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Getting Help for Your Child’s Feet

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Help for Your Child’s Feet

If you have an active child, it can be sad to see them laid up and not able to play sports due to their sore feet. If your child seems to be unable to walk or has started walking in an odd way, it can be well worth getting them checked out by a sports podiatrist to get the underlying cause of your child’s foot pain worked out. Here are some issues that they may experience and how they can be fixed. Flat feet While flat feet don’t tend to suddenly appear, children can aggravate flat feet after a period of heavy exercise or may have more pain after a growth spurt. This pain tends to occur in the arch of the foot and can extend to the balls of the feet and ankle. This pain can be resolved by resting, then using some orthotics in their shoes. A podiatrist can create appropriate orthotics for your child. Toe walking It is very common for children to experiment with toe walking at different stages of their development. It can be an indication of more severe issues including Cerebal Palsy or Muscular Dystrophy, so it’s a good idea to take a child showing consistent toe walking to the podiatrist for more checks. Other less serious causes can include having a chipped heel bone due to impact, or painful heels due to bony growths that can occur during growth spurts. If left untreated this unusual walking style can lead to tightness in the calves and ankles.  A podiatrist can help to review your child’s shoes to give them more cushioning and if required, they can strap the lower legs in a way to guide the foot into a more natural foot position.  Loose ankles and ligaments Some children find that they have looser ankles which can roll easily, especially if they tend to be adventurous and spend a lot of time running and jumping on playground equipment. However repeated ankle sprains and ‘rolls’ can cause the ligaments to get looser and increase the likelihood of a severe outcome such as breaking ankle bones. A podiatrist can help to review why their ligaments are looser than normal, and strap the ankles/lower legs to create more support. They can also advise on which models of sports or school shoes might be better for your child,  with more ankle support.  If your child has just started complaining of foot pain or walking in an unusual way it’s well worth getting a podiatrist to review their...

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Carotid Artery Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Carotid Artery Disease: Everything You Need to Know

Carotid artery disease is extremely serious, often causing strokes that prove to be either life-changing or fatal. Unfortunately, it isn’t a disease that is understood by most of the general population. Here’s a quick overview of the disease, plus its risk factors and symptoms. What are Carotid Arteries? If you place your fingers on each side of your neck, just below the jaw, you should be able to feel blood pulsing through your carotid arteries. It is these two large blood vessels that are responsible for providing oxygenated blood to the front of your brain – to the very centres involved in speech, critical thinking, and motor function. What is Carotid Artery Disease? Carotid artery disease, also referred to as carotid artery stenosis, can be thought of as a type of atherosclerosis. This means that the arteries have become hardened over time thanks to a build-up of plaque. When this occurs, the flow of blood is impeded; clots are more likely to occur, and arteries may become completely blocked. Since the carotid arteries are so important, stenosis is extremely serious. Developing carotid artery disease can put you at increased risk of having a stroke, and that could create irreparable damage to the brain. What are the Risk Factors of Carotid Artery Disease? A family history of coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, or general atherosclerosis is an important risk factor, but lifestyle changes are often the central cause that leads to the development of this issue. These lifestyle factors include smoking, which helps harden the walls of your arteries, a poor diet, which creates more fatty substances that develop into plaque, and a lack of exercise. You will also find yourself at increased risk if you suffer from obesity or diabetes, or are a senior citizen. What are the Symptoms of Carotid Artery Disease? Despite its severity, carotid artery disease rarely presents noticeable symptoms until a carotid artery has become almost entirely blocked, in which case a patient is likely to experience a stroke. However, you may experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often thought of as a ‘mini-stroke’. A TIA is caused by a clot, but it differs from a stroke in that the clot is only temporary; most TIAs will last only around one minute. TIA signs include: Sudden Weakness or Paralysis Slurred Speech Dizziness Double Vision Loss of Coordination Intense Headache Since these symptoms pass extremely quickly, they are often ignored. Unfortunately, they are only early warning signs of an actual stroke, so they need to be taken seriously. For more information, contact a vascular surgeon in your...

