Month: April 2016

Proper Care for Prosthetics

download (11)Building the perfect prosthetic takes hard work. Proper limb care and skin care is essential to your health and mobility. To avoid swelling, discomfort, abrasions, trapped sweat, bacterial and fungal infections, here are some tips on how to take care of your extremity and skin. These tips are helpful in preventing or avoiding any further damage.

How to take care of your artificial limb:

• Your limb tends to swell in hot water as it dangles when you when you sit or stand in the shower. This will make it difficult to put on your prosthetic. That is why taking a shower at night will help to avoid swelling by raising the limb.

• If you have a prosthetic which is placed below the knee. It is vital never to sleep or sit with a pillow under the knee. This will lead to an inability to straighten the knee.

• For an artificial limb which is placed above the knee, it is important not to sleep with it on. When the limb is resting on a pillow, this promotes hip flexion or inability to straighten the hip. The best way is to place a pillow between your legs. This will help to lengthen the inner thigh muscle and shorten the outer thigh muscle so when you walk you can stand with your feet apart.

• Do not rest your limb over the handle piece of your crutches.

• It’s important to stay active by doing stretching exercises. This can help to straighten your knee and hip. It’ll make it easier for you to walk and lay in bed and will increase overall comfort.

Skin Care Tips for Prosthetics Patients:

• To avoid fungal growth, it is important to wash your prosthetic with soap and water.

• Only use softening creams if the skin is extremely dry and at risk for cracking.

• Do not use alcohol or unknown chemicals on the limb.

• Check your limb for red pressure patches that last more than a few minutes after you remove your extremity; these may be a sign that the socket needs checking. If left untended, these red patches may result in skin breakdown.

There are many people and resources readily available to help with your prosthetic limb and adjusting it for optimal comfort. These specialists can answer any questions as well as give you tips on how to make things more comfortable for your individual situation. If you have a prosthetic limb, don’t live in discomfort get a specialists advice on how you can achieve the optimal fit.

 

General Health and Fitness – Four Ways To Jumpstart Your Morning

download (10)Feel like you need a boost to get out of bed in the morning? If so, you aren’t alone. Whether you suffered from a night of restless sleep or you simply weren’t able to log enough hours, everyone has those days where climbing out of bed can be very trying.

Fortunately, there are ways to get through these days. Let’s look at four ways to jumpstart your day when you’re feeling a little less than energetic…

1. Brew A Cup Of Coffee. On those days where you just need an extra boost, don’t feel bad about brewing yourself a strong cup of coffee. While you don’t want to get into the habit of doing this every day, the odd cup of coffee on occasion can have an energy boosting impact.

Even better, moderate doses of caffeine can improve insulin sensitivity, so this could assist with your blood sugar control.

2. Do A Quick Circuit. Circuit training is a fast and efficient way to jumpstart your metabolic rate, get in some quick exercise and promote muscular strength and development.

Put together a series of 5 to 10 exercises consisting of…

  • push-ups,
  • squats,
  • lunges,
  • chair dips, and

if you have dumbbells…

  • shoulder presses,
  • bent over rows, and

any other exercise you can complete in your living room or basement. You will get some natural energy from the exercise and can then also start your day knowing you have done something positive for your body.

3. Practice Some Deep Breathing. Not feeling so into exercising! Not to worry. Another great way to boost your natural energy level is to carry out deep breathing. Sit somewhere quiet for a few minutes and take a few good deep breaths in and then exhale out. Do this for five to ten breaths and then watch how much better you feel afterward. Sometimes insufficient oxygen reaching your brain cells can also contribute to fatigue. So, breathing deeply and getting as much air as possible into your body, should help you feel more energetic.

4. Express Gratitude. Finally, one way to give yourself a boost first thing in the morning to help get you started, is to think about what you feel grateful to have in your life. Your mental state usually influences how you feel and function on a day-to-day basis. If you take time to focus on the good in your life, this could help you to feel more positive, energized, and ready to take on the day and what it has to offer.

Next time you wake up not wanting to face the day, consider these four steps. One of them should do the trick to get you up and to move.

Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine – include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.

 

Is It Possible to Get Taller After Puberty?

download (9)People are seeking new ways to get tall and keep on asking, “Is it possible to get taller after puberty?” Many people ask me different ways that could help them to increase their height. So finally, I have jotted down a few of the methods of increasing your height. You can check which of the following method looks convenient to you and follow it over a period. It is important to note that such methods should be adopted for a long-term in order to observe the results.

Exercise to stretch your spine

A proven way of increasing your height is through exercise. Exercise helps to make body and spine flexible thus, making your spine more prone to grow. You can see that the sportsmen have a tall and strong physique. They are also physically active since exercise gives their muscles and bones strength as well as vigor.

