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Three Conditions That May Be Alleviated by a Chiropractor

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Once you have been to a traditional doctor for pain relief from a particular health issue, you were likely given course of treatment. If this treatment has not been effective, it is likely you are looking into alternative therapies. The following are three situations you may be experiencing that chiropractic therapy may help you with. You have back or neck pain Whether you have recurring back or neck pain from a work accident, car accident, or a surgery, a chiropractor can often bring relief from this type of pain. A standard treatment will start with x-rays to look at your spine, and then a chiropractor will use one or more techniques to bring your spine or neck back into alignment. This is done quickly and without discomfort; however, you will feel the benefits by experiencing less back or neck pain in a short time. You have migraine headaches Headaches, especially migraine headaches, can be difficult to diagnose. Unfortunately, for an individual suffering from them, the pain can be excruciating, and a person can become desperate for relief. Sometimes these headaches are due to tension and stress in the neck area. This is common among office workers, but, if you have had an injury to your neck, this can also be the cause of your headaches, even after the neck injury has healed. The good news is that a chiropractor has a reputation for helping people with migraine headaches. A chiropractor believes that headaches can be directly related to misalignment of the spine, and, by making an adjustment to the spine and applying pressure to the neck area, these headaches will go away. A dependence on pain medication Outside of surgery, one of the main treatments for back pain are pain killers. However, these can become addictive. There can even be long-term health issues with using over-the-counter pain medications. Chiropractors have a long history of helping people experience less pain by correcting alignment problems of the spine. It is possible that you may be able to reduce pain to the point where you can reduce the amount of pain medication you are currently taking, or perhaps avoid taking prescription painkillers from the start. The benefits and efficacy of chiropractic therapy have been time tested, and many people have benefited from this type of treatment. Many medical insurance companies will cover some or all of this type of treatment, so if you have any of the issues listed above, you should give this alternative treatment strong consideration. Talk to a chiropractor like those at the Excellence In Health Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic about your condition and how they can...

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How to Fix a Gummy Smile

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Cosmetic dental treatment is an option for someone who is not happy with their smile. Some people feel too much of their gums show when they are smiling. A smile is considered gummy once three to four millimeters of the gum tissue show. This condition is caused for a variety of reasons, such as the shape and size of your teeth, the length of your upper lip, and the vertical position of the upper jaw and teeth to your skull. It can also make you feel self-conscious. However, there are options for correcting the appearance of your smile. Consider Crown Lengthening Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that removes bone and gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth. You may only need to fix one tooth, but this procedure affects your neighboring teeth. Your cosmetic dentist must make cuts around your gums that pull them away from your teeth. It exposes the surrounding bone and the roots of your teeth. This approach allows your dentist to gradually shape your gums. There is also the possibility of having to remove some bone from around the roots of your teeth. After the procedure reveals enough teeth, the area is stitched together, and a bandage is put over the stitches. Get Orthodontic Treatment Sometimes your teeth can get worn down. When this occurs, it changes your gum-to-tooth ratio. This results in your teeth getting shorter over time. It can also develop into compensatory eruption, which means your teeth erupt and move toward opposing teeth. This condition occurs to compensate for the wear. This is the only way your body can keep functioning when working with shorter teeth. You will also notice that more of your gums are exposed. This is correctable with orthodontic treatment. Braces can push your teeth back into the right position. Relaxing Your Lip Smiling uses the muscles in your face, especially the ones that retract your lips to reveal your gums and teeth. If your lip rises too high, then you must find a way to relax it. There are two ways to correct this problem, Botox and surgery. It helps to understand that surgery is permanent. The face is one of the first thing that a stranger sees when meeting someone for the first time. It helps to get regular dental appointments to catch conditions early. You must not settle and should explore your options to improve your smile. This can prevent you from walking around afraid to smile. Visit sites like to find cosmetic dentists near...