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A Comparison Between Dental Implants and Dental Fixed Bridges

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Comparison Between Dental Implants and Dental Fixed Bridges

If you have recently lost some teeth, you may be wondering what your options are concerning the missing space in your smile. Read on and learn about two common tooth restoration options (dental implants and dental fixed bridges) in case you have recently lost some teeth. Use this information to select the most appropriate restoration method for your needs. Dental Implants A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a natural tooth. The implant is anchored onto the bone of your jaw during a surgical procedure. Once the bone and the implant fuse, a crown that resembles your natural teeth is placed on top of the implant. Dental implants have several advantages. One, they do not have any effect on the nearby teeth. Secondly, they are not prone to decay in the same way as natural dental roots that have been affected by dental diseases such as gingivitis. The implant is also very durable because it is firmly anchored in the jawbone. However, dental implants also have shortcomings. First, the process of installing the implant is time consuming. For example, the implant must be left to fuse with the bone before the crown is placed on it. This wait time varies from one individual to another due to factors like the health of the bone tissue onto which the implant has been anchored. It is also relatively expensive because it involves paying a surgeon to conduct the surgical procedure by which the implant is inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants are ideal for people who want a long lasting dental restoration method. Dental Fixed Bridges This restoration is attached to the nearby teeth so that the prosthesis covers the gap left by the missing tooth. The surrounding teeth serve the same role as bridge anchors driven into the ground on the two sides of a river. The dental fixed bridge has three crowns; two crowns cover the nearby natural teeth, while the third crown takes the place of the missing tooth. Dental bridges are less expensive when compared to implants. Bridges also take less time to be installed. However, bridges require enamel to be scraped from nearby teeth so that space can be created for the bridge. This can predispose you to suffering from root canal diseases. If the surrounding teeth had other dental treatments done (such as crown placement), those treatments have to be redone in order to accommodate the dental fixed bridge. The bridges have a shorter lifespan when compared to implants. Dental fixed bridges are suitable for people who have been found to be unsuitable for other restoration options such as implants due to a variety of factors (such as those whose jawbones are likely to fuse poorly with implants). Talk to your cosmetic dentist before you make a final choice. That specialist will weigh all the risk factors and the benefits of each option in reference to your specific situation before recommending a particular set of options that you can choose...

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Natural Solutions For Sleep Apnoea

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Solutions For Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a frightening sleep disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing for short periods while they sleep.  The condition causes the muscles of the throat to collapse, constricting the airways and consequently depriving the brain of oxygen.  The condition can predispose sufferers to serious complications like stroke, diabetes and heart disease.  People who suffer from sleep apnoea are usually prescribed a CPAP machine, which delivers oxygen via a cumbersome mask throughout the night.  However, there are some natural solutions that can help in the management of sleep apnoea.  Read on to find out more.    Weight loss Most people who suffer from sleep apnoea are overweight.  A study carried out by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden showed that 20 per cent of research subjects, who lost a significant amount of weight, were completely cured of their sleep apnoea, and others noted a marked reduction in symptoms.  Taking more exercise during a weight-loss programme also helps to tone up the muscles, making throat collapse less likely.  Sleeping position If you sleep on your back, your throat muscles are more likely to close up and your tongue is more likely to fall back into your windpipe.  Simply by changing your sleeping position so that you sleep on your side, you can reduce the potential trigger for sleep apnoea episodes. Using too many pillows in bed can push your chin into your chest, effectively closing up your airways.  Try sleeping with fewer pillows and allowing your neck to lie at a more natural angle to allow you to breathe more easily. Minerals and vitamins Neurologist and sleep specialist, Dr Stasha Gominak, maintains that deficiencies in vitamin ‘D’ and vitamin ‘C’ can cause problems with sleep patterns.  Increasing vitamin ‘D’ consumption in some of her patients found that the symptoms of sleep apnoea were eliminated completely or significantly reduced. Try eating more foods that are rich in vitamin ‘D’, such as fish, cheese, and eggs, and make sure that your diet includes plenty of fresh citrus fruits and vegetables for extra vitamin ‘C’. Herbal remedies There are a number of herbs that can help with sleep problems including sleep apnoea and narcolepsy.   Lavender and California poppy are particularly noted to be very effective. Lavender can be introduced to your bedroom as a scented pillow, oil room diffuser, or sheet spray.  California poppy can be used as a tincture, powder or diffusion.  Both these herbal remedies are readily available through good natural food stores. In conclusion Sleep apnoea is a frightening disorder, and correcting the underlying cause through using a natural sleep apnoea solution as described above could change your life.  However, before you undertake any form of self-treatment, always discuss your condition with a medical professional and continue taking any drugs you have been...

