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With 6 branches stretching across Qatar, Al Wehda Medical Group must have caught your attention at some point. With their strategic locations and their qualified doctors, it seems likely they will continue to expand in Qatar’s private sector.

We spoke with Al Wehda Group’s CEO, Dr. Fadi Murad, who told us all about how the clinic rose in popularity throughout the country.

Dr. Murad said, Al Wehda started off with dental services, and as time passed, we added more services. Our main branch is located in Al Hilal, which has dental services. After more than a year, we opened more branches in Abu Hamour, Al Rayyan, Duhail, and Al Waab. Because of high demand for dental services in Al Hilal branch, dental was removed from this branch to a separate branch right across the road (D-Ring branch).”

In terms of services, Al Wehda Medical Group offers the following with 2 partners:

  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Family Medicine
  • In-house pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy

“We are a group of 6 branches, with nearly 40 qualified doctors, and around 170 staff members. We are working towards having a complete service medical center.”Dr. Fadi Murad.

An all-inclusive service that will make your life easier! The doctors from Al Wehda Medical Group come from all over the world, qualified in various treatments and procedures and have been practicing for years prior to coming to Qatar.

As for Dental Services, Al Wehda offers everything you can think of:

  • A multitude of general practitioners in dentistry for infection control
  • Oral surgery
  • Dental implants
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Exclusive Studio for GlamSmile in Qatar
  • All kinds of orthodontic treatment
  • Prosthodontic dentistry
  • The latest laser technologies and treatments
  • Denture creation and veneers
  • Dental whitening technologies
  • Panoramic, cephalometric, and 3D X-Ray

“Each person would choose what they want from the treatment, they will all aim to align their teeth better. For example, invisalign, it is invisible, light, removable, your teeth will not get cavities because you are able to brush whenever you need to. We would scan your teeth and your jawline, then we would send this scan to the Invisalign designers and they will produce the final product,” said Dr. Murad.

Although the different branches of Al Wehda spread across nicely in the country, their love for improving health and specifically your smile is their number one priority. Their Hollywood smile collection is impressive, as Al Wehda has an exclusive studio for GlamSmile and the Hollywood Smile Veneers in Qatar.

That’s not all, Al Wehda dentists have various orthodontic qualifications up their sleeve, among them are:

  • Metalic brackets orthodontics
  • Colored braces
  • Invisalign
  • Damon System
  • Incognito Brackets
  • Insignia orthodontics
  • Diamond treatments

All these treatments cost you less pain, less time in treatment, less visits, and more options.  

Obviously continuing on with Al Wehda Group’s beauty and cosmetic excellence in care, their dermatology and laser department has an array of top notch treatments that patients recommend highly including:

  • Peeling
  • Fillers
  • Botox
  • Laser hair removal
  • PRP
  • Catena
  • Anti-aging and anti-acne laser treatments
  • INFINI pore reducing treatment
  • eCO2 Laser to remove scars
  • Spectra (Q-Switch)
  • Ultraformer
  • Mesojet
  • Silkpeel
  • 3 Max fat burner treatment
  • Oxy System

What more information do you need to visit these highly qualified doctors and dentists that may be right in your neighborhood?

Book an appointment now!

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A Psychologist and counselor at Al Safa polyclinic, Danah Ghadban is on a mission to normalize mental health and therapy in Qatar. With her bubbly personality and her positive outlook on health, Danah has worked ever so hard to help as many people as possible reach ultimate health through therapy.

At a young age, I knew I wanted to help people, I just didn’t know how. I guess I’ve always been intrigued by the mind and how it works, so I went on and started to study psychology,” said Danah. She described how helping others was something she always dreamed of and that she always knew it was going to happen one day.

Danah was intrigued by counselling after training with some of the top psychologists in Qatar at Hamad Psychiatry. “I got to spend some one-on-one time with a psychologist there and I saw how he worked with his patients. It was so beautiful. I decided then that this is how I wanted to work and that is how I wanted to help people.”

During her studies and receiving her bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology at Middlesex University in Dubai, UAE, Danah started clinical training which changed her life. “I did a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling. I did about 150 hours of client work during that period and I felt like I was really helping people,” she added.

Upon realizing her potential in therapy, Danah pursued a master’s degree in health psychology from Aston University, Birmingham, England. She said choosing health psychology became apparent as she realized more and more clients were coming in for general health issues or concerns rather than intense mental health conditions.

