Three Tips For Reducing The Pain Of Routine Mammograms

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re a woman nearing the age of 40, you probably know that you’ll be due for a first mammogram, or X-ray of your breasts, to make sure that there are no suspicious lumps that could indicate breast cancer. While you understand its importance, you’re not looking forward to the procedure — it sounds uncomfortable. Well, here’s the bad news: Mammograms can be uncomfortable. In studies, up to 35 percent of women who’ve had a mammogram report that they experienced pain during the procedure. In order to get a good view of the tissue, the breasts must be made flatter, which can be unpleasant. Keep in mind that women who get mammograms every other year to screen for cancer are less likely to die from breast cancer. Women between 50 and 69 have an average 16.5 percent reduction in breast cancer deaths; women who have the screening starting at age 40 are closer to 20 percent. So having the procedure done is worth the discomfort. That said, there are ways to make mammograms less painful. Here are three things to try: 1. Schedule carefully. It is often necessary to schedule some time in advance, but if you have a regular cycle (if you are not menopausal), then you can aim for the time of the month when you’re leleast sensitive. For most women, breasts are most tender the week before and during your period, so schedule the mammogram for the week after your period is due. 2. Communicate with your technician. The reason you feel pain is because your breast is flattened to make the image more clear and to get a good X-ray without a large dose of radiation. But the technician operating the machine is watching the measurement of force and going by their experience to determine how much squeezing needs to be done. There’s no good way to see how much pressure is actually impacting your breast. So, it’s fine to speak up if you are experiencing pain from the procedure. While you will experience some discomfort, your technician should be able to reduce the amount of pressure applied if it is downright painful. If your technician is not sympathetic, ask for another technician to assist with the procedure. And, stay aware of scientific developments: New devices that measure pressure and help alleviate the resulting pain are being tested and may soon be part of your mammogram. You can ask clinics in your area, like Radiology Affiliates Imaging, if their equipment is up-to-date.  3. Use pain management. You may find that taking a couple of ibuprofen tablets before the mammogram helps with the pain. Also, your technician may be able to use a numbing gel that contains lidocaine...

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Exploring The Benefits Of Play Therapy For Children

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many benefits that come along with the use of play therapy for children. Unfortunately, many parents struggle to see these benefits and may ultimately end up dismissing this valid form of children’s therapy. Taking the time to learn more about how this type of therapy works and the benefits it has to offer, you can avoid making this same mistake and ultimately ensure that your child receives the mental health support that they need. Understanding How Play Therapy Works Therapeutic play is much like the play that a healthy child engages in on a regular basis. This therapy takes place in a playroom rather than a traditional counselor’s office and provides children with access to a wide variety of toys and art supplies that can be used to help engage the child. While the play that takes place in these therapy sessions may not differ much from the play your child engages in socially, the setting in which this play takes place can offer incredible benefits. How Does Play Therapy Help? One of the primary reasons that many children act out is that they struggle to process and express their emotions. Oftentimes, children will find it difficult to express themselves freely due to the consequences of this behavior. For instance, expressing anger during school could result in the child being reprimanded or disciplined. Expressing these same feelings at home could cause the parents to become upset with the child and result in varying punishments. In order to avoid these consequences, children often learn to hold their feelings inside. The problem is, these emotions will eventually come out in an inappropriate manner. Play therapy offers children a way to express their feelings in ways that may be considered inappropriate in other areas of their life. For instance, while an angry drawing or interaction with a stuffed animal may be reason for alarm when witnessed by a teacher or parent, play therapists understand that these actions are the child’s way of expressing their current emotions. Oftentimes, simply allowing the child to express these emotions will allow them to begin the process of healing and ultimately improving their behavior. Can All Children Benefit From Play Therapy? Play therapy is primarily designed to assist children who have not yet reached puberty. This is because younger children tend to engage fully in play while older children will often find it difficult to express their true emotions in this way. If your child has experienced a traumatic event, has recently begun acting up, or struggles to interact in social situations, play therapy may be able to help them overcome these problems without the need for medication or traditional talk-based counseling. Counselors like those...

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