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Joint Discomfort

Need to Know: Joint Discomfort

We want you to know that you should never ever ignore your joint discomfort. The aches in your knees, back, feet, ankles, wrists, elbows, and fingers can all be pointing to an underlying condition that can be treated. Joint discomfort is often a symptom of an illness or disease, so please do seek medical attention for any joint discomfort.

Just as your health needs are unique, your joint care and mobility issues are also unique. You many have an autoimmune disease or other condition that makes joint discomfort and mobility issues part of your day-to-day. Regardless, we want you to know that you’re not alone in living with and managing this discomfort. You do not need to suffer in silence and we urge you to speak up when your joints are giving you trouble or the discomfort has worsened.

In this article, we take a deep dive into joint discomfort, looking at some of reasons for it and different treatment options and recommendations. Please do seek medical attention for any joint discomfort you have – take our word for it – your health is too important to not give it the attention it deserves. Read more

Try Something New this Spring

Try Something New this Spring

Ah, spring is in the air. The snow is melting. The early bulbs are starting to poke through. The green grass is almost ready for a mow. Kids are outside playing in the parks and zipping around on their bikes. People even appear to be happier now that the cold and grey slushy snow is gone.

For many, spring feels like the ideal time for a fresh start. While it’s always a good time to try something new, we want you to think about doing so this spring. Embrace the fresh air, bright blue sky, and warmer longer days with a new activity or two. The physical and mental health rewards of getting out and meeting new people, trying a new activity, or even eating a new food – cannot be overlooked. Maybe you’re struggling with daily joint discomfort or have always wanted to improve your swimming – well now is the time – sign-up for some stroke improvement classes or join a masters-level swim club. Read more

Natural Treatment Options for Joint Pain

Natural Treatment Options for Joint Pain

Whether it’s from illness, injury, or age, joint pain is something most everyone has experienced at some point in their life. Even everyday activities like carrying a child, walking up the stairs, or opening a jar can aggravate joint pain. But with the serious side effects of many anti-inflammatory drugs, it’s important to consider safer alternatives. Following are some natural therapy options to help alleviate long-term and short-term joint pain and prevent it from coming back.

As a Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) I’ve had the privilege of working with a wide variety of excellent health practitioners, and I find that the right combination of treatments goes a long way in treating and preventing joint pain. Read more

SierraSil - Active at Any Age

Any Activity at Any Age

There are no limits. The only limit is your mind. You’re only as old as you feel. Yes, these are all a bit cliché but – they’re also very true. You likely know someone who defies their age – looking, living, and thriving well-below their years. You can also experience this fountain of youth and energy.

There are no magic pills, foods, or solutions that can give you the feeling of energy, wellness, and health – it comes with good habits, consistency, an open mind, and a sense of adventure. Yes, you do need a bit of luck on your side with healthy joints, the ability to follow the unbeaten path, and overall wellness. But, really there are no limits on what you can do.

Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, picking up a new sport at the age of 60, learning to scuba dive or sail during your retirement years, packing up your belongings in a storage trailer and setting out for a round-the-world adventure – there’s no reason why you can’t do this and more. Read more

Arthritis Need to Know

Need To Know: Arthritis

There is nothing more debilitating than arthritis. This very common disease knows no boundaries when it comes to age, sex, or race – it is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Often associated with joint swelling, redness, stiffness, a limited range of motion, and pain, symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. Impacting more than 50 million American adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is unfortunately more common than most people realize. Because the symptoms and pain can be so wide-ranging, the disease impacts each person differently.

You may know someone who struggles to walk up and down stairs and you may know someone who is able to play tennis regularly and enjoy her garden. The individual impacts of this disease can make it hard for friends, family, and colleagues to understand how limiting the disease can be. 

