Author: Charles


Use A Massager To Get Relief From Pain

Would it be wise to invest in an electric massager for pain removal?

Massage is good for your body as it regulates the blood circulation and has healing approaches. The practice of kneading and rubbing the body with the hand or an electronic massager can do wonders on the pain areas of your body parts. It helps to release muscle knots and brings in full relaxation to the human body. There are different techniques used so that you can get the maximum benefit from it and can relieve you from pain. For the human hand massage, you would require a therapist who may not be available all the time. This is where an electronic massager comes handy when you desperately need a massage to eradicate your pain.

Benefits of an electronic massager

A massage has many benefits which include rejuvenation of your body and good night’s sleep. You are sure to gain the below-mentioned advantages when you buy the massager.

  • The best therapy for muscle and joint pain – Your work profile and lifestyles are so hectic that you are prone to facing problems on different body parts. A person who is involved in a desk job faces issues on knees, shoulders, and neck. Whereas, a person who travels a lot suffer from stressed muscles, tissues, and ligaments. If you are able to get a massage done with the electric massager on your own, you can spare yourself from back pain, arthritis, spondylitis, and cold shoulder.
  • Helpful for headaches and migraines – A person who has migraines can understand the pain of severe headaches from time to time. It can occur at any point in time and is a terrible thing to bear in your body. A quick neck, face and head massage with the massager can give you instant relief. The head massage targets the brain and relaxes its nerves. The neck and face massage hits the nerves and jaw and relaxes you. You can get back to work easily without gulping any pain killer which has bad side effects.
  • Enhances digestion – You can improve upon your gut
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The Painful Truth: What Causes Learning Disabilities?

The exact cause for learning disabilities (LD’s) has not yet been proven, although three factors are considered to have significant effects:

Genetic Influences – there is a possibility that learning disorders are passed down from one generation to the next, as children with learning disabilities can be traced to older relatives with the same or similar symptoms.

Education, Learning Styles, Memory and Learning Difficulties Concept Vector Illustration.

Brain Development – before and after the birth of a child, there are many factors that affect brain development – positively or negatively. Low birth weight, premature birth, lack of oxygen and head injuries may hamper development significantly.

Environmental Impacts – poor nutrition and an unhealthy air or water environment may cause learning disabilities in children, whether in youth or adult life.

A child who has learning disabilities is not necessarily less competent than another who has none- intelligence is not dampened by learning disabilities. Some children with LD’s have proven to be more intelligent than their counterparts. Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, and Alexander Graham bell had learning disabilities.

The most common struggles for children with LD’s are related to reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and mathematical (dyscalculia) ability. Learning Disabilities affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze or store the information it receives. This manifests itself in different ways, but the usual result is that these children lag behind academically.

For young children with reading difficulties, it is helpful to teach them to associate pictures with words and sounds. This can be done while storytelling, shopping, or when walking past signs (exit, entrance, walk, don’t walk, etc.). Action pictures can be discussed and studied with the child, to encourage him or her to put observations to intelligible words.

Some children with LD’s are placed in Special Education, where their learning needs are met more accurately, and they have higher chances of succeeding with their studies. Children in Special Education may feel isolated from or inferior to their peers, even if they are capable of thinking intelligently. They find solace in after-school activities such as sports, where there is no academic grade to …

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Removing a Splinter: Tips for Handling This Painful Condition and a Squirmy Kid

Splinters give me shivers. I not only cringe when remembering my painful run-ins with tiny shards, the memories of having to hold down my terrified child while I attempted to remove a splinter are ever present. But since touchy-feely kids like mine are like magnets to the slivers, it is important to know the best way to remove splinters.

Quick and easy ways to remove a splinter, (and more difficult but necessary ways)

Tape it – So much time spent trying to grab the little shards with my finger nails could have been skipped if only I knew this little trick. Next time I encounter a splinter my first line of defense will be a piece of tape. Place a small piece gently over the tip of the exposed splinter and pull off. Pull in the direction the splinter entered for best results.

Glue it – White glue is another remarkable tip. Spread a little glue over the area, let it dry and then peel off. My girlfriend said this even works well for glass shards.

