Choosing a Health Care Provider Who Matches Your Parenting Philosophies

3 Signs it is Time to see the Urologist

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Date: December 14th 2015


As you get older, you may begin to have issues you did not experience as a younger man. In many cases, the problems are easy to deal with, but in some cases they will require additional investigation and treatment. Three of the most obvious signs it is time to visit a urology clinic can be found here. Erectile Dysfunction When you begin to experience erectile dysfunction, it may be a sign of a bigger health problem. If you are not able to establish an erection, the issue may be renal failure, hypertension, vascular disease or another problem. It makes sense to make an appointment with an urologist if these issues persist. While this can be an embarrassing issue, it is one that often has a simple treatment plan. Leaking Urine If you begin to experience urinary incontinence, or urine that is leaking, the ideal treatment may be surgery or medication. It is important to note that there is not much that a primary care physician will be able to do when this issue is present, which is why it is a good idea to call a specialist urology clinic. Blood Present in Your Urine If there is blood in your urine, you will need to go see an urologist. This is a hallmark sign of kidney or bladder cancer. Even if the issue is not cancer, it is a problem that needs to be addressed right away. Additional Symptoms that should not be Ignored While the symptoms already listed are the most important to have treated right away, there are a number of other symptoms to have checked out, as well. These include the following: Infertility Reduced sexual desire Pain or issues when urinating Masses in the testicles Pain in the lower abdominal region When you find a quality urologist, they will become your healthcare partner. Your doctor will discuss your entire medical history and then talk to you about the issue and treatment options that are available. It is essential to develop a relationship with your physician, since they are the ones that will be providing you the treatment that you need for the issue that you are experiencing. Avoiding treatment when one of these symptoms is present will only lead to more serious issues down the road. Taking the time to notice any changes in your needs and symptoms will also help you seek treatment in a timely […]

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Could physiotherapy help your autistic child?

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Date: November 13th 2015


When you have a child who suffers from autism, you want to be able to do absolutely everything in your power to help them live in a normal way so that they can progress through their young lives successfully. While autism is often thought of as a behavioural condition, many of the behaviours of autism have an effect on how a child uses his or her body. So, for example, frustration can be expressed by repetitive motions such as hitting the floor over and over again. Autism can also be thought of as a physical condition because children with autism will often have underdeveloped motor skills and will require specialist attention in this area. For this reason, it can be particularly helpful to enlist the help of physical therapists. What do physiotherapists actually do? Physiotherapy is a huge area, and different physios can specialise in different areas, but essentially a physio works with muscles and ligaments in order to promote wellness in the body. Physios are often associated with sports injuries, but they are increasingly used by people who are interested in non-invasive, drug-free therapies. What can a physiotherapist do for an autistic child? There are many ways that physios can work with autistic children to help their physical bodies and quality of life. First of all, they can help them to develop their gross and fine motor skills. This is important because motor skills are used so much in play. Using building blocks and kicking a football are activities that require certain motor skills, and so developing these skills could also help with your child’s social ability. Parts of the brain affected by autism are also connected to the respiratory system and this means that some children can find it difficult to breathe easily in stressful situations. This can be enormously stressful, but this is another area where physios can help. There are some physiotherapists that specialise in the respiratory system and can help autistic children with exercises that provide a cleaner flow of oxygen when they need it the most. Children with autism can often suffer from poor posture too. This can be problematic because a person’s posture has an effect on their overall wellbeing – posture can affect your ability to form positive memories and to make good decisions. But physios can work with muscles and ligaments through massage, hot and cold therapies, and exercises to correct […]

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4 Useful Hand Exercises to Aid Stroke Recovery

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Date: August 27th 2015


If you’ve recently suffered a stroke or care for someone that has, you’ll know all too well that regaining strength in your hand and arm muscles is of the utmost importance. After a stroke, the brain’s primary learning centre is damaged and consequently, new neural patterns are created to help the patient relearn basic movement in their hands and fingers. Performing daily hand exercises can help restore this lost function, assisting the brain in its mission to rewire the circuits responsible for movement and flexibility. The following hand exercises can be done in your own time at home — it’s important to note, however, that some exercises may be too hard or too easy depending on your level of impairment, so consult with a physiotherapist to ensure you are taking things at your own pace. Here are 4 hand exercises to encourage a quick recovery. Hand manipulation To regain dexterity, hands must play with and manipulate objects using a combination of rotation and translation skills, For example, translation can involve moving buttons or coins from the fingertips to the palm and back. Rotation typically involves using a pen or similar object and rolling it between your fingers as well as practicing your grip to improve hand strength. Depending on your stage of recovery, these exercises can vary in difficulty. Simple hand manipulation can include stacking pennies or picking up cups and placing them down in different spots, whilst more advanced techniques can involve typing, buttoning up a shirt or assembling toy bricks. Find out which exercises feel comfortable for you and practice them for 2-3 minutes each day. Theraputty ‘Theraputty’ refers to manipulating a soft ball of putty or play-doh in your hand. This is very effective for increasing everything from finger strength and dexterity to hand and wrist flexibility. These are a number of Theraputty exercises you can try: Using your affected hand, knead the putty with all four fingers, gradually making a fist as your press the putty into your palm. Then rotate the putty and shape it back into a ball. Repeat this 10 times, once every day. Roll the putty into a long cylinder. Bend one finger down towards your palm and wrap the putty over your fingertip. Slowly, straighten your finger completely. Reform the putty and try this on each finger. Try this once a day. Place the ball of putty on a table top. […]

