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Orthopedic Manual Therapy: How it can help in pain relief and rehabilitation

Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Karen Griffin of STAR Physical Therapy explains the procedures and benefits of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Orthopedic manual therapy has been commonly considered “hands on” assessment and treatment. It allows a trained clinician to assess and treat soft tissue and joint dysfunction. Soft tissue encompasses muscle, tendon, fascia, and nerves. Injuries may include adhesions resulting from direct or indirect trauma, musculotendinous …

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Diabetic Wound Care

Presented by Raines Foot Clinic What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer? A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6 percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication. …

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Heat and Exercise: Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat. Whether you’re running, playing a pickup game of basketball or going for a power walk, take care when the temperature rises. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these commonsense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. How heat affects your …

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VenaCure EVLT®

VenaCure EVLT

The VenaCure EVLT® procedure is a non-surgical treatment method that uses targeted laser energy to seal the vein shut, treating varicose veins directly at their source. About the VenaCure EVLT® Procedure • Treatment in less than an hour • Can be performed in the doctor’s office • Up to 98% success rate • Immediate relief of symptoms • Less pain and …

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How to Divert Your Kids When Headed for Trouble

How to Divert Your Kids When Headed for Trouble

By Susan Merrill No matter how old or young your child is, they can always run into trouble, especially when it comes to opportunities and choices with friends. Maybe I just felt like my kids were at risk more, because I was pretty particular about things my kids were exposed to, like movies, music, crude language, clothing, etc. I have …

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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month

We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but everyone must remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin: • UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skin • UV-A …

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Straight Teeth Without Braces

Straight Teeth Without Braces

Orthodontic treatment is not “Just for Kids” By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS You probably know that the dental specialty field of Orthodontics involves straightening crooked or crowded teeth by means of appliances called braces. Traditionally, this treatment involves metal attachments affixed to the teeth with wires applied to these attachments by which the teeth are guided into the desired positions. …

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ACCEPT “DIFFERENCES” WITH A BOUNDLESS LOVE!!!

ACCEPT “DIFFERENCES” WITH A BOUNDLESS LOVE

A “beauty from ashes” story about Life… and Autism. By Debbie Lee Imsande I will never forget the early years when my son Luke was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. . . and the emotional rollercoaster that followed. I want to reflect back upon one ordinary day. I was sitting with a close friend, and spiritual mentor, whom I call Sweet …

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Beach Safety – Make Sure Your Beach Time Remains Fun and Safe

A day at the beach is one of the favorite ways families like to spend their vacation or holiday time. However, the beach is a natural environment that may harbor a number of dangers for both children and adults. Make sure your beach time remains a happy time, free of accidents and injuries. Sunburn No matter how much experience people have with sunburns, they always seem to forget their own individual tolerance to ultraviolet rays and suffer a painful burn. Never go to the beach without a good supply of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Re-apply the sunscreen frequently, even if the label says it will last for hours. Sweat and water will wash off the sunscreen, leaving you vulnerable to severe burns. Children, in particular, should be monitored carefully for sunburn. Apply sunscreen before they leave the house to allow it to penetrate into the skin and re-apply every few hours. Always carry extra clothing. If you are on the beach for a protracted period, cover up little ones with a tee shirt and long pants to prevent painful burns. Use a lidocaine-containing cooling ointment to soothe minor burns after a day on the beach. Heatstroke Beach time can be so much fun that you can forget the amount of time you've been out in the sun. Heatstroke can occur any time you are in high temperatures and are engaged in vigorous physical activity. Signs of heatstroke include high body temperature, lack of sweating, flushed skin, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, rapid heart rate and fainting. If someone in your group suffers these symptoms, immediately get them to a cooler spot. Cool down the body with damp cloths or a fan. If the person is conscious, have them drink water to re-hydrate the body. Take them for medical treatment to prevent further damage to the brain and body organs. Water Dangers Being at the beach includes water dangers. Ensure that your family knows the rules of safe swimming so that every beach visit is a happy occasion: • Drowning dangers: Teach all family members to swim as soon as they can understand the instructions. Small children who have not yet learned to swim require constant supervision. Always assign one family member for this task to avoid confusion that leads to unattended children getting into trouble in the water. • Never dive off rocks or jetties unless you know the depth of the water for certain. Reckless diving can cause neck and spine injuries. • Heed warnings about riptides. These warnings are often posted in swimming areas. If you are caught in a sudden riptide, swim parallel to the shore until you can break free of the pull of the current. Wave your hands to call attention to yourself to get help from lifeguards or other people on shore. Foot Injuries One of the most common beach injuries is cuts and scrapes on the foot. Many beaches are strewn with rocks or fragments of seashells, many of which have sharp edges that can easily cut the skin. In addition, beachgoers may leave pop tops, bottle caps or broken glasses behind that can be a hazard to walking with bare feet. Wearing aqua shoes or flip-flops whenever walking the beach can help to prevent these injuries. However, your beach bag should also contain a small first-aid kit that contains some Band-Aids, gauze and tape to treat minor foot injuries instead of going to the emergency room. The kit should also contain over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relief discomfort from these minor injuries. Jellyfish Stings Jellyfish are aquatic creatures found in many coastal beach areas. These sea animals have long, trailing tentacles that contain thousands of microscopic barbs when in contact with human skin. The sting generally causes a burning sensation, reddish marks on the skin and itching or throbbing of the area. Some individuals may be sensitive to the toxins and may feel nausea, headache, dizziness, muscle spasms or fainting. In severe reactions, death can result. Anyone that has been stung should be carefully monitored for severe reactions. To treat minor stings, remove any visible tentacles from the skin, rinse the injured area with household vinegar for 30 seconds and soothe the area with calamine lotion or lidocaine sunburn-relieving gel. If you suspect a severe reaction, get medical attention for the victim immediately.

