Physical Therapy for Preventative Care

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There are many different fields of physical therapy which can assist with preventative care and health and wellness. Physical therapists specialize in different areas such as orthopedic, geriatric, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary, pediatric, health and wellness and other types of rehab therapy. A physical therapist does more than treat injuries and disabilities that result from illness. Physical therapy also involves research, patient education, counseling of patients, and developing new ways of using physical therapy, as well as developing treatment plans which are personalized for each patient.

Physical injury and pain is common in all types of people which is the main reason physical therapy profession exists. However, physical therapists also take a sincere interest in the overall health and wellness of their patients which means they are capable of providing preventative care. So, if you are wondering how physical therapy can help you with preventative care here are a few reasons why you should seek physical therapy as early on as possible.

See a Physical Therapist Regularly

Just like you schedule a regular check-up with your physician as a preventative measure against illness, the same rule applies to physical therapy. You should schedule a regular check-up with a physical therapist to prevent pain and injury from becoming a chronic problem.

A physical therapist can evaluate the status of your health through a detailed evaluation of muscular, skeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and other parts of your body. If the physical therapist finds a weakness they will recommend a personalized treatment plan. This prevents the problem from getting worse and requiring further treatment. Many people do not think about the option of seeing a physical therapist regularly because they think this type of rehab therapy is only for disability and injury.

Prevent Surgical Treatment

If a physical therapist detects a problem early on it can be treated with the proper rehabilitation plan and prevent you from having surgery as a result of allowing the problem to get worse. This is another reason why physical therapy is important for preventative care. Not only can it keep you mobile and healthy, it can also save you the expense of surgery and medications down the road. Additionally, it can bypass further health problems that can transpire as the result of having surgery. If the procedure is not performed properly the probability of having bigger complications following the surgery are quite good.

Maintain Physical Strength

As you age you lose muscle mass and if you do not engage in a maintenance program you can end up with a host of mobility problems. A physical therapist can design a treatment plan to help keep you moving and to strengthen your muscles and bones to help you live a high quality of life well into the later years of your life. If you start the maintenance program before you begin to experience problems you can head anything off before it has a chance to take hold of you.

Pain Relief With Microcurrent Therapy

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If you suffer from light to severe pain in your back, legs, or anywhere in your body, microcurrent therapy may be able to help. For those that do experience body aches and pains on a daily basis, pain pills are not enough to help cope or alleviate the pain. Some people may not even want to take pills because of the possible side effects and dependency that can be acquired with heavy doses of painkillers. Microcurrent therapy can help alleviate the pain in any part of your body by sending small electrical currents directly to the area or areas that are causing you discomfort and pain.

There are other electric therapies available, but microcurrent therapy offers the smallest electrical currents with the biggest results. This small amount of electrical current jumpstarts the blood flow in the damaged cells that are causing the pain and help alleviate the discomfort quickly. By providing an electrical current to the damaged cells in your body, microcurrent therapy can also aid in the regeneration of those damaged cells and tissue. More people have begun to use microcurrent therapy as a faster way to alleviate their pain and it is also a less abrasive on your skin than other therapies.

Microcurrent therapy is also affordably priced and can be purchased by anyone who is in need of pain relief. Most people prefer is the high higher electrical current therapies because it is so much easier to use and is so much gentler on the skin. The stronger currents can also cause some discomfort, but the microcurrent therapy is pain free and that makes it an even more amazing pain relieving system to have at your disposal. Those who have tried microcurrent therapy have been greatly pleased with their results and the therapy has become even more recommended by physicians and those that use the microcurrent therapy on a regular basis.

David Wayne Fish- A Synonym for Superior Medical Equipment

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When we take a look at the medical industry, we often amaze ourselves at the efficiency of the employees of the medical centers. However, most of us fail to realize that a major chunk of the credit for this competence goes to the persons responsible for the production of superior quality medical equipment’s which in turn make the medically related work simple and flawless.

One man who has known far and wide in this respect of producing and providing quality medical equipment is David Wayne Fish. The man is an impeccable blend of medical expertise as well as marketing genius, which explains his consistently firm grip on the market. It is not just the hospitals and other medical centers that have benefitted from his novel products; the equipment is being used extensively used in homes of the disabled and as a means of personal care by the health conscious.

His expertise and experience in the medical field has also earned him the repute of being a health guru and a professional trainer with people flocking him for advice related to workouts and health in general. He claims that regular exercise affects not only the body but also the mind and the psychology of a person. A person can get rid of his negativity, stress and tension. Also, contrary to popular belief, a good workout is a good way of dealing with exhaustion. By exercising, the energy levels of a person boost up and he becomes more active. The other benefits of exercise would be getting better sleep, anger-management, building focus, higher confidence and an improved social life. In simple words, regularly working out brings out the best in an individual.