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Three Common Causes of Neck Pain

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Date: August 21st 2015


Neck pain is a common problem and it can adversely affect your lifestyle due to limited mobility, discomfort and even inability to perform normal tasks. This condition can be manifested as sharp pain or dull muscular aches. In some cases, you may not be able to move the head fully, which can be very frustrating. There are different causes of neck pain in most people but it is rarely a symptom of a serious, underlying medical condition. In simple terms, the neck is not very stable because it is a very mobile body structure. This makes it susceptible to diverse types of trauma that result in aching. It is crucial for you to understand the source of your neck pain to avoid repeat or chronic conditions. Here are the common causes of neck problems and some tips on easing the pain. Whiplash Injury Whiplash injuries occur when the neck is jerked suddenly backward and forward. This type of trauma can occur in different situations but typically, most people suffer from whiplash after being in rear-end car accidents. Whiplash can stretch the neck and the upper back which results in a lot of discomfort. In serious cases, the supporting ligaments and muscles in the neck may be torn or strained. Moreover, there are other symptoms experienced, including headache, dizziness and muscle stiffness. Whiplash injuries and subsequent pain can be eased by mobilisation exercises and gentle massage of the soft tissues and muscles. Wry Neck Wry neck, which is also known as torticollis, is a common condition where the neck becomes suddenly stiff and painful. If you have this type of neck problem, you will feel acute and catching pain when you turn your head. Generally, the pain is more pronounced on one side of the neck than the other. The pain may sometimes be felt as a spasm and it may spread to the shoulders and the shoulder blades. Wry neck is caused by caring unbalanced loads or even an abrupt turn of the head. In some rare cases, this pain could indicate a neurological problem so you should consult a healthcare specialist. Most cases can be treated with heat packs, massage and mobilisation. Poor Posture Poor posture when sleeping, sitting or standing can contribute to neck pain and aches. For instance, sleeping facedown or slumping can cause neck strain. You can resolve these problems by exercising regularly and supporting your neck properly […]

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2 Ways Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Impact Your Hearing

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Date: July 31st 2015


As an inflammatory autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis can affect several parts of your body, not just your joints. In addition to having an increased risk of developing heart disease, dental problems and osteoporosis, those with rheumatoid arthritis are also at risk of developing sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is linked to autoimmune diseases and can occur when the cochlea or auditory nerve is damaged. Here’s an overview of two ways rheumatoid arthritis can impact on your hearing and the treatment options available: How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Impact Your Hearing Ototoxic Medication Some medications used to manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and salicylates, are considered ototoxic. This means they can damage your inner ear, but there may not be a safer alternative for you to try that would suitably manage the pain and stiffness associated with your arthritis. Ototoxic medication can cause sudden or gradual hearing loss, so discuss the risks versus the benefits of your medication with your rheumatologist.   Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease When you’re experiencing a flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis, your body’s immune system attacks itself, and this creates inflammation. Your immune system can attack any part of your body during a flare-up, including your inner ear. The immunosuppressant medication used to dampen down your immune system can prevent inflammation from reaching the point where permanent damage can be done to your hearing, but if your current dose is no longer effective, permanent damage can occur. Treatment Options Symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss include dizziness, ringing in your ears, difficulty hearing conversations clearly in noisy environments, and needing to continuously ask people to speak up or speak clearly. Although you can’t recover lost hearing, you can prevent further hearing loss with the use of medication such as steroids to reduce inflammation. Your audiologist will also work with your rheumatologist to ensure you’re taking the optimum dose of immunosuppressant medication. In addition to medication, hearing aids or a cochlear implant can be used to improve your hearing. Hearing aids are recommended if only certain areas of the tiny cells in your cochlea are damaged. For example, if the cells at the bottom of your cochlea, which are responsible for receiving and transporting high-frequency sounds, are damaged, you would benefit from hearing aids that are programmed to alter high-frequency sounds as they enter your ear. By altering these sounds, other parts of […]

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About Me

Hi, my name is Katlyn. As a mum of four kids, I take their health very seriously. However, I also take my own parenting philosophies seriously. Because of that, I have always attempted to find doctors and health care providers who resonate with my style. That includes everything from their thoughts on how often to prescribe medication to how they speak to my children. If you want tips on finding the perfect healthcare provider, please explore these posts. They contain everything I have learned over the years, and I hope my experiences can really help other mums and families! Take Care, Katlyn.

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