Archive for the ‘muscle aches’ Category

Reclined Hamstring Stretch

January 13, 2008

The hamstring stretches done while lying on the back are gentler and place less stress on the back than those done while sitting. Depending on a person’s specific medical condition and level of pain, the lying down position may be preferable and comfortable. In particular, a person with low back pain should choose whichever position is most tolerable for their back while still giving a gentle stretch.

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Prescription for Tight Hamstrings

January 13, 2008

Working like a personal trainer, the patented Hamstring Stretch-Rx puts the athlete or patient in complete control of their hamstring stretch.

The superior supine (back lying) positioning isolates hamstring muscles for optimal stretching while preventing injury by protecting the low back.

Hamstring Stretch-Rx  is light, portable and convenient for use at home as well as travel yet durable enough to be used in the clinic or training room.
 

The unique handle with its rapid line-length adjustment and release lever allows for dramatically increased flexibility (range of motion) improvement. In addition, contract-relax and hold-relax routines formerly requiring assistance of a therapist or trainer can now be done independently to further enhance flexibility.

Includes exercise guide designed by a physical therapist and comes with a drawstring bag for easy transport.

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The Bongo Board is a Blast to Ride

January 6, 2008

The Bongo Balance Board Lets You Have Fun As You Improve Strength and Stability

Condition Muscles to Increase Coordination

This balance board works by conditioning your muscles’ core stability and reflexes that act upon the body’s sense of equilibrium, allowing proper distribution of body weight. The Bongo Board develops balance and coordination skills essential to most sports and daily activities. Skateboarders, snowboarders, and surfers will find that the Bongo Board helps to improve skills during the off-seasons.

Complete Exercise Guide Included

While your own creativity sets the limit, the included booklet offers tips and maneuvers to try and to master, ranging from basic to advanced. Be sure to start out using a spotter or support of some sort until you become accustomed to the movement of the board. Consult a physician before starting this or any other exercise program.

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Trigger Points Can Occur in any Muscle

December 17, 2007

Trigger points can occur in any muscle. Remember that every person is unique, and that you are the best judge of your pain and discomfort. Regular use of The Original Backnobber II tool can help you better understand the source and nature of such problems and can be an exceptionally valuable aid in your pursuit of a healthy, pain free lifestyle. The guidelines listed below can be followed when using The Original Backnobber II tool on any muscle in the body.1– Isolate a trigger point by pressing firmly with your fingertips or The Original Backnobber II tool over a specific part of the neck, shoulders, upper, middle or lower back, buttocks or thighs.2- When you feel a hard knot (like a lump) or soreness, apply pressure to determine the level of tenderness in the area. Some sensation of pain is to be expected from the pressure; although for many people, this sensation is quite pleasurable and satisfying. Experiment to determine a tolerable level of pressure.3Once you have located the trigger point and know how it feels, you’re ready to begin using The Original Backnobber II tool. As you become more accustomed to detecting trigger points on your body and how to apply pressure, you can begin immediately with The Original Backnobber II tool instead of performing the preliminary search.

4- The Original Backnobber II tool can be hooked over the shoulder or under the arm. Apply direct, steady, pressure to the trigger point in the muscle.
5- Pressure preferences vary widely among professionals and patients alike, but for many, pressure can be effectively applied for between 5 and 30 seconds. It often takes time for muscles to begin to “trust” the pressure, so the first 20 seconds may be a mere beginning. In general it is best to start slowly and gradually increase pressure as desired following your own best intuition and feelings.6- Apply pressure firmly to the affected muscle. Move along the muscle band at one-inch intervals. Stop and apply longer or deeper pressure to any knots or lumps as you work. Although almost any pressure on a muscle will usually have some releasing effect, it is best to apply pressure along the entire muscle from one end to the other, in approximately one inch intervals, and then stretch before moving onto another area.

7– Harmony and balance between both sides of the body are vital to achieving proper posture and function. It is best to work both sides of the body, just in case any pain is referred to the other side after being “detriggered.”

8- Remember to breathe! Sit back, relax and take some deep breathes both before, during and after using The Original Backnobber II tool.


9– Specific concentration on breathing can enhance the desired results of the trigger point technique. Take a deep breath and begin applying pressure as you exhale. Continue deep breathing as you perform this trigger point technique.

