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Kinesio Taping Peroneal Tendon Sublaxtion

What is Peroneal Tendon Subluxation? Peroneals are two muscles and tendons that stretch along the outer edge of your lower leg. Specifically, the peroneal tendons are enclosed in a fibrous tunnel that is attached behind the outside ankle bone. Peroneal Tendon Subluxation occurs when there is damage or injury Read more

Walking or Running: Which is Better?

Walking and running are the most popular physical activities. Both are excellent aerobic exercises. Both help promote weight loss, improve your sleep, elevate your mood, boost your energy levels, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The debate Walking and running Read more

Treating Compartment Syndrome with Massage Therapy

A compartment is a section within the body that contains muscles, blood vessels and nerves. Anatomical compartments are surrounded by fascia, or fibrous tissue. Compartments are present in all our limbs. The Syndrome Compartment Syndrome is a condition where pressure within one or more of the body's compartments becomes high. Read more

Protect Your Knee From Sports Damage

Sports like football, hockey and tennis require you to run at different speeds, using varying acceleration. Many times, you have to change direction while your foot is placed firmly on the ground. This causes stress to your knees and stretches the ligaments around your knees. Sometimes, this results Read more

5 Olympic Sports That Will Enhance Your Fitness

Sports persons don't just have good bodies. They are also fit and healthy, thanks to the overall strengthening and toning effects of playing sports. If you want more than just a hot bod and be really fit, you need to start playing one of these Olympic sports. 1. Kayaking Read more

All You Need To Know About Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or PFPS, is a type of knee pain that happens around or under the patella. The patella is the kneecap or the roundish-triangular part that you can feel when you touch your knee in the front. It is also commonly called 'runner's knee' as it Read more

Walking or Running: Which is Better?

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Walking and running are the most popular physical activities. Both are excellent aerobic exercises. Both help promote weight loss, improve your sleep, elevate your mood, boost your energy levels, decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The debate

Walking and running are low-cost, easy-to-do anywhere, year-round activities. Both are social activities — you can walk or run or with a friend.But whether one is preferable to the other in terms of improving health has long been debated. Ultimately, when it comes to the physical aspects, every activity has to be according to one’s body type and its adaptability.

This debate also has its outcome inclined to what you want to accomplish. If your mission relates to control or reduce your weight, running wins the discussion. But if it is just about having proper health, walking wouldn’t lose either.

What does research say?

In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, and unambiguously titled “Greater Weight Loss From Running than Walking,” researchers combed survey data from 15,237 walkers and 32,215 runners enrolled in the National Runners and Walkers Health Study — a large survey being conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. Participants were asked about their weight, waist circumference, diet and typical weekly walking or running mileage both when they joined the study, and then again up to six years later. The runners almost uniformly were thinner than the walkers when each joined the study. And they stayed that way throughout. Over the years, the runners maintained their body mass and waistlines far better than the walkers.

Making the choice

Those who do not wish to run can obtain the same health and fitness benefits by walking. Walking is good exercise for those who are just starting to workout or for those with health problems. For the significantly overweight, walking can be less stressful on the body. Those who desire, can slowly build up to running.

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Physiotherapy for pelvic inflammatory diseases

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Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a condition where the upper genital tract (ovaries and fallopian tubes) become infected. Most infections generally occur because of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and are blood borne. Common symptoms of this ailment are pain in the general peritonitis (lower abdomen region) along with fever and/or vomiting. There might also be discharge from vagina and irregular menstruation. It might also be accompanied by a severe case of diarrhea and dysuria (painful urination). If left untreated for long the infection may spread to other parts of the system, proving fatal.

Since the causative agent for PIDs in 60-70% is because of microbial infection (gonococcal and chlamydial infections being more common), the first avenue of treatment employs pharmacological agents such as antibiotics that help to control the spread of infection and eradicate the cause. In many cases, antibiotic treatment is supported with physiotherapy to address the other symptoms associated with the disease.

How does physiotherapy help in treating pelvic inflammatory disease?

Physiotherapy aids the pharmacological treatment of PID in different capacities at different stages of progression of the disease.

1.      Acute Stage
In mild and moderate (acute) cases of PID, physiotherapy is used to relieve the pain and inflammation that the patient experiences. For this, the patient does not need to be hospitalized but is given short wave diathermy therapy for a short period (5-10 minutes) three times a week.

