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Tips on Non-Surgical Treatment For Varicose Veins

Varicose veins in simple terms are enlargement of veins. Varicose veins are also known as spider veins. These varicose veins derive their name from a Latin origin of the word called varix which means twisted. Yes twisted they are as they have more blood in them than needed.

The varicose veins generally occur because of some hereditary conditions or because of the weak veins. There are a variety of surgical and non surgical treatments available for the varicose veins. These varicose veins can be treated surgically causing them to not store more blood than needed and pump that into the heart.

 

People who have varicose veins should be particularly cautious if they are taking long flights. The reason for this is not very hard to fathom as the long flights mean sitting in a cramped space for long time and that means due to gravity the blood will start to accumulate in the lower part of the leg and the foot.

 

Generally the non surgical treatments are the compression socks which apply graduated pressure to your leg. The way they work is that you can buy the socks based on the amount of pressure you want to apply on the legs. That said you can buy these from specialized manufacturers as opposed to regular manufactures but yes you will get these from many online retailers.

 

These non surgical treatments costs may be covered by the insurance companies. You may need to check with your insurance companies if they will cover the costs of even such things as the compression stockings. In some cases varicose veins can cause swelling and bleeding as they become more blood thick. Insurance companies can generally cover the cost of treatment of these bleeding veins.

 

The other non surgical treatment for the varicose veins is shutting off the blood supply to the vein itself. That can be done by a procedure called Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy means that you inject a chemical called the sclerosing agent into the vein which will cause the blood to be stopped form coming into the vein. It is a simple treatment which can be done in the doctor’s office itself and there is no need for a surgery for this.

 

There are other treatments which are only of the surgical variety and these generally may not be covered by the insurance companies. You definitely need to check with your insurance carrier in case you need to get yourself surgically treated for varicose veins.



Source by Alka Kheterpal

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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Plantar Fasciitis Doesn’t Exist

The pain in the heel is all in your mind.

Try telling that to someone suffering from the sharp pain of Plantar Fasciitis. Hopefully you’ll have time to say “just kidding” without that sufferer coming after you with his or her tennis shoe!

Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis is no joke. It’s painful. It’s immobilizing. It’s often left untreated.

For up to six weeks.

Imagine walking around for six weeks with a pebble in your shoe, pressing into the fleshy part of your heel. And yet you walk. And eventually you stop placing your heel down fully and instead you shift your weight forward on the ball of your foot.

Ouch.

Pressure on the knee joint, slowly moves into the hip and before you know it your lower back is screaming at you.

Plantar Fasciitis is no laughing matter and the key to healing is taking a few steps immediately at the first sign of heel pain or even simple discomfort.

Key Steps to Plantar Fasciitis Support

  1. Catch the pain early — before it becomes a chronic condition, and you’ll be bowing down to your feet daily.
  2. Rest your feet! Seriously, let your feet rest until the pain goes away. This is not the time to run with the motto “No Pain No Gain.”
  3. Define your gait. Are you overpronate or oversupinate? If you go into a shoe store that specializes in running shoes, they will be able to perform a standing or walking test to see if you step in a way that puts additional stress on the plantar fascia.
  4. Stretching. Stretching. Stretching. Yes, stretching. That delicate tissue known as the plantar fascia is strong and flexible yet can become overused, over stressed. When you have pain, the start of overcoming the discomfort is to rest the foot. And then discover the right stretches to strengthen the muscles and tissue connecting toes to heel.
  5. Cold therapy, such as ice, helps reduce swelling and pain. This is important to do whenever you have discomfort and after stretching or exercising.
  6. Stretch and massage those calf muscles, baby! Tight calf muscles are a sure path to Plantar Fasciitis. Stretching the calf allows the tissue of your feet to be supported properly, so take care of those calf muscles always.
  7. Orthotics or support inserts may be a great way to provide additional treatment options but first get the best one for you. This will mean a bit of research.
  8. Be healthy. This means dropping those extra pounds so that your feet are able to support exactly what they are meant to support based on your height and bone structure.
  9. Plantar Fasciitis night splints. A way to tie yourself up and stretch your calf muscles and Plantar Fasciitis overnight which prevents tightening.
  10. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or ESWT. Crazy sounding, but true, and helpful for those in major pain. Sound waves are directed at the heel pain to promote and stimulate healing.