We want to create better understanding of arthritis and urge you to share this article with your friends, family, colleagues, and social media network. If you know someone who has it, take the time to listen to them and understand what they’re going through – don’t dismiss their pain or chalk it up to small aches. If you have the disease, we hope you’re getting the right medical care and support you need to manage your disease and pain. Read more

Adopting a Senior Dog

Adopting a Senior Dog

There is nothing quite the like the companionship and love of a dog. Your dog is there for you when you come home from work, ready to play on a Saturday afternoon, or to cuddle up for an evening of movies and treats. You have special connection with your dog that grows over time. The more time you spend with your dog, the closer you become.

Since you’re thinking of adopting a senior dog, we want you to be reassured that you’ll have this same deep connection with your new-to-you older dog. Remember, your senior dog has likely been through some rough days and is looking for someone to love unconditionally and who will do the same for him.

When thinking about adopting a senior dog, there are some different aspects to dog ownership to think about when compared to adopting a puppy. We want you to feel prepared and excited for your new senior dog. Thank you for giving an older dog a fresh start with a safe, loving, and stable home. Read more

Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth

You’ve heard the saying “50 is the new 40” or “60 is the new 50” – well, we want you to reframe your thinking about your health. Yes, there are certain things all of us need to pay attention to as we move through the decades, but what if we dropped the focus on the number and instead focused on total health.

Instead of telling ourselves we can’t do this or that because we’re too old or because we’ve never done it before, instead take an approach of openness. Not one of us is getting any younger, so taking on challenges, new activities, changes in nutrition, and setting a renewed focus on our overall body and joint health is a huge step in the right direction.

Admittedly, this thinking is counter-intuitive to much of what we see, hear, and read about getting older and aging. Instead of going trampolining (excellent for joint health support), we’re told to take up lawn bowling or walking. Instead of going on an all-day hike in the mountains with our grandchildren, we’re told to go to the park for an afternoon of relaxation and fresh air. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but what we’re trying to emphasize is that you can do what you want – there is no time like the present to take control of your mental and physical health. Read more

Warning Symptoms in Senior Dogs

Warning Symptoms in Senior Dogs

As we see our dogs age, we slowly adjust to their changes in behavior. We often don’t notice the subtle slow-downs when out walking or the fatigue that comes after one lap around the park. Often, we don’t realize that our dog has lost muscle mass or is having trouble hearing.

This is normal. All too often owners of senior dogs feel guilty when they realize that they’ve missed symptoms of disease or other problems – assuming these changes were just normal parts of getting older. While we don’t want you becoming hyper-aware of how your dog is or isn’t behaving, it is important to know the signs of aging and warning symptoms in senior dogs.

As always, do consult your veterinarian for an expert professional opinion. Never undertake any sudden changes in your dog’s food, exercise, or medication without consulting with your veterinarian. Read more

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

We’re a few weeks into January and it’s the perfect time to think about your year. Now that the excitement around the holidays and New Year resolutions is over, it’s the ideal time to think about what you want out of the year.

You, like the rest of us, were likely overwhelmed with articles about making New Year’s resolutions and how to make these resolutions stick. Unfortunately, too often we frame our resolutions around negativity. We only look at the aspects of our lives and selves that we believe aren’t good enough. Read more

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

How to Have a Successful Veterinarian Visit

No dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or pet owner enjoys a visit to the veterinarian. There’s the shaking, the crying, the shedding, the peeing, the hiding, and the ordeal of getting your dog into his carrier. All of it adds up to a stressful and worrisome experience. You don’t enjoy it and your dog definitely doesn’t enjoy it.

Regardless of the age or temperament of your dog, something happens when you get the carrier out and whisper the word “veterinarian”. However, visiting the veterinarian yearly or more frequently depending on your dog’s health is a necessary aspect of being a dog and pet owner. If you have a dog with joint mobility issues, arthritis, diabetes, or another condition – you know how important it is to keep up with consistent veterinarian visits.

We’ve put together some tips on how to make the veterinarian visit and entire experience better for you and your dog. As always, we want to hear from you. Do you have a tip or two that you find helps your beloved dog have a better veterinarian visit? Share with us on our Leaps & Bounds Facebook community page. Read more