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Magnets And Pain

I became acquainted with a gentleman at a Farmer's Market who deals in magnets for pain. He was quite a character and I enjoyed talking with him. I must have spent a good 45 minutes with him.

It would seem he does well selling them. The biggest selling point is a magnet wand or pen. He takes the pen and in a circular motion waves it around a point on your body. I have no idea how powerful this magnet is, but you can feel the power. Waving the thing around my wrist my fingers tingled for a few minutes.

I was a little impressed at the power of the thing. This leads me to believe many people may also be impressed by this effect. The bracelets are nice looking, but I would think the magnets contained on them are not near as powerful as the pen.

That is the biggest selling point, the bracelets are nice looking and the pen makes your fingers tingle. I have seen people already wearing one and buying a second and even a third. You can connect them together so they will fit around your neck or waist.

I did see people wearing more than one around their wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome must be the problem they were having.

I did a little research on the Internet and found most of these bracelets are made in China. When purchased in bulk the cost is $ 3 a piece. I see them being sold for $ 25 to $ 30. Nice mark-up. I'm not sure if diamonds have that mark-up.

I do believe this person makes his bracelets himself. They look nothing like the ones I saw on the Internet. He guarantees them for life and adds semi-precious stones to them. They are as much fashion as medicinal.

If you use a laptop computer be careful wearing magnets. They will damage your computer. Keep the magnet away from your debit and credit cards because they will erase the magnetic strip. Pay attention when you are leaving a restaurant, you do not want to walk off with silverware.

There is some evidence Magnets can increase Blood Flow and ease Muscle Spasms. There has been quite a few studies done and the results have been mixed.

I have talked to a lot of people who use them and they swear by them. We support any method that may give you relief from pain. If it helps why not use it.

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Sound Integrated Tactile Stimulation (SITS) – Something REALLY New In Pain Control

Emerging neuroscience research is unraveling how our brain processes pain. This research is helping us to better understand why some people develop chronic pain that just will not go away. This is exciting news for people suffering from intractable pain; pain that just will not stop and that is resistant to all current forms of pain management. How the brain processes pain is a very complex subject and in fact there are a number of identified circuits in the human brain that neuroscientists have associated with pain processing. I'll attempt to simplify this complex subject for you. To simplify things, I want to give you an analogy. We our going to compare the pain processing centers in the brain with a big screen TV. Let's say you're watching a movie about your lower back on a big screen TV with the remote control in your hand. In the very highest centers of your brain, the cerebral cortex, all conscious perception occurs. So in comparing our nervous system to a big screen TV, what you are watching and paying attention to and following on the TV represents your cerebral cortex. So consider whatever the cerebral cortex is “watching” on the TV is our reality. If you have chronic pain that just will not go away no matter what treatment you have tried, it is like watching the “pain channel.” Since you are watching the pain channel, every movie, show and broadcast is related to pain. In our analogy between the brain and a TV, just like a real TV, there are other channels available to your brain. These alternative channels deal with other sensations felt in your body, all of the sensations other than pain.

So while we are watching the pain channel on the big screen TV, in the background there is another channel devoted to warmth, one devoted to cold, another to light touch and so on and so forth. The bright idea that I want you to understand is whatever the channel that is playing, that is what is in your conscious perception. I also want you to understand that there are many other channels in your consciousness playing at the same time, but in the background.

Now you might be thinking, I do not want pain in my conscious perception all day long, why can not I switch the channel to something else other than the pain channel?

If this thought occurred to you, then I have done my job and you understand my analogy between the circuits in your brain and a big screen TV.

Current brain research suggests that patients in chronic pain may have a defect in that part of the brain that acts like the remote control on your TV. So the nervous system may try to change the channel to any channel other than the pain channel, but the remote control stops working. This keeps the conscious brain stuck watching pain related broadcasts.

So the bright idea to help alleviate chronic pain is to get the remote control working and turn off that pain channel!

Research from the field of perceptual neuroscience may have identified the brain's remote control. More importantly recent research suggests possible ways to access the remote and change the brain's perception of pain, effectively changing-the-channel on chronic pain.

Here is what the research suggests and how you may benefit from it.

There is a part of the brain known as the thalamus that scientists believe acts as the brain's remote control. Virtually all of the sensations from the body ascending to the cerebral cortex and conscious perception, must funnel through the thalamus. So which sensations are forefront and those sensations that are relegated to the background is controlled by the thalamus; exactly like a remote control on a big screen TV.

In most people, painful events or injuries cause the thalamus to switch attention to the injured or damaged body part. In essence the thalamus acts like a remote control on a television turning on the pain channel. This is important so you can recognize you have a problem and take the necessary steps to promote healing and restoration of damaged tissues. As soon as the threat or damaged tissue starts to heal the remote control spaces switching between the pain channel and all of the other channels available. In this way the thalamus acting like a remote control, returns your consciousness to normal operations.

However, in at least some patients with chronic pain syndromes the remote control gets stuck on the pain channel. Sometimes even years after an injury or illness has resolved, in patients suffering from chronic pain, the remote control simply will not let your consciousness switch off of the pain channel.

