Miscellaneous Exercises

Using Far Infrared Heat for Pain Relief

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Far infrared heat therapy is more effective than regular heat therapy because of far infrared's ability to penetrate deeper into the muscles of the body. The Thermotex Platinum is a therapeutic device that features this far infrared heat.

The Thermotex Platinum is a highly versatile far infrared therapeutic device. It has 3 heat inserts, to easily mold and adapt to almost any body part including the upper and lower back, shoulder, hamstrings, abdomen, arms, legs, and feet.

It's also great for providing relief from:

  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Joint pain associated with arthritis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains & strains
  • Inflammation

After just 20 minutes of use, the Thermotex Platinum's infrared wavelengths penetrate up to 2.36 inches into the applied area. This results in an increase in blood flow, which can help enhance healing and pain relief.

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Vertigo Treatment for BPPV with Brandt-Daroff Exercises

BPPV, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, can literally stop you in your tracks. Hopefully this vertigo treatment with Brandt Daroff exercises will help. But as always, make sure you are properly diagnosed because the symptoms can be coming from something more serious and dangerous.

Exercises for BPPV will often increase your symptoms, and sometimes make you sick. However, each time you do them, the symptoms should decrease. Make sure you have a bucket just in case you get sick, and don’t plan on going anywhere right after you do these exercises just in case they make you feel a little worse.

These exercises are called Brandt-Daroff exercises. Start in an upright, seated position. Then move into a lying position on one side with your nose pointed up at about a 45-degree angle. Stay in this position for about 30 seconds (or until the vertigo subsides, whichever is longer). Then move back to the seated position and stay for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. This should be done 5 times on each side, 2 times a day holding each position for 30 seconds. It is recommended to do these for at least two weeks even if your symptoms go away before then.

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Proper Sleeping Position Tips

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What’s the proper sleeping position? Whether you’re a back sleeper, a side sleeper, or a stomach sleeper, the best sleeping position really depends on what's most comfortable for you, as long as you keep your spine in a neutral position.

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Here are some tips to help keep you in a proper neutral sleeping position while you sleep.

The first tip for if you are lying on your back or on your side is to make a small roll with a towel or extra sheet to help support the curve of your lumbar spine. Once you find the best spot for it, you can put it under the mattress sheet so it doesn’t slide around while you sleep.

The next tip if for when you lie on your back. Take a few pillows and put them under your bent legs. This will help put your pelvis in a neutral position, and take pressure off your low back.

For lying on your side, place a pillow between your knees and legs. This will help put your hips in a neutral position so they don’t slant downward putting pressure on your hips and knees. You can also get a pillow that has holes for your ears if you are a side sleeper. The helps take the pressure directly off your ears for a more comfortable sleep.

Next, put a pillow up at your arms to “hug.” This will help keep your shoulder in a comfortable position without it having so much stress on it. If you get too hot with the pillow, you can rest your arm on your side.

Finally, for stomach sleeping, you don’t want to use a pillow because it will put too much stress on your neck.

By keeping your spine in a neutral position, no matter what position you sleep in, you will get a better night’s sleep.

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Vertigo Gaze Stabilization Exercises

Vertigo gaze stabilization exercises are often used in vestibular rehab settings for many different kinds of vertigo. Some of the exercises might make you dizzy at first, but they should get easier over time. They should also help increase your balance.

For the exercises, you are going to move your head, but keep your eyes focused on one spot. Hold out your finger in front of you, or put an X or A, or any letter on a piece of paper on the wall. While focusing on the one spot, move your head side to side as smoothly as you can 10 times.

Then move your head up and down 10 times. Try to stay focused on your finger or the letter the whole time.

Finally, move it at a diagonal 10 times one way, and then 10 times the other way.

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Meet My Axis Scientific Muscle Replica Model

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The folks at Axis Scientific sent me their half-size muscle replica model to use in my videos so I can show you what's happening on the inside when you're feeling a certain pain. But there's a problem, it needs a name! Leave your suggestion in the comments, and I'll pick my favorite!

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This half-sized muscle replica model is really nice. It shows the entire muscular system and has 27 removable parts so you can see down deeper into the model.

One of the great features of this model is that all of the muscles on the model are numbered. These numbers correspond to a detailed book that shows the muscles in even greater along with their names. This is great for a classroom use, reference, or other teaching environments.

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