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Housewives and Joint Pain: Causes and Solutions

Housewives and Joint Pain: Causes and Solutions

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Housewives have to carry out a lot of domestic chores. They may or may not get help but in general their routine and lifestyle poses several threats to their joints. Be it something related to the wrong methods of doing the chores or the sedentary lifestyle, their quotidian is not much joint friendly.
Let us have a look at certain of its causes

1. Excessive kneeling
Many housewives suffer from knee pain. In reality, they are the victims of inflammation of the bursa. Their front knee experiences swelling and pain. Sometimes that area turns red too. Major chores require kneeling and it causes pressure and friction among bursa and kneecap. Housewives usually don’t pay attention on their postures and time span involved, which leads to inflammation and in turn knee pain.

2. Wrong postures
Usually a housewife is a pro at managing things and doing it all right for her family members but, when it comes to looking at her own body posture, she seems to be a bit not-interested. Conducting tedious tasks or even standing or seating in wrong postures can cause joint pain. Poor posture habits lead to osteoarthritis- due to heavy pressure on knees. Muscles and discs problems are also generally faced due to poor postures.

3. Sedentary lifestyle
Having considered that many of the times, housewives run ultra-busy, and they hardly have time for themselves, it shall also be understood that, at times they also lead a sedentary lifestyle where, leisure has got place but exercise has no room. This causes joint pain.
Other causes include, stress, depression, unattended injuries and also regular wear and tear of muscles due to excessive movements.

Let us look at some solutions
1. Carefully conduct the chores

Housewives consider their chores their primary duty and perform the same with sheer authority however, they should focus on their health too. Say for example don’t rush into things. Plan your schedule and work accordingly to avoid sudden jerks and pressures. Rest during or between the chores even for 5 minutes. Keep on shuffling your postures and in case of minor injuries or pain, consult the doctor.

2. Get involved in exercising and stretching
If along with being a housewife, you are able to be an exercise enthusiast, then it would keep all joint problems at bay. If the rigid schedule of yours doesn’t permit that, then try stretching. Stretch before starting your chores, during your chores and after getting done with them too. Yoga can also be of great help here.

3. Food and weight mechanism
Having a healthy diet is a must for all, including housewives. Having nutritious meals and snacks that can improve bone density and joint strength is advisable. Besides, housewives can easily gain weight due to their sedentary lifestyle. This shall not happen as heavy weight invites lot many joint problems.

4. Physiotherapy
In case of extreme pain, it is advisable to go for physiotherapy treatment that assures drug-free and Natural pain relief.

Painful Wrist? Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Painful Wrist? Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Our wrist also termed as the carpus or carpal bones is a complex joint that bridges the hand to the forearm. Since it undergoes a lot of repetitive motions every day, when it exceeds its limit, pain or injury is bound to happen. One such progressive condition called ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome‘ develops when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve, gets pinched or compressed.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common neurological disease with the prevalence of 2.7%–5.8% in the general population says in the group study from Central India. It is the median nerve that controls the movement and feeling of our thumb and other fingers, except the pinky and a slight pressure in it, can cause us this syndrome. But, then how to confirm whether it is carpal syndrome and not just a regular wrist pain?

Check out for the following carpal tunnel symptoms:
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The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, tend to develop gradually over time with the first symptoms often appearing during the night, or on waking up in the morning.

❖ Tingling, burning, or itching and numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and index finger.
❖ Losing grip strength and difficulty in grasping things or forming a fist
❖ Typing, opening and performing other such small actions become challenging
❖ Holding things for a prolonged period of time such as a book or a phone becomes difficult
❖ Occasional shock-like sensations that one feels like shaking it away
❖ Spreading symptoms all over to the hand and shoulder
❖ Loss of sensation in extreme cases or if left untreated

Causes of CTS:
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❖ overuse of wrist in doing repetitive movements
❖ pregnancy, menopause, or overweight
❖ repeated use of vibrating hand tools
❖ work stress
❖ gout or any type of arthritis
❖ hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid
❖ diabetes or any other health conditions
❖ trauma, such as dislocation or fracture of the wrist
❖ structural problems in the wrist joint
❖ hereditary
❖ a cyst or a tumor in the carpal tunnel
❖ any kind of swelling or inflammation around the tendons

