Heating Pads and the Radiator Effect

All personal heating devices, such as heat pads, come with a warning about proper use to avoid burning yourself. Indeed, a substantial burn is actually quite likely if the heating pad is not used correctly.

For example, the heating pad should not be used continuously on the highest heat setting. Nor should anyone sleep on top of one. It's too easy to either lie too long in one position, or to bundle up the pad, creating an intense heat spot. This can easily cause a second degree burn that includes blisters.

But there is another side effect of extended use of heating pads that is never mentioned. I call it the Radiator Effect.

To understand what that means, we must consider what happens in your car's radiator. Why is there a radiator in the first place? Simply put, without it, the car would overheat, cause engine damage and render the engine useless.

The concept of a radiator is that a reservoir that contains water and coolant; This fluid is circulated, using a water pump, through a system of hoses and waterways in and around the engine to keep it cool enough to function without damage. To keep this fluid in the optimum temperature range, a thermostat controls the flow. If the engine starts to get too hot, the thermostat allows more fluid to circulate. But a certain amount of heat is desirable, too, so when it's not warm enough yet, the thermostat restricts the flow until things warm up. This is accomplished with a little valve in the thermostat that controls the flow.

The body works in a similar fashion, though the physiology is not exactly the same, of course.

When a person lies down on a heating pad, a warm effect is felt. As blood flows through the muscles near the heat source, it also warms up, carrying the additional warmth through the body. This leads to a relaxing effect and provides relief for sore muscles, for example. But it happens precisely because applying heat to one area is actually not normal and the body signals the blood vessels to open wide and circulate more blood to carry the heat away from that location. It's a built-in method of protection. Sort of like a radiator.

However, the benefit is short lived if allowed to continue too long, and the opposite effect is created instead … that is, the muscles become more stiff and sore.

This occurs because the body can not allow itself to become overheated. Therefore, the blood vessels in the vicinity of the heat source tend to narrow, and the capillaries may even close off circulation to specific areas to avoid picking up more heat. This is desirable only to the point of preventing overheating, but it's temporary. The discomfort one might feel is the warning to remove the heat source.

But if you're sleeping, you probably will not feel the signal to turn off the heat. This is when a burn is most likely to occur and you will wake up with a red spot at best, or a blister, along with stiff and sore muscles. The affected muscles have been stripped of proper circulation because the body was protecting itself from too much heat … a radiator effect, essentially.

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The Benefits of Working As a Travel Therapist

If you've ever had the desire to travel to different parts of the country using your physical ,occupational or rehabilitation skills in facilities where they're needed most, consider working as a travel therapist.

The benefits of doing so are many. Here are just a few:

  • You'll more than likely make more money. The hourly wages paid to traveling therapists generally are more than those paid to therapists who work full-time at one facility. In addition, many staffing services pay their therapists bonuses for signing on, for staying with the service for several assignments and for referring other therapists to their service for assignments.
  • Your travel therapist company also will probably pay for your housing. Your therapy service will pay your expenses in a nice apartment not too far from your assignment facility. These apartments often are furnished, and offer many amenities such as pools and fitness centers. If you do not wish to stay in the apartment the service finds for you, many travel therapist staffing services will pay you a generous housing stipend that you may use to find your own accommodations.
  • You'll also receive generous health benefits as well as the opportunity to invest in the travel therapist staffing service's retirement plan, often a 401 (k) plan.
  • What's more, you'll be working on assignments where your skills and expertise are highly valued. Healthcare facilities often turn to travel therapist staffing services because they are short-handed with a large patient case load. They are desperate for help and are thrilled when skilled therapists “come to the rescue” at their site.
  • Your skills also will increase due to the fact that you'll be working in a new environment, possibly (depending on the assignment facility) with new equipment using the latest techniques.

In fact, many traveling therapists tell us that the satisfaction they get from being put to such good use and helping patients heal is the best benefit they receive.

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Who Is Running The Insane Asylum?

I was given an article from WebMD called Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments from my friend which truly exemplifies why most people can not resolve their pain through the medical establishment. The promise behind how they treat pain is insane. Quote- “At times, however, there is no obvious cause of the chronic pain problem- which has been frustrating for both patients and their doctors.” This is a clear indication that they are incapacable of identifying the cause of pain. The use of the MRI which is touted as the gold standard for diagnosing clearly can not correlate these findings to pain or it would be a snap to establish the cause of pain and resolve the pain thereby eliminating chronic pain.

