Lower Back And Your Computer Is A Bad Combination!

Lower Back And Your Computer Is A Bad Combination!

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Did you know that spending long hours at your computer can put your health at serious risk? Most people does not even consider that possibility, but t does, Working at a desk is extremely hard on your body, and I would like to share this with you so maybe you can avoid some of the most common health risks. One of the most common one is: LOWER BACK-PAIN
WHAT CAUSES LOWER BACK-PAIN?
Age does not really matter. No, reaching old age is not the only culprit why one might just be feeling the excruciating pangs of lower back pain. Reports have it that 80% of adult women and men suffer from lower back pain; several elements can still cause this condition.
When the muscles that hold the lower back vertebra, the set of bones that constitute the spinal column, get strained lower back pain is the end result. These bones protect, support, and secure these muscles. This muscle injury is aggravated by stress that a person with lower back pain does not give much attention to. The common symptoms of lower back pain include a discomfort felt on the lower area of the back, a bad posture, swelling and or bruising of the lower back. A physician discovers this condition through the history of back damage and the location of the discomfort. Treatment includes providing enough rest for the patient to avoid re-straining of the muscles, medications (analgesics and anti-spasms), massage, and lower back and abdominal muscle reconditioning through special exercises.
Nerve irritation is also one cause of lower back pain. Mechanical damage and diseases may upset the nerves of the lumbar spine. These conditions include radiculopathy, a disease of the discs of the lower back, bony intrusion, and inflamed nerves caused by a viral infection, e.g., shingles. The pain may only concentrate on one area but may also spread to other spots, commonly on the buttocks or even at the back of the thighs. When this pain has spread to those mentioned spots, it is referred to as sciatica. Sciatica usually comes from a ruptured disc (what connects the vertebrae) in the lower back. This damage, aside from distressing injury, is a result of the inevitable wear and tear of a part of the disc called the outer ring. Treatment of these types of damages may range from patient learning and medications to surgery.
Arthritis diseases that are of inflammatory kinds can also trouble the lumbar part. Reiter’s disease, inflammatory bowel arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are some of these types of arthritis. They can lead to pain and a stiff lower back that is usually aggravated in the morning. Medications that decrease the inflammation are usually administered to patients suffering from lower back pain caused by these arthritis diseases.
Kidney problems may also be attributed to the presence of lower back pain. Urinalysis and x-rays may help diagnose this cause of lower back pain. Lumbar pain could also stem from pregnancy, ovary problems, and tumors.
Aside from those usual sources of lower back pain, doctors pinpoint Paget’s disease of the bone to also cause lumbar discomfort. It is a disease of an unknown cause in which bone formation happens abnormally. This results to weakened bone and deformity that eventually cause the pain.
Pelvis bleeding, bulging of the wall of the aorta (a blood vessel), spinal cartilage and or bone infection, are the other unusual reasons for the proliferation of lower back pain.
Treatment of lower back pain often includes physiotherapy and medicines. Physiotherapists are very important in strengthening the muscles around the back after treatment. They aid sufferers do exercises that will promote the body’s healing process. They go hand in hand with the chiropractors that aid in the recuperative process of the patient without medication.
Other than that, acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, steroid injections, reflexology and surgery are considered viable alternatives in dealing with lower back pain.
There are other risks as you sit in front of that computer but it would be to much to write about in this article, so if you would like to learn more about other risks such as:
Eye strain
RSI (Repetitive Stress Syndrome)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Constant Head Aches
Dizziness
Breathing Problems
Difficulty Concentrating
You can learn all about this in the book: “The Painless PC”, which can be found at: www.HealthCrow.com

Five Most Common Sports Injuries

Five Most Common Sports Injuries


Sports has always been a top-drawer not only for its excitement but also for its numerous health benefits.
These sports activities, however, can also bring risks to one’s health. Those who engage in contact sports like basketball, football, and the martial arts are usually at high risk of sustaining injuries. These injuries are usually found on the knees, legs, ankles, and feet — all of which support the entire weight of the athlete’s body.

