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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Benefits of Cervical Support Collars

2" Cervical Collar
Cervical support collars have been around for many years, as a matter of fact, there is proof of them being used in ancient Greece and Egypt. For a medical device to have been around for that long it proves that it is indeed, useful.

These support collars are used to immobilize the head and neck, relieving neck pain and allowing the muscles and joints to relax and heal. There are several types of cervical support collars available on the market and which one you use is dependent on the type of injury and the severity of your neck pain. Collars can vary between a soft foam wrap around collar, a hard plastic collar with padding on it, or even an inflatable collar that's size is adjustable. Your medical professional will tell you which is best in your situation.

According to statistics, over a million cases of whiplash are reported annually, most occurring from automobile accidents. Whiplash and the neck pain associated with it are often treated by using cervical support. Neck injuries can be serious and can lead to long lasting problems if not dealt with properly and promptly after injury.

Cervical support allows the weight of your head to rest somewhere other than your neck. When you are suffering from pain due to a neck injury, even the simple act of sitting up hurts. Cervical support collars can assist with this pain, while giving the soft tissue in your neck time to heal from the injury. Also, occasionally, when a person is injured in an accident, a cervical collar is used temporarily while any neck injury or lack thereof is determined.

If you are wearing a cervical collar it is recommended that the collar be tight enough that you are unable to move your head and neck, but you are able to comfortably breathe. Additionally, the lower part of the collar should rest comfortably against your chest, not tight enough to cause irritation. As with any medical device, keep the skin underneath the collar clean and dry and clean the collar regularly.

It is imperative to remember to take proper care of your collar, but it is equally important to remember that in order for healing to occur, the collar must be worn according to your medical provider's instructions. This is to ensure that you receive the maximum healing benefit out of your support collar

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Uses Of Hot And Cold Packs

Thermal Wrap Reusable Hot And Cold
Hot and cold therapy is often more effective for many uses than any type of over the counter drug. It is recommended for many pain sufferers. It is a great alternative choice for those who do not want to take medicine or want to try something different if their bodies have become immune to any other type of over the counter medicine. The American Pain Society states almost 10 percent of those Americans that live in chronic pain that could be helped with hot and cold therapy. If you have a more serious illness like cancer or liver disease, you probably do not fall into this category, but if you do, it may be a great alternative to traditional medicine. Ice therapy, compressed gel packs, and hot cold packs can all help to alleviate pain in many cases.

Here are some common indications of those who would be most able to benefit from alternative therapy.

If you have hurt yourself recently with a muscle or joint strain or have any other injury that is causing any part of your body to swell up, then this is for you. Also, internal aching does not have to be solved with over the counter medicine. You can try hot cold packs for that also. The heat and the cold give your body therapy and realization that it needs to get you healed again.

There are also some chronic problems that can be fixed with compressed gel packs also. These include flares of pain, that come along with chronic conditions such as migraines, osteoarthritis injuries from sports, and other chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia.

How to use hot packs:

The first thing to remember is that heat should be used for at least 20 minutes at a time. However, this is not the case in areas that have had radiation. How heat works is that is increases blood to the body and then it also send oxygen and nutrients to the places that are in pain. Heat works to relax muscles that are stiff and keep pain away from muscles and joints.

Heat therapy should not be used if you have any type of broken skin. Also, make sure the heat pack is not scalding and make sure to wrap it up in a towel to keep you from being burned.

Cold packs work a little opposite to heat packs. Cold packs bring relief to parts of the body that are in pain just like heat packs, however, cold packs should be applied for less than 20 minutes. This will also help spasms in the muscles and is extremely helpful with shoulder and upper body injuries. Cold packs can also be used to ease back aches and headaches. If you have a sprain or bruise to your ankle or your wrist or any other part of your body, ice therapy may be an option for you there. If the ice pack seems to cold, let it sit for a minute or wrap it in a towel to make the temperature comfortable.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Professional Scented Massage Cream
Need a massage but don't have the time or money to spend on a professional one? There are many products that are available to you so you can have your own massage in the comfort of your home. For just 34 dollars you can purchase your very own personal massager.

This personal massager has two different vibration settings of your choice as well as six different massage attachments. The six different massage attachments include one for facial, muscle, all-purpose, scalp, soft touch, and acupressure to ensure you the best massage at the tip of your fingertips. The best thing about this massager is that it is lightweight and will relieve your stress in an instant.

