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Why Breathe Out Until You’re Red In The Face?

Above all else we need good levels of air in our bloodstream to deliver water and nutrition to the needy areas of the body.

The better the level of air I find, the thirier I get. But then the doctor I saw 10 or so years ago reckoned I'm a discharged up Irishman in any case, so maybe it's more pertinent for me to get more air in so that I can drink more water.

Unfortunately we are taught to 'Breathe in deeply', rather than 'Breathe out deeply!'

The Police Department are on the right track for a different reason, they want us to breathe out the residual toxin laden air lurking in our lungs into their breathalyzer, to indicate whether or not we have been drinking alcohol or using dope. So it does pay real dividends to have a clean pair of lungs.

Any level of residual toxin in the bottom of the lungs is going to reduce the intake capacity of our breathing function, our wellbeing and the performance of body and brain.

If you want to optimize lung function you need to exhaust all that temporary, toxic air lying in the bottom of the lung. That'll often mean breathing out until you're red in the face. It does for me!

You do not have to worry about the breathing in phase, but it does feel uncomfortable, some might even find it claustrophobic exhausting every last bit of residual air!

The lungs just fill up again naturally with air, after you have breathed out completely. Only then are breathing optimally.

I find through all these monitors we have nowadays that if I breathe out for twice as long as normal, say over 2 strokes instead of one, during a rowing ergometer session at low intensity, then power output will increase without any further increase in strength for a few strokes.

This breathing out technique optimizes air intake capacity, the blood 'oxygen levels, muscle contracts and energy production.

The same principles apply to the optimization of supercharged with air, high performance motors.

Combustion engines as in your motor car need a designed fuel to air ratio. When a blower forces a greater capacity of air into the motor, rather than a natural air pressure, the fuel atomizes into smaller particles and burns and cleaner.

Supercharged motors have turbines or blowers that force extra air into the fuel mix to optimize air intake capacity and fuel burning, so that there is minimal un-burnt fuel left and the engine exhausts cleaner gases for a better performance.

We get the human version of the supercharging effect by breathing out fully. That's the best way to maximize our lung capacity.

Through today's technology we can now see that access to higher power and energy sources is available through the various breathing techniques available, but you must force every skerrrick of air from the lungs first.

For further information on performance monitoring and improved lung performance in stress relief, disease prevention, or sports recovery email me: ogormanfrancis@gmail.com

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Rotator Cuff Injury – Worst Case Scenario

The most severe forms of rotator cuff injury have two common causes. They are separated into acute and chronic insect injuries.

An “acute” sunset is related to an identifiable incident or event. This can be something such as a sports injury or car crash. This is the most common cause of cuff problems in youngger people (under 40 years old).

A “chronic” injury comes on more slowly over time and is much more common in people over 40. A chronic injury is often caused through gradual wear and tear or impingement of the cuff tendons.

Major Trauma

Tremendous damage can be done to the human body by car crashes, sports injuries and falls. Anything with a significant impact can result in an injury to the rotator cuff. Such events are, thankfully, still quite rare.

If you have suffered just such a misfortune your cuff is likely to be fairly low down in order of priority. You will be much more concerned with stabilizing major organs, healing broken bones and being put back together again.

Over time, however, you will realize that your rotator cuff injury symptoms will also require attention. Chances are this was overlooked at the time of the original incident; unless you suffered significant shoulder damage. There are just too many complicating factors in trauma cases for me to cover all possibilities now.

Complete rupture

By far, the severest rotator cuff injury is a complete rupture or full thickness tear. This is often confused by the tendon detaching itself from the Humerus.

The degree of severity is generally considered to be determined upon the size of the tear. This can be further complicated by the number of torn tendons. For example, a full thickness tear of two, or more, rotator cuff tendons, is about as bad as it could ever get.

A fully torn rotator cuff may require surgery but this is not always the best option. Surgical success increases in relation to patient age. The younger you are, the better the overall quality of the affected tendon is likely to be, this improves the chances of healing.

Symptoms

The two major symptoms associated with cuff injuries are pain and weakness. The pain can be sever and the weakness truly debilitating. Pain and weakness can also lead to further problems developing; everything from sleep disorders to depression.

The pain is often centred on the front and outer part of the shoulder, particularly towards the point. Weakness in the shoulder can affect both strength and range of movement.

Prognosis

The most severe cases will always require surgery. In all other cases, exercise is the key. Pain is reduced, strength and mobility restored and all through through rest and following a straightforward exercise program.