Quote- “Today's pain specialists understand how the sensation of pain occurs-how the nervous system, including the spinal cord, interacts with the brain to create that sensation.” Excuse me but you are missing the initial path of a pain signal. They do not understand the most basic premise about pain. Pain is a signal of a tissue in distress. A pain receptor in the connective tissue that surrounds the tissue is triggered by the tissue in distress to make the brain aware of the distress. If you look at their description, they do not describe the pain receptor in the tissue identifying the tissue in distress. They mention the spinal cord and the brain.

Now you can see the problem. If you do not understand what triggers the pain signal or identify that a pain receptor even exists, you will NEVER RESOLVE PAIN. They focus on the messenger system; the spinal cord to the brain.

Here is a classic analogy to see how psychotic this method of treating pain is. If you sever the corotid artery in the neck and you begin to severely bleed down your neck onto your shirt, your shirt would get very bloody. The medical establishment would see this and say you need to change your shirt. First they would change the shirt from a white shirt to a red shirt expecting you would not see the blood as much. Then they may change it to a black shirt hoping it is a better backdrop to hide the blood. They might suggest removing your torso so you do not have a place to wear a shirt and that way the blood will not be seen.

All this without the idea of ​​truly trying to understand what caused the bleeding or how to resolve the bleeding which would prevent blood from getting on the your shirt. In this article you have pain management doctors endorsing the use of antidepressants, anticonvulsants, narcotic addictive medications, severing of nerves and other surgeries just to address pain; the equivalent of the blood in my scenario. They told you they are perplexed by what causes pain.

If these are the people in charge of the asylum, the people in the asylum; specifically the lay person is going to have a tough time ever getting out of the asylum. Wake up to the reality that the people in charge of the medical establishment are sicker then the people they are supposed to be treating. They say they are confused by what causes pain but continue to look farther into ways to mask pain. And these ways are getting more and more extreme.

Please for god's sake, take control of your life. I understand what causes pain. I can resolve the cause and end your journey along the path of masking agent after masking agent. In most cases the cause of pain is muscle weakness or imbalance. I have proven in thousands of cases. Get the information and resolve your pain now. You have to depend on yourself to understand the cause of pain You do not want to depend on the insane who run the asylum.

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Numbness In The Hand Can Come From Different Sources

The general population has been led to believe that if you have numbness in the hand it must be coming from a herniated disc. An MRI is performed. A herniated disc in the cervical region is found and you are now on your path to epidural nerve blocks, pain medication and worst of all, an unnecessary surgery or two. I have heard this story so many times, it is sickening. But with a little knowledge, I believe you can prevent yourself from going down this very slippery path. Understanding what nerves innervate different parts of the hand and what can cause these nerves to trigger numbness is the key to getting the appropriate treatment versus taking a path to surgery because no other treatment protocol worked so surgery is your last resort.

Let's start with the promise that the cause of your numbness is coming from a herniated disc. Herniated discs can not cause a symptom in the hand. It can only create a symptom in the hand if it is impinging on a cervical nerve root. These are the extensions of the spinal cord that come out at every level of the spine and innervate only a very specific area of ​​skin. The nerve roots that affect the hand are C6, C7 and C8. The C6 nerve root could create an altered sensation only in the thumb. The C7 nerve root in the middle finger and and C8 the pinky. That is it. If your numbness is in any other part of the hand, the numbness can not be coming from a nerve root impingement caused by a herniated disc at the cervical spine.

Most of the patients I have treated complained numbness at the whole hand. The only area where nerves exist that innervates the whole hand is at the front of the neck where all the nerve roots of the cervical spine come together to then go down the arm. This is called the anterior triangle of the neck and this group of nerves that can impeding here are called the brachial plexus. They get impinged by a muscle called the anterior scalenes training and thickening impinging on the brachial plexus. Resolution can be accomplished by strengthening the back of the shoulder muscles, the muscles between the shoulder blades, the back of the arm muscles and the rotator cuff muscles.

Numbness at the top of the hand can come from impingement of the radial nerve as it passes through the forearm extensor muscles. If these muscles strain and thicken, they can impinge the radial nerve and create symptoms at the top of the hand and fingers. Resolution comes from strengthening of the forearm extensor muscles and the shoulder muscles described above.

Numbness of the thumb, second, third and half the fourth finger on the palm side comes from impingement of the medial nerve as it goes through the carpal tunnel; typically known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The true cause of this is training of the forearm and finger flexor muscles that also go through the carpal tunnel. The thickened muscles impinge on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel and create the numbness. Resolution of these symptoms is achieved through strengthening of the forearm extensor muscles and the shoulder muscles described above.