So to explain this a little further and to give you a concrete example, let's say you had a pinched nerve in your back. The thalamus switches the channels to make you aware you have nerve damage in your lower spine. You receive the necessary treatments and the nerve heals. In most patients the thalamus would release your consciousness from the pain channel and restore normal switching of signals ascending from the body. For those unharmed souls that develop chronic pain, even though the nerves have healed, the remote control will not release the pain channel.

What his means is the nerve in the back is now healthy, but the brain still perceives that your back is injured and hurting. This suggests that chronic pain is in your brain, not in your body. Even though it feels like your body hurts, the periphery is healed, but the brain is stuck on the pain channel. We call this a central pain syndrome. Meaning pain that feels like it is in the body, but is actually generated in the brain.

Central pain syndromes are very difficult to treat because treating the painful body part is not treating the origin of the pain. To treat central pain you need to direct treatment at the source of the pain which is the thalamus and the brain itself, not the body.

But is it possible to treat the brain to heal central pain and how can we do this?

To help you understand how it may be possible to use brain based therapy to treat central pain, we need to go back to our big screen TV analogy. Most big screen TVs allow you to watch a particular channel on the main screen, while simultaneously watching another channel in a small screen superimposed on the larger picture. This is sometimes this is called a picture-in-a-picture.

So let's say the main screen of our television is playing the pain channel, but there are some alternative channels playing in small boxes on the big screen. What we need to do is to switch the content of the small box and make it the subject of the main screen. In this way we can switch the pain channel into the background. This will reduce if not eliminate your perception of pain.

If your TV has the ability to play a picture-in-a-picture you know exactly what I am talking about. Press a button on the remote and the channel playing on the big screen plays in the small box and the channel that was playing in the small box is switched to the big screen.

But how does all this relate to your chronic pain and how can you use it to feel better?

Here is where things really get exciting. Neuroscientists have discovered a way to use the brain's remote control, the thalamus, to switch channels; effectively switching the pain channel into the background and bringing other non-painful channels to the forefront.

It takes advantage of the fact that just like on your TV, you can have multiple channels playing, but you can not really pay attention to more than one channel at a time. By dividing your attention between more than one channel you reduce your conscious attention to all of the channels.

I need to give you one more bit of information so you can understand how all of these works to reduce chronic pain. In the nervous system information is carried on specific pathways very much like the channels on a television, however as this information reaches the thalamus in the brain, the channels mingling and interact. We call this process “integration.” The integration of pain signals with other channels is what allows us to switch from pain to other sensations and treat chronic pain.

Some channels integrate with the pain channel more readily than others. Vision, what we see and the sounds that we hear are strongly integrated with what are called tactile channels which are what we feel.

So we can use a technique of “watching-what-we-feel” or Visual Integrated Tactile Stimulation as a therapy to switch pain into the background. We can also use a technique of “listening-to-what-we-feel” or Sound Integrated Tactile Stimulation as another therapy to switch pain into the background of our consciousness. These therapies when used together can often cause an immediate drop in a patient's chronic pain. As our understanding of the thalamus increases and more research is published, we can continue to improve our techniques of Vision and Sound Integrated Tactile therapies and that is great news for people suffering from pain that just will not go away.

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Joint Health: Problems, Causes, and Cures

What is a Joint?

Joints are the area in your skeletal structure where bones are joined together. An example of common joints where pain is experienced are hips, knees, and elbows. Where movable joints come together, there is cartilage, a rubbery tissue that enables the bones to move smoothly together as well as preventing friction between the bones. Good joint health is vital, especially for active individuals that use these joints excessively and on a daily basis. Taking care of these joints now can help prevent pain and discomfort as you get older.

Arthritis and Your Joints

There are numerous types of arthritis that will affect the joints, but there are three that are the most common: Gout, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid.

Gout – this type of arthritis is commonly found in the big toe area. It is caused by an excessive buildup of uric acid in the joint and is often very painful. With treatment, both the pain and disability caused by gout can be alleviated.

Osteoarthritis – a very common form of arthritis and is usually experienced as we age. This type of arthritis is caused when the cartilage breaks down over time and dissipates. When this happens, the “lubricant” for the joints is gone and the bones rub together. This generally causes pain and swelling in the area.

Rheumatoid – a very painful form of arthritis that is caused by the body's immune system actually attacking the joint tissue as though it were a disease. Common symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis are swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joint. Occasionally, it can lead to loss of function. In addition to these problems, the individual may also experience bouts of fatigue and nausea. It can also lead to complications in additional organs, such as the lung and heart.

Chiropractic Care for Your Joints

Every type of pain is different, so you will need to have an assessment done by a licensed chiropractor. After the initial exam, the doctor will present you with a schedule of treatment for your joints. As an example, let's assume you are experiencing pain in your knees. The doctor will manipulate both the knee and the surrounding areas experiencing restricted traffic to improve your overall mobility. In many cases, the doctor will also recommend some type of therapeutic massage or trigger point therapy to help alleviate the pain and stiffness.

