Do you suffer from migraines?

Do you suffer from migraines?

A new way to deal with Migraines?

While many of us can’t relate, any person who suffers from migraines will tell you that there’s nothing worse to deal with in day to day life.  From blurred vision, to ringing in the ears, to utter confusion, irritability, and the inability to concentrate, migraines are a problem that plagues approximately 13% of the population - That’s over forty million people in North America alone.

So how do people deal with migraines?  It’s estimated that over 50% of migraine sufferers take some form of medication, be it over the counter medications like Advil, Tylenol, etc., or stronger medications that are prescribed by their doctor.  Unfortunately, this is not a long term solution, as recent studies have shown that even relatively harmless OTC painkillers such as Advil and Tylenol can significantly increase the chance of cardiac arrest in healthy adults:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fda-strengthens-warning-that-nsaids-increase-heart-attack-and-stroke-risk-201507138138

So what are alternative methods for dealing with migraines?  Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles in the neck, many people find this provides a certain amount of relief.  Hot showers can have a similar effect. Other recommendations to help fend of migraines include: Establishing regular sleeping patterns, relaxing at the end of the day (yoga, meditation, reading), and eating wisely.  Avoiding alcoholic beverages is another good practice for people who suffer from migraines.

By following some of the rituals above, many migraine sufferers may find these methods provide enough relief in their day to day lives and do not seek alternative options.  Unfortunately for others, getting rid of their migraines might not prove so easy.

So are there other alternatives?  Contrast therapy has been used for many years to help heal the body.  Alternating between hot packs and cold packs is a long accepted way of reducing pain in various parts of the body.  Some people may benefit more from cold, some hot. But what about combining both hot and cold and applying both at the same time?  Conventional ways of alternating hot and cold packs would not allow for this.

Meet Benepod, a new, innovative contrast therapy device for pain relief.  The patented treatment surface on the Benepod has a cold plate in the middle surrounded by a hot ring.  The combination of hot and cold applied simultaneously to your skin creates a sensation known as the thermal grill illusion.  It’s neither hot, nor cold, but the sensation created is very intense. This sensation has been proven to confuse pain receptors and mask pain, sometimes for as long as 48 hours after treatment.  New studies are showing that this same sensation, when applied to the back of the neck, maybe help to alleviate migraines if caught at the onset.

To learn more about Benepod, please click here.

What causes pain and how can I get relief?

What causes pain and how can I get relief?

What is pain?

We all experience occasional aches and pains, this is a normal part of life.  In fact, acute (sudden) pain plays an important role in our lives – this is our bodies way of alerting us to a potential injury. When a person gets injured in some way, signals travel from the injured area to your brain, creating the painful sensation.  As your injury heals, the pain signals subside, and the pain becomes less severe - this is your bodies way of letting you know it’s getting better. 

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for at least 12 weeks, however it can last for months, even years.  Chronic pain might show itself as sharp stabs, a dull but persistent sensation, burning, aching, etc., and it can make daily tasks seem like insurmountable challenges.  Chronic pain can limit your mobility, strength and endurance.

While there are certain conditions that can cause chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, generally chronic pain occurs when your body keeps sending pain signals to your brain after an injury is healed.  Normally when a person gets a minor injury, nerves are not damaged, and when the injury is healed, the nerves stop sending pain signals and we carry on with our lives.  Problems occur however when people experience nerve damage.  When nerves become damaged, sometimes the affected area will keep sending pain signals even after the injury is healed., creating a persistent and “chronic” pain that won’t go away.

How can I deal with chronic pain?

There are many ways to deal with chronic pain.  The most obvious method is to head to your pharmacy and grab some over the counter pain medication, such as Advil, or Tylenol.  Stronger medications such as codeine or other prescription pain killers can be prescribed by your doctor, however, these are not considered a long-term solution, as the chance of addiction is too great, and the side effects often unpleasant.

There are several natural ways of treating chronic pain, including but not limited too:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Meditation

There are some slightly more invasive methods to deal with chronic pain.  The most common being:

  • TENS units (electrical shock)
  • Acupuncture (lightly pricking your skin with needles)
  • Surgery (to try and correct improperly healed injuries)

There’s also a new type of non-invasive, drug free therapy which has shown effective in treating chronic pain.  The concept of the thermal grill illusion has been known to scientists for many years - When applying both hot and cold simultaneously to a specific point on the body, your nerves can’t distinguish between the two, creating an intense sensation.  This sensation has shown to be effective in blocking the pain signals sent to your brain for hours, or even days.  The more the pain signals are blocked, the longer the relief, as over time you are essentially retraining your body and nerves to stop sending the incorrect messages to your brain.

This revolutionary pain relief concept is now available for you to try by means of a small handheld device.  Benepod is a non-invasive, drug free solution for chronic pain, which utilizes your bodies natural abilities to heal itself.  For more information, click here.

Are you fed up with your compression stockings?

