Monday, April 29, 2013

How to Manage Pain at Home | Spotlight on TENS Unit


Experiencing sudden, severe or chronic pain can really affect your life and hinder your daily activities. If you feel like you constantly have to go to the doctor for a prescription or the chiropractor for a treatment, you should consider Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), a drug-free alternative for managing pain at home.

TENS is often prescribed as an effective way to relieve pain because it works at the cellular level to aid in the healing process. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation restores the balance of the electrical current found in our body, which is often disrupted when an injury occurs. TENS units also relieve pain by stimulating endorphins in the brain, the body’s pain fighting chemical.

If you are using a TENS unit for the first time, follow the eight steps below to manage pain at home:

1.    Turn the frequency on the device to max
2.    Turn the pulse width to the max
3.    Set mode to normal
4.    Set timer to 45 minutes or longer
5.    Plug in lead wires to the channel
6.    Place electrodes on pain points
7.    Make sure electrode pads are not touching and are not too spread apart
8.    Turn on device and set intensity

Remember, pain is unique to each individual, so make sure you use the right settings for you. We recommend using the normal mode at first since it is the easiest to get used to, but it is important to note that TENS units have five modes: burst mode for short-term therapy sessions, normal mode for short or mid length therapy sessions, and three modulation modes for long-term therapy seasons. Only make one adjustment at a time to see if there is an improvement in your results.

An additional benefit of a TENS unit, such as the Ultima 5 TENS electrotherapy device, is that it is fully portable, so you can put it away when you are finished and you can take it with you when you travel. This handheld device makes pain relief at home easy, convenient, and affordable.  You no longer have to make an appointment each time you experience pain.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Travel Tips for the Elderly



No matter what your age is, traveling takes preparation and work, but it always seems to be worth it when you reach the final destination. Seniors may need to put in extra exertion when they travel since age sometimes results in a wider range of needs. This effort can be easier if you follow our travel tips for the elderly below: 

1. Plan, Reserve, Confirm

Seek the shortest travel times and look for direct flights 
Try to use airlines that have senior discounts, such as Southwest and Amtrak
Request any special services for the elderly that are available ahead of time by contacting the airline
Choose a seat assignment in rows designation for disabled travelers or the exit row because it has more leg room
Book wheelchair service at every airport (usually free) or bring your transport chair with you and make a plan for getting it on and off the plane
Purchase travel insurance with pre-existing illness cover 
Prepare documents and make sure you have everything you need for the trip
Print tickets and make copies of all important documents (passport, tickets, drivers license, insurance and more)
Confirm your flight times and that you have transportation to and from the airport

2. Pack Practically

Pack light, but include items for every weather scenario 
Utilize a rolling suitcase to keep from straining your back
Put all of your prescriptions in one place, preferably a pillbox with compartments for different days of the week and include notes
Make sure your carry-on bag has everything you need during the duration of the flight, including eyeglasses, a neck pillow and entertainment

3. Act Safely

Stay focused in airports and crowded places
Keep your eye on your bags
Ask for help when you need, don’t be afraid to ask flight attendant to assist you with carry-ons and escort you onto and off of the plane
Use a rollator or walker to guide you and help you after a long day on your feet


Friday, April 12, 2013

Top 5 Moments in Baseball History



"Well, baseball was my whole life. Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball." – Mickey Mantle

After an eventful opening week, we have one thing on our minds: baseball.

Major League Baseball dates back to the Civil War era and has had a tremendous influence on millions of people’s lives during it’s time. There have been so many breathtaking moments that have defined sports history, but the top five moments below really stand out.


1.            Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in 1974

Many agree that the integration of baseball with the addition of Jackie Robinson was a moment that not only impacted the sport, but also society as a whole. Robinson bravely joined the Dodgers in 1947 (eight years before the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement) and he faced the crowds and racism with courage and confidence. Robinson was a key player in the Dodgers’ World Series win in 1955, and he is now included in the Hall of Fame.

2.            Joe DiMaggio Hits in 56 Straight Games

From May 15 to June 16 in 1941, DiMaggio hit in 56 straight games and he didn’t just hit, he hit well..really well. He batted .408 during the streak, slugged .717, hit 15 homers and 16 doubles. Even after the 56 game streak was broken he went on to hit in 17 more games safely, a remarkable feat. Since 1941, no other player has gotten within single digits of his record.

3.            The Shot Heard Around the World

New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson hit a homerun off Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the National League Pennant. The phrase shot heard around the world came from a poem “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson and was likely used due to the high number of U.S. servicemen who listened to the game on Armed Forces Radio while stationed in Korea.

4.            Joe Carter's World Series-Winning Home Run in 1993

Joe Carter secured the World Series win for the Jays in 1993 by hitting a home run off Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams. Joe’s home run is still remembered today in Canada as one of the best moments in Toronto’s sports history.

5.            Mickey Mantle Hits His 500th Home Run

On May 14, 1967 Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run at Yankee stadium and for a generation of fans that idolized him, each big hit holds a special place. When this legendary play baller reached the 500-home run milestone he was among only the very best of the best. Now that Mickey has retired he stands third on the all-time list.

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