Health and Advanced Physiotherapy

Healthy living is a combination of many things, including good nutrition, regular exercise and a positive attitude. Taking care of your body and feeling pride in your accomplishments can improve both your physical and mental health. There are many things you can do to improve your quality of life. No matter how small you start, you can make a big change and an improvement in your life.

In accordance to the present time and needs, a health care giver is an individual or an institution that provides preventive, curative, promotional or rehabilitative health care services in a systematic way to individuals, families or communities. To forsee, Allied Health Professions are clinical health care professions distinct from medicine, dentistry, and nursing which are making up 60 percent of the total health workforce. They work in health care teams to make the health care system function by providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to the other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve.

Physiotherapy alias physical therapy is considered as one of the fastest growing allied areas of present generation medicine. Being an important rehabilitative service needed in a community and a vital therapeutic supplement of the medical profession, it’s the treatment of diseases and disabilities using physical exercises, heat radiations, cold therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and therapeutic massage. It is a health care specialty concerned with evaluating, diagnosing and treating disorders of the body to restore maximal functional independence for the patient by enhancing their ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent any or further disability.

As doctors, physiotherapists or physical therapists are essential in helping the patient to recover and rehabilitate from a state of incapacity, due to genetic defect or the result of an accident or an illness. They must have a thorough knowledge of the human anatomy and the way the bones, muscles and nerves move and function. Physiotherapists treat a wide range of ailments, so specialization is possible in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, integumentary, orthopedics, sports physical therapy, neurology, vestibular, women’s health, clinical electrophysiology and, cardio-vascular and pulmonary therapy. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. They can practice in outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation trainings, private homes, education and research centers, schools, hospitals, industrial workplaces, occupational environments, fitness centers, sports training facilities, health policy, health care administration and as health care executives and medical-legal field experts.

This therapy is the interaction between physical therapist, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists. Physical therapy or PT management includes prescription of or assistance with specific exercises, manual therapy, education, manipulation and other mentioned interventions.

In order to work as a physical therapist, one must first graduate from a physical therapy educational program with a Master or Doctorate degree. Coursework includes biology, chemistry, and physics, biomechanics, anatomy, neurology, human growth and development, manifestations of disease, examination techniques, therapeutic procedures and clinical sciences (e.g., content about the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, metabolic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular systems and the medical and surgical conditions frequently seen by physical therapists). In order to practice, graduates from physical therapy programs must pass international, national and state licensing exams. In order to retain their licenses, many states require PTs to take continuing education classes and workshops. A good physiotherapist should be familiar with the standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field and should rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Capability to perform a variety of tasks and certain degree of creativity and latitude is also required. The median expected salary for a typical physical therapist holding a masters degree in the United States is $74,336.

On a typical day a physical therapist -examines patients’ medical histories, tests and measures the patients’ strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, performance, respiration, sensory and motor function, determine patients’ ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after injury or illness and develop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and its anticipated outcome.

Historically, Hippocrates and later Galenus are believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage, manual therapy techniques and hydrotherapy to treat people in 460 B.C. The earliest documented origins of actual physical therapy as a profession date back to Per Henrik Ling, “Father of Swedish Gymnastics,” who founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics (RCIG) in 1813.In 1887, PTs were given official registration by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. Modern physical therapy was established in Britain towards the end of the 19th century. The first school of physical therapy was established at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. following the outbreak of World War I. In 1974, the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists was formed,which plays an important role in advancing manual therapy worldwide.

The speciality and common treatments of the profession include, Cardiovascular & Pulmonary (cystic fibrosis, heart attacks, post coronary bypass surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis), Clinical Electrophysiology(EMG/NCV), Geriatric (arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence), Integumentary (conditions involving the skin and related organs), Neurological (Alzheimer’s disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and stroke and common impairments including impairments of vision, balance, ambulation, activities of daily living, movement, muscle strength and loss of functional independence), Orthopedic (post-operative orthopedic procedures, fractures, acute sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, back and neck pain, spinal conditions and amputations), Vestibular (vertigo, disequilibrium, mobility and balance disturbances),Pediatric (developmental delays, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, torticollis may be treated), Sports (athletic injury management, including acute care, treatment and rehabilitation, prevention, and education), Women’s health (issues related to child birth, post partum, lymph edema, osteoporosis, pelvic pain, prenatal and post partum periods and urinary incontinence).

It is a vast field of exploration and gradually, physiotherapy is achieving a non conservative approach as an important human health and rehabilitative resource and holds a tremendous scope for quality. What all it lacks is the awareness.

