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What Yoga Can Do for You: How and Why to Practice Today

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Yoga is designed for people of any age at any level of ability.

Yoga is designed for people of any age at any level of ability.

Before written history was made, people were practicing yoga. It is a physical and mental exercise that connects the mind and body. Yoga emphasizes the connection between exercise, breathing, and meditation. With countless books, videos, and instructors teaching yoga, it is easy to find a type that works for you. LA Medical encourages you to incorporate exercise into your everyday life. Whether you like biking, running, or weight lifting, physical activity is important to maintain a strong and healthy body. LA Medical has medical and safety supplies to help you or a loved one perform daily activities.

Common types of yoga:

Hatha Yoga – The word “hatha” means willful or forceful. It combines movement, posture, and breathing and aims to align the muscles, bones, and skin. It is a combination of postures that are designed to open the body and allow energy to freely flow. It is a very common type of yoga and can be found for people with different levels of experience.

Raja Yoga – It emphasizes the importance of meditation and self-realization. Raja yoga is sometimes referred to as “Yoga of the Mind” because it focuses on the awareness of the mind. It incorporates exercise and meditation and aims for creating a well-rounded person.

Jnana Yoga –It focuses on a path of intellect through the scripture and text of the yoga tradition and is appealing to those who are dedicated to studying and have a deeper intellect. It is known as the most difficult type of yoga.

There are many other types of yoga that offer different emphasis and challenge a person in unique ways. Whether a body is 20 or 60 years old, it can reap the many health benefits yoga has to offer.

Stress & Sleep – Many sleep issues are directly related to anxiety. Many people have trouble falling asleep because their mind can’t slow down and they have trouble relaxing. Yoga helps to slow the mind and body and focus on the here and now.

Mindfulness – Being mindful will help a person understand why they do what they do. Many people eat based on positive or negative emotions. By being aware of the connection between mind and body, you will be more mindful when eating and not let emotions control your behavior. When cravings strike, you will have increased awareness and be able to fight impulses. This can lead to healthier eating decisions and increase the overall health of a person.

Immunity – A study done in Norwegian found that yoga boosts immunity at a cellular level. Because yoga increases health and circulation, the immunity of an individual increases and helps to fight illnesses.

These are just a few benefits that are gained through yoga. Every person experiences it in a different way and will find which type works best for them. LA Medical values your health and we hope you take steps to improve it.  Through diet and exercise you are sure to look and feel your best. Don’t hesitate to contact LA Medical any questions or concerns!

Parenting from a Wheelchair: 4 Obstacles to Overcome

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Use tips here to make parenting from a wheelchair easier.

If you are a parent who also uses a wheelchair, these tips may assist you in daily life.

It is no secret that parenting comes with daily challenges. From juggling schedules to cooking meals, children require an abundance of time and attention. While parenting is not an easy job, it can be very rewarding. Raising children provides an opportunity for parents to teach their child valuable lessons and help them achieve their goals. Families grow together and make memories to last a lifetime. While every family has unique dynamics and challenges, those of a parent confined to a wheelchair can be especially difficult. LA Medical has manual and powered wheelchairs for anyone in need. Here we would like to provide helpful tips for parents who use wheelchairs. LA Medical hopes you find this helpful and encourages you to share it with parents and wheelchair users you know.

Sleeping Schedule

All parents, wheelchair users or not, must adjust to a new sleeping schedule. With a demanding infant who needs frequent feeding and changing, it is helpful to develop a consistent sleeping schedule. One idea is to do one night on, one night off with your partner and alternate nights of getting thorough sleep. Another is a creating a shift schedule so one partner is always awake with the child while the other one sleeps and rotate throughout the night. Find what works for you to obtain the best rest possible.

Diaper Changes

When changing the diaper of a baby, find a surface that is at the height you sit in the wheelchair. This may be a dining room table, coffee table, or kitchen counter. Wherever it is easiest, set up camp with all diaper supplies and a changing mat to make it as accommodating as possible.

Cribs Accommodations

Find a crib that has a side that lowers to easily get the infant in and out of the crib. It may be difficult to reach up and over, but with a side that slides down, it will be safer and simpler to get the baby in and out.