On your part, a regular program of icing the area after activity will help to reduce inflammation as well as reducing overall pain and limiting muscle spasms caused by joint pain. More than likely, you will also be given some basic exercises that will help increase the mobility of the knee as well as assisting to prevent any injuries in the future.

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7 Tips for Keeping Hip Pain at Bay at Home or Work

The hip joint and hip pain are some of the most common causes for a trip to the doctor. Once upon a time hip pain was the provenance of the old, now doctors discuss treating hip pain in children. The hip is the largest joint in the body, a ball a socket joint that allows for the femur to connect to the pelvis. It is not surprising that hip pain is a common ailment. Below are seven tips for keeping hip pain at bay at home or work.

Know the Hip Basics

Along the joint are tendons and muscles that continue to connect the leg muscles to the muscles in the pelvis. These too provide protection around the hip and to carry the burden of weight bearing activity and other intense physical activity. Cartilage, muscles and tendons may be over used, causing them to lose efficacy in their protective measures and other effects that cause the pain.

Arthritic Causes

Pain due to arthritis is extremely common cause of hip pain. Regardless of the type of arthritis, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA), is a common symptom of this diagnosis. Both types of arthritis in the hip cause pain, limit the range of movement, and may become worse due toactivity. Ask a trusted osteopath about home or work treatments such as proper desk alignment, diet changes to reduce inflammation, and the use of heat or ice.

Tendonitis Cause

Another one of the most common culprits of this type of pain, regardless of age, is tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendons surrounding the hip. Tendonitis is typically an injury due to repetitive stress from overuse. When at home or work, Ice and anti-inflammatories may help. After work and on the weekends, seek out alternative therapies such as exercise and massage or joint manipulation

Non Invasive treatments

When this pain is present, it can be easy to attempt to remedy the situation with home or work treatments or over the counter medication. Because the undering cause may be more serious such as the common causes listed above, consulting with a trusted doctor of osteopathy is often the best action. Treatments may include osteopathic manipulation, review of posture, sport technique, even diet and nutrition recommendations to alleviate inflammation.

Exercise

Other osteopathic recommendations may include home exercises and gentle stretches to strengthen the hip, joint, and surrounding tendons. These exercises along with changes in diet and nutritional supplements may help to create overall holistic health that helps to improve or rectify completely the hip pain.

Holistic Care

It is important in these instances to treat the whole patient and not just the affected area or symptom. Because so many areas of the body tie to the hip joint and socket, it is not uncommon for hip pain to be a symptom of inflammation or injury else where in the body.

Hip Pain Elsewhere

For example, in runners, the illiotibial band (or IT IT band as it is commonly known), a tendon running down the leg from hip to knee, can often become inflated or overworked. The tendon does not always have pain, but the inflamation refers to the knee or hip. Osteopathic manipulation then would need to be done along the IT band, not directly on the knee or hip. A trusted doctor of osteopathy will be able to make such a diagnosis and provide onsite treatment as well as tips for home and work care and exercises to help alleviate the hip pain, IT band or otherwise.

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How Do You Measure Your Knee For a Knee Brace?

Learning how to measure for a knee brace is an important step that you should not overlook. If you buy the wrong size, you may end up in more pain or discomfort than when you started out. You will also increase your chances of further injury if you wear one during physical activity.

Here are the steps to follow when measuring for your next brace:

1. Take a tailoring measuring tape and wrap it around the largest part of your knee (ie: over the kneecap) and take note of the circumference. Make sure you measure in inches and not centimeters, as most sizing guides are provided in inches.

Important note – Do not proceed with this step if your knee is currently swollen. Take the necessary steps to get rid of the swapping, then take the measurement.

2. Measure the circumference of the area approx. 4 in inches below the middle of your kneecap and measure the circumference of the area 5 in inches above the middle of your kneecap. (This is only required for certain types, however you might as well take down the numbers while you have the measuring tape out.

3. Review the product details of the one that you wish to purchase and compare your measurements against the sizing charts. If you do not find your exact size, the general rule of thumb is to pick the next larger size, versus getting one that is smaller. If not, you may find the brace irritating and / or uncomfortable.

If you notice that the numbers do not line up and you are uncomfortable picking a specific size, I recommend that you call the manufacturer of the particular one you are interested in and get their opinion as to which one to get. They may ask you for additional measurements, which is why step # 2 can be useful.

4. Once you have picked the knee brace and size, familiarize yourself with the manufacturer's return policy. You do not want any surprises if you wind up picking the wrong size and you want to return it. Often, companies will allow you to return the brace within a specified amount of days, however, you should always confirm the details before you buy the brace.

Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This article was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. It is crucial that you consult a doctor / physician before purchasing your knee brace. They will ensure that you are buying the correct one for your situation.

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Reflexology’s Place Alongside Drugs in Pain Management

Pain is not nice. Without trying to state the obvious pain can be bad, it can leave you feeling lethargic, it can leave you debilitated. Even when the pain is minor it can distract you from your thoughts and it can stop you ever really relaxing.

