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Tips for a pain-free garden

You don't need pain to gain a beautiful garden.

Turning the clocks back and springing forward this weekend may find you itching to clean out your flowerbeds and get your fingers back into the earth.

If you do, proceed with caution.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening or using gardening equipment in 2010.

Try these tips for a safe and pain-free gardening:

  • Don’t do too much too soon. Split up large projects into smaller ones.
  • Stretch and warm-up your joints before tackling the twigs and matted leaves scattered among your pachysandra.
  • Work at the time of day when you feel the most flexible.
  • Make sure tools are sharp and in good working order to make cutting and trimming easier. If arthritis has made gripping your tools more difficult, try fitting the handles with foam tubing for better hold and control.
  • Pay attention to your posture. Bend with your knees and avoid twisting motions.
  • Consider gardening in raised beds for easier access and with perennials for beautiful blooms requiring less maintenance.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands and consider knee-pads or a stool for work close to the ground.
  • Wheeled caddies can store hand tools and help move heavy pots or potting soil.
  • If you like to grow clematis, consider installing a mailbox in your backyard flower garden. You can keep your pruners and trowels handy inside and have a perfect post to train your climbing plants.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Don’t forget to wear a hat and your sunscreen.

If you still find you’ve overdone it, remember that Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center offers therapeutic massage. Call 215-741-4410 to schedule an appointment.

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Got pain? Try free Meditation 1-2-3 class

Did you know that according to a 2012 study, meditation is the third most commonly requested complementary alternative medicine therapy?

A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience also found that even after a brief training, the increased capacity to focus on the breath – as is practiced in meditation – can decrease a person’s experience of pain.

Toward that end, Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is excited to announce a free Mediation 1-2-3 class  on Wednesday, March 27, in the Penn Room at the Bucks County Sheraton, 400 Oxford Valley Road, in Fairless Hills. For more information, call 215-741-4410.

The two-hour session geared toward people with chronic pain will be led by Paradise Antiaging Medspa’s Melissa Pickersgill, CHT, BCC, a member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association and a board certified life career coach.

Pickersgill, who has found great success with meditation in managing her own journey with chronic pain, will lead the two-hour session. She’ll explain and guide attendees into progressive relaxation and a meditative state, induce hypnosis and offer a trigger to more easily enter into a trans state in future meditation practice.

Dr. Sanjay M. Madnani and Dr. Anju S. Madnani, Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, are both board-certified with specialty training in pain medicine,  anesthesiology and physical rehabilitation, making them highly qualified and experienced in caring for each patient’s individual condition. The doctors also understand the importance of the mind-body connection in relieving pain and creating optimum health.

In fact, their website offers relaxation music, as well as a guided meditation on its yoga/meditation page http://www.oxfordvalleypain.com/yoga.php#meditation to benefit patients and site visitors.

Paradise Antiaging Medspa offers acupuncture, Botox, dermal fillers, Latisse, microdermabrasion, HydraFacial, Venus Freeze, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga, and meditation under the direction of trained, licensed physicians.  Payment Plans and weekend and evening hours are available.

An Allergan representative will be on hand at the Meditation 1-2-3 class to answer any questions attendees might have about Botox , fillers and Latisse, which grows longer, darker eyelashes.

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Stay safe from falls this winter

While you may love Patsy Cline songs, you probably don’t the idea of Falling to Pieces.

Click on the link below to see a short video we created with 10 easy tips for staying safe from falls this winter.

10 Tips for a Fall-Free Winter

 

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Acupuncture – a holistic approach to antiaging

While acupuncture is widely known for treating many conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica and other chronic pain issues, did you know it can also be effective in reducing lines and wrinkles?

Cosmetic acupuncture or Mei Zen, which means “beautiful person” in Chinese, increases blood flow to the face, encouraging collagen and elastin production. Growing in popularity, it is effective in reducing wrinkles and relaxing tension in the facial muscles.

The skin, the largest organ in the human body, also reflects our internal health. With the insertion of fine needles into the body’s energy pathways, acupuncture helps to balance overall health.

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is excited to announce its offering of acupuncture treatments by Paradise Anti-Aging Med Spa at its Oxford Square Location, 370 Middletown Blvd., Suite 508 in Langhorne.

Dr. Sanjay M. Madnani and Dr. Anju S. Madnani, Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, are both board-certified with specialty training in pain medicine, anesthesiology and physical rehabilitation, making them highly qualified and experienced in caring for each patient’s individual condition. The doctors are also licensed in Pennsylvania and trained at the Harvard Medical School in acupuncture.

For more information, call 215-741-4410.

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Free medspa treatment raffle prizes

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center will be making merry this Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 near the Food Court at the Oxford Valley Mall.


Stop by, say hello and enter to win free medspa treatments from Paradise Antiaging Medspa including acupuncture, massage and the latest Hollywood antiaging treatments – Hydrafacial and Venus Freeze treatments. Raffles will be drawn every 30 minutes.

For more on HydraFacial, check out Introducing the HydraFacial.

Paradise Antiaging Medspa offers acupuncture, Botox, dermal fillers, Latisse, microdermabrasion, HydraFacial, Venus Freeze, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga, and meditation under the direction of trained, licensed physicians.  Payment Plans and weekend and evening hours are available.

