NSD Powerball – How To Start The NSD Powerball Gyroscope With Thumb

September 6, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Hab It: Pelvic Floor Optimal Posture Review

August 21, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Optimal Posture Tips for Women Women’s Physical Therapist Tasha Mulligan discusses female posture and the role it plays in addressing symptoms of pelvic floor weakness such as incontinence and prolapsed.. Special information for pregnant and post-partum women! Poor posture can put stress on your lower back and abdominal basket, exacerbating problems with your pelvic floor muscles. Unless you work to achieve optimal posture, the road to rehabilitation may be longer than necessary. This video will help you understand proper posture and alignment, and how to achieve and maintain it throughout your exercises. Relevant Links: www.balancethecenter.com ; www.healthcentral.com

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Breaking the taboo: docs should talk about sex to post heart attack patients

June 10, 2010 by  
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Many people are lucky to survive a heart attack (myocardial infarction, MI for short) and undergo successful rehabilitation. However, the experience has a great impact on the quality of life of post-MI patients and this impact in turn is influenced by doctor-patient talk before discharge. Researchers at University of Chicago report that one aspect of life that is neglected by doctors before discharge is sexual activity. A survey of 1760 patients (1184 men and 576 women) revealed that this topic seldom comes up in predischarge instructions, leading to post discharge uncertainty and problems. The surveyed patients reported that

  • 46.3% of male and 34.5% female patients received discharge instructions on resuming sexual activity.
  • <40% of male and <20% of female patients discussed sex with their doctor in the year following their MI.
  • 67.7% of male but only 40.6% of female patients reported engaging in sexual activity 12 months after their attacks.

Sexual activity, however, is part of normal life and it is the aim of postMI rehabilitation programs to have patients lead a normal life as possible. Studies have shown that lack of sexual activity in postMI patients can lead to depression, strained relationships and poor overall quality of life. Unfortunately, sex is a topic that many people are not comfortable with. Many patients, especially women are reluctant to bring up the topic during predischarge discussion with their doctors and even during routine follow ups.

The researchers who conducted the survey believe that it is up to the doctors to introduce the topic into the discharge instructions in such a way that patients are not offended or embarrassed. However, some cardiologists may believe that this topic should better be discussed with a gynaecologist or urologist or even a sexologist. Others may be hesitant about bringing up the topic with patients who are older, unmarried, or of conservative background. However, breaking the taboo may do a lot of good for the patients who are most likely to take sexual advice better from their doctors than from close family members.

According to study author Dr Stacy Tessler Lindau of the University of Chicago, IL:

“Often physicians are focused on saving lives, and sexual health may not be valued as much as other treatments to prevent further progression of their coronary disease” But doctors need to be proactive and help patients recover their whole lives after an MI, “which includes an assessment of sexual history and ensuring that all parts of their physical and emotional well-being are addressed.”

For postMI patients facing this problem, check out the tips in a previous post.

Robotics and rehabilitation

December 4, 2008 by  
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The field of robotics can help improve rehabilitation techniques for stroke patients. This is according to researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Using a hand operated device that work together with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers could “look” into the brain of stroke victims to see how and whether they can be rehabilitated.

It was previously thought that rehabilitation is only possible three to six months after the occurrence of the stroke. Once this “short window of opportunity” is missed, rehabilitation can become very difficult, maybe even impossible. Using the new method, the researchers found out this is not always the case.

We have shown that the brain has the ability to regain function through rehabilitative exercises following a stroke,” said A. Aria Tzika, Ph.D., director of the NMR Surgical Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Shriners Burn Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “We have learned that the brain is malleable, even six months or more after a stroke, which is a longer period of time than previously thought.”

80 to 90% of surviving stroke patients suffer from brain damage that can motor problems. When the right side of the brain is damaged, the left side of the body is affected and when it is the left side of the brain, then the right side of the body is affected. The study looked at 5 patients who suffered from stroke 6 months before or even earlier, suffered damage to the left side of the brain and thus lost the ability to use their right hands efficiently.