Numbness of the pinky and half the fourth finger typically results from impingement of the ulna nerve as it passes through the forearm flexor muscles near the elbow. Resolution of these symptoms is achieved through strengthening of the forearm flexor muscles and shoulder muscles described above.

These are the key possible methods of creating numbness in the hand. The odds of herniating a disc and creating a nerve root impingement are very low. You have to have had a pretty substantial incident to the neck to create the kind of force necessary to injure these tissues. Next you have to have your numbness in the right location to match the nerve root. In 17 years I may have seen one or two cases out of thousands where a person had the correct symptoms to match a nerve root impingement.

It is more likely that the numbness you are experiencing is the result of an impingement of a nerve by a strained muscle than a variation to a structure such as a disc or a nerve.

Understanding your symptoms and what the potential causes of the symptoms might be protect you from becoming another statistic of an unnecessary surgery that had no reason to be performed because the symptom could never be caused by a herniated disc or nerve root impingement.

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Job Outlook for Physical Therapists, 2011 and Beyond

If you're a physical therapist, you're unduly surprised someone who really enjoys being around and caring for people. Or, as one physical therapist we know once said, “I became a PT in part because I really get to spend time with my patients, about 45 minutes at least a session. As a PT, you may want to know yourself how the job outlook for the next few years looks for PTs. The answer? Excellent!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 that employment for PTs through 2018 “is expected to grow much faster than average because of increasing demand for physical therapy services.” In addition, the BLS continued, the “increasing number of people who need therapy reflects, in part, the increasing elderly population.” The elderly population is particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require the therapeutic services. ” PTs often are compensated very well for their services, with the median average salary for PTs in 2009 running about $ 75,000.

Physical therapists earn every penny of their salies. Let's take a look at a “typical” work day for a PT:

  • Upon arriving at work, the physical therapist will look through the medical histories of the patients he or she is scheduled to see that day.
  • Once with a patient, the PT will test the individuals balance and coordination, strength, range of motion, motor function, muscle performance, posture, and respiration.
  • Looking at the results, the physical therapist then will determine the patient's abilities (with regards to independence and / or being able to return to day-to-day activities or work).
  • Finally, the PT will put together treatment plans for the patient, plans that detail the physical therapy treatment strategy and the outcome the therapist expects as a result.

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If The Cause Is Muscle There Is No Money In It

I have become dumb founded by the idea that the medical establishment is unable to identify that the cause of pain could be muscle. I have been stuck by the fact that they could be so ignorant to this fact. How is it possible in the estimated 83 million people suffering from chronic pain that not just one of them could be suffering from pain emanating from muscle.

I realize that the key to their method of diagnosing pain is the x-ray or MRI. I also realize that a muscle strain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness or muscle shortness could never come up on these tests and since the stress of the medical establishment is so hell bent on utilizing what ever positive finding coming from these tests as their diagnosis, well This certainly would make it difficult for them to identify muscle as the cause of pain.

Then there are the pain management specialists that believe that a trigger point that occurs in a muscle is only creating pain because it is causing nerves that surround the muscle to become “inflamed”; another psychotic thought but it is what they believe.

I have come to the belief over my almost 18 years of practicing therapy and resolving people's pain that the medical establishment was ignorant or just plain dumb and then it hit me, there is no money in muscle being the cause of pain.

Just think about it. If the cause of pain is muscle then the only true mechanism for resolving pain is targeted muscle strengthening. There are no surgeries to perform. There are no pills to give. There are no pills to make that can make muscles stronger. There are no diagnostic tests to show how strong a muscle is. There are no doctors visits needed to make the muscle stronger.

Unfortunately for the medical establishment it would only take the person to understand how to strengthen muscles properly and given a little time, they could resolve their pain on their own. This promise would crush areas of the medical establishment like radiology, neurology and orthopedics. Cottage industries like pain management would no longer be necessary. The pharmaceutical industry would have to find some thing else to attack with medicines that they could produce.

Well listen up folks. I have proven that the cause of pain in most cases is muscle weakness or imbalance and that targeted strength training was the only true method to resolving most pain. I have stopped thousands of people from getting unnecessary surgeries and taking narcotic drugs. If you want to get off the medical establishment carousel of invalid diagnostic tests leading to narcotic medications leading to unnecessary surgeries leading to further diagnostic tests leading to narcotic medications leading to unnecessary surgeries, I am giving you the brass ring to get off the carousel.