Surgical success variates from 90% in the young with small tears and good quality tendons to a failure rate of 40% in older patients with large tears and poor quality tendons.

Ultimately your recovery is dependent upon you and what you do after initial diagnosis or after rotator cuff surgery. If you follow the rotator cuff tear rehab advice given you will hugely increase your chances of a completely successful recovery. To learn more join me here rotator cuff injury

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Sprains/Strains (What They Are and How to Treat Them)

A sprain is an injury to a ligament and is caused by a severe stretching of the ligament beyond the normal range of motion. If the trauma is sufficient enough, the ligament can be torn or ruptured. This is the most severe form of sprain. It can also be torn away from the bone to which the ligament is attached. When this occurs, the bone can not be moved normally, because it attaches one bone to another. When this occurs, surgical intervention may be required.

A strain is an injury to a muscle and can occur in any part of the muscle. There are basically 3 degrees of injury and are classified as grades. Grade 1. Is the over stretching of a few muscle fibers within the muscle, and teasing of less than 10% of the fibers. Grade 2. The muscle fibers are partially torn, affecting 10 to 50% of the fibers. This is enough to cause a very painful condition. Grade 3. There is an excessive tear or even a complete rupture of the muscle, affecting 50 to 100% of it's mass. The muscle can also be torn away from its bone attachment, which almost certainly requires surgical intervention. When this occurs, the muscle can not be contracted normally.

You can prevent most sprains and strains by applying some common sense rules, whether you are at work, playing sports, gardening or doing household chores. I have discussed these rules in other articles, and they can be applied here as well, no matter what activity you may be involved in. When these injuries occur, the most asked question is, “Do I use cold or heat to treat this injury?” The general rule that applies, is when the injury occurs, apply an icepack during the first 24 to 72 hours. The icepack should only be applied for 15 to 20 minutes at time with an hour rest between the applications of the icepack. If an icepack is not available you can use a frozen food bag from the freezer, or place ice cubes in two plastic bags. When applying this, always cover the injured area with a thin washcloth or a few paper towels.

There are times when COLD THERAPY SHOULD NOT BE USED. If the area has less sensation, where there is a regulatory problem, or over open wound. Usually after the initial treatment with cold therapy (during the first 72 hours), the use of heat may be beneficial. Here the question is what type of heat to apply. There are two types of heat you can use. The dry heat, or moist heat. The moist heat is the heat of choice as it can be the more beneficial of the two. Here again, there may be contra-indications to the use of heat. DO NOT USE HEAT over areas of decreased sensation, circulatory problems and any malignancies. DO NOT USE HEAT during the acute phase of injury (during the first 24 to 72 hour period). When using heat on any part of the back, whether it be the low back, shoulders, arms or legs, BE SURE NOT TO LAY ON THE PAD AND FALL ASLEEP WITH THE HEAT ON. Use the heat for only 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

There are times after the acute phase, when a combination of both cold and heat therapy can be of value in soothing the injured area. Follow the same rules and times when using the heat and cold combination as you do with each individual therapy. Give yourself enough of a rest period between the use of each therapy so that the tissues can return to their normal temperature. During this treatment phase, the MOST IMPORTANT RULE IS REST. The injured area needs to rest as much as possible so that nature can take its course, and healing take place. If the injury does not respond to the treatment of REST, ICE, AND COLD (or in combination of both), it would be advisable to see your physician, because a more intensive therapy may be required. If the injured part is not rested adequately, further damage may occur which will increase the length of time that the area will take to heal.

Depending on the area of ​​sprain or strain, there are other measures that can be taken to immobilize the area so that it is afforded sufficient rest to prevent further injury and facilitating healing. Using an orthopedic support, whether it is for the low back, knee, arm, wrist or elbow is the proper choice to make. Picking the proper support can be of the utmost importance. For a back injury where you feel pain up to the mid back, a “Sacro-lumbar” Belt would be the one of choice. If the pain was across the low back area, between the hips, a “Trochanter” Belt would be sufficient to stabilize the sacroiliac joints.

