Friday, October 24, 2014

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Be Treated With Mesotherapy


Unheard of only a generation ago, carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed or damaged. The median nerve controls the thumb muscles and is also responsible for sensations felt in the palm and the first three fingers of the hand. The carpal tunnel itself is a very small opening about one-quitter inch below the surface of the wrist through which the median nerve passes. This median nerve is vulnerable to compression or injury from a number of causes including tendonitis, bone spurs or inflammatory arthritis.

As you might already know if you are a practitioner, this is a complaint that is becoming more and more common because of the repetitive strain injuries caused by sitting in front of the computer.

The Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome range from mild numbness and faint tingling to excruciating pain accompanied by a crippling atrophy of muscles in the thumb. Symptoms become persistent as the condition worsens and it can affect one or both hands. It can also be worse in the night or the morning when circulation slows down.

In some people the pain spreads to the forearm and shoulder, which can be treated by mesotherapy as well as other more traditional methods

Mesotherapy Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Acute pain can be treated by intradermal injections of inflammatory drugs. This can include substances such as lidocaine, ketophrophen lysine-acetyla toprophen lysine-acetylsalycilate 80 mg, xantinol nicotinate 100 mg, cyanocobalamine in a base of injectable water. This type of intradermal treatment has proven very effective for pain.*

Additional Care and Treatment

Your patient might also have the affected arm put in a splint, be advised rest and prescribed non-steroidal ant inflammatory drugs for the pain. If the swelling and pain is severe, some allopathic doctors will prescribe corticosteroid injections in the wrist.

If the thumb becomes too weak to use as the result of carpal tunnel syndrome surgery may be required to widen the carpal tunnel in the arm to prevent further damage to the nerves in your hands and wrists. One of the goals of mesotherapy

The only non-invasive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is to avoid engaging in the repetitive mechanical tests that are causing the painful condition in your wrists and hands in the first place. 

Wearing splints can help prevent flare-ups. Splints are cloth covered metal or plastic braces that attach to the forearm with an elastic bandage.

Keeping the workplace warm and dry may also prevent flare-ups.

Other tips for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome are -

  • Using the whole hand and all fingers to grip an object
  • Using a tool instead of flexing wrists too forcibly
  • Making sure that posture is correct when typing or lifting loads
  • Adjusting a computer screen so that it is about two feet away and just below the line of sight.


It can also help to buy ergonomically designed desks and furniture’ if your client spends many hours at the computer. 

Taking a ten-minute break for every hour that you work at the computer can also help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

 *  2014 Jan;27(1):49-53. doi: 10.3344/kjp.2014.27.1.49. Epub 2013 Dec 31.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24478901. Retrieved October 2, 2014.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mesotherapy Helps Treat Restless Leg Syndrome

One of the benefits of learning mesotherapy is that it can be used to treat restless leg syndrome.  Restless leg syndrome is a symptom of poor vein health that in turn is a symptom of possible heart disease.  Many patients that you will see that have varicose veins, will also be suffering from restless leg syndrome.

If a patient comes to you with this problem it should never be dismissed as minor. It can be a symptom of leg ulcer, which can lead to disability and limb loss or blood clots that can strike at any time and also be fatal.

Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

The condition is usually worse when the person is sitting completely still.

People typically describe the unpleasant sensations of restless legs syndrome as a burning, itching, aching feeling in their calves thighs feet or arms.  The temptation to move the limbs or even thrash around is sometimes irresistible.

Symptoms are typically more bothersome at night. Nighttime leg twitching is also common.

The Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome

In many cases, no known cause for restless legs syndrome exists. Researchers suspect the condition may be due to an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine. This chemical sends messages to the brain control muscle movement.

Stress tends to worsen the symptoms of RLS. Pregnancy or hormonal changes may temporarily worsen RLS signs and symptoms. Some women experience RLS for the first time during the last trimester of pregnancy.  Usually the symptoms completely disappear after the baby is delivered.

RLS sometimes accompanies other conditions, such as peripheral neuropathy and kidney failure.

Treatment of RLS 

Sometimes, treating an underlying condition such as iron deficiency or peripheral neuropathy greatly relieves symptoms of RLS.  Taking iron supplements may correct the RLS.

Mesotherapy also works for many individuals who are able to have their veins reduced by the process.  Micronutrients and pain relievers can be injected right into the site to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation,

Narcotic medications such as are usually prescribed relieve mild to severe symptoms, but they may be addicting if used in too high doses. Some examples include codeine, the combination medicine oxycodone and acetaminophen and muscle relaxants.  Acupuncture and mesotherapy treatment combined with vitamin and herbal supplementation can help prevent this type of dependency.

Most of the drugs prescribed to treat RLS aren't recommended for pregnant women whereas mesotherapy is a lot less dangerous for mother and child.

Prognosis

A number of simple self-care steps and lifestyle changes may benefit the sufferer of this syndrome.  For most people this is a temporary condition that can last from hours to a couple of years and then disappear. A combination of mesotherapy and vitamin therapy can surely go a long way towards alleviating this annoying condition.