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Medial Knee Pain More Apt To Be From A Hamstring Strain Then A Torn Meniscus

You complain of severe medial knee pain and you go to your orthopedist. They take an MRI and find a torn meniscus. You are whisked away to surgery for a quick menisectomy. Welcome to the world of wackyville. The orthopedist never attempted to determine which tissue was creating the pain signal that was bothering you. They simply took that MRI result and figured they have another customer for surgery. The funny part or sad part depending on whether you are the one who is in pain, is after the surgery you still have the same pain and the orthopedist is dumb founded by this fact. They have no answers and simply say the surgery was a success. For the surgeon, a smashing success. For you, still in pain, I am not sure that is the word you would use to describe the surgery.

Let's now go to the world of reality where a diagnosis has to make sense and proper diagnoses allow for proper treatment to resolve symptoms such as pain. In the case of medical knee pain, a key to diagnosing the pain is to palpate or touch the tissue that is creating the pain. What most people are not aware of is that the hamstring muscle which sits in the back of the thigh connects to the knee by tendons that wrap around to the front of the knee. A portion of the medial hamstring has a tendon that connotes the lower leg bone just below the knee cap on the medial side of the knee joint.

This is where most people complain of their pain when they are experiencing medial knee joint pain. If the cause of pain was a meniscal tear, the only place where you could get pain is at the medical joint line. This is the space between the femur and tibia or thigh bone and lower leg bone. It is a thin slit that can be can felt on either side of the knee joint. In my almost 18 years of practice, patients have rarely experienced pain at this joint line.

That MRI result that the orthopedist is holding his hat on as the key to diagnosing you is a false promise. One study showed that 62% of the population in the study that had knee pain, had a meniscal tear. In the population that had no pain 60% of this population had a meniscal tear. The reason for this is that the tears identified whether in pain or not were degenerative tears that cured and were not creating pain. They required no intervention because the body had healed the tears. They were simply picked up by an MRI cause that is what MRIs do.

In cases where the pain is experienced at the attachment point of the hamstring tendon to the lower leg bone, a strain of the hamstring muscle is typically the cause. An evaluation to determine the amount of the strain is necessary to identify which exercises should be performed to resolve the medial knee pain. But this is the key to resolving the pain at the medial knee.

You must realize that most joint pain is the result of muscle weakness or imbalance. In a case like this, the pain is simply resulting from a muscle strain and experienced where a tendon is attaching to the knee joint. Do not be fooled by the ridiculous MRI result and do not be swayed into getting an unnecessary surgery that will do nothing to resolve your pain. If you go to a orthopedic surgeon who is incapable of differentiated what tissue is creating a pain signal, walk away. The results could be very bad! I mean for you; not the surgeon.

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Yellow Balloons And Purple Balloons

I always like to use analogies to express ideas relating to medical issues because the verbiage associated with the medical field is typically complex. I thought the analogy of yellow balloons and purple balloons could explain the promise of how a diagnosis for the cause of pain is achieved and why you need to take a multi colored balloon approach to identifying the cause of pain.

If a person has pain they typically enter the medical establishment by going to a physician who request an x-ray or MRI or both. A structural abnormality such as a herniated disc, stenosis, arthritis, meniscal tear or rotator cuff tear is identified. This becomes the basis of the diagnosis as to what is causing the person's pain. The problem with this method is that studies have shown that almost as many people with no pain can be found to have the same findings as those with pain in almost the same percentages. If fact, many of these studies are now questioning the use of these diagnostic tests to correlate a cause to pain.

You can perceive these alleged causes of pain found on diagnostic tests as being yellow balloons. And the practitioners who utilize this method of diagnosing the cause of pain as being only trained in identifying yellow balloons.

You see if the cause of pain were a muscle strain, muscle weakness, muscle spasm or muscle pain, these would not show up on these types of tests. These causes could have been considered purple balloons. Whether you see an orthopedist, a chiropractor, neurologist and even most physical therapists, they are only trained in the art of detecting and treating yellow balloon causes. Certainly based on their educational background they can identify different shades of yellow but extremely they only see yellow balloons.