There are various ways to stretch the body, but this method requires time and persistence. Without determination and eagerness to increase your height, this method cannot work. Basketball, volleyball, skipping, and swimming can help your body to stretch. It is highly recommended to stretch your body by hanging vertically with your hands on a bar. In this way the arms and body stretch, helping your body to grow tall.

Straight posture can improve your height

Carrying a straight posture can help your spine to grow vertically. A hunchback posture can significantly affect the height and spine of an individual. Keeping your back erect improves muscles flexibility and helps to maximize growth.

It is important to note that doing exercise and stretches in growing age can help you a lot. After puberty, the growth process slows down, and you may not get results fast.

Surgical methods for increasing your height

The modern technology and equipment have made it possible to explore medical issues exhaustively. In the past, there was no such surgical way to increase your height but with the advancement in technology now people are going for limb strengthening surgeries to achieve their dream height as it has become possible to gain few extra inches with surgeries. There are also cosmetic surgeries known as Height Lengthening surgeries.

However, this method does not guarantee 100% results. There can be complications in the surgery that can further deteriorate the condition. This surgery is also very expensive, and not many doctors perform this surgery. But after proper consultation with the qualified physician, one can opt height lengthening surgery.

Proper balanced diet to get all nutrients

Lack of essential nutrients can hamper the height increasing process. Healthy eating is also important to grow taller. Those kids who do not get a balanced diet will not grow properly. The height growth process hinders due to the lack of essential vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals that play a significant role in a height increase.

Ways of dressing to look tall

The way you carry your dress, the design of your clothes and the accessories that you wear also leaves an impact on your height. For instance, those females who are short and bulky should wear clothes with vertical patterns, and small prints as horizontal lines or large prints will make them look fat and awful.

So here are a few of the ways that can tell you how to grow taller. Don’t waste your precious years in whining for the lost opportunities that left you because of your short height. It is important to take action and learn the best method that gives 100% guaranteed results.

 

5 Simple Tips For Faster Leg Surgery Recovery

download (8)Foot surgeries can be daunting with feelings of not being able to get around and feelings of dependence on other people in cases where you should be going around your daily life in a productive way.

Here are 5 simple tips to help you recover faster from your leg surgery and get you going and back on your feet faster than you thought possible.

1. Your doctor is your best friend

Listen to everything your doctor says! This looks like a simple and straight forward advice but in actual fact, it can get tough to follow this advice where your movement and ability to get around is hampered.

However, in other for you to get back up fast and start getting around quickly, you must listen to your doctor because right now, your doctor is your best friend.

You must take your meds at the prescribed time, take rests, do your physical therapies in the recommended doses and at the recommended time to ensure the fastest possible recovery time.

2. Pay attention

Mostly, after leg surgery, surgeons will want to take weight off the foot or limit weight bearing to the affected leg.

The last thing you want after a leg surgery is a re-injury because you were careless. This is why you must pay attention not only to yourself, your habits but also to your environment after a leg surgery.

For instance, you want to make sure that you do not leave things lying around the house and you pay attention when out in the open.

Be careful. Be attentive. This will do you a whole lot of good.

3. Eat Well

Your body will do its best to heal itself and will eventually do in the course of time.

It is your duty to help your body do this by the choice of foods you take into your body in other to provide fantastic nutrition that encourages a greater and smoother rate of rebuild.

Proteins are the building blocks for tissue. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can protect cells from toxins as they help and which replace damage tissues with strong scar tissues that help in wound healing and helps with inflammation. In essence, eat fruits.

The general idea is that when you eat good, your body does good. So to get rapid recovery from your leg surgery, eat in that direction.

4. Find Alternatives To Crutches

Okay. Understood. Crutches are making you feel clumsy. You just can’t seem to get around as much as you like and you are just tired of it and want to shift some weight to the leg and just get around.

Relax. You will heal faster when you don’t put too much weight on your leg too fast after a surgery. Yes, exercise of the limb is great and aids recovery but you cannot just afford to overdo it and this is why if you feel like it, you should go for alternatives to crutches.

Some examples are seated scooters, knee walkers, steerable knee scooters, hands-free crutches etc

5. Ask for help

Yes, you want to resume normal activities but you need to do it slowly and this is the time you need to understand that you require a lot of help and that you cannot do everything you normally do by yourself for now.

After a leg surgery, one of the mental re-configurations you need to go through is that of asking for help.

It will only take a while, so keep calm, ask for help and let your leg heal itself faster instead of risking re-injury because you wanted to be a macho.