Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mistakes In Choosing Health And Wellness Products Distributors

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h4As of now, being healthy is an essential goal individuals do not compromise. This is why some individuals are making use of health and wellness products from reliable manufacturers. Unfortunately, individuals may encounter numerous issues when looking for health and wellness products distributors. To avoid this, below are some of the most common mistakes individuals make when opting for product distributors.

Non-accredited distributors

One of the main mistakes individuals make when choosing a health and wellness products distributor is opting for non-accredited ones. Of course, health and wellness products can be purchased from numerous distributors from health experts such as nearest chiropractor, kinesiologist, or massage therapist, wellness centers or even from independent health food stores. But, there are cases when these distributors are not accredited by product manufacturers which can be a huge problem since it means that products they sale may be fake.

Opting for distributors with insufficient knowledge about the products

The next mistake some individuals make is opting for distributors with insufficient knowledge about the products. In order to achieve the results you are looking for, it is important to follow the instructions in using products. However, some instructions are quite hard to understand. Therefore, asking the distributor is the easiest way. Sadly, some distributors do not have sufficient knowledge about these products which can surely affect its effectiveness especially for individuals who are purchasing it for the first time. So, make sure that you look for distributors who can assist you in using these products.

Distributors with limited range of products

Another mistake individuals make is opting for distributors who offer limited products. When it comes to health and wellness, there are numerous products individuals can use. However, some individuals do not have access on these products since distributors have limited selection. Therefore, it is imperative to look for distributors who can provide you with the right product you are looking for.

Not providing fresh products

Finally, it is also essential that you avoid distributors who do not offer fresh products. Most products have expiration dates to ensure its effectiveness. But, there are cases when some individuals wish to purchase newly delivered products to ensure its quality. This is why, it is best to look for distributors who work directly with health and wellness products manufacturers to obtain fresh products.

Things Every Woman Needs To Keep In Mind To Lead A Healthy Life

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h3Women these days are so caught up in their life that they hardly get time to keep a check on their health. It has been observed that many women prioritize their family and work over anything else and also tend to ignore their health problems. Some of the health problems might be non-serious at the time of onset and hence are not taken care of. These health problems then continue and aggravate with time to become a serious health issue. So it’s imperative for all women to prioritize their health above anything and should know about latest fitness trends so as to take better care of their families later. Remember, your families need you at all times, so you got to take care of yourself.

Here are some of the everyday health and beauty tips that every women must include in her daily regimen.

1) Morning walk – No matter how late you slept or how difficult for you it is to walk or how cold it is outside, a 30-45 minute activity is very important for all women. Going out in the morning will not only keep you fresh for the rest of your day but it will let you breath in fresh air which is extremely important for your lungs.

2) Stretching – While walking everyday might become a little monotonous and you might be running out of time for the rest of your daily chores, go for rigorous walk for 10 minutes till your body is warmed up and then do some stretching for another 10 minutes. Doing it every day will definitely keep your body in shape.

3) Yoga – And in case the weather outside is just unavoidable then go for some yoga. Yoga is a complete exercise. It calms your mind, relaxes your body without giving you any sort of muscle strain which otherwise exercise would have done.

4) Meditation – With womanhood, comes a lot of stress. Family, work, daily chores and what not. Stress at times takes its toll which may definitely harm your health so calm yourself down with meditation. Meditation relaxes your mind, body and soul. Practice meditation everyday and you will definitely see a change in your stress levels.

5) Lemon Juice – You might have read it almost everywhere that drinking lemon juice first thing in the morning really helps your digestive system. But it actually does. Well there’s a science to it. Our body releases a lot of acids while we are in the sleep because of dinner getting digest and later in the morning our stomach lining is acidic and hence having an alkaline beverage will neutralize the stomach. So every morning make it a habit of drinking lemon juice in lukewarm water.

6) Fruits – Instead of gorging on the sweets after meals or going for refined sugar options with your tea, have fruits. Fruits are natural sugar which are just not packed with lot of nutrition but will also help you curb your sugar cravings. Stay away from refined sugar at all cost by eating lots of fruits

7) Supplements – Your food might not be packed with all the nutrition. It might be deficient of certain essential nutrients which may be very important for our body. Women above 30 years are generally complaining of joint pains which is due to deficiency of calcium and vitamin D. So get your medical checkups regularly and add good quality supplements to your daily routine but only after your physician’s advice.

8) Medical checkups – It is very important for all women to get the important medical tests such as “Pap Smear” for breast cancer, “blood glucose” for diabetes, thyroid levels, calcium and vitamin levels at regular intervals so as to keep a check and prevent any sort of disorder from the very beginning. Also consult your gynaecologist for regular checkups to keep any sort of disease at bay.

By following above all daily health tips, every women can remain healthy and fit in their busy life and they can take care of themselves and their family easily.

Tips for a Successful Recovery After Knee Replacement Surgery

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h2What is Knee Replacement surgery?