Carrying

As a wheelchair user, you may already know the advantages of having a permanent lap. This can make carrying a baby especially easy as they can ride around on your lap wherever you go. A baby sling can support the infant until they are able to support their own head. As the child ages, a baby carrier can attach to the parent’s chest and allow the baby’s feet to hang forward with them resting on your lap.

Whether you use a wheelchair, or know someone who does, we hope you find these ideas helpful. Parenting from a wheelchair comes with challenges that are always changing and adapting to a child’s age and needs. LA Medical has mobility aids for those in need. Check out the many options and don’t hesitate to order yours today!

4 Helpful Accessories to Ease Life with a Mobility Aid

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Experience a more convenient daily life with accessories for any mobility aid.

Experience a more convenient daily life with accessories for any mobility aid.

Living with a wheelchair, scooter, walker, or cane requires extra consideration in everyday life. Simply activities like going on a walk, using the restroom, and cooking a meal can become significantly more difficult. Whether a person lives alone, with a family member or caregiver, one of the best ways to keep them as safe as possible and accommodate for their needs, is with products from LA Medical. We are happy to help anyone in need and are confident you will find useful accessories with LA Medical.

Oxygen Cylinder Caddy – For a wheelchair patient who uses an oxygen concentrator, they will be able to attach the cylinder to the chair with the oxygen cylinder caddy and get from one place to the next easier. Experience more freedom and enjoy the great outdoors!

Universal Cup Holder – Are you planning a trip to the park or a day at the beach? With a cup holder that easily attaches to any wheelchair, rollator, or wheeled walker, you will always have a drink close by.

Wheelchair Tray – Eating, reading, and card games can all be done easier with a wheelchair tray. Take the wheelchair to family gatherings or social events and don’t worry about fitting under a table or finding an accessible flat surface.

Chart Carry Pocket – Whether you need to carry medications, a computer, or snacks, they can be transported in this bag that attaches to the back of any wheelchair.

Bathroom safety is an important consideration to make in the home of any elder or mobility aid user. They may experience more difficulty getting in and out of a tub, standing in a shower, or using the toilet. It is imperative that every room of the house is provided with safety supplies to make it accommodating. Common bathroom safety items are: a folding seat commode, tub rail, bath seat, and a transfer bench. These and many more can provide a person with confidence when living independently.

LA Medical hopes to ease the worries you may have during day to day activities or knowing your loved one is living alone or with little assistance. If you see a need for any of these products, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and order yours today.

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Signs, Risks, and Treatments

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Gain a better understanding of prostate cancer this month.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. It begins in the prostate gland where abnormal cells develop and, if not detected early, can spread to other organs. Prostate cancer that is found in the early stages may require little to no treatment, however, some types of prostate cancer are aggressive and spread quickly to other organs which will require more intensive treatment. During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, LA Medical would like to provide you with symptoms, risk factors, and common treatments. We have many options of incontinence for anyone in need.

Signs & Symptoms

The best way to detect prostate cancer early and prevent the spreading of it is to be aware of signs and symptoms. Common symptoms include: trouble urinating, decreased force in urine, blood in urine or semen, pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs, bone pain, erectile dysfunction.  Contact your doctor if you experience any of these or want to learn more.

Risk Factors

Certain genetics and lifestyles may increase the chances of prostate cancer developing. Men after the age of 65 are at greater risk and should be extra cautious of any warning signs that appear. African American men have an increased chance of developing advanced and aggressive prostate cancer. Family history of breast or prostate cancer in a family increases the chances of it. Obesity makes treatment more difficult and can affect how aggressive the cancer is.

Treatments

The severity of treatment depends greatly on how advanced the cancer is. Radiation may be used outside or inside the body to kill cancer cells. Medication can be taken to stop the production of testosterone or block the cancer from spreading. Surgical removal of the testicles may be performed to reduce the level of testosterone in the body as well. If the cancer has spread and a patient is not responsive to medications, chemotherapy may be used. It can be administered through a vein or in pill form. There are other treatment forms and all are specific to the patient’s needs.

LA Medical encourages you to watch for the warning signs of prostate cancer to detect it as early as possible. Visit your doctor if you have any further questions or concerns and contact LA Medical for health and safety supplies!

