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Stepping into this new year and decade Sonic Relief is dedicated now more than ever to ensuring the health, fitness, and pain-free living of our users. For many, as the calendar changes over from December to January, this time of year brings around many changes and millions of people decide to make resolutions. Surveys show that many of these resolutions relate to wellness, losing weight, eating better, exercising more, or simply just getting healthier. This time of year the weather also starts to change, the winter can be beautiful, with fresh layers of glistening white snow and a shiny layer of frost. But winter can also be dangerous especially for those attempting to stay fit, motivated, and warm. So keep your Sonic Relief handy!
For those who want to keep exercising but don’t want to take the risks of going outside when it’s chilly and slippery consider indoor exercises, swimming in local indoor pools, walking through a museum or a mall. The health benefits to a vigorous walk include improved balance and coordination, strengthening your bones, maintaining a healthy weight, and more. (Home Watch Caregivers) (Care.Com)
Below are the winter safety tips to stay safe, fit, and enjoy this chilly time of year.
Slip and Fall:
Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations. While younger people often recover relatively quickly from such injuries, older adults face complications which are a leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65.
Before you decided to head out into the elements, here are some important ways to avoid injuring yourself:
If you do end up falling backwards, make an effort to tuck your chin, so your head won’t hit the ground. Also, try to form a ball and relax the muscles. You will injure yourself less if you are relaxed. Also wearing a heavy, bulky coat will cushion you if you should fail.
Of course, we encourage you to take all precautions to avoid slips and falls, unfortunately, there’s no avoiding this seasonal risk. Accidents do happen and so do aches and pains. If you ever find yourself seriously injured from a slip and fall or are suffering from any current ailments we encourage you to keep your Sonic Relief on hand to speed healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and help you return to living pain-free. In addition, follow these steps to give yourself the best chance of recovering from your injuries:
Checking for injuries
Symptoms of joint injury
Symptoms vary, depending on the type of joint injury you have:
For strains and sprains, use the RICE method:
Several rounds of the RICE method should lead to recovery, and pain medication can ease your discomfort.
If you’re unable to move the joint at all or feel numbness around your injured area, arrange to see your physician as soon as possible.
Therapeutic ultrasound such as Sonic Relief™ works to stimulate the tissues of an injury, inflammation in tendons, ligaments and joints, trigger points, muscle knots and strains and just about any soft tissue injury or condition. When the tissues are stimulated by the soundwaves, it brings blood flow to the area to speed healing and flush out inflammation.
100% of Sonic Relief™ user survey participants agree that they are glad they have Sonic Relief™ to treat their aches and pains when they need it. Over half of users use their Sonic Relief™ device whenever needed and 1/3rd of users use their device once weekly or more for pain relief.
If you have pain caused by using your electronic devices, Sonic Relief™ comes with a 60 day money-back guarantee - definitely worth a try!
Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’... It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it! On top of it all, sedentary work can also take a physical toll on your body. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, work-related musculoskeletal problems—from muscle strains to carpal tunnel syndrome—made up 32% of all worker injury and illness cases in 2014. Although many of those injuries were suffered by people working strenuous physical jobs, sitting hunched over a computer, staring at screens all day, typing, and sitting improperly can wreak havoc on the body.
The blame for these injuries lies in two places, firstly the amount of time you are sitting working at your desk, secondly is your office ergonomics, meaning the set up of your desk, chair, and workstation.
Michael Fredericson, sports medicine physiatrist at Stanford Health Care says, “The issue that we’re really up against is that we’re not made to sit—certainly not for extended periods of time… you tend to hunch forward, and your neck protrudes, and there’s eye strain. It’s stress that goes through your whole body.”
A sedentary lifestyle clearly isn’t ideal, prolonged sitting on a daily basis can lead to:
Activities that can help to increase your movement while working a sedentary job include:
If you can’t always get away from your desk, try these simple ways to keep some movement going every hour:
Unfortunately, if you are already suffering from pain due to a sedentary lifestyle, you're not alone. A study conducted by Qatar University aimed at identifying the relationship between a sedentary lifestyle and back pain over 61% of sedentary participants experienced some form of notable back pain. In a recent survey, 55% of Sonic Relief™ users stated that they use their Sonic Relief device to aid neck, shoulder, and back pain.
Sonic Relief™ ultrasound waves penetrate the damaged painful tissues in the neck and shoulder region generally affected, also encouraging the removal of inflammation and spasm, speeding healing, and therefore relieving pain. Treatment for pains caused by the use of electronics should be applied directly over the pain in your neck and shoulders with the Sonic Relief™ ultrasound device 2-3 times per day (we recommend before you get up, or do any activity that causes more pain, and just before bed). Treat for 2 weeks (even if it feels completely better), then continue treatment as needed.
If you have pain caused by a sedentary lifestyle, Sonic Relief™ comes with a 60 day money back guarantee - definitely worth a try!
