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The Mars Wellness tall air cam walker boot was recently ranked as the 3rd best boot on the market for those in need of a walking boot, whether from a fracture or any other ailment. The testing was done by Wiki.EZVid.com , a California based company.
This ranking brings up an opportunity to discuss the various forms of walking boots on the market, helping consumers decide which one is right for them. There are 4 very popular boots available: Tall with air, short with air, tall without air and short without air.
The standard boot prescribed by doctors and podiatrists is the tall walking boot with air. This boot works for everyone and the added air pump allows patients to adjust the pressure and tightness of the boot to their comfort level. If you are over 6 feet tall we highly recommend going with a tall boot-the short version will not provide enough support.
Those who are wearing a walking boot for foot related problems from the ankle down have been turning more frequently to the short version of the walking boot with air. Due to the bulkiness of the tall boot, many find this version more comfortable. If you are suffering from a high ankle sprain, Achilles issue, or if you are over 6-feet-tall, this boot won’t get the job done. Otherwise this is the way to go as far as comfort and style.
This boot functions the same as the tall cam walker just without the ability to add air. This makes the boot a bit lighter; the tradeoff is that your foot may move around a bit in the boot. Boots without air tend to sell for a little less than the ones with air.
This boot functions the same as the short cam walker also without the ability to add air. This makes the boot a bit lighter; the tradeoff is that your foot may move around a bit in the boot, but if you are dealing with a broken toe or another issue at the bottom of your foot, it may not matter.
In general, walking boots with air sell much better than those without air. Customers are usually willing to pay a couple of extra dollars for the version with air which gives them a boot with all the features. 7 out of the 8 top ranked boots were versions that have the ability to add air.
Mars Wellness also manufactures a pediatric version of the cam walker for when your little one hurts themselves.
For most people suffering from plantar fasciitis, one of the tried and trusted ways of helping get rid of the pain is sleeping with a plantar fasciitis night splint. Night splints provide a cost-efficient, easy way of dealing with the pain, leaving most patients with a refreshed feel in the morning.
Here at Mars Wellness we sell 3 variations of plantar fasciitis night splints: a posterior night splint, a dorsal night splint, and a Baker night splint. The most common question we receive from customers is which one is right for them. Here’s our short answer:
Posterior Night Splint
The earliest version of the night splint, this variation is still the most popular option for most customers. It’s easy to use, and while it can take up to a week to get used to wearing it, once you do get used to it, you will undoubtedly experience relief from the great stretch of the plantar fascia it provides over the course of the night.
Pros: Easy to use; provides significant stretch of the plantar fascia which ultimately heals plantar fasciitis quickest; inexpensive
Cons: Can be uncomfortable for first week or so; some find it cumbersome to put on themselves if suffering pain in right foot; Bulky
Dorsal Night Splint
The dorsal night splint is a much lighter version of the night splint. Rather than a plastic shell, the dorsal only has a layer of plastic across the front. The foot is held in place by straps across the back of the lower leg and foot. It is much easier to sleep in a dorsal night splint, however, some people don’t experience enough of a stretch while using it.
Pros: Comfortable; easy to sleep in; easy to put on by yourself
Cons: Doesn’t fit those with larger calf muscles; doesn’t fit those with a shoe size over 11; doesn’t stretch the plantar fascia as much as the posterior night splint
Comfort Soft Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint
The newest addition to our line of night splints, the Baker night splint is essentially a more comfortable version of the posterior night splint. It functions in the same way as a posterior night splint but with a soft shell, rather than a hard plastic shell.
Pros: Benefits of posterior night splint but more comfortable
Cons: Bulky; hair from pets can stick to the large soft surface
So you’ve been diagnosed with SI Joint Dysfunction and you go all out to treat it: you buy a sacroiliac belt, do your home exercises and rest your back whenever you can. But wait, there’s one more important step in healing your lower back: making sure you’re not worsening the situation as you sit by your desk for 8 hours a day.