In case the knee gets severely damaged due to an injury or disease of the knee joint then performing everyday activities starts to seem like a bother. You also experience pain and other discomforting symptoms in such cases. When the alternate non-surgical methods fail to address the problems effectively then the doctor might suggest a tkr surgery for successful and long-lasting results.

A total knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty) is actually a ‘resurfacing’ procedure rather than a total ‘replacement’ procedure.

There are 4 main steps involves in this procedure:

    1. Preparing the joint bone – This part of the surgery involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone ends from the tibia and the fibula along with a margin of the healthy bone.

 

    1. Implant positioning – The metal implants are then used by fitting them over the prepared bone surfaces of the joint. This can be achieved by either cementing the metal implants in place or using ‘press-fit’ implants.

 

    1. Patellar resurfacing – This step involves cutting and resurfacing the underside of the patella (kneecap) using a plastic button. This is usually not required in all the cases.

 

  1. Inserting ‘Spacer’ – This involves inserting a disc-like plastic implant between the metal components of the patella. This spacer helps to provide the necessary lubrication required for movement in the knee joint.

This is one of the most effective treatment methods for severely damaged knee joints but the after-care and instructions followed in the recovery period can make a significant difference in its success and failure as well.

What are the important tips to be followed for a successful recovery after knee replacement surgery?

The doctor/surgeon will inform you about the possible risks and complications that might be seen in rare cases after a knee surgery although every precautionary measure is taken to ensure that the patient does not face any of the risks associated with major surgical procedures (such as infections, blood clot, hemorrhage, etc) after a knee surgery.

These are the usual instructions that are vital for a successful recovery after knee replacement surgery:

Best Physiotherapy

It is advisable to get treated with the best physiotherapist that can be afforded. An experienced and advanced physiotherapist can help to restore strength and movement in the operated knee joint.

Vital 24 Hours

The first 24 hours after the surgery are most vital and the nurses and physiotherapist will combine their expertise to help you with effective ways of moving about as soon as possible. It is not unusual to see a patient standing on their own just 24 hours after the knee replacement surgery.

Walking Aids

Initially, when you are able to stand and move about following a knee replacement surgery the doctor/physiotherapist will advise using walking sticks (canes) or other similar walking device to help learning to walk with the new knee joint for a few days following surgery.

Temporary braces are also used in hospitals to support the leg in case there was extensive damage to the ligaments supporting the affected knee joint.

Protection at Home

It is vital to note that you need to be well-prepared before departing for your home following a knee replacement surgery. The experts and orthopedic doctors will advise you best on the normal important precautions to be taken at home.

The physiotherapist/occupational therapist will give you important tips on how to navigate the layout of your home while keeping the newly-operated knee as safe as possible. These will include tips on how to effectively perform regular everyday activities without discomfort and too much pain.

Follow-up Appointments

The team of specialists and doctors attending you will be able to keep better track of the success of the operation as well as check for possible complications that might arise after a knee replacement surgery during routine and regular follow-up check-ups at the hospital.

Help at Home

It is advised to find someone who can assist you for several days with certain activities at home. This can be in the form of a family member or a friend who can keep a check on you regularly.

Exercising

The occupational therapist/physiotherapist will advise you on the exercises that you should perform regularly at home after the knee replacement surgery. These are meant to improve the strength and also allow for greater movement in the operated knee joint.

Why & How to Use the New Modifier CR

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h1The new informational modifier could affect payment, too.

To facilitate claims processing for disaster victims, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has create a new modifier CR (Catastrophe/disaster related) that you can use if you ever need to code services for patients affected by catastrophe/disaster. This article will familiarize you with modifier coding guidelines and get you key pointers on when, where and why you should use this disaster modifier.

When to Report Modifier CR

Note that you will not be able to report the modifier for all disaster related services – in fact there are some definite factors that must be met prior to using this modifier. For one, you can use this modifier only in visibly catastrophe/disaster situations.

Section 1135 of the Social Security Act empowers the HHS to modify/waive certain Part B Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid, and HIPAA requirements. The department allows these waivers in order to better track how payers process claims in uncertain circumstances.

Caution: These two events need to take place for the HHS to raise the 1135 waiver and for you to use the newly-introduced modifier.

• First, the president must declare an emergency/disaster under Stafford/National Emergencies act.

• Secondly, HHS secretary must announce a Public Health Emergency under the Public Health Service Act.

Some recent declarations include floods in North Dakota, Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, just to mention a few.

Type of Disaster

The scenarios mentioned above involve weather, however you can use modifier CR for any type of disaster, be it for explosions, mass shooting or anything that would meet the criteria for a waiver under section 1135. As soon as the president and secretary make the waiver official, you should report the disaster modifier along with any services for patients impacted by these catastrophes.

Twin Purpose for the New Modifier

The new informational modifier CR could also affect payment. While CMS uses this modifier to identify claims that are conditioned by a formal Section 1135 waiver, the government uses it to streamline process claims in disaster and catastrophe situations.