While promoting workouts, David W. Fish also makes it a point to lay emphasis on the importance of a moderate workout. Just when other trainers are busy pushing their clients to the level of exhaustion, this man maintains that irrespective of the current health conditions of the person, in the beginning phase, workouts must be undertaken not more than five days a week for 30 minutes session each. Henceforth, the amount of time spent working out will depend on the goal that the person is intending to achieve through the fitness program. Another important piece of advice to people working on their fitness levels is that they should increase the intensity or duration of their workout at their own pace. Comparing one’s workout with others and forcing the body to do more than it can handle can lead to serious injury.

What Is Guided Discovery In Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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Commonly asked questions by people learning about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) are –

What is guided discovery?
Is it about the therapist directing the client?
Is Socratic dialogue the same thing as guided discovery?
How do I offer guided discovery?

One thing for sure, is that the concept often feels overwhelming when we first try this type of approach.

My view point is that, guided discovery, can be one of the most beneficial interventions used within CBT. In a nut-shell, guided discovery is a process that a therapist uses to help his or her client reflect on the way that they process information. Through the processes of answering questions or reflecting on thinking processes, a range of alternative thinking is opened up for each client. This alternative thinking forms the blueprint for changing perceptions and behaviours.

Essentially, it could be suggested that a client approaching a CBT therapist is initially functioning at a mindless level. This is not to say that a client is ignorant or not able to think. Rather, that the client has a range of automatic cognitive processes that are being allowed to run without intervention. Some of these thinking processes may have been developed in childhood, while others may directly result from an immediate mood state.

A useful analogy for guided discovery is to think about going to an opticians for an eye test. The optician may initially put a contraption on their clients head with a range of lenses on it. Initially, their clients cannot see through this contraption very well (i.e., what they perceive is a blur). The optician then sets about gradually removing or replacing lenses, and after a while, through a process of trial and error (and feedback from the client) each individual begins to see more clearly.

Guided discovery works in exactly the same way as the above example. Except, instead of using optical lenses, the CBT therapist helps the client use lenses of perception. Perceiving information is a different way allows each client to access a range of choices in their life, ostensibly, to see their life through different lenses. When we view life in a different way our emotional reaction to events also shifts. These types of continued conscious re-evaluations in CBT are very important because they lay the foundations of future automatic thinking and make relapse less likely.

Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides

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Employment opportunities for physical therapist, assistants and aides are numerous in today’s challenging job market. Medical and scientific research has created the need for many rehabilitation services. Our population is growing older at a rate that will require the support of many health care personnel. These are just a few of the reasons that make the choice to pursue a career as a physical therapy assistant or aide a good decision.

Assistants work directly under the supervision of a physical therapists. The majority of their work involves direct patient care. They work with patients to restore or improve mobility or assist patients with pain management issues. They may use techniques such as exercise, electrical stimulation, massage, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound or traction to achieve these results. Orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements are becoming increasingly more common. Assistants will often provide rehabilitation services to these clients. Individuals involved in trauma-related accidents also require the services of physical therapy for recovery. Therapist sometimes rely on assistants to offer teaching related to exercises that can be performed at home or to deliver instructions on how to use crutches or rolling walkers. Physical therapist assistants are typically required to document and report patient responses to treatments and patient progress.

Most states in the United States require a assistant to hold an associate degree. In addition, some states require licensure. The American Physical Therapy Association reports that in 2009 there are currently 224 institutions supporting 237 accredited physical therapy assistant programs. There are also an additional 44 programs in development for this educational program. Completion of a state or national examination may be required for licensing as a physical therapy assistant as well.

Compensation and Duties

The average annual salary for assistant and aides according to Indeed.com is $65,000. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the median annual earnings of physical therapist assistants were $41,350 in 2006. Payscale.com reports, however, that the starting annual median salary for a physical therapist is $38,118. Many factors such as geography, company size, and type of employer can effect wage indicators.

Aides work under the supervision of a physical therapist or an assistant. Their job duties are varied. They essentially are responsible for ensuring that therapy sessions run smoothly. They may transfer patients to and from therapy sessions. They maintain the therapy area with supplies and keep things clean and organized. Aides may also perform clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, ordering supplies, and filling out insurance forms. They may assist patients with dressing or undressing. An aide may weigh patients. Aides are not licensed so they do not provide any type of physical therapy with patients.

Educational requirements for an aide are a high school diploma or GED. Many facilities provide on the job-training for this position. Previous experience as a certified nursing assistant or home health aide could be beneficial when searching for this type of job.

