Posts made in May, 2014

What Are Neurological Disorders

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in brain | 0 comments

Neurological disorders pertain to the diseases and conditions which affect the nervous systems. These diseases cause disparity in the functioning of the brain and affect the way of life of a person with a certain disorder. Although these disorders have not been uncommon, it has affected millions of people and has taken away a huge part of their lives. Some of these disorders include Epilepsy, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumor and many others affecting the nerves in the brain causing malfunction in the brain and body’s activity. Causes of Neurological Disorder There are many causes of a neurological disorder, some are hereditary, in-born, others are because of malnutrition and some are developed as the person ages depending on the lifestyle they have including the environment they are living in. Having said that, lifestyle does play a big role in a person’s brain activity that causes these disorders. A person’s lifestyle has a great effect in their body and brain condition, the food they eat, the energy they put into the things they do, how they keep themselves healthy and the place they are in are some factors which triggers disorders of the brain. One may think what they eat and what they do does not affect their brain activity and functions, are wrong. A certain addiction to vices including drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes can also be a factor leading to a neurological disorder, also, lack of exercise and poor nutrition helps in the development of these disorders; excessiveness of unhealthy food and drink can also be a reason for a certain disorder. Also, neurological disorder can be acquired during birth; not only it can be hereditary but can also be an effect of the environment of the mother. The most common are the Chromosomal Abnormalities occurring in the fertilization. Some of these abnormalities include Down syndrome and Edward’s syndrome. Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle Because most of these disorders are due to the poor lifestyle of a person, one must be aware and must be cautious of their daily lifestyle and food intake. Although some neurological disorders cannot be prevented, there are still other diseases that you can avoid. A good and healthy diet can help in the decrease of the amount of fat that clogs the arteries causing brain attacks, being aware of the food you eat and what good or bad it does to your body can help you avoid diseases, a healthy diet which includes vegetables and fruits are good for everyone, thus, keeping the body and brain healthy. Also, keeping a regular exercise is important as it clears the arteries and helps in maintaining the muscles of your heart well. A regular check up with your doctor and therapy is highly recommended, consultations in starting a diet plan and exercise must also be done in order to find out which diet and exercise are fit with your age, body and condition. These preventions are only the basic but keeping a healthy lifestyle and being aware of our body condition is important especially in dealing with the...

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What is Physiotherapy?

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Physiotherapy or physical therapy (sometimes abbreviated as PT) is a branch of rehabilitative medicine that assesses, diagnoses, and treats to prevent disease and disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession can be an indispensable tool in recovering from injuries, mitigating body stiffness, relieving pain, and increasing mobility. It sees human movement as central and paramount to the health and well-being of individuals. If you’re wondering what is physiotherapy, you will realise that contrary to popular belief, it is not alternative therapy. It is a clinical health science. The physiotherapists study medical subjects that include anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience for them to acquire the health education needed in addressing patients with physical handicaps or disabilities. The Role of Physiotherapists Physiotherapists or physical therapists carry out physiotherapy. These professionals, in the vast majority of countries, must be fully qualified and registered by law. Physiotherapists cater to people of all ages from newborns to the very oldest affected by injury, illness or disability, helping them to manage pain and prevent disease. They are knowledgeable in an array of health problems involving joints, bones and soft tissue; heart; chest and lungs; and brain and nervous system. Physiotherapy involves working hand-in-hand between the therapist, patient, other health care professionals, families, caregivers, and communities in a slow and careful process where goals are agreed. Physiotherapists use the patient’s history and physical examination in order to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a plan, and when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory studies. They offer a helping hand to patients in order to overcome movement disorders, which may have been congenital, the aftermath of ageing, or are acquired through accident or injury. Their approach is holistic that involves the patient directly in overcoming their disease or disability. A great number of physiotherapists work as a part of a multidisciplinary team. They can partner with public or private hospitals, community-based organizations, clinics, sports clubs, workplaces, and charities. Physiotherapy Techniques Physiotherapists use an extensive range of techniques and approaches, including the following: ·         Massage and manipulation of the body, using the physiotherapist’s hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, and to encourage recovery and good blood flow to an injured body part; ·         Remedial exercise which takes into account a patient’s current level of healthy and any other specific requirements they may have; ·         And providing support to help patients manage their chronic conditions. How Physiotherapy Improves Quality of Life Depending on the specific need of the patient, physiotherapy can be beneficial in different aspects: ·         Promoting optimal mobility and physical activity to invigorate the bones, joints and soft tissues; ·         Treating acute and chronic conditions to prevent further disease and disability; ·         Rehabilitating injury and the physical effects of diseases and handicaps through therapeutic exercise programs; and ·         Educating the proper maintenance and support programs to prevent the re-occurrence of injuries and diseases. Physiotherapy can help avoid surgery, reduce medication, manage pain and reduce the risk of injury. One can benefit from physiotherapy at any point in their life because of physiotherapy’s broad coverage in terms of health care....

