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Arthritis Physical Therapy in a Few Simple Steps

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Back, bone, Pain, therapy, Tips | 0 comments

It has been proven time and again that performing physical therapy can help make your arthritis better. It will help you regain your strength and be more flexible too. Here are some simple steps that you can do to alleviate your condition. Work with a Pro Look for a doctor that has the expertise and knowledge about arthritis. You can ask around from your family and friends or do your own research on the internet. When you find the right doctor for you, work with him or her in a cooperative manner. A physical therapist can also make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly and show you new ones that you can try so you’ll be less likely to get frustrated and give up.   Always Have a Positive Mindset If you’re body is not in a good condition or is hurting too much today, then what you can do is work on a different part that is less painful. Warm water exercises are also good because the water’s buoyancy relieves pressure on the joints and the warm feeling is soothing. Just like any other exercise program, you are most likely to do it every day if you make it a habit at the exact same time. So strictly schedule your exercise program and never cancel on it!   Turn Up the Heat If You are Having Stiff Joints When you wake up to a cold morning, do a warm shower as therapy. Always remember that moist heat increases muscle relaxation, boosts blood supply to the painful area and relieve muscle spasms. Do it and you’ll find it easier to follow your exercise program once your muscles feel soothed by the warm water.   Include Aerobic Exercise Aerobic exercise has a big role to play in arthritis physical therapy because weight-bearing activities can build and strengthen bones. It also reduces the risk of developing new health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Look for a walking partner to make the activity more fun. You may also sign up for a class for people who have arthritis. You are less likely to bail if you know that other people are counting on you to show up. Check with your local Arthritis Foundation to find a health club near you that offers arthritis-friendly exercises like yoga, tai chi,...

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What is Occupational Therapy

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in mental disability, occupational therapy, therapy, Tips | 0 comments

  Many of us still do not know what occupational therapy is. To simply define it, it is the use of treatments to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of individuals who suffer from physical, mental or developmental condition. It is a therapy that is focused on the client wherein achieving progress is of utmost importance. Its processes focus on the adaptation of the environment, modification of the task, teaching the skill and providing education to the client and his or her family. It encourages the client and his or her family to participate in the process to better improve the condition of the former.   Occupational Therapy Process An occupational therapist works systematically through a series of actions referred to as the occupational therapy process. The whole procedure includes evaluation, intervention and outcome. Different people who have conducted research about it have come up with various conclusions – Creek said that the therapy should have 11 stages while Fearing, Law and Clark suggested a 7-stage process. The Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF), on the other hand, has 8 action points and three contextual elements.   Children and Youth Occupational therapists work with different patients – infants, toddlers, young adults and even full-grown adults. They conduct their programs in different settings too – schools, clinics, homes, etc. The main job of these therapists is to offer assistance to children and their caregivers to develop skills that will allow them to participate in meaningful occupations. Occupational therapists address the psychosocial needs of their patients to allow them to participate in meaningful events. The occupations pertained to here include normal growth and development, feeding, play, social skills and education. Simply put, occupational therapy for children and youth focuses on providing individualized treatment for sensory processing difficulties, facilitates hand-writing development in school-aged children and promote functional skills for children with developmental disabilities.   On Rehabilitation Occupational therapists address the needs of rehabilitation, disability and participation. They also provide treatment for adults with disabilities in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities, etc. These therapists also consider a number of things when planning a treatment for their patients. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial and environmental needs of the patient are taken into account to come up with the best...

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How Physical Therapy Helps for Back Pain

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Back, Pain, therapy, Tips | 0 comments

It is apparent that physical therapy is helpful to people of different ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that confine their regular physical activities. This type of therapy helps patients regain their level of physical function. Physical therapy can help people get stronger and more flexible and when these people see the benefits, they become living proofs and believers. One of the many illnesses that physical therapy is beneficial for is back pain. Read on the article and learn more about how this claim is true. Physical Therapy and Back Pain After experiencing back pain for around two to six weeks, especially if it is already recurring, physical therapy is a must. Some spine specialists would even advise the patient to get physical therapy sooner if the pain is severe. The goals of physical therapy is to help decrease pain, increase function and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences. Two components of physical therapy for back pains: Passive physical therapy to help reduce the patient’s pain to a more manageable level Active exercises   Passive Physical Therapy Physical therapists usually focus on decreasing the pain with the passive type – modalities. Examples of modalities are the following: Heat/ice packs Lontophoresis Ultrasound   Active Physical Therapy This type includes physical activities such as exercise. The movements will be necessary to rehabilitate the spine. In general, a patient’s back exercise program should encompass a combination of: Stretching for back pain exercises Individuals who suffer from back pains are advised to stretch their hamstring muscles once or twice daily. This activity does not take up so much time, however it is difficult to remember especially if the pain is minimal. Therefore, it is best if a patient sets up a regular time during the day to do the hamstring stretching exercise. They should make it a part of their everyday routine. Strengthening for Back Pain Exercise The best way to strengthen back muscles is to do dynamic lumbar stabilization for about 15 to 20 minutes every other day. There are also other types of exercises that physical therapists might recommend. Core muscle strengthening is also important in treating lower back pains. Patients must keep in mind that it is important to properly perform the exercises to see the benefits. That is why it is highly recommended that they seek the help of a qualified health...

