Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dog Grooming: The What & Why

 It’s one of the more dreaded tasks for many dog owners—grooming day. You give Spot a nice, cleansing bath, but he runs outside and rolls in the mud no matter the weather.

And before the bath, you took the time to wrestle the beast for a nail trim and perhaps a quick shave to speed up the shedding process.

All of this took a lot of effort and time, and sometimes it’s easy to talk yourself out of grooming day, especially during rainy seasons. But here’s why you shouldn’t, and how to make it easier so you don’t procrastinate so much.

Why Groom Your Dog
There’s actually a lot of benefits to grooming, otherwise known as hair brushing. It’s not just a way to make your pet look better for park day. It’s good for the coat, the skin, and his body.

Brushing your dog frequently is good for his coat. It removes loose, dead hair and spreads out the natural oils in his fur that make both the skin and coat healthy. Loose hairs, when left to their own devices, tend to become matted. This leads to wads of hair that drag down the skin and causes soreness.

Brushing is good for the skin of your dog because it promotes good circulation. It also keeps grease levels down, which otherwise can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts.

Those are some pretty solid reasons to add brushing (also referred to as grooming) to your daily routine!

When to Bathe Your Dog
As the veterinary team at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Clinic will tell you, bathing your dog on a schedule based on his breed type is very beneficial. While bathing once a month is a good rule of thumb for most breeds, some can use a bath more or less often. Why?

For example, breeds with an oily coat like Bassett Hounds need baths more like once a week in order to prevent blocked pores and to reduce smell.

Breeds with water-resistant coats have natural oils which require less frequent bathing to preserve them. These breeds include Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees. And short-haired breeds (Weimaraners and Beagles) perform just fine with less frequent baths.

Baths do your dog good just as brushing does. It keeps excess hair out of the coat, which prevents matting and weighing down the skin. It also keeps their coat and skin free of dirt and parasites. So take stock of your dog’s breed and start a bathing routine to suit him.

Nail Trimming
Nail trimming frequency is based on a few factors. One, you should keep up with the trimming at least once a month if not more often. Dogs who spend a lot of time walking on concrete will need less frequent trims because the hard surface wears down nails.

But if your dog is an indoor pet, trimming the nails every 3 or 4 weeks is the rule of thumb.

One trick to keep your dog calm for this is to trim the nails right after a bath so the nails are softer. Another is to take your time—trim one nail, and if the dog is nervous, let him take a break and come back later in the day for the next nail. Have lots of treats on hand. Also avoid cutting the quick and making the nail bleed, as this experience can increase your dog’s anxiety. Follow the tips in this detailed post for a better nail trimming experience.

How do you give Spot a bath?
As you can see, dog grooming is an important part of a pet’s quality of life. Brush him, bathe him, and trim his nails for a happy pet.

How does your grooming routine go? Do you keep up with daily brushing and monthly baths and nail trims? If not, are you inspired to start now? Leave us a comment about it!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Most Common Pain Seen at a Pain Management Clinic

For chiropractors, pain management goes hand in hand with spinal adjustments. Why?

Every ailment a patient sees a chiropractor for—unexplained back pain, headaches, you name it—gets a holistic, or whole body, evaluation and treatment. And it doesn’t use medication—something more and more patients are looking for. This makes chiropractic a great solution for managing chronic pain.

Speaking of chronic pain, there are three types that pain management specialists see the most, and that chiropractic happens to also address. Let’s look closely at them.

Lower Back Pain
Chronic pain in the lower back usually indicates that the cause of pain is difficult to identify. Remember that chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. Usually lower back pain that isn’t related to something chiropractors like the team at True Wellness Chiropractic in Chattanooga, TN, can diagnose, like sciatica or a herniated disc, that goes on for months without ending, is relegated to “chronic pain.”

Once labeled thus, the pain becomes something that must be managed. Most lower back pain is managed well through spinal adjustments administered by a chiropractor, or managed through a variety of means by a pain management specialist.

A pain management specialist will offer things like medication, physical therapy, even cognitive behavioral therapy, to keep the pain from overwhelming the patient. Lower back pain is a big reason people seek out pain management throughout the year.

Neck Pain
There are many things that cause neck pain. The culprit can be anything from sleeping in the same position all night to an old sports injury. But when it comes to chronic pain, the reason for ongoing neck pain is not necessarily so straightforward.

Mayo Clinic says that neck pain is a common complaint, often originating in poor posture. When you experience neck pain—whether you know the cause or not—for more than 3 months, it is considered chronic. At this point, it is best to have the pain managed by either a chiropractor or a pain management specialist.

