Are Compression Socks Effective for Athletes?

While compression socks and stockings can help people who suffer from many and various circulation issues, can compression socks help athletes go further, faster and push greater performances achieving their personal best?

In an article by Tim Huntley on the myathleticlife.com website, he looks at whether compression socks help athletes improve their performance and if their recovery from a high performance is better.

The article mentions improvements in some areas where others are not so prevalent. “Cycling Time Trial – A study of 14 trained athletes wearing compression garments during a recovery period created a statistically significant improvement in power output as well as timed performance during a 40-km time trial [1].”

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In another article by cyclingweekly.com, the author says, “All compression isn’t the same. To sum up the whole category would be like riding on one tyre and judging them all by that standard. Using good compression wear will speed up recovery.”

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Kelly O’Mara writes in the competitor.com webiste, “For decades, medical-grade graduated compression socks have been used to combat deep vein thrombosis, or the formation of blood clots. By increasing the circulation and blood flow, research has found the socks to be effective for bed-ridden and inactive patients.”

She goes on to say, “One study found that when 21 male runners did two step tests – one with compression socks and one without – they were able to go slightly longer wearing the compressions before exhaustion. There have also been some small increases seen in anaerobic threshold, particularly in cycling, and in jumping performance. The theory is that the tights prevent oscillation of the muscles sideways and promote muscle efficiency.”

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The conclusion?

You will just have to decide for yourself. http://www.jinnimd.com/products/compression-socks/

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How can you avoid Australia’s impending energy crisis?

These might seem like unavoidable issues, but one can take steps to avoid most of these issues.

Considering that Australia appears to be heading into an energy crisis, what can you do to insulate yourself from the devastating effects of continuous blackouts, load shedding and general power failures?

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A lot of people took advantage of the governments solar rebate schemes and now successfully generate their own power during day light hours. But what about at night when you are home and need the power? What if the power grid goes down and all that power you generated during the day is not accessible by you at night?

With battery technology improving all the time and prices of these batteries coming down, it won’t be long before most people are protected. In fact, it will probably only take a few years for prices to come down enough for most to be able to afford them. But a few years is not going to help you next week when the grid goes down, or next month when the load is too great and AEMO decide to load shed your area because too many generators are offline for maintenance or its not cost effective to turn them on.

And, what if you don’t have a solar system? What can you do to insulate yourself from all these blackouts and potential load shedding?

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That’s where Wallcann comes in. We have developed a series of battery back up systems that can run essential electrical systems or all electrical systems in your home or business for less than you think. These battery backup systems can be charged by general power or by solar power that you generate yourself.

The Titan Energy Supply Pods are Australian made (from mostly imported components), portable, and rechargeable from mains, 12V DC or solar. You can run 12V DC or 240V AC power for appliances and tools. Run fridges and freezers, TV, audio amplifier, speakers, computers and other digital equipment. The fully integrated inverter 3 stage charger quickly recharges the long life dry cell battery when the power comes back on.

And they can be installed by any competent handyman. No special tools required, no special licenses required. It really is plug and play.

The power you generate and put into the grid is bought by the energy companies at a low rate. Then when you need that power later in the evening when the sun has gone down, you buy that very same power (and more) back from the power companies at a significantly increased price. It’s a high price to pay for storing your power. So, why not store it at home, yourself?

The only thing left to do is decide which devices are essential or if you want it all running and then call Wallcann to calculate your system requirements.

Wallcann 1300 799 455

www.wallcann.com.au

All Titan ESP Systems are custom designed and made.

JINNI MD Sitz Bath and its Uses

What is a SITZ Bath.

A Sitz Bath is also known as a hip bath. In a Sitz Bath, only the hips and buttocks are submerged in water or saline solutions.

The Sitz Bath is a plastic tub that fits over standard toilets so the patient can sit with only the hips, buttocks, pelvis, and lower abdomen receiving the benefits of the bath. A Sitz Bath is a common treatment for people that have had rectal surgery, hemorrhoid and ovaries pain, as well as bladder, prostrate and vagina infections.

