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5 Tips to Manage Stress in the Workplace

Monday, 18 November 2013 08:05
As the holiday season moves swiftly towards us, a balance in life can become more difficult to manage. Though the season is cheery and full of celebration and memories, it can also become overwhelmingly busy in many aspects. Not entirely limited to the holiday season, workplace and job stress is one of the biggest problems in a person’s day-to-day life.  Having some stress in your life is normal; however, excessive stress affects productivity, physical health, and mental health. Stress itself (along with other emotions) is contagious; it affects your success and your interactions with others around you. Thus, stress can… Read more...
More than ninety percent of children*, will trick-or-treat this Halloween and return home with bags full of sugary candy that could end in rotten results. Cavities take six to twelve months to get to the state of detection, but "right around Halloween, we do see more fillings coming out and crowns coming off due to consumption of sticky foods and candies," Thomas Lambert, DDS of Grand Rapids said.  Not only is too much sugar unhealthy for your child, but it’s bad for his or her smile. Don’t scream, though: read these tips from Dr. Lambert and enjoy Halloween—without the negatives. Halloween Candy… Read more...

It’s a Balancing Act

Monday, 28 October 2013 03:25
Seeing our loved ones age can be a difficult process. We want what’s best for our parents and grandparents, and as their health changes it’s not uncommon to worry about their safety. A serious side effect that we, as physical therapists, often see with aging is the increased risk of falling and loss of balance. If a loved one takes just one fall, we are always left to worry that it may happen again. Falls could lead to serious injury, and could cause some people to feel unsafe in their own homes. Balance issues can be a result of many… Read more...
Whether you want to look good or feel good, it all begins and ends with one thing—a smile. An attractive smile makes a lasting first impression, gives you confidence, makes you generally happier, and is good for your overall emotional and physical health. And the only way to get that smile you’ve always wanted is through the incredible work of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry has made leaps and bounds when it comes to fixing and enhancing smiles. From tooth-colored fillings to whitening, veneers, orthodontics, and implants, the products and procedures that make up cosmetic dentistry could help you achieve a… Read more...
We often get patients in the clinic who explain their back pain, along with a lengthy description of the different treatments, surgeries, and medications they’ve encountered along the way. “Nothing worked. I’m hoping you can help me,” they say. Physical therapy is a safe alternative to surgery and medication, and it can help you live pain-free: Our goal is not just to mask the pain, but to find the cause and treat it. "But I’ve Tried Physical Therapy Before." Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ve tried physical therapy and it didn’t work for me.”? One thing to realize is… Read more...
One of the most common questions we get is whether to use heat or ice for an injury. Both are beneficial when used properly, but the best option depends on what type of injury you’ve incurred. When to use ice Ice is the best option for an injury that is less than twenty-four hours old. Ice causes the blood vessels to narrow, which reduces inflammation. Cold packs are commonly used to reduce pain with sprains and bruises. To avoid frostbite, place a towel between your injury and the cold pack, in twenty minute intervals. More cold time does not equal… Read more...

Orgasmically Challenged???

Monday, 15 July 2013 05:31
If you’re a woman who has noticed persistent, recurrent problems with sexual response or desire that distresses you or strains your relationship with your partner, you are suffering from female sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction includes desire, arousal, orgasmic, and sexual pain disorders. Forty-three percent of women (versus thirty-one percent of men) are effected by sexual dysfunction. Fortunately, most cases of female sexual dysfunction are treatable, so it is important to share your concerns with your partner and your health care provider.  Source: Grand Rapids OB/GYN Read more...
With temperatures soaring this summer, it's common for people to be concerned about the dangers of heat exhaustion and dehydration. But another killer lurks in the sun’s rays, in the form of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.   Everyone is exposed to naturally occurring solar UV radiation. However, with the increasing trends of sunbathing and tanning beds among young adults and women, a tanned appearance has become a misguided sign of a good look and good health. Additionally, studies have shown that many adults and adolescents in the U.S. do not regularly protect themselves when outdoors on sunny days.   July is UV… Read more...
Although you can’t always avoid every hot flash or night sweat, you can help reduce their severity and their frequency by knowing the five most common triggers: Hormone changes, especially low or dropping estrogen. Alcohol. Sugar (from treats like ice cream, cookies, or sugar-laced tea) before bed. Stressful thoughts or worries about tasks not completed. Caffeine, especially without adequate water for several days. Learn more about midlife health and menopause at spectrumhealthblog.org/menopause. Dr. Diana Bitner blogs weekly about symptoms, treatments, and her own life stories about perimenopause. Written by: Diana Bitner, MD, Menopause Specialist, Spectrum Health Medical Group Photo: stock.xchng Read more...
It’s no wonder nearly one in ten Americans suffers from depression. “Top risk factors include being unable to work or being unemployed, having no health insurance, and suffering from obesity,” notes psychologist Gregory L. Jantz, citing a Centers for Disease Control study. “Unfortunately, those topics have dominated headlines for the past five years. What’s worse, by 2020, the World Health Organization estimates depression will be second most debilitating disease worldwide.”  The author of Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear says these negative emotions, along with sustained, excessive stress, can lead to depression, which now overshadows other problems for which patients seek help at his… Read more...