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Chronic Pain Chronic pain is a common, complex, and distressing problem that has a profound impact on individuals and society. It frequently presents as a result of a disease or an injury; however, it is not merely an accompanying symptom, but rather a separate condition in its own right. Worldwide, the burden caused by chronic pain represented by conditions such as low back pain and osteoarthritis is escalating. Measuring years lived with disability, lower back and neck pain have consistently been the leading causes of disability internationally, with other chronic pain conditions featuring prominently in the top 10 causes of disability. It affects between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK, that’s just under 28 million adults. The overall cost to the UK economy of back pain alone was estimated to be £10,668 million in 2000. Chronic pain reduces your ability to take part in daily life activities and can create many difficulties in your professional and personal life. Quality of life and mental wellbeing are heavily impacted and can lead to sleeping problems and disorders, anxiety, depression, and deterioration of close relationships. Treatments For Pain Over the past few decades there has been a dramatic increase in use of prescription opioids for chronic pain, despite concerns about their adverse effects and potential for addiction. Many healthcare professionals and researchers have expressed the need for non-pharmacological treatment options. TENS therapy is a safe option that comes without any serious side effects and/or complications. It is widely accessible, affordable, and allows you to take control of your treatment in your own home. The Evidence For TENS TENS provides relief for pain from a wide variety of causes. Clinical research over the past 20 years has provided support that it works by intercepting pain signals travelling to the brain and promoting the release of endorphins. In addition, TENS therapy can often be used in addition to other treatments if desired. Through our clinical evaluations for our TENS machines, our quality and regulatory team has assessed over 100 clinical research papers on TENS and its ability to provide pain relief. The following are short extracts and conclusions from these papers that have inspired us and confirm the effective of TENS. Using TENS As First Line Of Pain Relief May Reduce The Need For Postoperative Opioids. In Addition, TENS Appears Preferable As The First Line Of Treatment Due To Its Association With A Shorter Time Spent In The Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) If The Patient Responds To The Treatment. Effect Of TENS On Patients With Acute Low Back Pain Is Beneficial. The Addition Of TENS To The Physical Therapy Program Was Seen To Make A Significant Contribution To Clinical Recovery In CRPS Type 1. TENS Can Reduce Postoperative Pain In The Early Hours After Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery. TENS Is A Valuable Strategy To Alleviate Post-Thoracotomy Pain. TENS Is A Safe, Non-Invasive, Easy-To-Administer Therapy To Use For Chronic Facial Myalgia. Pain And Fatigue Were Further Improved When Two Active Devices Were Simultaneously Applied At The Low Back And Cervical Area, Reflecting Its Usefulness As Adjuvant For Fibromyalgia Pain. TENS Has Shown A Significant Improvement On Neuropathic Pain In Diabetic Neuropathy. TENS Is An Effective, Easy To Use And With Minimal Side Effects In Patients Suffering From Trigeminal Neuralgia Not Responding To Conventional Therapy. TENS Promoted Significant Postoperative Pain Relief. Our Study Results Suggest That TENS Is An Effective And Safe Non-Invasive, Non-Pharmacological Treatment Modality. It May Be Preferred As An Alternative Method In Pain Control In Postpartum Women After C-Section Delivery. In summary, TENS is a simple, safe, and effective pain relief method for those suffering from various pain conditions. Blog sourced from TensCare UK.