There are considered to be 83 million people in the US suffering from chronic pain. The number of people is rising and expecting to exceed 150 million in the next ten years. It is almost incomprehensible that not one of these people suffer from a purple cause. But how would you know if you use a system that can only identify yellow balloons. I think the proof would be obvious to find. Check the prescription pad of most orthopedists or neurologists and show me how many of the diagnoses given vary from the finding of the diagnostic tests that were performed. All yellow balloons.

I believe in a multicolored approach to establishing the cause of pain. I follow a method that says that every cause creates a specific symptom and every symptom is created by a specific cause. The symptoms can be from neurologic, orthopedic, muscular even systemic. The clinical evaluation is the key to identifying the cause. A clinical evaluation that believes that causes are of many different colors. The key is finding the right color and then sending the person to the right practitioner designed to handle that colored balloon. In my experience, I have proven that the cause of most pain is muscle weakness or imbalance and therefore targeted strength training is the only method for resolving pain caused by these issues.

But I am certainly open to the idea that every patient who walks in my door might have a cause that is represented by a color in the rainbow and it is my responsibility to identify which color is the cause.

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Aging Doesn’t Have To Include Words Ending In “Itis”

If you are over the age of sixty I am sure you have seen your physician for some ache or pain you have noticed slowly growing in your neck back or other joint. An x-ray is performed and you are diagnosed with arthritis. If your complaint is at your hip or shoulder a cursory evaluation may provide you the diagnosis of bursitis or tendonitis. With the diagnosis in hand an anti-inflammatory is prescribed and you are told this should resolve the problem. A few weeks go by the pain does not resolve and another anti-inflammatory is given. No resolution of pain still and you are finally told there is nothing much that can be done for you. This is part of the aging process. This story has been told to me on many occasions from patients I encounter at my physical therapy and personal training office in Farmingdale NY. The level of frustration is evident. These people feel that their problems are not being addressed in a serious manner because of their age. I would like to set the record straight based on my experiences. The cause of most of these people's aches or pains is not from structural problems with their joints such as arthritis tendonitis or bursitis. In most cases they have muscle imbalances muscle weakness or flexibility issues that cause muscles to become inflamed and painful. It is not to say that most of the people diagnosed with arthritis do not have arthritis. They do but that is not the cause of their ache or pain. I recently had a woman note that she had pain at the anterior aspect of her upper shin. She saw her physician and informed him of the situation. The doctor felt around her knee and said it must be arthritis. The woman replied the pain is not at my knee; it is farther down on my shin. The doctor simply reaffirmed his belief that the cause was arthritis and the issue was dropped. This woman raised the issue with me during a visit for physical therapy she is receiving for her hip. I checked it out. It turned out to be a muscle on the front of her shin that was irritated. I massaged it gave her some exercise to do and the pain resolved that treatment. I was happy to have been able to assist this woman in the resolution of her pain but I can not see everyone. This is why I would like to provide some information to the elderly about how to resolve joint pain and possibly prevent it from even occurring.

The most common cause of neck pain I have determined is muscle imbalances between the front shoulder and chest region and the posterior shoulder and upper back region. Due to the natural tendency to hold and lift things in the front of our bodies the muscles of the front shoulder arm and chest typically get stronger than the muscles of posterior shoulder and upper back. This causes a posture known as forward head and shoulder posture. The head is held slightly flexed forward indicated by the ear being in front of the shoulder when looking at the individual from the side.

The shoulders being drawn forward by the stronger anterior muscles causes the shoulder blades to move to the sides away from the spine. As a result muscles that attach from the skull or spine to the shoulder blades become overstretched. The muscles do not tolerate this well and tighten causing pain and in some cases headaches. The appearance of a neck problem is in fact a shoulder / shoulder blade problem. Strengthening of the muscles at the back of the shoulders between the shoulder blades and the back of the arms will cause the shoulders and head to be rolled back in proper alignment. This causes the shoulder blades to be spaced proper distance from the spine. The muscles that attach from the skull and spine to the shoulder blades will be maintained at their proper length. This limits them from going into spasm and becoming painful. The maintenance of these muscles at their proper length also allows the muscles to function at their maximum efficiency making functional activities with your arms easier and creating less chance for injury at the neck and upper back region.

Shoulder pain is also commonly caused by a muscle imbalance. This one is between the front and posterior shoulder musculature combined with the imbalance between the chest muscles and upper back muscles. Again resolution of pain can typically be achieved by strengthening of the muscles of the posterior arm shoulder and upper back.