Celiac Disease- Why and How to Go Gluten Free

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Before beginning a gluten free diet, ensure you are aware of where it is located and how to stay healthy without.

Before beginning a gluten free diet, ensure you are aware of where it is located and how to stay healthy without it.

People begin a gluten free diet for different reasons, the most common reason being treatment of celiac disease. Gluten causes damage to the small intestine for someone with celiac disease and is best to be avoided to prevent nutrient deficiency and other medical issues. Within two weeks of starting a gluten free diet, people with celiac disease often find their symptoms have improved. Whether someone adapts a gluten free diet for medical reasons or as a trendy diet, it is important to be aware of its purpose, where gluten it is found, and how to maintain a balanced diet without it. LA Medical believes a large part of living a healthy lifestyle is eating a diet full or nutrients and vitamins. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today! We hope you make positive health choices and changes as needed!

What is gluten?

It is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. It helps food keep its shape and acts like a glue to hold substances together.

Where is gluten found?

Gluten is commonly found in pasta, cereal, bread, pastries, candies, crackers, cookies, salad dressings, sauces, and more foods. There are gluten free products in specialty stores and online. However, be careful of cross contamination that may occur in restaurants and factories. Just because something says gluten free, doesn’t mean it is completely free of any traces of it. Ensure the food is gluten free certified and safe for consumption.

Alternatives to gluten:

Because many foods are cut out of a gluten free diet, it is important to ensure you are still getting enough nutrients and vitamins. Foods that are allowed and encouraged are: beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and most dairy products. Foods from corn, flax, soy, potato, rice, and other gluten free flours can be used and often substituted for other flours.

It is important to be aware of the benefits and risks of any lifestyle or diet change. If you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with celiac disease, share this blog and help them make a smooth adjustment. LA Medical encourages you to live a healthy and positive life. With exercise, a healthy diet, and sleep, you are sure to function and feel your best.  Please don’t hesitate to give LA Medical a call today!

7 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Keep your mind and body healthy and working their best day in and day out!

Keep your mind healthy and working its best day in and day out!

It weighs approximately 3 pounds, is 85% water, and never shuts off. The brain is a fascinating organ that has been studied for years and never fully understood. Smarter than any computer or phone, our brains are capable of more than we can grasp.  Brain cells require 2 times more energy than any other cell in the human body, and they get this energy most effectively through water. While there will always be mysteries about the human body, scientists have uncovered an abundance of ways to boost your brain power that can be done daily. LA Medical would like to provide you with 7 activities that can be done every day to keep your mind sharp and functioning at its best.

  1. The brain and its countless functions depend on having an abundance of water available to work there best. Stay hydrated and your brain will be sure to stay sharp and thank you!
  2. Exercise benefits both the body and the brain. Physical activity increases oxygen and helps prevent memory loss. Find an activity you enjoy either outdoors or at the gym and do it regularly.
  3. Sleep is crucial for the brain to slow down, process information, and maintain its creativity and critical thinking. When the body is sleep deprived, many functions compromise and are unable to perform their best. Sleep assists in memory consolidation and allows the brain to enhance its memory during the deepest stages of sleep.
  4. Laughter is good for the brain because it engages many different regions. Spend time with happy and positive people and your brain will thank you.
  5. Avoid high stress, because it can kill brain cells and destroy the hippocampus over time, which is responsible for making new memories and remembering old ones. Find a stress management activity you enjoy to keep it under control and your brain working well.
  6. Eat for your brain and body to function and look their best. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to be beneficial for brain health. They are found in fish, walnuts, spinach, broccoli, soybeans, kidney beans, and others. Green tea, fruits and vegetable are all high in antioxidants that protect free radicals from damaging the brain.
  7. Keep your memory in check with new and frequent activities. Crossword puzzles, musical instruments, juggling, ping pong, or anything requiring the body and brain to work together, are great brain activities.

LA Medical values your health and we encourage you to take these steps to boost your brain power. LA medical has an abundance of health and safety products including: bathroom safety supplies, mobility aids, person care items and more! Contact LA Medical and place your order today.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!