Venowave vs. Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are common, but that doesn’t mean they work. They are uncomfortable and hard to put on. They constrict circulation and don’t pump blood towards your heart. The truth is compression stockings are often recommended, but many patients refuse to put up with the hassle. As a comfortable and easy-to-use device, the Venowave is a step up in improving circulation and getting your blood flowing.

  • Uncomfortable to wear
  • Hard to put on
  • Does not pump blood upwards
  • Can be worn anywhere
  • Constricts circulation
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Easy to put on
  • Actually pumps blood upwards
  • Can be worn anywhere
  • Improves circulation

Do the circulation booster devices work?

The Venowave® is Preferable to Circulation Booster Devices.

There are some devices on the market that claim to improve one’s circulation. These are typically TENS devices that look like a typical bathroom weigh scale. Such devices give your legs small electric shocks with the aim of stimulating your circulation. The theory is that these electric shocks will stimulate your natural blood pumping motion in your legs. The trouble with this approach is that many patients have faulty valves in the veins of the leg and the blood still tends to backflow. The Venowave, by contrast,

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Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) affects the body’s ability to keep the blood flowing and ensure the body is healthy.  Blood flows throughout the human body – pumped from the heart to the body’s organs and then pumped back to the heart.

In the lower parts of the body, blood must flow upwards from the legs back to the heart. It’s an uphill struggle (literally) and many people suffer with swollen legs and poor circulation.

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Why is Blood Clotting Important?: Why Coagulation

Why Is Blood Clotting So Important?: Why Coagulation?

Blood Clotting

Blood clots often get a bad wrap. They’re associated with things like pulmonary embolism and other serious health problems, and they’re often thought of, in general, as being bad or undesirable.And though, here at DVTlite, we’re in the business of preventing dangerous blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, in particular, blood clotting does serve an important purpose in our bodies.

To understand, let’s take a look at the biological mechanisms behind normal, everyday blood clots.

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Are Drug Store Blood Pressure Machines Accurate?

Are Drug Store Blood Pressure Machines Accurate?

It seems these days you can’t walk into a grocery store or a pharmacy without seeing a free blood pressure machine tucked away in a back corner.
As kids, we all used to beg our parents to let us give them a try, just because they were fun and free. But many individuals rely on these free machines in order to make critical decision about their health, whether for the convenience, or because the cost of seeing a health professional is just too high.

Are drug store and grocery store blood pressure machines reliable enough to bear such a responsibility?

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5 Reasons to Consider Circulation Boosters

5 Reasons to Consider Circulation Boosters

comparisons between tens therapy and circulation boosters or hot cold therapy

Most patients prefer a non-surgical solutions like Circulation Booster (TENS Mach), or Contrast Therapy pain relief.

 

There are many TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Units currently available on the market as circulation boosters. A common device is the Circulation Booster, the TENS unit that resembles a household bathroom scale. Users put a gel on bare feet then stand on the device as the unit sends small electric shocks through the lower extremities to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation.

Before investing in a Circulation Booster, it is important to take a complete look at what the solution involves, what a person needs for their day-to-day lifestyle, and what other solutions can offer.

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Preventing Amputation: A Guide for People with Diabetes

Preventing Amputation: A Guide for People with Diabetes

If not treated promptly and properly, foot problems can become major health hazards that can lead to amputation. Poor blood flow in the legs and feet, often caused by diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, is a serious risk factor but follow these best practices for proper foot and limb care and increase your chances of preventing amputation.

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How Venowave can Reduce Your Risk of DVT on Prolonged Flights

How the Venowave can Reduce Your Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) During Prolonged Air Flights

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition where a thrombus or blood clot adheres within th

e walls of a deep vein, typically in the calf or lower leg. It is characterized by leg pain, swelling (edema), redness, and warmness to touch. DVT often occurs following surgery, leg fractures, or extended bed rest. Risk factors include smok

 

ing, advanced age, dehydration and obesity. DVT is a common condition 

 

experienced by approximately 2 million individuals within the United States each year. DVT also represents the second most common medical complication in hospital acute care centres.

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Diabetic Wound Case Report – Mr. L.T.

Diabetic Wound Case Report – Mr. L.T.

Mr. L.T. is a 56-year-old self-employed male plumbing contractor who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995. As a result of nerve damage associated with his condition, he began experiencing diabetic neuropathy to both of his feet in the form of reduced sensation. Consequently, due to prolonged periods of standing at his work wearing construction boots combined with the loss of sensation to his feet, Mr. L.T. began to develop ulcers over the toes of the right and left foot. As a result of the impaired circulation or blood flow to the lower limbs,

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5 Ways to Prevent DVT During Pregnancy

5 Ways to Prevent DVT During Pregnancy

There are countless articles available on “What to expect when you’re expecting.” Whether you are an experienced mother with another on the way, or a first timer, there are always health precautions that you are warned about.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that is often overlooked but concerns pregnant women. According to recent statistics, 2 in 1,000 women will develop a blood clot either during pregnancy or during the first six weeks after giving birth.