Chronic neck pain can be caused by any number of things. It can be the result of nerve interference from a herniated disc in the spine. It can be a strained muscle that didn’t heal properly. It can be as simple as repeated bad posture. The best way to address your neck pain is to see a health professional like we’ve already mentioned.

Knee/Joint Pain
Chiropractic treats the musculoskeletal system. Those suffering with joint pain in the world of chronic pain may in fact find relief with chiropractic.

Joint pain is commonly caused by injury or overuse, but diseases like arthritis are also frequent culprits. When you overextend or receive blunt force to the muscles surrounding a joint, the joint becomes strained, causing pain. If it doesn’t heal properly, this can lead to chronic pain, which is where a pain management team comes in. And if a chiropractor isn’t on this team, you really want to look into getting one, because it’s usually pretty effective in treating joint pain.

Why do you get pain management?
The most common types of pain that a pain management center will see are related to lower back, neck, and knee or joint pain. Chiropractic is a great solution alongside the other treatments offered by a pain management team, so consider adding it in if you don’t already receive chiropractic for chronic pain.

What about you—do you attend a pain management center? If so, is your pain related to the musculoskeletal system? Let us know your experience in the comments, especially if a chiropractor is involved!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Monday, January 25, 2016

What is an Allergist?

An allergist/immunologist is a medical doctor with specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases, asthma and diseases of the immune system.

Most allergies are life-long, so an allergist will generally work with a patient on an ongoing basis to manage his or her condition. If new advances- like new medication, treatments, or testing- offer benefits to a patient, an allergist will likely adjust the patient's treatment.

Extensive education is needed to become an allergist. In addition to completing medical school, an allergist needs:
1. Three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics and pass the exam of either the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).
2. An additional two years of study in an allergy / immunology training program. 

Here is a short informative video from Pediatric Allergist Dr. Yarden Yanishevsky about pediatric allergies.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Gift of Chiropractic

Are you stumped for what to get that person in your life who has everything? This holiday season, allow us to help you find the perfect gift: chiropractic.

If someone on your list might benefit from chiropractic—ie, they have back pain, chronic pain, or anything in between—consider offering to pay for an office visit. This is a great way to surprise those who have never been to a chiropractor before and want to try it out.

But how does one put together such a Christmas present?

Who to Give Chiropractic

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other gifting holiday this month, giving someone the gift of holistic health care is a brilliant idea. Why?

For starters, most people have pain somewhere in their bodies that they’d like to be rid of without medications or surgery. The older we get, the more frequent pain may bother us. And it’s often in the muscles, bones, or nervous system—most Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle that allows important muscles to grow weak, leading to pain when doing something they’re not accustomed to.

This type of pain makes chiropractic the perfect solution. Why? Because chiropractic is known as a musculoskeletal treatment: chiropractors adjust the spine’s vertebrae to bring balance to the body’s muscular and skeletal structures. This in turn relieves muscle tension and allows the body to heal itself more quickly.

So who on your list needs a chiropractic office visit? Those who complain of back pain, those who have old joint injuries that flare up when it’s rainy, those whose necks and shoulders ache when they wake up in the morning. Got somebody in mind? Good. Keep reading.

How to Go About This
Once you’ve determined to help someone feel better through a chiropractic Christmas present, how do you set it up so that they feel comfortable going?

One idea is a “coupon” or personalized gift certificate that you make yourself. In it you can make the offer to pay for an office visit after that person goes to their first appointment. This way you can offer the gift without having to worry about logistics like insurance claims or the price of the visit beforehand. Then your loved one can present you with the coupon for redemption once they’ve made an appointment (many offices are just like a doctor’s office—for payment, you can pay cash for an uninsured visit; the co-pay on an insurance policy; or, if you don’t have a co-pay, have it billed to the insurance company and the balance request mailed to you).

Or, you can add money to the hand-made coupon. You can call and ask the office of a reputable chiropractor (or your own chiropractor) like the Dr. Gil Center in Franklin, TN to tell you the price of an uninsured visit and include that amount as your gift “certificate”. More and more chiropractors are being covered by mainstream health insurance these days, so you could have your loved one check their health insurance policy to see if they give an estimate on chiropractic visits, and include this possibly reduced amount.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to go about presenting (wink, wink) chiropractic at the holidays.

Have you ever given anyone the gift of healthcare?
Honestly, chiropractic isn’t the only type of office visit you could cover in a Christmas present. Massages and acupuncture sessions are also probably most welcome. We all need a little relaxation and release of muscle tension in our lives!

