Does Your Neck Kill? 6 Tips to a Healthy Neck

If you find yourself constantly having neck pain, consider trying these 6 quick and simple suggestions to have a happy, healthy neck again.

  1. Correct your sleep posture. Do not sleep on your stomach. If you still experience neck pain after switching sleeping positions, try using a feather pillow –which more easily allows for the pillow to conform to the shape of your neck.
  2. Sit up when you watch television. I know, I know. It’s not as comfortable to watch television sitting up as it is lying down, but unfortunately this bad habit can be particularly devastating to your neck muscles. Sit in an upright position FACING the television so that you do not have to strain your neck to turn and watch your favorite show. Believe me, your neck will thank you!
  3. Wear purses, briefcases or other bags across the body. Avoid carrying purses or other bags on just one shoulder, as it can cause extensive strain on the natural slope of your shoulder. To reduce stress and allow for equal distribution of the weight of your purse or bag, wear carrying cases across the body.
  4. Stretch your neck properly. It is important that you take the time to properly stretch your neck in order to avoid neck pain. Not only can stretching help to relieve neck pain, but it can also help to strengthen the muscles in your neck and reduce your chance of stiff joints and tight muscles in the future.
  5. Use a headset instead of a phone. Women are probably more apt to this than men, but never (and I repeat NEVER) hold your phone between your head and shoulder. I know this may be convenient as you are trying to juggle multiple tasks at once in your busy life, but this can cause extensive strain on the muscles in your neck. If you use the phone frequently, try purchasing a headset or Bluetooth device to alleviate the stress on your neck muscles.
  6. Customize your chair and adjust your posture. If you work at a desk most of the day, make sure the height of your chair is accurate so that your feet are placed firmly on the ground. Sit up straight with your shoulders back, avoiding “slumping” forward (even when you’re tired!). The head of the neck is subject to the curvature of the spine below it, therefore making it vital that you practice good posture at all times. Spend less time with a forward head posture to avoid developing neck and shoulder problems.

 

And always, seek medical attention if your neck pain is recurring. Our tips above are not meant to replace medical treatment, so if you continue to experience discomfort or pain, please reach out to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

 

Here at New Visions, we strive to make sure you are comfortable, happy and as healthy as you can be. We offer many pain products specific to your needs. Give us a call at 419.678.4979 or contact us today to learn how we can help get your joints back to feeling healthy and happy again!

 

Resources:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tiptalk/archive/2006/01/10/510256.aspx

http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/say-good-night-to-neck-pain

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/daniel-baumstark-physical-injury-and-rehab/5-tips-to-prevent-neck-pain/

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

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!

The Truth Behind Muscle Soreness: 4 Signs You Might Need Medical Attention

Muscle injury with the thighMuscle aches and pains are common and usually involve more than one muscle. Usually a muscle pain is associated with overuse, tension, or muscle injury from exercise or a large amount of stress from a physical work in your job.  However, sometimes a muscle pain can be more than it seems. When do you know to contact a medical professional and that the pain is more than just a sore muscle?

Here are 4 signs you might have more than just a tired or sore muscle.

  1. Your Pain Continues Longer Than 3 Days. We all have had sore muscles after a different or intense workout. However, that pain usually is gone in one or two days. If you have severe persistent pain for more than 3 days, something more serious could be wrong and warrants medical attention.
  2. Signs of Infection. Do you have redness around the muscle or swelling? If so, these are signs there is an infection related to the sore muscle. You need to seek medical attention to see what is going on with the muscle.
  3. Poor Circulation. If you have poor circulation you can have severe muscle aches that need addressed.
  4. Signs of bug bite. If there is a bite or a rash on the muscle area this can lead to sickness and infection. Especially if a tick or another infection carrying insect bit you.

So, the slogan “no pain, no gain” works most of the time, but sometimes muscle soreness is more than just an overused muscle. Consider carefully (you know your body the best!) and seek medical attention for unusual or extended muscle pain.

Recently a young man came into the store to look for something to help with his aching legs. He works a very labor-intensive job, and had continuous soreness. He did speak to his doctor and learned that in this case, it was just sore, tired muscle pain. We offered to help him with BioFreeze or the LaserTouchOne to help alleviate the persistent pain after every workday. He tried the LaserTouchOne and now can relax and sleep at night without severe agitating pain.

Do you experience muscle soreness and need help to alleviate the pain? Stop by and let us help you with several product choices to manage your pain.

New Visions Medical Equipment now offers 50.00 off a LaserTouchOne and a discount on BioFreeze. Stop by our Coldwater location today!

Why do you buy locally? 5 Reasons to support it

Shop local bagWhen it comes to services where do you look? How do you decide who and where to buy from? Many times people don’t even know what businesses live right outside their door and down the street. However, when you learn about your neighbor’s business, it feels right to keep the spending dollars in the local economy.

There are many reasons you should buy locally, and the common top 5 reasons are here:

  1. Keeps Your Community Unique. There is nothing better than to be traveling and tell someone where you are from, and they identify your community with a small business. It is refreshing when others recognize the hard work of small businesses and how they contribute to the charm and distinctiveness of a community. Why not keep the business prosperous and invest your dollars with that company? If you need their product, make a choice to buy from them. You are not only getting your product, but also investing in the company and community. Be a partner in building the character and the reputation of your local town.
  2. Support your local economy.  Local businesses owned by people in the community are less likely to leave, and they will help build your community to become more prosperous over generations. Why not continue to support the business and satisfy your needs simultaneously. Investing locally is a win-win for you, the business, and ultimately the town.
  3. Better service. When you shop locally, you work with people who understand the product and the target market-YOU. They take time to sell you what you need and assist you if you need help or don’t understand something with the product. They become an extension of your community family and you are treated as such.
  4. Reduce environmental impact.  By buying locally, you are using fewer resources (gas and time) than going to a city to buy what you need. Therefore, you are saving the environment by reducing pollution and keeping the living costs down. Why not shop locally and help keep the environment clean and safe for the next generation.
  5. Create more good jobs.  Small to medium local business are the biggest employers nationally and provide great opportunities for local residents to have a job that fits their needs financially and helps provide a service to other residents. What a great way to build the future of your local community by employing local people.

Needless to say, there are many reasons to buy locally and support your local economy.

 

New Visions is Your Local Source for Medical Equipment and Pain Management Products

New Visions is proud to be a family-owned business and serving many people in Coldwater and surrounding communities. We offer Home Care products that help your aging loved one continue to live a full life. From lift chairs to mobility devices, we can help you with in-home needs to make life a little easier.

Not only do we offer products to assist aging adults, but we also offer products to help with pain in athletes and workers who have strained muscles. The opportunity to buy locally to help your athlete or worker is fantastic. We can help you find the right product to heal your pain. New Visions is a family business that wants to serve you and help your family feel great.

Stop by and see us! Check out all the new products and existing products we offer to serve your family’s medical equipment or pain relief needs.

We are currently offering $50 gas card with a purchase of a vehicle lift for the month of July! Stop by today!

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!