For an ankle injury, depending on the severity of the injury, a simple ankle wrap support may be sufficient. If the injury is severe, a “Lace-up Ankle” support may be needed. There are also adjustable ankle supports that can be used so that the pressure can be applied as needed, and make it more comfortable to wear. For knee injuries, the same applies. There are various types of supports that can be used according to the severity of the injury. Typically, an adjustable support is better because here again, the fit and the amount of tension can be regulated to obtain the most comfort and support. For injuries to the wrist, forearm and elbow these same rules generally apply. Wherever possible, the adjustable support is the best choice. A slip-on support can not give you the support necessary to stabilize the injured muscles and ligaments.

When tearing infections, such as “Lateral Humeral Epicondylitis” (Tennis Elbow), “Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis”, injuries that are very often caused by extreme or recurrent trauma, it is advisable to wear the support when engaging in whatever activity that may be. You can check out the types of support that can be the most beneficial for you by checking under the products on our Home Page. Remember that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. By taking care of any injury as it occurs, can prevent long periods of pain and suffering, and have you playing playing tennis, golf, bowling, running and being as active as you like to be.

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Long Term Effects Of Using A Posture Brace

Sometimes we do not realize that working in front of the computer, reading books, driving long hours, sleeping on the couch, breastfeeding, and all other activities that promote bad posture can cause some ill effects on the body. One of the undesirable effects of these activities is bad post which is caused by the overuse of back postural, pectoral, and scalene muscles of the body.

When this happens, we tend to slip or slouch forward from mid-spine to the tip of our neck because of a bad posture. After some time, you will start feeling back pains, neck pains, and sometimes even chest pains because of extremely bad posture. Repairing such damage to our body should be done at the earliest possible moment and one thing you can do is to wear a posture brace.

The longer you wear the brace, the better because it will start to retrain your muscles. The postural muscles, which were affected by the damage, will start retraining themselves to their natural position and curve. In time, you will no longer need to wear the brace because your muscles have been repaired and retrained so eliminating your need to depend on the brace itself.

Another effect you will immediately recognize upon wearing a posture brace is the worn back, chest, and neck pains. Even if you perform the usual activities that promote bad posture, the brace will hold you in place eliminating the cause of the discomfort. You will be enjoying a pain-free life once you get equipped with the brace that fits your lifestyle and activities.

Now it's our little secret but did you know that you can actually burn more calories while wearing a brace which is good for your posture? The brace will improve your appearance as you perform your activities by increasing the calories burnt in the core muscles of your body. The core muscles are actually a group of muscles in the abdominal core that determines your overall strength. The stronger your muscles are, the more calories you burn, the better you feel.

The best effect in wearing a brace is that you are encouraging your body to go back to the good postural habits. If you wear the brace for at least five times a day in the duration of 30-minutes, you will see astounding results afterwords. It's an easy habit and if you make it a daily routine, you will always have good posture without going back to the slump stature.

It's never too late to regain your good posture and what better way to start your journey than by checking out some posture brace reviews. This step will catapult you into the postural brace world where you can actually read and see the actual products themselves. Go ahead and get started with a good postural habit right now!

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Get Into Better Shape With A Posture Brace

Can you really say that you are in good shape right now? Well, for some, maybe they're in good shape because they physically train, buff, and workout in the gym or fitness center. However, not all of fitness enthusiasts are in their best shape. How? It's because of their posture.

When someone sees so much time lifting weights and doing crunches, chances are they are modifying and developing bad posture. The bending routines oppose the natural curve of the spine and the weightlifting exercises tend to pull on your back's postural muscles, causing them to tear.

Sure you can do some stretching prior and after working out and lifting weights but sometimes you can not oversee that you are starting to get a bad post from your consistent workouts. We're not saying that you should stop working on your fitness. You should pursue it but carefully take into consideration its effects on your body.

One way of preventing your workouts to do permanent damage to your post is by wearing a posture brace while working out. This will help you get in shape without causing any trouble on your spine, back postural muscles, and neck area. Aside from preventing injury and permanent damage while exercising, you are acquiring good postural practice for long term effects.

Additionally, since breathing is vital in every exercise routine, you can perfectly time and practice the proper inhale-exhale for each movement while wearing the brace. Just like what the instructor says, you will get better and faster results from your routines if you have the right breathing form while working out.

You can also wear the post brace even while doing your other day to day activities. Because it's easily conceivable underneath your clothes, you can wear the brace everyday and start correcting your bad post, if you ever have one. This will not only help you get a better physique, it will also allow you to properly develop those muscles and cuts you're aiming for.