Dimpleskins Naturals products were started from the kitchen of Jen Casey (CNP, Holistic Nutritionist), in 2001. After the birth of her first child, Jen noticed that chemical-free products were not readily available in the marketplace at the time. So, with her background in Make-Up Artistry, Aromatherapy, and Holistic Nutrition, she began to develop her own balms and salves. Originally Jen just intended them for her own use. But as she began to share them with friends, word spread. Soon moms everywhere were starting to make Dimpleskins Naturals their go-to product and it was featured in magazines and winning awards. Still today the original formulas have not changed. They continue to use natural, chemical-free and organic ingredients and Dimpleskins Naturals has signed the PETA pledge, promising that their raw ingredients and finished products are cruelty-free. All of Dimpleskins Naturals products are manufactured in British Columbia and distributed across Canada. Bum Bum Balm Diapering Salve Pure, unbleached, Canadian beeswax provides a nice barrier on the skin, helping to keep moisture away, while organic calendula oil provides natural healing properties for rashes. All you need to do is apply it to diaper area as needed. It’s zinc-free and won’t ruin your cloth diapers. It’s made of: coconut oil, pure unbleached beeswax, organic jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, organic calendula oil (infused in sunflower oil), cocoa butter, vitamin E oil (derived from pure soybean oil), and pure lavender essential oil. Basically Bare Everywhere Balm Finally, an unscented balm to use all over the body, from lips to tiny toes! It’s not just for baby, this balm is for those who prefer no scent and like one product for the entire body. Contains all natural and organic ingredients, including organic calendula oil to help soothe roughness and itching due to dry skin. The ingredients are: pure beeswax, coconut oil, Apricot kernel oil, organic jojoba oil, organic calendula infused sunflower oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E (tocopherol) Sweet Cheeks Body Balm A delicious blend of pure lavender and vanilla oils make this balm an essential for dry skin, chapped cheeks, and hands. Also works perfectly as an after-bath massage balm on baby. It’s 100% natural and cruelty free like all Dimpleskins Naturals products. Ingredients: coconut oil, pure beeswax, organic jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E oil, pure lavender and vanilla essential oils. Boo Boo Goo Soothing Salve Great on bug bites, eczema, scrapes and boo-boos of all kinds. A combination of pure and organic essential oils that are recommended for use on children aged 1 year and up. What’s in it? Coconut oil, pure beeswax, organic jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, organic calendula oil (infused in sunflower oil), cocoa butter, vitamin E oil, pure lavender, geranium and tea tree essential oils. Get your Dimpleskins Natruals from the Mama Bear Shop today.

Spring is right around the corner, and you may be considering getting out more with your little one. Maybe you are planning a long road trip or having date nights with your significant other or your girlfriends. Either way, we want to share a few breastmilk pumping and milk storage tips and tricks to make your pumping on-the-go adventure an easier one. With the pandemic still upon us and as some places begin to open back up, it’s important to remember that the virus is not gone. Being extra diligent about handwashing, sanitizing, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and taking other special precautions will help secure a safer time.  Adventurous times such as taking a flight, adult gatherings, and running errands without your baby can be exciting and a little tricky. Here are some go-to tips and tricks so you can continue your outing with ease.  Tip 1: Feed your baby before you leave! If you are bringing your baby with you in the car, then you have a few hours until you may need to pump or feed. And we all know a good car ride can be a perfect time for your little one to nap.  Tip 2: Make sure your portable pump is charged and ready to go. It is also a good idea to have extra batteries ready for pumping. For long car trips, if you are pumping and plan on giving a bottle, most breast pumps can run on batteries or you can charge your pump in the car with a USP port, just make sure to bring an extra pumping kits so cleaning parts between each pumping will not be a challenge.  Looking for a portable pump? The Ameda Mya Joy is a great option! This lightweight, hospital-strength pump fits in the palm of your hand for easy pumping wherever you go.  Tip 3: Be comfortable! Consider wearing an outfit for easy pumping or a cover to help you feel more comfortable.  Tip 4: Keep storage solutions readily available. If you’re going on long trips and car rides or staying away for a while, an easy way to pump and store is to use quality milk storage bags. The new Ameda Pump’N Protect milk storage bags are a perfect choice! The bags are easy to use and a perfect solution for storing on the go. Pumping directly in the bag makes it easy and with the double zipper seal with leak proof technology, your milk will stay safe and secure.  Safe travels! 