10- In addition to using The Original Backnobber II tool, paying attention to healthy lifestyle habits may also produce noticeable and desired results. Drink plenty of water, participate in physical activity at least 30 minutes a day, eat properly and get plenty of sleep. As you notice improvement in function and movement, you may also find yourself relaxing and enjoying life more than ever before!The Original Backnobber II tool is a wonderful gift. It is on Sale at Medex01.com for $37.66

Soft Knee Braces have great Support Benefits

October 25, 2007

Soft braces or “sleeves” are made of stretchable material such as synthetic cloth material or neoprene. Soft braces are designed to be either pulled up to fit around the knee or strapped into place using velcro or another similar method.

Soft braces have the benefits of being easy to use and easy to care for. They function by giving the knee a small amount of support. This support may be more of a function of proprioceptors (nerves that provide feedback as to orientation in space) around the knee than it is of actual knee stabilization since cloth or neoprene are not stiff enough to restrict motion.

Neoprene material is known to provide the highest heat retention and insulation of any material. Unlike elastic braces which can stretch only in two directions, neoprene braces can stretch in four. Neoprene’s unique characteristics allow it to support your knee without bunching up and maintains its shape. Neoprene usually lasts longer than standard elastic braces. Many athletes use this type of brace in cold weather sports, such as skiing and ice skating.

Dr. Robert Molloy, an orthopedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, said a knee brace is a device that is worn around the knee to provide support and reduce excessive loading on a damaged joint. The simplest type of brace is a one-piece sleeve made of an elastic rubber — neoprene — that fits snugly around the knee area, which is available at Medex01.com.

Some of the goals of the Ace Neoprene Knee Brace are :

Increase activity
Stabilize kneecap
Decrease anti-inflammatory medications
Decrease pain symptoms
Improve knee function
Provide warmth to knee
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Therma Moist Heating Pad by Drive

October 10, 2007

 

The Therma Moist Heating Pad requires no water to be added, as an outer flannel cover draws and retains humidity from the air. As the heating pad warms, the moisture is released from the flannel cover and onto the treated area. The heating pad is ideal for the treatment of arthritis, back pain, sprains and strains, muscle soreness, neck pain, headaches and sports injuries.

To clean, remove cover from heating pad. Machine or hand wash. Use mild detergent in cool water. Hang to dry or use set on cool gentle cycle in dryer.

Features:

* The positioning strap with Velcro-type closure ensures a secure, proper fit for maximum treatment

* The easy to use hand control features four heat settings and four time settings (Heat settings: 115/130/150/165 degrees Fahrenheit, 45/55/65/75 Celsius – Time settings: 15/30/45/60 minutes)

* Moist heat therapy is more effective than dry heat because moisture transmits heat more efficiently than air

* The heating pad will automatically shut off after treatment

* Three sizes are available to provide added convenience

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Shin Ice For Cold Therapy with Compression

July 25, 2007

Shin Ice is a neoprene sleeve with a Sealed Ice insert along the anterior aspect of the lower leg.

Shin Ice with SEALED ICE Pack provides cold therapy with compression for patients with shin splints, bruises or muscle strains. Effective treatment of inflammation and pain associated with stress on the lower leg.

Excellent for use in sport activities, especially cross-country and track athletes, soccer players or people with excessive biomechanical pronation or supination of the foot. Sealed Ice pack maintains cold throughout treatment session while neoprene sleeve provides compression and allows mobility. Also can be used during sports activities. Hand wash and air dry.

Shin Ice™ For Cold Therapy with Compression

Designed to provide therapeutic Ice and Compression treatment for patients with medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints), bruises and muscle strains.

Sealed Ice™ Pack


-Targets site specific cold therapy
-Maintains cold for treatment period


Neoprene Sleeve

-Provides compression while supporting lower leg muscles and tissue
-Allows mobility during cold therapy


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Epitrain Elbow Support

July 12, 2007

The Epitrain elbow support is worn by many professional athletes and is Bauerfeind’s most popular elbow support. Knitted elbow support incorporating two anatomically contoured silicone inserts surrounding the medial and lateral elbow bones (epicondyles) and lying over the flexor and extensor muscles. The Epitrain contains silicone inserts that leave the elbow bones pressure-free and provide an intermittent compression to the soft tissue of the joint, leading to increased circulation, thus aiding in the resorption of swelling and edema. Promotes proprioception, thus heightening sensory awareness in the elbow for increased joint stabilization.

The Epitrain brace features graduated compression at the edges which prevents constriction of circulation. Lightweight, breathable knit will not retain heat and is completely machine washable.


The Epitrain Tennis Elbow Brace can be used to treat: Lateral Epicondylitis(tennis elbow) Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) Post elbow Athroscopy Elbow Strains or sprains Pre and Post-Operative elbow conditions Chronic swelling and edema Arthritis/osteoarthritis.