A day at the beach is one of the favorite ways families like to spend their vacation or holiday time. However, the beach is a natural environment that may harbor a number of dangers for both children and adults. Make sure your beach time remains a happy time, free of accidents and injuries. Sunburn No matter how much experience people …

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Tips for a Healthy Prostate:

Tips for a Healthy Prostate:

Reduce inflammatory foods – Avoid sugar, processed foods, fried foods, red meat, processed meats, gluten and alcohol to keep your prostate healthy. Increase anti-inflammatory foods – Consuming a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables, Omega 3’s (from Wild Alaskan Salmon), high fiber foods, walnuts and especially pumpkin seeds will help to reduce inflammation. Reduce stress – Stress increases inflammation, …

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Male Hormonal Health

Male Hormonal Health

By Karina Hammer As men age – nearing 30 and beyond – certain issues become more common for them. This includes hormonal imbalances and prostate issues, which are the most prevalent. Besides that, men may encounter a lack of energy and libido, as well as impotence. Male Hormones There are three hormones that come into play for men’s health: • …

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10 Facts You Must Know About Heart Disease  

It kills more men in a year than any other ailment. But you can protect yourself, starting now By Mike McMullan 1. Heart disease refers to several different types of heart conditions, starting with coronary heart disease. That’s when plaque builds up and narrows the walls of your arteries, which pump blood to your heart. It’s the most common kind. …

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Tennova Healthcare Offers Tips in the Battle Against Allergies

Tennova Healthcare Offers Tips in the Battle Against Allergies

With pollen counts rising, health system provides suggestions for allergy sufferers By Fred Sesti, NP With abundant sunshine, emerging greenery and extended daylight hours, spring is bringing renewal to West Tennessee. However, for many who live here, it is also bringing elevated pollen levels – plus the headaches, sinus pressure, itchy eyes and respiratory difficulties that come along with it. …

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Top 5 Things Your Husband Needs from You

