26 May 2013, The Journal’s Potomac River Festival
Low Back Pain -
How to handle it when you are on vacation Get a prescription: If you know that your prescription will run out prior to your return from traveling, either get it refilled before you leave, or get a prescription from your primary care doctor to take with you. If traveling to a foreign country, many medications have different names, so make sure it’s the same medicine when you’re filling the script away from home. Keep your medications with you. Do NOT place them in your checked bags in case your luggage is lost. It could take days (or longer) before your bags finally reach you. Bring an OTC backup. If there is a similar over-the-counter (OTC) medication, bring that with you. (Check with your prescribing physician, of course.) Ask us about anti-inflammatory &/or muscle-relaxing herbs &/or vitamins. Keep a list of vitamins, herbs, and medications with you at all times. Keep your medications in their original containers. This could eliminate the need to explain to security what each pill is for, and may help avoid them from being confiscated. Pain Relief Tactics: ICE IS NICE! But, traveling with ice is tricky, as it warms up and melts over time. We recommend traveling with several sizes of Ziploc bags that a flight attendant could fill with ice for you. Pinch it between the seat and your lower back, and rotate it on and off in 15-20 minute intervals.
Repeat the process for the length of time the ice lasts (which is usually several applications). Chemical ice packs also work well. Make sure if you bring an ice pack or gel pack with you, that it will be allowed through security. The flight attendant should allow it to be placed into the refrigerator between uses. HEAT IS NEAT! The use of heat for chronic low back pain (LBP) can be very effective, but use ice if the LBP is acute (a new problem). If in doubt, try both ice and heat before leaving, so you can determine which one works better for you. You can also alternate between ice and heat, but start and end with ice if the LBP is acute.
CB Museum open for the summer, stop in Linda Farneth The Colonial Beach Museum’s doors are open for the summer season. The small quaint museum sits on the corner of Hawthorn St. and Washington Ave., directly across from the public Cooper Library and Town Center building. Once an old rundown building slated for demolition, the Colonial Beach Historical Society, formed in 1994, took on the building’s renovations and opened the museum in 1998. Today the exhibits change routinely to share the rich history of this once popular bathing community and home to Alexander Graham Bell as a child. One permanent display is the Watermen’s Room, dedicated by the founding members of the Historical Society to honor the generations of fishermen and oystermen who made their living on the waters of the Potomac River and Monroe Bay.
TENS Unit. These produce a pain-reducing electrical current where a small unit is placed in your pocket, or on your belt, that connects wire electrodes to sticky pads placed in the area of pain. These work well for some people, so try it before you leave to see if you like the results. We can obtain these and train you on their use, as well as provide you with a letter to take with you while traveling to show to security.
Tools of the Trade remains on display, and a new addition is the sale of the DVD, Watermen of Colonial Beach on sale for $15. Produced by John Sweton, the film tells the story of local watermen and the Oyster Wars. Entrance to the museum is free, but donations are welcome. The Museum operates solely on donations and membership fees. The Colonial Beach Historical Society meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Colonial Beach Town Center/Cooper Library building at 20 Washington Ave. Meetings are open to the public, and everyone is cordially invited to attend. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m., and during the Second Friday Art Walks throughout the summer until mid-December. Anyone wishing to join or volunteer their services can contact the Colonial Beach Historical Society at (804) 224-3379.
Dr. Shawn Pallotti and his staff at King George Family Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are there to serve you. Give them a call at 540-775-2250.
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If Low Back Pain (LBP) is chronic, start and end with heat. We often suggest 10 min./5 min./10 min./5 min./10 min. cycles (a total of 40 minutes), starting/ending with either ice (if acute LBP), or heat (if LBP is chronic). There are disposable heat packs available, but remember, limit each use to no more than 20 minutes to avoid pooling of blood in the LBP area. Commercial heat wraps (such as ThermaCare) can also be used. Make sure security will allow the passage of any heat gel pack. OTC Pain Patch or Gels. There are both prescription and OTC pain patches available (such as Bengay Pain Patch). Similarly, heat or coolant rubs or gels can also provide pain relief and reduce the need for medication. Topical Chinese herbals can be
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