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Is It an Infection or Interstitial? Utis Versus Interstitial Cystitis

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If you have been suffering from one urinary tract infection after another, it might be that you really don’t have a UTI. You could have something called interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition that can be difficult to treat. Unfortunately, IC is often a diagnosis of elimination, meaning that you reach the IC diagnosis by eliminating other conditions that could cause the same symptoms. The condition is not really something for which you can get a blood test and find a specific marker that says, yes, this is IC. Here are circumstances to look for to help determine whether your repeated UTIs are really repeated flare-ups of IC. The Symptoms Keep Coming Back Urinary tract infections should go away with treatment. A UTI might come back quickly if you don’t follow the treatment correctly or if it turns out you need a more specific antibiotic. However, with correct adherence to treatment instructions and the right medication, that infection should go away and not come back anymore. If the symptoms of the infection keep coming back, though, and you’ve ruled out the possibilities that you need a different antibiotic, that you aren’t following instructions, and that you are repeating the behaviors that brought about the first infection, then you have to look at the possibility that you have interstitial cystitis. Repeated bouts with what seems like repeated UTIs but that aren’t responding normally to treatments and behavioral and medication changes do point toward IC rather than another UTI. Tests Show Little to No Bacteria Typically, a UTI will show up on a test with at least some bacteria. If you’re having tests done, and none are finding bacteria, then there is the chance you have IC. It is possible to find a little bacteria with IC, in which case you’d have to look at factors such as the symptoms returning again and again. Flare-Ups Last Too Long Now, maybe you already know you have IC, but now you’re having flare-ups that seem harder to control. It is possible for someone with IC to get a UTI on top of that. Take a look at how long the flare-ups are lasting; if they go on for more than a couple of days, it’s time to get tested. You can also try using one of the over-the-counter tests for UTIs that are now available and contacting your doctor if the test shows positive. However, keep in mind that these home tests aren’t perfect, so if you’re still having a problem after the test shows negative (i.e., the flare-up still won’t go away after a while), you should get tested for a UTI anyway. UTIs and IC are frustrating, but with persistence, you can get the right diagnosis and find the right treatments. Talk to your doctor about the entire course of your symptoms and whether IC might be a...

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3 Unusual Things That May Cause A Blood Clot In Your Leg

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While most people who develop a deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot, have risk factors such as genetic predisposition, family history, high blood pressure, or diabetes, it can occur in people who are perfectly healthy and who have no family history. There are certain lifestyle factors or things that you may do every day that may raise your risk for a blood clot in your leg or elsewhere in your body. Here are three unusual things that may heighten your risk or even cause a deep vein thrombosis and what you can do about them: Stopping Aspirin Therapy If you take aspirin on a regular basis to prevent a cardiovascular event or if you take it to manage chronic pain, do not stop taking it abruptly. Aspirin is a powerful anticoagulant, or blood thinner. Aspirin diminishes platelet aggregation, which means that it causes your blood platelets to become less sticky. This is a favorable effect in people who have risk factors for blood clots, strokes, or heart attacks because it keeps the blood thin. When you stop aspirin therapy, platelet aggregation increases, which subsequently makes your blood thicker and more susceptible to clots. If you don’t have high blood pressure, a personal or family history of deep vein thrombosis, a history of heart attack or stroke, or diabetes, your doctor will probably tell you that it is acceptable to stop taking aspirin if you choose to.  If, however, you have any of the aforementioned conditions, it may not be advisable to stop taking aspirin. Not Making Ankle Circles  Air travel can raise your risk for developing a blood clot in your legs. The higher altitude and prolonged sitting time can allow blood to pool in your legs and ankles, which can heighten your risk for a deep vein thrombosis. If you have scheduled a vacation and are anticipating a long flight, make little circle motions with feet while your sitting in your seat. This will help improve the circulation in your legs and help prevent the blood from pooling in your legs. In addition to exercising your ankles while seated, getting up and walking around the plane will also help improve your circulation during the flight. Avoiding Water Dehydration can also raise your risk for developing a deep vein thrombosis in your leg. Drinking plenty of non-caffeinated beverages, preferably plain water, helps to promote optimal circulation, while helping to keep your kidneys and cardiovascular system working as they should. If your body becomes severely dehydrated through either excessive sweating, persistent diarrhea, or prolonged vomiting, you may be at risk for a dangerous cardiac arrhythmia. When your heart beats abnormally, your blood doesn’t circulate throughout your vasculature as it should, which can predispose you to blood clot formation. Keep in mind that while coffee and colas are mostly water, they contain caffeine, which is a urinary stimulant. This means that these beverages will increase urinary frequency, which may also lead to or even worsen existing dehydration.  If you have risk factors for developing a deep vein thrombosis, visit your doctor on a regular basis. If you develop symptoms such as pain, redness, swelling, or increased warmth in your calf, seek emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. Early intervention will help ensure that the blood clot doesn’t break off and...

