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American Diabetes Month at ACG

November 18th, 2016

The month of November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects 25.8 million people. Every year, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed. There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 , and gestational. These can also cause further complications such as visual impairments, kidney damage, nerve damage, and problems with the heart and vascular system.

Type 1 diabetes is usually referred to as juvenile diabetes, because mostly children and young adults are determined to have it. Only 5% of diabetic patients have type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body is not capable of producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone created in the pancreas to pull glucose from the blood stream and into the body’s cells to produce energy. Genetics and exposure to certain types of viruses may leave the child more susceptible to type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is also known as hyperglycemia. With type 2 diabetes the pancreas does not use insulin properly. The body may produce a small amount of insulin but not enough that all of the organs need to function properly, or it resists the effects of insulin altogether. Many times, type 2 diabetes goes undiagnosed for years until other complications arise from having unbalanced glucose levels for a long period of time. Type 2 diabetes is thought to be genetic. It can also occur as a result of obesity. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but with treatment, proper blood glucose levels can be maintained.

The third, and less common, type of diabetes is gestational diabetes. This occurs in pregnant women, usually around the 24th week of pregnancy, when the mother develops high blood glucose levels. Women may not have diabetes before becoming pregnant or after delivering the baby. With gestational diabetes, the pancreas is constantly producing insulin, but the insulin does not lower blood glucose levels. If not treated properly, the baby’s pancreas makes extra insulin to get rid of the blood glucose that the mother’s body is producing. Since the baby’s body is receiving more energy than it needs to develop, it stores in the baby’s body as fat. With gestational diabetes, the mother’s blood sugar level usually returns to normal shortly after delivery.

The good news is that there are ways to help maintain your blood glucose levels. It is important to check your blood glucose levels on a regular basis with a glucometer. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise can help combat the symptoms as well.

Diabetes can affect the circulation of blood flow to your feet, so it’s important to keep your feet clean and taken care of.  ACG wants to help you maintain your foot health. We are offering a 10% discount on our SensiFoot diabetic socks. These are made of a special yarn that wick moisture away from the skin. They have a non-irritating seam in the toe that reduces friction and irritation. They also have an antibacterial, antifungal finish that prevents odor and inhibits growth of bacteria on the sock. Finally, they have a light compression that helps promote proper circulation.

We also have an in-store coupon for $1.50 off of Topricin. Topricin is an all natural, pain relieving cream that works by draining the toxins and fluids in an injured area and pushing oxygen into cells and increasing proper blood flow so that the area can heal. Topricin Foot Therapy Cream is one of the few products on the market that has been shown to be affective in treating neuropathy.

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For more information on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association. You can also share your stories about living with diabetes on social media using the hashtag #ThisIsDiabetes.

National Healthy Skin Month & American Diabetes Month

November 2nd, 2016

November generally brings in the cooler weather. In most parts of the country, the heaters and fire places start cranking out the warmth and drying out the air. November is National Healthy Skin Month. It’s important to make sure that you keep your skin healthy. There are many skin care products that can help. We carry several different moisturizers here at ACG to prevent dry skin. We even have a cream called Topricin that nourishes the skin as well as relieving pain.

November is also American Diabetes Month. ACG Medical Supply also carries a multitude of diabetic supplies. We have everything from diabetic organizers  to glucose meters and supplies. We even carry diabetic socks. Drop in our store or visit our website to see everything we have to offer.

In recognition of National Healthy Skin Month, we have a $1.50 off coupon for Topricin. We are also offering a 10% discount on all of our SensiFoot diabetic socks.

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For more information on skin health, visit the American Academy of Dermatology.

To learn more about American Diabetes Month, visit the American Diabetes Association.

 

Physical Therapy Month at ACG

October 4th, 2016

Last month we talked about pain awareness and the different ways to find relief. This National Physical Therapy month and ACG Medical Supply has joined in the campaign. Physical therapy is a great way to help your speed up the recovery process and ensure that your body heals properly. It can be a natural, opioid free pain reliever as well.

Physical therapy can take many forms including: operative care, cardiovascular, neurologic rehabilitation, or pulmonary rehab. The abundance of physical therapists select one area to specialize in. Most common forms include massage, heat treatment, and exercise. You can do physical therapy at a rehabilitation center or at home.

While researching the benefits of physical therapy, I found these little known facts over at Classic Rehabilitation, Inc.