By Cassandra Soars My husband is a great man. He’s kind; he’s humble; he has a gift of hospitality, which means he’s happy to serve the people around him, and he rarely complains. But this often translates to him not telling me what he wants or needs. So it’s taken some guess work on my part to understand what he wants from me. After almost nine years of marriage, I think I’ve started to figure out what he wants and needs. Are you wondering what things your husband wants from you? After talking to a number of couples, I noticed some common themes. While each man is different, here are the top 5 things your husband might want from you. 1. Recreational companionship: There are different types of intimacy, and recreational intimacy is one of them. Many men connect best over an activity or sport. There are no negative emotions involved, just a healthy and fun sense of competition. On your next date, try engaging in a sport or activity you both enjoy. 2. Trust: Part of being in an intimate relationship is a sense of trust. He wants to know that you trust him–that you trust him to make good decisions and be your equal. Sometimes I tend to give my husband advice as if I know better than he does. I grew up as an older sister to younger brothers, and he was the youngest child in his family. This dynamic often doesn’t contribute to making him feel like I trust him, but I’m working on it. I have started asking him for his advice on the things I’m working on, and I realize just how valuable his strategic input is. This helps build my sense of trust in him so I’m better able to show him that I trust him. Many wives question their husbands about why or how he does things, making him feel like he has to justify himself. All he really wants is to know you trust that his way could work too. 3. Sexual fulfillment: Many husbands feel like this part of their lives is lacking. My counsel to wives who struggle with spouses not feeling fulfilled sexually is always to work on their own sexual fulfillment. This will ultimately lead to their husbands being more satisfied. You can’t do something all the time for someone else. When sex is mutually satisfying, both partners will feel more content. 4. Appreciation: Your husband wants to know that you appreciate him. Especially for those things he does for you that you might naturally take for granted like taking out the garbage, changing light bulbs, mowing the lawn or other little things he knows you want him to do. Acknowledgment shown through thanking him will go a long way in helping him feel appreciated. (And when your husband feels appreciated, you might just find he helps out even more.) For some ideas on how to affirm and appreciate your husband, see the inset. 5. Space: Sometimes your husband just needs a little space. He wants, even needs, a few hours or even a whole day where he can just be, where he doesn’t have to work or do anything for anyone else, where he can just take care of his own needs. This will be good for both of you. Affirmation and Appreciation Words of affirmation go a long way for all of us, but especially for the man in your life. Men really do like hearing compliments – especially from their wives. So, today, try to compliment your husband at least once. 1. Compliment Him on the Physical. Compliment his strength, his eyes, or his hands. Compliment the way he walks (I recently saw my husband walking in the distance, and noticed he walked with confidence and purpose. When he reached me, I said, “You have such a strong walk.”). Tell him he looks great or handsome when he leaves for work, for church or to work out. Compliment his profile, his back, his shoulders. Compliment him for something physical that only you would know. 2. Compliment Him on the Mental and Emotional. Tell your husband he’s smart, witty or wise. When he’s done a good job figuring something out, or putting something together praise him for it. Compliment him for being a rock emotionally. Give him a compliment for being mature, steady and dependable. 3. Compliment Him on His Father/Husband Role. Praise him for his success at work. Compliment him when he has a good day on the job, or when he earns more than he expected. Compliment him as a father for the way he relates to your children; the way he plays with them; or makes time for them. 4. Compliment Him on the Way He Treats You. Say, “You really hear me when I talk” or, “I really appreciate the way you’re always there for me when I’ve had a bad day.” Men like hearing that they are being successful in making you feel loved and secure. Try this one: “I always know that as long as you’re around, I’m safe.” Try to give your husband a sincere, specific compliment every day. Doing so will help you focus on your husband’s positive traits, and it will make him want to be around you even more.

By Cassandra Soars My husband is a great man. He’s kind; he’s humble; he has a gift of hospitality, which means he’s happy to serve the people around him, and he rarely complains. But this often translates to him not telling me what he wants or needs. So it’s taken some guess work on my part to understand what he …

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LISTEN UP! Hearing in the Workplace

LISTEN UP! Hearing in the Workplace

We feel our best when we do our best. At the top of our game is where we all want to be. This is as true in the workplace as it is on the baseball field. But to stay at the top of your game at work and in life, you need to stay primed – ready for that next big …

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Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

Although testicular cancer is relatively rare, affecting just 1 in 263 American males, testicular tumors are on the increase. Testicular cancer usually affects younger men, so if you are in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you should be aware of the possible symptoms of testicular cancer. While many testicular lumps are harmless, if a testicle lump does turn out to …

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Moderate Drinking May Not Ward Off Heart Disease

Moderate Drinking May Not Ward Off Heart Disease

Presented by Cardiovascular Clinic of West Tennessee Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner—or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol—will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That’s the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol …

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“Lost Leg, Found Soul”

Lost Leg, Found Soul

By Teresa Caruso At age 15, free style bike rider Kalvin Wilmoth was performing tricks with a group of his friends in Marietta, GA, around a four lane, low traffic area. Without any warning, a car ran a stop sign and hit the tire of Kalvin’s bike sending him plummeting to the pavement. The car drove on and was never found. …

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About Root Canal Therapy

About Root Canal Therapy

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS This month we are going to examine the why’s and wherefore’s of root canal therapy, clinically known as Endodontics. Root canal therapy is a fact of life at the dental office. Although the conditions that lead to root canal therapy are mostly preventable through regular dental examination and hygiene maintenance, every day, in every dental …

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What are Warts?

What are Warts

Presented by Raines Foot Clinic Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused by a virus and can appear anywhere on the skin. Those that appear on the sole of the foot are called plantar warts. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. Some people …

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