Some of the most prominent issues that Danah has faced are health-related issues such as stress, depression, pain, insomnia, trouble coping with new changes, diabetes, cancer, and chronic illnesses. “They are not necessarily mental health issues but the patients need to learn how to cope with them mentally so they pursue therapy,” said Danah.

A Member of the British Psychological Society in the United Kingdom, Danah has been pursuing further training to widen her scope of services and reach out to other communities in Qatar, including:  certification in Mindful Integrative Relational Therapy, and is already certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

She isn’t always saving the world, in her down time, Danah loves spending time with her family, taking up swimming, and reading. She admits that reading psychology and therapy-related material has become her hobby as not only is it interesting to her professionally but personally too. “I feel like my work is my hobby, it really helps me feel better and gives me a sense of purpose,” she added.

On her way to normalizing mental health and therapy, Danah is investing her free time working on her own blog that she hopes will become a platform for people who want to talk and read about mental health and about how they can cope with everyday mental challenges.

 

“My aim with this blog is just to be able to reach out to people. Because of the stigma in the culture, there are a lot of people who don’t want to seek therapy and fear it because of confidentiality issues or what people would say about them. It is surely a problem that is world-wide but it’s very prominent here in this region. I want to help normalize mental health, I want whoever is reading to think “okay, so it is normal for me to feel this way, others are feeling it too. It’s okay for me to get help, and when I do I can get better. It is all okay, these are things that a lot of people go through, not just me.” – Danah Ghadban

Although there seems to be a lot of stigma around therapy, many adults come to seek it said Danah. “Sadly, what I tend to see here is a lot of people come to therapy after they’ve gone through months or years of pain and suffering, when they could have had a much shorter time in therapy and much easier recovery if they came earlier. It becomes very hard because what was an acute symptom is now a chronic symptom that needs a lot of work. It also becomes too hard to pin point exactly what the issue was or where it started from.”

“Therapy is for everyone. When you start feeling pain or symptoms for a couple of weeks and they don’t go away, seek help. Even when you don’t feel pain or nothing is happening, you should also seek help because that in itself can be a symptom that you are not aware of.” – Danah Ghadban.  

 

As an advocate of mental health, Danah notices lots of cases of depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and urges you all to help advocate the normalization of mental health and therapy. “If you see someone or know someone who needs help, recommend therapy and deal with your own issues too. Talk about your experience as if it is normal and that you got through it,” urged Danah.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your appointment with Danah Ghadban to help yourself and then help others in really taking care of themselves by focusing on their diets, their physical health and their mental health.

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Meddy was featured on Al Jazeera‘s newest short featured documentaries as one of the companies leading Qatar’s technological growth.

Meddy co-founders Haris Aghadi and Abdulla Jassim Al Khenji spoke of how the idea of Meddy started and how it developed to what it is today.

In the new short documentary about entrepreneurs, the video starts off with Dr. Maher Hakim, Managing Director of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) stating that “persistence, risk taking and believing in yourself are the three most important aspects of an entrepreneur’s success.”  

The feature also included Ms. Haifa Ahmed, Creative Director at QSTP speaking more clearly about the Incubator and how it nourishes the talents of upcoming startups in the field of technology. She said that the incubator represents the pillars in which QSTP stands on which are: Science of Energy, Science of Environment, Science of Health, and Science of Technology and Telecommunications.

Dr. Hakim spoke of the different ways that companies under QSTP are funded and supported, as well as the outside funding that comes to some companies.

A few other companies in the technology field spoke of their company’s development including, Oliver Cooks, which is a company that works on creating appliances that help in cooking ingredients together in a smart device and Stelik that helps students find and choose courses that interest them and help them through their journey of finding the right career path.

Dr. Hakim states that the companies featured in this video have reached and achieved success as not only did they manage to bring the company to the outside community, but they also managed to get funding from other entities.

The video features a lot more about how QSTP was founded. What makes it special to the companies in it and Qatar’s national vision 2030 and the ways in which the managing team supports the companies and startups in QSTP.

You can watch the whole video to find out more about what goes on behind the dream of building technology in Qatar.

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Meddy has caught the attention of many across Qatar, but now, it is attracting the Gulf and the Middle East. Keeping the brand strong, Meddy branches out to keep the Gulf healthy and happy.

