• October 18, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    A valuable and tested treatment for a variety of conditions and health management is low laser light therapy. This medical treatment uses lasers or diodes that emit light to alter cellular function. This method has been proved effective in treating conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, acute and severe neck pain, tendinopathy, and chronic joint disorders.

    There are many other treatment goals that can be achieved with treatment of this kind. It has been recently applied for stiff necks, tennis elbow, chronic headaches, migraines, and chronic back ailments. 4 problems you may not know can be addressed by therapy such as this includes menstrual discomfort, burn healing, dental issues, and wound healing and repair. An especially little known benefit is the effective and easily applied menstrual pain home remedy.

    Of the 4 things you never knew this type of therapy was good for, menstrual issues have been the most important benefit. Women suffering from menstrual issues would benefit from considering treatment like this as a menstrual pain home remedy. It has helped people recovering from burns treat the pain and discomfort in the areas of the burn. Another yet unknown benefit is mouth healing. TMJ, and discomfort from toothaches and oral surgery have been treated. Wound healing has also responded well, whether superficial contusions or major injuries.

    People get harmed in different areas of their bodies when their cellular structures are disrupted or not working properly. Pain relief cannot be gained until the cells are returned to their normal functions. This type of treatment brings the cells back to their functioning level.

    Low laser light therapy has many uses that are not well known yet, but its popularity is growing. Try the therapy for any of the 4 ailments you never knew it could help, and start feeling normal again soon.

  • October 16, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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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.

  • October 15, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    If you are planning on pursuing a degree in massage therapy, there are many different scholarships and grants available to help you pay for your schooling. Some of these awards are available from the school itself, and some are national awards for future massage therapists. The following are thought to be the top 10 scholarships and grants for massage therapy:

    American Specialty Health (ASH): ASH provides scholarships usually valued at around $500 for alternative therapy students, including those at massage therapy schools.

    Austin Schools of Massage: This school offers $1,000 scholarships for students in the Clark Foundations Program and the Clark Advanced Clinical Program class, as well as the Dottie Scholarship Fund to help with tuition for students who qualify.

    The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy Scholarship Program: There are four $1,000 scholarships and grants for massage therapy students at this school each year.

    Great Lakes Institute of Technology Medical Careers Scholarship: This school in Erie, Pennsylvania offers scholarships to qualifying students that equal 25 percent of their tuition cost.

    MASSAGE Magazine: Five $1000 scholarships are given each year to students pursuing a degree in massage or touch therapy at a school participating in the Massage Magazine Schools Program.

    Massage Therapy Foundation: This foundation awards several research grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 each year to students and professionals pursuing massage therapy research.

    Massage Therapy Training Institute Scholarship: This institution offers scholarships and grants three times each year to full-time massage therapy students who meet GPA requirements at its Missouri and Kansas campuses.

    The Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship: There are more than 200 scholarships that range all the way up to $5,000 for minority and disadvantaged students studying for licensed professions such as massage therapy in the state of New York.

    The Spa Foundation: Students pursuing a degree in massage therapy self-help and financial management resources may qualify for awards from this foundation.

    Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences Massage Therapy Program: This New York City school offers three different scholarships in honor of alumni who have contributed to the field of massage therapy.

  • October 15, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    More and more health care professionals are recommending the use of quality home ultrasound devices to patients that suffer from chronic pain conditions and other injuries. In fact, doctors now advise the use of an ultrasound therapy machine in physical therapy. This is because ultrasound therapy has been found to improve the results of physical therapy.

    Deeper penetrating ultrasound waves While physical therapy is already considered to be one of the best non-invasive treatments for relieving pain, incorporating the use and application of ultrasound therapy can enhance its results. Ultrasound therapy complements physical therapy in many different ways. One of these ways is that the sound waves produced by an ultrasound machine deeply penetrate the skin.

    The high frequency sound waves produced by an ultrasound device have the power to penetrate the surface of the skin up to 4 inches. These sound waves are focused on affected and injured areas so that symptoms can be alleviated. There are two key advantages that ultrasound therapy poses: The first is that it increases cellular activity, oxygen flow and blood flow to the affected area; the second is that it diminishes edema and inflammation (swelling), which are two of the main sources of pain.

    Speeds up the body’s healing process

    In all of the clinical studies concerning ultrasound therapy, the majority of participants reported that they experienced less pain, faster recovery and greater mobility. In a nutshell, ultrasound therapy produced thermal benefits, which allows the muscles to relax and reduce pain and swelling. 20-minute daily sessions using this device can accelerate the body’s healing process when it comes to fractures. The same duration can also improve the physical functions of older adults, as well as decrease the pain that they experience, especially those suffering from osteoarthritis.