Carpal tunnel treatments:
❖ As a self-care, you can start by soaking your wrist in an ice bath for 10-15 mins. For the pain that wakes you up at night, shake your wrist gently and sleep keeping it in a hanging position over the side of your bed.
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❖ Get proper rest and take a break from activities that trigger the pain or worsen the symptoms
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❖ Wear a wrist brace or splint to support your wrist and prevent it from bending or twisting at night.
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❖ Take steroid injections if necessary to reduce the inflammation and severity of other symptoms
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❖ Perform carpal tunnel exercises and wrist-strengthening yogas to reduce the pressure on the median nerve and boost your grip
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❖ Try electrotherapy, It’s ultrasound device uses sound waves that causes mechanical vibrations on your hand and wrist thus stimulating the blood flow and help relieve the pain of CTS, accelerating natural and faster healing.
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Prevention Tip
Few simple cares like not gripping too hard or overstressing your wrists, wearing wrist splints, keeping your keyboard at the wrist level, healthy diet, exercises etc. can prevent you from developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Ultrasound Therapy:  Benefits and Application

Ultrasound Therapy: Benefits and Application

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Ultrasound machine, we all are familiar with the term but, we only relate it to pregnancy which the doctor uses to check on a fetus during pregnancy. Well, not to get confused as that is a diagnostic ultrasound device, which scans the inside of the body while the one used to treat pains and aches is Therapeutic Ultrasound, a treatment modality normally used as Ultrasound Therapy Physical Therapy. 

What is Ultrasound Therapy?

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Trending a lot nowadays, an ultrasound therapy machine came into existence back in the 1950s and has proven its ability to heal acute to chronic pain leaving no side effects behind. It is a modality used and recommended by physiotherapists and even pain specialists. The ultrasonic waves produced in it when it comes into direct contact with the skin provide deep heating to soft tissues including muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments in the body, which thereby reduces the pain and inflammation of the affected area to almost zero.

Why Use Ultrasound Physiotherapy?

The heating and healing powers of ultrasound equipment generated by the effect of sound waves that are higher than the frequency we can hear, produce a number of benefits. The sound waves generated by the ultrasound therapy equipment vibrate, causing the tissues in our body to heat up due to increased friction in between them. The heat thus produced relaxes the tension or strain in the affected area and relieves us from the pain, inflammation or swelling that has been built up due to an injury, disease or condition. Ultrasound Physiotherapy is a non-invasive, pain-free, and 100% natural remedy and hence is the safest option to recover faster from anything.

Where to Use Ultrasound Therapy machine?

The ultrasound machine can be performed directly on the affected area in a circular motion for 5 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the treatment after the application of ultrasound gel which helps reduce friction and aids in the transmission of the ultrasound waves.

When and When Not to Use Ultrasound Therapy?

Ultrasound therapy in physiotherapy is used to treat all an injury, swelling, muscle spasm, strain, stiffness, arthritis conditions, bursitis, tendinitis, chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, tissue repair, and almost all major joints related painful conditions.

There are also some instances where you should not use ultrasound machine at all like;

  • Open wounds
  • Boney or areas of decreased sensation
  • Parts of the body with metal implants, like in a total knee replacement of lumbar fusion
  • Near or over a pacemaker
  • With pregnant women
  • Around the eyes, breasts, or sexual organs
  • Over fractured bones
  • Near or over an implanted electrical stimulation device

How to Use Ultrasound Therapy at Home?

Ultrasound therapy machines come with an ultrasound transducer (sound head) which contains a small crystal and a transmission coupling gel which has to be applied on the affected area before starting with the treatment. Upon plugging the device, slowly move the sound head in a small circular direction on your body. The electrical charge generated during this is applied to the crystal which will start vibrates rapidly, creating piezoelectric waves. These waves are emitted from the ultrasound machine sound head as ultrasound waves which will enter into your injured tissues during application of the modality. You will start feeling a slight warming or tingling sensation around the area being treated. Just keep moving the head or you may start experiencing pain. You can also set the time, depth of penetration of the ultrasound waves or even the intensity of the ultrasound machine as per your requirement.

Conclusion

Ultrasound therapy is a clinically tested and proven treatment modality that is absolutely safe to use. Although there are various types of ultrasound machines available in the market, opting for a handy, easy-to-use and a trusted ultrasound therapy device will give you the benefit of healing at the comfort of your home safely. For which Pain Relief Portable Ultrasound – US 111 (Standard) is the best option.