Guest Post Guidelines

Hi everyone. After recent communications, it appears that not everything is easy to understand by everybody. So…Here are more guest post guidelines:

Please do not send me somebody else’s work and state you want it posted as a guest post or resource link. It is confusing and time consuming for me to edit, post and then unpost. Any guest post on my site must be written by you, or your team. That is why you have a short bio at the conclusion of the post.

CLEARLY STATE HOW YOU ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE INFORMATION/ARTICLE/LINK. When you state “here is some information your readers may like”, tell me you searched the Web and found it worthwhile. Tell me why you believe it is important. That is common courtesy.

If you forward me information that would be of interest to my readers and I, clearly state it is written by someone else. Otherwise it is implied that you, or your team, wrote it. That is only common sense.

I post numerous resource links that are reader-worthy. I am always looking for new ones to add. If you are interested in having information included in this category/page – send me the link so I can look the information over. Kindly tell me you are forwarding it to me from another source. Otherwise, it is implied you wrote it.

A guest post is not a resource link. Do not approach me stating you have a guest post that you would like included in my Resources Page. A Guest Post is an article that follows my Writer’s Guidelines.

A resource link contains a link to the information. That is an obvious statement, but must be mentioned. There may be a short summary description (known as a meta description) involved to entice readers to click on the link.

Do not send me information and tell me how to handle it. I make the final determination on what is and is not included on my site. Period.

Do not send me copyrighted information without informing me who has the copyright. Are you that person/company/party? Is someone else that party? Do you have permission to reprint/share that information? It is not up to me to decide those issues. Any information forwarded to me is your responsibility.

Hope this puts everyone on the same page.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







10 Natural Ways to Prepare for Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of keeping everything as natural as possible during the entire total knee replacement process. Here is a guest post written by a tkr patient, Tamara Lujan, a 27-year practitioner of herbal and holistic healing. Below find 10 natural ways to prepare for total knee replacement surgery.

Nine weeks ago, at age 53, I had total knee replacement surgery. Some health issues and past surgeries placed me at higher risk for infection, skin tissue breakdown & blood clots. I decided to use natural treatments, dietary changes and herbs, to help ensure an easier recovery; reduce the risks of infection and inflammation; and help prevent blood clots.

As a holistic health practitioner I want people to be proactive in their health and total knee replacement surgery is no exception. I personally started by researching doctors and hospitals, finding information on everything from a doctors success rates to hospital infection percentages. I also began working on having my body in the best possible health prior to surgery.

1. Eliminate alcohol – Alcohol increases the risks of complications and slows down the recovery process.

2. Water – Water boosts your immune system, flushes toxins and helps keep you regular. I recommended about 90 ounces a day for women and 120 ounces for men.

3. Turmeric Extract – Turmeric is a powerhouse for fighting inflammation. Turmeric extract is an easy way to get the dosage you need.

4. Nettle Leaf Infusion – Dried Nettle leaves are a wonderful source of nutrients and are high in essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle infusion is a miracle working when it comes to inflammation. It has worked wonders on my fibromyalgia and arthritis. It is approved by the German Commission E for reducing inflammation.

5. Nettle Seed Extract – Fighting chronic pain is exhausting. Nettle seed helps build your energy in the short term. Take up to 1 week prior to surgery.

6. Shiitake Mushrooms – at least 2 x a week (great in Miso soup!). This mushroom helps prevent thrombosis. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

7. Seaweed – 2 x a week. I put this in my Miso, on salads or simply to snack on. Helps prevent inflammation. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

8. Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30x – Used to reduce bruising, swelling and joint pain. Discontinue use 1 week prior to surgery.

9. QUERCETIN with BROMELAIN – to help build immune system and for reducing inflammation. Speak with your doctor as to recommendation on use beyond 2 weeks prior to surgery.

10. Improve your muscles and body systems – Try yoga, massage and acupuncture. These can help limber you up, reduce inflammation, and keep the lymphatic and blood system flowing.

My knee surgery went great. Based on the damage to my knee and a pre-op ROM of just 68 degrees, everyone was very surprised at my recovery and that in just 7 weeks post-op, I was at a 100 degree ROM!

*Please let your doctor and pharmacist know of any herbal and supplements you are taking.