Acute damage or repetitive stress associated with sports activities may affect the bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Acute sports injuries can be treated with first aid remedies and over the counter muscle relaxants. Chronic injuries, on the other hand, may require medical assistance. Understanding these injuries is essential in preventing its development and avoiding any hindrances to one’s health.

Here are the five most common sports injuries and how to prevent them:

1.Ankle Sprains and Strains
Sprain is the stretching or tearing of the ligaments while strain is the stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons. Ankle sprains or strains may occur because of poor technique, uneven terrain, and wearing inaapropriate footwear. Running on smooth and even terrain, running in proper form, and wearing the right foot wear is essential in preventing injury. Wearing orthotic gear may add more stability and balance and prevent re-injury.

2.Shoulder Injury
The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body. Because of its flexibility, the shoulder is essential in many sports activities. Individuals who engage in sports that involve frequent swinging of arms like swimming or basketball are at high risk of developing this injury. Pitchers, tennis players, weightlifters are some of the individuals who may be prone to shoulder injuries.

3.Elbow pain
Lateral epicondylitis also called tennis elbow pain and is one form of overuse injury. It is an inflammation of several structures of the elbow which includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments and many more. People that engage in activities with strenuous or repetitive forearm movement forearm movement have heightened risk of developing this injury. Occupations that include mechanics or carpentry may also pose risks for certain individuals.

4.Knee Pain
Sports related knee pain may be a result of ruptured ligament or torn muscles. Because it is the largest joint in the body, it is one of the most easily damaged joint. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is one of the most common problem the involves the knee. Medical studies show that many ACL injuries are caused by sports activities that require frequent change in direction, twisting, slowing down when running, or landing from a jump. Individuals who play football, soccer, wrestling, and rugby are prone to this kind of injury. Proper execution of techniques, wearing orthotics, and training in moderation may help prevent the development of this condition.

5.Lower back pain
Many backaches are caused by strains or sprains in the muscles or ligaments. These injuries often occur because of heavy lifting or twisting. Back spasms caused by disk, joint, or muscle injuries may also lead to the development of excruciating pain. In addition to these factors, improper posture, fatigue, and improper alignment may also lead to the development of back pain.

These five common injuries can be prevented by engaging in proper training which includes warm ups, stretches, and cool downs. Warming up and stretching are essential in preparing the body for strenuous activity that can be experienced in training. Cooling down, on the other hand, is essential in reducing the temperature of the muscles and reduce muscle injury, stiffness, and soreness. Using orthotics is also essential in preventing sports injuries. Engaging in proper exercise routines and executing exercise techniques are essential to prevent injuries. Individuals who want to engage in physical exercise and other strenuous activities should seek the approval of doctors to achieve health goals and avoid fitness obstacles.

Sprint for a Sports Physical Therapy Career

Sprint for a Sports Physical Therapy Career

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Do you like sports? Are you into one? Are you a big fan? If YES then you might find Sports Physical Therapy as a hot choice for a career.

Sports Physical Therapy is among the fastest growing specialty areas in physical therapy. Widely know as Sports Medicine, sports physical therapy has been an age-long practicum for human athletes. Competitors’ sports therapists ranging from football to gymnastics have utilized a variety of approaches to help maintain physical fitness and to assist in the recovery process of their athlete-patients when injury occurs to a joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon. But did you know that the earliest sports physical therapy practitioners are professional athletes themselves?

Being a great athlete requires knowing how to take care of your body. That’s how sports med developed. Athletes attended to their physical health as well as to those of their team mates. Today, sports physical therapy has evolved into a distinctive specialty as it now focus on the effects of any form of exercise or physical activity aside from basic prevention or enhancement of physical performance to help injured athletes recover.