Luckily for most people it is only a temporary matter. Maybe they feel it after knocking their head or toe, maybe they feel it after going to the gym or playing a sport, whatever way they feel the pain it does not last long.

Some other people will get longer term pain such as breaking a bone or damaging their body and it will reduce over time.

The people who suffer with minor or short term pain can manage it well and can even prevent it or injury in the first place. For damaged body parts you can even undergo a recovery and rehabilitation process which would have been the best form of pain management in the circumstance.

Some people unfortunately can never escape pain however, these people may have broken their ankle or damaged their body, or it could have been caused by years of manual labor or old age, but for whatever the reason or cause the pain will not go away .

It is these people that really need to consider pain management carefully; the people that can not get rid of the suffering are the people that need the best in pain management process.

What makes a pain management process?

Pain management can be many things; medicine and drugs, simple relaxations and rest or regular physiotherapy and massage, but can it ever be about reflexology?

As mentioned it can be performed by various actions. Some are great, some are not so great. Some are more effective than others and some are a last resort.

Quite often the process is not so great for the patient whatever action you take.

If you go to the doctors there is a strong chance they will prescribe you with drugs. Drugs can reduce pain very well but come with sometimes serious side effects. Sometimes even the most mainstream of drug pain relief (the painkiller) has side-effects that you may not want, such as drowsy feelings. It can also lead to other side effects such as drug addiction.

Of course there are times where drugs are the only answer to your problem, sometimes they are the best option and they can be very powerful. They will there always always be used within pain management.

Massage / Physiotherapy is a vastly different method of pain management. Instead of reducing the pain and almost numbing it, massage and physiotherapy will look at improving the health of the problem area and eventually getting you back up to strength. In effect it will often take the pain away for good and if not that, reduce the pain long term.

So what about reflexology? Reflexology it is said can and should be used instead of pain killers and drugs in the pain management process. Instead of putting your body under the side-effects caused by drugs such as pain killers, you should trust in reflexology instead as an alternative. Reports have even claimed and claimed that reflexology can be as if not more effective than painkillers in pain management.

No extremes

What about reflexology alongside drugs in the pain management process? It is rare in life that an extreme answer to a solution is the best one; more often than not compromise and collaboration are the best methods of finding a solution to a problem. This is certainly true of pain management.

Why limit yourself to one set of actions when you could combine a few for better results?

There should be a pain management mix. It should consist of a good lifestyle, physiotherapy, good eating, pain killers and reflexology to help you manage your pain and maybe almost eradicate it completely.

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A Few Things You Should Know About Arm Pain

Arm pain is a common occurrence and it can be caused by an injury or due to some other complication in the body. In some cases, the pain may be minor and go away with rest and care while in some cases it may be really bad and you will need to seek medical attention as soon so possible.

Reasons For Arm Pain

There could be several reasons for these symptoms but some of the more common reasons include:

• A sprain due to any kind of awkward fall or injury: This usually happens when you have been more active than normal or done something different. This pain gets more bearable over time and the tissue heals so there is no permanent damage. All you need to do is apply ice during the initial period and then rest the arm till it is completely cured.

• A pinched nerve: General wear and tear could lead to the nerves getting pinched. This can cause pain right from the neck to the arms.

• Angina: This is a heart condition. The blood supply to the heart gets restricted and the arteries may get hardened. The symptoms may be felt in the chest or only in the arms. Angina could be a warning that you are having a heart attack so you should visit the doctor or call 911 immediately.

• A tennis elbow: In medical terms, this problem is called epicondylitis. It usually occurs in tennis players and golfers. The pain is due to overuse of the muscles around the elbow region. This causes symptoms around the bony area of ​​the elbow and some people feel it in the inner area of ​​the elbow as well. This could last for several weeks depending on the severity or the problem.

In a few rare cases, the pain in your arm may be due to other reasons like a cervical rib, carpal tunnel syndrome or inflammation of the nerves in the arm region.

Should You Visit A ​​Doctor?

If you are suffering from a lot of pain, you should call 911 or get in touch with a doctor immediately. Do this if your arm is visibly broken and the shape of your arm looks different. You should also call 911 if the symptoms have suddenly come on without warning and you are also experiencing tightness in your chest at the same time because this could be the sign of a heart attack.

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Causes Of Bladder Pain And Possible Complications

Bladder pain can be caused due to a number of reasons. This pain usually occurs when the bladder is inflamed, damaged, injured or infected. The level of pain can also vary depending on the severity of the problem. In some instances the symptoms may occur frequently where in others they may be rather infrequent. However, you could be suffering from throbbing sudden pain that comes and goes or the symptoms may stay with you persistently.

You should get the pain checked out immediately immediately since there are a lot of serious illnesses that could be the causing it. If you also have a high fever, pain while urination or if you experience blood whole urinating, you should immediately call the doctor's office or seek proper medical attention immediately.