 

 

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Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is pleased to annouce acupuncture treatments by Paradise Anti-Aging Med Spa at its Oxford Square location

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is excited to announce its offering of acupuncture treatments by Paradise Anti-Aging Med Spa at its Oxford Square Location, 370 Middletown Blvd., Suite 508 in Langhorne.

Dr. Sanjay M. Madnani and Dr. Anju S. Madnani, Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, are both board-certified with specialty training in pain medicine, anesthesiology and physical rehabilitation, making them highly qualified and experienced in caring for each patient’s individual condition. The doctors are also licensed in Pennsylvania and trained at the Harvard Medical School in acupuncture.

Practiced for more than 2500 years in Eastern culture, acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into energy pathways relating to different parts of the body. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proved effective in treating 28 conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica and chronic back and neck pain and may be effective in treating many more. http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html

The Drs. Madnani have always understood the importance of the mind-body connection in relieving pain and creating optimum health, offering alternative therapies including yoga, massage and meditation.

In fact, the OVPS website offers relaxation music, as well as a guided meditation on its yoga/meditation page http://www.oxfordvalleypain.com/yoga.php#meditation to benefit patients and site visitors.

While acupuncture is not covered by insurance, the doctors are offering a December special to introduce patients to the benefits of acupuncture – Five sessions including the consultation are only $379, a savings of $61. Call 215-741-4410 to schedule an appointment.

To see how acupuncture can help folks cope with holiday stress, check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-calabro/holiday-stress_b_2238396.html

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center is conveniently located at 370 Middletown Blvd., Suite 508 in Langhorne and 3237 Bristol Rd., Suite 103 in Bensalem. For more information, call 215-741-4410 or visit www.oxfordvalleypain.com

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OXFORD VALLEY PAIN & SPINE CENTER PATIENTS NEED NOT BE CONCERNED ABOUT FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

Langhorne, PA – (October 5, 2012) Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center, located at 370 Middletown Blvd., Suite 508, would like to reassure patients that they need not be concerned about the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis associated with spinal steroid injections.

Drs. Madnani do not use the Framingham Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center, which produced the contaminated drug associated with the meningitis outbreak.

Please call the office at 215-741-4410 if you have any questions or concerns.

Dr. Sanjay M. Madnani and Dr. Anju S. Madnani, Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, are both board-certified with specialty training in pain medicine, anesthesiology and physical rehabilitation, making them highly qualified and experienced in caring for each patient’s individual condition.

 

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Protect yourself and your loved ones from excessive heat

Today may be the first day of summer but after the warmest spring on record and with heat indexes in excess of 100 degrees, protecting yourself and your loved ones from the heat could be more important than ever.

The very young, the elderly and those affected by chronic medical conditions are especially prone to heat-related health incidents, with more than 200 people dying from them in 2011. The most serious is a heat stroke, which may happen when the body’s sweating mechanism shuts down and can’t control temperature.

According to the Centers For Disease Control website, warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. See medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Pacemaker for pain

Spinal cord stimulators offer patients with severe chronic pain hope when other therapies have failed./ Courtesy of Boston Scientific

While ancient Greek and Roman healers turned to the torpedo fish for its numbing electric ray properties, it’s not all that long ago that the idea of electrifying a spine was considered something out of Gothic fiction.

Today, however, spinal cord stimulation is a successful alternative for folks suffering from severe back and leg pain after other methods, including surgery, have failed. In fact, more than 300,000 people around the world have been able to stop suffering and start living again thanks to the procedure.

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center physician, Dr. Anju Madnani, likened the spinal cord stimulator to a pacemaker for pain.

Developed by the Massachusetts-based Boston Scientific and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Precision Plus SCS System masks pain signals to the brain with a smooth, soothing feeling using a nondrug, reversible therapy.

The reversible procedure manages pain through an implanted pulse generator while external devices control therapy and charge the implant. It is believed that the electrical pulses from the generator block the brain from receiving pain signals. Patients who have undergone the procedure describe the electrical pulses as “champagne bubbles” and a “soft vibration” instead of intense pain.

Many patients try the therapy first with a simple, minimally invasive procedure. The best candidates live with severe neuropathic pain, failed back surgery and/or haven’t found relief from more conservative treatments.

Covered by most health insurance plans, the stimulator implantation procedure itself is performed in two parts.

After the injection site is anesthetized, temporary electrical leads are guided through the epidural space and connected to an external stimulator, which is worn for about a week. If the patient and physician are pleased with the degree of pain relief, a stimulator may be permanently implanted with the patient sedated or under general anesthesia.

A 2007 study found that of patients with failed back surgery, who underwent the procedure, 73.5% of the patients considered the implanted stimulator to be beneficial and 38 percent saw a decrease in the need for additional pain relievers.

For a narrated animation of the spinal cord stimulator implant procedure, visit http://www.oxfordvalleypain.com/patient-resources.php and click on spinal cord stimulator.

For frequently asked questions about the procedure, check out http://www.controlyourpain.com/explore/scs_faq.cfm

Oxford Valley Pain and Spine Center’s husband-and-wife team of physicians, Dr. Anju Madnani and Dr. Sanjay Madnani, will be happy to answer any questions about the procedure on Saturday at the Langhorne-based comprehensive pain management practice’s Patient Appreciation Day event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Bucks County, 400 Oxford Valley Road.

Representatives of the spinal cord stimulator manufacturer and other pain management modalities will also be on hand. There will be free refreshments, games, face-painting, chair massages and raffle drawings every 30 minutes. For more information, call 215-741-4410.

 

 

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