How can sitting worsen your condition? Simple. Sitting at your desk may be necessary but it most definitely isn’t healthy. The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) says that sitting long hours at your desk can lead to a number of health issues related to back pain.
The solution for this is to make sure you have an office chair that offers good lumbar support, and if not go out and purchase one. In fact, according to this roundup from FitSmallBusiness.com, all good office chairs should be providing lumbar support. The lumbar is the area of the back right above the sacroiliac joint and chairs with good lumbar support will also provide good support to the rest of the lower back, including the SI joint.
Additionally, research from Iowa State University suggests you make sure your office chair isn’t too big. Make sure you aren’t leaning forward in your chair, another no-no.
Click HERE for 10 tips to pick the best office chair by Fit Small Business.
Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease. Nearly 1 in 10 people suffer from an aching lower back at any given time; nearly 80% of Americans will suffer from debilitating lower back pain at some point in their life. While there may be strength in numbers the problem lies in the fact that there are many causes of this pain and it can often be hard to diagnose what is causing the pain.
This article will focus on one common albeit not well-known cause of lower back pain: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, usually cause by an inflammation of the joint.
What is the Sacroiliac Joint?
The Sacroiliac Joint, or SI Joint, is the spot where the spine meets the pelvis, or for those who recall their Anatomy and Physiology class, where the sacrum and the ilium (hip bone) of the pelvis join together. It actually plays an integral role in our daily function; it’s where the spine transfers weight bearing to the pelvis and then the legs. Its main function is as a shock absorber; additionally, motion that jars the back that transfers motion to the hips and vice versa is putting a strain on the sacroiliac joint.
How Do I Know If My Lower Back Pain is coming from My Sacroiliac Joint?
Most SI joint pain is felt very low down in your back, sometimes felt as low as in the buttocks and thigh. It is commonly felt on one side of the body as you technically have two SI joints in your lower back and you can suffer an inflammation of only one of them. It is more common in women than in men.
If you are undergoing or have recently went through any of the following there’s also a good chance that you are suffering from an inflammation of the SI joint:
Pregnancy- During pregnancy the female body releases hormones to allow the connective tissues in the body to relax. This relaxation is integral so during delivery the female pelvis will be able to stretch enough to allow the fetus to pass through. This stretching results in changes to the SI joint, causing them to relax and in turn inflame. Pregnant women are also now carrying significantly more weight which adds to the pressure on the SI joint.
Uneven pelvic motion-people who are born with one longer and one shorter leg, as well as people who may be limping because of an outside factor are also susceptible to a disruption of the SI joint.
Trauma to the Lower Back-a trauma that causes a twisting of the pelvis such as a car accident or a fall on one’s buttocks can cause SI joint pain. One school of thought is that when one slams on the brakes the impact is transmitted up the pelvis through the SI joint.
Consistent pounding of the lower back-exercises such as running can sometimes lead to SI joint pain due to the constant pounding on the lower back
Yoga Twists-On occasion seated twists in yoga can lead to a twisting of the lower back and a stretch of the SI joint.
How Do You Treat Sacroiliac Joint Pain?
There are a number of basic ways to treat SI joint dysfunction with a high success rate in most instances.
Wear a Sacroiliac Belt-Wearing a sacroiliac belt, or SI Belt, can help relieve the pain for many. The belt-sometimes called a trochanter belt but usually referred to as an SI Belt-holds the joint more tightly together providing stability of the joint and helps reduce inflammation. SI belts are easy to wear and are a great quick fix for instant relief. These are often marketed as pregnancy belts for the maternity market and they offer support during pregnancy.
Rest-If the cause of pain is diagnosed as a result of an injury most doctors will suggest stopping the exercise which caused the issue in the first place.
Home exercises-many simple stretches can be done at home to help alleviate SI joint pain. Most of them consist of stretches that aim to strengthen your lower back and reduce inflammation. Click on these links to find out more about these stretches which include: knee to chest stretches; the yoga pose, Cobra; and lower trunk rotation.