In a cover story article in the latest issue of Forbes Middle East, Meddy was mentioned among “the 200 startups and investors that are changing your life, one bright idea at a time.” The article spoke of many startups all over the Middle East making waves of changes across nations.

Reading further into the article, it described “100 startups in the Arab world comprises those startups that have championed the most innovative ideas and received the most external funding in the last year (2017).”

A great honor to Meddy honestly as not only was it mentioned among the top 200 startups, but actually put Qatar on the map of Forbes Middle East. Meddy was ranked 10th in Forbes Innovators’ 50 startups to watch list, among the “hub of startups” the United Arab Emirates with 79 startups, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 10 startups, and the Kingdom of Kuwait with 2 startups. The section was described as “50 startups to watch are those who have not yet received big-ticket funding but are looking promising for the future.”

The Meddy team is hard at work on new ways to make the company stand out adding more features to the website, changing the look of the design and working out our overall branding. Doctors on Meddy can now be seen by thousands of people and with improved SEO will hopefully become even more visible.

What should people really look forward to from Meddy:

  • App

The new app customized to any IOS and Android users phone will be launched soon including configurations for the new IPhone X. The App will be free and will allow you to browse, book, and review doctors that you like from any specialty in Qatar. It will have similar filters to the website including: most reviewed doctor, clinic name, clinic location, nationality or area of study, and insurance provided. This all allows you to access your favorite doctor in the easiest way. Just download the app and you’ll get it all in one click!

  • New design

Meddy’s new design is sleek and clean making it easier for patients to find the doctor they are looking for. It features even more filters to help you specify the doctor you are looking for including consultations, treatments, and subspecialties of the doctor. The new design offers Meddy a chance to present the brand in a simple way and keeps the doctor profiles displayed in the best design yet. It has become even faster and has much more to offer to anyone who visits.

  • Booking management

Patients will soon be able to book appointments directly with clinics without a hassle of a phone call. Meddy has worked on cutting down response time and has been working rigorously on the new booking management system to offer both the doctors and the patients a chance to communicate about appointments in the fastest and easiest way possible. Online is where it is at and the team can’t wait to launch this new update to save you time and effort.

  • Healthcare blog

Healthcare blog is Meddy’s newest attraction, with more than 80 articles so far, the blog is receiving lots of praise from doctors and patients combined. The blog includes articles about the doctors that delve deeper into their personalities and the way that they work. It also challenges myths and takes doctor opinions on specialty topics. The blog also features new articles about what to do to attain medical documents and any governmental press releases and news from the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your appointments with doctors now at Meddy.co

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You can no longer go to any doctor and ask for a sick leave note when you are feeling a bit under the weather or just don’t feel like going to work or school!

Yup! You read it here, Hukoomi, Qatar’s E-Government portal is now standardizing how doctors issue patients a sick leave. One of the ways that this is done is through ensuring the licensed doctor is registered with the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP).

A service available online enables health practitioners to issue e-sick leave certificates for their patients. The council launched the Central Electronic Governmental Sick Leave System, which is cleverly called “E-Jaza” which when read in Arabic, means ‘vacation’ or ‘break’.

E-Jaza was created to ensure that sick leaves were used by “medical practitioners with valid licenses from the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP).

According to the official statement describing this system, “the system aims at reducing time, effort and cost in issuing and verifying sick leaves as well as decreasing the errors that happen from manual sick leaves. The system also helps eliminate the misuse and forgery of sick leaves by standardizing and unifying the procedures.”

This is great news for the doctors and advocates of health in Qatar. We are all taking steps towards achieving Qatar’s vision 2030 and allowing doctors to really flourish in their fields by automation and standardization of mundane or simple tasks such as this.

The doctors/ practitioners are instructed to sign in with their accounts, and finding the link to issue an “e-Jaza” and fill in the required information of the patient and why it is necessary to be provided with this e-jaza. They are then to print it, sign it and stamp it with both their personal practitioner stamp and the facility stamp of where they work.

Only E-Jaza certificates issued by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) are accepted in all government and private institutions. As well as only healthcare practitioners licensed by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) are authorised to issue sick leave to their patients.

