Dealing with chronic health care issues

Various Designs of Hearing Aids You Can Choose

When it comes to hearing aids, there are a myriad of options to choose from. Considering the technological advancements that have been made in this field, people who need these accessories for the first time may find it overwhelming making a choice on what would be best suited for them. When selecting new hearing aids, there are a number of considerations that you should keep in mind. These include the following: Your individual hearing loss severity Your personal dexterity and visual capabilities Your cosmetic preferences Your preferred features Your ear shape Here are some of the carious designs of hearing aids that you can contemplate. BTE hearing aids These are also known as behind the ear aids. They are made up of a small casing that is positioned behind your ears. The casing is what holds the circuitry of the hearing aids. They also come with a transparent tube that is connected to an ear mould. The ear mould is typically custom fit since people tend to have varying sizes and shapes of ears. Once the ear mould is in place, it transmits sounds to you. This type of hearing aid is best suited for individuals who tend to suffer from excessive earwax that could inhibit the transmission of sounds if the aid was inserted inside the ear. Open fit hearing aids These types of hearing aids have a similar design to the behind the ear aids as they also consist of a plastic casing installed at the back of your ear. The main difference is that unlike the BTE aids that have an ear mould, these comprise of... read more

How an Osteopath Can Help Deal with Body Pain

Osteopathy is a practice of medicine which emphasizes on the body’s muscular-skeletal system i.e. the muscles, joints and bones. The idea is to keep this system at optimal function and eliminate any pain, resulting in minimal wear-and-tear to these parts. The body is typically subjected to various stress factors, which are combated through tissue repair, sleep, proper nutrition and a strong immune system. However, sometimes these stress factors may exceed what the body can defend itself against, resulting in disease/symptoms which need to be treated. How an osteopath works On the first visit to the osteopath at a place like Keilor Health Centre, he/she will attempt to determine the cause behind the symptoms in order to administer treatment that address the underlying cause rather than alleviating symptoms. In so doing, he/she empowers the body to be able to repair itself. Typically an osteopath uses non-painful therapies including massage techniques and joint articulation, mobilization and manipulation where necessary. In addition, they will recommend lifestyle changes including nutrition, activity and exercise to strengthen muscular function. Treatment of damage following occupational stress and injury Osteopaths most commonly treat patients with sciatica and back pain, but osteopathic intervention can be useful for a wide range of symptoms and disease. Some of these include spinal, traumatic and postural conditions which affect the lower and upper extremities as well as the neck. Osteopathic treatment is also useful for muscular-skeletal injury following occupational strain such as sports-related injuries. In such cases, the osteopath pays attention to rehabilitation as well as prevention of injury to facilitate full and quick recovery. Osteopathic intervention for colic Relatively new studies have... read more

4 warning signs that you have an enlarged prostate

As men age, there are many changes in the body that occur. As well as losing muscle definition, putting on weight, and losing tautness in the skin, you may find that your prostate becomes enlarged. This is something that might happen naturally as you age due to a change in your hormones, but it’s a good idea to be aware of the warning signs so that you can have the condition treated sooner rather than later. Most of the warning signs will be detected in urination, and here’s what to look out for: A weak urine stream. When you are absolutely busting to use the bathroom but find that only a small trickle of urine will come out, this could be a sign that your prostate is enlarged. This is because the swelling of the prostate could put pressure on the urethra, which is the tube that urine departs the body from, restricting the flow of urine and causing a weak flow even when you really need to go. Stopping and starting urination. For the same reasons as outlined above, the enlarged prostate putting undue pressure on the urethra, you could end up with a stop and start motion with your urine flow. This is because you will be compensating with the lack of force in the urine stream by tensing your muscles around the bladder and pushing the urine out — but the force cannot be maintained because of the pressured urethra, leading to a stop and start motion. Blood in your urine. If you see blood in your urine, this should be an immediate sign that something... read more

Things To Know About Auditory Processing Disorder

If your child is having trouble focusing in class and making out words that an instructor speaks, you may want to investigate the possibility of auditory processing disorder, also known as APD. This is a disorder in which children (and some adults) find that they can’t process what they are hearing because of a disconnection between their auditory system and their brain. Here are some basic things to know about APD before you speak to your child’s paediatrician about what to do next. It Scrambles the Ability To Understand Sounds — Children with APD don’t have trouble hearing, but what happens is that the way their brains process those words scrambles their meaning. So for example, a teacher may say to a student, “Clean up your desk,” but the child processes those words as “Seen up your whisk,” which makes no sense, but is how the child’s brain processed the original words. So although APD is an auditory disorder, it is not one in which sufferers can’t hear properly. There Are Several Symptoms — Typically, a child with APD will show several signs of the disorder, including the inability to make out sounds when there is background noise, the inability to remember words that were just spoken, the inability to remember or repeat words in sequence, the inability to follow directions and a struggle with reading and spelling. All of these symptoms are associated with the disconnect between the hearing of the words, and the way in which the brain processes those words. Children who have APD often can’t communicate in clear sentences, and their speech may be difficult... read more