Common Causes of Bladder Pain

If you begin to find that you have trouble while urinating, pain during urination or any other kind of problem with your bladder function, you are probably experiencing some kind of bladder problem. Here is a list of different causes of these symptoms ranging from urinary disorders to bladder damage:

• Injury to the bladder due to physical force to the bladder region or a fall
• A urinary disorder
• A kidney infection
• A UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
• A congenital abnormality
• A tumor (It could be benign or malignant)
• Interstitial cystitis
• A bowel disorder

Complications Caused By Bladder Pain

Bladder pain can lead to a number of complications. For example, an infection in the bladder can start to spread to other parts of the body. In serious cases like tumors in the bladder, the consequences may be life threatening. In fact, cancer could also start from the bladder and spread to other parts of the body. In other cases, organs may start to fail or stop functioning properly. And in the case of sepsis, the blood gets infected and this could also be a life threatening problem. Due to these reasons, you should seek treatment early. The earlier the reason behind the pain is found, the better the odds of minimizing complications that could occur.

After visiting a doctor, it is important to answer as many questions as accurately as you can so that they will be able to diagnose your problem as quickly as possible. Common questions would refer to when the pain first started, any other noticeable symptoms, frequency of the pain and any medication you may be taking.

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Dealing With Low Back Pain And Acute Neck Pain

People all around the world experience pain once in their lives, some just suffer from acute pain while some chronic pain. Most health experts say that when such pain is becoming worse, it is a wise idea to consult a health professional.

Among the many health professionals you can consult is an osteopath. Most people today are not yet aware of what osteopathy is. This is a form of therapy that falls under the often contrasting cloaks of conventional medicine and alternative medicine. In fact, osteopathy is known to be a hands-on medical treatment approach which is likewise considered as a branch of western medicine.

This therapy is known to be one of the safe and lasting solutions for acute and chronic pain. But apart from that, it can also treat certain illnesses and injuries. Also, this can be a great solution for people suffering from abnormal body patterns, functional strains, and traumatic restrictions in body tissues. So while you are looking for an acute neck pain treatment or perhaps a low back pain treatment, you can consult an osteopath to have your health issues successfully resolved.

About Osteopathic Treatment

This treatment is appropriate for people of various conditions and all ages. Similar to any alternative medical approaches, this therapy is based on a belief that the body can heal itself and that the doctor must focus on raising holistically so as to bring about lasting and true healing. Apart from that, it is also based on the idea that a radical solution will make signs and symptoms disappear, and that body function and structure are interrelated or dependent on one another.

It is worth mentioning that osteopath will not just deal with wonderful remedies or quick fixes for symptoms. Rather, it is concerned with resolving the root cause of the illness or pain so as to totally eliminate the problem. Be reminded that when only the surface issues are addresses, it can recur and establish a pattern until they're really deal with at the very core.

Osteopaths will examine that living anatomy of the body in order to zero in on the real cause of pain. For example, the cause of your knee pain might be originating from your pelvis or knee. If the problem is taken out at the source, all other signs and symptoms will certainly determine to exist. With this approach, osteopathy will be capable of minimizing the need for drugs or even surgery. More information mentioned here.

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What Is A Cryo Cuff Knee System and How Does It Work?

What is it and do I need one?

A cryo cuff knee system (also known as a knee ice machine or passive cold compression therapy unit) consist of three basic components:

* The cooler – which you fill with ice and water
* The cuff – a sack which you wrap around your knee
* The tube – provides the water flow between the cooler and the cuff

Usually, a doctor will ask you to buy one of these units prior to upcoming knee surgery because immediately after the operation you will most likely experience pain and swelling which can be relieved by cold compression therapy. They are also recommended for patients going through physiotherapy for other (non-surgical) knee-related issues because intense physiotherapy sessions can sometimes leave you feeling as if you had just undergone surgery. The main purpose of this system is to provide compression and ice therapy, which will relate some of the pain and swelling.

This article will focus on the Aircast Cryo Cuff Knee System because it is one of the most popular brands out there, which makes it easier to find replacement parts and information on them.

Different types of AirCast Cryo Cuff Knee Systems?

There are two main types:

* The gravity-based system – This is the lower cost version where water flows through the cuff by raising and lowering the cooler. Movement of the cooler also affects the compression of the cuff. The higher you raise the cuff, the more pressure (compression) you will feel.

* The IC pump system (or “AutoChill” system) – This system is a little bit more expensive than the gravity system because it comes with a small electric pump which provides automatic continuous cold water flow and also provides intermittent pulsating pressure. Some say that these two additional features allow for less swelling and faster recovery times.

Both systems are available in three adult sizes. To determine what size you need, measure the circumference of your thigh approx. 6 inches above the center of the knee cap, then refer to the following:

Small – 10 to 19 inches (or 25 to 48 centimeters)
Medium – 18 to 23 inches (46 to 58 centimeters)
Large – 20 to 31 inches (51 to 79 centimeters)

How do we use an AirCast Cryo Cuff Knee System?

