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Treating Axillary Web Syndrome (cording)

By May 6, 2017 health

What is AWS (Cording)?

AWS, also known as “cording”, is a rope-like/ web structure that can be felt or observed under the skin, after a lymph node biopsy, or axillary lymph node dissection. Scar tissue from surgery to the chest to remove cancer cells, can also contribute to the cording. The cords generally start in the axillary region “armpit” and descend down the inner arm to elbow. Cords are possible to even travel to the palm. Cords are made up of restrictive adhesions and scar tissue.

Physical Affects:

One large, or several small cords can run down the inner arm, or into the chest wall. Physical restrictions will be very present. Pain with shoulder ROM, will be decreased arm movement above shoulder height. felt with tightness and pain. Extension of the elbow will be decreased or impossible also felt with tightness and pain.

Treatment:

The natural reaction to cording, is immobility. Protecting the arm by not moving the limb in painful Range of motions. This can lead to more pain, restrictions and tightness, which will eventually lead to more problems, increased adhesions and scar tissue.

1. Stretching – The first step to stretching is to seek a massage therapist or physiotherapist to show the    recommended stretches and protocols. Stretching will increase the ROM, and help align scar tissue.

2. Massage Therapy- Stretching, massage techniques are used on the cord. Techniques will help reduce adhesions, align scar tissue, reduce trigger points. Pain will be decreased and Range of motion improved.

3. Moist heat- May be used, we recommend caution be used as prolonged moist heat can cause and increase in the production of lymph.

Cording usually resolves within a few treatments. Homecare and stretching is recommended to be continued.

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Overwhelmed with my sons diagnosis of Celiac

By January 23, 2017 Being Mom, Everyday life, health

Colten has been under the weather for nearly 5 months. At first I jumped to the conclusion, he is a kid, they spread sickness like the speed of light at school. It started with random vomiting, and moaning his stomach hurt. Progressively he seemed to be complaining more, and more. His burps got worse, with every meal we was burping and regurgitating his food. It started to become very concerning and uneasy.

The doctors appointment was made, and thank goodness. He seemed to be getting progressively worse by the day. The feeling of helplessness is unbearable for a parent. Knowing your child is hurting, and you have no control or super power to make it better. I spent countless nights up with Colten crying on the toilet, asking me to take him to the hospital. I had hospital trips, that ended in 6 hour waits to be sent home.

Finally last Thursday, we got the news. Colten is Celiac ( we have some further tests) Fantastic, right I found out. Now I feel like there is some control over the situation. My whole lifestyle needs to be changed in a few days, wow overwhelming.

I never realized the amount of products we eat with wheat, rye and barley. Our complete diet needs to be switched. How hard is that for a 5 year old, my heart melts for him.

I look at this situation, with overwhelm but joy. Joy of now we know. Overwhelm for Colten, how this affects every aspect of his life, and what a hard thing to understand for a 5 year old.  I know we will conquer the Celiac diet, and adapt to it, but what a lifestyle shocker.

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The importance of taking care of YOU.

By January 10, 2017 Being Mom, entrepreneur, Everyday life, health, success

Finding yourself run down all the time. Making yourself have energy to get to that sports game, to get groceries, or read that bedtime story. Working your butt off at your career, to come home and work your butt of at parenting.

Are we being the best we can be, by being completely run down, and running off fumes?

I find myself in this position, all to often. I want to be the best in my career, at parenting, and life. Putting all my energy into these categories, to find myself completely run down, exhausted, sick and making trips to the doctors. In reality. I am not being the best at my career, parenting or life. I am running around as a zombie. Forgetting things, getting upset at my son for not picking up lego, forgetting to make time with friends.

Its easy to get caught up in the moment, and live the fast life. We need to take a step back and care about our mental and physical health. Take that time for a coffee date, for a yoga session, and making good meals. These simple things we forget about, are actual the key ingredients to being great at your career, parenting and life.