For a low price you can also get two different professional massaging creams. You have a choice between an almond scented massaging cream and an unscented cream. These creams are specifically made for professional use so you know they will work great on your skin. These creams will work great for deep tissue massages, providing you a great massage at a low cost! The best part is your skin will not be dried out afterwards and you will feel amazing. The creams are safe, efficient, and provide quality performance. Even applying the creams to dry areas will make that area much less dry and lubricated. When buying both creams, you get 16 ounces of amazing massage cream that will last you a while and keep you satisfied with your massage. These massage therapy supplies will leave you feeling satisfied and stress free. You will feel so relieved after your purchase of these massage therapy supplies because you know you are getting the best performing products to use.

These products come from a company that provides the best quality products at reasonable prices with fast services. If there are ever any questions regarding the products, the company will provide you with quality customer service to meet your needs. These products can even serve as great gifts for anyone! You know that you are providing someone with quality massage supplies that are guaranteed to leave your friend, family member, or co-worker feeling great!

With these products, no longer will you have to go to sleep feeling stressed and achy. You will now have products that can take away from that and make your quality of life spectacular. No longer will you have to go to sleep with achy muscles, a sore back, or stress from the day. You will be so relieved. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

All Kinds of Ankle Braces

Lace Up Ankle Brace Support
Anyone who has ever suffered a sprained ankle knows the pain involved with this injury. They also know how painful it is to walk on the ankle until it has healed completely. When someone suffers a bad sprain they can use a good ankle brace to help protect, support and brace the ankle. This will give them the added support and stability needed to walk on the ankle while it is healing yet keeping motion of muscles, tendons and ligaments limited.

A good brace will completely surround the ankle and will fit tight. The tight fit compresses the ankle and helps keep it in place, limiting movement. This helps the muscles work better while supporting the ankle. A brace with strings or Velcro to help keep it in place and tighten it is the best kind to get for compression and support. Braces without a way to tighten them are not as effective. The ones that do have a way to tighten them will also need to be adjusted and tightened periodically. A person is better able to keep the brace in place so it is not sliding around but stays where it needs to be for the support when there is a way to tighten it.

There are different types of ankle supports that can be effective when someone is suffering from a sprain. Some of these slip on like a sock and are neoprene. These do not provide as much support as a brace that has metal or plastic stays. Neoprene ankle suppotts can be used for minor sprains though and can sometimes make the ankle feel better by providing support and protection from injury during sports and exercise by keeping the ankle stable. A neoprene ankle brace retains heat for a therapeutic effect that keeps the ankle ligaments warm and limber.

There are other braces made so they fit almost like a sock but have compressive properties. A compression ankle support maintains full range of motion while providing uniform compression around the ligaments and tendons. The FLA ProLite Compression Ankle Support features anatomically contoured viscoelastic inserts cover the entire soft tissue area of the joint and support the sides of the ankle. As the ankle is moved, the two L-Shaped Viscoelastic Inserts provide a gentle, compressive massage around the joint. This enhances circulation to help promote healing and minimize pain and swelling.

There are all kinds of ankle braces available to help when someone suffers a sprain of any kind. When an injury happens the extra stability and compression these ankle supports offer can help someone get back on their feet with less pain.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Trusting FLA Orthopedics

3D Compression Elbow Support Brace

Many people wonder why they should turn only to trusted sources like FLA orthopedics. There are many good reasons why only trusted sources (like FLA) should be sought after. Trusted retailers are only going to be selling devices that were made by trusted manufacturers. Orthopedic items are very important necessities, and as such, shopping for these products should not be taken lightly at all.

One important rule of thumb to remember is that there are a number of imitators out there selling products that compete with those being sold by FLA orthopedics. There are a number of companies out there that are selling poorly made devices that can't compare to the aforementioned brand , and these are the companies that this article will refer to as, "untrusted sources." Some of the imitators out there take the opposite approach of FLA, these people use cheap materials and manufacturing processes.

One good reason to stay away from untrusted products is simple enough to understand, they might not work correctly. When it comes to the type of assistance and support that such products provide, there is no room for products that do not serve their intended purposes as effectively and efficiently as possible. The use of an untrusted product that does not work correctly could easily make ones situation much worse. These cheaply made products might actually worsen a person's already bad situation.