Anyone who has experienced pain for several months or longer whether it’s arthritis, back pain, migraines, or something else are suffering from a condition known as chronic pain. Chronic pain is a complex condition that affects 42 million-50 million Americans, according to the American Pain Foundation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, two out of three people with chronic pain have trouble sleeping. Despite decades of research, chronic pain remains poorly understood and notoriously hard to control. Chronic and acute pain can cause stress and poor health. As a correlation, pain can lead to lack of sleep, disturbed sleep, shorter sleep, worse sleep quality, and insomnia. This lack of sleep is one of the most common and disruptive symptoms of pain.
In addition to preventing a person from falling asleep, pain also results in difficulty staying asleep. And once pain keeps you awake one night, it is likely to do the same thing again and again. Pain-related insomnia gets worse over time. Tracey Marks, MD, an Atlanta-based psychiatrist says, “Pain is a sensation you feel when nerves are stimulated to an intense degree… This stimulation activates the brain, which keeps you awake.”
Unfortunately, the process of pain and insomnia can become a vicious circle in which sleep deprivation makes you more sensitive to pain. Pain medications interrupt sleep. Unfortunately, some of the medications prescribed for pain, such as codeine and morphine, can cause insomnia.
Manage your Pain for better Sleep
The good news is that controlling your chronic pain reduces anxiety and depression, improves sleep, and makes for better overall quality of life. And in even trying to manage pain, you can get a sense of control that is empowering and can aid in sleep.
Some pain management methods to aid in sleep are:
Use of pain medications - tell your doctor about the sleep problems you’re having as a result of your pain. Be sure to always follow the orders given to you by your healthcare professional. Painkillers and/or sleeping pills can help for some people, but they should only be used under the supervision of a doctor.
Calm yourself with meditation and other relaxation techniques - When done effectively, as little as 10 minutes of daily meditation can help you to mentally manage your pain. There are many different types of meditation, including guided meditation, tai chi, and yoga. But you can also improvise by using deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or focus on an object or scene.
Use of Home Ultrasound Therapy for Pain Relief - tackling the actual cause of pain with therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound can reduce pain in a drug-free, effective and convenient way.
Sonic Relief recommends keeping your Sonic Relief on your bedside table or near your bed for use on chronic pain ailments before going to sleep. One 10-minute treatment before bed will initiate healing, inflammation reduction and pain relief that can last all night. A good night’s sleep can make all the difference in managing chronic pain.
And, as a bonus, your Sonic Relief will be at your bedside table to do a treatment when waking up to help give you a pain free day. A pain free day means that you can be active and go about normal activities. And being active during the day is very important to getting better sleep.
Good Sleep Hygiene - better sleep, better life!
Practicing what’s known as “good sleep hygiene” is key to achieving a good night's sleep.
Some tips for people with sleep-affected chronic pain are:
Make your environment conducive for sleep - environmental factors affect those who suffer from pain related disturbed sleep more making it more difficult for them to get a good night’s sleep. These factors include noise, light, temperature and their mattresses alike, suggesting that taking greater care of the bedroom environment may be particularly helpful to pain sufferers.
In addition, scents such as Lavender can be beneficial in helping to aid sleep. Sonic Relief's powerful medicated ultrasound gel is specially formulated to work alongside the Sonic Relief device to aid in healing and pain relief and contains lavender, eucalyptus, as well as other natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Exercise to promote good quality sleep - Exercising for as little as 10 minutes per day can drastically improve nighttime sleep quality, activities such as walking or cycling are recommended. Avoiding strenuous workouts close to bedtime should be avoided however the effects of exercise on sleep differs from person to person. The use of Sonic Relief can be helpful in aiding daytime relief to make activity more accessible for those suffering from chronic pain.
Stop or limit stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine consumption - Caffeine obviously disrupts sleep patterns; if you must have a caffeine boost, enjoy it before noon.
Limit alcohol intake, particularly in the evening - While alcohol is a well-known depressant and may help you fall asleep faster, too much close to bedtime can disrupt sleep in the second half of the night as the body begins to process the alcohol.
Use of sleeping pills are effective (under the supervision of a physician) - There is no perfect treatment for pain and sleeplessness. It all depends on your particular case - the kind of pain you have and other medications you take, for instance. Over-the-counter drugs are not intended for long-term use. Instead, talk to your health care provider so you can get a personalized treatment plan.
Limiting daytime naps to 30 minutes - While napping does not make up for inadequate nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help improve mood, alertness, and performance.
Ensuring adequate exposure to natural light - This is particularly important for individuals who may not venture outside frequently, for example those who work evening shift work. Exposure to sunlight during the day, as well as darkness at night, helps to maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
Establishing a regular relaxing bedtime routine - A regular nightly routine helps the body recognize that it is bedtime. This could include taking a warm shower or bath, reading a book, or light stretches. When possible, try to avoid emotionally upsetting conversations and activities before attempting to sleep.
If you suffer from pain that causes lack of sleep try Sonic Relief™.
Sonic Relief™ comes with a 60 day money back guarantee - definitely worth a try!
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