massage can definitely help. As mentioned in 1 and 2, it promotes relaxation and pain relief, which will make getting those much needed Zs each night even easier. Our bodies need deep sleep to repair and rejuvenate. Without it we are prone to stress, illness and lack of concentration.

Whether it’s once a week or once a month, making time for a massage will benefit your overall health. I often recommend it to people who come in seeking assistance from our line of pain relief products. A multi-relief approach to any pain or stress issue will definitely accelerate healing.

Are you ready to add massage into your New Years pain management resolution?

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to learn more about multi-relief approaches and see how our full-line of pain relief products can benefit you! We also offer $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne this month to help you get relief when you can’t get a massage! Stop by and try it today!

4 Ways to Properly Manage Knee & Ankle Pain

Therapist attending to injured sportsmanSports and other recreational activities can create overwhelming strain on our bodies. Young athletes often experience joint and muscle pain as they push themselves to improve performance. In terms of location, knee and ankle strain is a common complaint and can lead to serious injury. Knowing how to quickly address these aches and pains when they surface will help keep you healthy and active.

4 Ways to Properly Manage Knee & Ankle Pain

  • Use Ice Correctly. Most of us have heard time and time again that ice is a great way to deal with pain, but it’s also important to use ice properly in order to maximize the benefits. Ice is beneficial for decreasing inflammation and swelling. It also lessens muscle cramping or spasms and allows you to alleviate the pain. Avoid using ice immediately before physical activity, if the pain or swelling involves a nerve, if you are prone to hives from cold or if there is a wound/sore on the skin.
  • Use Heat Correctly. Now that we know there are times when ice is beneficial for managing pain, it’s important to understand when heat can also be used. Heat increases circulation, inflammation and is most useful when warming up stiff or scarred tissues before stretching. Because heat can increase swelling, it’s important not to overuse it or use it after physical activity when inflammation is already heighted. Also, avoid heat immediately after an acute injury or when they body temperature is elevated from fever or heat stress.
  • Apply Pain Relieving Gels. Topical pain killers, or analgesics, are sprayed on or rubbed into the skin over painful muscles or joints. Although all are designed to relieve pain, different products use different ingredients. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about which cream is best for your specific symptoms. Make sure you never use them with a heating pad, as this can damage the skin.  Also, don’t apply them under tight bandages or onto wounds and damaged skin.
  • Utilize TENS Therapy. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a drug-free and noninvasive treatment for pain. It works by placing electrode pads on the area of pain. Mild electrical currents generate heat to relieve stiffness, improve mobility and alleviate pain. This treatment is believed to stimulate the body’s production of endorphins or natural pain killers. This therapy can be used for both acute and chronic pain conditions but should definitely not be used by anyone with a pacemaker as the electrical current could interfere with the operation.

Local parents often ask me what it is they can do to help their young athlete manage their sports-related aches and pains. The methods of pain management I recommend definitely depend on the severity and duration of the injury, but I also strongly urge parents to have their child properly evaluated by their family doctor.

Stop by New Visions in Coldwater to see our line of pain relief products that can benefit you!

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!

3 Things to Know About a Dislocated Shoulder

Pain in shoulderA dislocated shoulder is an injury that happens most often in sports with a lot of contact. However, it is also common in the work environment and car accidents. Many times with a shoulder injury people say, “Work through the pain.” That is really not good advice to follow when you have this type of injury because the shoulder is fragile. Here are 3 things you should know about a dislocated shoulder to understand what is going on with your shoulder.

  1. Dislocation and Separation are not the Same. A dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone (humerus) is separated from the shoulder blade (scapula). Essentially, the bone pops out of socket. Whereas a separation is when the tendons and ligaments that attach the scapula to the clavicle are damaged.
  1. The Injury is Serious and is not the Same for Everyone. This injury, if not treated correctly, can result in more dislocations, and other joint complications and issues in the future.  If left untreated you could end up with a fracture, muscle tears, and nerve damage. Only a physician can accurately diagnose your shoulder pain so it is imperative to get evaluated as soon as possible.
  2. The Faster You Treat, the Faster it Heals. Like any injury, the shoulder is no different. The sooner you seek treatment the faster it will heal.  With a quick recovery, you can resume your normal activities without pain and with a full range of motion. However, if you don’t get treatment quickly, you could be in for a long road of suffering.

There are several treatments for the shoulder. Recently, we had a football player with shoulder pain in the store with his parents. He had been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and was trying to recover.  He not only had pain from the injury, but his rotator cuff was very swollen. He did not have full range of motion and was in pain. After he told us his story, we recommended he try the LaserTouchOne. It provides relief and comfort as he is healing and is very easy to use at home.

We helped him with treatment and he is mending faster than he thought possible. New Visions offers a variety of pain management products to help athletes get back in action. Want to try the LaserTouchOne? Stop by today to see how it can be effective to reduce your pain from injury.

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!