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First Med Urgent Care Provides Information For Proper Push-Ups

Urgent Care: Saving You From Lower Back Pain

One of the most popular “trouble spots” for men and women are their arms, chest, and triceps. Many men are self conscious about their upper body shape while many women are worried about the “pudge” that may form around the armpit region and their arms. Thus, these people tend to turn to push-ups as a primary way to exercise these troublesome areas, but be careful as bad form can lead to lower back pain. As the new year starts out with everyone aiming to get in shape, our urgent care staff felt it would be a great time to provide some information on performing proper push-ups.

It might sound silly to hear an urgent care doctor say that as a side-effect of pushing yourself up improperly that you can cause stress on your spine, but it’s true. It is all in the way one positions themselves. For example, when you lower yourself down, do not let your hips sag as this is the most common mistake people make! Most often allowing the hips to dip too low is a result of having a weak core so it would be smart to focus on building up some core strength in the abs to help yourself prevent injury in the lower back (planks and leg lifts are a nice option).

Our urgent care staff hopes that you’ll agree that injuring yourself beyond repair is not worth the risk. To complete a proper push-up know that you should be creating a straight line with your body from your shoulders to your heels. You’re going to need to make use of your abs and quadriceps to keep yourself engaged in the proper form. As you lower down to the floor, it’s important to remember your straight line posture and push yourself back up in a steady motion. Don’t worry about pumping in the reps too quickly, just take it as slow as you need to go.

If you happen to get a little sore, that’s obviously normal and you’ll just need to rest.

If you need urgent care medical assistance, First Med Urgent Care has 6 locations to serve you from the hours of 8am- 7:30pm, every day of the week! If you need us, be sure to check-in online for a quicker visit. Good luck with your 2017 workout plans!

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Urgent Care Tips: Avoid Flu This Christmas Season

First Med Urgent Care: How to stay healthy

Influenza (or the the flu) really started hitting hard around October, but now that the weather has cooled off quite a bit more a lot more cases are circulating. Patients that failed to get the flu shot early on may be at greater risk now that the flu infection is becoming more prevalent. While First Med Urgent Care staff are here to care for you if you need us we’d like to provide you with some tips for avoiding the flu this Christmas season.

  • Dress warmly: This might seem too simple, but it works! Since our summer and fall weren’t really all that terrible it makes sense that when it did finally get chilly your body would be more susceptible. To avoid feeling that icy sting, wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hand clean: People sneezing, coughing, and rubbing their runny noses are everywhere and spreading germs! The best thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible. If you use the same hand drying towel, consider washing it often, as well. It may be best to use disposable paper towels (and if you’re environmentally conscious recyclable ones are a great option).
  • Eat the right foods: Choose foods with plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc for an immune system booster. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is vital as it flushes out kidneys washing away any toxins that may have entered the body. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep the flu out.
  • Get plenty of rest: Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule keeps your body happy and relaxed. Doing so helps to avoid stress on the body. When you’re less stressed you can naturally fight off illness more effectively.

Sometimes you just catch the flu too late. It is possible to try everything on the list for prevention and still get sick as your immune system isn’t always stable to begin with. If you get sick, First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help! All 6 of our locations are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time. Of course, checking in before you come can save you some time. You can make use of this handy feature by clicking here.

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5 Tips For Fighting Against Sinus Pain

Sinus Headaches And Other Pains

When seasons change it’s common for different allergens to cause people to suffer from sinus pain. There are different types of pain that people experience which can include throbbing headaches to pressure around the eyes, nose and cheeks. When things get really painful it may be a case of sinusitis. This pain can be the result of bacteria in the mucus causing inflammation. When that happens it is better known as a sinus infection. So, what can you do? Today, our urgent care is listing tips to help you fight against sinus pain.

1.) Avoid smoke: Try to avoid going around people who smoke and if you smoke, it might be a good time to consider quitting. Cigarette smoke irritates the sinus passages causing them to swell and restrict the flow of mucus.

2.) Use a humidifier: Regulating the moisture in the air of your home can help cut back on sinus irritation from dry air. The level of humidity should be 30-60%.

3.) Inhale steam: Taking a warm bath or hovering over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head can unclog sinuses and decrease pain temporarily. Try putting some Eucalyptus oil in the water to breathe in. A hot shower can also do wonders.

4.) Eat properly: They say you are what you eat. That’s why it’s important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Try some warm foods and don’t be afraid to add a little spice like cayenne pepper to really open up the nasal passages.

5.) Get rest: Sleeping is important in general, but even more so when your body is off balance. When your sinuses act up get a good night’s sleep to help your immune system fight off germs that cause infections.

These are just a few simple rules to follow that may help you find some relief or even to prevent sinus infections from happening. If you experience an episode of sinusitis and need relief, you can visit any one of First Med Urgent Care’s clinics. Walk-ins are welcome at our clinics and we’re open from 8:00am – 7:30pm.

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May Is Better Sleep Month, Rest Up!

Getting Enough Rest? Sleep Is Important!