The system is simple to use. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to set it up and use it:

1. Start by getting the cooler ready.

a. Attach the blue tube to the cooler.
b. Fill the cooler with cold water up to the indication line.
c. Add ice.
d. Place the insulation disk on top of the water / ice.
e. Place the lid on top and secure it. Make sure it's tight to ensure no water leakage.
f. Wait five to ten minutes to make sure the water is cold enough.

2. Wrap the cuff around the affected knee. (Make sure the cuff is empty beforehand.). The top strap should be snug while the bottom strap should be a bit loser. Then adjust the front strap.

3. Connect the other end of the blue tube to the cuff and open the cooler air vent.

4. Raise the cooler 15 to 20 inches above the cuff and leave it there until the cuff is filled with water, then close the cooler air vent.

5. Place the cooler at the same level as the cuff, preferably on a stable surface (desk, coffee table, etc.)

6. If you have the motorized version, at this point you will plug it in and it will automatically start circulating the cold water.

7. Sit there and enjoy the ride.

Other tips

* With the regular (non-motorized) version of the cryo cuff, your body heat will actually warm up the water before you are done using it. If this happens, just lower the cooler below the cuff to remove the warm water, and then repeat steps 4 and 5 above.

* If you find that there is too much pressure, or you feel tingling or numbness, lower the cooler a little bit at a time until the cuff feels more comfortable.

* If you have a bandage or wearing of some sort around your knee, make sure it is not too tight before securing the cuff to your knee.

Important – This is an overview on how to use it. You should always refer to the owner's manual for specific instructions.

Are they worth it?

Some people will say that using ice packs (or even a frozen bag of peas) is all you need to reduce the swelling and pain. In some circumstances, they are correct and simple cold therapy may be enough. However other situations may require more that just simple icing. The added benefit of compression may be required depending on your situation. To determine what you need, it is crucial that you consult a doctor.

Disclaimer – I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to provide medical advice. This article was posted for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice.

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The Unexpected Benefits Of Visiting A Chiropractic Clinic

Most patients visiting a chiropractic clinic seek an alternative method of alleviating back pain, whiplash, or headaches. Over time, we put our bodies through a tremendous amount of stress, and our nerves are often left in painful knots that cause discomfort and reduce the functionality of the nerves your body relays on to carry messages to and from the brain.

Tension in the body can be uncomfortable, and simply taking medicine to treat the pain does not need to treat the root of the pain or discomfort. Seeing a chiropractor will treat the causes of back pain, headaches, tension, and more. Although they are not as publicized, there are many results of chiropractic care that improve overall health as well. These benefits highlight the holistic approach to healing the body that a chiropractic clinic can often employ.

Lower Blood Pressure

Studies show that tension and nerves in the upper neck can cause high blood pressure. Targeting these nerves and relieving this tension can stabilize high blood pressure. This may not be your reason for seeking chiropractic care, but it is certainly desirable if you regularly struggle with keeping your blood pressure low.

Energy Increase

Visiting a chiropractor can boost your body's overall energy too. This is accomplished by reducing spinal tension, allowing nerves to function more effectively since they are often busy dealing with the aches and sores our body builds up. Once this pressure is removed, the nerves can do their intended job of delivering information about energizing your body to and from your brain.

Immune System Boost

Everyone knows that the immune system is your body's first line of defense against diseases, but not everyone knows that a misalignment in your tissues and organs can weaken this essential response against potentially dangerous viruses and bacteria. Since cells are controlled by the nervous system, realigning the spine with other organs and tissue can boost the cells' function, and then boost immunity.

Improve Lung And Respiratory Functions

Your lungs are quite on the nerves traveling from your spinal cord to your brain. Sometimes a misalignment in certain regions of the spine and can cause lung abnormalities. Breathing function can be increased and abnormalities corrected by realigning the spine, so allowing your nerves to work more effectively.

So if you just want to feel some muscle tension relief or hope to improve your overall health, a chiropractic clinic may be just the place to go.

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The Most Effective Treatment For Lumbar Disc Pain

When it comes to back pains, the lower back part is always one of the most common parts that many people experience pain when doing something physically extreme. This is most commonly known as lumbar disc pain which occurs due to a number of reasons.

Sometimes, the condition comes as a result of years of bad posture. Finally, IDD or Internal Disc Disruption may be caused by excessive force applied to the spine. The discs are comprised of avascular structures and a nucleus. These nerves are the primary cause of the pain and disability that lower back pain sufferers experience.

When these nerve endings come into contact with the materials which leak out from the disc when the annulus is torn, these nerves become irritated. Mechanical pain can also occur when the annular collagen fibers are destroyed due to the invasion of the annulus by the nuclear material. When this happens, the disc's ability to support body weight is overwhelmed and eventually results in the creation of both compression and rotation forces on the spine. Pain signals experienced during normal movements are caused by the excessive strain that is transmitted to the nerves found in the outer third of the disc. Tears can occur inside and outside of the disc, especially when the water content of the disc has been lost, making it brittle.