So have you ever given the gift of healthcare? Or chiropractic even? How did your loved one respond, and how did you present it? Let us know in a comment!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Monday, January 4, 2016

What is MRSA?

MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics.

Who can get MRSA?

Anyone can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin. MRSA infection risk can be increased when a person is in certain activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies. This might include athletes, daycare and school students, military personnel in barracks, and people who recently received inpatient medical care.

Studies show that about one in three people carry staph in their nose, usually without any illness. Two in 100 people carry MRSA. There are not data showing the total number of people who get MRSA skin infections in the community.

How to prevent MRSA
There are the personal hygiene steps you can take to reduce your risk of MRSA infection:
  • Maintain good hand and body hygiene. Wash hands often, and clean body regularly, especially after exercise.

  • Keep cuts, scrapes, and wounds clean and covered until healed.

  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and razors.

  • Get care early if you think you might have an infection.

  • What does MRSA look like? Check out these images


    Thursday, December 31, 2015

    Sports Injuries and Chronic Pain

    If you’ve ever been injured playing sports, you were probably coached to do different things to treat it: ice, rest, gradual stretching. But doing those things doesn’t always mean the injury will heal perfectly.

    In fact, many people suffer from chronic pain (pain lasting more than 3 months) as a result of a sports injury that didn’t heal correctly. A sports injury doesn’t have to be the result of a professional fumble—it can be anything from playing around in your backyard, a pickup game with friends, even afterschool practice.

    So if you’ve got an old sports injury bothering you, what can you do about it?

    Seek Out Pain Management
    The most important thing is that you don’t let chronic pain take over your life. The ACA says that 30% to 80% of people with chronic pain also end up with depression. And it makes sense—if you must live everyday with some sort of pain constantly bothering you, it’s going to wear you out and make life less than what it used to be.

    So if you’ve got an old sports injury—say a joint like a knee or ankle that you once sprained and it didn’t heal properly—and it still bothers you on a daily basis, it doesn’t have to. If you seek out a pain management center like Spine Joint & Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Nashville, TN, you will find assistance for this pain through a variety of treatment options.

    Types of Treatments
    Speaking of treatment options, just what is available to you if you need help with pain from an old injury? You might be surprised to learn that pain management in Nashville, TN doesn’t offer just one type of treatment.

    Medication: For example, if you have constant pain that you find goes away when you take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, then you know that medication is one way to treat the pain. A Nashville, TN pain management specialist would be able to prescribe other (possibly stronger, like opiate-based) medications, but only if you absolutely need it.

    Bracing: You’ve probably already run into this option when you first got injured, especially if it was a joint injury. Applying braces (you know, like the typically black or beige cuffs strapped to a knee) reinforces the joint so that your injured tissue isn’t doing all the work. Bracing assists your painful ligaments and tendons so that they’re not doing all the work—and sending fewer pain signals to the nervous system as a result.

    Physical therapy: Another one you might have encountered when you were first recovering from a sports injury is physical therapy. This low-impact, drug-free therapy is good for any neuromuscular injury because it stretches and strengthens injured (and thus tense) muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Even if it’s been years since your injury, if you’re still experiencing pain, physical therapy can trigger weak muscles to pick up more slack, thereby taking pressure off your injury and reducing pain.

    There are other options for Nashville, TN pain management that we won’t go into today—biofeedback for one, natural therapies like yoga and tai chi for another. But suffice it to say that old sports injuries don’t have to rule your life. That’s good news, isn’t it?

    Have you ever received pain management for a sports injury?
    If an old sports injury is still getting you down, take charge over your quality of life and seek out a Nashville, TN pain management center. You’ll be so glad you did—you’ll lower your risk for depression and find strategies for managing pain that you’d never think of on your own!

    Have you ever been to a pain management center in Nashville, TN because of a painful old sports injury? We want to hear about it, so leave a comment now!

    This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

    Friday, December 11, 2015

    How to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution in 2016

      It’s inevitable: the first week of 2016, gyms across the nation will be full. You won’t be able to find a free treadmill or exercise bike no matter how long you wait.

    A month later, those same workout rooms will feel like a ghost town.

    Even though people tend to lose focus on their New Year’s resolutions as Valentine’s Day looms, you don’t have to be one of them. The answer? Weight loss centers!

    Making the Right Resolution
    People love to make fitness resolutions right at the New Year—holiday feasting is over and you feel the need to turn over a new leaf. But if you’re not careful, you can make a fair weather resolution that doesn’t stick. Especially if you don’t have a support system in place to keep you motivated.

