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Posted: November 18, 2021
HOW TO USE A FOOT CIRCULATION MACHINE TO IMPROVE BLOOD FLOW
Using a machine that helps to boost leg and foot circulation can help relieve discomfort, stop pain and help with arthritis of the knee. TENs circulation machines can be used daily for a short period of time to help you alleviate pain faster, acting as a leg pain treatment.
TENs machine therapy works by delivering a mild electrical current to nerves in an affected area and into the spinal cord. Using a TENs leg machine should be painless, though the user may feel a natural slight tingling sensation.
How Does a Foot Circulation Machine Work?
When you use a foot circulation machine, the footpads will administer electrical pulses to the feet and lower legs to further stimulate blood circulation. In some cases, the TENs machine may cause some muscles to contract automatically. This contraction helps the muscles to relax,
Posted: March 17, 2021
Lower back pain, also known as lumbago, is particularly common and in most cases is not caused by any serious health condition and will usually get better over time. Though there are simple exercises you can do to help relieve it, sometimes pain in the lower back can last a long time or keep coming back.
Although lower back pain can be the result of certain diseases, most lower back sores result from an injury, such as muscle strains or strains caused by sudden movements or poor posture. Whilst it’s true that low back pain is more likely to occur in individuals with ages between 30 and 50, a large amount of young adults also suffer from this condition.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a revolutionary pain relief method that uses mild electrical c
Posted: March 11, 2021
Those who suffer with migraines and headaches know all too well that it can truly be a debilitating condition and often feels like you’ve exhausted every option to get the pain under control. Migraines are much more commonplace than you may think and are one of those most common neurological conditions in the world.
While many headaches aren’t serious and can be treated with over the counter pharmacy remedies such as paracetamol or lifestyle changes (eating healthier, getting more sleep, fitness and cutting down on caffeine are all good places to start) a migraine can manifest itself with other symptoms as well such as nausea and sensitivity to light, meaning it could have a bigger effect on your day.
Alternative Migraine Relief
At Tower Health we’
Posted: March 04, 2021
Do weight loss pills really work?
Weight loss often tops the list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Many people wish to lose weight mostly for the numerous health benefits, from decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes to a better sleep and reduced joint pain. In recent years, the popularity of fat loss pills has increased to assist the growing number of people trying to lose weight.
One of the most frequently asked questions is: do weight loss pills really work? The truth is all weight loss pills and supplements are designed to be taken by people who also make sensible lifestyle changes. Diet and exercise are important parts of this and should ideally be started before beginning taking weight loss supplements.
In short, weight loss supplements work and can help you lose weight but they need to be accompanied by a balanced diet and f
Posted: December 22, 2020
We’re coming to the end of what has been the most difficult of years for many people. A year where beyond the physical health risks of Covid-19 we’ve also had our mental wellbeing challenged with work uncertainty, lockdowns, changing guidelines, as well as not seeing friends and family. Everyone will have had at least one moment this year where they’ve felt down and overwhelmed, and that is the important thing to remember - you’re not alone.
As we head into a very different festive period, one without Christmas parties and gatherings of loved ones, it remains as important as ever that we stay strong and do all we can to keep our heads clear with the hope that the Covid vaccinations bring on the horizon.
With normal Christmas routines being altered this year, it could be easy to slip into a mental slump. At the time of writing for many the rules are simply that you can meet one other household on Christmas day, and while that puts an end to the hope of any large family
Posted: December 07, 2020
Vitamin D is often referred to as ‘the sunshine vitamin’, it’s purpose is to regulate the calcium and phosphate levels in our bodies that contributes to stronger bones, teeth and muscles. While we do get Vitamin D from a number of food sources, it’s actually UV from sunlight on our skin that gives us our biggest vitamin D boost which is why winter is often associated with low levels of vitamin D.
Winter for many can be a difficult time, but it’s likely that this year you’ve probably spent a little bit more time inside than you usually would. A standard winter may put some people off spending time outdoors due to poor weather and darker evenings, but this year there is the additional aspect of Coronavirus regulations and uncertainty that may be keeping people indoors more than usual.
Due to this extended time indoors due to Coronavirus shielding, over 2.5. Million people in England are being contacted and offered free vitamin D supplements to top up low levels. The groups considered most at risk of low-levels of vitamin D are those in care homes and those who have serious health conditions and may have spent much of 2020 shielding and not going outdoors.
"We advise that everyone, particularly the elderly, those who don't get outside and those with dark skin, take a Vitamin D supplement containing 10 micrograms (400IU) every day. This year, the advice is more important than ever with more people spending more time inside, which is why the government will be helping the clinically extremely vulnerable to get Vitamin D." - Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England
While those mentioned will be receiving a letter from the Government about opting in for free vitamin D supplements, they aren’t the only people who could be at risk of low levels of vitamin D. Others who are more likely to be at a higher risk of low Vitamin D levels are people with darker skin, those who cover up for religious reasons, pale-skinned people and those who are generally unwell. This can be due to not getting enough vitamin D on a daily basis or in the case of those with darker skin, their skin simply doesn’t produce Vitamin D at the same rate. If you want to know more about vitamin D, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below:
Posted: November 26, 2020
Symptoms of Coronavirus in 2020 have caused us all to pay more attention to our temperature. A feverish high temperature was named as one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 and since then the general public had been searching the internet for the facts about body temperature that they needed to know. Here at tower Health we’re going to answer some of your common questions any concerns:
What is Normal Body Temperature?