    Other benefits of ultrasound therapy

    In addition to complementing physical therapy, ultrasound therapy also provides many other benefits. One of the most obvious of which is the fact that through this type of treatment, there will no longer be a need for patients to completely depend on pain relievers and other drugs. While aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen are helpful for relieving pains affecting the joints, muscles and tendons, as well as chronic conditions such as back pain and arthritis, these do not come without risks. With regular use, these drugs increase the risks of kidney damage, ulcers and even heart failure.

    Incorporating the use of an ultrasound therapy machine in physical therapy can be very beneficial. Visit a reputable provider of quality home ultrasound devices by visiting ezultrasound.com for more details.

    June Hamilton resides in San Diego, California. She is a diehard music enthusiast and can often be found at the hottest concerts or festivals. In addition to her love of music, June is interested in healthcare and often provides information about home ultrasound devices , such as those available from EZUltrasound.

  • October 14, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    In my San Antonio, Texas based Massage Therapy and Bodywork practice I often treat pain from various syndromes including Piriformis Syndrome. Like many painful conditions Piriformis Syndrome responds quite well to massage therapy and bodywork.

    What is Piriformis Syndrome?

    Piriformis Syndrome is the name of a painful nerve entrapment condition in which the sciatic nerve is placed under abnormal pressure by the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle attaches to the sacrum bone of the low back to the top of greater trochanter of the femur (thigh bone) and lies on top of the sciatic nerve. When the piriformis muscle becomes tight and enlarged, pain results from myofascial trigger points (knots) in the muscle, pressure on the sciatic nerve, and sometimes from the S-I Joint in the low back. Pain from Piriformis Syndrome is usually found in the extreme low back, buttocks, hip, and often the back of the thigh. Most of the time the symptoms are on one side, but may affect both sides in some cases. Additionally, people with Piriformis Syndrome often have trouble sitting for long periods and the pain may worsen when walking or squatting.

    What is the cause of Piriformis Syndrome?

    There are a number of causes for Piriformis Syndrome including direct blunt trauma to the buttocks, prolonged sitting while working or driving, Morton’s foot, or S-I Joint instability. Frequent or prolonged running on canted surfaces and participation in sports requiring quick lateral movement such as tennis, skiing, and basketball may also overstress the piriformis muscle and lead to Piriformis Syndrome.

    Massage Therapy and Bodywork for Piriformis Syndrome

    There are many ways that massage therapy and bodywork can be used to treat Piriformis Syndrome. The massage therapist will employ a number of techniques to relieve the condition. For example the massage therapist may use Neuromuscular Therapy or Trigger Point Therapy to eliminate myofascial trigger points in the piriformis muscle. The massage therapist could also use Myofascial Release techniques or Deep Tissue Massage techniques to release adhesions between the piriformis muscle and surrounding tissues while also using Muscle Energy Techniques to gently lengthen the piriformis muscle. Piriformis Syndrome also responds well to positional release therapies such as Ortho-Bionomy which work with the body’s nervous system to release muscles and improve joint movement in the area. In addition to working on the piriformis muscle it may be necessary to provide therapy for other muscles near piriformis and even to muscles opposing piriformis to improve muscular balance. Comprehensive treatment with massage and bodywork, in conjunction with a home program of stretching and exercise, usually helps to completely resolve Piriformis Syndrome.

    Other Treatments for Piriformis Syndrome

    While massage therapy and bodywork are an excellent treatment for Piriformis Syndrome there are other treatments you should discuss with your physician:

  • October 13, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Yoga therapy has been sitting by quietly, while the mainstream population has begun to “try Yoga,” but that may soon change. With the world’s governments and financial markets struggling along, there will be many changes in the near future. The world’s governments will have to consider the massive cost of national defense, retirement programs, education, healthcare, energy, education, and preventative health.

    At this time, prevention in healthcare is a “field of dreams.” As we know, some medical conditions are inherent within our specific genetic pool. However, there are many ailments, diseases, and conditions, which are preventable.

    This is where healing modalities such as, Yoga therapy can become cost-effective alternatives to an over burdened medical system. Below is a question and answer session about the need for Yoga as a recognized form of therapy.

    Q: What is Yoga Therapy?

    A: Most of today’s Yoga therapy can be traced back to Sri Swami Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who trained his share of modern masters, including his son T.K.V. Desikachar (Viniyoga) and B.K.S. Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga).

    Yoga has therapeutic value and can be modified for any person. This is not the same form of Yoga movement seen in most health clubs. Yoga therapy involves teaching customized techniques, to one individual, based upon his or her specific needs.

    This may encompass postures, specific breathing, meditation, and a large variety of Yogic techniques. The Yoga therapist’s primary objective is to treat the whole person. Complete physical health cannot be separated from emotional and mental health.