As you can see, postural braces are not only for those who are trying to correct their bad post but also for health and fitness enthusiasts who are aiming for faster and better visible results from their workouts. If you wanted to get into better shape this way, then wearing a brace is a perfect addition to your gym equipment. Do not get caught not wearing one if you wanted to stay in shape and get the body contour you wanted.

Getting in shape while maintaining and correcting your post can go hand in hand. You can always wear a brace for posture-correcting purposes. But be careful not to choose any mediocre products sold in the market. Save your self some time, energy, and money by checking out our posture brace reviews. By educating yourself about the best and worst products out there, you will be able to stick with one product that will deliver the results you need and last a lifetime too!

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5 ACL Injury Symptoms

If you have injured your ACL these are often the symptoms you will experience. The anterior cruciate ligament restricts the tibia from sliding in front of the knee. When you tear this ligament there are several symptoms that will almost always accompany this injury. They include …

1. Pop or Snap Sound When Injury Occurs

One of the most common ways to tell if you have injured your ACL is from the injury itself. If when you injured your knee you felt a snap or pop and then collapsed it is possible you have torn your ACL.

2. Swelling

ACL injuries especially tears are often accompanied by significant swapping in the knee shortly after the injury. This is not always the case, from my personal experience both times I see my ACL there was minimal swelling, however most people experience a lot of swelling.

3. Knee Instability

After you have injured your ACL you will likely notice knee instability this is due to your ACL no longer supporting and stabilizing your knee. If you are not in to much pain immediately after the injury you will likely notice the “funny” feeling you have walking where your knee no longer feels stable.

4. Loose Knee

Similar to the instability issue above, a common way to determine if you have an ACL injury is by testing your knee looseness. To do this sit in a chair with your leg relaxed and foot flat on the ground. Keeping your leg relaxed push place one hand on top of your injured knee and with the other push on the back of your calf. If both knees feel the same than you may not have injured your ACL. However, if you feel like the injured knee is loose and there is nothing stopping you from pushing the back of your calf forward than you could have an ACL injury.

5. Clicking / Popping While Walking

The final symptom of an ACL injury is clicking / popping while walking. Now this is not actually a symptom of an acl injury it is a symptom of meniscus damage which can often accompaniment an ACL injury. This symptom by itself is not enough to say you have an ACL injury but if you have this symptom along with the 4 above than you have reasonably injured your ACL and meniscus.

How to fix and ACL injury?

Surgery is often the recommended choice of recovery for an ACL tear. The recovery process for ACL surgery can be long and time consuming but there are advanced recovery techniques that can greatly reduce the recovery time.

ACL Surgery Recovery Experience and Timeline

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Things That You Should Know Before Laser Hair Removal

Unwanted hair is not only a cosmetic issue but could adversely affect one's personality and confidence as well. Laser treatment is typically used to remove excess body hair permanently. However before trying out laser treatment you should be aware of a few pros and cons of this treatment method.
Probable Side Effects

Laser treatment for removing hair may involve both long terms and temporary side effects. Laser therapy may leave rashes on the skin surface and will leave a slight stinging sensation. The intensity of the pain may depend on many factors including the area from where the hair is to be removed, the sensitivity of the skin and the pain tolerance level of the individuals.

The procedure is normally done under local anesthesia and it is recommended to discuss the effects of laser therapy on your skin with your physician well before the process. Swelling and tender skin are the common side effects associated with laser removal. For most people it will subside on its own within a few days or hours. Ice compresses and creams can reduce the discomfort of the area.

What You Can Do?

Laser Hair Removal side effects can be avoided by keeping in mind the following tips:

• Make sure that you opt for a well trained laser specialist and discuss your medical history and any specific skin conditions or allergies with them before the procedure.
• Waxing and threading of hair should be avoided in those areas where you intend to do laser treatment
• Over exposure to sunlight may affect the pigmentation of the skin.
• Avoid workouts for a few days after the laser therapy as perspiration may irritate the hair follicles.

Cost of Laser Hair Removal

Laser therapy need not cost you a fortune as thought of broadly. The cost depends on various factors like the area and the texture of the hair to be removed. Smaller the surface, lesser will be the cost. On an annual basis, laser hair removal could be less expensive than waxing.

Smaller treatment areas like under arms involve the lowest laser hair removal costs while larger areas, like the legs and back will be priced more. Most patients require 4-6 sittings for Permanent Hair Reduction. Laser hair removal costs are slashed when purchased at once.