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Channel Your Inner Sports Physiotherapist To Prevent Injuries To The Beginner Runner

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Channel Your Inner Sports Physiotherapist To Prevent Injuries To The Beginner Runner

New year, new you. That’s the mantra for thousands of Australians each year when they decide it’s hip to get fit! Running is one of the cheapest exercises you can choose to boost your exercising endeavours. All you need is a new pair of shoes and the motivation to get those legs out the front door. The problem is, your over-enthusiastic attitude could send you straight to the injury bench if you do not follow two rules designed to protect newbie runners.  Follow The 10% Rule While your mind may be willing to tackle a 10 km marathon your first week as a runner, your body is definitely not up to the task. You need to start slowly, and then increase the number of weekly kilometres you run by 10% each week. Start off with a combination of running and walking for the first week. For example, you could run for one minute, walk for two minutes, and then repeat this until you have been moving for 30 minutes. Make a note of how far you travel in that 30 minute period by using a wrist pedometer device, or an app on your smartphone. This way you know how much to increase it by the following week. Allow For Recovery Time Putting your body under too much pressure straight away is going to put a strain on your muscles and joints that could lead to injuries. There are two different ways you need to allow for recovery time during your new running regime: The warm down period after every run is a vital recovery time for your body. You must include 10 minutes of stretch time after each run to allow lactic acid to drain away from your muscles. Stretches should cover your lower back, legs. and hips. If you do not do this, the acid gets trapped when the muscles constrict back into shape, and this leads to a world of pain the next morning. When you first start running, you should only run every other day for the first month. On the alternate days, you can take a leisurely walk, and you should allow for one total rest day each week. This gives your body the chance to slowly get used to this new pressure you are placing on it. Don’t be in too much of a rush when it comes to getting your running up to a speed you want to brag about and make sure you get help from a sports physiotherapist the minute you notice any recurring niggles or aches in your body. A physiotherapist (such as one from Sportswise Physiotherapy) can help you make corrections to your running technique so you can continue your new exercise mantra for the whole year, rather than just only for the first...

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What You Should Do After a Loved One Passes

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Should Do After a Loved One Passes

When a loved one passes, it is hard to deal with it on an emotional level and also handle the details that need to come next. However, it might be your responsibility to make important phone calls or gather paperwork. Here is a list that makes it a little easier to know what is expected after someone dies. Make Necessary Phone Calls Phone calls need to be made shortly after someone has passed. There are many different people to call to start making arrangements. Most people like to start with their close family and friends to inform everyone of the passing. Others begin by calling the funeral home right away. It is up to you in which order you go in, but make sure the most important people get the news. If you don’t want to call all family members, choose someone to make these personal calls. You might feel more comfortable with the business calls, such as informing their insurance company, bank, employer, and landlord if they were renting their home. Start Gathering Important Documents This might end up being the most tedious job to do after a loved one dies, but it is imperative. You need to begin collecting paperwork and documents for the deceased. This will be necessary even before the funeral, because you need to know if they had a will and had preferences for their funeral. The deceased might have even made arrangements for their own funeral, which is not uncommon. Begin looking into their documents in their home and check in with their lawyer about a last will and testament. You also need to find their financial statements, which can also be attained by contacting their bank. Other documents you will need include insurance policies, mortgage statements, tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, and a recent credit report. The last document is to get a death certificate written up. Protect Their Home After you have visited their home to gather documents, start taking action to protect their home from intruders. If a dishonest individual finds out the person is deceased and nobody else lives in the home, they might try to take advantage and steal some of their belongings. Remove any valuable items you find, such as a locked safe, jewelry, and cash. Make sure you keep the house locked up and set an alarm if necessary. Look around their home to turn off lights and unplug everything possible to reduce electrical or fire dangers. Clean up the home by taking out the trash, washing the dishes or disposing of spoiled food. Find temporary homes for any pets you find. Contact a Funeral Director When you’re ready to, contact a local funeral director. If the deceased did not give instructions about their preference in burial, you will need to decide between a cremation and burial first. You then need to work closely with relatives to decide on a date and time, type of burial or funeral service, and choosing the casket and headstone. Don’t try to do this all alone; get help from others who were close to the deceased to give them a funeral they...