However, in some cases a procedure may be necessary to remove the vein. The most contemporary way of solving this problem is either through Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy or Endolaser Vein Removal.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Top Ten Ways to Market Your Business Offline


Nowadays we hear a lot about marketing businesses online. However the old fashioned ways of marketing a business still work today and in fact, can reach an entire new base of customers interested in cosmetic injections that are either 1) not on a computer that often or 2) not on a computer at all. This could be particularly true if your cosmetic practice is going to include a lot of older individuals who might already be part of your current clientele.
The simple truth is that before there was an Internet, there were many effective ways to advertise to people and bring new customers to an enterprise and they are tried and true methods that can help you get the word out about your new cosmetic injectable services as well.
Here are some very classic yet effective non-virtual ways to make sure that new clients will hear about your new services and will flock to your practice or office.
  1. Print postcards and mail them to prospects in your area in your targeted market. Make sure that you have your website URL on every piece of paper that you send out.
  2. Use buddy marketing to promote your new cosmetic injectable business by sending out leaflets or brochures that related to another sideline that you might be marketing such as weight loss product. This allows you to reach a whole new crowd of customers who may have been interested in a weight loss solution, such as HCG injections, but that are not aware of mesotherapy and other methods of healing.
  3. Make sure you vary your marketing techniques so your customers do not get bored or feel that you are hitting them too hard with the same message again and again – always have a bit of news or special information to give to your customers
  4. Answer your phone in a unique way that is friendlier than your competitions or that makes an offer to your customer just for phoning you. This will pique their curiosity and make them want to call you again and again.
  5. Promote within your mail.  Always insert brochures, ads or put stickers, stamps and notes in with any outgoing mail. Stickers on the outside of envelopes turn them into miniature billboards that travel through the post.
  6. Follow up with any client that you treat right away. Make sure that customer gets a discount coupon or brochure or flyer before they leave your practice. It is also a good idea to ask them for their email address or other information at this point so you can follow up on their first treatment electronically or through the postal service or by using door -to-door flyers.
  7. Newsletters. These are old fashioned but they work. Deliver them to your patients or put them through the mailbox to people in your area. If you have people’s information from a sale, then use it to send a newsletter to their address. The electronic equivalent can also be offered online in the form of an email.
  8. Host seminars and an “open house” or information session at your clinic or office.  These are both great ways to gain one on one time with key customers and prospects. Invite the media to cover your event so you can create a buzz about yourself and your new cosmetic injectable business.
  9. Bartering is a great way to get the word out about your services. Trade your product for advertising space or vice versa. Two companies on limited budgets can piggy back this way. You could, for instance, offer the services of a hair salon while they in turn, offer your cosmetic services.
  10. Put up flyers. It does not hurt to paper the town with flyers or put them under windshields, unless it is against the law in your city or county. Just be sure to be considerate where you decide to post them.
For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Delegating Tasks Helps Launch Your New Cosmetic Services

Once you have completed the Pinewood Institute training in mesotherapy and cosmetic injectable, you are going to want to start promoting your business before you launch it. The number of professionals that you are going to bring into this process of is going to depend on what kind of experience and available time you can bring to the table. If you have worked in a particular role for a number of years then you may not need to hire certain types of people to help you promote your new cosmetic services.

That being said, it is also a good idea to learn how to delegate certain tasks and not do everything by yourself. Getting the right people to do jobs they are expert at can make a big difference when it comes to getting results. This can include hiring anyone from marketing experts to web developers.

Typically, experts like these are hired by the project or on a temporary basis. Here is a short list of experts that can possibly help you run your business.

Accountant
An accountant is there to help you do your taxes, keep your money on track and give you advice when you are over or under budget. Hiring an accountant is advisable if you are not sure how your new services are going to impact the bottom line of your practice.

Bookkeeper
If you are not great with keeping track of your stock you might want to consider hiring a bookkeeper to keep your business in shape. Hiring a bookkeeper can help you keep track of the new products and supplies that will now have to be kept in order in your office.

Copywriters
Many studies have shown that people are less likely to trust a business that has spelling mistakes or bad grammar in the copy. If you do not have the knack for it, then be sure to hire a writer to help you.

Industry Specific Experts
It can also help to hire an industry specific expert. For instance if you might want to hire a nutritionist to help you research your market, promote your mesotherapy and back up your claims about using mesotherapy for skin tightening.

Publicist or Press Agent
If you are not able to sell yourself then you may have to hire a publicist or press agent to market your business for you. This can be a full time job in itself.

Web Developers
Most new businesses need a great looking functional website.  Your website is like your business card and representative of you so make sure that it looks good. 

Finding experts is incredibly easy. Simply do a search on the Internet for what you need and you will turn up a list of many professionals that can help you.

Keep in mind as well that you can hire experts on a project-by-project basis (for example, to write a brochure or design a website). Places to find professionals that can help you are temporary agencies, online agencies, advertisements and through the recommendations of other practitioners. Often one of your own staff members will have a good recommendation for you, or even one of your own patients may be looking for freelance work.

When it comes to advancing your small business, don’t be afraid to delegate!

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.