  • Physical therapy as a profession originated during World War I. Many people do not realize this, but physical therapy was actually created to treat American soldiers who were injured in war.
  • Physical therapists were originally known as “reconstruction aides”. When physical therapy as a profession first came about during World War I, those working in the field did so under a different title than they have today.
  • Physical therapists can work in many different settings. One of the benefits of working as a physical therapist is that you can choose to work in a variety of settings, such as outpatient clinics, private clinics, hospitals, schools, and the emergency room.
  • There are many different types of therapy that a physical therapist can do. Physical therapy is a very broad field and includes a wide range of therapies, such as orthopedic, postoperative care, cardiovascular, neurologic rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehab.
  • Physical therapists can treat vertigo. Many people suffer from positional vertigo, which can wreak havoc on overall quality of life. Because this ailment is a dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear, it can actually be successfully treated in as little as one setting with a physical therapist.
  • The field of physical therapy was a female dominant profession initially. Unlike many other professions, the majority of physical therapists were women in the beginning. In fact, the first president of the American Women’s Physical Therapy Association was Mary McMillan.
  • The demand for physical therapy increased in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Schools actually had trouble graduating physical therapists fast enough during this time period, which is when the physical therapy assistant position was created.
  • Initially, you only needed a bachelor’s degree to work as a physical therapist. In the 1990s this changed, requiring anyone interested in working as a physical therapist to enroll in a Master of Science program. In the 21st century, the profession once again advanced and is now at a doctoral level.

pizap.com14752511520192.jpgACG Medical Supply has joined in the observance of Nation Physical Therapy Month. For the month of October, we are giving all physical therapists 10% off their purchases. We are also having a sale on a few items that can help with physical therapy. All of our Theraputty products and Can-Do Exercise therapy balls will by 10%off for everyone else as well.

The Can-Do exercise balls can be heated in the microwave or stored in the freezer as a form of heat or cold therapy. The Theraputty can be used in several different forms, especially in conjunction wit several forms of hand therapy.

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For more information on physical therapy, you can visit the American Physical Therapy Association or at Move Forward PT . You can join in the campaign for National Physical Therapy month by using the hashtag #ChoosePT.

 

Living With Pain

September 19th, 2016

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Millions of people suffer from many forms of pain. These can be categorized into acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is short duration and usually lasts under 6 months. It’s a soft tissue injury that can result from things such as a sprain, growing pains, or even a paper cut. Chronic pain can last anywhere from weeks to years and can range from mild to excruciating. There are many chronic health conditions such as arthritis, neuropathic diseases, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, nerve damage, joint pain, and tendonitis.

What ever your pain may be, there are many ways to find relief. Americans spend up to $635 million a year on chronic pain management. This adds up to more than the cost of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The most well-known method of treatment would be pain medication. With dependency on these drugs growing, more people are looking for alternatives to find relief.

The American Chronic Pain Association has researched new ways of coping with pain. They have found that relaxation and redirecting your thoughts from the pain helps. Doing things that you enjoy, or even playing can be helpful. Different forms of art can be great purposeful activities. They suggest playing with play dough, painting by numbers, coloring, board games, jigsaw puzzles, crafting, light gardening, or even listening to and singing along to your favorite songs can be helpful in redirecting your thoughts from the pain. Using your imagination and being happy can help you feel as though you have regained control over a portion of your life again.

Another study done by PainEDU has discovered that different forms of exercise can help as well. Physical activity has been shown to improve body functions, decrease fatigue, and decrease side effects from sedimentary lifestyles. Aerobic activities increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins. Both of these boost your mood, help regulate sleep cycles, and block the pain receptors. It can also decrease the level of inflammation by strengthening the weakened joints and muscles for better support and balance. You can reduce health complications by participating in your favorite activity, whether you prefer swimming, yoga, hiking, or walking. If you suffer from extreme chronic pain, you may need a physical therapist to help put a tailored exercise program in place and monitor your improvement.

Whatever form of pain relief you seek, the staff at ACG is here to support your journey to a healthier, pain free lifestyle!

 

Pain Relief at ACG

September 9th, 2016

We spoke earlier this month about some of the pain management products at ACG Medical Supply and how they can help. ACG has so many more options to choose from.  We have therapy  devices such as ice systems and TENS units. We also have cold packs, and even some that can be used for cold or hot therapy. The dual use packs are the Core DualComfort therapy packs. Try the Therall products if you’re suffering from arthritis pain.