There are untrusted products that might work as well as FLA products, however, their downfall lies in the fact that they are likely not going to last very long. Trusted products not only serve their intended purpose correctly, but they also last for the long haul. These orthopedic braces are expensive enough as it is, and people do not want to have to replace such an item more than they possibly have to!

A lot of people that want trusted products do not know how to go about shopping for them. There are entire websites dedicated to the sale of trusted devices alone. Typically such a website is going to make this fact quite clear, often advertising it in very plain site. Sites that sell trusted products want consumers to know that they specialize in carrying the best, so they will go out of their way to make this known. Be weary of websites that carry, "industry certifications" that not many people have heard of before. Some manufacturers of poorly made devices make such claims to trick consumers. Trusted sources are going to be backed by real medical professionals and industry sources!

Buying products from FLA orthopedics competitors can not only mean that a person has to replace their orthopedic braces more often than they should, it could also mean that a person's condition is actually worsened. The price of a higher end, trusted device for assisting with the worsened condition is likely going to be far more expensive than the price of the trusted device that would have been used for correcting the original condition in the first place!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Arthritis Foot Pain

I thought I'd share a quick story about one of our customer's experience with Tiger Balm Arthritis Rub. She is one of our local customers that came into the store complaining of aching ankles and arches on both feet. She was seeking a pain relief rub or ointment. We recommend the Tiger Balm Arthritis Rub. She asked if we cared if she applied it right there and then -- she was in so much pain. Well, of course we didn't mind! Within minutes she felt a great deal of relief. If fact, she just about bounced out of the store! She couldn't believe the difference the product made in her mobility in a matter of minutes.

We also recommend Tiger Balm for quick and effective pain relief from minor body aches, pains and muscle strains. Widely used by athletes and their trainers for deep tissue work and muscle relaxation.

Of course, we love for our customers to visit our store in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. However, we ship Tiger Balm across the USA and to our international clients.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Run Better

Sigvaris Compression Running Leg Sleeves

Running has attracted people of all age and genders for many years. More and more people are getting conscious about their health and try to achieve a better physique. The best and most attractive thing about running is that everyone can do it. One does not require special gears, good senses, athletic abilities, or pricey gear for running. All that is required is a pair of shoes and the will power to go along. The number of women who finished races increased from 791,000 to nearly 5 million in 2010. Along with this increased popularity of running, women’s compression socks have gained popularity for women who are looking to improve their running.

Compression socks have been considered useful because they help in better blood circulation throughout the feet and legs. Some of the doctors advise compression socks for people suffering from inflammation and other similar muscle issues. These socks can make a significant improvement in overall health of the person. Above all of these facts, the most important benefit of women’s running compression socks is their support in fast running. Research has shown that there are so many benefits of compression socks.

How compression socks can help in running?

Most women athletes wear women's compression socks because of their numerous benefits. These are much of a fashion trend nowadays and this section will discuss some of the most important benefits of compression socks.

• Delivery of oxygen: Women's running compression socks helps in increasing the overall flow of oxygen to the muscles. It helps in achieving most of the working muscles.

• Blood circulation: Women's compression socks improve the circulation of blood throughout legs and feet. In short, the venous return is more likely to increase because of the high blood circulation.

• Muscle performance: According to athletes, compression socks allow them to increase the strength and power of their muscles. The endurance of muscles is increased with these socks and post-exercise muscle soreness is greatly reduced with these socks. Compressions socks often control muscle vibration and provide stability to their muscles.

• Avoid muscle damage: Compression socks are helpful in reducing muscle strain by keeping the muscles at an optimum position. Athletes use these socks to avoid ligament damage in important races. Muscle cramps are much less likely to happen with these socks. People suffering from chronic lower limb conditions including calf strains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis are greatly benefited by these socks.

• Other benefits: Some other benefits of these socks include reduced risk of blood clotting during long-haul flights, lower muscle fatigue, and other feet issues. Women's running compression socks are built of wicking fabric which help in keeping the feet dry and this fabric has anti-odor and anti-microbial properties as well.

Compression socks are recommended for every serious sprinter and even for regular people. Both men and women can enjoy the benefits of these socks and it is in your best interest to get a pair of these socks as soon as possible.


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