At some point in your life you won’t get enough rest and you’ll have a feeling of grogginess all day to prove it. Perhaps this is an ongoing lifestyle for you; constantly going on without enough sleep. In time, inadequate sleep can lead to bigger problems. Today, because we know how important bedtime is, our Urgent Care staff is taking time to talk about Better Sleep Month which is supported by the Better Sleep Council (BSC).

To start with, being unable to get the appropriate amount of “shuteye” can cause some of the following issues:

  • Stress hormone production
  • Reduced concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure

The aim of Better Sleep Month is to encourage people to establish better sleeping patterns. People like to believe that they can constantly survive on fewer than 8 hours of sleep, but before long that poor cycle will catch up to you. Many experts still believe that between 7.5 and 8.5 hours of rest a night is optimal, however; time slept is not the only determining factor.

For example, if you have 6 hours of deep refreshing sleep it is more beneficial than sleeping for 8 hours of light, interrupted sleep. Getting a refreshing sleep is majorly important to your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Here are some ways to obtain a better night’s sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Relax before sleeping by winding down. Avoid stimulation like phones, computers, exercise or work for at least 2 hours prior to bed.
  • Spend more time in the sun during the day and make it as dark as possible in your bedroom for sleeping.
  • Exercise regularly throughout the week, during the day.
  • Cut down on caffeine, big meals at night and avoid alcohol before bed.
  • Keep noise levels low and focus on breathing deeply to help yourself fall asleep faster.

Our staff at First Med Urgent Care hope that these tips help you find the good night sleep you’re seeking. For more information on Better Sleep Month, visit the Better Sleep Council Website.

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First Med Urgent Care Provides Tips To Fight The Common Cold

Preventative Measures And When To Visit An Urgent Care

You’ve got that all too familiar scratch in your throat, your head is feeling fuzzy and all you want to do is sleep. Enter the common cold. First Med Urgent Care has compiled some helpful tips that you may be able to follow in order to get over your pesky cold. If you’re at the starting stages of a cold, you can possibly avoid a trip to the urgent care simply by following these tips:

1.) Use a decongestant spray to clear sinus cavities. They work almost instantly! If you can’t stand to spray something up your nose try a decongestant pill, instead. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications.

2.) When you try to blow your nose from both nostrils at the same time, you could actually be creating even more pressure as forceful nose blowing forces nasal fluids up into your sinuses. To prevent infection, blow your nose by closing one nostril at a time and blowing out of only the open nostril.

3.) Eating chicken soup may help you feel better. Research tells us that chicken soup is an anti-inflammatory and the warmth helps to temporarily speed up the movement of mucus through the nose. Your mother was right all those years!

4.) Get lots of rest. Sleep is vital, especially when you’re sick. Don’t feel guilty about staying home from work or school, because your friends will thank you for not spreading the illness and so will your body once you receive the proper amount of rest.

Of course, if you’re well past the stage of fighting the cold off with at-home remedies and you find that you have a high fever, severe headache or any swelling then you probably want to make a trip down to the urgent care. If need be, stronger prescriptions can be written for you when you visit an urgent care doctor. Often times, if a cold goes untreated it can turn into something much worse. The key is to jump right into treating the problem, but if you’ve waited too long we’re here for you. Please click here to view First Med Urgent Care’s office locations, hours of operation and contact information.

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First Med Urgent Care Reveals How To Fall Asleep Easier

First Med Urgent Care: Giving Sleepy Time Tips

Getting sleep is crucial for the body and mind to function properly on a regular basis. Being sleep deprived can cause numerous, serious side effects which range from mild to severe. Accidents taking place, illness settling in and poor cognition are all results of being sleep deprived. For a lot of people the reason sleep is so difficult to obtain is because they have trouble falling asleep. Our urgent care doctors know the importance of sleep. For this reason, First Med Urgent Care is giving you sleepy time tips to ensure you know how to help you fall asleep easier.

Urgent care staff tip #1: Stretch out

After a long work day or taking care of the kids your body may be all stiffened up. Stretch out from your head down to your toes. Do a few, slow head rolls. Stretch your arms up over your head on both sides. Stretch out your legs and curl up your toes before stretching them all back out again. This repeated motion may help to diminish stress from your body.

Urgent care staff tip #2 : Count breaths

Instead of counting invisible sheep, try counting your breaths instead. To get your body ready for sleep try breathing in for counts of 4-8 and breathing out again a similar number of breaths. The focus on the number of breaths can have a soothing effect.

Urgent care staff tip #3: Control temperature

If you have the option to lower your body temperature it will help you fall asleep faster. Some people like it as cold as 65, others prefer low 70’s. If you can’t control the temperature for whatever reason, try to sleep in a cooler pair of pajamas. You could also eliminate blankets or sleep with a thin sheet, instead.

Urgent care staff tip #4: Noise control

If total silence is too unbearable try adding some white noise such as a fan or listen to the radio. If too much noise is a problem, try some soft ear plugs to drown out whatever it is that keeps you awake.

First Med Urgent Care hopes that these tips will help you get yourself ready for a snooze fest and snuggle right in for a good night sleep.