    In fact, spiritual health also plays an important factor in recovery. We know that the power of prayer, mantra, and positive affirmation, will enable a person to heal faster. There is much conflict over which specific religion a person practices. Yet, this is a private decision and, as such, should be left to the individual.

    Q: Why should Yoga teachers be concerned with Yoga therapy?

    A: Some teachers are content teaching athletic forms of Yoga. This is a wonderful thing, but as we, and our students, grow older, teachers become aware of a variety of ailments. Constant pain creates a need for relief, because you can think of nothing else.

    If you have a migraine, or back pain, can you think of much else? The mind is totally focused on pain. Hence, there is a need for inner calm and pain relief, which therapeutic Yoga can give.

    Q: What is Yoga Therapy’s future role in alternative health?

    A: Yoga is the source of many different healing modalities. As I have stated many times, “Yoga is the mother of all health maintenance systems.” Contemporary medicine and Yoga therapy have plenty of space together on the path to heal humanity.

    There is no shortage of people who are in pain. Yoga is a cost-effective form of therapy. Together, medicine and Yoga can effectively help people who are suffering from a variety of ailments.

    Copyright 2008 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications

  • October 11, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    There is only one effective way to get children actively involved with speech and motor Apraxia, and this is by engaging them in fun speech therapy activities. However, before you even begin to help your child with language articulation activities, you have to be in the right frame of mind.

    It would be counter-productive if you are stressed, impatient, and thinking of other things at the same time. Thus, for the language activities to work out well between you and your child learn to set aside a specific time that’s just for this purpose. Make it a date between you and your child and treat the time as special bonding hour that will create beautiful memories for you and your child.

    Here are some fun language therapy activities that you can start under the supervision of a qualified therapist, and then branch out on your own at home. Remember what the purpose for the language activities are, focus on that, and not just having fun. Also do not be a stickler for how long your child should be doing the activity, otherwise it becomes a chore instead, and he will not be motivated to do it again.

    Speech Therapy Activities Part 1

    Using PECS or Picture Exchange Communications System uses pictures as an alternative way of communicating with your child. Naturally, you will need some practice with this because for a child, a picture of a sandwich could mean he’s hungry but not necessarily for a sandwich.

    You can go around the house tagging items with a picture and the word spelled out. Eventually, from practice, your child will recognize the word and not just the picture. By then you can take away the pictures and just have word tags.

    Speech Therapy Activities Part 2

    Use of music to teach pacing and pauses between words. The music therapy is a great way to introduce sounds and how they can be used. It works in conjunction with language therapy activities in many instances because of its universal appeal. There are special CDs for young children with Apraxia that you can buy as part of your language therapy activities at home.

    With singing, children with Apraxia can enjoy speech therapy activities by learning how to elongate their vowels.

    Speech Therapy Activities Part 3

    Why not play Go Fish or the Memory Game using cards as your game tools. Cards are very good as part of your speech therapy activities as well as in helping develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination. These are just 3 language therapy activities that you can do without special tools. It will not work though if you do it a couple of times a month.

    There has to be some form of schedule, 5 to 10 minutes a day, to make it work.

  • October 10, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    Becoming a pharmacist or a doctor is a serious educational commitment that takes several years. Especially in light of the almost decade long, immensely expensive process of becoming a doctor, healthcare careers can feel out of reach for many people. But becoming a physician is not the only option for healthcare hopefuls. Aside from nursing, two other prominent healthcare professions are medical office assistant and pharmacy technician. Lets have a closer look.

    Pharmacy Technician

    Pharmacy technician training has to prepare the student for the crucial role of assisting pharmacists conduct their duties. Most people know about the drug dispensaries found in commercial stores and hospitals, but theres also a role for pharmacy technicians in medical research, third party insurers and drug manufacturing. Regardless of where the technician takes a job, your training will focus on a strict and accurate understanding of measurement, dispensing systems and drug effects. Though you will have the supervision of a pharmacist, patient safety depends on your ability to provide exactly the dose prescribed, and youll also have a chance to make sure theyre receiving the right medication and get to work directly with clients, including calling them to ensure medications are being taken as directed.

    Programs are usually provided through vocational schools and colleges, with a length averaging around a year, but some programs allowing completion in less time. Like any healthcare professional, you will have liability insurance and accredited programs are offered in most provinces in Canada. 43% are employed in hospitals or similar facilities, and pharmacist shortages have seen a recent boom in the demand for people with pharmacy technician training, making it a reliable choice for steady and rewarding work.

