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FAQ About Getting A 4D Ultrasound During Pregnancy

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Aug 24, 2016

Are you pregnant with your first child and anxious for a 2D ultrasound to be done to learn the gender? You might want to request that a 4D ultrasound is done instead, as it comes with a few benefits that you will enjoy. Take a look at this article for the answers to some of the questions that you might have in mind about 4D ultrasounds. What Is a 4D Ultrasound? A 4D ultrasound is able to produce an image of your baby using soundwaves, just as with a 2D ultrasound. However, the 4D ultrasound can be seen in 3 dimensions, which will create a more photographic image. A 4D ultrasound can also show your baby moving around and doing things such as yawning, smiling and sucking his or her thumb. You will basically get to see your baby in real time. How Is the Ultrasound Performed? You will begin the ultrasound procedure by lying down. The specialist will then rub a special type of gel on your abdomen that helps with carrying soundwaves. A probe device will then be maneuvered around your abdomen to see movement of the baby. The 4D ultrasound will be recorded so you can keep it for memories. You can ask the specialist for an image and video if you desire to do so. Can Abnormalities with the Baby Be Detected? A 4D ultrasound is beneficial for detecting certain fetal abnormalities. For instance, the ultrasound will allow a specialist to determine if your baby...

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Answers To Common Questions About Chronic Back Pain

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Aug 6, 2016

Back pain can be an extremely debilitating condition that many people will find themselves battling. Unfortunately, it can be common for individuals to have a fairly limited knowledge about this condition. As a result, these individuals may find it more difficult to make informed choices about addressing chronic back pain. By having a few of the more commonly asked questions about back pain answered, you will likely find that you are better prepared to make decisions about treating this condition. What Causes Chronic Back Pain? There can be a number of causes for individuals to experience chronic back pain. However, some of the more common sources of this problem can be poor posture, muscle injuries, arthritis and misalignments of the vertebrae. Only a trained doctor will be able to accurately determine the cause of the pain. To determine the source of the back pain, your doctor may need to perform a few tests to determine your range of movement, and they may also need to have you undergo an MRI so that they can better see the extent of the damage to the back. How Can Chronic Back Pain Be Treated? The type of treatment that is used to correct the damage to the back will largely depend on the type and severity of the underlying problem. For example, those that are suffering from severe back issues may need to undergo surgery in order to remove scar tissue from the vertebrae. However, those suffering from a misaligned spine or...

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FAQ About Investing In A Stair Glide

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jul 27, 2016

Has osteoarthritis made it difficult for you to walk up the stairs in your house without experiencing severe pain? The solution to your problem might be to consider getting a stair glide installed. Basically, a stair glide is simply a chair that you can sit on to be lifted or lowered down the staircase to avoid walking. Take a look at this article for a few answers to questions you may have in regards to investing in a stair glide. How Does a Stair Glide Work? A stair glide works via the installation of tracks along the wall of a staircase. The tracks will be bracketed to the wall with a chain and pulley mechanism, as well as the chair. You will then be able to use a joystick on the armrest of the chair to glide up and down the stairs. A remote might also be included in case the chair glide is not easily accessible when you need to use it, which can easily happen if someone lives with you. Simply press a button on the remote to bring the chair back up or down the stairs for your convenience. What Kind of Stair Glides Are Available? There are several types of stair glides available that can accommodate your specific needs. Your options will include features such as the width of the seat, as well as the weight capacity of the chair. You will also have access to a seat belt that will keep you securely strapped...

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Hormone Replacement Therapy And Endocrine Tumors: How To Proceed And Not Encourage Tumor Growth

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jul 10, 2016

If you have reached midlife and are considering hormone replacement therapy to help you get through midlife changes, there are some concerns of which your doctor should make you aware. Issues erupt if your doctor discovers that you already have tumors or polyps growing on your endocrine glands. If that is the case, you will need to proceed with caution. Here is how you can proceed with hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) and not encourage tumor, polyp or nodule growths. Locating All of the Growths Your doctor will locate the growths you currently have throughout your body. If they are present, you may have pituitary microadenomas (tumors on the pituitary gland in your brain), nodules on your thyroid and parathyroid, tumors in your pancreas, liver, kidneys and ovaries/testes. They may be located in other organ tissues as well, in which case they have to be documented before your doctor will begin treatment.  All of these growths will need to be documented and monitored with some frequency to make sure the added hormones you are taking will not cause the growths to get bigger. Taking Smaller HRT Dosages to Start Your doctor will probably start you on the smallest dosages possible so that you can begin to feel some relief from your midlife symptoms but not antagonize your tumors, polyps and nodules. Some women and men report that even the smallest dosages provide enough relief from their symptoms that they do not have to increase the dosages and take additional risks...

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Target These Areas For Massage If You Play Baseball

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jun 28, 2016

If your baseball season is in full swing this summer, you’re likely having a blast — but you also might have sore muscles to show for it. While a dedicated stretching regimen before each game can help limber up your muscles and relieve stiffness and soreness, there’s nothing better than scheduling a massage to reduce this discomfort. You don’t have to wait until the end of the season to book an appointment with a local massage therapist. By getting this treatment during the season, you can often experience more range of motion and less pain, which will help you succeed on the baseball diamond. Here are some areas to ask to have massaged. Glutes When you swing the bat at the plate, much of your power comes from your glutes. If they’re tight and sore, your power will be limited — which could mean that you’re hitting singles instead of home runs. Ask your massage therapist to apply some deep pressure to your glutes. He or she will likely be able to find some restrictions in the muscle and concentrate on loosening them, which will free up these muscles to help you deliver when it’s your turn at bat. Pectorals The pectoral muscles in your chest are engaged regularly throughout the game of baseball. They play a role when you swing, when you throw and when you catch. When your pecs are sore, you’ll often have trouble putting much power behind your throws, which is detrimental regardless of the...

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Man Vs Machine: Choosing The Right Wheelchair For You

Posted by Peter Gunnison on May 27, 2016

For whatever the reason — recent diagnosis of a disability, or a broken limb (or broken limbs), you’re now on a mission to purchase your first wheelchair. And it’s easy to think that all wheelchairs are created equal — they all have chairs, and wheels, and armrests, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose, right? However, wheelchairs are a bit more complex than that, especially when it comes down to choosing a manual wheelchair versus an electric one; after all, choosing the right one the first time can save you aches, pains, and a lot of money. So if you’re looking for tips on choosing the right wheelchair for you, then here’s what you need to know. Manpower Manual wheelchairs, pushed either by your hands on the wheels or by someone standing behind you, are cheaper than their electric cousins, and are perfect if you want to keep your arm tone up, as it takes some strength (and a lot of energy) to push yourself around continually, even though manual wheel chairs are a lot lighter than they used to be. They’re also good if you’re not going to be using a wheelchair permanently or for an extended period of time, given their lower price tag. Do note, however, that you’ll have to take care of your hands — buying a set of fingerless gloves is a good idea, so your hands don’t get scraped up by the wheels- — and that you may find yourself stuck...

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Chair Ramps

If the only access to a building is stairs, that building is completely closed off to those in wheelchairs. Ramps can also help those with bad knees.

Lift Chairs

A more high-tech version, lift chairs are perfect for installation in a home or other building that needs to be wheelchair accessible but can't be completely remodeled to fit requirements.

Other Technology

Recent advances in technology and the computer world have helped make great leaps in the land of wheelchair accessibility, such as special controls or motors.