Obviously, sometimes we can’t control when we would feel sick and not be able to go to work. For that case, make sure that you contact a doctor anyways to see if it is possible to get an e-jaza certificate. My advice is go as soon as you feel possible to ensure that you can get a certificate before you miss a day of work that you didn’t really need to miss.

If you are feeling a little under the weather but not enough so to go to a doctor and merit an e-jaza certificate, then just tell your boss or supervisor that you would take a sick day. Better yet, ask for a sick leave from work. Your boss knows you are not a machine, and that we all get sick sometimes, so take up those sick days that you have saved, even if you just need it to sleep a bit more.

Understanding your limit and what your body can handle makes you more in control of your life and your health than ever before. Take charge of your sick day by visiting a doctor and making sure that you get a regular checkup whenever you can!

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Lots of new people coming to Qatar and sometimes people who have lived here for years, ask the same questions, where can I verify my documents? Don’t worry, you are not alone, we have the answers for you here!

Let’s break this down for you, medical records include:

  • Medical certificates issued by hospitals or medical centers in Qatar
  • Medical certificates issued abroad and authenticated by the highest health entity
  • Medical documents authenticated by the Ministry of foreign affairs, or an embassy abroad accredited by the State of Qatar
  • Medical documents related to education, study abroad, or vaccinations

Here’s what you need to do to authenticate these documents if need be:

  • Submit a request to the Consular Affairs Department for authentication of documents
  • Make sure that any official documents you have is in fact official from the highest health entity
  • If you were denied access online for whatever reason, you can submit the documents required to be authenticated to the Legalization Section at the Administration Building of the Consular Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • If your medical documents are education related, they need to be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for authentication before being taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • A fee of 20 QR applies to authenticating medical reports and medical certificates.

This simply authenticates your documents as quickly as possible, perhaps even within a few minutes if not many people are applying for it at the same time. However, like everything official in any country, there are some things that you need to keep in mind before going to authenticate your documents:

  • The Consular Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can abstain from authenticating any document that violates the applicable regulations in the State of Qatar.
  • A document being authenticated with a broken seal or missing signatures will be deemed invalid making any authentication done to it void.
  • If an authenticated document is deemed void, the department has the right to refer the issue to the competent security entities in the State of Qatar.
  • Content of the documents needs to be clearly presented, if not in English or Arabic, a translation document attached would be helpful.
  • In the case the transaction lacks any required signatures, stamps, or seals, the customer is requested to complete the requirements and come back for authentication.

Keep in mind most documents that need authentication are the ones that are either from abroad as you enter the country, or ones from Qatar that you would want to take abroad with you as you leave.

Make sure that you read this article properly and understand what needs to be done before going to authenticate your documents. This information is applicable to patients, nurses and doctors as certifications obtained to work as a health professional in Qatar need to be authenticated in the same way. Then authenticated by the Ministry of Public Health and the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP).

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It’s the world’s sweetest day on earth, not because it’s my birthday, but because it is the day when the world takes a few moments to understand what diabetes is all about. Understanding and acknowledging that there is a sugar epidemic in Qatar can help many on their way to self-recovery and optimal health.

Let’s look at Qatar and what it is doing to mark this special day. The Qatar Diabetes Association organizes multiple events throughout the year celebrating and raising awareness on the issue of diabetes. On this special day, the association organizes a yearly walkathon to raise awareness.

This year’s Diabetes Walkathon is on Friday, 17th November 2017, at Qatar Foundation’s Oxygen Park. The gathering is at 2 pm and the walk starts at 3 pm for a total of 1 KM.

 

The Benefits of Going to The Walkathon

As we all know, the three most important aspects of maintaining health are diet, exercise, and mental stability. Being a diabetic isn’t any different. Actually, there are more benefits you can have when you focus on lowering your risk of high glucose levels or preventing diabetes as a whole.

Walking is one of the easiest exercises any person can do. It requires zero to no skill or equipment, you just need your will and a good pair of comfortable shoes. Before you do anything, remember, consult your doctor or a specialist.

Walking and exercise helps in:
  • Strengthening muscles and bones
  • Reducing risk of heart disease or stroke
  • Lowering bad cholesterol levels
  • Lowering blood sugar levels
  • Raising good cholesterol levels
  • Lowering stress levels

Doctors and trained health professionals recommend an average of 30 minutes per day, at least 5 times a week to maintain a rhythmical exercise routine.

