• June 7, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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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.

  • June 3, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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    Shockwave therapy works best for those chronic injuries that you may be experiencing. Shockwave therapy is a cutting edge treatment used at only a select few clinics in the GTA. Extensive research has been done to show how well this therapy can work.

    What we mean by chronic, are the aches and pains that have been bugging you for anywhere between a few months to many years.

    Check out some of some of the conditions that Shockwave Therapy can treat!

    Top 10 conditions that can be treated by Shockwave Therapy:

    1. Plantar Fasciitis
    2.Achilles Tendonopathy
    3.Tennis Elbow
    4.Jumpers Knee (Patellar tendinitis)
    5.Stress Fractures
    6.Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
    7.Bursitis
    8.Trigger Point Therapy
    9.Non Healing Ulcers
    10. Hallux Rigidus (Big Toe Stiffness)

    Dr. Robert Gordon, a Toronto area Orthopaedic Surgeon, has researched and fully supports the use of shockwave therapy for a wide variety of chronic injuries. Dr. Gordon has even trained the staff of Don Mills Health Care to utilize this ground breaking treatment. Don Mills Health Care provides many types of health care services including Registered Massage Therapy. With Registered Massage Therapy, you will gain the experience of a well- trained practitioner who can assess, discuss, and treat your ailments from beginning to end. In addition, with Registered Massage Therapy, you can have a variety of conditions treated including tennis elbow, muscle strains, joint sprains, motor vehicle accident whiplash, and most importantly stress related ailments.

    Besides the overall benefit of getting rid of your lingering injury, check out some of Shockwaves other advantages.

    5 Benefits of Shockwave therapy:

    Non surgical treatment
    No side effects
    Accelerates the healing process
    Shown to have proven results
    Coverage available from most insurance companies for Shockwave treatment

    If you have any of the above, come on in for a consultation. You dont have to live with the pain forever!

    Full Article Resourse: www.donmillshealthcare.com/blog/

  • June 1, 2017 /  Healthy & 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.

  • June 1, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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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.

  • May 24, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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    Neuropathy, a disease of one or more peripheral nerves in the body, is not very common but does affect thousands of people in the United States alone. There are different causes of the neuropathy disease, including diabetes as one of the most common, but regardless of the actual cause, the disease occurs when certain nerves in the body are damaged. When a person has the disease, they typically experience pain and numbness in the associated area, most commonly the hands and feet. Neuropathy can be an extremely uncomfortable and painful disease, and those dealing with it must find a treatment to offer relief of their pain and discomfort.

    Fortunately, there are different treatments available, including the laser treatment for neuropathy. The low light laser therapy works because it bypasses the blood stream, and helps deliver healing to the ailing body in a few different ways. The treatment uses bio-available energy through intact skin and jump-starts the healing process in the body. The laser therapy also works in a second way, by sending radiant infrared energy deep in the walls of the blood vessels. By opening up the electrical pathways in the body, nerve cells are able to be repaired and the patient gets relief of their pain as a result.

    By going to a professional company and getting the therapy you want, you can get relief of your symptoms and live a healthier, more normal life. The laser therapy for neuropathy may be all you need to deal with those uncomfortable, often extremely painful symptoms caused by your disease and get back to your regular life. People living with this condition should realize there is hope and that there are treatments, which work. Even if you have tried other methods to no avail, the laser treatment is an ideal option and definitely worth a try.

  • May 15, 2017 /  Healthy & 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.

  • May 15, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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    When most people go to medical school, they are not focused on the business end of running a successful medical practice. Most of the time spent in school training for the medical profession centers on learning about the human body and equipping you with the skills you need to provide top quality healthcare for those individuals who will be relying on you for treatment. What most medical professionals are not aware of is that they will not only be caring for their patients in the examination room, but they will need to be able to provide information and care for their patients practically around the clock. Rather than running yourself ragged trying to answer phones, make calls, and field questions from patients in need, you should consider hiring a medical answering service.

    One of your top priorities is making sure that your patients are taken care of. When you are looking at a medical answering service, you want one that will be available to help answer patient questions around the clock, even after your office hours are over and closed for the night. Many of these call centers will provide healthcare solutions for physicians after hours so that if a patient has some type of an emergency and needs information or help, the professionals working at the center will be able to assist them fully.