The same situation of muscle imbalance holds true for the lower back. The muscles in question here are the muscles of the front and back thigh. The muscles of the front thigh have a tendency to be stronger than the muscles of the back thigh because they are used more for activities such as standing walking climbing stairs and sitting down. As a result of this imbalance between these muscles the front thigh muscles shorten. They attach to the front of the pelvis so they pull the front of the pelvis down. This causes an increased arching of the lower back region. This makes the muscles of the lower back shorten putting them into spasm and causing pain. Anytime someone describes lower back pain and knee pain or tightness at the front thigh you can almost bet that the cause of these symptoms are tight and strong front thigh muscles not being offset by equally strong back thigh muscles. The answer to the lower back pain is not an anti-inflammatory. It is strengthening of the posterior thigh and pelvic muscles known as the glutes and hamstrings. Strengthening of these muscles will keep the pelvis at a position where the lower back arch is maintained at the normal position. As a result the lower back muscles are maintained at their proper length. They will not go into spasm nor cause pain. Again they will support your torso with be achieve maximum efficiency limiting the chance for injury. This muscle imbalance between the front thigh and posterior thigh is also the main cause of knee pain with my patients.

Hip pain is often the result of muscle weakness of the muscles on the side of your thighs. These muscles are called the hip abductors. One muscle attaches from the top of your pelvis to the hip joint. The other muscle attaches from the side of the pelvis above the hip joint to the knee. Often times I have encountered the description of both hip and knee pain. This is usually a signal that these muscles are involved in the cause of the pain. These muscles are responsible for keeping the pelvis level when you weight bear on the leg you stand on when swinging the other leg forward with walking. These muscles must work very hard to perform this function. It is amazing to have experienced over my twelve-year career how many people have weak hip abductors.

This tension to diagnose neck back and joint pain in the elderly as one of the itis' is rash and dismissive to these people. Their complaints are real and are more apt to be mechanical in nature than structural. Today people are living longer. Unfortunately our society creates an environment where growing older is celebrated with retirement and a decrease in activity level. This causes an effect on muscles known as disuse atrophy. The lack of use of these muscles causes them to weaken and tighten. This is the true cause of most neck back and joint pain. Whether you have aches or pain or want to prevent them from occurring the answer is strength training. Take responsibility for yourself. Do not depend on medications to resolve these issues. Medications cost a lot of money. Get out of the loop of medicating for every ache and pain. Get off the couch. Get on your feet. Perform strength training and watch the aches and pains disappear.

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Rotator Cuff Strain – Its Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

What is a rotator cuff strain? Let me start with a definition of texts. A strain is an injury to a muscle or a tendon whereas a sprain is an injury to a ligament.

A ligament is a fibrous, thick, tough tissue that connects a bone to a bone. The primary purpose of the body's ligaments is to hold your skeleton together in normal alignment. A tendon such as a rotator cuff tendon is a tough fibrous tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone.

The cuff is composed of a group of four muscles, with associated tendons. When discussing a strain therefore, we are always talking about a cuff tendon or muscle injury.

What causes a strain

Muscles are designed to stretch. The problems begin when the muscles are stretched too far, or, if they are stretched while in the process of contracting.

It is at this point the muscles become susceptible to a rotator cuff strain or potentially rotator cuff tears. This is a very common cause of shoulder pain rotator cuff problems.

A strain can have a chronic or an acute sunset. Acute injuries have a more sudden onset such as those caused by a fall. Whereas chronic injuries will have developed over a longer period of time due to overuse.

For this reason those who are most at risk are those involved in sports or activities requiring a lot of overhead work. It is these sorts of activity that typically exercise rotator cuff muscles the most.

Strain symptoms

The main symptoms of a strain are characteristically

  • pain
  • swelling
  • bruising of the affected joint

Often there is no need to consult a doctor. That is, without any of the following symptoms apply.

  • You have severe pain and are unable to place any weight on the injured joint.
  • You can not move the injured joint.
  • The injured area is numb
  • The injured joint is crooked or has lumps that are not visible on the uninjured joint.
  • The area over the injured joint or close to it is very tender to touch.
  • There is redness or red streaks radiating from the injury.
  • Re injure a joint that has been injured previously.

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What Is Phyiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is not new to science – it has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Hippocrates described the practice of massage and hydrotherapy in as far back as 460 BC. In Britain, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy was founded in the late nineteenth century. Physiotherapy is practiced to restore and maintain maximum movement and health of the body.

People visit physiotherapists when they need help. Old age, medical conditions, the environment, surgery and accidents can take a toll on the body and a physiotherapist will try to improve the quality of life for the patient. The therapist will try to reduce pain, restore movement, reduce tension and strengthen weakened muscles.