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What is Vertigo?

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Tips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people mistaken vertigo as that dizzy feeling you get when you’re afraid of heights, feeling unbalanced or dizzy with anxiety. Vertigo is actually a symptom rather than a disease itself so experiencing it may often be caused by an underlying health issue that needs medical attention. Vertigo is a dizzying sense that you are spinning or that your environment is moving, even without any actual movement happening. It does not have anything to do with heights or age. Imbalance in the inner ear organs or some areas in the brain or nerve sensors may often cause the dizzying feeling. Kinds of Vertigo: Peripheral Vertigo – is the kind of vertigo where inner ear problems are the cause. There is a labyrinth in our inner ear where tiny organs send messages to the brain as a response to the pull of gravity. Our balance and our mental equilibrium are made possible because of this. Any problems that arise from these tiny organs cause imbalance, which gives us the spinning feeling. Central Vertigo – is the kind of vertigo where there is a problem in the brainstem or cerebellum or the thalamus. Sensory problems in these areas create the feeling of dizziness. Central vertigo often stems from migraines but may also come from neuroma, stroke, multiple sclerosis or brain tumor. Causes and Symptoms Since vertigo is a symptom itself, it is commonly associated with head or neck injuries, a problem in the central nervous system, ear damage or migraines. When sudden changes in the head position happen, people with vertigo will feel like there is spinning, tilting, swaying or imbalance. Some people also experience nausea, exhaustion, excessive sweating, jerking of the eye and ringing in the ears. Treatment There are some types of vertigo that disappear without the need for treatments but there are also some that need medical attention, procedure or drug treatment. It is best that you do what your doctor tells you in order to avoid worsening the vertigo. Medication can sometimes be taken for a short period of time but there are also cases where prolonged medication is necessary. Physical therapy is also said to help patients get relief from dizziness. Vertigo can be a primary symptom for other balance disorders. It may seem like it is not often a medical emergency but if you constantly experience it, it is always best to get extensive physical check up to identify what is wrong. Take note of your vertigo episodes so you can fully describe it to your physician. Before you self medicate or go for therapy, get a doctor’s recommendation first so that you can be sure that you will treat the main cause of your vertigo. Vertigo symptoms may be vague and causes are also hard to identify but there are certain tests you can undergo to truly identify what is wrong with your body. Getting help early will make sure you don’t worsen your condition and that means more chances for you to recover the...

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Stroke Warning Signs You Should Act On Immediately

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in stroke, Tips | 0 comments

Each year, almost 800,000 Americans suffer stroke. With this medical emergency, proper response can improve the chances of survival significantly and this is why all of should know the warning signs. The stroke warning signs show that the person suffering from a stroke is not getting an ample supply of blood to the brain and damages may become permanent if not acted on immediately. There are many that recover but recovery is only possible with immediate medical assistance and proper therapy afterwards. The Warning Signs Numbness – this is usually the very first sign that appears. There is numbness or weakness on one side of the body, which can only be on the arm, the face or the leg if not the whole side. Confusion – someone suffering a stroke may feel sudden confusion or have a hard time comprehending other people. Trouble with the senses – there may be trouble speaking, seeing or balancing for people who are suffering from stroke. Dizziness and or severe headache – headache may come from unknown reason and the dizziness may not be explained. Stroke warning signs may come altogether or develop gradually. What is important is to be aware of these signs so that as soon as you are suffering from any or you know someone who is, you can immediately seek help. Stroke Types There are different types of stroke according to where the damage happens in the brain and its severity. Hemorrhagic stroke – is the type of stroke one suffers when there is a rupture in a weak blood vessel in the brain and bleeding occurs. Ischemic stroke – happens when there is blockage in the vessel that supplies blood to the brain. A blood clot may travel from the heart to the brain and cause an ischemic stroke. Transient ischemic attack – happens when there is temporary blockage. This is more commonly known as a mini stroke. Although a TIA does not cause permanent brain damage, the warning signs are still present and that you should still pay attention and seek assistance when you notice them.   What To Do A stroke is called a brain attack for a reason. The symptoms are cause to seek medical help to avoid permanent brain damage. If you notice yourself having the symptoms are know of someone who does, you can do the following: Check the time of when the signs begin to appear. The hospital staff will ask you about this when you arrive. Act immediately and don’t ignore the signs. Don’t wait because every minute counts and every minute you wait may cause permanent damage that could have been avoided if you acted immediately. Call 911 immediately. Call for an ambulance to get you to the hospital or someone suffering the stroke. Some people dismiss the warning signs of stroke thinking that there is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, this could put the patient in great danger and even physical therapy afterwards will not help in the recovery anymore. It is better to confirm that it is not a stroke when already in the hospital than keep guessing whether or not it is one.  ...

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