For more severe cases your doctor may suggest physical therapy, injections or possibly surgery.
For the 90 million Americans who snore the struggle is real-find some way to reduce the snoring and enjoy a better night’s sleep. The struggle is just as real for the partners of those who snore, as night-in and night-out they are jarred awake by the rumblings coming from the other side of the bed.
About half of snorers suffer from sleep apnea, a serious condition that requires medical attention. The other half? They’re left to fend on their own, which in part led to the plethora of devices on the market promising to cure the dreaded zzzzs.
One such device, manufactured by Mars Wellness, is the anti-snore chin strap
and the most common question we get is, “will it stop my husband from snoring so I can get a decent night’s sleep for a change”?! The answer? If he’s a mouth snorer then yes, there is a good chance that it will. To understand the answer we need to discuss the various types of snorers.
1. Mouth Snorers-if you sleep with your mouth open and snore it means you’re breathing through your mouth when you sleep; the snoring comes from the air hitting the soft tissue at the back of your throat.
If this is your issue an anti-snore chin strap will do wonders for you. The chin strap will hold your mouth closed and force you to breathe through your nose. Make sure your nose is clear before you go to sleep and enjoy a peaceful, refreshing night’s sleep.
How do you know if you’re a mouth snorer? Use this simple test: try making a snoring sound with your mouth closed. If you can’t then you’re a mouth snorer and this easy, cost-effective solution is for you.
2. Nasal Snorers-if you can still make a snoring sound with your mouth closed it likely means you’re a nasal snorer. Go and hold one nostril closed, and keep your mouth closed. If you have trouble breathing there are a couple of solutions, based on the diagnosis of the problem.
The problem may be allergy related in which case you should try and rid the room of any allergens or take allergy medicine to help get rid of the issue. If you have sinus issues you may be best off with nasal dilators or breathe-right, which help keep your nasal passage open and clear throughout the night.
3. Throat Snorers-if both of the above tests don’t work you’re likely a throat snorer in which case the solution is a bit more complicated. Solving the issue generally includes a lifestyle change such as weight loss or stopping smoking and alcohol intake. Changing sleep positions from sleeping on your back to your side may help as well.
Here are some more frequently asked questions related to the anti-snore chin strap:
Does it stay on the head all night? It may take a couple of nights to get used to, and to find the exact placement on your head-everyone’s head is shaped a bit differently. Once you find your comfort zone it should be staying on all night.
Is it latex free? Yes, the product is latex free.
Is this a fit for all sizes? The strap is fully adjustable and fits virtually all heads.
My aim is to prevent my mouth from opening throughout the night causing dry mouth. Will this strap do that? Yes it will. While there is some give, the purpose of the strap is to hold your mouth shut during the night and this will help for those who have dry mouth as well.
I had my strap for 3 nights, it worked fine at first but now seems to be getting loose. Anyone else have this problem? There may be some give but since our straps are adjustable you just need to simply adjust it, and make it a little tighter.
Has anyone been able to quit using their CPAP machine in favor of this device? This would work best with your CPAP machine if you constantly get dry mouth. It will hold your mouth closed, forcing you to breathe through your nose.
Are you still able to breathe through your mouth at all? You can easily open your mouth. The device stops the jaw from opening involuntarily while you sleep and forces breathing up to the nose.
It’s that wonderful time of year again when we are actually motivated to hit the gym and finally lose those stubborn extra pounds we’ve been carrying for some time. Studies show that the top two New Year’s resolutions last year were to stay fit and healthy, and to lose weight; there’s no doubt these are at the top of our lists year after year.
Which is precisely the issue-if we would keep to our resolutions, losing weight wouldn’t be at the top of our lists again. We would already have lost the weight, while staying fit and healthy would have become second nature. A lot easier said than done, which is why we present our Top 5 tips for actually sticking to your New Year’s fitness goals in 2016.
1. Walk Before You Run-Literally
Hitting the gym for the first time in 8 months and trying to lift weights or run with the regulars for a couple of hours will bring your motivation crashing down to earth. Even if you can keep up once or twice your drive to continue, especially with your hectic schedule, will disappear quickly.