If you’re loking for a topical pain reliever, you can try products such as Biofreeze, Topricin, and Sombra. They each help in a different manner. Sombra is one of the leading topical analgesics on the market. It is a warm therapy pain reliever that is all natural, alcohol free, absorbs quickly, and is made in the USA. ACG carries the roll-on and jar in store.

Topricin is an all natural cream that works on a cellular level. You can’t build up a tolerance to it, and your body can’t become addicted to it. It works by putting oxygen into the cells so they can actually help repair themselves. We carry the traditional Topricin, the Fibro cream, and the foot cream. The foot cream is one of the few products on the market that actually relieves pain from neuropathy. We have them tube or a jar in store.

Biofreeze is the number one clinically recommended topical pain reliever on the market! This year is their 25th anniversary, and they have improved their product to celebrate. The pain relief now is stronger and lasts longer. The gel now has a smoother consistency too. It uses the cooling effect of menthol, which is also a natural pain reliever. It can also be combined with chiropractic, podiatric, massage, and physical therapies. ACG  carries the Biofreeze in a gel, roll-on, and spay form in the store.

ACG is celebrating with Biofreeze on their anniversary this month. We are offering all of our guests  5% off one product or 10% off of two or more products for the month of September. Come in today and get some relief from your pain while saving some money!

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Pain Awareness Month at ACG

September 1st, 2016

September is Pain Awareness Month. There are many different forms of pain and many ways to help get some relief. Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or just short term, we have many products here at ACG that can help.

One great form of pain relief comes in the form of copper and products made with it. You may wonder why so many products with copper in them are recently popping up in the market. It’s actually nothing new. Copper has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Sabona has done their research and used some of their findings to create some great products that are both helpful and effective. If you are sensitive to copper, the Sabona products are known to help with pain relief, inflammation, and are effective for proper circulation.

This is The Copper Theory from Sabona’s website:

Various forms of copper have been used for medicinal purposes throughout the history of mankind. The ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian, Hindu and Aztec writings record various consistent medicinal uses of copper.1 Today, as more information becomes available, alternative health care and home remedies are gaining popularity. Health publications include copper bracelets as a home remedy to possibly ease the pain from arthritis in some people who seem to get an insufficient amount of copper from their food. Helmar Dollwet, Ph.D., of the University of Akron, has studied this copper connection and thinks the dissolved copper from a copper bracelet entering the body through the skin may be the only way for them to get the copper they need.2 Another study found patients wearing copper bracelets absorbed an average of 13 milligrams of copper during a month. “This could bring many people into the recommended daily intake for copper (1.5 to 3 milligrams). Copper absorbed through the skin gets into circulation very efficiently – more so than most dietary copper.” Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is one of the body’s own copper-dependent enzymes that reduces pain and inflammation. The body may use copper to make more of its own SOD.3

  1. Dollwet & Sorenson, “Historic Uses of Copper Compounds in Medicine” TRACE ELEMENTS IN MEDICINE, Vol.2, No.2-1985 (pp.80-87)
  2. Tkac, Debra, Ed. “The Case for Copper” THE DOCTORS BOOK OF HOME REMEDIES, (p.22) Copyright 1990, Rodale Press, Inc.
  3. Passwater, Richard A., Ph.D., “Copper and SOD” THE NEW SUPERNUTRITION, (p.256) Copyright 1991, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

The Sabona supports are infused with 5% of copper thread in the fabric. We have patients that swear by these products. Because of the 5% of copper in the product, ACG is placing all of the Sabona products on sale for 5% off for the first week in September! Come in today and get some pain relief!

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Choosing a Wheelchair Ramp

August 5th, 2016

If you use a wheelchair, you may have come across a threshold that you need to overcome with a ramp. Maybe you have a step leading up to your door or a drop off from one part of the house to another. A quick and easy solution to this problem is using a wheelchair ramp. There are three main types of ramps: portable, modular, and permanent.

Portable ramps are put in place for use and taken up and removed after use. Some of them can also be folded up for easier transport.

Permanent and modular ramps are made to be installed. In some areas of the country, they must follow building codes and height/slope regulations. These can also be built with or without rails. Some larger ramps will also require a landing at the end. The staff here at ACG can come out to your house to give you a free estimate on a permanent or modular ramp to suit your needs. Our techs can build, install or repair your current ramp.