The areas that the therapists can treat are musculoskeletal and cardiothorasic. Musculoskeletal conditions that a patient may present with are back pain, sprains, arthritis and sports injuries. Cardiothoracic conditions include asthma.

Physiotherapists use massage and manipulation to improve the body of the patient. They will find out the medical history of the patient, physically examine them to make a diagnosis and then decide on a course of action. The therapist will treat the patient with physical contact and may also suggest exercises for the patient to do at home. They will also be able to assist by offering advice on prevent and managing conditions.

Therapists can be specialists in certain areas such as radiiatrics, geriatrics or sports injuries. They may also be specialists in certain treatment techniques such as connective tissue manipulation, craniosacral therapy or Mackenzie Exercise Regime.

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Land The Job of Your Dreams With A Posture Corrective Brace

Okay, so you've sent your application letter and CV to the company you wish to land a job on. Next thing you know, you receive a call from the human resources department for your upcoming interview. So on the day of your interview, you wear the best business suit in your closet, got to the place on time, and head on to meet the interviewer, the manager himself.

You're on fire! You just established rapport with the manager, laying out your credentials on the table, and speak with fervent confidence about your would-be contribution to the company's growth. The manager smiles meekly at you and just nods as you talk and talk and talk. You shook hands with him and went home.

Weeks later, you are still at home eagerly waiting for the phone call saying “You're Hired!” But sadly, it's been a few weeks since the interview and chances of getting hired seem to fade day after day. It gets you thinking, what did you miss in the interview? Surely you delivered all that was expected of you, sometimes even more, so what went wrong?

Well, most people are not aware that posture can either make or break the job interview. Even if you sound confident, act confident, and look confident, your bad post gives out a bit of uncertainty for the employer. It has been said that one of the most important factors in a good first impression is good posture. If you lack this factor during the interview, you just wasted a lot of energy and time trying to impress the manager.

But your posture should not stop you from getting the job of your dreams, should it? There's a way to correct posture and the earlier you start, the better. You can use a posture corrective brace to aid your body's rehabilitation from bad posture. Just wear the brace for a few minutes each day and you'll begin to feel the difference after a few weeks of using it.

A posture corrective brace not only brings back your good old post but it also adds about 30% of good first impression for your job interview. Now, is not this great news for all job seekers out there? If you start fixing your post now, you will certainly be hired on the next job interview and you will not even have to wait for the call because right there and then, “you're hired.”

Landing the job of your dreams does not needlessly need to take all your energy and your impressive credentials. Most of the time, a good first impression can really take the lead and land you that job. And no other tools can get you a good impression than your posture. If you have a bad post now, you can correct it before that job interview. Read more about post brace reviews of products that are fast and effective in correcting posture.

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How Can A Posture Brace For Men Help Them Get The Body They Wanted?

Some men have this innate narcissistic attitude when they wanted to achieve perfection. Do not you agree? Because of this, most people you see in the local gym, fitness centers, and spa are men with exuding confidence, not to mention a distinct narcissism outlook. If a man holding a mirror is not taboo, you might even see those men carrying hand-held mirrors.

Okay, so we understand that men have an innate narcissism complex, we get it. But even with an overwhelming self confidence, some of them do not know that 30% of their overall “stage presence” comes from their posture. If they have bad posture, ding! That's an automatic minus 30% off their total ex confidence confidence. Just imagine a guy with an awesomely chiseled body but has a head head posture and a slumped shoulder. He might have a body of a god but he also has this “Hunchback of Notre Dame”, an eye sore to behold.

If you are like this or perhaps know someone who is, better start wearing posture brace for men. Did you know that a posture brace can help you get the body you always wanted? Yes, this is true! You may still be pumping up some iron to build those muscles but wearing a brace while lifting weights will give you a better workout. How? Well, by practicing a correct posture during your workout, you are targeting correct muscle areas as well as getting the proper breathing recommended for burning fat.

Studies show that men who are wearing posture brace during their workout session have faster muscle development and faster fat burn. You do want to have lean muscles and zero fat to bring out those cuts and muscle definition, correct? Then wearing posture brace for men is highly recommended.

Not only will you get the chiseled body you wanted, you will also get that 30% additional score for other people's good impression about you. Now you can perfectly say that you have the right to be narcissistic, nobody's going to stop you. This new found confidence allows you to get your dreams and aspirations intact and realize them one by one.

