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Online Pharmacy

Using Online Pharmacies Safely

Online pharmacies can be a great source of practical medicines and supplements, and by using them to stock up you can often save a lot of time and money. On the other hand, some people have reservations about buying any sort of medication online from sources they aren’t familiar with. Fortunately, there are some tips you can use to get the most out of this opportunity and lower the potential risks.

A UK registered online pharmacy can be the ideal choice, as opposed to visiting a traditional chemist. Online stockists tend to have a wider range of products, and it’s easier to browse between different departments quickly to find exactly what you need, from hayfever tablets to pain relief medication. If you have a prescription, going to a doctors’ surgery to use the pharmacy during opening hours can be inconvenient and inefficient, but getting your prescription filled online can be much faster. You just need to narrow down your choices and find a safe supplier. Continue Reading

Sports Health Professional

Using a Sports Health Professional to Recover From Your Injury

Injury rehabilitation can be a difficult thing to go through for anyone, even if you have good support from people around you. You may be itching to get back into professional sports, especially if this is the basis of your career, or you may just need to recover fully before you can get on with the rest of your life.

What you may not initially realise is the number of different sports health professionals who could potentially contribute to you making a full and speedy recovery. A few different types of professionals who may be able to help may include the following.

Physiotherapist

Qualified physiotherapists may be educated to degree level or beyond, depending on their specialism, and may even be in the process of training to become a doctor. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, especially a musculoskeletal one, they will usually come up with a bespoke exercise and treatment plan to help you gradually recover.

Chiropractor

In order to offer advice and treatment to people with spinal injuries, long term conditions or pain from various causes, qualified chiropractors must complete four years of specialised training to earn their doctorate. This is due to the highly complex nature of many spinal conditions and the broad range of potential consequences. A chiropractor will be essential in your recovery from any serious back problem. Continue Reading

Plantar Fasciitis

How To Tackle Plantar Fasciitis

You might not be familiar with plantar fasciitis by name, but you may well have experienced problems with it without realising. It’s a painful condition caused by pressure that can be put on our feet, even from normal activities like walking and running. Fortunately there are various ways to tackle the causes of the condition and manage the painful symptoms, including specialist plantar fasciitis insoles for shoes and other techniques to minimise the stress placed on your feet.

The problem concerns the plantar fascia, which connects the entire length of the foot and should be flexible enough to stretch and bend correctly as you take each step and the position of your foot changes. If your foot remains too flat as you walk, it doesn’t flex as much and therefore doesn’t absorb the shock of hitting the ground as it should. This shock is then absorbed by the whole foot and actually affects the rest of your leg muscles and joints all the way up to your back. The plantar fascia loses some of its elasticity over time as it comes under more stress, which might be caused by long periods of activity like sports, or simply walking around your office at work. It can become inflamed as a result, often at the heel which is where most people suffer pain, but also along the length of the foot. The pain tends to be more noticeable at the start and the end of the day, but some people end up suffering from it to the extent that they’re unable to walk or go to work for a while.

 

Removable, liquid orthotic insoles
Specialised removable, liquid orthotic insoles (Image courtesy of Sole-Mates)

This is more likely if you start to experience the symptoms but do nothing about it. Fortunately, there are things you can try to relieve the pain, with both long term and short term solutions available. A great example is using removable, liquid orthotic insoles which can be inserted into your shoes before spending a day on your feet. Liquid insoles are the most effective type for spreading out the pressure of walking and making it easier for your foot to move naturally. This is better for circulation and relieves pressure on your joints, but for treating plantar fasciitis this is a particularly effective remedy.

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Bee venom use in modern medicine

5 Historical Medical Treatments Still In Use Today

We’re able to benefit from a wide range of medical advances that have been made in the last few decades, especially thanks to huge leaps in the technology available at an affordable cost to hospitals, medical professionals and individuals. You might think that with all these advances we have mostly abandoned the rudimentary methods used to treat ailments in centuries gone by, but in fact there are many old fashioned treatments still in use across the world to this day. Here is a round-up of the top 5 surprising methods still used today.

Bee Venom

This has been used for thousands of years and is still going strong, sometimes involving milked venom and sometimes actually being stung by a bee. The reason this treatment is still widely used is thanks to its wide range of applications, having been shown in some cases to help with rheumatism, herpes, arthritis, tendinitis and even potentially cancer. Continue Reading