The High Blood Pressure Program Review

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension affects millions of people. It’s a very common health problem that has severe implications if not kept in check. Christian Goodman’s blood pressure program has become an online bestseller over the past couple of years because of how effective it is. The approach he takes is unique and you’ll need to watch the entire video on the official page to get all the details. Christian runs the website, ‘Blue Heron Health News’ and is actively involved in the health and wellness industry. Let’s…

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Athletes Get Stem Cell Therapy, But Should You?

“The risk from the stem cell procedure is that it could give someone a false sense of confidence, and they could go back to play too early” and reinjure themselves, he said. A spokeswoman for the Washington Nationals declined to provide information about Scherzer’s treatment, such as the type of stem cells used or the name of the clinician who administered them. Clinics that offer stem cell treatments prepare injections by withdrawing a person’s fat or bone marrow, then processing the cells and injecting them back into aching joints, tendons…

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Headaches and Aromatherapy

Headaches are the consequence of the membranes and blood vessels around the brain and the scalp muscles tightening or extending.

Headaches and Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and essential oils can help the pain due to headaches by helping in relaxing these muscles that are tight. Blend the mixture below and lightly massage into your temples, scalp and back of your neck. Find a quiet place where you could lay down and relax with your eyes shut, preferably with an eye bag placed over your eyes. Breath deeply and enjoy the aroma of the essential oils and texture them relaxing all of your tightness leaving you feeling calm and discharging any pain.

If you suffer from headaches you know how debilitating they can sometimes be.
From Rose Cox
30ml sweet almond or apricot oil

Usually headaches aren’t linked to any serious illness however in case you suffer chronic headaches or you wake up with a very painful headache or if they disrupt your sleep you should seek medical advice.
Headaches and Aromatherapy

Frequently the cause can be unknown but there are common causes such as stress, lack of sleep, sinus issues, stomach upsets or excessive alcohol to name a few. Other causes may be spinal problems, eyestrain, dental problems, depression, PMT and some drugs like the contraceptive pill or HRT (hormonal therapy therapy).
This post via the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Recipes blog where you can find the most recent information on aromatherapy and essential oil recipes.

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Several Uses for Bergamot Essential Oil

  • You may apply a few drops of bergamot essential oil using a cotton ball and inhale the odor to gently raise your spirits, reduce anxiety, and eliminate any fear and anger you could feel. It’s also great in soothing your nerves.
  • Add about 3-5 drops of the oil into your bath water, to be able to treat skin infections and any sense of vaginal itch.
  • Put a few drops of bergamot in an aromatherapy diffuser to help fight fatigue and alleviate exhaustion, thus, providing you a boost of energy.
  • You could also use it to apply to irritated skin, such as acne, insect bites, cold sores, and even psoriasis and eczema.
  • For cleansing and healing of the skin, add 3-5 drops of the oil into a bowl of hot, steaming water, cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in.
  • Finally, you might add the oil into your bath water to be able to help relieve tension and depression.

Other uses of bergamot essential oil include raising one’s appetite, eliminating any intestinal parasites and may also be utilised in making perfumes.
This post through the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Recipes blog where you can find the most recent information on aromatherapy and essential oil recipes.
You will find more details about bergamot oil here.

Keep reading to find out about the various uses of bergamot essential oil, particularly on fixing some of your health difficulties.

Bergamot essential oil is regarded as antibacterial and antiseptic, thus, which makes it effective in fighting against bacteria, fungi and other germs.

From Rose Cox

It’s an essential oil that’s thought to have originated in the Canary Islands. In actuality, some would assert that it was Columbus who first brought the bergamot plant in the Canary Islands on the way to Italy where it is being cultivated now.
This oil is extracted or pressed from a bergamot plant, and may be utilised in an assortment of ways.