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Features of a Sitz Bath:

  • Easy to clean
  • Durable Polyethylene
  • Fits all standard toilets
  • No kink tubing assures even flow
  • Wide contoured edges ensure comfort in use
  • Solution bag may be hung above toilet or set on tank top
  • Convenient on/off Valve
  • Tubing anchored by latch to bottom of bowl to control direction of flow
  • Vent prevents accidental overflow

Notes:

  1. The average length of time for a Sitz Bath is 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. There is the risk of feeling dizzy after sitting in a Sitz Bath, take caution when getting out and have someone help you if necessary.

Uses of a Sitz Bath:

  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • After childbirth particularly after episiotomy
  • Treating disorders of anal and genital areas, including the entire perineal area
  • Comfortable, convenient way to cleanse and promote healing of the perineum

Common Additives for different requirements:

A Sitz Bath is a bath of warm water that only covers the hips or buttocks. It is used for treating pain and itching. Typically, there are no special ingredients needed for a Sitz Bath other than water, but some practitioners recommended adding certain ingredients to the water.

  • Salt, such as Epsom salt, may be added to the water to reduce soreness and inflammation
  • Vinegar added to a Sitz Bath may provide relief for women with a vaginal yeast infection (Thrush)
  • Herbs such as Yarrow and Witch Hazel may be added to a Sitz Bath to reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Adding baking soda to a Sitz Bath may relieve constipation, inflammation and pain

The Sitz Bath: Post-Birth Healing and Comfort for New Moms

After a vaginal birth, a woman is likely to have sore vaginal tissues. This may be aggravated by a swollen perineum, “skid marks”, a tear, an episiotomy, and/or hemorrhoids. Using a Sitz Bath is one of the most helpful ways to assist in healing and ease pain.

With the Sitz Bath a gravity-fed tube runs water into the bowl and bubbles around the opening of the vagina.

Soaking in the Sitz Bath has multiple benefits. Warm water relaxes and soothes the sore tissues, keeps the area clean and prevents infection, and helps with circulation. Cool water may prevent or treat perineal swelling. Always check with you medical practitioner, as some practitioners caution the use of cool water on a newly postpartum woman.

To benefit the most, you may begin using the Sitz Bath 24 hours after birth, when you can be up and about more comfortably. Sit on the bath for 10-20 minutes, 1-3 times a day or as needed, until the soreness is relieved. Most practitioners commonly recommend use of the Sitz Bath for at least one week after birth.

Although water itself is healing, making an herbal tea to put into the Sitz Bath may help the vaginal tissues to heal faster.

Here are a few recipes that you can try – the water should be on the hotter side, but not uncomfortable.

  1. Natural Antiseptic  –  2oz of these mixed herbs:
    Rosemary, Sage and Garlic
    plus (optional)
    2 TBSP sea salt.
  2. Soothing and nourishing – 2oz of these mixed herbs:
    Yarrow, Calendula, Lavender and Rose petals
    plus (optional)
    2 TBSP sea salt
  3. An old remedy for a soak is to mix equal parts Uva Ursi, Shepherd’s purse and Calendula (available from a herb supplier) in a large jug.
    Fill the jug with boiling water, seal it and let it stand for 8 hours at room temperature. Strain the herbs from the liquid and add the tea to the bath water.
  4. Add 2 handfuls each of Yarrow flowers, Calendula flowers, Rosemary leaves, and Comfrey root to 2 pints of just boiled water.
    Cover, steep for 10-15 minutes, and strain. This herbal solution will soothe tenderness, relieve inflammation, improve circulation, protect against bacteria, and aid cell repair. Any leftover solution can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days

Hemorrhoid Treatment

The Sitz Bath is an effective treatment for Hemorrhoids.

This is one of the most popular and effective treatments for mild to moderate cases of hemorrhoids and is being increasingly used by many.
It is often the first form of treatment doctors will recommend.