The field has grown expansively as more and more people in general, not just athletes, starts to become aware of their health as reflected in their fit bodies. The role of the sports therapists has become more and more important as they are called upon to help people achieve optimal health and peak physical performance by designing fitness activities, exercise programs for schools and health clubs, and special conditioning programs, while also teaching people in general some special knowledge and skills on injury prevention and strength, endurance, or agility training.
The Sports Medicine term for Sports Physical Therapy is in fact not secluded to the treatment of only athletes. Sports Physical Therapy is a treatment of anyone involved in physical exercise. Sports physical therapy is more accurately defined as healthcare for anyone who plays sports as well as those who perform exercise. This means that sports physical therapy, aside from its primary focus on acute/chronic injury prevention, also includes management of medical problems caused by exercise, treatment of chronic disease with exercise, and even specific exercise needs for children or women.
Aside from hospitals and clinics, sports physical therapists also work for community health centers, consulting groups, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private sports medicine clinics, fitness centers, sports facilities, organizations for the handicapped, government health agencies, home health agencies, and schools, including high schools and colleges. Many sports physical therapy practitioners are also technically self-employed in a private practice even though they work in much the same way and setting. But forget that you can work privately for a ‘Beckham’ – you’re making more people fit!

Why Down Syndrome Physiotherapy Should Be Started Early

Why Down Syndrome Physiotherapy Should Be Started Early

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There is a great need for immediate intervention for children with Down syndrome.
Physiotherapy does not fix the problem; development will still be slowed. However, it can address problems that are unique to Down syndrome children.

Early Down syndrome physiotherapy focuses on four problems that are common for these children. One is called hypotonia. This means that the child’s muscles lack tone. That is why, when you lay a Down syndrome child in his crib, he will flop out like a rag doll. Hypotonia needs to be treated because it affects the ability of the child to learn motor skills or to support himself correctly.

Another problem that can be helped by Down syndrome physiotherapy is laxity of the ligaments. The ligaments are so loose that they do not support the bones adequately. In infancy, it can be seen in the way they lie down with their legs splayed apart. In later years, their ankles and other joints will be loose enough to cause support problems.

Down syndrome physiotherapy is essential in helping these children overcome muscular weakness. If they are not exercised to correct the problem, they will develop behaviors that will make up for their lack of strength. Some of these behaviors may be harmful. For example, they may lock their knees to make up for having weak legs.

One problem these children face is in their body shape. Their arms and legs are generally shorter compared to their trunks than in most people. This leads to all kinds of problems sitting and climbing. Just reaching the table to eat can be a chore. Down syndrome physiotherapy can help with this problem.

In early intervention Down syndrome physiotherapy, the emphasis is on overcoming weakness and learning gross motor skills. Rolling over, sitting, crawling, and walking will all happen eventually, anyway. However, with Down syndrome physiotherapy, they can take place with solid physical foundations.

There is a concern with Down syndrome physiotherapy of parents notifying the doctors of problems that might require the help of a physiotherapist. A parent may be at a loss as to what is to be considered worthy of attention. After all, they already know that their child is not like other children who do not have Down syndrome.

If parents see a Down syndrome child having trouble holding up her neck, it is essential to call it to the attention of the doctor so that physiotherapy can be ordered to strengthen neck muscles. This is one example of many where a physiotherapist might help.

Once Down syndrome physiotherapy is started, it is best to keep up a life-long program to maintain health. Prevention of age-related problems with bones, ligaments, and muscles is becoming increasingly important. This is because people with Down syndrome are living to older ages. In fact there are more Down syndrome people over the age of 60 than ever before. Physiotherapy can help them live quality lives.

Down syndrome physiotherapy is often ignored until much damage has been done. The children are left with weaknesses, odd behaviors, and disfigurements that need not have happened. If Down syndrome physiotherapy is started early enough, the child will have a much healthier life.

How to Make the Most of a Physiotherapy Assessment

How to Make the Most of a Physiotherapy Assessment

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The first step in recovering from several painful and incapacitating conditions is a physiotherapy assessment. One can sit back and let the physiotherapist do all the work. However, more accurate and positive results will come of the physiotherapy assessment if the patient becomes involved.