Now there’s also surgery and corticosteroid injections but those should be considered as last options and discussed with a doctor. Surgery is rare and the injections are simply an immediate, but temporary, relief from the pain.

Always check in with your doctor to get the best Plantar Fasciitis support for your current needs.

If you have more questions or need more support for your current condition or are interested in preventing Plantar Fasciitis, then we’ve got the scoop on healthy heels.

We know that Plantar Fasciitis does unfortunately exist, however it doesn’t have to be a painful, chronic life-long sentence. Heal your heel today and enjoy your feet — and your life — right away!



Source by Sharon ODay

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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The Cellulite Cupping Therapy

The cellulite cups are usually used for therapy referred to as the glide cupping. In such a case, the cups will be moved on the skin. The motion is done across instead of remaining in only one area. So as to make sure that the gliding action is done well and without much effort, oil or cream should be used. Coconut oil may be used, but there are other oils and creams that can aid in the whole cupping therapy.

What are some of the essential oils that can be used during cupping?

There are all kinds of essential oils that you may choose to use for therapy when you are dealing with cellulite. It helps to know the benefits of every so as to make sure that you do settle for the one that is most appropriate for you. Cupping therapy is evolving and anyone who seeks to change the fate of their body by getting rid of cellulite may think about giving it a try. The essential oils for cellulite are:

Grapefruit oil

Grapes have for a long time been closely associated with good diet and this is for very good reasons. The grapes are able to take away all sorts of toxins from the human body and this includes all those synthetic drugs that you may have taken. For people on a prescription, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor before you choose to use the fruit as part of a regimen. Grapefruit oil offers an amazing method of fighting cellulite. You can choose some specific areas and they make sure you massage the location after you dilute with some vegetable oil.

Tangerine oil

Another great oil to use with the cellulite suction cup is tangerine oil. This oil aids in digestion and it greatly improves the circulation of blood which actually helps toxin removal. The aroma also boosts one’s spirits and you find that you can relax better. This makes a great choice when you want to do the cupping therapy.

Cypress oil

When a topical application is done, the circulation is increased. This really helps to make the cellulite work even better since its main aim is to improve circulation in the affected areas. Fluid retention is highly discouraged when this oil is used. This in turn aids in the removal of toxins from the body. Blue cypress is actually anti-inflammatory and it aids the ion flow of blood. Use some vegetable oil to dilute the cypress oil before application. Cypress also helps when you are dealing with varicose veins.

Juniper oil

In history, juniper oil was used as a diuretic and it still is. This is the oil that greatly supports the function of the kidneys. It is able to purify and then assist the natural methods of the detoxification of the body. It also stimulates the digestive system and it is an antiseptic.

Spearmint oil

It is also an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. It is very effective when it is used together with grapefruit especially in areas that have cellulite.



Source by Heather Jameson

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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Releasing Chronic Pain From Whiplash Injury

Several cases of whiplash injury could involve chronic pain. When this happens, breathing could also be shallow. You could frequently hold your own breath. As breathing is restricted, you would eventually find yourself not exhaling fully. You could not even remove stale air from your lungs, resulting to possible residual build ups of toxins.

As chronic pain ensues, your muscles could get cold and get contracted due to poor circulation. Less oxygen volume gets in and fewer toxins are naturally removed. The lungs could work more when you breathe deeply and fully. The diaphragm moves and the abdominal muscles work. These occurrences only generate more heat in the body’s core to help relieve whiplash. They are possible when you perform specific yoga exercises.

How to release chronic pain after whiplash injury? Perform specific yoga exercises and poses, as described above. Doing so could pose a calming effect right on the emotions. Fear could be reduced as well as anxiety within the nervous system. You would feel emotionally safer and you would get more at ease and physically relaxed.

The next step to release chronic pain is to change your own attitude towards pain. Observe and sense what pain feels like, how worse it gets during whiplash injury. You should feel your own emotions to be able to establish a connection with the specific parts of your body that are hurting because of the condition. Connect physical with emotional pain. This way, you would be able to recognize possible continuity between your body, your mind, and your feelings.