In cases wherein the patient has degenerative disc, radial tears develop around the annulus, causing further weakening of the disc. Patients who suffer from IDD typically experience heightened pain when intradiscal pressure is increased and the disc is loaded. Sitting, bending or changing posture can often result in pain which comes as a result of the damage to the outer ring of the annulus.

The osteopathic recovery process requires patience on the part of the person suffering from this condition. Treatment lasts somewhere between 18 and 24 months. Apart from full recovery, osteopaths strive to restore mobility for their patients while keeping pain at bay. The recovery process is often divided into three phases: acute care, recovery and maintenance. Once the patient reaches the second phase, the osteopath may recommend the performance of preventive exercises to facilitate faster healing and recovery. This is more effective and more recommended by health experts. Instead of going to a facility where you are advised to undergo a surgery or an operation, this is actually a lot safer. This form of treatment has always been the most preferred treatment for years. To know more, click here .

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Mobile Device Use Connected to Neck Tension

According to eMarketer, people spend an average of five hours and 46 minutes using digital media – including mobile devices and computers – a day. A number of questions have arisen around these pieces of technology related to potential social and health effects – from declined social presence and vision problems to speculation about increased cancer risk. A far more prevalent, though less discussed, concern is neck tension.

People are particularly sensitive to adopting poor post when using their phones or other mobile devices. That is because, rather than lifting the device up to our eyes, we have a tendency to hold them at waist or chest level and drop our heads down to view the screen.

You may be surprised to learn just how much excess pressure this subjects the spine and muscles to. The average human head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds. If the head is tilted forward a mere 15 degrees, 27 pounds of pressure are exerted on the neck. That goes up to 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.

High levels of pressure on the spine and neck muscles can have both short- and long-term consequences. Immediately, mobile device users who crane their necks may notice stiffness and aching; this is from muscle overuse. The muscles in the back of the neck have to work harder than they should hold the head up when the head is tilted forward. If this posture is adopted on a regular basis, the brain will learn to recreate it, resulting in chronic poor posture and chronic neck tension.

Another potential concern is early spinal wear. The vertebrae of the spine are separated by disks filled with fluid that act as cushions for the bones. When the spine is not properly aligned, abnormal pressure distribution is placed on the disks; this can cause one side to crack and the fluid to leak out. On top of issues related to misalignment, discs are at risk of early wear from the higher amounts of pressure they are subjected to when the head is tilted forward.

The answer is simply simple: Hold your phone up higher! This can be a difficult thing to get in the habit of, so consider setting yourself some reminders. If you plan to be on the phone for a length of time, for example, set an alarm or memo to pop up that will remind you to keep your head facing forward and aligned. This may help tie neck tension considerably and spare your spine from woes in the future.

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4 Reasons Why Text Neck Is Not a Real Problem

Last week, the main stream media went crazy with articles talking about the danger of a new phenomenon called 'Text-Neck'

Now this is actually something that chiropractors have been discussing for the past 7 or 8 years when text messaging really took off as a primary form of communication. In the past, I've even fallen to the trap of telling patients that their text messaging posture could cause their neck to go out.

After several years of practice under my belt, and taking a look at biomechanical research, I have to say that blaming the condition of your neck on text messaging just looks down-right silly.

Why is it wrong?
In 2014, it's hard to imagine life without text messaging. It's the most common method of communication, out pacing email and phone calls by a tremendous margin. Doctors use it to confirm appointments, websites use it to send secure communication, and dating is a near impossibility without it. The booming popularity of Smart Phones, has also provided an additional avenue for people to stay glued to their phones in a forward flexed position for hours at a time.

While the idea of ​​Text-neck may sound pretty much a theoretical model of biomechanics, it just does not really add up clinically.

1. Where is the spike in neck problems? – If text-neck is the problem it is made out to be, why is not there a spike in neck related problems happening in our younger generation? The world of medical research is very keen on identifying unusual spikes in reasons people go to doctors, especially if these spikes happen in young people. So far, there's been nothing published about risingivalence in neck dysfunction.

2. Programs to change work place posture have failed, why would changing your phone post work? – Attempts have been made to develop programs that change work place posture ergonomics to see if they have an impact on prevention or recovery from neck pain and back pain. The end result? They were the same as people that did nothing.

Additionally, I've worked with lots of chiropractors and PT's in the past who have made ergonomic recommendations to address this problem. In my previous history, I have never seen anyone's neck get better because they've changed their cell phone habits. Not on x-ray improvement, and not on symptom improvement.

3. Health History of People with Neck Problems -Here's my favorite one. People LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to blame their neck problems on their work and computer time, and they will always minimize the effect of a car accident or fall. It's actually kind of funny. People will literally say that a multi-car accident with roll overs, and immense car damage could not possibly be the problem, because they did not feel pain immediately after the incident.But if they work on a computer all day for their job , then that is the first thing that they bring up. People with primary neck pain (not caused by inflammatory arthritis, Fibromyalgia, other chronic pain syndromes) typically have a past history of head / neck trauma, occupational related repetitive movement (dentists), or sports related sprain / strain.

