Who takes care of you?

When we are confronted with life altering circumstances, such as the loss of a loved one, stress is an inevitable and natural response. It is, in many ways, part of how we cope – how we heal; however, it must be properly acknowledged so that it is managed in a way that permits us to continue living a healthy and productive life.

Oftentimes, it is easier to see signs of stress in others than in ourselves. Loss brings about stress in the form of grief, which can present itself in many ways. It is critical that we know how to acknowledge the symptoms associated with the stress of grieving so that we can begin exploring ways of caring for ourselves that will help to guide us through the grieving process towards making a successful recovery.

Below are some of the most common symptoms, as well as some self care tips:

Physical symptoms include: changes in appetite or weight, sleep disturbances, lower immune response, exhaustion, muscle / joint pain, breathing difficulties, chest pain, clumsiness, or self-destructive behavior.

Mental symptoms include: forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, increased errors and accidents, self doubt, disproportionate worry and fear.

Emotional symptoms include: short patience, mood swings, desire to withdraw, excess crying, numbness, anxiety, argumentative, hopelessness.

A few self-care ideas include: exercising, spending time in nature, meditating, pursuing new experiences, writing in a journal, letting yourself cry, calling an old friend to reconnect, taking a vacation without destination obligations, clarifying your own needs and beginning to make requests, holding hands with someone close to you, getting a massage – the options here are endless.

Grief is a natural response to loss; it does not have to be a way of life. The decision is yours and it is one that needs to be made on an ongoing basis. What will you commit to do in the next 24 hours that says, “I am responsibly attending to my own needs today.” Breath it in – enjoy!

CHRONIC PAIN? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do you mean by chronic pain?

A person is said to have a chronic condition, or chronic pain, if their condition does not improve completely within three to six months. Those with chronic pain should consider prolotherapy because it stimulates the painful structure and repairs the affected area.

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a treatment that stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It involves the injection of natural substances into painful areas to stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms to strengthen and heal injured structures like ligaments and tendons. Ligament injury is presumed to be the preliminary cause of degeneration. Because most degenerated joints have tenderness at ligament attachments around the joint, degenerative arthritis and degenerated structures typically respond positively. It is a great treatment for pain arising from ligaments, tendons, and degenerated joints.

What do you mean “stimulates normal healing?”

The body heals by inflammation. Often, an athlete’s muscles are sore after a difficult workout. This soreness occurs because the muscles have become inflamed during the workout. The normal inflammatory healing reaction will not only repair the damage from the workout, but will also cause the muscle physiology to change; making the muscle fibers bigger, stronger and have more blood supply. Prolotherapy is a treatment that stimulates the normal healing reaction. Like exercise, it can cause structures like ligaments and tendons to become stronger and thicker. Because it stimulates normal healing, athletes and people who are active love the therapy because they can work out while receiving this treatment.

What are some of the conditions that respond to Prolotherapy?

 

•Tendon strains
• Incomplete tendon tears
• Incomplete ligament tears
• Ligament sprains
• Degenerative joint disease
• Spine arthritis
• Fibromyalgia pain
• Frozen shoulder
• Adhesive capsulitis
• Loose joints
• Subluxing joints
• Hypermobility syndrome
• Bone spurs
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Tendinosis
• Coccydynia
• Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
• Pubic Symphysis pain
• Tennis Elbow
• Meniscal tear
• Labral tear
• Post Surgery Pain
• Osteoarthrits pain
• Pyriformis Syndrome
• Iliotibial pain
• Chondromalacia patella
• Shin splints

For more information on Prolotherapy, call the experts at Lakeview Spine at 574-6000 or visit yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-memorials-medical-groups.asp#lake

 

Nutrition and Pregnancy

Without a doubt, a nutritious, well-balanced eating plan can be one of the greatest gifts you give to your soon-to-be-born baby. Pregnancy nutrition is essential to a healthy baby. Ideally, adopting a healthy eating plan before pregnancy is best. No matter how many weeks are left on your countdown calendar, it’s never too late to start! Supplying your own body with a tasty blend of nutritious foods can not only improve your fertility, keep you feeling healthy during pregnancy, and pave the way for an easier labor, but it can also help to establish essential building blocks of growth and overall health for your child.

The food we eat on a daily basis affects how our bodies work, how we heal and grow, and how we maintain energy and strength for years to come. It also determines the basic nutritional health that our children are born with, and provides a model for their eating habits during childhood and beyond. Pregnancy is the one time in your life when your eating habits directly affect another person. Your decision to incorporate delicious vegetables, whole grains and legumes, lean protein, and other wise food choices into your eating plan before and during pregnancy will give your baby a strong start in life.