You will get the job you wanted, the girl of your dreams, your dream car, dream home, or maybe even get discovered by a talent or modeling scout for modeling or acting. The most important factor is having a good posture that will deliver you straight to your goals in life.

Good posture is the most important aspect in the confidence scoring level. Without proper posture, one can not attain all of his top aspirations and he's only left with mediocre choices in life. To stay ahead of the game, you should use a posture brace to correct any post problem. But do not be fooled by product advertisements. It would be best to consult posture reviews before buying the goods. The reviews of experts will guide you in the proper shopping direction for postures braces.

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What Are the Causes of Forward Head Posture?

Do you always complain about sore chest muscles, aching back and neck, heavy shoulders, headaches, numbness of arms, facial pain, and lack of sleep? All of these ailments are caused by one condition, forward head posture. There are a number of causes of FHP and most of them are attributed to the modern day activities we have today.

If you are looking down while typing on the computer or reading a book, driving a car, carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, sleeping on the couch with your head on the arm rest, or looking into the microscope, you are moving your head forward. The longer you stay at a forward head position, the more at risk you are for the abnormal forward head posture.

You should carefully consider all of the activities you do each day, especially if some of them happen in the workplace. I'm not saying you should quit your job but should not you at least do something to correct your abnormal FHP? There are certainly some things you can do to correct and prevent FHP at the same time.

If your work involves long hours of sitting and working on the computer, it would be best to incorporate posture-correcting exercises for a few minutes. Do not stay too long on one position, try walking around the office for a bit. Go make some coffee or stretch out your limbs.

Another thing you can do is to put a pillow on the chair where you spend most of time on. Make sure that the pillow supports you lower back because a supported lower back will automatically signal your body to keep a straight posture, then preventing FHP.

One of the highly recommended posture correcting devices are postures braces. To prevent and correct FHP, you should select a brace that supports not only your back but also your neck since this is the root cause of all the ailments you feel. You will not even notice that you're wearing a brace and the best part is that your forward head post slowly goes back to its proper position.

Always remember that if your head is no longer forwarded, your directory is clear from the abnormal curvature which blocks the normal circulation of fluids in your system. When the circulation is brought back to normal, you will not feel any of the painful ailments associated with FHP. That's good news, is not it?

Some people do not realize that some of the ailments they feel are associated with one condition, the forward head posture. The fastest and best way to correct and prevent this is to use a posture brace. There are some posture brace reviews that allow you to select the best braces that support postural muscles from the neck down.

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Proprioception Training: Making Joints Bulletproof

Have you ever sprained your ankle? Did you notice afterwards that the ankle did not feel stable under you, that it sometimes “wave way”, even after it stopped hurting? Maybe you found that you kept spraining the same ankle, over and over, through your life.

Here's why.

When you sprained your ankle, you also damaged its ability to protect itself. This protection system is called proprioception (or kinesthetic awareness). Proprioception is how your body “knows” where your limbs are, without looking.

By sensing your ankle's exact position at all times, your brain coordinates the muscles around the ankle to make sure that the joint is always “snugged-up” and secure – never slack. A joint without muscular support, even for an instant, is highly susceptible to injury. (This is true for ALL joints – not just ankles).

This “awareness” of joint position is accomplished by thousands of small receptors in muscles & joints, all over your body. These receptors keep track of how much tension is on a muscle, how fast the muscle is moving, and what position the joint is in.

If your proprioceptive system is damaged (like in a sprain), it may start to give your brain the wrong information about your joints. Your brain becomes confused about what position your limbs are in, and can no longer coordinate safe movement.

Translation: your ankle feels wobbly & unstable. And then you may sprain the ankle again.

But, here's the good news: Proprioception is learnable.

In fact, we use proprioceptive training in all of our rehab programs. If you've been a patient of ours, you know what I'm talking about. Proprioceptive exercises are complex, controlled movements that very often involve a balance challenge. Although we use these exercises to help heal injured tissue during rehab, incorporating these same exercises into your own personal workout program can act as powerful protection for your joints. Almost like surrounding your joints with Kevlar.

If you keep injuring the same joint over and over again, do not let it keep happening – take action. Each new injury may further weakened the joint and leave you susceptible to more severe injuries. A qualified rehab specialist can help you rebuild your “built-in” joint support system so you can start healing and get back to your life.

“Bullet-proofing” your joints can be easier than you think!

-Daniel Bockmann, DC

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