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6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Treatments

laser treatmentsThere’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding laser treatments in the general population. Some hearken it as the miracle cure-all that works via pixie dust and unicorn tears while others have an image in their mind of a doctor shining a red laser pointer onto their faces or into their eyes. Lasers aren’t that complicated once you get down to it. Here are 6 things you need to know before stepping under the laser:

 

1. No, lasers don’t run on pixie dust or unicorn tears

 

Laser is actually an acronym. I’ll bet you didn’t know that (or maybe you did—and if that’s the case great!). It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Lasers work with focused light. The light converts to heat as it passes through skin which can be harnessed to achieve a multitude of effects and treatments. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, the heat is absorbed by the hair’s dark pigment within the follicle. The heat damages that follicle, which ultimately inhibits hair growth.

 

2. Stay out of the sun before an appointment

 

This is critical for laser hair removal because the treatment cannot be received on tanned or sunburned skin. Yep. Save the summer glow till AFTER your treatment.

 

3. Everyone responds to lasers differently

 

Because we’re all individuals and not just a homogenous mob of genetic clones, different skin will respond to lasers in different ways. Most physicians account for this by conducting a small test patch to gauge how your skin reacts (depending on the type of treatment).

 

4. Results require consistency

 

As is the case with most laser treatments, usually multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. So, if you’re looking for a one and done solution—do yourself a favor (and save some money) by looking elsewhere. Your physician will work with you to determine how many sessions your treatment will require.

 

5. Most treatments aren’t “relaxing”

 

Laser therapy is often accompanied by mild snaps—similar to the snapping of a rubberband against your skin. So, just keep your expectations in check before you saunter in thinking you’re about to get the Platinum Spa package. It will probably be uncomfortable.

 

6. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

 

After treatment with a laser, your skin will become highly sensitive to the sun and UV rays. Slather on that sunscreen to prevent any harmful skin damage.

 

 

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Senior Health: What To Ask Your Doctor About

As we age, our bodies change and slow in the natural process of regeneration. It’s a common fact that elderly people are more susceptible to chronic illness and diseases due to many lifestyle and genetic factors related to the ageing process. Even if you are in relatively good health, it is advised to visit your general health practitioner more regularly the older you get. The most common health conditions that people over 65 experience are heart disease, arthritis, cancer and Alzheimers. When you visit your doctor’s office, it is important to discuss these issues, your genetic and lifestyle risk factors, and how to prevent these diseases from occurring.

 

Heart disease has been reported to be the leading cause of death for people over the age of 65. The risk of experiencing high blood pressure and high cholesterol increases the older we get, leading to a risk of stroke or other heart conditions. Lifestyle factors of eating well and exercise can be a great prevention tool here for maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

 

Arthritis is a condition, which, although is not chronic, can be extremely debilitating for older people. The pain of arthritis can drastically reduce quality of life, and lead to difficulties conducting every day tasks. Working with your doctor on how to create more mobility in your body can help treat this condition.

 

As the second leading cause of death in people over 65, Cancer is not only just a chronic disease that the elderly face, but also people of all ages and lifestyles. Early detection is key here, so screenings such as mammograms, colonoscopies and skin test should all be conducted on a regular basis for elderly people especially.

 

Alzheimers disease affects not just the elderly person experiencing it, but their family also. Although research in this area is relatively new, there are many different lifestyle prevention methods that are being proposed, such as what to eat, keeping your body healthy and fit, and also exercising your brain by keeping your mind active to reduce the instance of cognitive impairment.

 

For more information on lasting health, visit your local chiropractor for natural health solutions.

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Art As Therapy

As technology advances and medicine research offers new insights constantly, it can be expected that when dealing with mind and body health issues, people will look to medicine to treat their aliments and conditions. The flip side of advancing research, however, is that people are also being illuminated as to the effects of medicine on the body from temporary side effects to more long term issues. This gives way to the rise of natural and alternative therapies as a growing trend for people looking to get back to health and support their mental and physical wellbeing.