The first step in choosing a ramp is to measure the height of the obstacle you are trying to overcome. You will need 1 foot of ramp for every 1 inch of height for a proper slope of the ramp. For example, if you have a step that is 3 inches high, you will need a 3 foot ramp. Also, what is the average height you will need to overcome, so you can choose the correct length ramp? If you are needing a portable ramp, will it need to fold to fit in the trunk of your car?  Another thing to consider is how wide you need the ramp to be. Most ramps are 31 inches wide on average.

ACG Medical Supply carries a wide variety of ramps. They will be on sale for 10% off for the month of August! Come by and view or selection, call for a free estimate, or visit our website.

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ACG Supports Families of Fallen Dallas Officers

July 22nd, 2016

ACG Medical Supply is a family owned, small business. We give back to the local community whenever we can. The tragic events of the Dallas police shooting on July 7th touched our hearts. ACG wants to help the families of the officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. You can help us in our efforts by just purchasing items that you would normally buy.

We are having a #BackTheBlue day here at ACG. On August 15 we will be donating 10% of all sales for the day to the Assist the Officer Foundation for Dallas and the Line of Duty Fund at The Dallas Foundation. These are the only two charities that are recognized and supported by the Dallas police department. The Line of Duty Fund at The Dallas Foundation are working closely with the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority to distribute 100% of the donations received to the officers and families affected by the shootings in Dallas on July 7th. You can support the families knowing that the money is going where it needs to.

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The staff will all be wearing blue to show our support. Wear your blue as well to show you’re with us in supporting the boys in blue!

How to Put on Compression Socks

June 28th, 2016

Compression socks are designed to treat venous disorders such as edema and thrombosis. They increase circulations to prevent blood clots, varicose veins, venous ulcers, and tired or achy legs as well. ACG Medical Supply carries a large variety of compression garments to choose from. Some of the higher level compression socks can be difficult to put on, but there’s a technique to help get them on easier. Our staff can take your measurements to assure you get a proper fitting garment and teach you how to wear them here in the store.

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How to put on compression socks:

  1. Reach into the garment and grab the heel.
  2. While holding the heel, pull the sock inside out just to the heel, forming a pocket.
  3. Place the heel of the sock towards the floor, and pull the sock on your foot as far up to the heel as you can.
  4. Turn the rest of the sock right side out and up over your heel. The hardest part is getting the sock over your heel.
  5. Once you’ve done that, you want to ladder the sock back and forth up your leg to ensure a proper fit and compression. The garment should land about two finger lengths below your knee.
  6. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.

* If you are still having trouble getting your socks on, you can also try using a stocking donner. This allows you to put the sock on to the donner and slide it up your leg.

How to put on Compression socks with a donner:

  1. Face the donner with the opening away from you.
  2. Pull the top part of the sock over the donner and slide it up to the heel of the garment.
  3. Put your foot into the sock and pull up on the handles of the donner.
  4. You may need to finish laddering the sock up your leg. The sock should land about two finger lengths below your knee cap.

 

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If you would like to see a demonstration, you can watch our YouTube video through the link below.

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* For best results, you want to put your compression garments on when you first wake up in the morning, and take them off when you are home relaxing in the evening.

National Safety Month at ACG

May 31st, 2016

June is National Safety Month. Here at ACG, we recognize the importance that safety plays in keeping healthy. Whether you’re at home, at work, or behind the wheel of a car, there are steps you can take to avoid accidents or injuries.

Today we are focusing on keeping safe at home. The number one cause of accidental injury related death in America is due to poisoning. These can be caused by gases, chemicals, or drug overdoses. The good news is that there are ways to prevent accidents from occurring. Make sure you have all medications, cleaning supplies, chemicals, and even batteries out of the reach of children. The poison control center receives over 2.2 million poison related calls every year. It’s a good idea to leave a list of all emergency numbers you may need next to the phone. Another thing you can do remain safe is to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. If you have little ones, make sure to child proof your house.

The third leading cause of accidental death, following poisoning and car accidents, is falling. It is also the number one cause of death for people over the age of 71. There are millions of injuries from falls every year. One out of every five falls results in a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. There are several products on the market to help prevent falls. Some of the most popular products are grab bars. Here at ACG we are offering 10% off all of our grab bars in recognition of National Safety Month to help prevent accents and keep you safe.

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Find about more about staying safe at the National Safety Month website.

For more information on child safety, visit the website of Safe Kids Worldwide.

For more information on preventing falls, visit the website of  Fall Prevention Centers of America.

 

 

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Welcome to Medical Mobility Solutions, the official blog of ACG Medical Supply in Rowlett, Texas. We hope that you enjoy our stories and feel free to share them with your friends and family!