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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Chiropractic Care

1: Chiropractic care doesn’t just help back pain! Many patients seek the treatment for neck pain, headaches and a variety of other conditions.

2: Spinal manipulation has existed for at least 2500 years and chiropractic care began over 100 years ago. Since that time, it has gained worldwide recognition as an extremely effective form of medical care. Patients are generally very satisfied with treatment outcomes and many patients enjoy the feeling of spinal manipulation.

3: “Hey! Will you pop my back?” Have you ever heard someone say that? Worse still, have you ever said it? If you have, stop! Proper chiropractic care involves more than a few simple cracks and clicks. More importantly, spinal manipulation is only safe when performed by someone who has undergone the necessary training.

4: One of the most successful chiropractors ever was blind! Yes, that’s right; D Charles Robinson graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic and became the very first blind chiropractor. And he went on to become one of the most successful. He practiced in Peekskill, New York and earned a reputation as a “miracle healer”, treating hundreds of patients each week.

5: Today, chiropractic is taught and practised throughout the world. The profession has earned big acceptance from the public and in national health care systems for its services. Chiropractic treatment is widely regarded as the leading example of a complementary health care discipline and the WHO has now published guidelines recommending minimal educational standards for the regulation of chiropractic services within national health care systems.

6: Many athletes rely on regular chiropractic care. In order to maximize their performance and prevent injuries, many athletes depend on chiropractic care to remain in optimum physical health. Regular chiropractic adjustments can enhance mobility and help athletes recover more quickly from injury.

7: Chiropractic treatment can help to combat anxiety. Initial chiropractic care can be carried out to eliminate the possibility of any underlying physical or nutritional causes for the anxiety. And regardless of the outcome of the initial chiropractic assessment, chiropractic care has proven to be very helpful for many people with anxiety issues..

Orthopedic Doctors

Difficulty performing everyday tasks: It’s common to have joint and bone discomfort especially if you are old; however, if you have been having the discomfort for a long time to the extent that you are unable to execute your daily activities, it’s time to visit the doctor. Some of the tasks that you might be unable to perform include: cleaning the utensils, climbing the stairs, or even sitting.

Chronic pain: You are said to be suffering from chronic pain if have been having the pain for the last 12 weeks. When you have an injury it’s common to have the pain for sometimes, but it shouldn’t last for several weeks. Sometimes the injury might have caused a complication that you should address before it gets worse.

Soft tissue injury that hasn’t improved for two days: If you have fallen or slipped you might have a soft tissue injury. In most cases, soft tissue injuries heal within a matter of hours. If you have an injury and it’s now days and you are still feeling some pain, it’s time to contact a professional who will help you in getting over it.

Instability when walking or standing: A telltale sign that there is something wrong with your joints is feeling shaky or wobbly when performing basic tasks such as walking, sitting, or standing. You should consult a professional who will diagnose the condition and determine the source of the instability.

Reduced range of motion: A reduced range of the movement is a sign of tightening of the joints. It’s also common to have a compromised range of motion when you have arthritis. When the condition has reached a level where the motion is compromised, it’s a high time that you visit a specialist who will diagnose the condition and give you the necessary medications. In some cases, the professional might require you to undertake surgery especially if the situation has brought about a number of complications.

You just had an injury as an athlete: Athletes are known for their high-intensity workouts. If you are a footballer or any other professional and you just had an injury on the field, you shouldn’t ignore it-visit a professional as soon as possible. While the injury might seem simple on the surface, it might have resulted in a number of complications that might put your life in danger.

What to expect from the orthopedic doctor

When you visit the orthopedic physician, there are many things you should expect from him/her. Some of the things include your history. The expert will like to know how you got the injury and how long you have been having the condition. To make the work easy for the doctor, answer the questions as honestly as you can.

Hiatal Hernia

Sliding hiatal hernias form when the stomach and the adjoining oesophagus slide up into the chest cavity through the diaphragm. It is more common.