4. Probably my favorite, but exclusively theoretical reasoning why Text-neck is silly. It actually describes it's own subheading …

Is the Human Body That Weak?

For thousands of years, the human body has endured and adapted through some pretty remarkable circumstances. In Africa and Asia, women routinely carry weights of lbs of rice, fruit, and water on their head head so that they can feed their families or run a business. In fact, there are brick carriers in Bangladesh that are known for their ability to carry 100 bricks on their head, and that's what they do for money!
Humans have evolved and lived due to their ability to survive and push their bodies to do these remarkable feats. Whether it's drinking contaminated water, lifting insane weight over their heads, running hundreds of miles, or fighting animals that are bigger and stronger than us.

We've built pyramids, survived unthinkable cold and heat, and routinely walk away from car accidents that should kill us.

In my honest opinion, I feel that this rise of text-painting is just an easy scape goat for people to excuse the fact that neck pain is not resolving, even under therapy.
So is your texting posture not important?

The posture you hold on a day to day basis is really over-estimated in terms of importance. What's more important is that your body has CONTROL over your posture, aka Postural Control which falls under a larger umbrella of neuromuscular control.

What does that mean? It means that when you want your body to be straight and upright, that your body is capable of being straight and upright. It means that when you are choosing to lift a heavy weight over your head with good form, that your body is capable of performing that task without any breakdown.

Why? Because neuromuscular control is a strong indicator of overall brain health, and good brain health means you can resist pain and dysfunction better.

While ergonomics may play a role in controlling pain and dysfunction that is already there, evidence is showing that it does nothing to prevent or recover from injuries to the neck. If we really want to get to the bottom of neck function, you have to address what began the cascade of dysfunction, and that is typically a previous history of force or trauma applied to the spell.

Trauma -> Structural Shifting -> Distorted input and perfusion to the brain -> Changes in Brain function -> Poor Neuromuscular Control

So we can either fiddle around with the position of our phone, and honestly get no where or we can focus on

1. Identifying the cause of someone's dysfunction (disc, structure, mechanics, sensitivity)
2. Address problems in the brain and nervous system
3. Provide new movement patterns to increase functionality

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5 Solutions For Overcoming Chronic Pain Without Analgesics

As we age, we lose muscle mass, and there comes a time when we feel like we need to eat as much as we used to as young adults. We can learn to listen to our hormones and adjust our eating for the “hungry” times. Hungry times I have found, continue after menses are finished. Fine tuning your foods, will help you know which foods to combine to “feel” full, to “feel” better, and to minimizeize belly fat. A side benefit is understanding, solving and eliminating chronic pain issues.

Moving through menopause, to older age takes some adjusting. Curbing food cravings and hunger can be managed with your best proteins and low glycemic high fiber vegetables. Finding out which foods are inflammatory for you, will help you eliminate pain. It will help move the excess waste sitting in your colon, and make bio-available, the daily nutrients and minerals your body needs.

Real food is so important. Removing the processed foods, and baking goodies will help you get to the optimum 7-10 fruits and vegetables every day. So important for cleaning out your colon. Even if you feel you need a lot of protein, you can fine tune your protein, and slowly add new fruits and vegetables to aid with health and digestion. Marilu Henner, in her book, “Total Health Makeover” decided not to combine any fruits and vegetables together in a meal. This may help the severely constipated person, and I found it very helpful.

1. Wheat over produced, over processed, and more bountifully grown for greater yield to supply the masses. Even GMO. Not the healthy old wheat we used to depend on. Spelt and kamut are older more nutrient dens, older wheats. Maybe you are on the gluten spectrum, and can find healthy alternatives.

2. Inflammatory foods. First is wheat, next are tomatoes. Tomatoes are on the avoid list for 3 of the 4 genetic types. They are a shade for example, and sometimes these may cause inflammation and pain. Looking for lycopene? Watermelon is the alternate choice. Finding why sulforphanes and quercetins are needed to fight inflammation, and infection. Find out which foods have the nutrients your body needs, and why broccoli and onions are so helpful to fight inflammation. If you do not like angles find out where other quercetins are found.

3. Know your body, you may always hungry, or not so much. Knowing how much protein you need. Too little can leave you hungry in a painful sort of way.

4. Knowing which proteins will aid good digestion and ease constipation, relieving the pressure on your insides causing pain (my hypothesis). Buffalo and Lamb are best for two of the genetic types, and Chicken is neutral for two of the genetic types. Fish and Turkey are highly beneficial for all. Certain fishes specific to your genetic type, will prevent inflammation and aid in nutrients being absorbed. Knowing which genetic type you are, the low carb, the low-fat, the balanced or Mediterranean, will help you add fat and low glycemic high fiber carbs in the right proportions to aid in feeling full, and adding the correct amount of fat, so as not to grow a big belly. Nuts and olive oils are a good source of low highly nutrient fatty fats.

5. Knowing if you have a genetic deficiency that you can supplement to prevent hunger, and remove another reason for chronic pain.

Expand your variety, as unfortunately limited eating, can lead to a limited life and limited health.

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