The patients were made to squeeze a special MRI-compatible robotic device. They performed this exercise for 2one hour, 3 days a week for the duration of four weeks. Using fMRI, brain acitivity was assessed by measuring changes in blood oxygenation.

The results showed that rehabilitation using hand training significantly increased activation in the cortex, which is the area in the brain that corresponds with hand use. Furthermore, the increased cortical activation persisted in the stroke patients who had exercised during the training period but then stopped for several months.

This gives hope to millions of stroke victims worldwide. In the US alone, about 700,000 strokes occur annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the third leading cause of mortality in the US. It also causes long term disabilities that range from mild to very severe.

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Finding your feet and gait again after a stroke

July 28, 2008 by  
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Every year, over 700,000 people in the US suffer from stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number 3 cause of mortality in the US, after heart diseases and different types of cancer.

Those who are lucky to survive this monster can end up with after effects that would include paralysis, speech or language impairment, vision problems, behavioural changes, and memory loss.

Partial paralysis can result in gait impairment and with it the stigma of disability. Mobility is affected and the patient may not be able to perform activities he or she has done before the stroke. Rehabilitation helps but is not always successful in helping people regain their normal gait. Through rehabilitation, most stroke survivors are able to walk again but with the aid of walkers and canes.

This study conducted at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) aimed to help stroke survivors walk normally again using a specially designed treadmill.

The approach, known as locomotor treadmill training with partial body weight support, consists of a treadmill outfitted with a harness. The patient is secured to the harness to support a portion of their body weight while walking on the treadmill. In this reduced weight environment, the patient can relearn how to walk in a safe and controlled manner. Once the patient becomes stronger, more body weight is added until they can comfortably walk on their own without the need for assistance.

Seven patients were recruited to participate in this pilot study. After the study was completed, all participants were able to walk and even gain their normal gait without the aid of a cane. In most cases, it is not evident that they have suffered from stroke from the way they walk.

Early intervention is essential for this method to work. Patients should start the rehabilitation program as early as possible so as to prevent abnormal gait patterns from developing. Currently, there is no clinical “gold standard” for stroke rehabilitation.

 

About BIR:

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation is a not-for-profit, 92-bed hospital that offers intense, specialized rehabilitation services for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other orthopaedic and neurological disorders. Physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, known as physiatrists, lead interdisciplinary clinical teams, which work with patients to design and implement a treatment program to achieve the patient’s goals. In 2007, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation was named among the top rehabilitation hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” guide, an honor it has received for 10 years.

Depression in heart patients: exercise plus psychological therapy work best

June 18, 2008 by  
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In a previous post, I touched on the beneficial effects of laughter and positive emotions on our heart and vascular system. It is very common however, that heart patients, especially those above 60, suffer from depression, thereby further worsening their underlying heart conditions. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia may just have found a rehabilitation program that seems to greatly benefit heart patients physically as well as psychologically.

The researchers studied 74 patients who had heart failure and have been diagnosed with depression. The patients were split 4 groups, with each group receiving a different type of home-based rehabilitation program for 3 months, as described below:

  • exercise and psychological counselling
  • psychological counselling only
  • exercise only
  • no interventions

Physical exercise consisted of walking for at least 30 minutes three times a week, with low-to-moderate intensity. Patients involved in exercise had heart rate monitors installed. They were taught how to self-monitor their physical exertion levels, and recognize the point when they have to stop exercise.

The type of psychological counselling used in the study was known as cognitive behavioural therapy. The counselling sessions were conducted one-to-one at the patients’ homes by psychiatric nurse specialists. “These sessions were designed to encourage patients to think positively and ‘reformat’ their beliefs about their illness and activity limitations.”

The results of the study after 3 months show that the group assigned to the exercise plus psychological counselling program performed significantly better in terms of physical recovery and overcoming depression compared to the other group. They also experienced better improvement in quality of life. The group assigned to psychological counselling only also improved in overcoming depressive symptoms but not as well as the first group. As expected, the group which did not have any rehabilitation program performed the worst.

