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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Affordable Therapeutic Exercise to Combat Arthritis

When you are suffering from Arthritis you know how debilitating the pain can be. You may not be able to do much, if anything at all, for days on end. To spare the joints and escape the majority of the pain, being immobile seems to be the answer. This will certainly feel good where the affected joints are concerned, but it will take its toll on the muscles.

The muscles play a key role in supporting the joints and the less they are being used the weaker they get. Weak muscles enhance the strain on the joints which can result in experiencing more pain. The pain forces you to be sedentary again and you have come full circle. There is a way to break this vicious cycle. You can keep your muscles strong and your joints fully functional without stressing them.

Swimming is very therapeutic and the best solution around. It is one of those rare exercises where almost all muscles are being used. The water presents just enough resistance forcing you having to use your muscles, but is extremely easy on the joints. On top of all that; it is a very pleasant and relaxing work out which anyone can do, regardless whether you are younger or older.

The only draw back most people run in to is the inconvenience and/or impossibility of having to go to the pool. Why go to the pool when the pool can come to you? There are above ground, high quality therapy pools available which can easily be set up at home. They don't take up much space and are accessible whenever they are being wanted or needed.

Due to the smaller size, the pool can be installed inside as well as outside. It is entirely up to the proud owners whether they like to swim in the privacy of their garage for instance, or enjoy swimming while soaking in the view and ambiance of the outdoors. The latter may not sound very appealing come winter time, but specifically designed heaters with timer keep the water at the desired temperature.

The question may arise how to swim laps in such a small pool. The answer lies in the harness that comes with it. This device can be adjusted around the body and set to the preferred resistance. It keeps you in place while swimming, so there is no need to constantly interrupt the exercise to turn around. In case climbing the ladder to get in the pool is not feasible, a lift can be added to accommodate.

The Fitmax iPool does not require much maintenance. It is recommended to keep an eye on the pH level once a week, to run the pump for a few hours daily, and to refresh the water three to four times a year. Common household products are more then adequate for regular cleaning. You may need to vacuum the bottom every now and then, but a cover comes with the pool and will keep falling leaves and most other debris out.

Even though the pool is small, it is a great solution for those with sore joints and muscles who refuse to let their disease pull them down. They can now keep their head above water by swimming to their heart's content!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Exploding Head Syndrome

I have been extremely busy lately. I am so overwhelmed at times that I have the feeling my head is going to explode. It won't of course, but it can lead to a condition called Exploding Head Syndrome.

I am not kidding; there really is such a syndrome. The people suffering from it can experience loud noises in their head which resemble the sound of a gunshot, explosion, roar, or slamming door. They can also see flashes of light, have palpitations, shortness of breath, panic attacks, insomnia, or hear buzzing sounds.

This often occurs at night when the person is either wide awake or shortly after he/she has fallen asleep. Exploding Head Syndrome often happens as a result of anxiety, stress, fatigue, damaged brain nerve cells, or damage to the temporal lobe.

The disorder is rather harmless, although it can be quite annoying and uncomfortable. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding sleep deprivation and exhaustion, incorporating a healthy diet, ensuring to get enough rest and relaxation, and controlling and reducing stress.

Mostly affected are people 50 years of age and up and children under the age of 10. In case you are already suffering from this condition you can try the above mentioned methods. Over time, the syndrome will disappear. If nothing works you ought to see your physician who may want to treat it with antidepressants.

The fear of being woken up due to those sounds will cause more stress and anxiety. Reading the Bible and/or praying have a calming and reassuring effect. I would rather experience a sound sleep then sleep wakened by a sound.

There is a great comfort in the knowledge that God hears our prayers and will not let us go without what we need!

Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Going For The Gold

I am still supposed to see a specialist for the pain in my back. I just haven't gotten around to it and I am not entirely sure I want to. I saw one several years ago and the verdict was that the pain was due to wear and tear.

I was also told that when it would get too bad, the only thing that would be helpful was surgery. I would like to avoid that if possible and might try Regenerix Gold.