Plastic surgeries, lasers, chemical peels – there are millions of procedures people undergo to hide the signs of aging. As a rule, they are pretty costly and, unfortunately, only lessen the appearance of the problem rather than solving it. But don’t worry! Nature has its way of aiding us, and our own body is our ally – as long as we know how to address them, wrinkle reduction can be a surgery-free process. As we get older, the skin gradually loses the protein that gives the tight, smooth surface – collagen. No one is immune to that, and as time goes by, we all end up getting wrinkly. With continuous loss of collagen and thinning dermal layer it may seem that wrinkle reduction is a losing battle, but don’t give up just yet. While the process of aging cannot be stopped, there is a list of things that can be done to slow its speed and level of damage. And trust us, they are much more cost-effective than surgery, injections and other short-term solutions. Vitamin C  Growing up you would have most likely heard that vitamin C is essential to boost one’s immunity against colds. This isn’t its only benefit. In fact, vitamin C is crucial for your skin too, according to the National Institutes of Health. Keeping yourself replenished with vitamin C will help you with fine lines and discoloration caused by sun damage – all you need to do is either take some oral supplement or use an exfoliating topical vitamin C face mask. Or, simply rub some fresh lemon juice into your face – be mindful of the amount, though: too much of it can cause dryness or flaking. If that happens, a daily moisturizer will help you. Silky Dreams  You would be surprised to learn that quite a few of our wrinkles come from sleep – a process we think of as the time our body regenerates. According to American Academy of Dermatology, sleeping on your side will increase the number of wrinkles on your cheeks and chin, and sleeping face-down results in a furrowed brow. In other words, the only way to reduce wrinkles is to sleep on your back, right? Unfortunately, we do not control our position when we sleep. However, the way our skin resists or creates wrinkles can be influenced not by just our sleeping position but also on what we sleep on. Invest in pillowcases with high thread counts such as satin – they are known to aid wrinkle reduction.  Banana Mask  Bananas are rich in potassium when eaten, but they also work miracles on your face when you put them on it! Mash up a banana with a teaspoon of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of orange juice, apply it to your face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes. The potassium will hydrate and moisturize skin cells, while the vitamin A will fight dark spots and blemishes. Vitamin B is the one to prevent aging, and vitamin E will boost your skin’s resistance to UV damage. Face Massage   Working in a similar way to the micro-current procedure, you can give yourself a face massage using nothing but your finger. With your index and middle finger massage 20 rotations between your brows, then apply light pressure to each temple and jaw joints for 10 seconds while clenching your teeth. This will relax your muscles, stopping them from making the micro-movements that cause tension and stress and result in wrinkles. Superfoods  There are plenty of foods that provide great replenishment to your skin by giving it water, fats and proteins. These foods are so rich in useful nutrients that they have been labeled as ‘superfoods’ and they mostly include berries, nuts and veggies. For example, blueberries are full of collagen-protecting vitamin C and high concentrations of antioxidants. Tomatoes contain lycopene that improves the vascular system, in turn giving your skin a natural glow through extra blood circulation. And almonds are packed with skin-plumping and hydrating fats – what’s not to love? Micro-current Treatment   The human body is full of electric signals – from blood flow to nerve signals that are responsible for us feeling sensations. Adding gentle stimulation to your skin can aid in wrinkle reduction as well as lift and tighten your soft tissues. TensCare went an extra mile here and developed a device that helps with not just wrinkle reduction but also other signs of aging using this method. The muscle stimulator Perfect BEAUTY is a Health Canada approved device that can help you to reduce the signs of aging.   Aging is a natural process everyone goes through. There is no way of stopping it, but there are ways of slowing it down. Surgery and injections are likely to remove visible effects for a short term but they won’t address the underlying issue. Wrinkle reduction can be done from the comfort of your house – and it is less pricy than you would assume. You can buy it on Amazon here

Taking your first vacation away from your little one? You may have questions about how to keep up your milk supply while you are away. Here are some tips: 1. Bring a portable, light, effective breast pump & extra pumping parts with you 2. Bring a hand pump as back up, especially if traveling on a long trip or to a place with limited electricity 3. Use storage bags – easier to travel with! 4. Make sure you have the right electrical adapter if you are traveling outside of the country 5. Pump when your baby would normally breastfeed 6. Store your milk safely, ask ahead of time if you’ll have access to a fridge or freezer & bring a cooler bag for transport– here are storage guidelines for your reference, https://www.ameda.com/milk-101-article/how-to-store-breast-milk-safely/ 7. Know your airline’s rules about bringing milk back on the plane or plan to ship it back with a reputable milk shipping company 8. And, have fun & relax! Written by: Pamela K. Murphy, PhD, MS, APRN, CNM, IBCLCCertified nurse-midwife, lactation consultant, OB nurse, educator, healthcare administrator, mother & wife