There are many specialists offering laser hair removal for women and an online search will be the best option to spot a convenient laser therapy center in your neighborhood.

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Reinforce Positive Affirmations To Become A Success

Positive affirmations are a powerful way to reprogram the unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive. The concept is to take the positive words of what anyone would like to see established in his life, and repeat them enough so that those are part of his way of thinking and seeing the universe. The Positive affirmation work in a way those posses the negative self-talk. It does work. It can help to replace the negative thought with the powerful positive thinking.

It is remarkably natural to involve yourself with the negative things consistently which is called negative self-talk. If you can use the power of positive affirmation and able to repeat it inside yourself, this power will enable you to control your brain. This attitude will change your thinking structure at any situation and the way of your feelings.

Being positive is remarkably beneficial. This thing can help to become more successful and increase your self esteem. This attitude will let you move away from the negative thinking. Anyone who desired to change life immediately bought to use the power. Anyone can replace his or her undesirable beliefs into powerful beliefs by simply rewiring thought process. It is accessible. May be some harmful beliefs are ruling your brain. It is exceptionally straight to change the way to develop the situation. You just have to take action to rehearsal exactly some positive affirmation again and again until build a positive or expedient habitual thought pattern. Making use of these attitudes is in a no way challenging task. It is an easy task of reading out the affirmations. If you read those loud, the performance will elevate. By using positive affirmations, anyone can inject hopeful thoughts in to them with the intent of bringing out the entire potential of these positive affirmation.

When this thing becomes beliefs, youought to back them up by replicating the same words or statements. You require affirming positive statements more, and this will build new neural working networks in the brain. This should grow strong through positive statements. Just remember to reinfirmations until they become habit. It will bring real success.

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Tennis Elbow (Lateral Humeral Epicondylitis)

A proper diagnosis must be made by your Chiropractor or Physician in order to differentiate it from other possible conditions that can affect the muscles and joints of the arm, forearm and elbow joint. Such a condition can affect the opposite side or the radiohumeral joint of the elbow. The doctor will use a test called the “Tennis Elbow Test”. This test when performed by the doctor will reproduce a sudden sharp, severe pain to the outside knob (lateral epicondyle) of the elbow joint. Lateral Humeral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) can be an extremely disabling condition. The pain can be very severe and can radiate to the outside (lateral) of the arm and forearm. It can also affect the wrist causing a very decoded weakness that prevails the normal use of the hand, wrist and arm.

The Chiropractor or Physician, after his / her initial examination as described above, may also include the x-ray the elbow. In a true lateral humeral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) condition, the x-rays will be negative, helping in the definitive diagnosis of the condition. Symptoms usually associated with tennis elbow will be pain in various degrees from slight to severe, and will be concentrated over the prominent bone on the outer side of the elbow (the lateral epicondyle). Very often when the pain is severe, there can be radiation originating from the elbow to the outer-side of arm and forearm. Any flexion of the wrist, especially against resistance, will increase the pain. There will also be tenderness from the elbow down along the outer muscles of the forearm to the wrist when a pressure is placed on the muscle. The greatest point of tenderness will be in the belly or thickest part of the muscle. As the condition progresses, the arm, forearm and especially the wrist will develop a weakness that will be pronounced during flexion of the wrist.

This weakness as it becomes more pronounced, will affect the patient's ability to use the arm in a normal fashion and will greatly impact their lives. Daily chores will need to be curtailed, as will play sports, and possibly their ability to work. The pain can be so severe as to prevent them from having a normal night's sleep. In tennis elbow, as well as in all other conditions, early intervention can prevent the condition from becoming chronic and recurring during any activity that aggravates the muscle of the forearm. Recurring episodes over a long period of time can cause some scarring in the muscle and arthritis in the elbow joint. Medicically the condition is treated with injections of cortisone into the tender areas. If three or four injections prove to be ineffective, surgery may be suggested Should the patient consult a Chiropractor the method of treatment will differ. The Chiropractor will use therapies; such as electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound that will help alleviate pain and improve circulation to the injured and disturbed tissues. He / she may also recommend the use of a strap to be worn around the forearm, just below the elbow. The strap acts as a splint that will prevent the muscles from contracting fully, allowing them to relax.