Short wave diathermy uses short wave pulses to produce heat in deep and superficial tissues. The heat causes the blood vessels to dilate causing increased circulation. This promotes healing and reduces pain. Some therapists use the cross fire method of SWD where the pulses are delivered to the affected region in two directions, for which the patient may have to lie down or sit up.

2.      Chronic Stage
At the chronic stages of the disease, physiotherapy aims not only to relieve pain and promote healing around the area, but also aims to increase functional movement and treat musculoskeletal dysfunction (muscle immobility).
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Spinal Stenosis and Physiotherapy

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Spinal stenosisWhat is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal through which the spinal cord and nerves pass through begins to narrow down, thus creating pressure or ‘choking’ the spinal cord and nerves.  This might happen either in the spinal canal in the center of the vertebral column or in the foramens through which nerves leave the spine and go to other parts of the body. Most common cause of spinal stenosis in men and women is related to degenerative changes that come along with aging. In the infrequent cases that it might occur in younger people, it is usually because they have suffered an injury or are born with a narrow canal.

Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Most common symptoms of this disease are that the patients experience numbness in certain areas, muscle weakness, cramping or pain in the limbs and impaired reflexes. More specific symptoms may depend on which part of the spine is affected, the most common being the lumbar(low back) and cervical (neck) region.  This usually affects movement of the legs and/or arms, causing pain, tingling and weakness. If the narrowed space is pushing down on the nerve roots, patients are likely to experience shooting pains which are only relieved by sitting or adjusting posture.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
The primary reason to seek physiotherapy for stenosis is so that you can manage your pain.  The therapist may use an array of tools such as ice therapy, electrotherapy, acupuncture, soft tissue massage and temporary back brace to reduce pain and inflammation. Your doctor may also recommend anti-inflammatory drugs to assist the process.
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Top Physiotherapy Myths – 2

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Top Physiotherapy Myths - 2Physiotherapy is a profession in health care that involves assessment and treatment of various injuries and afflictions of the muscular and skeletal system. Since it is not a main stream in medicine, many people are ignorant of what this science entails. There is a need to dispel some of the common misconceptions that people have about physical therapy.

Physiotherapy treatment involves exercises

While that is not completely untrue, physical exercises form only a small part of the range of treatment and therapies that a physiotherapist specializes in. Exercises are suggested for treatment and recovery in only specific cases where patients need to enhance their freedom of movement or work out their muscles more. Home exercise programs are designed to improve the patient’s physical condition and maintain continuity in physical movement between professional sessions.

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Get rid of Varicose Veins with message therapy

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massageWhat are varicose veins?

Varicose veins commonly appear later in adulthood, and mainly among people who have led a physically strenuous life. This condition often affects the superficial veins in the legs and ankles which become enlarged and maybe painful. They are usually not serious, but can lead to other health problems.

How does it happen?

The veins in the human body have one-way valves located at equal distances along its length that keep blood flowing from the legs to the heart and prevent backflow. However, under increased venous pressure, the valves malfunction and blood can flow back, impairing circulation. If the venous pressure continues to exist in the region, probably due to repeated activity owing to the nature of a person’s job or daily routine, the veins in the area begin to stretch and become swollen.

Habits and conditions that might lead to varicose veins include prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, sitting with legs crossed, excess weight, pregnancy, chronic constipation, heavy lifting, congenital diseases causing vein malformation, liver dysfunction and others.

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What is Pediatric Physiotherapy?

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pediatric physiotherapyChild development is an important and unique science. Physiotherapists who work with children are specialized in adapting their professional skills and knowledge to deliver appropriate care to the child. This requires an understanding of both the physical progress of the child and their psychological advancement.

Pediatric physiotherapy not only includes working on child development, but also diseases and conditions that affect development and arriving at therapeutic interventions that can optimize well being, especially of the disabled. Moreover, the physiotherapist works not only with the child, but also with the family on how to develop a safe environment for the child and making them the centre of everyday planning. Because of the complex needs of a child and his family, physiotherapists may have to work in different environments such as homes, hospitals, schools, etc and with people from different backgrounds, such as medicine, nursing, social work, educational and childcare. This necessitates that they be able to communicate their assessments and treatment plans to all adults involved in the team.

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