Tweezers – If that fails, you will need a good pair of tweezers. Dip the tips in rubbing alcohol to sterilize and the grasp the splinter and pull. Add a magnifying glass to help you see exactly what you are grabbing and to be sure you have a solid grasp of as much of the splinter as possible.

Double team – If the splinter either breaks off completely or is entirely embedded under the skin it is time to pull out the big guns. You will need a needle, sterilized with rubbing alcohol, tweezers and a magnifying glass. If you can find another adult to help with this minor surgery that would be best for all involved. The needle is used to gently break the layer of skin that the splinter is under and then used to lift the splinter so that the tweezers can grab it.

Soak it – If your child will not let you near them in order to do any of the above techniques or if you tried and failed, …

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How Lacrosse Saved Me from Another Painful Year of Youth Baseball

Hey baseball parents! Are you tired of sitting on those cold aluminum bleachers in February and March while waiting for your child to get up to bat? Does the thought of sweating for two hours in the hot summer sun while waiting for the ball to get hit to your child sound unbearable? Are you concerned that your ballplayer did not move enough during the entire six inning game to compensate for the calories in the hot dog and snow cone he got from the snack shack after the game? If you are like me, the answer to each of these questions is an emphatic yes.

Let me first tell you that I actually love the game of baseball. I played it as a kid and was fortunate enough to play in high school. While I was not good enough to play beyond high school, the passion for the game never went away after I stopped playing. That is, of course, until I became a parent and had to sit through two seasons of youth baseball. It left me thinking: Was it really that awful when I was a kid? If so, then why didn’t my parent’s tell me how painful it was?

For the sake of my son, I was prepared to fight through the dread of another boring year of youth baseball. To add to my misery, I was even willing to coach and put myself in charge of eleven other kids who’d rather be playing video games than baseball. Thankfully, however, a chance opportunity for my son to learn about the game of lacrosse set me free. After attending a clinic put on by the local lacrosse club, my son was hooked and, after learning that the season is played at the same time as baseball, I suddenly took a liking to it as well. We decided to give it a try and, after that first season, never even considered going back to baseball.

Unlike baseball, lacrosse is a sport of constant motion. Most of the players on the field are required to play both offense …

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How to Treat a Painful Sunburn

Ahh, Summer. Time to break out the bikinis and sunscreen (hopefully y’all are remembering to slather that stuff on- at least 2 shot glass-full amounts all over the body, paying special attention to the face, particularly the nose and ears) and soak up some SUN. Time for picnics, water sports, hiking, and lounging by the pool, enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

UH OH! Unbeknownst to you, you’ve acquired a nasty burn out of nowhere all over your shoulders and neck (it only takes about a half hour of sun exposure for fair-skinned people to get a lobster burn) and now it hurts like HELL and you don’t know what to do about it.

To ease the pain of a sunburn and go about your day the best thing to do it to draw the heat out of the burn. Milk works on the skin the same way it works in the mouth (remember the last jalapeno you scarfed and caught your mouth on fire? Milk was your best friend then…) If you soak a cloth in cool milk and apply it as a compress to the scorching parts on your body, it will help draw out the heat and subside the burning pain.

Keep abrasive clothing off the burn site. This just irritates the skin and traps more of that heat in, making the burn even worse.

DO NOT apply lotion to the burn- lotion has oil in it, even sunscreen, and it will act as a nice cover to just set that burn deep into the skin and make the pain even worse. If applying anything, ice-cold aloe vera (the purest form, the better) will be your best friend in easing your burn. When being outdoors for long periods of time, keep a bottle of aloe vera handy (right next to the sunscreen you wish you had put on)- better yet, keep the aloe vera cold in the ice box or keep it in the fridge so when you DO have to apply it you get that nice AHH coolness.

Once you’ve tempered down the burn, APPLY sunscreen …

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How to Prevent Painful Blisters on Your Feet

Blisters on your feet are most often caused by wearing shoes that rub- or cause constant friction- on your skin. They can also be caused by wearing socks that have holes in them, or that have been darned. To avoid this uncomfortable problem, use these 7 ways how to prevent painful blisters on your feet!