The Sitz Bath is a small tub that is made especially for this purpose.
Fill the Sitz Bath with warm water as well as salt or baking soda. Once dissolved, then you are to soak the anal area for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Some people also like to add essential oils to the water, to further help reduce the swelling and provide more comfort. Juniper or lavender tends to work well for this purpose.
This is going to allow the mixture to thoroughly clean the infected and swollen area, help to cure the hemorrhoids and prevent further infection.

The Sitz Bath is also going to provide instant comfort and relief from irritating and painful symptoms that are caused by the condition. Since those suffering from hemorrhoids typically do experience a great deal of pain, this is a huge benefit that this treatment has to offer.

Using a sitz bath is very cost effective in comparison to other treatments.
Make sure you are eating a healthy and well balanced diet to provide the fibre intake that you need and helping to keep your bowels regular. Those who have diets that are very unbalanced and are composed of mostly highly processed foods are typically going to be a much higher risk of haemorrhoids, therefore taking steps to get yourself eating well should be a priority as well.

If the condition keeps on persisting despite you using Sitz Bath treatments, then you may want to look into contacting your doctor and looking into more advanced medical treatments.
Some people do develop the condition so bad that actual medical treatments are necessary, so you need to know the difference of when you are recovering and when the situation is staying the same or potentially even getting worse. In most cases though a Sitz Bath will do the job nicely and you won’t have any other problems related to this particular outbreak of the condition.

Hemorrhoid also spelt Haemorrhoid.

6 LED Light solar with motion sensor

Tri Lynx Lites 6 LED Light with Motion Sensor and Dawn / Dusk Sensor.

Solar powered safety light anywhere you need it.

Harness the power of the sun with the 6 LED Solar Powered TriLynx Lite, an eco-friendly, energy efficient alternative to conventional outdoor lighting.
Using motion detection from 6-9 feet (2.5-3 meters), and a sensor time of 25 to 30 seconds, a mono-crystal solar panel powers three pairs of LED lights, adding bright light where you need it.

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In addition to detecting movement, the 6 LED Solar Powered TriLynx Lite’s advanced Dusk / Dawn technology reacts to daylight, making it an energy efficient way to brighten dark exteriors. It mounts easily with supplied screws, or velcro-like hook and loop fasteners. With dimensions of approximately 5″ x 3″ x 2″, the light is perfect for multiple lighting applications in RVs, campers, homes, utility trailers, storage sheds, walkways, or ANYWHERE you need bright light.

The Solar TriLynx Lite comes with a 12 month warranty.
Thanks to its durable-yet stylish exterior, the 6 LED solar Powered TriLynx Lite is remarkably suited to inclement weather in all terrains.

Ideal for:

  • Exterior Applications
  • Entrances
  • Walkways
  • Porches
  • Pool Areas
  • Gates
  • Sheds
  • Doorwars
  • Stairs and More

12 LED Light magnetic with motion sensor white

Tri Lynx Lites 12 LED Light with Motion and Dusk/Dawn Sensor.

Add light anywhere you need it.

This WHITE 12 LED TriLynx Lite with Motion Sensor system is the perfect way to illuminate dimly lit interior or weather-protected exterior spaces. The versatile 12 LED TriLynx Lite has an advanced Dawn / Dusk Sensor that detects existing light, motion sensors that have a range of 6 to 9 feet (2.5-3 meters), along with an illumination time of 25 to 30 seconds for power efficiency.

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The 12 LED Light system is compact, versatile, and easy to use.
Twelve bright and powerful LED bulbs provide 90-100 degrees of hands-free illumination. Like all TriLynx products, installation is easy: Four strong magnets attach the light directly to metal surfaces, while its signature Slide N” Lock plate and mounting bracket secures the light on most other surfaces and when in motion.

At approximately 4″ x 3″ x 1″, the 12 Light LED Light with Motion Sensor is compact and versatile, and comes with three AA Alkaline batteries and a 12 month warranty.

