6 Reasons Why Seniors Should Being Seeing A Physiotherapist

28 Aug

Maintaining health in the senior years requires a number of proactive measures including providing a health diet, regular exercise and periodic visits to the doctor. When medical problems arise, close monitoring can help to improve general condition and reduce the risk for complications. Physiotherapy can provide additional benefits to physical health and function, to enhance seniors’ everyday lives.

1 – Reduce Pain
After surgery or an injury, physiotherapy can help to improve function and reduce the pain of healing with structured exercises and other techniques. Patients often require less medication and enjoy increased mobility as a result of their sessions.

2 – Improve Muscle Strength
Muscle strength tends to decrease during the senior years. This effect occurs partly because of aging itself, but it may also be due to a reduction in activity that is common in older people. Physiotherapy helps to restore muscle tone, particularly in areas of the body that have been affected by injury or disease.

3 – Enhance Flexibility
Physicians often order sessions with a physiotherapist to improve patients’ flexibility after an injury or surgery. It can improve range of motion in joints and help improve function in everyday life. Flexible movement helps to ensure good balance, so that seniors are less prone to dangerous falls that can be particularly hazardous for older people.

4 – Improve Balance
Seniors often have problems maintaining balance. In some cases, weakness from lack of activity may lead to muscle weakness. In other cases, the medications the senior takes can cause disturbances in the inner ear that lead to balance problems. Other seniors may have vision problems that affect depth perception. Whatever the cause, sessions with a physiotherapist can help with fall prevention.

5 – Reduce Healing Time
A professional physiotherapist can offer specific techniques to aid healing and reduce the amount of time that seniors are immobile, so that they can achieve full function of affected areas more quickly. Many injuries and surgical procedures depend on getting patients mobile immediately to reduce the risk for blood clots and other medical problems. Sessions get patients active immediately to help reduce post-surgery problems.

6 – Better Circulation
Physiotherapy can improve circulation, not only to the affected areas that are under treatment, but also to the whole body. Good circulation is critical to the health of seniors, and they may not always engage in the physical activity needed to promote healthy circulation. Sessions offer a safe, yet effective way to improve the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, for better health.

A number of medical issues can be helped by sessions with a skilled physiotherapist. Talk to your physician this medical specialty that can improve your senior loved one’s life.

How To Make Goat Milk Yogurt

20 Aug

Most yogurt sold in stores is made from cow’s milk which is not always easy to digest. Therefore, people with delicate stomachs may prefer to use goat milk when making their yogurt. Many make the mistake of thinking that goat milk yogurt is very complicated and requires hard to get ingredients, but in reality, it is very simple to make this nutritious food.

The first time you make goat milk yogurt, you will most likely need to buy a live culture of the bacteria used in yogurt. Once you make it, you can just add a little bit of your last batch to each new batch. The key to making good goat milk yogurt is being very precise with your temperature measurements. If it turns out runny or slimy, it most likely got too cold during the incubation period. Once it is done, you can use your tasty goat milk yogurt in smoothies, dips, and drinks, or you can just enjoy a big bowl of it drizzled with honey and fresh fruit.

Utensils Needed
The first step to making goat milk yogurt is ensuring that you have all of the proper kitchen tools needed to make yogurt easily. You do not actually need a fancy yogurt maker for goat milk yogurt. Instead, you just need these basic items:
A sterilized glass jar with a lid that holds at least 32 fluid ounces.
A saucepan
An accurate food thermometer
A spoon
Some sort of incubator to keep yogurt warm (more below)

Ingredients
1 quart of goat milk
A tablespoon of yogurt starter with live cultures or ¼ cup of plain yogurt with live active cultures
1 tablespoon of powdered milk (cow or goat milk is fine)

Preparation
1. Slowly warm the goat milk until it reaches somewhere between 44 and 46 degrees Celsius. Any temperature over 54 degrees Celsius will kill the active cultures in the yogurt starter, and these bacteria are essential to making a good yogurt.
2. Stir the powdered milk into the warm milk slowly. This will give the yogurt a thicker texture once it is done.
3. Put the yogurt starter or plain yogurt into the bottom of the container. Slowly pour the 46 degree milk into the glass and stir it to combine it.
4. Put the yogurt into some sort of incubator that will keep it between 44 and 46 degrees for several hours. A cooler filled with hot water or an oven kept on an extremely low setting should do the trick.
5. Incubate the yogurt for 6 to 8 hours, until thickened to desired consistency. Keep in mind that longer incubation periods cause stronger tasting yogurt.

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Methods of Medical Marijuana Consumption

15 Aug

Any patient who is considering the use of medical marijuana for help with pain, nausea, neuropathy or seizure disorders should be familiar with the different methods of consumption of the plant. With many states having already legalized medical marijuana and many more considering it, medical cannabis is in a kind of legal limbo: the federal government refuses to reschedule it for use, but individual states can legalize it – to a point.

But until it is legalized at the federal level, taxes won’t be collected from this booming business, and medical consumers will have to experiment to find the right delivery system and the right dosage for themselves. This semi-legal status also makes it impossible to regulate and sometimes makes information about it difficult to get.

Smoking
Smoking a joint or a pipe is the most old-fashioned method of ingesting medical cannabis. This method delivers results almost instantly, so it is an effective delivery system for medical use. The problem with smoking medical cannabis this way is that it can feel unpleasantly harsh, and it may be harmful to the lungs. This method is not a good option for anyone who is already suffering from COPD, asthma or any other pulmonary condition.

Vaping
Vaping is a process that is less harsh on the lungs, but delivers relief as quickly as smoking does. In vaping, the medical cannabis is heated only to the point that it releases the effective compounds, but is not all the way to combustion point. Vaporizers are available in a wide array of forms from small discreet pens to bulky table-top machines. Downside: the more expensive vaporizers can be too pricey for most consumers.

Edibles
Medical edibles come in a dizzying array of products, from candies to soft drinks, and from brownies to marinara sauce. Edibles have become sophisticated and often do not taste at all like the medical marijuana they contain. But edibles take much longer to start working, and you have to experiment to see if you will start to feel the effects in a half-hour or two hours. This makes assessing the correct dosage more difficult.

As the science behind the use of medical cannabis becomes more definitive, there will undoubtedly be even more methods of delivery developed. For now, other methods include trans-dermal patches which are fairly mild, but effective. Sublingual drops and sprays are more accurate about the ratio of THC to cannabinoids, but their impact may be slower than smoking or vaping. Medical marijuana suppositories – which must be refrigerated – are an obviously less comfortable way of administering the dosage, but relief is quick and it generally lasts for a long time.

The choice of delivery systems is personal, but most sufferers are able to find one or two that work the best for them.