The patient however should be at the forefront of his or her own treatment. They should make every endeavor to rest the arm as much as it is feasible. Pinpointing the original causative factor of the condition will prove to be a great plus. They must avoid any activity of a repetitive nature such as sports or work that places stress on the wrist or forearm. During this period of rest they need to help alleviate any pain or discomfort that is present. To help ease the pain, the use of an analgesic balm can be of significant value. Using the gel 3 or 4 times daily can make the patient more comfortable. And it is during this period that the patient should also wear the tennis elbow strap. The strap should be worn during all physical activity. During very painful periods the strap can be worn even while sleeping. However, it should be removed for a short period for a few hours at a time. The strap combined with magnetic therapy can add significant relief for the pain and aid in a speedy recovery for the condition. The magnetic therapy will be instrumental in dilating the blood vessels, leading to increased circulation and theby speeding the healing process.

The usual time for the healing process to take place can be 1 to 3 weeks. When the symptoms have satisfactorily subsided and the individual can return to their normal daily activities, they should use the strap when engaging in sports, or at their job if any repetitive motions are required. Any sign of the return of symptoms for any reason, the individual should use the analgesic balm and of course use the tennis elbow strap as needed.

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Five Ways to Land Your Dream Physical Therapy Job

Landing a great rehabilitation position requires more than just knowledge and great skills and the ability to showcase these to potential employers. It also requires drive, confidence, ambition and the ability to go where the job possibilities may lead you. For example, if you're now in one part of the country with your dream job waiting in another; you may have to be willing to take a chance and move.

There are five key components to finding the professional rehab therapist's Holy Grail.

  1. Be flexible. The more flexible you are with your demands and desires, the more likely it is that you will land the job of your dreams. If you are too rigid in the way that you think about a career, you may find that no job will ever measure up. Keep an open mind about the type of rehab therapy position you are pursuing and be open to different possibilities.
  2. Make sure you are willing to move to achieve your dreams. Often, the job of your dreams is not waiting for you in your backyard; you have to travel to find it. In fact, this is one of the benefits of being a travel rehab therapist because you get to “try on” various locales and position types until you find the perfect fit for you.
  3. Beef up your experience whenever possible. The more varied your rehab therapy experience, the more attractive a candidate you will be. Get experience whenever possible. Work full time and then spend some of your downtime doing some pro bono rehab work for a local clinic or community center. You might be exhausted at the thought of giving up your free time, but the experience – and goodwill – earned will take you far in your career.
  4. Cultivate razor sharp customer service abilities. Rehab therapy is all about the patient and your ability to interact with him or her. Hone your “bedside manner” and customer service skills and learn to be the consummate professional. This is important to any and every potential employer looking for rehabilitation professionals.
  5. Do not be afraid to advertise your skills. If you do not advertise yourself, who will? Do not be cocky, but do not be afraid to be confident. If you see a job you want, go after it based on your merit, skills and extensive experience.

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Where Do Rehab Therapists Work?

Rehabilitation therapists work in a variety of settings, often dictated by what kind of rehab therapy they do.

A rehab therapist is someone who has been trained to assist people who are recovering from illness or trauma that can be emotional, physical or psychological in nature. The therapist works primarily to help his or her patient function as normally as possible.

If you work as a rehabilitation therapist you could find yourself working in a hospital, mental health facility, clinic, a government or federal agency. Some law firms and insurance adjusting companies also hire rehab therapists

Physical therapists help people develop, maintain or restore the ability to move and function in their day-to-day lives. They often work with people who have their mobility compromised because of aging, injury or disease. As a PT, you could work with seniors who have balance problems, someone who had several leg fractures due to a skiing accident, and so on.

As a PT you could work in an outpatient office or clinic, a skilled nursing facility, an extended care facility, an inpatient rehab facility, a hospital, a school, a fitness center or sports training facility, even in a factory.

An occupational therapist (OT) is somewhat similar to a physical therapist, but focuses more on daily activities (mostly self-care, such as dressing oneself or brushing teeth, etc.). Many OTs work with people who have suffered trauma or injury to the brain.

OTs can work in schools with children, in acute care hospitals, in home health facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers – many of the same sites as Pts.

Speech therapists help people with a variety of voice, speech and language disorders. They often work with people who have inappropriate pitch, who stutter, who have fluency and rhythm dysfunction or other problems. Speech disorders often are related to neurological, psychological and physical conditions, so if you're a speech therapist you'll often find yourself working in a team with a neurologist and psychiatrist. Speech therapists work in many of the same settings as PTs and OTs.