Why Consider Red Light Anti-aging Therapy

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Red light therapy has gained quite a lot of popularity as an effective non-invasive anti-aging skin rejuvenation therapy. Free from all the side effects of other anti-aging and anti-wrinkle treatment procedures like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, lasers and plastic surgery, red light anti-aging and skin rejuvenation therapy uses red light to stimulate the skins natural healing process thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Here in this article we will take a look at some of the major benefits of red light anti-aging therapy over other forms of anti-aging therapies.

Advantages of Red Light Therapy Over Other Anti-Aging Treatment

Here are some of the major benefits of red light skin rejuvenation therapy over other types of anti-aging treatments –

Cutting edge technology – Red light therapy was originally developed by NASA to stimulate growth of plants around 40 years ago when it was discovered that red light also promoted healing of injuries. This is the technology used in red light treatment. Red light lamps are used to emit UV free red light which stimulates the cell repair process resulting in firmer and younger looking skin.

Treats multiple problems – This therapy treats multiple issues right from reducing wrinkles and fine lines, scars, stretch marks to making the skin more firm and young. Besides these anti-aging benefits, red light therapy is also used in the treatment of acne, sprains, bone injuries and healing wounds.

It treats the core problem, not just the symptom – Red light therapy works at the cellular level to reduce appearance of wrinkles and firm up the skin tissue. Red light between the wavelengths of 620 to 700nm when absorbed by the skin stimulates it to increase production of elastin and collagen. This leads to the reversal of the aging process. It also promotes oxygenation and hydration of the skin which help to restore elasticity.

No negative consequences – Unlike other invasive anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatments, red light therapy is free from side effects. This therapy is completely painless and does not involve any surgery, thermal damage, discomfort, discoloration, scarring or down time.

Ipl Acne Therapy Treatment

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IPL uses a more sophisticated type of technology that involves a xenon flash lamp and optical prisms. This method targets the damaged cells that lie deeper within the skin and avoids irritation of the surrounding tissues. A technician begins by placing cold gel on the affected area and then positions the lamp above the surface of your skin. This lamp will send light pulses to the skin. The IPL process usually lasts 15-20 minutes and depending on the level of achievement you’re looking for, can require one or multiple sessions. There are some side effects, as with all treatments, that you should be made aware of. IPL sessions can cause light bruising, mild blistering, pink skin and even hair loss.
How does IPL work for acne?

There are three forms of IPL therapy for acne – LHE Therapy, Blue-Light Therapy and IPL with medication. The choice will depend on what results you’re looking for and what your dermatologist suggests as the most effective for your individual acne spots.

LHE therapy uses both heat and light as the source to treat acne. The FDA has actually approved one IPL treatment that involves green light waves and heat. This form of IPL is meant to treat mild to moderate acne and more than likely, over a period of time. The whole process has been known to reduce the size of oil glands and kill the dirt bacteria in pores that create acne.

Blue-Light therapy is similar to LHE minus the UV radiation. It only makes sense that less UV radiation equals less damage on your skin. This form of IPL will have the same effect on killing the dirt bacteria but with less side effects than the LHE therapy. According to Robin McClain, who is a registered nurse practitioner from the University of South Florida, has reported that this form of light therapy is best used for acne vulgaris. As with all other treatments, blue-light therapy does have side effects such as dry skin and/or temporary pigmentation change. A process of eight sessions over a 4 week time period should be allowed for visible results.

Lastly, we have IPL therapy with a mixture of medication. (Again, we stress that you should consult with your dermatologist in order to make an educated decision on IPL.) The medication that is involved in this process is activated by way of pulsed light. A few hours prior to the process ALA (the medication) is applied to your skin and a numbing agent will also be used to reduce pain and/or a stinging sensation during the process. The numbing agent is typically applied an hour and a half prior to the treatment. The actual treatment is concluded in 20-30 minutes. Side effects are possible and involve slight bruising and pink skin. The recovery time usually lasts no longer than one day.

Treating Insomnia With Music Therapy

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What is insomnia? Insomnia is a condition where people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or having a restful night sleep. Often times people who suffer from insomnia will turn to sleeping pills to get relief. Sleeping pills is a bad idea, because it will just create more problems.

What is the problem with sleeping pills? Pills are a bad idea because most sleeping pills are addictive, and basically are just a mask to what the real problem is. It also causes problems when you interact with other medications or alcohol, which can be very serious or even deadly. People who are prescribed medication are usually supposed to be on them for a few days to a few weeks only, but because they can be addictive people tend to take them longer. Pills can also cause high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, confusion. It also can cause bizarre behavior such as sleep walking, sleep binge eating and sleep driving, in which the person will not remember.