Paraoesophgeal hernias are less common and it occurs when a portion of the stomach squeezes past the diaphragm and is lodged and strangulated in place beside the oesophagus. Such hernias can be asymptomatic but dangerous because the portion of stomach that is strangulated above the diaphragm will have a compromised blood supply.

In most cases, hiatal hernias are asymptomatic but sometimes patients might experience heartburn or reflux. While the two conditions appear to be linked, they do not independently cause the development of the other.

In some cases of heartburn, patients might experience chest pain instead and this can be confused with chest pain caused by cardiac issues.

Causes

Often, the cause remains unknown. However, any condition predisposing to an increased pressure within the abdomen such as pregnancy, obesity, coughing or straining during bowel movements, and/or congenital situations such as a larger hiatal opening will predispose a person to developing one.

Population at risk for developing Hiatal Hernias

There’s a predisposition for women, overweight individuals, and patients above fifty years of age to develop this condition.

Diagnosis

A hiatal hernia can be diagnosed with a specialized X-ray called a barium swallow that allows a doctor to see the esophagus or with endoscopy. The procedure involves the patient swallowing a radio-opaque liquid and having X-Rays of the chest and abdomen taken while in the erect posture. The radio-opaque liquid will outline the stomach lining and oesophagus, thereby demonstrating the presence/absence of the condition.

Treatment

If asymptomatic, no treatments are necessary. However, should the stomach become strangulated and there is a risk of vascular compromise to the stomach, surgery is usually needed to rectify the problem.

Other associated symptoms such as reflux disease, heartburn and chest discomfort should be treated accordingly.

When is Hiatal Hernia surgery necessary?

Surgery is indicated when the hernia becomes strangulated and the blood supply becomes compromised.

Surgical intervention for hiatal hernias is often performed laparoscopically (ie keyhole surgery) and is a day procedure. A camera and surgical tools are inserted via keyhole incisions into the abdomen and the surgeon will manipulate the surgical tools to reduce the hernia and possibly tighten the diaphragmatic hiatus. The procedure is usually done as a day procedure, involves smaller incisions, and has less pain and scarring compared to open surgery.

Most patients will be able to ambulate and walk around the next day. There are no dietary restrictions post surgery and patients resume regular activities after a week or so. Complete recovery will take up to a month and the patient should avoid hard labour and heavy lifting.

Triphala Juice

Antioxidant properties

Researchers revealed the fact that Triphala comprises of antioxidant as well as antitumor properties. Amla, a constituent of Triphala is considered to be the richest source of vitamin C. Fruits that are present in the triphala lead to an improvement in lipoprotein serum profiles which result in inducing reduced cholesterol level. Researchers also found a wide number of tannins in Amla which are responsible for better antioxidant properties of Triphala.

Immunomodulatory properties

Triphala comprises of Immunomodulatory properties. This indicates that it aids in modifying the immunity of human body. With the increase of immune system of the body, Triphala aids in the bading goodbye to several diseases. A number of antibodies are formed which restrict the entry of pathogens into the body. In accordance with researchers, Triphala juice is well renowned for their immunomodulatory properties.

Digestion

Triphala plays an integral role in improving digestion. A mixture of three fruits which are present in Triphala aid in the reduction of toxic residue from digestive system that enhances the absorption functions of color. Colon happens to be the primary target in the digestive tract. So a medicine that aids in the improved function of the colon is certainly beneficial for your body. The right balancing of the juice assists the bowel in finding the right pace. The juice also helps in the promotion of digestive regularity.

Dosha balance

Triphala helps to balance all the three doshas of the human body.

Emotional balance

Apart from creating a balance in physical life, Triphala is beneficial in balancing emotional life. You will get a number of prerequisite nutrients in the diet by the consumption of this juice. The juice is also helpful in improving mental as well as emotional life.

Healthy eyes

Juice of Triphala is effective for the eyes as it keeps them healthy and sharp. A number of people put this in eyes in the form of powder.