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Two Spices You Didn’t Know Could Help You Manage Your Cholesterol Levels

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When you have arteriosclerosis, managing your cholesterol levels is important for keeping your arteries clear enough for blood to pass to important organs, such as the brain and heart. Making the lifestyle changes needed to decrease LDL and increase HDL cholesterol can be challenging. One simple step you can take on the road towards better cholesterol numbers is to add these two spices to your diet.  Cinnamon Cinnamon is commonly added to foods to give them a sweet flavor. However, this tasty spice packs a number of health benefits. One of those benefits is helping to reduce LDL cholesterol. One study that followed 60 diabetics who took 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days found participants achieved an up to 27 percent decrease in LDL and up to 26 percent decline in total cholesterol levels. The exact reason why this occurs is unknown. However, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation in artery walls, something that contributes to plaque buildup. Additionally, this spice contains the blood thinner coumarin that can help prevent blood clots. Lastly, cinnamon has been known to reduce blood sugar levels. High blood sugar has been associated with high cholesterol levels. You can easily get your daily dose of cinnamon simply by adding it to the foods you already eat. For instance, top peach slices with the spice or add it to a cup of tea. However, you can also purchase cinnamon capsules from a health food store. Turmeric Turmeric is a savory spice that’s a staple in Indian cuisine. Like cinnamon, it has many health benefits, including helping to prevent type 2 diabetes and improving ulcerative colitis. However, it’s also proven to be good at improving LDL and HDL cholesterol. In a study that followed 75 patients with acute coronary syndrome for about a year, participants took between 15 milligrams to 60 milligrams of curcumin (a substance found in turmeric) each day. At the end of the year, researchers found participants experienced reduced lipid levels, with people taking the lower does obtaining the best benefit. In addition to lowering LDL cholesterol, the substances in turmeric prevent blood platelets from sticking to each other and arterial walls, which can reduce the buildup that keeps blood from flowing freely. Turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory that can help heal damage arteries. An easy way to add turmeric to your diet is to sprinkle it on soups or make a vegetable dip using this spice. Incorporating more Indian-inspired dishes into your diet is a fun way to get adequate amounts of turmeric while adding interest to your daily menu. For more tips on managing your lipid levels, contact a knowledgeable medical...

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Three Tips To Promote Healing After Tattoo Removal

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Laser tattoo removal is becoming more popular for those who want to get rid of some ink that they just aren’t in love with anymore. This process is quite a bit more expensive than the traditional tattoo cover-up method. It is also quite a bit more involved than covering up old ink with new ink. However, the results are much more preferable for those individuals who want to move on with no traces of the old tattoo, or those who want to get rid of any trace of their old life and old tattoos. If you are one of the soon-to-be-inkless individuals that opt for a laser tattoo removal procedure at the dermatologist’s office, the following tips will help you heal faster. Moisturize The first tip is to moisturize the area where the tattoo is being removed. A typical tattoo takes six to eight sessions under the laser to be fully removed. After each session, your dermatologist will apply some ointment and bandage the area before sending you home. Between sessions, your skin will be dry. It can also blister and peel. Find a good moisturizing lotion that will infuse the area with good moisture and keep the skin hydrated. This will promote healing between sessions and can even help your tattoo disappear faster. Exfoliate It is important to leave the affected area covered for at least 24-48 hours after each session with the laser. After this, you can start to exfoliate the area. Choose a gentle exfoliating cleanser to use in the shower. After showering, use a moisturizing lotion that also exfoliates, so you can get two things done with one product. There are many body lotions on the market that moisturize and exfoliate. Choose a lotion with a high concentration of glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids for the best exfoliating results. Protect You should always protect all of your skin from damage by the sun. However, it is even more important to protect your skin where your tattoo is being removed. This skin is susceptible to blistering and peeling immediately after each laser session. However, the sun can cause the skin around the tattoo removal area to burn very quickly. It is also more susceptible to blistering and peeling after a sunburn than other skin on your body. Keep a sunscreen on the affected area at all times, and keep the skin covered by clothing if at all possible. For more information, speak to a local dermatologist or check it out...