Whenever joint problems stop movement, the Epitrain active support helps to restore mobility. Under the product group Train (Epitrain), Bauerfeind offers anatomically knitted compression supports with Visco-elastic inserts. Activity is not restricted and actually the opposite occurs.

Train (Epitrain) active supports work with the body to exert a healing effect. The intermittent massage combined with the compression exerted by the specially knitted fabric helps stimulate circulation, enhance metabolism and thus accelerate recovery. Train active supports are available for all of the principal joints, thus ensuring the appropriate medical management of the corresponding part of the body. The breathable materials and quality workmanship are additional features that ensure maximum wearer comfort.


Size is determined by loosely measuring the circumference of the arm, with the arm slightly bent, at 4 3/4 inches below the lateral elbow bone.

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Hot and Cold Therapy

June 17, 2007


Today many of us suffer from the nagging aches and pains located in our muscles and joints. Whether our pains are from diseases like multiple sclerosis, arthritis or fibromyalgia, or we have pulled muscles or acquired sprains from sports, therapies such as hot or cold compress applications may assist us in offering some relief which may get us back to what we love most – enjoying life itself!

Hot and cold therapy has been studied as early as 1918. Cold therapy has proven to be effective in reducing inflammation (heat, swelling, soreness) in injured ligaments while hot therapy increases blood flow to the muscles, all of which control the pain level and edema (fluids) of our injuries and soreness.

It has been reported that 10-20 minutes of therapy is most appropriate whether you are using either hot or cold therapy. Cold therapy has been traditionally used for immediate therapy of sprains, strains, fractures and other inflammatory conditions. In addition, cold therapy has been practiced for chronic pains such as migraine headaches, tendon injuries and tension. It is stated that application of cold increases the patients’ pain threshold by decreasing spasticity and excitability of free nerve endings and peripheral nerves, thus offering pain reduction.

Heat is useful in the rehabilitation phase of injuries. Heat therapy is effective for repetitive strain injury when coupled with massage and relaxation exercises. Heat alters the viscous flow properties of collagen to relieve joint stiffness (connective tissues become more elastic and are able to move freely.) It has been reported that “moist” heat is more effective than “dry” heat in that it penetrates deeper into the muscle, offering more relaxation to the muscle and joints.

Hot and cold therapy products are readily available at Medex01.com and come in many shapes and designs to offer therapy for all parts of the body. There are products that have the ability to be used for both applications-hot or cold and others are for a specific use only. It is imperative that when using these types of products, you follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. Too much cold can cause extensive nerve damage and too much heat can cause burns.

Additional tips to to keep in mind :

1. Heat should not be applied to sensitive skin as the patients may not be able to perceive discomfort and realize the temperature should be lowered.

2. Never use topical analgesics such as “Ben Gay” or others when using heat therapy, as the chemicals in these medications increase blood flow to the surface of the skin and may hamper the thermoregulatory response of heat redistribution, causing severe burns.

For addition information on hot and cold therapy, consult your physician.

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Elasto-Gel Hot & Cold Therapy Cranial Cap

June 17, 2007

Apply Hot and Cold Therapy To the Head and Neck
Use for headaches, muscle strain, discomfort and more! The Elasto-Gel Hot – Cold Therapy Cranial Cap has been specially designed to apply mild pressure and hot or cold therapy to the head and neck regions. Use during Physical, Sports or Occupational Therapy….or for simple day-to-day needs.

Elasto-Gel Therapy Products are made of a tough, flexible gel covered with a four-way stretch material which allows maximum conformity, heat transfer, and comfort.
A single item serves both hot and cold needs!

For Heat Treatment – Heat in the Microwave or Conventional Oven! (Directions Included)Moist heat quickly penetrates muscles and joints when a warm wrap is applied. The wrap will continue to provide moist heat for 20 to 30 minutes before it will need to be reheated.

For Cold treatment – Simply Place in Freezer! (Directions Included)The wrap remains soft and flexible at temperatures as low as -20F. The cold wrap will usually numb the treated area within 5 minutes without the severe shock and pain experienced with ice or ice water treatments. The wraps will remain cold for 20 to 40 minutes.

Care Instructions:Always store product in a plastic bag while in the freezer.Wipe cover down with a damp (not wet) cloth using mild soap or disinfectant.Allow the product to fully air dry before continuing to use.

Available Sizes: (Sizing based on hat size, or circumference of head 1″ above ear)Small/Medium – Hat size 8 and smaller or head circumference 26″ or less. Large/X-Large – Hat size 9 and larger or head circumference greater than 26″

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