1. Buy Shoes That Fit Properly 
When you shop for new shoes, take your time and make sure the styles you choose fit your feet properly. Don’t put just one of the shoes on, try them both on. Then, feel the area of the shoes above your toes to ensure they’re not too tight. Press your thumb down on the end of the shoes. There should be a thumb’s width of room between your big toes and the end of the shoes. Also, check the sides along the widest part of your foot, as well as the heels, to make sure they don’t rub your feet. Finally, walk around the shoes store for several minutes to get a feeling for how the new shoes fit your feet.

2. Break-in New Shoes By Wearing Them Around the House 
Since new shoes are a common cause of painful blisters on your feet, you should break them in before you start wearing them on a daily basis. An easy way to do this is to wear new shoes around the house for a couple of hours every day at first. After a few weeks, the shoes will be more flexible, and, more comfortable for your feet.

3. Use Petroleum Jelly to Reduce Friction 
Whether you’re going to wear a pair of new shoes for the first time, or, you’re planning on walking or running a lot, you can use petroleum jelly to prevent blisters on your feet. Before you put your socks on, apply some petroleum jelly to any places where the shoes may rub the skin on your feet. Then, put your shoes on and you’re ready to go!

4. Place Insoles Inside Your Shoes to Cushion Your Feet 
An effective way how to prevent painful blisters …

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Why Are Foot Corns so Painful?

Foot corns are painful, for those of you who do have them I can understand where your plight is coming from.

When you show someone or state that a corn is causing the problem, they just balk at the thought “that, little bit of hard skin…ha!”

Unfortunately the information that runs around on the Internet and the treatment processes for corns is very wrong, and in some cases dangerous.

When you talk about anything medical, it is nigh on impossible to give 100% diagnosis, for the following reasons:

1- you are expecting someone who reads the article you have created to know that they have actually that problem. So for instance, someone who goes online and looks up foot corns, you would imply that they have a foot corn.

2- most people who self diagnose actually do not have the problem that they think that they have. This is horrendously problematic. Because now the patient is treating a corn, as directed online, to something that is really not a corn in the first place. So now the “corn” becomes even more painful.

3- medical conditions usually have a couple of “differentials” that go with them. Differential diagnosis means that it could be something else. Corns have many differentials, and if you are going off what a patient has said then usually you won’t get the diagnosis correct. Only by looking, or directing the patient can you truly gauge what the problem is.

So now you can not really blanket a condition without seriously considering the alternatives, if the patient has got it right to start with and also your personal idea of what the problem could be.

My own footcare site (link below and direct corn link here: Foot Corns 101 shameless promotion I know) recognizes this predicament and also tries to retrain patients into identifying their problem a little bit more.

So for corns…you just do not get a corn. Foot corns as the name implies are on the foot. But also they are inbetween toes, on the bottom of the foot, on the top of toes and even …

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How to Live With Gout and Avoid Those Painful Flare-ups

After being diagnosed with arthritis, I became used to dealing with moderate pain and stiffness in my joints. One day, the pain became unbearable, and a trip to the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City revealed I had a gout flare-up in my wrist. It was the first day I ever said the word gout, but from that day forward I was determined to learn about this type of arthritis, and why I was now living in fear of the excruciating pain I experienced. What I quickly learned was gout is manageable, and flare-ups can often be avoided.

The doctor who treated me gave me an oral medication called Colchicine, which began to relieve the pain immediately. He also drew blood and ordered a urinalysis to check the uric acid levels in my body. Listening to the explanations provided by the doctor and nursing staff was almost impossible until the pain subsided. I consider myself a manly man, after enduring years of sports injuries and military service, but the pain associated with gouty arthritis was the worst I had ever experienced. 

I was informed that people with arthritis often suffer gout flare-ups, when the body has too much uric acid. I was asked about my recent food intake and told while there is no certain cause of gout attacks. Mine was most likely caused by eating too much red meat and drinking too many sugary drinks. I was also told the condition could occur on rare occasions, known as acute gout or could develop into regular occurrences, known as chronic gout, or gouty arthritis .

Living in fear of another gout attack led me to educate myself on how to prevent it. I quickly lowered my intake of red meats and sugary drinks. I made a point of getting more active by joining a gym, which led to weight loss, also recommended. I was told at the hospital excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to gout flare-ups, but I didn’t have an issue there, as I quit drinking many years before the first flare-up. Over the next few years I had one or two flare-ups, which were …

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