This product is ideal for those who suffer from joint degeneration, have muscle problems and/or injuries, or experience joint pain and stiffness on a regular basis. It also assists with keeping your joints in good health.

The beauty of Regenerix Gold is that it is not based on glucosamine. It is a mix of American Joint Repair Technology with Oriental Pain Relief Botanicals which stimulates tissue repair.

The 5 herbs; frankincense, turmeric, ginger, cat's claw, and winter cherry, fight inflammation while the collagen hydrolysate in Regenerix Gold encourages joint repair and the hyaluronic acid relieves the pain.

It is perfectly safe to take it for a long period of time and no side-effects or negative interactions with other medications have been reported.

Just don't take it when allergic to one of the ingredients and remember; always consult your physician before using any supplements.

It all sounds good to me. I think I will go for the gold!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Round Two

After having taken a week's worth of antibiotics, I had to go back to the doctor for a follow-up. She hoped the meds would have done the trick and although I was feeling a lot better, I was not well yet. I still had a slight cough and the tiresome feeling as if I was battling the flue.

She was not satisfied with the results and decided it was time for round two. Ding, ding, ding; in one corner the stronger shot and antibiotic medication versus a cold and tracheal bronchitis symptoms in the other. Hopefully that will do it, because I am weary of it. So, let's knock it out.

That same night I already felt better than I had in a long time and that has continued so far. After a few days of taking the stronger antibiotics, I finally start feeling human again. I can tell though that suffering from this cold for such a long period of time did a number on me. I still tire easily.

It is just a matter of building up my stamina. That will be a slow process, because I will have to take it one step at the time. That sounds familiar, doesn't it? Yup, everything has to be learned, and done for that matter, one step at the time.

I am so thankful we have the best help available to support and hold us up. God guides, leads, and watches over us with every step we take!

Psalm 37:31
The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tracheal Bronchitis

I had been battling a cold for almost two and a half weeks when it finally seemed to be clearing up a week ago. That's good, because I was getting kind of weary of it. Well, nothing it always what it seems; the cold came back this weekend and with a vengeance.

A severe cold, lots of coughing, and a swollen, painful throat had me feeling pretty bad. Experience has taught me that when I suffer from these symptoms it usually turns into pneumonia. With my already low immune system and the medications I am taking, I didn't hesitate and made a doctor's appointment.

I am glad I did. She concluded that besides a severe cold, I also had tracheal bronchitis. I was not entirely sure what that was, but I had a hunch and I was right; it is an upper respiratory infection which usually occurs during the winter due to cold air, dust, viruses, bacteria, and allergies.

It is easily treated with antibiotics and after having received a shot of cortisone, a prescription for antibiotics and one for clearing up my cough, I was on my way back home. I am glad I took care of it, because a tracheal bronchitis is still a threat to lots of people and take a turn for the worse really quick.

Most people are not aware of that and wait too long. My advice is; don't struggle with it. Put it in the capable hands of the experts and it will all be taken care of. That is also the case with many problems and situations we encounter during our lives. Don't struggle with it.

Put it in God's capable hands and it will all work out for the best!

Isaiah 59:1
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let Your Voice Be Heard

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lemons And Lemonade

It has been a while since I was able to post, but you probably know how that goes; first the Holidays, then sickness, and having to deal with the lemons life gives you.

The latter was the biggest problem which sure left us with a sour taste in our mouths at first. However, that is just the first bite. After that you find ways to sweeten the pill and make tasty lemonade so to speak.

Even though we encounter many obstacles, pitfalls, and have to fend off lots of fiery darts, there is always a solution. What that is may not always be clear right of the bat, but it will reveal itself in time.

After having set out a course we expect things to go accordingly. That doesn't necessarily mean it will; God knows best and He will guide and lead.

We need to have faith and ought to be prepared to adapt and go the different way He shows us to take. It might take a little longer than the short cut we had in mind, but at least we know it will turn out for the best.

The best part of it all is that even throughout all those trials God gives blessings galore!

James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

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