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Who Needs Physical Therapy

Who Needs PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Pain-free movement is crucial to your ability to earn a living, your independence, and your quality of life. Constantly taking medication doesn’t always solve the problem. Sometimes, the answer is movement.

Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems.

Who can benefit from the help of a Physical Therapist?

*A senior who has difficulty walking or reaching for something due to pain, loss of range of motion, or decreased strength can greatly benefit from physical therapy.

*It’s a runner’s worst fear: you’re running when it suddenly feels as if something jumped up and bit you in the calf. You tore a muscle. Some pains get solved with rest but other types need an expert, such as a physical therapist, to find the true problem and treat it wisely.

*Pregnancy-related incontinence occurs due to weak pelvic floor muscles. PT helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by:

  • Teaching you how to exercise your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
  • Advise on your lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, and fluid intake, which will help you manage the problem.
  • Monitor your progress and modify the exercises accordingly.

* Some diseases can create physical barriers or movement issues. Disease specific healing has been greatly improved by Physical Therapists who understand the limitations and the possibilities of these illnesses.

Some of the conditions helped by PT treatments are:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Sprains
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Post-stroke healing
  • Cancer recovery
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral Palsy

Physical Therapy does more than just improve mobility; it helps with reducing the intake of pain medications. When taken on a long-term basis, these over the counter or prescription medicines can damage kidneys and other organs.

Always discuss your condition with your physician. Plan out your goal and treatment options to see if a Physical Therapist can help you achieve a pain-free independent life.

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Keeping Good Care of Your Filters

Keeping Good Care of Your Filters

There’s one organ, well two, that have an extremely important filtering function in your body. Kidneys – those bean-shaped organs located in the back of the abdomen. They have several filtering functions that keep your body in good shape.

Kidneys main function is to filter blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. They also remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which is passed out as a waste product from the body.

Just like your heart or any other organ, kidneys also need to very good care. What can you do to achieve that???

Hydrate– Consuming 8 glasses of water/fluid on an average helps with maintaining good kidney function.

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea, and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease.  It’s important to keep in mind that the right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. In addition, people who have already had a kidney stone are advised to drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily to lessen the risk of forming a new stone.

Keep fit & activeA healthy lifestyle is the key to good health.

Optimum workout and nutritious food helps you lower the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. If you’ve been sedentary, or haven’t exactly been eating right, it’s OK. You can start to make those changes now. Start slow and build and you’ll not only help your kidneys but your overall health.

Do not SMOKE- Smoking reduces blood flow to kidneys and impairs kidney function.

Smoking also increases the incidence of kidney cancer. It causes issues with blood and proper filter functions.

Reduce the intake of over-the counter medications – Common drugs such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly.

Work along with your physician to deal with chronic pain conditions that create the need for these drugs. Also discuss if you have any pre-existing risk factors. If you have no pre-existing conditions, occasional use of these drugs might not pose a significant danger.

Certain physical conditions can also cause problems for your kidneys. It is a lesser known fact that high blood pressure is the most common cause of kidney damage. When paired with a heart condition, high cholesterol, or diabetes, your kidneys are under increased stress and need extra care. Work with your doctor to make sure your illness and medications aren’t having a detrimental effect on your kidneys.

Disease specific care calls for regular monitoring of your Kidney function when you have some of the pre-determined conditions:

  • you have diabetes
  • you have hypertension
  • you are obese
  • one of your parents or other family members suffers from kidney disease

Don’t let your body’s best filter get clogged. Keep your kidney’s running smoothly and your whole body will feel better.

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Colon Cancer

Live Your Best Life… It’s a choice you can make today!!!!

Good day Abu Dhabi!!!

March is many things, International Women’s History Month, Nutrition Month, and it’s also “Colon Cancer Awareness” month. Colon Cancer is a painful killer, and has the highest occurrence in men when compared to women.

As the age old saying goes…..

Prevention is better than cure

 Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, provided it’s detected early.

 Let us get some insights into Colon Cancer and its prevention.

The COLON, also known as your Large Intestine, is the final section of your digestive system. The food is broken down in the stomach and the nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and are then passed onto the large intestine. Here the water and minerals are absorbed and waste is formed, which is passed out of the body through the rectum and then anus.

Colon Cancer almost always forms from polyps or growths on the colon lining. On occasion the cancer is from abnormal cells in the colon (these are usually found in people with disease of the  bowel).

With screening, these polyps can be detected before they turn into cancer and can be removed, hence preventing Colon Cancer.

The major risk factors known to cause colon cancer are:

  • Family history of Colon Cancer
  • Age/Gender (most common in older men)
  • Inflammatory Bowel disease
  • High fat diets (Red meats, processed food)
  • Low fibre diets
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Smoking

Now that we know the risk factors, it also helps to understand the SYMPTOMS that could prompt suspicion (remember, symptoms do not always follow a pattern and vary from person to person).

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • Frequent gas pains, bloating, fullness, or cramps
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Persistent tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia of unknown origin

You want to protect your loved ones. With a few lifestyle modifications, getting timely screenings and early detection, you can continue to live your very best life ever.

Click here for more info about screening and early detection

Schedule your free consultation today and let our highly skilled professionals guide you on the right path to good health and long, happy life.

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International Womans Day

#BeBoldForChange

While another wonderful year is blooming in full speed, let us take a quick breather to acknowledge all the wonderful women and men who have worked towards empowering women.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It has been celebrated since early 1900’s and has been growing strength to strength every year.

Women everywhere are on the front line for instilling change through their roles as key influencers in their children’s lives, helping to shape the future of both communities and countries as a whole.

Few of the basic needs every woman deserves:

  • Education
  • Good Health
  • Economic independence

International Women’s Day can be dedicated to give thanks to those who have helped and inspired women personally and professionally to get where they are, and to remember the trailblazers who have broken barriers and paved the roads for them.

We at Florida Home Care are so proud of all the women on our team and their never ending desire to grow and make a difference in their communities.

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