Author Bio:
Tamara Lujan is a holistic health practitioner and herbalist with over 27 years of experience. She believes in a holistic approach to healing, which includes using whole foods and herbs to help the body heal and perform at its best. Visit Tamara at Farmacology Organics.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.








Healing After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi my favorite readers! I am honored to present this informative guest post written by an Austrailian physiotherapist. Take the following information into consideration during your tkr recuperation process.

Being a candidate of a total knee replacement surgery, you probably have been told that life after surgery will be the same as before. However, just like with any other treatment, the healing process does not take place overnight and you must follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for successful recovery.

Post-surgery activities
Your knee is the largest joint in your body. Therefore, a complete replacement is a major surgery. The following measures will help you adapt to your new knee and gradually start physical activity.

In the hospital
Before your discharge, the following steps will be undertaken:
* Early mobilization
Due to prolonged rest, your knee and muscles may have become very weak. Therefore, you may be instructed to resume subtle activity in order to strengthen the quadriceps muscles and be better able to control your new joint. Moreover, early activity is also essential to neutralize the after-effects of anesthesia and promote healing.

* Pain control and physical therapy
Even though pain after surgery is present in variable degrees, it can be effectively controlled with medication.

Your physical therapist will help you to control your new knee. Your knee may be aided with a continuous passive motion exercise machine that will subtly bend and straighten your knee. While you rest, you can also pedal your feet in order to encourage efficient blood flow in the legs.

After discharge
Your stay at the hospital may last for 3 to 7 days after surgery depending on how well you have progressed. Before your discharge, you must be able to perform the following tasks:
* Bend your knee at a right angle and/or show adequate progress in straightening and bending the knee
* Get in bed and out of bed without any help
* Walk with a walker or crutches

You may have a mild swelling following your discharge. This can be treated with elevating the leg, applying an ice pack for 15 minutes and wearing a compression hose.

You must continue the prescribed exercises for at least two months after your total knee replacement surgery.

To tone your muscles and maintain the flexibility of your knee, low-impact exercises such as riding a stationary bike can help.

What can you do at home?
For several weeks, you may need some help with your everyday activities. If sufficient help is not available, you may have to join a rehabilitation center.

You can also follow these tips to make your home more comfortable:
* Shift your room if you live on an upper floor in order to avoid using stairs
* Rearrange your furniture so you can walk with crutches without any interference
* Get rid of any rugs and unwanted cords to prevent falling
* To avoid bending too far use devices with long handles

Nutrition
After discharge, you should be able to resume your normal eating habits. Your doctor may also recommend taking vitamin C supplements to help in the absorption of iron in the body. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and try to limit your intake of caffeine or coffee and alcohol. Avoid consuming too many foods with vitamin K, such as green beans, lentils, garbanzo beans, soybeans, soybean oil, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnip greens, lettuce, onions, cabbage and liver, while taking blood-thinning medication. Your vitamin K intake should be the same every day while you take blood-thinning medications as too much vitamin K can interfere with the medications and risk to blood clotting. Watch your weight as well in order to prevent excessive stress on the joint.

Author Bio:
This article was written by Jeff from www.BodyHeal.com.au, Australia’s premier physiotherapy and sports injury rehabilitation store. Visit their sports injury blog for more valuable information. Feel free to contact him through the website.

Thank you, Jeff! Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Guest Post – How Yoga Can Help TKR

Hi my favorite readers! The last couple of Guests Posts were written by Karen, a visiting nurse. As mentioned in her bio, her mother had undergone a tkr. Part of the recuperation involved yoga.

Here is a post written by the yoga instructor, Melanie Willsher. It relates to how Karen’s mom could kneel after her tkr, with the assistance of yoga. Enjoy!

ARTICLE: In June 2009, I worked with an 85-year old woman who had knee replacement surgery in one knee, in April 2009. Her attitude was of openness and trust, and she was accompanied by her daughter, a nurse, who was full of love and encouragement…..

Our session lasted one hour. The leg was swollen, discolored and painful. She was very aware of her limits, and afraid of falling if she tried to kneel.

Before we began, I asked her: What suggestions her surgeon had made? Were there movements she’d been advised not to do? My intentions were to find ways to maintain motion of the knee replacement, to ensure she could walk safely, to discover together what degree of flexibility she could safely practice, and how to get down to and up from the floor.