This is an Effective Mental Health Therapy Aid

Vitamin D, a fat soluble nutrient found in oily fish, eggs, vitamin fortified foods like milk, cereals and drinks, or naturally received from sunlight might act as an effective mental health therapy aid by helping hold off the mental decline that can affect people as they age – this according to the latest research efforts of a team of British and U.S. scientists.

This vital nutrient is also known to be important in keeping bones healthy and helping strengthen the immune system.

It’s even been linked to the prevention of cancers like colon, breast and ovarian.

Yet many of us don’t get enough.

The recommended intake of vitamin D is 600 IU a day, though a more accurate recommendation is that both children and adults get at least 1000 IU per day.

Eating a diet with the right amount of vitamin D isn’t the easiest thing to do. This is why supplements have become so popular.

What’s more, as we age, our skin is less able to absorb vitamin D from the sun, so older people depend more on food sources (or supplements) for this key nutrient.

Vitamin D deficiency affects an estimated 50% of adults and children in the United States, so it’s a widespread problem.

Beyond our difficulty getting enough vitamin D through diet, we all spend our time in the sun lathered in sunscreen. Wearing sunscreens of SPF 15 is known to block almost all vitamin D synthesis by the skin.

Not only older adults, but anyone who is obese or overweight are also naturally less able to make vitamin D from sunlight.

Earlier studies have suggested that vitamins may have a beneficial effect on our cognitive function, and we also know that if you have impaired cognitive function you’re more likely to develop dementia.

Diet is also considered an important influence on dementia risk – a balanced diet, regular exercise and lots of social interaction are believed to be key to keeping this debilitating, life altering condition at bay.

The team of researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan, looked at 2,000 people over age 65.

They measured vitamin D levels via blood work as well as asking volunteers to complete a test designed to assess mental decline. The subjects used in the work had taken part in the Health Survey for England, completed in 2000.

Just over 200 of the study participants were found to have significant cognitive impairment, the team saw that those with lower vitamin D levels were at least two times more likely to have impaired thinking. As levels of vitamin D went down, levels of cognitive impairment went up.

The paper detailing the study appears in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Geriatric Psychology and Neurology. Of course more work is needed to solidify the relationship between vitamin D and keeping the aging brain healthy and vibrant. Still this is a good start.

Dr. Iain Lang of the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter points out, “Given the growing burden of care associated with dementia, even if it reduced 10 per cent of dementia, it would make a massive difference. The amount that’s contained in a regular multi-vitamin tablet is fine.”

So if you’re in your middle years and concerned about your dementia risk, being sure you get enough vitamin D from your diet, or exposure to natural sunlight, can help as an effective mental health therapy aid keeping you sharp for years to come.

Choosing Organic Skincare For Mom and Baby

Turn over the back of a shampoo, lotion, or body wash bottle. Is the ingredient listing recognizable and easy to pronounce? If not, it is time to consider a switch to natural and organic skincare. Much attention is placed these days on the chemicals that go into our foods, so isn’t it important to understand the chemicals going on our skin? Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, so taking care of it is essential.

Why choose organic skincare? Certified organic skincare will be free from pesticide residues, genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s), hormones and antibiotics. Currently, personal care products are not defined under organic law. However, the ingredients used in organic skincare can fall under the same standards set for organic food. When researching natural and organic skincare lines, check to make sure the ingredients are free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, pesticides, SLS’s, artificial colorings and fragrances. Look for product lines made from 75 – 99% certified organic ingredients or the USDA certified seal which means 95% of the ingredients are organic. One of the most important factors in determining which skincare product to buy is reading labels.

Why is organic skincare important for our babies? A baby’s skin can be up to five times thinner than adults, which makes it more prone to skin irritations. Natural ingredients in baby lotions and oils will also allow allergy prone babies to have soft, supple skin. Organic baby skincare includes baby lotions, baby creams, baby oils, shampoos, body washes, diaper cream, and sunscreen. You will find these products made with jojoba oil, aloe, mango & shea butter, organic lavender, chamomile, and organic coconut oil. Many of the products have multi-use purposes. Organic Baby oil is great for baby massages, irritated skin, and cradle cap. A good diaper cream will not only serve baby, but can be used as an anti-chafing cream on adults.

Mom-to-be should be pampered too. If you are not putting harsh chemicals on your baby’s skin, why do so to yourself? Organic and natural skincare lines for mom include stretch mark creams, oils, body lotions, nursing balms, and body washes. As more companies manufacture natural and organic product, it is easy to find in drugstores, mass market chains, health food stores, and of course, online. You may find natural and organic products may be more expensive than other labels, but in the long run it is worth knowing only natural and pure ingredients are used. It is good for the environment and may help to reduce the number of trips to a doctor.