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What are the Top 5 Common Sports Injuries

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Back, knee injury, Pain, Tips | 0 comments

There are innumerous sports injuries that men and women can suffer from while enjoying their physical activities. However, this article will only talk about the top 5 injuries and discuss how to prevent and treat them. Achilles tendinitis This happens when the tendon at the back of the ankle is overused and inflamed. Intensive pain can occur when this happens and it is often referred to as the acute Achilles tendinitis. This injury should not be taken lightly as it can lead to serious injury and can make it impossible for the injured to run. This injury usually happens to runners and athletes who participate in sports that involve running or jumping. How to prevent it: stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscles can help prevent injury in the Achilles tendon. Treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) Concussion This injury is more serious as it is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head. Symptoms of the injury include disorientation, vision disturbance, headache and many more. Concussions usually happen with football players, boxers, soccer players and anyone playing sports that require contact. How to prevent it: the best way to avoid having concussions? It’s simple, avoid contact sports. Treatment: Rest, some take Tylenol for the pain. Groin Strain This refers to a strained groin or adductor muscles. This usually happens when there is a sudden change in direction of running like when playing soccer or hockey. Symptoms include sharp pain, swelling and at times bruising. How to prevent it: stretching before doing exercise and gradual increase in the activity. Treatment: RICE, anti-inflammatory medications Shin Splints This injury happens on the inner side of the shinbone. The muscles around it are inflamed and stressed out. This usually happens to people who are not used to exercising. This occurs when the intensity of one’s workout is rapidly increased. How to prevent it: wear good shoes, proper training, stretching and gradual increase in workout Treatment: ice, stretching and anti-inflammatory medications Lower Back Pain Lower back pain is not really common in athletes but those who run, cycle, play golf and tennis usually suffer from this pain. There are many types of lower back pain including bulging discs, back spasms, sciatica, etc. This is usually caused by improper stretching before doing exercise. How to prevent it: proper warm up before exercising Treatment: for bulging discs and sciatica require fast medical treatment, muscle pull or back spasm can be cured by RICE, stretching or anti-inflammatory...

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What Knee Pain Could Mean

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in knee injury, Pain, Tips | 0 comments

Knee pain is one of the most common conditions that patients complain to their doctors these days. However, not all kinds of pain that is felt in this body require a doctor’s attention. So the question is, when do you see a doctor if you feel knee pain? Well, here are some helpful points that may guide you.   When to See a Doctor If you have a history of knee injury that is recurring, then you should definitely see your doctor for that. If the pain you feel persists even after you have undergone a week’s worth of therapy and taken over-the-counter inflammatory pain medicines. If you have a newly acquired knee injury that is not disabling but the pain is unbearable. These points however, are just guides. It is still up to you when you should seek the assistance of a doctor. Some pain may be bearable but are already leading to serious cases of knee injury. If you want to be sure, then go ahead and call your good doctor.   When to Go to the Hospital If you feel knee pain and you cannot put your weight on that knee, then you should consider going to the emergency room to be assessed right away. If you feel this way, then it is possible that you have a fracture. This situation should not be taken lightly as it can lead to a more serious case. Most types of fractures may need immobilization in a specific position or surgery. If you get feverish, then it is best that you see a doctor right away as it may mean infection on the injured area. Understandably, unbearable pain, puncture wounds and swelling are more than enough reasons for you to immediately go to the hospital.   Get a Proper Diagnosis You may say that doctors are still a bit old-fashioned because they still rely on detailed history of physical exams. Even if they are surrounded with high-end products of technology, doctors still find a single test insufficient to know the exact nature of knee pain. So do not be alarmed or shocked if they ask you a series of questions during your appointment. The questions may include: Where in the knee is your pain? What does the pain feel like? How long have you felt the pain? Has it happened before? What makes it better or worse? Have you been limping? Does the knee pain wake you up all night? Have you had any major medical problems before? How active is your lifestyle? And many, many...

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