There are several reasons why heart patients are depressed. Disability, loss of productivity, disturbed sleeping patterns, as well as financial worries are just a few.

In another related study by Swedish researchers, fear of death seems to be a major factor that causes heart patients to be depressive.

“Elderly patients with heart failure had a lot of thoughts about death. Higher levels of anxiety/depression were correlated to fear of death. Many expressed death as a natural relief from suffering, others were afraid of pain, loss of independence and dignity.”

It seems that a two-pronged approach to rehabilitation, one that caters to the body as well as to the soul, is the best way to help heart patients get back on their feet again.

“Heart failure patients who suffer from depression may benefit from exercise combined with psychological therapy to improve their physical function, reduce their depressive symptoms and enhance quality of life.”

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There’s no place like home: home monitoring program for cardiovascular patients

June 4, 2008 by  
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Is home monitoring by patients with heart disease and/or hypertension a feasible alternative? According to experts and results of recent studies, there’s actually no place like home for monitoring cardiovascular patients.

Hypertension patients

In a recent joint scientific statement by the American Heart Association (AHA), American Society of Hypertension (ASH), and Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), experts push for more home monitoring programs of hypertension patients.

“Given the amount of accumulated evidence about the value of home blood-pressure monitoring (HBPM), it is time to make HBPM a part of routine management of hypertensive patients, especially those with diabetes, coronary heart disease, chronic kidney disease, substantial nonadherence, or a substantial white-coat effect.”

according Dr Thomas Pickering, who is a member of the scientific committee who write the statement, as quoted by heartwire.

HBPM is recommended to be a routine part of the management of hypertension, be it known or suspected. It is also recommended for those with the so-called “white-coat hypertension” because routine monitoring may detect “masked hypertension” before it becomes critical.

The committee notes that regular use of home monitoring will improve the quality as lower the cost of health care to the 72 million people with some form of hypertension. It urges for the reimbursement of HBPM costs by health insurance.

The use of HBPM has gained popularity in recent years as people’s health literacy improved. According to a recent Gallup poll:

Heart failure patients

According to another study, home monitoring programs of heart failure patients may actually be more beneficial than previously thought, Health Day News reports.

110 patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston were randomly divided into 2 groups. One group of 68 patients received the usual follow-up clinic-based care for heart failure patients. Another group of 42 patients were monitored remotely while they stayed at home. The patients in the remote care group had remote monitoring equipment attached that measured vital signs such as heart rate, pulse and blood pressure. They also measured their weight daily and answered a questionnaire about their general well-being. When any of the remote care patients show abnormal values, a health care professional makes a house visit to make a proper assessment. The remote care program is called the Connected Cardiac Care program and was conducted by the Center for Connected Health.

After 3 months of follow-up, patients in the remote care group had much lower hospital readmission rates (31%) compared to the control group (38%). The remote care group also had lower incidence of heart-failure related admissions and emergency room visits.

In a future resource post, I will go into detail about different home monitoring programs available.

Source:

Pickering TG, Houston-Miller N, Ogedegbe G, et al. Call to action on use and reimbursement for home blood pressure monitoring. Hypertension 2008.

Health Day News, 1 May 2008

 

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Stroke rehabilitation: Human therapists vs Robots

May 22, 2008 by  
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Two groups of stroke survivors. One group had robotic devices to assist them in walking again. The other group had physical therapists in attendance. Which group do you think performed better?

According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois in Chicago, stroke survivors seem to benefit more from therapist-assisted walking rehabilitation compared to those who underwent robotic devices-assisted therapy.

“The study included 48 people who’d suffered strokes at least six months earlier and still had moderate to severe trouble walking due to weakness on one side of the body. The patients were randomly assigned to receive physical therapist-assisted or robotic-assisted locomotor therapy. All the patients received a dozen 30-minute therapy sessions during the four to five weeks of the study.”

Although both groups showed progress in walking, the improvement is significantly higher among patients of the therapy-assisted group. Specifically, better improvements were observed in the speed of walking and the length of time spent using the weaker limb. The patients also felt a significant improvement in their over all quality of life.