When you go in to the physiotherapy appointment, your doctor should have given the physiotherapist some idea of your condition. The physiotherapy assessment will begin when the therapist takes a medical history. This is standard procedure for any type of health related problem. It is wise to be thorough in explaining past problems and conditions that seem to run in the family.

This can have a bearing on your treatment. It might even point to some disease or disorder that no one suspected that you had. A thorough physiotherapy assessment could possibly lead to treatment by a physician for an unexpected illness. You might find out that, while physiotherapy is bad for very few people, it is not what you need the most.

Then, the therapist will ask questions about your present condition. She will want to know when the pain, stiffness, or other problems started. She will ask you just how much it hurts, having you grade your pain on a scale of one to ten. One means no pain and ten means the worst pain you can imagine. The physiotherapy assessment will go on with your hypotheses of what caused it all.

The accuracy of your physiotherapy assessment rests on the precision with which you answer these questions. Telling the therapist that the pain is at a level of four when you know it is more like a level of eight will lead her to treat your pain less aggressively. It will be as if you had no physiotherapy assessment at all.

However, if you are able to correctly measure your degree of pain, you will help the therapist understand your problem. When the therapist knows when the problem began and has an idea of what caused it, the physiotherapy assessment will reflect that information.

Then, the therapist will watch you move. For a person who does not wish to be seen as weak, it may be a challenge to walk and do other movements as the person does them when no one is watching. In other words, a person with a sore and stiff neck may try to move it normally in order not to seem like an invalid.

You will be put through a series of movements that may seem cruel to you. It is a part of a good physiotherapy assessment to show all the movements done as best you can do them. If you can barely do them, that tells your physiotherapist a great deal of information.

It is best that the physiotherapy assessment covers all these pains and conditions. The way to make the most of a physiotherapy assessment is to be as honest and accurate as possible. It is only then that you will get the best care.

Back Exercise, Making Your Back Work For You.

Back Exercise, Making Your Back Work For You.

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No matter, what our jobs, all of use our back every day when we’re sitting, standing, lifting, even lying down. A back injury can result in pain, disability, and even loss of income if it prevents us from doing our jobs. Together with proper lifting techniques, back exercises are one of the most important things each of us can do to strengthen our backs and help protect them from accidental injury and sports injuries. The right back exercises, when done on a daily basis, can help you to keep your back fitness at the best possible level.

Remember, though, if you are experiencing back pain of any sort, check with a healthcare professional before doing these or any exercises. And do the exercise according to the medical advice rendered by that professional. Sciatica is the disease which affects nerves of the back. To control the back pain due to the nerve disease you must undergo strength training in physiotherapy.

If you understand the concepts of how backs get injured by bad back exercise habits you can easily tell if you are moving in healthy ways, if an exercise will help or harm, or if you’re doing a good exercise in bad way. You’re not helping yourself if all you do is a “list” of exercises. Worse, many people are given a list of things to never do again. This list is often favorite activities that made their lives worthwhile and fun.

Most people spend their lives doing activities with poor posture that rounds their lower back. They sit, stand, walk, and exercise round-shouldered and round-backed. This shortens chest and shoulder muscles in front, and over stretches and weakens your back. Like squeezing a water balloon in front, when you round forward, it squeezes the front of your discs between your back bones (vertebrae) above and below the disc.

Myrotherapy

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Myrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy that can be used to treat many different disorders including headaches, sports injuries, chronic back pain and even muscle sprains. Myrotherapy uses various techniques to alleviate the symptoms of such painful ailments.

Some of the treatments used in myrotherapy include massaging the affected area as well as using hot or cold compress therapy to alleviate swelling. This is particularly helpful for some sports injuries where swelling has occurred and back injuries where a muscle is inflamed.

Massage and hot and cold treatments used in myrothearpy also are effective to treat tension headaches. Headaches are usually caused by a swelling of blood vessels in the brain. By applying myrothrapy techniques, the swelling can be reduced and the pain from the headache can vanish.