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Got Lower Back Pain? Here’s When You Should Be Concerned

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The spinal column is made up of a complex series of tendons, muscles, vertebrae, and nerves. Therefore, even the slightest injury or strain could leave you in a lot of pain–especially when it comes to your lower back. Lower back pain is easily one of the most common complaints from the average person, and does usually fade on its own with simple remedies, such as over-the-counter medications and a little rest. However, there are times when the pain you are feeling in your lower back is something that should be checked out by a doctor. Here are a few symptoms you should know are red flags to seek medical care where lower back pain is concerned. The pain in your lower back is accompanied with numbness or tingling in your legs. Numbness and tingling are telltale indications that there is something more serious happening inside of your musculoskeletal system than just simple strain. This type of symptom actually points to damage to the nerves that run from the spinal column to your lower extremities. The numbness and tingling could be due to unwarranted pressure on your spinal cord or something more serious, which means anytime you experience this symptom, it is best to go see a doctor as soon as possible.  The lower back pain is just one symptom in a list of other problems.  You feel unwell, you’re not sleeping well, and you have major bouts of nausea or severe headaches–if any of this sounds familiar and you also have low back pain, it is in your best interest to seek medical care immediately. It is rare, but occasionally low back pain can be a symptom of an ominous diagnosis, such as kidney failure or even spinal tumors. Therefore, if the lower back pain is accompanied by several other symptoms or physical changes, you should not waste time about having the issue investigated further by your doctor, such as Hightstown Medical Associates. The pain in your lower back is associated with difficulty urinating, incontinence, or even disruptions in your bowel movements. Occasionally, lower back pain is a result of some malformation pinching the lower part of your spinal cord, applying pressure to nerves that control your bladder and your bowels along with other pelvic organs. This condition is known as cauda equina syndrome, and can be caused by a ruptured disc in your spinal column or spinal stenosis, both of which may be treatable with...

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Comparing The 2 Different Types Of Dental Implants – According To Treatment Time

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Dental implants remain one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services for replacing missing teeth. There are several different types of dental implants that are separated according to different criteria. One criterion is the number of stages, or the amount of treatment time involved with a particular implant. Cosmetic dentistry offices typically offer two different types of dental implants according to treatment time. Here are the pros and cons of each type, which can help you determine what option might best suit your needs. Two-Stage Implants Traditional dental implants involve two different stages: the implant root placement with healing time and then the application of the artificial tooth crown. The implant root placement part takes the longest due to its follow-up healing time. For the implant root, your dentist will drill a hole into the jawbone and then insert a screw-shaped metal root. Your gum tissue is then stitched into place to fully cover the bone and root and allow for healing. After the jawbone has healed, the gums are cut back open so that a post can be added to the root to make the implant taller than the gums and to facilitate the attachment of the crown. The jawbone will heal around the root and its grooved surface, which will hold the root firmly in place. This process is called osseointegration and can take some months to complete. The process can become even longer if you need a preceding bone graft to build up the jawbone health in the implant area. A bone graft using bone from your mouth, or a synthetic or donor source, requires another healing time so those segments of bone can heal together before the root is placed. One-Stage Implants One-stage implants are a marvel of same day dentistry that still utilize the jawbone-supported metal root but the artificial tooth crown is placed the same day instead of after osseointegration completes. The dentist will drill and insert the root in the same way but will use a slightly taller root so that the gum tissue can be stitched closed around the base of the root rather than over its top. An artificial tooth crown then snaps onto that protruding root. The obvious advantage is that you won’t need to walk around with an empty tooth site while you wait for the bone to fuse around the root. But the dental implant won’t be as strong or secure until that bone fusion happens. And if the fusion fails to happen, you could end up losing the artificial tooth and need to start the whole process over. To learn more, contact a same day dentist like Ashton Randall P DDS.   ...