Understand that there are many other attitudes that could be associated with suffering from chronic pain. They include anger, depression, despair, helplessness, and loss. Whiplash injury significantly adds more stress due to the negative self-directed energy.

In her one of her books ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise L. Hay gives a wonderful offering on How To Heal Your Life. Louise gives you a Problem Situation, the Probable Cause and a New Thought Pattern to begin to heal your life. This book is a wonderful ‘bible’ to have at your side.

On Neck Problems this is what she has to say. The Probable Cause – “Refusing to see other sides of a question. Stubbornness, inflexibility.” And the New Thought Pattern – “It is with flexibility and ease that I see all sides of an issue. There are endless ways to doing things and seeing things. I am safe.” How does that fit with you? A good book to enhance your life.



Source by Glen Wood

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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Shockwave Therapy Shown Effective For Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton’s neuroma is an inflamed nerve that causes pain, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot. Many complain of a bunched up sock under the ball of the foot, while others complain of walking on a lump, a large pebble or a lamp cord. Some describe a “twang”, like a guitar string, in the ball of their foot. The pain can dull in the ball of the foot or can be radiating, electrical, tingling or burning and shoot to the 3rd and 4th toes. The pain is worsened with tight shoes, standing, walking, hills and stairs and generally relieved by rest and removal of shoes.

The initial treatment for Morton’s neuroma is to eliminate factors which may have caused or aggravated it. In many cases, tight shoes cramp the toes and press on the nerve, causing irritation, inflammation and pain. Over-pronation causes forefoot instability and excess movement of the long bones in the foot. This type of abnormal foot mechanics, in combination with soft, flexible shoes can cause a neuroma.

Icing the ball of the foot twice a day for 15 minutes and/or contrasting between hot and cold for 30 minutes each day will help decrease the inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can also decrease the inflammation and the pain. A neuroma pad will help disperse forefoot pressure, decreasing irritation on the nerve. Steroid injections and nerve sclerosing injections may also be used.

When conservative therapy fails, surgery is recommended. Surgery involves releasing the ligament placing pressure on the nerve or removing the neuroma. When the neuroma is removed, permanent numbness at the toes will result, but toe function is not affected.

In a new study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, researchers found extracorporeal shockwave therapy to be a safe and effective treatment for Morton’s neuroma. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a treatment which directs powerful sounds waves at an area of injury. The sounds waves create vibrations causing microtrauma to the tissues.

The body responds by creating new blood vessels and sending healing factors and inflammatory cells to the area to stimulate the natural healing process. ESWT has been used for the treatment of kidney stones for many years. In the year 2000, the FDA approved ESWT for the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis, a painful condition in the heel. ESWT is not currently approved for the treatment of neuromas.

In this study, researchers divided twenty five patients with a Morton’s neuroma, unresponsive to at least eight months of conservative therapy, to an active treatment group or a sham treatment group. Both groups were taken into the procedure room and given intravenous sedation and a local anesthetic. The active treatment group received extracorporeal shockwave therapy and the sham group received no treatment.

At 12 weeks following the procedure, the group with the extracorporeal shockwave therapy had significant pain reduction compared to the sham treatment group. Potential complications associated with extracorporeal shockwave therapy include bruising, pain, swelling, nerve damage and hemorrhage, but the incidence is less than 1%. This results of this study are encouraging and ESWT may prove to be an effective treatment alternative to surgery. But, this is a small study and further research is needed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of Morton’s neuroma.

Fridman R, Cain JD, Weil L. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Interdigital Neuroma. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Trial. JAPMA. Vol 99, No 3, May/June 2009.

Source by Christine Dobrowolski, DPM

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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Compression Bandages and Their Use

A bandage is a material that supports the body and allows it to heal itself. A compression bandage is a little different from the ordinary bandage as it is used to apply pressure to the area that is healing. The pressure thus applied performs a number of functions. It prevents swelling and edema. It increases blood circulation and allows the patient to manage their condition better.

Compression bandages are of two kinds.