So why the difference?

The researchers attributed it to the fact that

therapist-assisted training allows for patient error, while the robotic device controls movement and minimizes errors…When learning to walk again, if people can make mistakes and realize their errors and change their behavior based on those errors, they may learn better.”

Stroke patients were also observed to work harder and exert more effort when training with physical therapists because the latter only help them when necessary.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), successful rehabilitation of stroke victims depends on:

The main goal of rehabilitation is for the stroke survivor to achieve the highest possible level of independence and restore as much productivity as possible. Each patient is unique with unique rehabilitation needs. Human therapists are therefore better equipped in customizing a therapy or a training program to the patient’s condition and need. In the end, no piece of equipment, no matter how sophisticated, can be substitute for the human touch.

The researchers conclude that

“…robotic-assisted therapy may be best for stroke patients who have no ability to walk on their own, while therapist-assisted training is best for those who can walk independently, even at very slow speeds.”

Sources:

Hornby et al. Enhanced Gait-Related Improvements After Therapist- Versus Robotic-Assisted Locomotor Training in Subjects With Chronic Stroke. A Randomized Controlled Study. Stroke, 8 May 2008

HealthDay News, 8 May 2008

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Cardiac Rehabilitation – A Holistic Way To Improve Health Of People With Heart Problems

April 7, 2007 by  
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By Moses Wright

Cardiac rehabilitation is a form of therapy and rehabilitation that not many have heard about. Patients who have suffered a heart attack or undergone bypass surgery, their doctors would tend to recommend cardiac rehabilitation. Such rehabilitation is helpful as the patient usually needs to modify his lifestyle to some extent to maintain their best physical condition. Each program is uniquely catered to meet the needs of the patients, taking into consideration factors such as the patient’s age and weight as well as other prevailing illnesses.

A cardiac rehabilitation program aims to improve the overall health of the patient and is relatively holistic. The program also takes into consideration the specific heart problems the patient has and the underlying causes for the heart condition. Some of the areas of focus would include nutrition and weight loss, managing depression and stress, as well as improving the patient’s sense of self-esteem. In some cases, patients withdraw from life due to fear and anxiety issues; such factors are taken into consideration and the rehabilitation program would include therapy to help the patient deal with such emotional stress.

A doctor would first have to evaluate the health status of the patient, to determine the ideal nutritional and exercise plan. In some cases, dietary restrictions could be placed upon the patient to reduce fat and caloric intake. The patient is also taught measures to help him cope with stress and emotional issue, which are all possible causes and triggers for heart problems. Depression counseling is another avenue that is available to the patient should the doctor feel that the patient needs help to cope with negative feelings.

Such rehabilitation is suitable for patients who have long term or continuing heart conditions. Undergoing such rehabilitation may actually help to increase their life expectancy. Naturally, patients who have suffered from heart attacks previously are good candidates for the rehabilitation program. Others who might wish to consider the program are those who suffer from chest pains. However, this is determined on a case by case basis, as you will need to check with your doctor before going for cardiac rehabilitation. This is because people with unstable heart conditions or are undergoing other medical treatments concurrently might not be suitable.

However, not many are deemed suitable for cardiac rehabilitation, only about ten to twenty percent of individuals who are diagnosed with heart problems are enrolled in the program. This could be due to doctors who do not refer their patients for such rehabilitative programs. Distance and a lack of such programs in certain areas might be another influencing factor. Some patients choose not to enroll in the program due to a lack of insurance coverage, or some might have no wish to change their lifestyles.

If you are unsure about the course of action if you are at risk for heart problems or if you have experienced heart related issues, do consult with your doctor about starting a rehabilitation program. Obtain a referral from your doctor since this will make it easier to get financial assistance for the program.

Moses Wright is the founder of Rehabilitation Program. He provides more useful information on Drug Addiction Rehabilitation and Physical Rehabilitation Therapy on his website. Webmasters are welcome to reprint this article if you keep the content and live link intact.

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