Friday, December 16, 2016

Product Spotlight: Remedy Motion Sickness, Nausea & Morning Sickness with Sea-Band

Imagine for a second that you’re on a commercial cruise liner celebrating the summer holiday. After liberally loading up your plate at the cruise ship buffet, you’re basking in the warm glow of the sun as it reflects off the pristine waters of the South Pacific. Suddenly, the ship’s gentle rocking is interrupted by the surging swell of a wave. You feel the sickening sensation of the ground beneath your feet lurching forward and swirling in your stomach.

If sailors are consistently “swabbing the deck” on your behalf, you should consider remedying your motion sickness by wearing a Sea-Band. In addition to minimising sea sickness, Sea-Bands are a drug-free solution for a bevy of nausea-related ailments including, morning sickness, travel or motion sickness and vertigo. This post highlights the science behind the Sea-Band’s effectiveness as a nausea treatment. Read on to discover how your life can be drastically improved by these bracelets.

How do Sea-Bands work?
If you’ve tried countless prescription medications and procedures to reduce nausea, you may be skeptical regarding the effectiveness of a simple wristband. While these wristbands don’t look like an innovative solution on the surface, they harness the time-tested treatment method of acupressure. Sea-Bands use acupressure to provide a non-invasive, natural remedy to nausea that is suitable for anyone over the age of 3.

Each Sea-Band uses a round, plastic stud to target the Nei-Kuan (Pericardium 6) acupressure point located on your inner wrists. To find your Nei-Kuan point, rotate your palm face up, measure three finger widths below your wrist and find the depression where your two tendons converge. By applying light pressure on this point,  Sea-Band has been clinically tested to effectively reduce the wearer’s urge to vomit from nausea.

In order for Sea-Band to be most effective, both wristbands must be worn simultaneously—one below each wrist. Sea-Bands are made from flexible, elastic material that will stretch to fit snuggly over your forearm and can be safely tossed in the wash and cleaned for reuse.

By wearing Sea-Band for motion sickness, you can do your inner-ear a favor and remove the debilitating effects of dizziness from your life.  To learn more about Sea-Bands check out our nausea relief and treatment page. In addition to the adult Sea-Band, we offer specialised Sea-Bands for pregnant mothers, children and families.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Survive Holiday Travel with These Simple In-Flight Health Tips

It’s the same story every year. You’re on a jam-packed, red eye flight hurrying back for the holidays and crammed in between a screaming child and a snoring salesman with sleep apnea. Driven to the brink by incessant crying and muffled grunts, you spend the duration of the flight pleading with the stewardess for a parachute and contemplating a mad dash for the emergency exit. After a stern scalding, you slink back into your seat—resigned to a restless journey and confined to a veritable holiday hellscape.  

While you can’t alter an unfortunate seating arrangement, there are a variety of products and exercises that can mitigate the awful side-effects of stressful travel. There’s no need for festive flying to be a harrowing experience—if anything you should feel rested after a long journey. Luckily, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of travel health tips that will help you relax, reduce nausea, motion sickness and stay sane. Read on to discover a few useful trips that will transform your holiday travel experience.   

Stretch on the Plane to Stay Nimble

Maintaining flexibility is vital to your physical health year-round, but being nimble especially comes in handy during the holidays. You never know when you’ll need to dodge disapproving glares from your in-laws or even worse—a projectile dinner roll launched during the annual family political forum. If you’re not diligent, however, your flexibility can deteriorate after an extended period of sitting

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During long flights, your body is stationary for a prolonged period which leads to joint stiffness and discomfort. Thankfully, there are multiple movement-minimal exercises that can be performed on a plane that won’t draw as much attention as in-aisle pilates. When you’re seated, you can effectively relieve muscle tension by doing a few neck rolls. Simply touch your chin to your chest and slowly roll your head side to side.

To stretch out your spinal column without standing, try giving yourself a gentle seated twist. All you have to do is firmly grab the armrests on both sides, partially elevate your body and twist. If you feel your legs falling asleep from lack of circulation, perform a series of leg extensions to get blood flowing. While leaning against your seatback, slowly lift your legs out straight and keep your knees locked. To make these exercises even more effective, consider storing a TheraBand resistance band in your carry on.

You can also pump some blood back into your extremities through a strategically timed bathroom visit. Take advantage of your time standing in the aisle and sneak in a few calf raises as you wait in line. This exercise will effectively stretch out your calf muscles and wake up your lethargic legs.

Exercise Your Core

Concerned about getting a gut from holiday treats? Planes are the perfect place to subtly strengthen your core. While you may not leave the tarmac with washboard abs, you can avoid having a scrunched up stomach if you perform a few simple exercises.