    Medical Office Assistant

    In Canada, the role of the medical office assistant is somewhat more abbreviated than your American cousins, because of provincially regulated Medicare instead of a byzantine network of private insurers, but theres still a strong demand for people with medical office assistant training. As well as clerical work, including working with sensitive and confidential medical records and calling patients to remind them of scheduled appointments, medical office assistants receive some front line medical training to help them understand the ins and outs of their patients needs.

    One part secretarial and receptionist training, and one part anatomy and health lessons, medical office assistant training is also mostly found through career or vocational schools and community colleges. Like pharmacy technician programs the study time is short. Particular to the program the administrative side of the training also makes graduates flexible, with options to work outside the healthcare industry. If you do decide to stick with healthcare you could find yourself at the front desk of a private practice or part of a team in the medical record archives of a large hospital.

  • October 9, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    At SUWS of the Carolinas, we understand that childrens limiting emotional beliefs and destructive behavior is the outcome of poor family cohesion. For this we provide parenting resources at our center to help them tackle the situation. Family therapy programs are run to let them connect with the experience their children are getting in the SUWS summer wilderness camps. These family therapy programs provide safe environment for parents to get individual care treatment and learn parenting skills. Different parenting resources like genograms, experiential activities, and communication techniques are used in these workshops. The summer wilderness camps give individual care treatment apart from various common activities and counseling sessions.

    In the summer wilderness camps, each child is given individual care treatment and they are treated according to their family dynamics. These summer wilderness camps involve various situations in which children are left to response spontaneously and develop challenge facing skills. Furthermore, individual care treatment is given to them by certified therapists. Improvement of behavioral disorders also depends on family connection with the children. To make it realize, we also run family therapy programs and use different parenting resources. These parenting resources help the parents to understand and relate to their child. Family therapy programs have proved to be very successful.

    Children and adolescents who feel socially isolated and experience behavioral disorders can join our summer wilderness camps with lots of activities and individual care treatment. Their particular disorder will be addressed in the individual care treatment by the therapist as well their behavioral improvements will definitely be appreciated in the summer wilderness camps. We try to shape the future of your kids with your involvement through the family therapy programs that uses a lot of parenting resources to help to plan your particular action plan specific to your family situation. Parents use parenting resources to learn different skills in these family therapy programs.

    The family therapy programs culminate with graduation. After this a one-day seminar is organized using parenting resources to prepare the parents unite with their children and appreciate the transition in them during summer wilderness camps. The use of parenting resources during family therapy programs rediscovers the parenting skills in parents who find it difficult to address their specific family situations. In summer wilderness camps the children get to mingle socially and learn to communicate and behave in a group. Individual care treatment is given to them by therapist and regular follow ups and done to enhance the positive outcome of individual care treatment.

  • October 8, 2017 /  Medical & Therapy
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    There are no two opinions that the laughter is healthy for the body and mind. The laugher therapy is a process in which laughter is used as therapeutic tool to heal human body and emotions. Laughter is an expression of happiness that gives people ceaseless enjoyment and produces humor. The Laughter therapy not only attracts others to the people who laughs openly but also strengthens relationships and helps people to resolve their inner conflicts. There are several advantages of using this laughter process which include health, mental and social benefits through which people can get rid of their stress and feel rejuvenated.

    Health advantages: The first and the foremost advantage that we can get from the Laughter therapy is the relief from stress. It is a stress-busting technique that relieves stress and ensures safety from all heart and blood pressure related diseases and problems. Lung capacity and oxygen levels in the blood can be improved through the proper use of the therapy. The therapy helps in the production of bodys natural pain killer hormones like cortisol, epinephrine and endorphins to reduce and the intensity of arthritic pain and muscular spasms. There are evidences that the therapy helps to cure insomnia, migraines, allergies and ulcers. The therapy is also useful in reducing heart rate and stimulating appetite and digestion.

    Mental advantages: The Laughter therapy puts wide-ranging effects on us psychologically and physiologically and gives us quick relief from stress. It not only develops your inner and outer personality but also enhances your leadership qualities. Laughter is a panacea that affects mood directly and keeps all negative emotions away from us. Neurologists suggest that one minute of laughter can give the body upto 45 minutes of therapeutic relaxation. It is said that a person who laughs openly copes with odd situations well.

    Social advantages: Researches conducted by scientists show that the Laughter therapy improves interpersonal relationship and resolves conflicts between people. When a tense person meets a person who uses to laugh while meeting people, he founds himself in a state of happiness and takes things lightly. It is admitted that people with a strong sense of humor are less affected by the negative effects of stress.

    To know more about laughter yoga, yoga of laughter, laughter therapy and laughing yoga, log on to the Internet and find several web sites that offer detailed and in-depth information on the positive effects of the laughter on the health and mind of humans.