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Hypnotherapy Some Of The Best

Below is a list of the top and leading Hypnotherapy in Adelaide. To help you find the best hypnotherapy located near you in Adelaide, we put together our own list based on this rating points list. The top rated hypnotherapy in Adelaide are: ⦁ State of Mind Hypnotherapy⦁ Matthew Tweedie Hypnosis⦁ Clive Westwood Hypnotherapy State of Mind Hypnotherapy was established by professional hypnotherapist, Carolyn Guerin, to help people to make the changes they desire and to enhance their Energy, Vitality and Motivation. In her Adelaide Hypnotherapy office and in the…

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Pinterest: A great place for treatment ideas

How many of you out there have heard of Pinterest? How many of you have used it before? How many of you use it as a place for finding OT treatment ideas?

If you (mentally) raised your hand to any of these questions, then you’re on the right track!

In case you don’t know, Pinterest is a place for sharing and organizing images and ideas that you find on the Internet. By following the “pins” that your friends share, you can create virtual pinboards that are organized any way you like and re-post your friends’ pins onto your various boards. Make sense? So, for example, I have a handful of boards that organize topics such as recipes, photography, kids’ activities (for someday when my 5-month-old grows up), do-it-yourself projects, and so on.

The pinboard that I’m MOST passionate about is my OT board. When I first joined Pinterest in the summer of 2011 (when I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 1st baby!), I noticed that there were all these great kids’ activities floating around and I thought to myself, I could totally use that in therapy! So I created an OT pinboard and started saving activities that I could potentially incorporate into my pediatric therapy sessions. As a new OT, this was such a breath of fresh air. I found a few ideas here and there and was content to have just a few things in my back pocket after being sleep deprived (you parents can relate!) and out of school and fieldwork for 6+ months.

Once I started working, however, I saw a flier that introduced me to a company that has put together the ULTIMATE world of OT resources: PediaStaff. I don’t work for PediaStaff and I had never heard of them before, so I’m not trying to covertly convince you to work for them. But what I am saying is that they have done something absolutely AMAZING…they have put together literally hundreds of pinboards for various topics related to pediatric therapy. I’m sorry if you’re not in peds and this doesn’t relate to you. But if you are? Oh boy, get ready! Their boards are for people who work with and teach kids — primarily OTs, SLPs, behavioral therapists, and school teachers (it’s possible there are other fields represented that I haven’t seen since there are so many pinboards). Off the top of my head, some topics of the OT boards include sensory/messy play, activities to promote hand strengthening, ways to develop and improve pencil grip, free printable visuals for visual schedules/picture exchange, picky eating, AAC, animal-assisted therapy, lots of boards related to specific diagnoses, and much, much, MUCH more. I can’t even begin to describe the depth and breadth of these boards, but once you dive in, there’s no stopping! I have been know to spend hours perusing just one board and saving articles and links that will be immensely helpful to me in my pediatric practice. Though some of the ideas I come across are things I already learned in OT school or fieldwork, many of the ideas are new to me and simply ingenious. I have also been introduced to many great blogs and articles that are written by OTs and cover a wide array of topics.

It is important to note that all of this idea sharing and pinning certainly does not serve as continuing education, as helpful as it is. But it most definitely supplements the formal education that we have already received and it can jump start our practice by giving us some new ideas for treatment and inspiring us to creative greatness.

So what about you? Have you found Pinterest to be a helpful resource to your OT practice? Are there other websites you use as a means of giving you new ideas and a fresh perspective on your profession? I would love to hear from you!

If you haven’t experienced Pinterest yet, go to and request an invite. You should receive an email within a few hours that will include a link that you can click on in order to set up an account. You will then be provided with suggestions for who you can follow, based primarily on your Facebook friends who are also Pinterest users. I hope it becomes as great a resource to you as it has for me!

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Resources for School OT with Students with Complex Needs

In case you haven’t heard, I am leading the next #otalk2us on Twitter! I am a school based therapist, and while there are lots of topics that could be covered, this was one that is not often seen.  