    So instead, make the right kind of New Year’s resolution by knowing a few strategies. Here’s a list of tactics to avoid early workout…burnout:
    ·        Only take on one new habit at a time. They say that it takes a month to learn a new habit. Since New Year’s resolutions are, in essence, new (good) habits you want to form, taking on too many at once will overwhelm you so that you give up on all of them. So back off on your list a little by only adding one habit at a time (like one per month).
    ·        Talk about it. Simply telling another person about your experience can fuel you to do it again, especially if they are holding you accountable. But we’ll talk about that in a minute.
    ·        Give yourself some slack. If you’re a high achiever, you likely experience inner criticism on a daily basis. But try to turn off the voice when it comes to working out (another resolution!). Beating yourself up will only whip you into a cycle that ultimately leads to quitting.
    There are a lot more ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions, but employing these tips will at least get you on the right track.

    Why a Weight Loss Center
    Speaking of telling someone your weight loss struggles, having a weight loss center on your side when it comes to a fitness New Year’s resolution is key. Why? It’s all about a support system.

    For example, the team at True Weightloss Solutions in Chattanooga, TN, is more than just a place to become educated about weight loss strategies. At this center and more like it, you can sign up for a team of professionals who become your support system. They guide you in a diet suited to your metabolism and target it to your problem areas, they provide fat-burning exercise routines, and hold you accountable for all of it.

    They even use new technology that sends messages to different parts of the body through something called galvanic skin response. The physiochemical response that this technology—called resonant frequency—sends back tells doctors weaknesses in organs as well as hormone imbalances that are making it difficult for you to lose weight.

    So if you’re making a weight loss resolution this year, one of the best ways to make it stick is to hire a team to help you make it happen. It’ll be really hard to fall off the wagon with doctors cheering you on.

    Have you ever kept a new year’s resolution for the whole year?
    Even though many of us struggle to keep our New Year’s resolutions, there are ways to make even weight loss goals stick. Look into a weight loss center in your area now so you’re ready when the new year hits.

    Have you ever turned a New Year’s resolution into a permanent habit? If so, how’d you do it? Leave us a comment because we wanna know!

    This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Football and Chiropractic: An Unlikely Pair

    Did you know that there’s a chiropractor assigned to every team in the NFL? That your favorite quarterback probably doesn’t go onto the field on game day without getting an adjustment?

    Although most people don’t realize it, chiropractic has become an integral part of not only America’s favorite pastime, but pretty much every major league sport—basketball, baseball, golf, you name it.

    Chiropractic works both for prevention and recovery of sports injuries. Let’s look at how your favorite athletes might get treated for an injury on the field, court, or course.

    Most Common Sports Injuries
    The reason chiropractors are so handy for sports injuries is because the most common injuries are to the musculoskeletal system, which is what chiropractic treats. The American Academy of Chiropractic (ACA) defines the categories for these injuries as:
    ·        Sprains and strains
    o   Sprain: muscle or tendon tears from overextension of a joint
    o   Strain: tears of ligaments
    ·        Tendinitis/Tendinosis
    o   Tendinitis: tendon inflamed from overuse
    o   Tendinosis: pain in a joint from repetitive motion
    ·        Stress fractures: occurs when an abnormal amount of stress is placed on a bone
    ·        Shin splints: micro fractures in the shin bones due to overuse
    As you can see, many of these injuries are simply from overuse or repetitive motion. Chiropractic can prevent such injuries by helping athletes maintain proper body mechanics while practicing.

    Spinal Adjustments and Sports Injuries
    The reason basic chiropractic treatment—a spinal adjustment—works for sports injuries is the same reason it works for any pain in the muscles and bones. Spinal manipulation releases pressure in the spine joints (vertebrae), relieving tension throughout the body. Manipulation of the back also aligns muscles so that the entire body can move in the way it was created to. This alignment of the spine and its muscles releases tension and allows the body to heal itself faster.

    But it doesn’t just treat sports injuries—it prevents them. Dr. Taylor of True Wellness Chiropractic reminds us that tons of professional athletes have used chiropractic. For example, basketball great Michael Jordan says, “I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

    Tiger Woods even has something to say: “I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” If the pros can use chiropractic as a preventive measure, so can you!

    Spinal Mobilization and Therapeutic Treatments
    Spinal manipulation isn’t the only treatment available via chiropractic. When patients require a more gentle approach—say an injury is close to the spine, for example—a chiropractor may recommend slow stretching to get the same results. Spinal mobilization means instead of pushing vertebrae back into place, a chiropractor will apply slow stretches and gentle pressure to achieve the same results.