Short stretch compression bandages: These bandages are commonly worn on the limbs, like the fingers and areas of the leg. They are generally used to treat venous ulcers, lymphedema, leg ulceration and even small wounds. Short stretch compression bandages have a property that allows them to shorten around the area, thus applying consistent pressure. Since the bandage does not exert increased pressure during periods of inactivity (which can lead to the accumulation of fluids in the area of application), these bandages are well suited for long term healing. What’s more, the design of these compression bandages is such that they resist pressure that is applied when an internal muscle contracts or moves. So, these ban adages can be worn even when the patient is asleep, though this is not always recommended.

Long stretch compression bandages: As the name suggests, these bandages can be applied over large areas, like a portion of the limb. These bandages apply pressure over the area but have a high resting pressure. Therefore, it is necessary for patients to remove these bandages when the body is at rest. Long stretch compression bandages are so called because they can be stretched to almost three times their size. These bandages are an important part of the healing process in many conditions like Complex Physical Therapy, venous leg ulceration and lymphoedema. Patients who need to use long stretch compression bandages while they are recovering from a condition need to take care that the compression bandages come off at night because these bandages become too tight to allow comfortable sleep.

may look like a simple stretch of material, but a lot of design goes into their manufacture. Some of the most important characteristics of compression bandages are elastic properties, pressure, components and layers. Compression bandages are medically prescribed in long term treatments because they help preserve the elasticity of the skin, maintain the improvements that have been gained by therapies like massage therapy, reshape and maintain the shape of the limb and accommodate the difference in size between the different areas. For instance, the bandage will wrap around a bulge in the same way as it will accommodate a constricted area.

Compression is generally recommended by doctors because they help reverse the accumulation of fluids. They also increase the flow of blood through the venous system and boost fibrinolytic activity. So, compression is an important treatment for various conditions.

Source by Gardner Wilkinson

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com

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Insoles For Running Shoes – Pros and Cons

Orthotics insoles as they are commonly called have gained popularity because of their “feet saving” capabilities. That’s what the ads claim about these running shoe insoles.

Do they really work? Are they worth the cost? Should you go out and get yourself an Orthotic insole for running? Find out more by reading this article.

Advantage – Gives Additional Cushioning

The main action of insoles is really to provide a soft bed for your feet to be cushioned on. They are made of materials commonly called memory foam to make themselves adjust to each of the user’s foot shape. Some orthotics can be custom made and work really well to provide a plush cushion for your feet.

In this aspect insoles do provide relief from foot problems. They give the shoe another layer of support and protection for your sore foot.

Advantage – Helps You Get Through Injury

A lot of people get acquainted to insoles when they visit their doctors about nagging foot problems. For severe problems podiatrists (doctors specializing on foot) recommend these orthotic devices. They do help by isolating and protecting areas of the foot as well as providing support to other areas.

Advantage – Custom Made

Perhaps the best advantage for insoles is their being custom made (most are not). A custom made insole can be heaven sent for people with foot problems. It’s like the whole floor of the shoe is made just for your foot. This makes greatly relieves the problems of ill fitting shoes some people experience.

Disadvantages – Expensive

Insoles for running shoes are expensive. The ones that actually work very well are custom made. Some of them can cost up to 800 dollars! Even the cheaper ones start out over 100 dollars. That is more expensive than a lot of running shoes.

Disadvantages – Ruins the Balance of the Shoes

FACT: Running shoes were never designed to have insoles placed inside of them. Very few shoes accommodate insoles really well. Think about it if you shoes feel comfortable with insoles then perhaps you bought the wrong shoe.

Disadvantages – Does Not Really Last Long

A very common complaint especially among the over the counter insoles. They simply do not last. Insoles slide a lot when running that creates friction. Combined with the sliding of the foot from the top and the shoe from underneath insoles suffer tremendous lateral stress. This causes them to disintegrate quite quickly, some report that they barely last a whole marathon.

The bottom-line is that insoles work and are needed by only a few individuals. Those individuals include those with severe foot problems and special needs. Most people do not need insoles if they want to run seriously. The key to reducing foot problems caused by running is getting informed and purchase the correct pair of running shoes.

Source by Al M. Kind

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com