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Using physiotherapy to manage fibromyalgia

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using physiotherapy to manage fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complex cycle of episodic pain and fatigue. Sufferers report all over tenderness and pain, particularly in joints. The mechanisms behind fibromyalgia are not yet fully understood, and there is no cure known yet. Physiotherapy can be a useful way to help manage the pain and discomfort in the mean time. Joint mobilisation Part of the diagnosis criteria for fibromyalgia is all over pain, both in the joints and the soft tissues. Unfortunately, the disorder can create a downward spiral whereby the sufferer moves and exercises less and less due to pain and fatigue, which leads to joint soreness when they do attempt more exercise. Physiotherapists can help to maintain joint movement and flexibility by using joint mobilisation techniques, and they can help the patient to come up with exercises they can attempt outside of the physiotherapy sessions, including hydrotherapy and water based exercises, which put less pressure on the joints and soft tissues. Deep tissue massage and muscle release All-over pain can also lead to a vicious cycle where the patient gets less sleep and is more vulnerable to feeling pain as a result. Many patients with fibromyalgia also feel symptoms of anxiety and depression relating to their pain, and this stress can further tighten muscles. This can further exacerbate pain and sleeplessness. Physiotherapists can use massage to release the tight muscles, which can help minimise pain and relax the patient. This can also aid in sleep and overall mood stablisation. Pain management Pain management is an important part of managing this issue outside of the physiotherapist sessions. Physiotherapists can help patients to devise an overall pain management plan, which can include stretching exercises, meditation, medical devices such as TENS machines and pain medication. By having a structured approach to pain management and tracking the effectiveness of each technique, the patient can learn to manage the troughs and highs of energy and pain seen with fibromyalgia and can start to feel some control over their health and wellbeing again. Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that is still not fully understood. By using a multi disciplined medical team to help manage the symptoms, including pain and fatigue, users can experience less discomfort and gain more ability to participate in social, workplace and educational activities. If you or someone you love is suffering from fibromyalgia, you should make sure to include physiotherapy as part of your overall medical treatment...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting a Physiotherapist

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting a Physiotherapist

A physiotherapist can help with healing after an injury or surgery and can help a patient adjust to conditions that may affect their mobility such as arthritis. If you’re never visited a physiotherapist before, you may wonder about how the visits work since it’s much different than visiting your regular doctor for a checkup. Note some questions that are often asked about physiotherapists and which you’ll want to check with your therapist or clinic before treatment begins. 1. Why is an initial assessment needed? An initial assessment is always needed for physiotherapy because each patient will have a varying degree of mobility after an accident or injury and will heal on their own schedule. A physiotherapist will want to assess your mobility, overall physical strength, and other such factors in order to create a schedule of therapy for you.  This too is important to consider as you don’t want to assume that your schedule of therapy will be the same as anyone else’s. Even if a friend has had the same type of surgery as you, don’t assume that your therapy will be the same as theirs or last as long as theirs, but it will instead be designed for you personally. 2. Can a person use a gym or exercise when undergoing physiotherapy? This answer will depend on your therapy schedule and your own injuries or condition. However, it’s vital that you note the answer from your physiotherapist, because you typically cannot speed up your healing or increase your mobility by increasing your physiotherapy schedule or trying to supplement it with a workout. You may actually cause damage to muscles and tendons that are already torn or put added stress and strain on certain areas that are not yet strong enough to support your workout routine. Always discuss this with your therapist and follow their recommendations carefully. 3. Is a doctor’s referral necessary? You may need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy if you assume your medical insurer will pay for the visits. If you will be paying for the visits on your own, this will depend on the therapist or clinic. Some will only work by doctor’s referrals, whereas others may simply work with someone who has aches and pains, is suffering lack of mobility from older injuries, or who otherwise simply needs the services of a physiotherapist. Be sure you ask about this referral before making an appointment so you know if it will be...