    After a chiropractic treatment of a sports injury—whether manipulation or mobilization—a chiropractor will treat the injury with ice, heat (via therapeutic ultra sound), or electric stimulation. Any of these three options will reduce pain and swelling to an injury, further speeding heal time.

    Have you ever received chiropractic for a sports injury?
    Now that you know the benefits of chiropractic to sports injuries, you can see why so many sports teams like to have it available. And lucky for you, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get chiropractic treatment for an injury you sustain while exercising or playing sports yourself.

    And speaking of getting injured yourself, have you ever sought chiropractic treatment for a sports-related injury? Tell us your journey to recovery in the comments below! 

    This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Upcharge for appointments after 5pm

    Recently, I had the occasion to be in a pediatrician's office. The waiting room was kid friendly with a TV playing children's programs, small tables and chairs, and fun pictures on the wall. The one thing that caught my attention though was the sign at the check in desk notifying patients that if they book an appointment after 5pm that there will be an additional $25 charge that may not be covered by their insurance.

    I was shocked to see this penalty. (They are only open until 6pm)

    It just doesn't seem right. Consider this. It would take a mom/dad working in a minimum wage job over 3 hours to pay for that later appointment. It doesn't seem fair.

    What are your thoughts?
    Have you encountered an upcharge at a healthcare providers office?
    Do you think it's fair?

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    What a Pet Checkup Is All About

    If you’ve never taken Spot for his annual veterinary checkup, you’re probably wondering what to expect. And even if you do take him in once a year, do you really remember what goes on?

    Knowing what your vet and their assistants will do for your dog—or cat, or rabbit, or whatever animal you love—keeps you calm in the waiting room, among other things. You need to keep up the annual pet checkups, and not just for Spot’s sake.

    Why go every year?
    For some of us, the idea of seeing a doctor every year is second nature, which transfers to our pets; you don’t question it, you just go. But for others, the hassle of making appointments is too easy to procrastinate on so we push them back indefinitely—for ourselves and our pets.

    But if you’re going to neglect your own health, don’t do that to your pet. Why should you take Spot in every year?
    ·        Animals age faster than humans—checkups keep them around as long as possible
    ·        Keeps animals healthy—some maladies aren’t symptomatic, so you’d never know without a checkup
    ·        Prevents serious diseases—shots expire after about a year for dogs and cats
    ·        Reduces the impact of serious diseases—if a serious disease is detected at a checkup, medication can be administered
    ·        Keeps humans safe—some diseases can be transferred to humans, so preventing is key
    ·        Updates shots—shots prevent serious diseases
    ·        Ensures dental health—healthy teeth mean a longer life
    Check out this annual vet visit checklist for dogs. Even if you don’t have a dog, the experience is similar across the board—checking for diseases, getting shot updates, making sure the owner is taking proper care. As you can see, an annual checkup is a lot more than an inconvenience to you!

    In the Exam Room
    You’ve been convinced that a checkup for your pet is good, so you make an appointment. But what will happen while you’re there? It’s good to practice a little waiting room etiquette, for starters. Make sure you have a leash for mobile pets (think: dogs and cats) and treats or toys for frisky pets to distract them. Keep a tight hold on the leash to prevent your animal interacting with other waiting pets.

    Once you get called back, you’ll be ushered into a room with a stainless steel tables. Once you’re in the back, a veterinary assistant (the pet version of a nurse) will take vitals like temperature and weight, as well as ask you questions about your concerns. Have a list with your questions handy—you only get a shot at this once a year! The vet will come in later and check major things like ears, skin, and teeth, followed by shots. This is a great time to ask the vet your questions.
    Let’s Play 20 Questions
    Since you only do this once a year, you need to make the most of your visit by getting all your questions answered. Make a list: has your pet acted strange at all since your last visit? Tell the vet, even if the behavior has ceased. Is your your pet too heavy? Are you giving them the right food? While you may not ask 20 questions, you can at least start with the ten in this PetMD post—including if your pet needs a dental cleaning and if they’re up to date on shots. You can even ask the vet if your pet needs a rectal exam to screen for cancer. Vets like the ones at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Center will encourage you to ask as many questions as you can. Again, you might as get your moneys worth!

    How was your last pet checkup?
    You may be an old pro at veterinary well visits, but if you’re not, knowing their value and what to expect are key for keeping your pet around as long as possible. Next time you get a reminder postcard in the mail, don’t toss it out—make the appointment right away.

    How was your pet checkup last year? Did you learn anything new about your pet or the checkup process? We want to know about your experience; we all learn from each other. Just leave us a comment!

    This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.