Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Parkinson's Disease: 5 Ways To Prevent Falls

One of the major challenges facing Parkinson's and elderly patients is falls. Broken hips, or sometimes more serious injuries, happen that could be stopped.

But how do you prevent falls from happening to Parkinson's and elderly patients? Prevention begins with diligence and prior planning. Use this list to make your home or office a safer place.

Parkinson's Disease: 5 Ways To Prevent Falls

5 Ways To Prevent Falls in Your Home

You can prevent falls and make your home a safer place:
    1. Remove trip hazards to prevent falls in your home
      • Reroute power cords, phone cords and oxygen supply tubes
      • Remove small throw rugs and mats
      • Remove clutter and items that are laying on the floor or stairs
    2. Use bed rails
      • Bed rails can keep you from falling out of bed
      • Bed rails can help you to gain your balance while getting up
    3. Keep items within reach
      • Store heavy, sharp or glass items on waist high shelves, drawers and countertops
      • Reachers make retrieving hard to reach objects possible
    4. Use a walker or rollator for balance
      • Use a walker or rollator (rolling walker with a seat) while walking
      • You can use a walker or rollator to steady yourself as you sit or stand
    5. Use grab bars in the bathroom
      • The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in the home
      • Use grab bars when getting in and out of tub or shower
      • Utilize grab bars near toilets for balance
      • Have grab bars professionally installed

Fall Prevention Products

Visit the JRS Medical Aids To Daily Living website for the products listed in this article.

What Do You Think?

We want to know what you think. What products do you use to make your home safer? What would you add to this list? Leave us a comment or share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. You can also find more home safety tips on the JRS Medical Home Safety Pinterest board.
Photo by kdinuraj

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

[Video] Stephanie Hughes Tries The New Coloplast Sensura Mio Ostomy Bag

Stephanie Hughes, of the StolenColon.com, shared a video about her experience with the new Coloplast Sensura Mio.

If you'd like to try the Coloplast Sensura Mio ostomy bags, you can purchase them JRSMedical.com. ry them for yourself.

Now It's Your Turn

Tell us about your experience with the Mio, or leave your comments about the video below.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kettlebell Swing: Build a Strong Back, Butt, Legs, Hips and Core

As the new year begins, it's time to think about fitness and losing a few of those holiday pounds. That means running, hiking, biking and swimming. Are you ready? Kettlebells can help you reach your goals.

In the video below, called "The KettleBell Swing," Physical Therapist Ann Wendel discusses how to properly do the exercise, correct body positioning and technique.

Benefits of the Kettlebell Swing

In her article, "Swing into Summer: The Kettlebell Swing," Ann explains the benefits of this exercise:
One of my favorite exercises to teach my clients is the Kettlebell Swing. This exercise has many benefits such as:
  • Teaching the hip hinge with spinal alignment
  • Developing strength in the posterior chain (back and butt)
  • Teaching patients to use their legs and hips to drive lifting motions rather than using their arms
  • Integration of the diaphragm and pelvic floor with lifting objects
  • Development of cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Development of grip strength

Let's Go!

Sound advice and motivation like this is what you need to reach our fitness goals. As a reminder, check with your physician to discover what level of exercise is appropriate for you, and always use proper technique and safe equipment.

We Can Help

Need kettlebells? At JRS Medical, we have a large selection of exercise equipment to help you meet and exceed your fitness goals. Shop our selection of kettlebells and have a safe and healthy New Year!

 JRS Medical Kettlebells

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Loud Snoring: Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you're reading this, you've probably either heard or said this, "Your snoring keeps me up at night. I can't sleep!" But loud snoring could be the tip of the iceberg. It could be pointing a bigger issue, sleep apnea.

Photo by: hobvias sudoneighm
Photo by: hobvias sudoneighm
Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in your breathe for 10 seconds or more and could happen several times an hour. The side effects include: high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heart beats, heart attacks, diabetes, depression and worsening of ADHD.

Sleep Apnea: What are the Symptoms?

The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are:
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up short of breath
  • Loud snoring or episodes of choking, gasping or breathing cessation while sleeping
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's time to talk to your doctor about treatment options. For many, the best option is CPAP therapy.

Check out our CPAP and BiPAP supply section to see a variety of masks, supplies and machines available to help you sleep.

You owe it to yourself, and your partner, to talk to your doctor today. Treating your sleep apnea will have a positive effect on your life.

Bonus Video: Why is Sleep so Important?

Why is sleep so important? Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Staying Fit While You Travel

The holidays are here, and that means it's time to travel. Some will take a vacation to a fun destination like Walt Disney World.  For others, it will be a retreat in Palm Springs or skiing in the Rockies.

Staying Fit While You Travel

But what about your workout routine? You've worked too hard to miss a week of exercise. What should you bring with you?