Start slow, says Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau. Aim for two 30-minute workouts per week. After getting comfortable, add another day to the routine, he says.
2. Set Realistic Goals
10 pounds? 20 pounds? 40 pounds? Whatever your goal is keep in mind that it won’t happen overnight and the commitment is for the long-term. That being said, people often give up on their resolutions too easily simply because they don’t feel a sense of accomplishment. To keep yourself motivated set small, attainable short-term goals. If the goal is to lose 20 pounds set a goal to lose 2-4 pounds during January; the sense of accomplishment will be what ultimately keeps you going.
3.Customize A Plan
What works for one may or may not work for the next. With the goal of finding the right cardio zone the key to many exercise routines, it should go without saying there’s no one size fits all. Everyone is starting from a different launch point which is why you should seek out professional help to get you started. Many fitness centers, including Anytime Fitness, offer a free consultation with all new memberships. Even if your facility doesn’t have this offer it’s worth seeking out the help of a personal trainer to set you along a path you’ll enjoy and be able to stick with
4. Work out with a Friend
Another great way to keep the motivation up is to find a friend with who to work out. When you’re just too tired after a long couple of days it’s a lot harder to tell your friend no than it is to tell yourself no. No one ever left a workout saying I shouldn’t have done this-it’s getting to the gym that’s the challenge. Motivation simply works better in pairs.
5. Reward Yourself
Planet Fitness is a bit unorthodox with their monthly Pizza Monday giveaways but it works: they’re the fastest growing fitness chain in the US. There’s no reason you can’t take the idea and make it your own. Your goals should include rewards for when you reach them. Meeting short-term goals can earn you a small splurge; meeting bigger goals can be accompanied by larger splurges. Just try to keep food off the splurge list!
Here’s to a successful and healthy 2016!
As children, we all made big dreams. We would grow up to be whoever we wanted to be, and there was nothing we couldn’t do! As adults, we still have dreams but we often bury them deep within. Or perhaps we dare to dream, but we never tell anyone because we’re afraid of what other people might say. That childlike part of you is still there, even if you try to push it away – and it is incredibly useful in helping you achieve what you want in life.
When it comes to setting and keeping a health & fitness goal, such as losing weight and/or exercising more, it can be helpful to remember that child version of ourselves. There is a part of you that likes to dream big, believes anything can happen, and has faith that you can get there if you try.
Here are some other ways you can start changing your mindset and getting clear on your vision and goals:
Align your actions and thoughts with your goal – and start living it. Don’t stress over how the other people in your life would act in your situation. Don’t think about how your favorite celebrity trainer might respond. Just be yourself and do what works for you. If you feel good and you’re motivated, you’ll eventually make your resolution happen – on your own terms.
Define success – on your own terms
What does success mean to you? Not to your family, not to your fitness trainer, but to you. It might not be a number on a scale. It might not be squeezing into a certain size dress. It might just be adopting healthier eating habits or working out each week. Again, don’t worry about what other people in your life would say here; your life and your goals are about what feels good to you.
Fake it ‘til you make it
Act as though you are already living the life you want to live, with optimum health, physically fit, at your ideal weight. Make a daily practice of actually taking steps towards this vision. Live as though you are already on the path you want to be on, and eventually you’ll realize you’re not even faking it anymore. You’re just living it.
Create a Vision Board
Vision boards bring clarity about your vision, and are a great visual reminder to keep you motivated each day. Best of all, there are no rules to vision boards. They can have images of whatever or whomever you want. They can be any size, large or small. They can even be digital, thanks to websites like Pinterest. Just remember not to get too carried away here. Pinterest is great, but if you spend all your time “pinning” inspirational images, you’ll never make time to actually work towards your goal. Stop visualizing and start doing!