By far the easiest way to put seated core exercises into practice is to merely flex your abdominal muscles while you sit. When you flex, you engage your core and strengthen the abdominal scoop and pelvic floor. Leg lifts are another way to sculpt your core from a seated position. Put your legs together and raise them up and down in a controlled motion. This exercise specifically targets your lower abdominal muscles. If you’re feeling bold, try placing a book between your thighs and giving a slight squeeze. By asserting pressure on the book, you’ll exercise your inner thighs, abductors and abdomen.  

Wear a Pair of Compression Socks

Going through airport security during peak season can involve endless hours of aimless standing. The extended waiting time coupled with the long walk to your gate can leave your feet sore. If you already have had medical problems related to your feet (Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, arch pain, etc.), the pain you experience after a day in the airport can be unbearable. Thermoskin plantar fasciitis compression socks actively alleviate foot pain by asserting pressure to the source of discomfort. 

These socks aren’t a magical remedy for uncomfortable shoes, however, so consider wearing them alongside your favorite pair of sneakers.

Reduce Nausea with a Sea-Band

If you suffer from bouts of nausea when buffeted by turbulence, try wearing a Sea-Band for travel sickness before hopping aboard the plane. These bands utilize acupressure and alleviate nausea by targeting the Nei-Kuan pressure point. By wearing a Sea-Band, you can treat your nausea or motion sickness without turning to prescription medication.  

We can’t guarantee that your holiday travel will be pleasant, but by following these simple tips, you’ll move one step closer to an enjoyable in-flight experience. To find products that will ease the stress of your holiday travel endeavors, check out iHealthSphere’s resistance bands, compression socks and Sea-Bands.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Product Spotlight: End Foot Sensitivity with Thermoskin Walk-On Slippers

In honor of the recent World Diabetes Day, we’ve dedicated this blog post to discussing a side effect of high blood sugar that is often overlooked—foot sensitivity. Foot sensitivity may seem like a minor problem when compared to the long term implications of diabetes (heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, strokes, etc.), it’s still a daily inconvenience for millions of diabetics. If left untreated, it’s possible that a minor decrease in circulation can lead to painful foot ulcers and even escalate to amputation.   

Thankfully, there is a treatment for diabetes-related foot injuries is far less invasive than the painful injections administered for insulin regulation. Read on to discover more information about the causes of diabetic foot sensitivity and the best method for managing it!

Why are foot ailments prevalent amongst diabetics?
High blood sugar has a devastating effect on the way our bodies’ circulatory and nervous systems operate. Blood vessels line the walls of our arteries and veins, and fat deposits slowly begin to form when glucose levels rise. These fat deposits limit the amount of blood that can flow freely through your veins and increase the chance of blood clots.

Diabetics experience problems in their extremities because blood has a difficult time traveling through narrowed passageways from the heart all the way to down to the feet. As a result, diabetics may feel like their feet are constantly cold or may not be able to feel any sensation at all.

Along with the circulatory problems associated with diabetes, it’s important to understand the disease’s effect on the nervous system. The most notable foot ailment caused by nerve damage is diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy causes debilitating numbness that can leave sufferers unaware of serious injury to their feet. The lack of feeling caused by Neuropathy can cause ulcers, lacerations and serious infections to be ignored by the diabetic. This numbness is especially prevalent with nerves located on the soles of feet.

How can diabetics make foot issues manageable?

Unfortunately, damaged nerves can’t be replaced and blood flow can’t be entirely restored to its original capacity. However, there are treatment options that focus on encouraging a healthy lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. For those with Type 2 diabetes, eating healthy and staying active can help keep blood sugar down.

In addition to incorporating healthy practices, diabetics should invest in a few pairs of non-restrictive socks. One example of these special socks for diabetics is our Thermoskin Walk-On Slippers. These heat therapy socks facilitate improved circulation by increasing the oxygenation of the skin. Each sock is crafted from breathable, moisture-wicking material that allows the free flow of air while simultaneously retaining heat.

If your feet are in constant pain, putting on your socks in the morning can be an unpleasant process. You can greatly reduce your discomfort by switching from normal socks. Thermoskin Slippers come with convenient pull up tabs that allow you to slip into your socks and adjust tightness without issue.

By swapping out your old constricting tube socks with a breathable pair of Thermoskin Slippers, you can effectively minimise the daily foot pain caused by diabetes. If you have any other treatment tips you’ve found useful, add them to the comment section below! Be sure to check out our website for more information about socks for neuropathy, including an intuitive size guide and an instructional video.

If you're interested in compression products, we also recommend checking out our Thermoskin Walk-On Ankle, Crew and Calf compression socks.