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It’s Time to Freedom From Stress

Stress can be caused by problems that had accumulated, in traffic jams, the demands of work or love problems. In the long-term stress can cause psychological and physical complaints that do not lead to stress due to the low or our ability to adapt.

Prolonged stress of course is very detrimental because it can create physical and mental fatigue and that will make you fall in a state of helplessness. Physiologically, stress can cause fatal changes in the body, starting from hormonal disorders, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, until the immune system.

In some people stress can cause diarrhea or stomach pains. Stress also can cause serious illnesses such as heart disease and can worsen diabetes. Therefore, stress should be managed so as not to cause effects that are very bad for the body. For it before you get stressed thinking about the threat of disease, it helps you try to do some of the following:

Changing Lifestyle become more regular

Routine of life was to keep you from stress. Regular life can provide a clear direction. Regular life can make the work more effective hormones. Hormones in the body can become confused, when the hormone has to work or when the hormone is relaxed if the days we only slept two hours, then slept all day today on tomorrow. This causes the body's immunity to be reduced so that germs and viruses more easily invade the body.

Exercise Routine

In a healthy body there is a strong spirit, strong in spirit there is clear thinking, in clear thinking there are positive actions and positive actions that will make us, our families, our environment, our society is more advanced. Therefore you take the time at least 30 minutes a day for exercise. At the time of exercise, you will also have time to pay attention to yourself. Therefore, this activity has a high anti-stress effect.

Spiritual balance

You need to realize that spiritual activity is not just the things that are religious. But in any activity aimed at better understanding them, both to understand the mistakes made by or to praise one is part of spirituality. By exercising the body and soul harmony, resignation has been shown to relate the tensions felt by the body and mind.

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Importance of Correcting Proper Breathing Mechanics

Although respiration is considered a basic and even rudimentary task, it is often a common pattern that needs to be corrected in many people. Though not often thought about, most of us understand that breathing is required to maintain life. Other than the magician David Blainehaps, we would cease to exist after only a matter of minutes without being able to breathe. After all, respiration is responsible for us to get oxygen into every cell in our bodies, and to excrete the waste by-product carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, most people are not breathing in a way that gives them optimum function of their bodies. In no way am I trying to imply that this dysfunction could be fatal. However, because respiratory mechanisms play a role in posture and spinal stabilization, this pattern can often be an overlooked cause of back or neck pain. Also, the reduced oxygenation through the body can amplify the cycle of stress, and anxiety, as well as compromising the performance of many bodily functions. To state this more eloquently, I'll use the words of Chaitow, Bradley, and Gilbert who state, “Nowhere in the body is the correlation of structure governing function more greater than in its relation to respiration”.

Before discussing how breathing properly can help relieve back and neck pain, let's review the basic processes involved with breathing. Near the bottom of the chest and rib cage, we have a dome-shaped muscle called the diaphragm. This is called the primary muscle of respiration, and is the main muscle that should be utilized for breathing. When the diaphragm is engaged, it flattens and moves down allowing air to enter into the lungs. Not as well known is that this muscle also has an important role in posture and core stability. This is important because it means that the spine is more susceptible to injury when respiration patterns are flawed. Faulty breathing patterns also cause muscles in the neck and back to overcompensate and become excessively tight. This leads to imbalances, pain, poor posture, and extremely, overall dysfunction. There are a variety of things that can interfere with proper respiration. Some of the more common causes that bring about the dysfunction are poor posture or ergonomics, trauma, pain, and even stress.

So, how exactly is this diaphragm muscle involved in core stability? Core stability is a big buzzword these days, yet you never hear anyone give the diaphragm its due attention. The truth is that the 'core' is the area of ​​your body between your diaphragm and the lower portion of the pelvis and hips. It is your center of gravity, and has 29 muscles involved in its functioning. The core receives so much attention and is so important because it is the platform, or foundation from which all body movements occurs. In many people, especially those with chronic back or neck pain, it is the diaphragm muscle that is dysfunctional. The importance of the diaphragm is that it is part of the core called the inner unit, which provides the deepest level of stability. The training for this muscle is completely different from traditional core exercises. Continuing to use appropriate core-strengthening exercises will fail repeatedly until the diaphragm and inner unit are working properly. Improving respiratory patterns and the entire inner unit calls for training the brain to communicate more effectively to the appropriate muscles. This involves activities that focus on coordination, and becoming more in tune with your body, or cultivating mind / body awareness. This is because you can not strengthen a muscle that your brain is not using. Once successful rehabilitation of the diaphragm is achieved, many long-standing problems will naturally resolve.