Normal body temperature is different for everyone and your body temperature will vary throughout the day. Your body temperature can be affected by your lifestyle, how fit and active you are, it can be affected by age so there is no defined ‘normal’ body temperature. It is generally accepted that a normal temperature range for adults is between around 36C to 37C.
What is High Temperature?
High temperatures are usually the sign that something is wr
Posted: November 17, 2020
Preliminary results in scientific studies by Cardiff University have found that rinsing with regular over the counter mouthwash could kill Coronavirus in saliva within 30 seconds.
These results which have yet to go through peer review come ahead of clinical trials set to investigate how effective mouthwash containing 0.007% of the antibacterial ingredient cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) is at reducing the viral load of Coronavirus in our saliva. Early signs in the research are positive which backs up recently published studies into the role CPC-based mouthwashes could play in the slowing of the spread of Coronavirus.
"Whilst these mouthwashes very effectively eradicate the virus in the laboratory, we need to see
Posted: October 21, 2020
Maskne: How to Treat Acne Caused by Face Masks
With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, we are all having to adjust to a totally new way of living including social distancing, more stringent hand washing and wearing face masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport.
Though completely necessary to help stem the spread of the virus, face masks can sometimes feel uncomfortable and restrictive when worn for long periods of time. You may have also noticed an increase in spots on your face, you’re not alone and this unfortunate affliction being dubbed as ‘Maskne’.
Can Face Masks Cause Acne?
Unfortunately, face masks can indeed cause acne breakouts. These acne breakouts are commonly known as ‘maskne’ and they are mainly caused by occlusion, which is
Posted: July 14, 2020
Since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared, face masks have been a constant talking point throughout. The longer the pandemic has gone on, the more focus is being put on the importance of face masks to help stop the spread of the virus. At the time of writing, face masks are currently mandatory in enclosed public spaces in the UK. While face masks are normally associated with the medical profession, many of us had never worn a face covering or even considered wearing one until this year, which had lead to a lot of confusion about how to wear a face mask, which are the best face masks available alongside many other questions.
Are Face Masks Effective?
Various types of masks are now available and will differ in their effectiveness Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Primary Healthcare Sciences at the University of Oxford spoke to the Independent newspaper (article: Thursday 10 September 2020) stating that “many infections are spread by droplets, which are relatively large when they first come out as a cough or a sneeze but become much smaller as they travel through the air. The job of a face covering isn’t to protect the wearer but to block the source of infection (source control). So, the main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others. My mask protects you; yours protects me.”
Not all masks are created equal, and a recent study by Which? found that masks with more layers proved to be much better than single layer masks, with three layer or 3-ply face masks generally performing the best.
How To Wear A Face Mask Correctly:
The current advice from the World Health Organisation states:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before putting the mask on. If this is not possible, use a hand sanitiser with an alcohol base
- Ensure the mask is covering your mouth and nose and there are no gaps between the mask and your face
- Avoid touching your mask while using it, if this does happen simply sanitise your hands or wash them with soap and water
- Do not re-use your mask unless it specifies that it is reusable
- Remove your mask from behind your head making sure not to touch the front of the mask, dispose of it correctly and wash your hands.
When do you Need to Wear a Face Mask?
Face masks aren’t going away any time soon, and it’s likely they’ll be part of our day to day life for a while to come. The latest government advice will tell you exactly which situations that you need to wear a face covering for. This can include:
- Public Transport (also includes taxis and private hire vehicles)
- Transport hubs such as bus stations, railway stations and airports
- Shops & Supermarkets
- Hospitality establishments (pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants etcs) while not seated at a table
- Establishments providing personal care or beauty treatments (salons, hairdressers etc)
- Places of worship
Full list of places that you need to wear a face mask according to the UK Government.
Where to Buy a Face Mask Online
Since the pandemic began you may have seen the emergence of a variety of face masks, whether you’ve seen fashion style cloth face masks or surgical style face masks it can be quite confusing as to which is right.
Here at Tower Health we stock a range of face masks online for you to choose from, including:
Disposable Face Masks - Available in packs of 50
These disposable face masks contain 3-ply antibacterial filtration layers which offer the wearer increased protection from inhalation of droplets and fine particles which may contain the virus.
They are comfortable to wear, lightweight and breathable. As you are wearing a fresh mask each time you can feel confident that your whole family is safe.
Reusable Face Masks (Fabric masks or Washable masks) - Avai