Walking acts as a rhythm to match your heartbeat, it is slow enough to not be a heavy cardio, but it’s fast enough to make it an exercise that opens up your sinus, helps you sleep and breathe better, and keeps your heart and lungs some good internal exercising of their own.

So, how can you start walking or exercising?

Well, in my opinion and to many doctors, starting slow would be the best option. Make goals to where you would want to be in a week’s time, then in a month, then in a year. For example, you can aim for 500 steps a day and increase it in the next week by another 100. Smart phones, watches, and Fitbits now can help you achieve that. Or, you can start even slower by:

  • Doing some walking around the house or neighborhood for at least 30 minutes
  • Walking to lunch from work or parking further away
  • Take the stairs whenever possible instead of the elevator
  • If you find yourself on an escalator, try walking up instead of just standing there
  • Walk your dog or take yourself out for a stroll
  • Walk with friends – this would make it easier to keep the set timing
  • Try a dance or aerobics class

Of course, as always, check with your doctor which is the best exercise for you and your health condition.

Make sure that you understand that joining a walkathon doesn’t mean that you supported or understood what it means to have diabetes. Talk to people about symptoms you might be feeling, or talk to them about how they keep their blood sugar levels in check.

The final tip: All doctors recommend that you drink plenty of water, especially while exercising. Water has no calories, and no disadvantages to your health. Make sure that you are always hydrated and make sure those around you are too!

Have fun!

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Poised, intuitive, and playful, Dr. Amani Ibrahim is the pediatrician you should take your child to right now!

With extensive knowledge in pediatric treatments and using “Ducky” the stuffed duck, to distract the little patients and comfort them while visiting, Dr. Ibrahim really does help fight the common anxiety that children have towards doctors.

Health education comes from a variety of places. Sadly, the main type is from the internet. People get their information from there and it is not necessarily good or valid information. Ideas that some mothers have come from other mothers who have only tried one thing that may have in fact worked for their child, but that doesn’t mean that it works for every child,” said Dr. Ibrahim.

Graduating from the University of Khartoum in Sudan, Dr. Ibrahim has dedicated her life to gaining more experience in the field of pediatrics. She has always been a fan of children and never got a child to say no to her treatment or examinations.

Patients come in to Dr. Ibrahim’s examination room in three ways, either they are visiting again, or they are new to the country, or they had experienced a doctor who did not make them feel comfortable. “It takes good knowledge of medicine, and experience to deal with younger children. They need to be able to trust the doctor, this is why I use Ducky,” said Dr. Ibrahim.

“Ducky is not a toy; he is something I use to make the child understand what I would do to him/her. Instead of just rushing to the child and putting your stethescope, or holding him or touching him, and he doesn’t know you, I use “Ducky” to say hello to the child, to kiss him. Then before I touch the child, I say and do whatever I am going to do to the child to Ducky – I noticed that since I started using “Ducky,” when I used the stethescope on the child then they are not so scared – their heartbeat is calm, they are happy to let me examine them.”

With children of her own, Dr. Ibrahim has understood the value of making the child feel at ease when visiting the doctor. Nurturing the child to understand that a visit to the doctor is not a punishment and is not a bad thing will help the child trust the doctors and their opinions.

One of the most important things that Dr. Ibrahim focuses on is the mother. “Taking information from the internet has some negative effects, but what is worse is taking information from someone who is not related to the medical or health field,” said Dr. Ibrahim. She continued to explain that if something is healthy for you, it might not be so healthy for your child. A big example of that is milk. After breastfeeding you want to be able to provide your child with the best nutrients to grow. Drinking almond or soy milk for you might be excellent for your healthy lifestyle. However, it might just make your child sick or develop allergies.

I always tell them (parents) to come back to me if they are not sure what to give their child or a new way to take care of them. At least I will give you the proper website to deal with,” said Dr. Ibrahim. “Where I studied, I learnt how to provide counselling for parents and not forcefully attack them if they did something. They are entitled to get their information here and there, but you try to direct them for them to feel like they made the right choice,” she continued.

Working at Feto Maternal Center in Al Markhyia, Dr. Ibrahim has seen the center become more and more popular through the years. The mother and child center offers the perfect combination of services to both the child and the mother and helps them adjust seamlessly to the new world ahead of them.