Now that we've discussed the mechanical importance of rehabilitating our breathing, let us turn our attention to the many other wonderful benefits this practice contributes to our overall health. In the practices of yoga, tai chi, and meditation, breathing is by far the most important of all movement patterns. They even have terms such as Prana, and chi, to describe the vital life force of the breath. According to these philosophies correcting breathing is essential to unite mind, body, and spirit. With continuous practice comes optimal circulation of life force, as well as increased energy and ability for the body to heal. Current research shows that this type of breathing allows us to become more relaxed and improves our ability to manage stress. It is also now known that relaxation and stress reduction is extremely beneficial for improvement of the entire body, especially brain and immune system function. Ultimately, this task can be utilized as an added step in allowing you to achieve a better quality of life and to live life to your full potential.

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Tennis Elbow and Its Remedies

Tennis elbow is a damage due to excessive use of the tendons linking your bony bump at the outward of the elbow known as the epicondyle to the forearm muscles. The tendon which is most severely affected due to this is the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis ECRB. This problem is common to people who overuse their forearm muscle. Tennis and other racket game players are sooner to suffer than this. Apart from that, this problem is found among plumbers, painters, cooks, auto workers etc.

The first symptom of tennis elbow is pain near the epicondyle of your elbow. It can be in the form of dull ache, sharp pain, stinging or throbbing. If you touch the bony area of ​​your elbow you will feel more sever pain. The soreness may extend up to the back of the palm through your fore arm. Gradually doing very simple activities using your wrist and forearm becomes harder. Very simple activities using your wrist and forearm become harder. You may feel more pain when you hold a coffee cup, shake hands, or use a pen .. The soreness spreads to your forearm and may extend up to the back of the palm.

Tennis elbow can be cured permanently by repairing the affected tendons. Medication, surgery, some simple home remedies, therapies and exercises are mainly adopted for that.

The RICE technique is recommended by many experts as a home remedy. Rest, ice, compression and elevation constituents this. You need to keep away from activities that can potentially aggravate the injury. Regular icing using an ice pack in the injured area is very essential. It is recommended to wrap the ice pack moderately using a bandage to reduce swelling and inflammation. 'Elevation' technique involves your elbow above the heart level to reduce swelling ..

If you consult a doctor, he may prescribe non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. However, this does not tie you permanently. Surgery for tennis elbow may involve making an incision, cutting the tendon or removing inflamed tissue. Infection, damage of nerve, weakness in the arm, loss of strength, blood loss, damage of blood vessel, a painful scar on the skin surface etc. may come as the possible negative consequences of this.

Some examples of tennis elbow exercises are forearm twist, wrist extension, prayer stretch, hammering etc. According to many therapists exercises are more effective than other remedies for tennis elbow. However, you need to remember that if you do wrong exercise or right exercise in a wrong way your problem may intensify. It is highly recommended to take advise from an expert for an exercise plan.

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Jumper’s Knee: Patellar Tendinopathy

Jumper's knee as the name suggests is more likely to occur in sports like long jumping. In addition, long and middle distance running as well as bounding and hopping activities on a chronic basis can cause it. Basically, the pathology involves inflammation of the tendon of the rectus femoris.

Mechanism of the condition:
Patellar tendinopathy as the name suggests is tendopathy of the rectus femoris below the level of the patella or the knee cap. Commonest site where this lesion occurs is the deeper part of the tendon where it attaches to the lower pole of the knee cap.

Symptamatology of the condition:
The condition is usually characterized by an insidiuos sunset, meaning that the pain increase in intensity gradually. Pain is localized over the lower part of the front of the knee. Pain increases in character and intensity on continued activity like jumping, hopping, bounding and running. Furthermore, eccentric or negative contraction increases pain as well.

Diagnosis of the condition:
Usually diagnosis is clinical, however, ultrasound as well as MRI are the gold standards for diagnosing as well as for confirming diagnosis.

Treatment:
Cessation of activity to tide over the acute phase is usually recommended. Usually, treatment is notorious to heal and takes long. Physiotherapy involves strengthening surrounding musculature, and joint structures. Also, eccentric training with the help of an assistance is helpful. Furthermore, biomechanical abnormalities in and around the knee joint as well as training deficits need to be corrected. Only cases resistant to physiotherapy are considered for surgical intervention.

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