My props were a sturdy chair, yoga mat and wall. First she sat slowly down onto the chair. She gently raised forward the painful knee to foot, and back down again, several times. With the offer of arm support on either side of her if she wanted it, she went from standing by placing one foot slightly behind the other.

She was using the chair seat for support. She slowly went down on the good knee. She leaned forward and was sitting on the good knee-side. She was then able to sit on her buttocks, against the wall, and straighten her legs. This was no mean feat……

While bending the strong knee, she raised then lowered and bent her painful knee. She then straightened the painful knee. Her hip joints were flexible which helped to stabilize the knees. All her leg movements were small, simple and comfortable. All her leg movements were repeated several times. She rested, and when ready, began again. She slowly lowered herself down onto her back. We repeated these moves, of bending and straightening, lifting and lowering.

We compared flexibility between both legs and she was encouraged by just how much mobility she had in her tkr leg. To stand, she reversed the process of kneeling, with support offered if she wanted and requested it. She then went back to sitting on the chair. She rested while reflecting on the effects she had just made and accomplished. Finally, she started walking slowly out of the studio.

She was a great teacher, with the wisdom of one who knows that the body recovers at its own pace, and needs infinite time..

Author Bio: Melanie Willsher is a hatha yoga teacher, in Sardinia and UK. Her practice has been influenced by her training as a music therapist, and her ongoing studies with Diane Long, a student of Vanda Scaravelli.

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Guest Post on Wound Healing – Part I

Hello everyone! As this blog progresses, I will be adding Guest Posts written by individuals who can share expertise about tkr issues.

Today, I am honored to share with you a guest post written by one of my readers, a nurse. Here is Karen’s post..Enjoy!

A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON HEALING

This article is the first in a series dealing with Healing after Knee Replacement (KR). In this article, I will describe the process of normal wound healing in general terms, and moreover how the body heals itself. Whilst acknowledging all types of healing, this article deals specifically with the physiological healing of wound tissue. Once you have grasped the basics of normal wound healing, you will be in a better position to recognize any deviation from the norm and take steps to avoid or correct its development.

Future articles will deal with:

healing as it relates to knee replacement surgery,
delayed healing and what causes it,
what you can do to promote optimum healing,
a first-hand account of the post-operative period.

Whether you are preparing for a knee replacement, or are already in possession of a new knee, after reading this series of articles you will have gained some idea of what to expect in the post-operative period and how you can influence the outcome. The aim of this series of articles is to equip you with the information needed to fulfill your role in your body’s healing, confidently and without fear.

INJURY

Injury can occur in any part of the body. It can occur internally, as in the case of a ruptured appendix, fractured tibia, or burst aneurysm, and externally, as a result of sunburn, a penetrating wound or a venous ulcer. Injuries do not arise spontaneously, they are the consequence of a causative agent, whether it be externally applied, internally generated or the outcome of a combination of degenerative factors. So if we refer back to the previous examples, a ruptured appendix will often result from an infection, a fractured tibia from a blow to the lower leg, and a burst aneurysm from a progressive weakening of part of the wall of an artery.

Operative procedures inherently injure the body, and are tolerated on the understanding that they are ultimately performed with the altruistic aim of removing or altering conditions which are harmful to the body. However, whilst operative procedures and post-operative practices may differ from country to country, healing the world over (and throughout the animal and plant world) conforms to one universal property: it is programmed into the cells and tissues of the body of every living entity. The body has foreseen the need to protect itself against the vagaries of existing in a hostile environment fraught with many potentially hazardous encounters. Healing is one in a vast array of physiological self-protective mechanisms and whether you’re a bird, a bee or a sycamore tree, one of the things you share with humans is the capacity to heal after injury.

Naturally, it goes without saying that there are limits to the body’s capacity to heal. In the same way as no one would expect a pile of wood shavings to restore itself to a tree, likewise no one would imagine the body capable of reassembling its scattered constitutive parts after an explosion and subsequently establishing a process of healing. But as in the case of our ruptured aneurysm, in the presence of skilfully applied medical intervention, it is certainly conceivable for the body to recover from injuries, which left to its own devices, it would be incapable of overcoming.