Ideal for:

  • Interior or Exterior applications
  • Dark Areas
  • Storage Compartments
  • Closets
  • Doorways
  • Walkways
  • Stairs

300W Modified Sine Wave Inverter 12V VP

Power your portable devices whilst on the move. This 300W Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter allows you to run and charge a variety of devices from your vehicle’s 12V DC (24V option available) source. Charge your phone, digital camera, laptop, electric shaver, portable dvd player, and gaming devices from your car’s cigarette lighter adapter. Power inverters are easy to use, and come with everything you need to get started.

This quiet running power inverter allows you to run a variety of standard household appliances from your 12V (24V option available) DC connection in your car, boat, truck, or caravan. It can also be used stand alone with a 12V battery (24V if using 24V inverter).

Our power inverters are engineered to meet strict operating guide lines. We understand that for a product to survive in Australia it has to be made with Australians in mind. If however your power inverter ceases to do it’s job, we offer a 3 month limited warranty.

Power inverters have an inbuilt safety system designed to protect you and your vehicle. If any of the following conditions are met, the power source is cut off:

  • Inverter exceeds 65°C
  • Voltage not in the range of 10V-15V
  • Appliance draw exceeds 2.17 amps
  • Not suitable for lithium ion fast chargers

Power inverters carry the required C-Tick labelling to indicate compliance with Australian regulations.

Before using Modified Sine Wave Inverters, always check with the manufacturer of the appliance you want to run. Modified Sine Wave Inverters can operate with most household appliances, but some appliances require to run on a pure sine current, or a current that very closely matches mains power cycles. Avoid damaging the appliance and the Inverter by checking appliance manufacturers specifications. Modified sine wave inverters are cheaper to manufacture than Pure Sine Wave inverters, as they have more basic and fewer electronic components. 8Zed warranty will not cover damage by misuse or plugging in unsuitable appliances.

How safe are you and your family when caravanning?

Faulty electrical systems causing electrocution and fire are a great risk to caravan and motorhome owners and something that you probably don’t even think about until a disaster actually happens.

Every Australian household should be equipped, according to the latest Australian Standards, with an RCD safety switch and this is a device that you should seriously consider equipping in your caravan, motorhome, boat or service vehicle also.

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An RCD (Residual Current Device) safety switch is designed to prevent electrocution or fire resulting from a faulty electrical device. At WallCann we can provide you with an Australian made 8ZED pre-mounted ‘Plug n Go’ Power Inverter Safety Switch which comes pre-assembled and has been designed and built according to Australian and New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 4763 for portable inverters. An 8ZED portable RCD safety switch can easily be equipped to your recreational vehicle with only the DC cables requiring installation.  Put your mind at ease and know that you, your family and your vehicle are well protected when travelling.

A mobile RCD safety switch is the ideal solution

An RCD safety switch designed for your home requires a fixed earth stake whereas the 8ZED mobile RCD safety switch available from WallCann does not require this fixed earth stake. This allows a larger range of protection for your recreational vehicle due to the system being able to operate in various earthing environments.

WallCann’s 8ZED brand mobile RCD safety switch monitors voltage via the use of active and neutral sensor wires to enable the safety switch to trip prior to a current flow exceeding 10mA in the earth wire and/or before the voltage reaches 40VAC.  For added peace of mind the 8ZED mobile RCD safety switch from WallCann provides an additional overload protection switch enabling it to trip if the total current flow rises above 30A.

If you use 240V appliances in your caravan, motorhome, boat or service vehicle a mobile RCD safety switch will provide you with the ultimate protection.  You never question protecting your home by the use of a safety switch, so why should you question protecting yourself and your recreational vehicle?  Why risk it when you can easily prevent it? Especially when you are off road and often not within easy access of a hospital – safeguard yourself, your family and your caravan or motorhome against electrocution and fire with one simple and easy to use device.

The WallCann 8ZED mobile RCD safety switch comes fully assembled and certified

At WallCann we make life easy for you. Our 8ZED mobile RCD safety switch has been fully assembled in Australia using only quality materials and comes fully certified by a qualified Australia electrician – it’s all done for you! When you choose a WallCann 8ZED mobile RCD safety switch you are guaranteed to be receiving an Australian manufactured product that has undergone rigorous testing. Don’t put your safety at risk by settling for an inferior or imported model.  When you choose WallCann you can trust that our products meet our strict Australian standards.