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3 Things To Consider When Choosing A Private Medicare Supplement Plan

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Investing in Medicare supplement insurance is an excellent way to save yourself some money on health care expenses as time goes on without sacrificing any of the services or supplies you need to stay healthy. It’s a good idea to schedule a consultation meeting with multiple private supplemental insurance companies before enrolling in a plan to ensure that all of your needs will be met long-term. Here are a few important things to consider when choosing a private Medicare supplemental plan to enroll in: Is Coverage Available Outside of the United States? Some Medicare supplement plans don’t extend coverage for health problems or accidents that occur outside of the United States, so if you enjoy traveling abroad, you’ll want to be sure that the policy you choose offers some travel coverage. Ask each potential service provider to give you a list of all the services that are or aren’t covered abroad so you know exactly what to expect if you get ill or injured traveling. Is a Prescription Drug Plan Offered? It’s important to find out whether or not a potential insurance plan offers compensation for prescription drugs before enrolling. If a particular service provider you’re interested in doesn’t include drug benefits in their basic supplemental plans, ask about stand-alone drug plans that you may be able to purchase as an add-on. Having your prescription medications covered by both Medicare and your supplemental plan will minimize your out-of-pocket expenses and can save you hundreds of dollars on heath care throughout the year. What Support Services and Tools are Covered? It is also helpful to determine what kinds of support services and tools are covered under potential supplemental plans before choosing one. Are things like glasses and crutches covered? Will you have to pay for physical therapy or dental services out-of-pocket? What about casts, nutritional supplements, and vaccinations? Ask for a complete list of covered services and co-pays from each potential supplemental Medicare insurance provider before deciding which one to go with. This will give you an opportunity to sit down and compare how your costs will add up for the next few years with each policy so you can determine which is likely to give you the most bang for your buck. These considerations should help you figure out which insurance provider will meet your specific needs and preferences and help minimize any surprises you face when it comes to taking care of your health throughout the years. For more information, contact a company like Senior Care Insurance...

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How A Varicocele Is Treated To Fix Male Infertility Issues

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If you and your wife are trying to conceive and are not successful, you both may want to get evaluated to find out if a doctor can determine what is preventing this from happening. There are many things that can hinder the ability for a couple to get pregnant, and one of these conditions is called a varicocele, and this condition affects men. If this is the diagnosis you receive from your doctor, you should be happy to hear that it can be corrected in most cases. What is a varicocele? A varicocele is a condition that accounts for around 38% of male infertility cases. In other words, it is one of the common causes of male infertility. A varicocele is basically an abnormal vein found somewhere in the scrotum, and is similar to a varicose vein. When there is a varicocele present, it can cause a decrease in the amount of sperm your body produces, and it may even cause the testicles to shrink. How is it diagnosed? In most cases, doctors are able to diagnose varicoceles simply by examining a man’s testicles. If the doctor finds a lump, visible veins, and swelling in this area, you probably have a varicocele. You may have pain or other symptoms with a varicocele, or you might not experience any pain or discomfort at all. In addition, you can have a varicocele and have no problems reproducing. In this case, you may never even know that you have this issue, and you will never need to have it treated if it is not causing any problems. How is it treated? After your doctor diagnoses you with this condition, he or she can discuss treatment options. Here are two common way doctors treat this condition: Surgery – Because a varicocele is a vein issue, a doctor can use surgery to get to the affected veins in order to fix them. This will require stopping the blood flow in the veins, and this will typically solve the issue. Embolization – Another option is through embolization, which is not a surgical procedure. For this, a doctor accesses your veins with a tube and uses a dye to stop the blood flow to this vein. Both methods work well and the chances of being able to fix your infertility issues are very high if you have this condition. To learn more about male infertility issues, contact a clinic, such as the Advanced Urology Associates, which specializes in helping couples get pregnant....

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