HOW DO WOUNDS HEAL

Healing is a physiological process which contains a number of stages. The process, each of the four phases and every aspect of the process are programmed. Each phase is programmed to take a certain amount of time and healing can be delayed in any of the stages. Thus a wound can appear to be healing well and then suddenly appear to stagnate for some time. At each stage, different physiological factors intervene, each with their own essential functions to perform, and combined, they result in the injury being healed. Each stage succeeds and naturally occurs as a result of the previous one, so that each has to be completed successfully before the next stage can be engaged. However, in order for the process of healing to run a normal course a number of predetermined factors have to be present. If some hindrance exists, or if the components of the process are lacking, healing will be delayed. Interference to healing will be dealt with as a separate topic in a subsequent article, but an obvious cause might be the interruption of the blood supply to the area needing to be healed. Less obvious, but more commonly encountered, might be the absence of essential nutritional elements.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Newby is a district nurse (also known as visiting or home nurse) with a practice in Paris, France. In her words…I specialize in the care of patients in the post-operative period, and in particular, the care of their wounds. However, I also speak as someone who has experienced the satisfaction of putting her 30 years professional experience to use in a personal context. Last year, I had the pleasure of accompanying my mother, a very active and highly motivated 85 year-old, from her first consultation with the orthopaedic surgeon, throughout her post-operative period to her six-week check up. Her recovery was rounded off with a well-deserved holiday in the sun, during which, under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher, she overcame an understandable fear of kneeling. Later on that day, absent-mindedly standing up after waking from a snooze on the beach, she knelt on her prosthetic knee for the first time………. without complaint and without any after effects, other than surprise.

(Another guest post by Melanie, mom’s yoga instructor, will follow.)

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Guest Post – Wound Healing Part II

Here is Part II of Karen’s article on Wound Healing. Enjoy!

PHASES OF HEALING

The four phases of wound healing are:

* Haemostasis,
* Inflammation,
* Proliferation or Granulation
* Remodeling or Maturation

Haemostasis

During this phase, which is initiated immediately, damaged blood vessels must be sealed off rapidly to prevent critical blood loss. The immediate response is for the blood vessels to constrict long enough for the platelets to intervene. These blood cells organize themselves to form a stable mesh, commonly known as a clot, at the site of the damaged blood vessels. In this way the site is plugged and the loss of blood abated. Platelets also secrete other substances which contribute to the process and initiate subsequent steps.

Inflammation

Inflammation is commonly recognized by its characteristic signs of redness, swelling, heat and pain. This phase usually lasts up to four days after injury and its purpose is to protect the body against bacterial onslaught and to clean up the wound site. The presence in such large numbers of various different blood cells, all with their own roles to play, is what typically causes the previously mentioned characteristic signs. Some cells protect against infection, others clear up the debris left after bacteria have been eliminated. Some cells also direct the next stage.

Proliferation

Granulation commences about four days after wound formation and lasts until about the 21st day, depending on the size of the wound. It is characterized by the presence in the wound of pebbled red tissue. During this phase, the wound contracts significantly as new tissue is produced. The cells involved secrete collagen constructing a framework on which deeper skin tissue is first regenerated and then finally the outer protective layer of skin.

Regeneration

The final stage can last up to two years. It is in this phase that tensile strength is acquired as the tissue and skin are remodeled. It is important to be aware that the healing process continues throughout this phase, even though it is no longer apparent to the naked eye. This means that whatever you do once you are no longer receiving medical attention is significant as it will determine how well you heal.

CONCLUSION

In healthy individuals with no underlying factors to interfere with healing, an acute wound such as an operative incision should heal within three weeks with remodeling occurring over the next year or so. Remember that what is visibly taking place at the surface is also occurring in the deep tissues, including the bone, muscle and other supporting tissues, all of which will have been “injured” in the process of replacing your knee. All of these tissues will also be healing at the same rate and according to the same principles as the site of the wound that has been stitched. The stitches are there merely to hold the tissues in place whilst they get on with the job of healing themselves.

If you only retain one thing from this article, it should be that healing is a natural process. All that any of us can do to influence it, is to act to remove obstructions and hindrances which might delay it, and ensure that the best possible conditions are in place to promote and enhance it.

AUTHOR BIO:
Karen Newby is a district nurse (also known as visiting or home nurse) with a practice in Paris, France. She specializes in the care of patients in the post-operative period, and in particular, the care of their wounds. However, she also speaks as someone who has experienced the satisfaction of putting her 30-years professional experience to use in a personal context by assisting your mother through a tkr.