    One of the most important aspects to look for in a good medical answering service is HIPPA training. Nothing is more important than making sure that all of your patients medical information is kept safe, secure, and private. Look to make sure that all the professionals working for the company have received HIPPA training and that they have a deep understanding of privacy laws surrounding medical information. You also want a company that provides regular HIPPA training updates to make sure that employees are kept abreast of the latest changes that have been made to privacy laws. Make sure that you choose a company that has a high reputation for protecting private medical information, because if a leak were to occur, you and your practice will be held responsible.

    Another big part of choosing a quality medical answering service is the price. It is important to have a budget and choose a company that will offer all of the services you need at affordable prices within your budget. In the long run, by hiring a medical call center, you will save money since you will not have to hire a person to be on permanent staff.

  • May 7, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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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.

  • April 22, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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    People who suffer from daily symptoms of pain tire of taking chronic pain medication cocktails to alleviate their constant suffering. Yet, faced with the choice between feeling the pain and paying for expensive medications, most people reluctantly choose to spend the money for relief. There is however, good evidence to suggest that low level laser light therapy can replace a large portion of peoples dependence on medication.

    The current environment in the medical field is one of tension. Doctors willing to go with the newest developments may quickly prescribe, or direct patients to laser therapy, while other traditional practitioners continue to resist these new ways of treating infirmity. Science is on the side of the new developments, and thousands of medical research tests stand to prove the effects of cold laser therapy.

    Understandably, if a person had to visit a clinic several times a week to reap the same benefits that he or she could get by taking pills as part of his or her morning routine, it might not be an improvement to switch to laser treatment. The great benefit lies in the reality that laser therapy units can be purchased and used from the comfort of a persons own home.

    An initial investment is costly, several thousand dollars at least, but the long-term savings compared to continued prescription medication costs is more so. Moreover, daily use of a light therapy instrument may cure or permanently alleviate the sources of pain in a persons body. Not every person will experience total healing, but the science behind the treatment indicates that many people will, to some degree heal.

    Low level laser light therapy is better than chronic pain medications because it, unlike the pills, stimulates bodily tissues to heal and self-repair. In severe cases, people suffering from cancer have used laser treatment to stimulate bone marrow growth, which in turn improved health and vitality leading to some level of recovery and daily vitality. No one claims that this therapeutic treatment is a replacement for all medical advances, but it certainly is a beneficial new development with great promise for its future.

  • April 17, 2017 /  Healthy & Therapy
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    What CBT & ERP is and How They Are Used in Today’s Health Field to Treat OCD

    CBT and ERP are two different treatment options available to treat OCD. CBT is short for cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy is a talking therapy that aims to solve problems by focusing on identifying the thoughts, emotions and habits that lead to a person repeating the same pattern that leads to the problem.

    ERP is short for exposure and response prevention. This is a treatment method that has the subject confronting their fears. It also identifies the thinking process and emotional patterns used that leads to the subject repeating a habit. It then attempts to get the person to respond differently to the way he or she used to respond by refraining from the previous behavior.

    Both therapy methods are used to treat OCD. It all begins with cognitive behavior therapy. The therapist will talk to the patient. The focus will not be on the events of the past but rather more on the current problems. The goal here is to learn about the patient and even develop a relationship with the patient.

    Trust is very important to the treatment process as patients need to have confidence and feel comfortable about the treatment process. After some trust has been established, the therapist will give the patient advice on how to think as well as suggestions on how to deal with their OCD.

    An example is helping patients understand that they can make their own choices. Rather than submit to OCD, they can strengthen their ability to make a decision with beliefs such as “I washed my hands because of my anxiety.” This allows patients to see that they have options rather than succumbing to the thought process of something like “I have to wash my hands.”

    The next step is the exposure and responsive prevention therapy. The patient will have to face their OCD over and over again. For example, if the patient has the compulsion to wash his hands repeatedly, he should just go ahead and do it. Over time, the patient will have to refrain from repeating the habit while being in the state of anxiety.

    This process repeats so that the patient practices how to refrain from the compulsive habit. What this does is that it gives the patient confidence and practice in withholding from the habit. With the therapist’s help, the patient will be able to get rid of the anxiety that causes him to going through with the compulsive action.

    So that is an overview on how cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and responsive prevention are used to treat OCD today. These two treatment options are proving to be effective and the success rate is quite high. These two treatments work best when they are used together. The exposure and responsive prevention therapy in particular really helps solidify positive habits and get rid of the anxiety that causes the obsessive and compulsive behavior.