“Feto-Maternal offers a vast number of services including regular checkups, breastfeeding classes, birthing classes, and much more to help mother and child adjust to each other in a safe environment.” – Dr. Amani Ibrahim, pediatric consultant at Feto-Maternal Center.

Being the secretary general of the Sudanese childhood diabetes association, Dr. Ibrahim also received her Master’s degree in pediatric diabetes from the University of Warwick. “I worked with many child obesity cases and misplaced children and studied what it is like for a child to live without their mother or father and how that might affect their bodies and their overall health,” said Dr. Ibrahim.

Nutrition counselling is core to a child’s health and one that Dr. Ibrahim and her team, including a dietician with vast experience in child nutrition provide. She is a breast-feeding consultant and she has expanded her knowledge further by relevant courses and trainings in malnutrition, diabetes, and infant nutrition.

When tackling a huge issue such as diabetes and obesity, Dr. Ibrahim relies on her instincts and her Masters in Pediatrics Diabetes from the University of Warwick. She says that she addresses each case with an open mind to the innovative treatments from all over the world.

According to Dr. Ibrahim, “there’s quite a lot of allergies, although many families don’t report any type of history of allergies in the family. Yet it is definitely allergies, the children are wheezy, have respiratory kinds of allergic reactions, coughing and have runny noses as well. It warrants that we (pediatricians) form our own ideas on what works and the number of cases that we have worked on, so that we can make a formal idea on the best way to deal with the situation, which is different from other countries.”

Infectious diseases that only happen at certain times of the year like diarrhea, respiratory conditions, or mild childhood illnesses that our children are vaccinated against, which is why these conditions appear lightly and not in the horrific conditions in other areas of the world,” stated Dr. Ibrahim as some of the most common reasons patients request her.

Invited to countless worldwide events and conferences, Dr. Ibrahim has not only the technical aspect of her job down but also the social experience. “I don’t feel like I am privileged, it is a responsibility that I have towards my community,” she said.

Book an appointment now with Dr. Amani Ibrahim, as she is a professional reader, social caregiver and well-rounded pediatrician that children absolutely love to be around.

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Ever wake up feeling like your body is completely broken? Or feel this weight on your lower back that feels like you got kicked or have been sitting wrong for a while? No worries, you are not alone.

It appears that when you sleep and your body goes into relaxed-mode, it tends to move and shift in different positions. Some research suggests that this happens because of neurological stimulation happening on your physical body that it assumes the most comfortable positions it can. Other research suggests that your physiological brain controls your body based on your emotions and dreams, essentially the subconscious takes over. Both can be correct, but here’s what it all seems to point to: posture.

When you are getting yourself ready to sleep, do you roll on your side, or do you lie flat on your back? Does your pillow lift your head much higher than your body? Do you sleep on your stomach when it hurts? All of these questions can determine why you sleep well or why you don’t. Ask your doctor about this today.

Some of the best sleeping positions to fix alignments of the back are:

  • Sleeping on your back

Lots of people prefer sleeping on their sides, not many really feel comfortable being on their back. Realizing that sleeping on your back can help you breathe better at night and allow all your muscles to fully relax, you might consider trying it. Reclining in a comfy bed would allow your body to sink in naturally depending on your weight and this can really show you where your pressure points are.

Pro tip: If you feel you are unable to last a whole night on your back, then place a pillow next to your shoulder for support. I tend to always find myself trying to turn to my right side, so it helped me when I put a pillow there to prevent me from turning, and when it got really uncomfortable, I just lifted a bit of my back and shoulder onto the pillow for relief.

  • Sleeping on your back with your legs raised slightly

While we move around and sleep on a daily basis, we don’t actually notice that our internal organs can move. Not drastically but they shift positions a bit until our spine is aligned again. Sleeping on your back with your legs raised leaves your lower back curled in its natural form, which helps in aligning the back. If you are still uncomfortable, you can place a rolled-up pillow in the small of your back for extra support. This can also help maintain healthy blood flow throughout the night.

  • Sleeping on your stomach

This position helps people who suffer from disks and those that feel immense pain in their backs even when they are comfortable. Place a pillow under your abdomen or pelvis to relieve more pressure, as this forces your body to rest around the pillow, meaning it will leave your back elevated. Remember, if you choose to have a pillow under your head as well, it can cause some tension to buildup on your neck. For perfect results, let your body flow and relax over the pillows, this will relax your body as well as the space between your vertebrae.

