Covid-19: Managing Stress

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A Different Outlook: Don’t let the stress get the best of you.

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Love Is The Best Medicine

Love is the Best Medicine!

Valentine’s Day card, kisses and chocolates are sweet, but is there more to it than just a feeling? Interestingly, there is a link between love and your health & wellness. There actually is real science backing up those feelings of love and romance. Spending time together with the person you love can benefit your health in several substantial ways.

Here are a few different ways that being in love can improve your health:

  • According to one study, being with your spouse can lower your blood pressure. Even if the relationship is troubled, blood pressure still decreased when the couple is together.
  • Affection can bolster your immune system and keep you away from colds and flu. In one study, couples who fought in a hostile way showed a significant drop in the strength of their immune systems.
  • When a couple holds hands, the pain level experienced by one spouse can be reduced. There is a definite correlation between touch and empathy and its positive impact on painful physical conditions.
  • Oxytocin is nicknamed “the love hormone” because it increases bonding between a couple, increasing feelings of trust, intimacy and a sense of well-being. In addition, it can calm the digestive system.
  • Don’t be quick to beg off because of a headache. Studies show improved migraines and headaches may be a benefit of physical intimacy.
  • For men, physical intimacy can reduce risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.

Don’t have a significant other? Not a problem.

If you’re one of the 62% of Americans who have never been married, there is one simple answer to adding more affection to your life: adopt a dog. There is some evidence that suggests that people who own dogs tend to be healthier and live longer. Dog owners can have a lower risk for heart disease. They also may experience less depression and get more exercise.

Or skip the pet. Try some self-love.

If a dog is out of the question, there’s still something you can do to enjoy better health. Go easy on yourself. When times get tough, give yourself some space to breathe and watch out for negative self-talk. Research is showing that self-criticism is much less powerful in helping you make changes than being kind to yourself. Practicing self-compassion is a form of caring for yourself that can contribute to a healthier diet, more frequent exercise, reducing stress and getting enough sleep. These positive improvements can lead to a healthier life.

Does love conquer all?

Love may not conquer every healthcare concern that you experience, but it can be effective on some levels in helping to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Having affection in your life can help with preventive measures to reduce risks of disease and illness. These are the hidden benefits of Valentine’s Day that may last longer than the chocolates and roses.

However, sometimes love is not enough. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself challenged with health conditions that require additional consultation and potential surgery. For more information on treating existing conditions, contact the board-certified specialists at North Texas Team Care Surgery (NTTC) at  972-528-6090.

Healthy Colon

Recognize this Picture?

Recognize this picture?  This is what the inside of a healthy colon looks like and knowing that you have a healthy colon could save your life. According to the most recent statistics available from the Center for Disease Control, more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer annually.

If the thought of having a colonoscopy sends you scampering for the safety of your comfort chair, it might be time to think again about what’s best for your health. A colonoscopy, performed by a board certified physician, can catch the beginning stages of colon cancer and can show problems in the intestinal tract. These crucial findings can then be treated promptly and prevent complications down the road.

After the age of 50, most patients should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Patients with a family history of colon cancer are at a higher risk and need more frequent exams.

Need to schedule your annual colonoscopy, but not sure how to pay for it?  NTTC can help.  We accept Medicare and most commercial insurance plans.  No insurance?  No problem!  NTTC offers affordable cash prices and financing options.  Need help finding a surgeon, NTTC can help with that too.

Don’t delay getting the preventative care that could save your life.

Don’t live with the pain any longer!
Call us now at 833-999-NTTC

New Year No Pain

New Year – No Pain

Stop the Pain! There is Hope! Please don’t let another year go by without dealing with your chronic pain.

The New Year is a time of resolutions for many.  Eat healthier, exercise more, spend more time with family…all worthy goals.  However, if you are one of the millions of American’s struggling with chronic pain your goal may be to just survive, but there is hope.  Resolve that 2018 will be a new year with no pain!

Pain effects everything and chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3-6 months) can be especially devastating.  Pain can prevent participation in social and family activities, physical and sporting activities and affect work performance.  More troubling is that in addition to affecting almost every area of life, untreated pain can lead to emotional stress and/or depression.

There is hope.  Exciting breakthroughs offer new options for patients. Take the next step now and make 2018 the year you stop your pain. Call us today to schedule a phone consultation.

Don’t live with the pain any longer!
Call us now at 833-999-NTTC

Wrist Pain Have You Searching for Relief

Wrist Pain Have You Searching for Relief?

When your wrist hurts, it’s hard to get anything done. Tingling and numbness in your hand can cause you to drop things and lose your grip on objects. Wrist pain can even wake you up at night. NTTC Surgery Center knows what to do to help.

When the median nerve in the wrist becomes pinched from a compressed area, carpal tunnel pain can be the result. A simple surgical procedure can release the pressure around the nerve and reduce your pain.

A board-certified NTTC surgeon will make an incision in the palm of your hand which takes the pressure off the nerve and gives it more room. The incision will heal in a few weeks, but the ligament will take a few months to heal. When it is healed, the median nerve will have more room and not be pinched.  Want to know more about carpal tunnel surgery, link to our education video here.

Need carpal tunnel surgery but not sure how to pay for it? NTTC can help. We accept Medicare and most commercial insurance plans. No insurance? No problem! NTTC offers affordable cash prices and financing options. Need help finding a surgeon, NTTC can help with that too!

Don’t live with the pain any longer!
Call us now at 833-999-NTTC

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