Why it is so important to get a good night sleep? Sleep is necessary to maintain good physical and mental health. Sleep helps you to restore your body and mind, to help with memory and learning, also to help you be in a better mood. When you are sleep deprived, your body is more prone to infections, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Also when you are sleep deprived it can effect your job performance, such as forgetfulness or making mistakes, which can cause you to lose your job. So it is very important to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep if you are an adult, and more than 8 hours if you are younger.

How do you treat insomnia with music therapy? Insomnia is usually caused by your attitude or behavior, if you can change your attitude or behavior this may change your sleep disorder. Your mind plays a big part of all this. That is how music therapy can help. Music therapy uses binaural beats to stimulate your brain to a high level of relaxation, like a meditated state, to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Binaural beats is music set to certain frequencies to stimulate a certain part of your brain that allows you to get some sleep. When listening to music therapy, use headphones to get the best results. The music is soft relaxing music, that has sounds of nature like waterfalls, birds, the ocean ect. When buying music therapy cds or tapes make sure that it contains binaural beats, because they sell fake ones, that claim to do the same, but do not compare, so be aware. If you have any questions on music therapy or binaural beats see link bellow.

Opting For A Good Medical College.

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There are some best quality of Medical Colleges in India, Which provides both undergraduate and post-graduate programs in medical profession. India is listed among those few countries in the world, which produces thousands of medical graduates every year. These graduates work not only in India but across the world in countries like UK and USA.

Various degrees can be achieved in this profession such as MBBS, MD, BDS, MS, MDS, etc. The basic course in medicine is the MBBS, which is of four and a half year long course including a residential internship for the students. It is followed by post-graduation courses like MS or MD whose duration is about three years. Super or sub specialties are also pursued for which only an MS or MD degree holder is eligible, this qualification is known as DM or M.Ch.

Most of the medical colleges were established in the 50s and 60s by the government. Though numerous private medical colleges have came into existence since 1980s. All these institutes work under the supervision of the Medical Council of India (MCI). This organization keeps on inspecting the Medical Institutes from time-to-time. The Council gives certification to medical colleges, grants registration to medical practitioners and monitors medical practice in India. There are presently 273 Indian Medical Schools having a capacity of 31298 students.

Some of the best Medical Colleges in India are All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, Armed Forces Medical Colleges, (AFMC), Pune, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Delhi and Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), Delhi.

An entrance test is taken by these institutes at national level opening the doors of admission for students. Candidates who have cleared 10+2 or equivalent in science stream can apply for these entrance exams. For post-graduate program the students should hold a bachelors degree in the relevant field.

Medical is a profession whose demand is always going to increase with time. Thus studying in a good medical college definitely adds in the progress of the student not only in India but around the world.

The Benefits Of Massage Therapy Are Numerous

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In need of a day off to spend recuperating and relaxing from a stressful week? Many people would opt to make an appointment at a spa or with a masseuse to enjoy some feel-good alone time. That type of person will be pleased to know, then, that this sort of day is actually recommended by the doctor! Massage therapy is great for the mind and even better for the body — check out all the ways your physical health can benefit from a trip to the masseuse.

Those with poor posture can surely reap the benefits of getting a massage. Hunched or slouching postures can, over time, lead to many other complications, so if it is severe, it should be corrected. Most of the recommendations for training the body to stand up straight involve doing core workouts and learning proper balance. While those take time, practice, and patience, going to a masseuse is actually an enjoyable way to benefit the spine.

If you visit with a trained therapist regularly, it is true that your heart will be grateful. Regular therapy sessions promote circulation to areas of the body that are not typically the focal point. In turn, patients will notice that the body simply functions better. Additionally, the improved circulation can lead to a lowering of blood pressure, which helps to combat symptoms of depression, potential for heart attacks, and hormonal imbalances.

Everyone knows the woes of sitting in a desk chair all day long: the neck and shoulders surely suffer. This can put a person in a bad mood, make it difficult to sleep, and lead to other aches as a result of all the unnecessary tension. These types of strains and any other knots can quickly and effectively be kneaded out. In addition, regular massages will encourage flexibility in the muscles, preventing such stiffness and injury from occurring in the future.

Tension headaches are the result of straining in the muscles of the shoulders, back, and neck. When the muscles in these areas are overworked, the brain certainly feels it. This tension can be quickly relieved by a nice massage, and therefore, headaches like these will be cured and become less frequent. All this can be attributed to the sense of relaxation induced by massage as well as the promotion of healthy blood flow.

So, while it may feel like you are splurging or indulging by seeking out massage therapy, the truth is you are helping your body to reap some long-term benefits. Massages can be an instant cure for certain ailments, such as strained muscles or feelings of stress. However, they are also great for promoting flexibility — and therefore, avoiding injury — in the long term, and can even treat and help to prevent minor forms of depression.

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