When we feel good about our mental and physical state, It gives us the drive to succeed, the energy to continue on, the feeling of well being. It keeps us from burn outs and break downs.

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS

 

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How YOGA saved me from a BREAK DOWN!

By January 9, 2017 Being Mom, entrepreneur, Everyday life, health, success

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I am not extremely flexible. I am not 100% laid back all the time, I still get stress and anxiety on a regular basis.

So how did yoga change my daily stress? If I’m still experiencing it?

Yoga shows you ways of coping and managing your anxiety. recognizing what it is, and using techniques to lower  your bodies anxious reaction to the situation. Yoga will not take away the stressful situations, but it will give you the knowledge to control your bodies reaction to it.

2 years ago, At my sons art class, watching him through the glass as he splashed paint all over the place. I found myself gasping for air, my throat felt life I just had a severe allergic reaction and it was closing. My chest began to feel like it was collapsing. Looking at the other parents, I was waiting for their facial reactions. Thinking I probably looked like I was going to kick the bucket. I rushed to the bathroom to look at my face, nope not swollen. I called my friend, and made him meet me at my apartment in case I needed to go to the hospital. I was definitely having a heart attack….or so I thought. Toughing it out that night, not going to the hospital. I came to realize. Oh my god that is what an anxiety attack is.

From that point, I started experiencing numerous anxiety attacks a week. It was unbearable. They would happen at the oddest times. Driving to work, with music on and no traffic. Right before bedtime. I felt like I was losing control of every situation. Life wasn’t fun anymore. It was constant fear of these horrible attacks. Simple decisions became stressful. Something needed to change. I was headed for a serious BREAK DOWN

I STARTED WATCHING YOGA VIDEOS AT NIGHT AND IN THE MORNING

After research, and recommendations. I chose to start the yoga practice. I started with watching videos on Youtube. I would put my son to bed, make a tea, lay my mat on the floor with my laptop, and watch decreased anxiety videos. The first few nights, I noticed a bit of a difference. I could feel the stretches, and it was relaxing but was not decreasing my anxiety levels.

“This isn’t helping, I don’t need to get more flexible, I need to help my anxiety” angrily venting to a friend. I remember him saying. ” Sarah, you are not listening to your body. You are doing it only for the poses. Look past that, concentrate on your breath, and become one with your body”

I decided to keep trying, I mean what’s the harm. That night, I grabbed my Mat and tea, tuned in to YouTube. Really trying to focus on my breath. During that practice something changed. I remember like it was 2 minutes ago. It is like I could hear everything in my body. I lived in a high rise on a main street, and the traffic and sirens disappeared. Each pose , my breath took me into a deeper stretch and mental relaxation. I finished the video, grabbed my tea, and headed to the balcony. I was in complete ZEN. My mind was so clear, I don’t even think, I could remember my stresses at that point. All my visions and life seemed to make sense, and positive vibes were glowing from me.

The next morning I woke up an hour before my son, to do morning yoga “THIS IS IT, THIS IS MY ANXIETY MEDICATION” I practiced religiously every night and every morning. Each video bringing me into a better mind state.  The mornings I would feel energized for the day. Knowing that when stress appeared, i could handle it. The nights I would feel relaxed and free.

YOGA DOES NOT CURE ANXIETY, IT GIVES YOU THE TECHNIQUES TO CONTROL IT

Now I am not saying, my anxiety is completely gone, and that I no longer have any stress in my life.  Believe me with a business to run, a 5 year old son, 2 dogs and sports to attend life gets crazy. But yoga gave me the techniques to use when in those stressed situations, I can cope. It lets me connect with my body, to control my break downs and attacks.

Now as many think yoga is only for exercise, and you have to be flexible. YOU ARE WRONG!

For me yoga took me on a road to recovery from a BREAK DOWN.

“It’s not about touching my toes. Its about what i learned on the way down”

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