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How Can Helping Hands Clinic Help with My Arthritis?

Helping Hands – Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Dear Cassandra, I have arthritis in my hands, can you help?

Arthritis in your hands can have a big impact on joints in your wrists, thumbs and fingers. You may notice swelling, pain, stiffness and limited range of motion. Hand therapy can make a huge difference with reducing these symptoms and ensuring your hands stay strong and flexible. We use exercises, splinting, laser therapy and paraffin wax baths as part of our treatment plans. Prevention is certainly better than a cure – see a hand therapist as soon as possible if you think you are developing arthritis.

Call Helping Hands on 4755 2337

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What Are Immunisations and When Should My Child Get Them?

What Are Immunisations and When Should My Child Get Them? –  Dr Siva from Townsville Paediatrics Explains.

Immunisation is the process that protects people against infections caused by certain micro-organisms. These are micro-organisms that may result in illness, disability, or death. Vaccines (medicines) used in this process improve the body’s defence against infection and protects them against the short and long term complications of those infections.

Immunisations has eradicated many disease such as smallpox from the world. As recently as the 1950’s, thousands of children died every year from diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). Luckily, it is rare for anyone in Australia to die from these infectious diseases now.

This is thanks to the major vaccination programs introduced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, which continue to date. Immunisations have thus proven to be an effective and safe way to protect you, your children, and future generations from many lethal infections. 

Immunisation not only protects individuals and families, but also the wider community.  The greater the number of vaccinations, then fewer the infections. As a result, there is a lesser spread of disease and thus a healthier community. A striking example of the importance of immunisations are the benefits of polio vaccination. People calculated that the vaccine prevented more than 150,000 cases of paralytic polio and 12,500 deaths worldwide in the first six years after its introduction. 

People get immunisations for various bacterial and viral infections like Diphtheria, Tetanus, Meningococcal disease, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Adolescent boys and girls receive human papilloma virus vaccine to reduce incidence of cervical cancer.  

All the vaccinations have been rigorously tested to demonstrate their safety and effectiveness in protecting against infectious disease. Most of the vaccines are safe. The common side effects are pain, redness, and mild swelling at the site of injection. Some vaccines may cause mild fever or milder form of disease.

Every country has its own immunisations schedule based on the types of infections prevalent in those countries.

These immunisation schedules provide advice on the recommended vaccine and age of vaccination. Click here for the Australian National Immunisation Program. All immunisations work in similar way – they improve the body’s immune system against a particular infection upon contact with that infection. All contact after vaccination ensures that the immune system is ready to repel the disease or reduce the intensity of the infection.

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Should I be Concerned About My Child’s Handwriting?

 Helping Hands Hand, Wrist & Arm Clinic

Dear Juliet, Should I be concerned about my child’s handwriting?

Handwriting remains an important lifelong skill even in this technological world and it develops in early childhood. If a teacher or you are concerned, then early intervention is the best solution. In general, poor handwriting legibility, fatiguing quickly or not keeping up with the class can indicate a problem.

Overall, the most common problems identified are poor pencil grasp, inconsistent letter formation, sizing, letter reversals, mixed capital/lower case, too light or heavy pencil pressure. Additionally, not writing in a straight line or hand pain during or after writing also indicate a problem. 

If your child consistently demonstrates any of the above problems, they may benefit from handwriting remediation. If you’re concerned, contact the Helping Hands Clinic today. 

Call the team at Helping Hands on 4755 2337






How Can My Pharmacy Support Me During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Mario Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Mario, How can my pharmacy support me during the Coronavirus pandemic?

If you’re feeling fluey, or simply don’t want to risk entering a public place, call your local Calanna and you can arrange someone to pick up your shop, or we’ll bring it out to your car. For medication, download the MedAdvisor App, choose Calanna, and then place your order and collect when convenient. It’s a good time to boost your immune system, Vitamin C, Immune Booster Tonic, and Zinc are great things to be taking. Come see us for your personalised plan. If there’s anything else we can do for your family at this time, please let us know.

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What Things Should I Look for in a Pharmacy?

Matthew Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, What should I look for in a pharmacy?

You should look for one that has pharmacist who’s experienced and understands your family’s needs. Face to face dispensing is important. This means the pharmacist is easily accessible at the front of the dispensary so you can speak with them and access their knowledge. Additionally it should be open seven days a week, early-late. This is because they understand that when you’re crook, or need advice, it generally happens off the clock. A loyalty club with customer benefits is always a plus. Laslty, look for one who genuinely cares about your family, has an experienced team and offers unique products and services to assist your health.


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