How to put on compression stockings

How to put on your compression stockings – pantyhose.

  1. Turn your socks or stocking inside out, except for the foot portion
  2. Take the stocking, folded over itself, with both hands then slip your foot inside leading up the heel
  3. Pull the stocking gradually back up the leg towards the knee or thigh ensuring to smooth out any wrinkles with the palms of your hands or with the use of gloves (optional)
  4. Follow the same procedure for the other leg
  5. Please follow the same procedure above for application of a pantyhose stocking
  6. Once you have pulled both leg parts up to just below the knee, turn the remaining stocking parts back and ease them gradually up towards the crotch assuring to smooth out any further wrinkles
  7. Only now should you pull the body part of the pantyhose up towards the waist.
    Please make sure you are not overstretching the leg length of the pantyhose at this point.

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Jumpstarter – Never leave home without it.

So you have been away from your vehicle for some period of time.
Perhaps the lights were left on or the door was slightly ajar leaving the interior light on.
Another possibility is the battery is simply flat for other electrical reasons.

The good news is you have a set of jumper cables. The bad news is, your car is the only one left parked and there’s no other car to attach the cables to. 8ZED’s Titan Series Jumpstarters can solve this and prevent a lengthy wait for road side assistance, and perhaps a hefty road side assistance call fee.

A handy device that almost pays for itself the very first time you need to use it.

So what is this about?

A Jumpstarter is basically a battery inside a handy box, with some cables which have clamps on the ends. They are used to restart, jumpstart, a motor that is unable to be started. They are sometimes referred to as jumpers and they are connected to the motor battery.

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Why would I need one?

In fact they should come as an option for all vehicles. No body enjoys being stranded do they ? Always at the most inconvenient hour, dark or when the weather is at its best right?

That’s why we need one!

So how does it work?

All Jumpstarter packs have a red and a black cable that finish with large clamps. These large clamps then clamp to the vehicle battery, what this does is allows the power from the jump starter to flow through the cables to your starting system in order to start the car.

What size do I need? And how much are they?

Size will depend on what engine size and type you have – 4 6 or 8 Cylinder – Petrol or Diesel.
No matter what your budget be sure you select the right jump starter for the task “starting your engine” This is the crucial element in selecting the right one.

Jumpstarters come in all shapes, sizes, brands, colours and prices. Most of them now feature extra goodies to cater for all types of emergencies whilst some are simply for starting. Prices can range from as low as $99.00 up to $500.00

See the complete 8ZED TITAN range of Jumpstarters and Kits.

What is a Step Down Converter

A Step Down Converter converts Australian 240 AC Voltage to a reduced 120 AC Voltage for American Appliances.
You can also get Step Down Converters for 100 AV Voltage Japanese Appliances.

Why would I need one?
USA Appliances run on the reduced 120 Volts AC, if simply plugged in without a step-down converter then the appliance WILL be damaged.

Who will need one?
You will need one if you:

  • have purchased USA Products online
  • are an American traveller here on holiday or business
  • if you have moved from USA to Australia and brought your appliances with you.

What other benefits are there in buying a step-down converter?
Main benefit is cost saving; many online shoppers today take advantage of online sites such as Amazon and Ebay to purchase their appliances.
In most cases buying American appliances are considerably cheaper.

Here are a couple of examples:

KSM150 PSER KitchenAid 5-Quart Mixer.
This is a very popular mixer in Australia today. This can retail retails in shops and online for as much as $699.00.
From the USA you can purchase this and have it delivered anywhere from $250-$350AUS.
A matching step-down converter from 8ZED is around the $50.00 delivered to your door.

Another example is top of the range Cordless Drills – Dewalt , Milwaukee.
Cost savings up and over 50% when purchasing these online from the US and yet they utilize the same 8ZED Converter.
Speak with the technical sales at WallCann and they can assist the best suitable 8ZED Step Down Converter to suit your needs.

The complete range can also be found here in an easy to navigate table and selection guide.