 

When it comes to mental health, there are a range of treatment options. Art therapy is a particularly popular form of alternative treatment for people dealing with conditions ranging from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, to eating disorders and more. Art is an experience that provides freedom of action, with little rules and a lot of creative scope. The act of drawing, painting, sculpting and crafting allows people to choose what they most enjoy, and to step out of their minds and into a world of color and creative freedom.

 

Art is not only a space where we can try something new, interact with colors and textures – art is expressive. For people who may not be getting the results from traditional therapies of expressing and sharing through talking or otherwise, then art can be a way to get in touch with you inner experience and allow whatever is inside to come out. It is not just about making something with your hands, art can also be dance, music, any creative outlet that allows you to interact with the world through an enjoyable, accessible medium, rather than allowing your mind and mental state influence and take over your life.

 

There are many resources online and in the health services industry which can give some direction on where to start. However, if you’re not an artistic person and looking for help with your mental health, it is best that you advise a licensed therapist.

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Exercise As A Prevention For Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is an extremely common occurrence in every culture, in every part of the world. There can be many and varied reasons why people of all ages experience hearing loss, and different severities of the condition, which has led to multiple solutions and treatments for those who experience hearing loss in some form or another. Quality of life is said to decline when people experience adverse hearing loss, from job-related issues, to mental health effects with instances of depression and anxiety increasing in those suffering hearing conditions.

 

One lesser-known prevention that may have some positive effects on preventing hearing loss is exercise. Not only has exercise proven to be beneficial for improved bone density, immune system support in cardiovascular fitness, and overall healthy functioning of the brain, research is now revealing some more unexpected advantages of exercise. As the act of moving the body works on an internal and external basis in the functioning of the entire body-system, it does not come as a surprise that hearing may also be affected by the regularity of physical movement in a person’s life.

 

Even when hearing loss is not due to lifestyle factors or illness, there will always be age related decline in hearing, as the capillary system of our ears (which contribute to hearing) decline over time in a natural process.

 

One recent study examined the effects of regular exercise on mice and measured their decline in hearing as they aged. Factors measured were capillary density, which are similar in humans. Research in this area is still evolving, and this is a fairly new finding to come into the scientific world of health. As science advances, we may see more prevention and treatment options arise to help combat age related decline in many different modes of the body, with hearing loss just being one example. This research does give hope into the future of prevention and treatments.

 

Learn more about how you can improve your health by contacting your local chiropractor.

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Get Fit And Healthy Without Even Trying!

The holiday season can be a busy time for the majority of people. Oftentimes our workout regimes we took up during the year can fall by the wayside when we are busy with other holiday-prepping activities.

 

How to beat the too-busy-to-workout mentality? Here’s some tips on how to stay in shape and keep fit, without even realising you are working your body!

 

Walk

If you need to go to the corner store, or take your kids to school to the park, then if the option is available for you to walk, take it up! Walking is a great way to burn calories and keep the cardiovascular system in check. Driving may save you time, but walking can save you that extra energy storing in your system and leading to weight gain.

 

Choose Active Chores

They may not present themselves as the most enjoyable activity, but especially during the holidays, there is always plenty to do around the house. Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping are great full body movements. Why not turn washing the dishes into an even more effective activity by bending the knees, twisting the body, adding in any extra movement you can.

 

Laugh And Play

This one can be especially easy if you have children. Take time to join in on their games rather than watch, allow yourself to let loose. As active as kids are, you’ll be sure to get a sweat on. If you’re without kids in the house, surround yourself with people who make you laugh and smile, or do something yourself that inspires a good laugh. Just 10-15 mins of laughing can burn almost 50 calories.

 

Regularly Stand Up

There’s nothing wrong with taking some much needed down time in the holidays. Though when you are sitting for long periods of time, this can have numerous negative effects on your body. To balance this out, stand up and shake it off at regular intervals.

 

When the new year comes around you might want to get back into a fitness and nutrition regime. For professional, easy-to-follow tips, consult your local chiropractor.

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