Knowing What To Expect At The Diabetic Clinic

When you’re diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you’ll be invited to attend the diabetic clinic at your medical centre a few times a year. Keeping your clinic appointments ensure your diabetes remains well managed, allows early detection of common complications of diabetes and gives you the opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during your clinic appointments: Physical Exam Your diabetic nurse will check and record your height and weight to ensure you’re a healthy size, which can make your diabetes easier to control. They will also check your blood pressure as high or low blood pressure can indicate your medication is not suitable for you or that you’re developing a complication of diabetes such as atherosclerosis, which causes narrowing of your arteries. The nurse will also examine your feet to ensure you’re not showing signs of diabetic neuropathy, which causes you to lose sensation in your feet due to nerve damage and leaves you vulnerable to developing foot ulcers. A basic eye examination can also be carried out at the clinic, but as diabetics are at risk of developing several eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, it’s advisable to have a thorough eye examination carried out by an optometrist at least yearly. Investigations Blood samples will be collected to check the following: Liver Function – Some medications used to treat diabetes can affect your liver. Thyroid Function – An underactive thyroid is a possible complication of diabetes. Creatinine Levels – This test is used to establish how well your kidneys are functioning. Haemoglobin A1c – This test... read more

Specialist physiotherapy for postnatal treatment

Between 9 months of pregnancy with loosening joints, additional weight and strain on the core and the process of giving birth, having children does place a lot of strain on women’s bodies. Here are some ways that specialist physiotherapists can work with women after giving birth to reduce physical discomfort: Nursing position Many women develop shoulder and neck pain from the process of nursing their baby through the early days of frequent feeding. Specialist physiotherapy can help by giving some advice on optimising the current nursing position, helping and suggesting aids such as cushions or pillows and stretching and massaging treatment to relieve discomfort. By advising on nursing position they can also help the mother to heal from cracked nipples and swollen/blocked ducts by helping the baby to feed more effectively. Kegels and strengthening of the pelvic floor The pelvic floor is often quite weak after the additional pressure of the baby, followed by the process of giving birth. If left untreated a weak pelvic floor can lead to bladder leakage during activity such as laughing, coughing or running which can be extremely embarrassing for the new mother. In the worst cases swollen and uncomfortable pelvic area can also limit the ability of the new mother to sit comfortably and rest, which is an important ingredient in healing. The physiotherapist can use a number of techniques including massage, exercises and therapeutic ultrasound to help speed any healing still required (from tearing or stitches) and build muscle tone in the area. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) SPD is a painful condition, resulting in a sharp pain in the front of the... read more

Why Every Patient Suffering From Depression And Anxiety Should Try Pilates

As a patient suffering from depression and anxiety, you may feel like the only option to help comes in a prescription bottle. Though Pilates can’t cure your depression or anxiety, it can be used to reduce the symptoms related to both issues and help you cope with the rough points better. If you have been considering using Pilates as a tool for helping with your depression and anxiety, but aren’t sure if there are any true benefits, consider these four key points. Change of Focus One of the things that can trigger deeper depression and anxiety is stress. If you have no break from the stress, then the issues can mount and become increasingly difficult to deal with. When you practice Pilates yoga, you can change your focus point. You can go into a zone that allows you to focus only on you, your body, your breathing, and your movement. This gives your mind, as well as your body, a break from the ongoing stress and a chance to decompress and step back from your triggers. Regaining Control For some patients suffering with depression and anxiety, the issue that triggers more problems may be a feeling of a loss of control. When you practice Pilates, you are training to be in control of your body. You have to control how you stand, the pose you hold, your muscles, and even your breathing. This can give you a point in your life that you aren’t loosing control over and help you regain that sense of control that you are losing in other parts of your life. As you see your... read more

Yes, You Need Sunscreen During Winter & Here’s Why

Australia is a country of extreme temperatures: the summers are hot and optimal for tanning and the winters will make you want to stay indoors with your cosiest pyjamas and an open fire. This might mean that once the clouds begin to form over Australian skies and the beach days are over that you pack away your sunscreen until summer hits again. However, you need to wear sunscreen throughout the year, and even in the coldest months. Here are some winter facts that you might not be aware of, and might have you slathering on the sunscreen at all times of the year. Winter sun is super strong. You might not be feeling the warmth of the sun when you are wrapped up in a heavy winter coat, but in fact, the sun is lowest in the sky and thus closest to the earth in winter time. This means that those UV rays have to travel a shorter distance to reach you and harm your skin. Cold does not equal safe when it comes to exposure to ultraviolet rays. Winter ozone levels are dangerous. Climate change is singularly the most pressing issue in the world today. As well as causing Antarctica to melt, destroying complete animal species, and causing unprecedented drought and flooding, it also means that UV rays will be making their way to your skin like never before. Carbon emissions are causing the depletion of the ozone layer, which is a protective layer between the earth and the sun that stops those harmful ultraviolet rays from getting through. Now, more UV rays are reaching the earth (and... read more

About Me

I used to be really healthy, until I got glandular fever in my mid twenties. I got really sick and it took me a lot of time, and consultations, with different health professionals to get my issues under control. My local health clinic became my second home as I worked throug my muscle soreness with my physiotherapist, my nutritional issues with my nutrionist and got all of my blood tests and x-rays done as well. Having them all in one place made my recovery much easier. This site is my exploration of health care clinics and how they help all arms of the medical profession work together.