Try to resist the urge to compare yourself to others during your journey. There is no “pinnacle” for health and fitness. Just focus on yourself. Follow these steps and take tangible actions. You can have an absolutely incredible year and achieve all of your health and fitness goals. Remember, your inner child is cheering you on!
Every article online says not to but we all do it. Of course we’re talking about popping pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. If you’re a teenager standing in front of the mirror and popping “zits” is probably a task done at least once daily.
Yes, there are risks involved in popping these ugly skin invaders, risks such as infection, permanent scars or introducing new bacteria to the affected area. But if you’ve visited the dermatologist you know that they pop your pimples so why can’t you do it? The truth is that blackhead popping and overall pimple popping can be done at home with little risk if it’s done properly.
The first task is to purchase a comedone extractor set. What’s that? Here’s a quote from Webmd.com: “Dermatologists and well-trained estheticians know how to pop a pimple safely. They wear gloves and lance a pimple with a sterile needle, then remove the contents with an instrument called a comedone extractor.”
Comedone extractors, or blemish extractors, are tools that are used to apply pressure around the pimple and then gently squeeze the affected area in a safe and sterile way, releasing the oil from inside the pimple. The Mars Wellness 5 Piece Blemish Extractor Set includes a lance which is used to pop the pimple, and tools of all sizes to attack blackheads, whiteheads and pimples that come in all shapes and sizes.
These tools are far more effective than using your fingernails for a number of reasons:
They have the ability to reach those areas where your fingers don’t fit and can’t squeeze.
The stainless steel tools are easy to sterilize and are a sanitary way to get rid of your pimples.
The compact design of the each tool allows for easy fit around the pimple, and is designed to be able to apply the right amount of pressure that will extract the puss from the pimple.
The design minimizes the excess squeezing in and around the affected area, resulting in less tearing of the skin, resulting in much less damage to the skin, giving you the best acne treatment without leaving acne scars.
While these tools work great it’s always best to keep in mind that there are certain pimples that cannot be popped even by dermatologists. The red pimples-cysts and nodules-are closed pimples and are deep inside your skin and need to be treated with medication or compression but not with popping, which will only lead to scarring. Read more about different kinds of acne HERE.
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Click HERE to purchase the Mars Wellness blemish extractor for only $13.99.
The Mars Wellness Latherz bathing sponges have been making a real difference to the residents of Flint, MI who are still dealing with lead poisoning and other issues with their water supply. A number of representatives from Mars Wellness visited Flint on Wednesday, May 11th to donate thousands of the sponges, with an overwhelming response from the local residents after the giveaway was featured on the local NBC affiliate earlier that day.
“The response was overwhelming,” says Mark Bakst, President of Mars Wellness. “We had individuals coming over to us to thank us, telling us they hadn’t bathed their young children in months for fear of their suffering lead poisoning. They couldn’t believe there was actually a product that allows them to use a little bit of bottled water to bathe an entire body.”
This distribution was held in conjunction with Chabad of Eastern Michigan, the Flint Jewish Federation, the United Way of Genesee County and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
The Latherz bathing sponges allow one to wash and clean their entire body with just 3-4 ounces of water, a boon to Flint parents who are still wary of bathing their young children in the lead-poisoned water. Even though many now have filters and the EPA has deemed the filtered water “safe”, locals are still not buying it.
“Flint residents have a serious distrust of government after what happened to their water supply and the lack of help offered in the aftermath, “ says Jeremy Levi, Director of Marketing who along with Bakst and Christina Chilla, purchasing manager, made the trip to Flint. “On top of that the resident believe there are other contaminants in the water and many children still suffer from rashes and other skin ailments even when bathing or washing dishes with the filtered water.”
Flint resident Jessica Gutierrez was the driving force behind last week’s distribution, as well as an earlier donation of thousands of Latherz sponges to the local WIC office by Mars Wellness. The mother of five was looking for a way to clean her young children while at the same time avoiding the water that is especially dangerous to children, and had already caused a skin condition on one of her daughters. She found Latherz online and in her review of the product raved how helpful it was to her and her family dealing with the Flint water crisis. Enough bottled water is available to the residents, Gutierrez wrote, what they need is a way to bathe and clean the children. Picking up on the review the company reached out to Ms. Gutierrez who put them in touch with local organizations and the local NBC affiliate to help spread word of the product.