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When Dental Implant Placement Is Not an Ideal Treatment Option

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Dental Implant Placement Is Not an Ideal Treatment Option

In years past, when individuals lost teeth as result of accidents or dental disease, they resorted to replacing the lost or missing teeth with removable dentures, also known as false teeth. Nowadays, your cosmetic dentist will likely suggest dental implants. These are simply replacement teeth that are lastingly attached to your jaw. Whereas old-fashioned dentures served as replacements for your natural teeth, dental implants serve as replacement for the root of your teeth. In spite of the popularity of dental implants, there are situations where your cosmetic dentist will recommend another type of tooth replacement procedure. This article addresses a number of circumstances when dental implants may not be the ideal treatment option. Age One of the main benefits of dental implants is their permanence. After tooth loss, bone loss occurs sooner or later in that region because the root has stopped stimulating and stabilizing the jaw bone. By using dental implants, typically made of titanium that biochemically fuses to the bone to serve as a replacement for the root, a patient gets a bond that almost mimics the natural one. Because implants are attached directly to the jaw bone, they rely to a great extent upon the toughness of the jaw bone for permanent support. With children and young teens, the still-maturing jaw bone tissue is likely not able to provide support to an implant at present, making implants not recommended until a person is in their early-twenties or late teens. Smoking The success of implants depends greatly on the special attributes of titanium, the building material of dental implants, and the capacity of the jaw bone to bond with it. Smoking delays healing following the completion of the surgical procedure to install the implants. In effect, it increases the likelihood of infection as well as premature implant loss. Therefore, the danger of implant failure or complication is higher in people who smoke during the healing period after placement, particularly where there’s a notable smoking history. Your cosmetic dentist may advise you to quit smoking entirely or at least avoid smoking for 1 week prior to the implant surgical procedure and 2 weeks after.  Pregnancy Anesthesia and surgery are part of any dental implant surgery, but neither is advised during the expectancy period for women. The dangers of surgery and anesthesia during the expectancy period include fetal loss as well as untimely labor. As a type of elective surgery, your cosmetic dentist will advise you to drop the idea of having a dental implant procedure until the baby is born. For more information about implants and other dental treatments, contact a local dental clinic like Dickson Park Dental...

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Why visiting a professional is important for you and your dentures

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why visiting a professional is important for you and your dentures

There are many aspects to consider when you are getting a new set of dentures; it doesn’t matter if you’re getting your first set or if you’re simply going to replace the ones you already have. Fitting The most important thing to consider when getting your dentures is the fit. Both partial dentures and full dentures can cause irritation in the mouth if not fitted properly. The easiest solution, to make sure you are getting what you are in need of, is to go to a professional dental or denture clinic. There are many different clinics and a simple internet search can help you decide which one to choose. They can help you with fitting, getting the most natural looking denture, and with correcting your dentures in case something happens to them after you’ve been wearing them for a while. Also when your dentures fit perfectly, it might still need to be adjusted during the initial time of wearing it. Visiting a dental professional regularly when wearing dentures is in general a good idea, as they will know how to sort even minor issues you might have with your dentures. A denture’s special needs It’s important to be aware of the fact that dentures are not real teeth, no matter how natural looking they are. They need to be tended to in a different way than real teeth. It is, for example, not advised to use tooth paste on dentures. The dentures should be soaked rather than brushed, since it’s important for the entire construction of the denture to be cleaned; not just the teeth. Otherwise, bacteria or particles might gather between the denture and the gum. To be informed what solutions are best for you, you should visit a professional who can tell you what to do. The same thing can be applied if you are having trouble chewing certain food. Some food might just not be possible to chew while wearing dentures, but some difficulty might be a sign that you should get your denture readjusted. A professional opinion is important Denture clinics are there to help you with your specific denture needs. Whatever problem you might have with your dentures, a professional opinion by someone who is specialised on dentures can save you a lot of trouble in your everyday life. It’s impossible to tell what denture is right for you without knowing your personal needs, and since teeth are such vital components in our bodies, it is important you get dentures that can replace them almost...

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