DVT is the result of a blood clot in a vein, deep below your skin’s surface. While it can happen to anyone at any time, the risk of this illness is significantly increased during and after pregnancy.

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Peripheral Arterial Disease Case Report – Mr. A.L.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Case Report – Mr. A.L.

Mr. A.L. is a 71-year-old semi-retired realtor. He currently lives with his wife of 44 years and his two dogs. Mr. A.L. is a former smoker who had been diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia and borderline hypertension but was otherwise healthy and active. Mr. A.L. had become concerned by a progressively worsening sensation of pain in both legs, right worse than left, during extended periods of walking. Mr. A.L. had found that he was unable to golf without

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Diabetic Wound Case Report – Ms. M.D.

Diabetic Wound Case Report – Ms. M.D.

Ms. M.D. is a 49-year old owner of a dry cleaning facility who suffers from diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. As a result of her unhealthy body weight, poor glucose control, combined with the requirement for prolonged periods of standing to oversee her business, Ms. M.D. had suffered from diabetic wounds in the distal aspect of her lower extremities bilaterally for the past 13 years. Furthermore, due to her impaired circulation, reduced sensation to pain, and the previously described constant stresses imparted to her feet throughout the day, the wounds continued

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How the Apple Watch could help fight venous insufficiency

How the Apple Watch could help fight venous insufficiency

Even if you aren’t a tech nerd, chances are you had to take a look at what Apple released this week during their much anticipated keynote session. It’s not surprising that they released a revolution in technology with the unveiling of the Apple Watch. Wearable technologies hit the market sometime ago but more than ever; people are using them to increase their exercise motivation.

Leave it to Apple to release a new wearable gadget that won’t just tell the time, but also is now a comprehensive fitness tracker—“change the way we look at fitness…help us all stay fit throughout the day”.

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Post-Thrombotic Syndrome Case Report – Ms. M.S.

Post-Thrombotic Syndrome Case Report – Ms. M.S.

Ms. M.S. is a 53-year-old office manager that works in a restaurant-supply facility. She is required to process a large volume of orders throughout the day resulting in extended periods of sitting at her work station. Her medical history is remarkable for degenerative arthritis in the spine and knees as well as an episode of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition where a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs results in pain, swelling, redness, and warmness. If left untreated, DVT can result in a potentially fatal Pulmonary Embolism where the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.

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DVT and Surgery

DVT and Surgery

Going under the knife soon? If so, you’ve probably been warned about the link between surgery and deep vein thrombosis.A deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that usually forms inside the veins in your legs. Once formed, it can become a dangerous obstacle for blood attempting to flow back to your heart and can even cause major damage to your veins. In some cases, the clot can travel through your blood and into your lungs; a potentially fatal event known as a pulmonary embolism.

The causes of DVT are vast; from sitting for too long, to pregnancy, to other risk factors like smoking or [....  Continue Reading

Birth Control & Blood Clots: Risks, Causes & Solutions

Birth Control & Blood Clots: Risks, Causes & Solutions

While men are typically more likely to develop blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, women do face one significant risk factor: birth control.

Over 200 million women worldwide take some form of birth control pills, with millions more depending on intrauterine devices, injectables, or patches as their contraceptive of choice. The pill, according to a 2010 study, has been the most popular method since 1982.

But many of these birth control methods carry a significant threat of blood clotting and deep vein thrombosis.

For example, the drug company Merck, maker of the NuvaRing, is currently paying out [....  Continue Reading

Can Mobile Ultrasound Apps & Devices Detect DVT?

Can Mobile Ultrasound Apps & Devices Detect DVT?

When people hear the word ‘ultrasound’, they immediately think of pregnancy. But did you know that ultrasound is one of the most common and effective methods of detecting deep vein thrombosis?

It’s true that physicians have a number of ways to produce an image of the inside of a patient’s body; however, x-rays only show bony elements, and MRIs can be extremely time-consuming and expensive. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, can be performed directly at the point of care and usually only cost a few hundred dollars before insurance.

It’s this precise accessibility that has given rise to a [....  Continue Reading

5 Celebrities you didn’t know had DVT.

5 Celebrities you didn’t know had DVT.

Every year, two million people are diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis and up to 200,000 those result in death. Blood clots and DVT are an unrecognized danger that can have critical impact on anyone, regardless of age and health condition.

We think you will be surprised to learn of these 5 celebrities that were diagnosed with DVT.

Serena Williams – Professional Tennis Player

Professional tennis player and champion, Serena Williams was 29 years old when she underwent emergency treatment for pulmonary embolism that resulted from DVT. Williams previously had surgery on her foot and was ordered by doctors to remain immobile, which most likely led to the development of DTV. The attention rooted from this emergency led to growing question [....  Continue Reading