“We were thrilled to do our small part in helping the people of Flint,” says Bakst. “But what we saw on our short trip was that little is being done to help them by the government, which got them into the situation in the first place. There are many organizations doing whatever they can, however, there’s little trust of the government, even after President Obama’s visit to Flint where he took a sip of filtered water. Residents of Flint don’t believe that he actually drank it, and even if he did they’re quick to point out that he’s at little risk from drinking the water; the biggest risk is to young children.”
The Latherz dry sponges contain soap just under the surface. Pouring just a couple of ounces of water on a Latherz sponge and then rubbing it together allows the soap and shampoo to rise to the surface with enough solution to wash an entire adult body. It doesn’t take any water to wash off the soap and shampoo; a thorough rub down with a towel is all it takes to leave one with a clean feeling.
The Latherz sponges were originally developed for use with geriatric and immobile patients, where getting them to a bath or shower is difficult. It has since gained traction with campers, hikers and pet owners, as well as in developing areas where running water is scarce.
When trying to deal with the discomfort and pain associated with plantar fasciitis many doctors recommend their patients sleep with a plantar fasciitis night splint. While it won’t heal the ailment on its own, the popularity of using a night splint as part of the treatment is because the night is when the plantar fascia relaxes and contracts. This is why your plantar fasciitis pain is most acute when you wake up in the morning; your plantar fascia rests in extension and when you need to get up in the morning it’s in a state of contraction. Ouch!
What do plantar fasciitis night splints do? They keep the bottom of your foot in a stretched position so when you wake up there’s no painful contraction. And they work. In a recent poll conducted by MarsMedSupply.com, 47% of respondents said that a night splint has been effective in helping them heal their plantar fasciitis.
So if you’re in the market for a night splint here’s what you need to know. There are two kinds of basic night splints made for dealing with plantar fasciitis: a posterior night splint and a dorsal night splint. What’s the difference between them? Here’s a short rundown of how each of their functions and why some people prefer one over the other, based on our own customer feedback.
Posterior Night Splint
The posterior night splint is the more tried and true version of the plantar fasciitis night splint. It’s the more commonly used and prescribed splint by doctors, and has been around for longer. It’s basically a boot that you place your foot into and strap it down; the boot provides a stretch to the plantar fascia while you rest/sleep so that it doesn’t get aggravated. The boot comes in 3 sizes and you can adjust the stretch provided by the boot in the event that there’s too much pressure on your foot.
The biggest downside of the posterior night splint is that it’s bulky and some people find it uncomfortable to sleep in. That being said, most people are able to get used to it and find it to be a great way to help heal their plantar fasciitis. Some people also complain of toe numbness when wearing the splint. This can usually be relieved by either loosening the strap that is near the toes or by loosening the straps to take away some of the stretch.
Dorsal Night Splint
The dorsal night splint on the other hand is a newer product that is definitely not bulky and is more comfortable. It also provides a good stretch, though some people find that it doesn’t stretch the foot as much as the posterior night splint does.
While some people say their foot slips out of the dorsal night splint during the night this isn’t an issue with the Mars Wellness dorsal night splint which has an added strap that goes around the back of the heel to keep the splint in place overnight.
Aside from it providing a little less stretch than the posterior splint, the dorsal splint is also limited in size; it comes in 2 sizes, small/medium and large/x-large, and is not recommended for anyone who wears a shoe that’s size 10.5 or above. This product also is not recommended if you have wide calves as it is pretty narrow.
Both splints are great options and will go a long way towards plantar fasciitis relief. Just one word of caution: it can take a few days to get used to the stretch provided from the splints and doctors recommend a period of getting used to the splint; wear it at first for a couple of hours at a time and then, once you get used to it, you can where it for the entire night.
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