  • Sleeping in fetal position

When your back really hurts or your sides, you would start to sometimes feel the need to stretch to let your body relax, you are not wrong there. Your body sometimes compresses your bones and nerves without you noticing and the best way to relieve that pain is to actually stretch. Sleeping in a fetal position curls your torso to allow some space to open up in your vertebrae. This becomes especially painful if you suffer from a disk, relieve some tension by curling your body towards itself.

  • Sleeping on your side

If your back starts hurting you when you are lying in the fetal position or flat on your back, then try to move to the most comfortable side. Most people prefer to sleep on their right side, as there is less pressure put on the heart. For even better alignment, add a pillow between your knees, this will keep you back, pelvis, and knees aligned together.

How do you sleep at night? Let us know in the comments below!

If you are still struggling with sleep or back pain, book an appointment with an orthopedist or a physiotherapist now!

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Your eyes are the windows to your soul, or so the saying goes. Research has proven that in many ways the eyes are windows but not just to your soul, but to your body as a whole. It seems that when we struggle with our eyesight it could be a warning of some underlying issue we are not seeing. For example, your eyes can become pigmented which can be a clear sign of ocular melanoma, a type of cancer.

Obviously, we’re not trying to scare you but if you do feel there is something unusual about your eyes, then you should book an appointment with a doctor immediately!

On that point, one of the best ways to take care of your eyes is to regularly visit your ophthalmologist. Lots of diseases can be detected in the eyes including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer. Don’t be the last know, visit a doctor immediately.

This must be a record put on repeat but we promise you, the best way you can take care of your health is through your diet. Taking care of your eyes is no different. The foods to consume are leafy greens like spinach, collards, and kale. When you are getting older, vitamin C and Zinc become an issue so you would need to consume lots of foods that have them including oranges, citrus fruits, oysters, salmon, and plant protein. Eggs, nuts, beans, and tuna are also helpful with their omega-3 nutritional value.

Diseases that affect thousands of people like obesity and diabetes can actually cause further issues in the eyes that can lead to blindness. Damage to your eyes can come from a variety of reasons including but not limited to:

  • Lack of protection

Obviously, when you are at work in the field or on a construction site, you are required to wear protected eyeglasses, we hope you understand how this requirement is at the utmost importance. Lack of protection for your eyes means that you expose them to a lot of foreign bodies that they need not be exposed to like glass, fire, wood, cement, etc.

Away from dangerous construction sites, protecting your eyes from the sun and the bright lights is important. Don’t read too much in the dark, don’t watch too much movies in dark rooms, and don’t assume that your neon lights are helping. Your eyes work hard all day collecting information and reflecting it to your brain, give them a rest!

  • Too much exposure to light

Wear sunglasses, and don’t buy them cheap. It is understandable that some people prefer to have fancy looking sunglasses without paying 300 QR. However, cheap sunglasses were designed with cheap material, which means that it does nothing to protect your eyes. Research and social experiments have proven that our eyes can be tricked into believing it is dark when we wear cheap sunglasses, the pupil will open up to let more light in but sadly that light is harmful as the film/lens of the glasses is letting in the UV light.

Choose darker sunglasses that offer UV protection. Make sure you test out the glasses before purchasing them. Taking care of your eyes at a young age means that they would still serve you well when you get older. Always remember that. If you are unsure what type of sunglasses work for you, ask your eye doctor.

  • Bad habits

Smoking, eating lots of sugar, consuming lots of fried foods are all bad habits that lead to deteriorating eye health. Your optic nerves suffer a great deal when you are not taking care of yourself leading to issues like cataracts. The faster you lead a healthy lifestyle the better your eye health will be.

Bad habits don’t stop at consumption, you could be a daredevil who tries different tricks to scare yourself or you could have discovered ways to mess with your eyes for entertainment, all you need to know is whatever you do to your eyes that is not “normal” is essentially harmful. Accidents can happen anytime and it is up to you to protect your eyes.

  • Screen Time

The ultimate reason our eyesight isn’t as strong as ever, the screen. All the different kinds of screens you have surrounding you cause much more than strain to your eyes, here are just some of the things that they cause:

Are you going to let these issues ruin your eyesight? Make sure you visit an eye doctor immediately for a checkup. You never know if you already developed an issue.

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