 I work in a number of schools, including several which have “regional certificate classrooms” and one “public separate day school.” While these sites may not be the most inclusive setting possible, these students and teachers do need a lot of support from related services to access their education. Most of my students do not have only one issue or primary disability. Some are classified as “Multiple Disabilities” with a combination of orthopedic, visual, hearing, and learning impairments. Others may be coded as a student with Autism or Intellectual Disability, but have additional issues and behaviors. It is definitely challenging to be a teacher in one of these classrooms, to balance all the needs and supports for each student, to integrate behavior plans and IEPs. And it can be very challenging to be a therapist for these students as well, to make sure that goals are SMART, to make sure that the student has best access to all the daily occupational pieces that go into a school day, to give your best so that the student can do the best possible. It can be hard mentally, emotionally, physically. Here are some resources that may help you when working with students with complex needs, to complement the chat (9/13 at 7pm!).

If you’re new to twitter or chats, check out these resources and then just jump right in!
An Occupational Therapist’s Guide to Twitter 

What’s New in Digital and Social Media for Occupational Therapy? Focus on Networking 

Occupational Therapy and Twitter 

Tweetchat  Just enter #OTalk2US

Multisensory Approach
What is a total communication  approach?

Talking the Language of the Hands to the Hands: The Importance of Hands for the Person Who is Deafblind

Teaching Learners with multiple special needs blog

Paths to Literacy resources for visually impaired students
Long youtube video: How People with Severe/Profound disabilities learn
Group by Group blog – interdisciplinary group education approach for students with multiple disabilities, great pictures and instructions
Praactical AAC blog

Switch Access

Switches, what are they and how do I use them? Very in-depth info
Switch Activities and accessible software

Errorless choices and activities
What is Errorless Learning?

iPad apps for Significant Disabilities

OTs With Apps blog

Toys and Tools that I like- no paid endorsement or affiliate links, I just like this stuff!
Modular Hose Mounting Systems

APH for the Blind Carousel of Textures 

Enabling Devices- Pull Ball 

Enabling Devices- Carnival Tube 

Blue2 Switch 

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Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends

  • 3 drops Rose Geranium
  • 2 drops Basil
  • 4 drops Bergamot

Here are

  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 3 drops Lime

If I wanted to use this oil, what could I find to combine with this? I wanted as I had a full day of work before me, an uplifting blend. One of my favourite oils that when I m operating I really like to diffuse is Basil. I did a fast smell test and my sense of smell agreed that they would combine well together so all I wanted was to get a third essential oil. Bergamot is another lovely refreshing and uplifting aromatherapy oil and on doing the odor test all three work together superbly.

This post through the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Recipes blog where you can find the most recent information on aromatherapy and essential oil recipes.
In keeping with the Geranium motif, another day I decided to try out another mix, this time with the normal Geranium. This essential oil blend also had to be uplifting and among essential oils I adore for this is Ginger. Ginger essential oil is also excellent for sharpening the memory that may be quite valuable for my various work tasks. Lime sharpening the senses and is another aromatherapy oil for both memory.

Here’s the numbers and the blend that I added to my diffuser:

From Rose Cox
After receiving my most recent batch of fresh essential oils out of Mountain Rose Herbs, as always I decided to experiment with a few fresh aromatherapy diffuser blends. I haven’t utilized Rose Geranium too much before so I really wanted to add that in one of my new combinations. Rose Geranium is extremely similar to Geranium but I find it a much milder odor and of course with a stunning rose-like aroma. The latin name is Pelargonium graveolens and Geranium that has more of an apple-like odor is Pelargonium odorantissimum.

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When you hear the word ‘hypnosis’ it’s likely that the first thing that springs to mind is a swinging pendulum and a complete loss of control, which is naturally scary, but ‘hypnobirthing’ is far from it. With a focus on creating a positive birthing experience for pregnant women, hypnobirthing has been proven by science to help everything from relaxation to pain relief, to shorter birth times, to empowerment and speeding up contraction times. In short, a dreamy birth experience (hopefully!). A lot less ‘woo woo’ than you think, ‘hypnobirthing’ involves…

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Diagnostic Cluster for Cervical Myelopathy

I chose to find craft and try my hand at creating some info-graphics! I will be posting them regularly on my website and intend to make most of them focused on orthopedic physical therapy with an emphasis on evidenced informed intervention and diagnosis. Let me know what you think about them as they come out!

Jarod Hall, PT, DPT, CSCS

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