TravelFitness.com created a packing list that will keep you moving while your gone. As I reviewed their list, I discovered that we have a few of the items that they recommend in our store. I've included links in the list below.

These are the fitness items they recommend:

  • athletic bag

  • weight-lifting gloves

  • walking/running shoes, cross trainers

  • loose-fitting exercise clothes (layers in winter, light in summer)

  • plenty of white socks

  • ankle and wrist weights

  • other portable workout gear

  • personal travel exercise routine

  • music and music player

  • exercise audiotape/videotape

  • pedometer

  • swimming gear (even if only for the Jacuzzi/sauna)

  • jump rope

  • exercise bands / surgical tubing

  • water weights

  • sports bra, jock strap

  • plastic bag for dirty athletic clothes

  • What would you include on this list? Where are you going this year? Leave a comment below!

    Happy, healthy and safe vacation to you and your travel partners. And if you see Mickey Mouse, say "Hello" for us!

    Photo by coconut wireless

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    The Free JRS Medical App is Here for Holiday Shopping

    The new JRS Medical app is here in time for your holiday shopping!

    Today, we're going to take a quick look at the app and it's features. But before we begin, visit the iTunes store or Android store and download a free copy.

    The Opening Screen

    The opening screen is the heart of the app. From this screen you can:
    • Share the app with your friends on Facebook and Twitter
    • and choose Contact, About, Alerts, Shop and more. (All described below)

    The Contact Screen

    The contact screen contains a map to the JRS Medical store, hours of operation and an area to leave comments. You can also Call Us, get directions to the store, email us or visit the JRSMedical website, by clicking the buttons at the bottom of the screen.

    The About Screen

    The About screen has important information about JRS Medical and our shipping and return policies. You can also leave comments on each of these screens, so tell us what you think!

    The Alerts Screen

    The Alerts (Messages) screen is a notification center for the latest news and offers from JRS Medical. Sorting options are found at the bottom of the page.

    The More Screen

    The More Screen is loaded with additional features. You can:
    • Follow us on your favorite social network, like Facebook or Twitter
    • Share the app with your friends
    • Visit our blog to read the latest articles
    • Locate JRS Medical in your phone or tablet's map program
    • Write on our Fan Wall
    • Find QR Code Coupons
    • Use the built in QR Code Scanner on any QR Codes you encounter
    • And Find your car. Yes, find your car. This is a hidden gem in the app. Just hit the Set button when you park your car, and you'll be able to find it when you return to the parking lot.

    The Shop Screen

    The Shop screen makes it easy to purchase your favorite products in the JRS Medical Store. You'll find a home button that returns you to this screen from anywhere in the store, a shopping buggy that takes you to your shopping cart to complete your purchases and a list of products by category.

    The Product Screen

    Once you've chosen your product, you'll see a screen like this. It has a product image, title, product information, pricing, description and add to cart button. Just click the add to cart button and you'll be taken to your shopping cart for secure checkout. In the shopping cart you can change the quantity of each product and return to the store to add more products to your cart.

    What do you think?

    We've spent a lot of time developing the JRS Medical app for you, but there is always room for improvement. What do you think of the app? What would you add or change? We'd like to hear from you!

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Pain Relief with the OTC Rebound TENS Unit

    As the holidays approach, you're likely to experience some pain. That's why we're featuring the Rebound TENS Unit. Lower back pain, tennis elbow, muscle and joint pain don't have to slow you down.

    Rebound TENS Unit for Pain Relief

    What is a TENS Unit?

    A Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator, or TENS Unit, is used to treat pain. It sends small electrical pulses through the skin to the nerves.

    The Rebound TENS Unit has two modes:
    1. High Frequency - A continuous, mild, electrical activity blocks the pain signal traveling to the brain. Brain cells perceive pain. If the pain signal does not get through to the brain, the pain is not “felt.”
    2. Low frequency - Short bursts of mild electrical activity cause the body to release its own pain easers called beta endorphins. This is done by stimulating the body’s own natural pain-control mechanism.

    What Types of Pain does the Rebound TENS Unit Treat?
    The Rebound TENS unit has been successfully used to treat many types of pain conditions, such as:
    • Chronic Pain
    • Acute Pain
    • Cervical (neck)
    • Post-operative
    • Amputation
    • Muscle and joint
    • Phantom limb
    • Tendonitis
    • Fractures
    • Lower back
    • Tennis elbow
    • Lumbago
    • Leg pain
    • Sciatica
    • Arthritis
    Is the Rebound TENS Unit easy to use?

    Here's a short video that demonstrates how easy it is to use.

    Where can I purchase the Rebound TENS Unit?

    You can purchase your Rebound TENS Unit at JRSMedical.com today. We also have additional supplies and electrode refill kits available. Don't let pain stop you from the summer of your dreams!