Other techniques used in myrotherapy, which is a form of physiotherapy practiced by licensed myrotherapists include electrical nerve stimulation, movement exercises and even acupuncture. For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have used acupuncture to treat a variety of illnesses and this treatment has been proven to be very effective in curing pain derived from headaches.

When you visit a Myrotherapist, you will most likely have to describe your symptoms and, depending upon your complaints, x-rays may or may not be taken. Upon review of the symptoms and x-rays, your Myrotherapist will prescribe the best treatment options for you.

People with sports related injuries often benefit from myrotherapy and the gentle massage and movement techniques employed by the therapist. Many athletes seek myrotherapy treatment after a sprain or other type of sports injury so they can recover quickly and return to their active lifestyle.

Acupuncture treatments, also called Myofascial dry needling, is one of the more popular methods of treatments used in myrotherapy. Treatments usually last about one hour and most people find pain relief within the first treatment, although three sessions are usually recommended. This form of myrotherapy is most often used to treat chronic pain, such as back pain or tension headaches.

In addition to treating you in the office, your Myrotherapist will also recommend home treatments that include certain exercises and stretches that you can do to alleviate your condition. This is most beneficial to those with chronic back pain. Many times, people who suffer from chronic back pain incur this condition due to inactivity. Many people who sit in an office all day, especially those who have poor posture, tend to develop back pain. Back pain is the most common reason why people choose to visit their doctors. In most cases, medical doctors can do nothing but prescribe pain killers to alleviate the pain. While the medications may mask the symptoms of the back pain, they do not provide a cure. By using myrotherapy to treat chronic back pain, a patient may be able to not only alleviate the pain, but actually cure his condition.

Myrotherapy also includes the practice of meditation, an ancient Eastern art that is helpful for those who experience stress. Stress can be responsible for a variety of ailments, including chronic pain. By employing various techniques, myrotherpay can help people who suffer from minor but painful ailments such as sprains, tension headaches, stress, and back pain, eliminate the cause of the pain instead of masking it with a variety of drugs.

How Physiotherapy Fits in with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

How Physiotherapy Fits in with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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Rheumatoid arthritis is not only a painful and debilitating disease.
It is also a risk factor for other diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Research shows that these diseases can be held off by exercise and other lifestyle changes.

For the sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, life is a constant learning experience. Each time a new movement is done, one finds out if it makes the condition feel worse or better. Rheumatoid arthritis patients may feel fatigue. They will likely have a great amount of pain and stiffness in their joints.

Physiotherapy is one way to combat the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. This will be an ongoing therapy that will require dedication over the rest of the patient’s life. However, it is common that the exercises and other therapies help the rheumatoid arthritis so much that the patient will have incentive to keep doing them.

A physiotherapist understands how all the parts of one’s body work together to create movement. Bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons: the physiotherapist knows how they all fit to make one walk or stand. With this knowledge, the physiotherapist can devise methods to help one keep moving. This is the most important part of rheumatoid arthritis treatment.

Early in one’s treatment, the plan will take shape. It will include ways to prevent rheumatoid arthritis from disabling one. As time goes by, the focus will shift to a more here and now sort of treatment. Exercises will be geared more towards current problems.

Water exercises can be used for people with rheumatoid arthritis. These exercises allow the person to get much needed strengthening and stretching exercises done. At the same time, there is little or no pressure on the joints or spine. Physiotherapists use water exercises as an important part of the treatment plan.

Strengthening exercises help the muscles provide more support to the joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis. If there is not enough muscle tone, the patient will have more trouble walking or doing other normal movements. The rheumatoid arthritis will dominate the movements instead of the muscles dominating them.

Heat therapy can be used in conjunction with ice therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. A physiotherapist can tell the patient when and how long to leave on heat packs or ice packs. Other heat therapy is done by ultrasound.

People with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from manual procedures, such as massage. A person with the stiffness that accompanies rheumatoid arthritis can be very limited in how far he can move his joints. Massage improves movement and increases this range dramatically.

One of the most important functions a physiotherapist serves for patients with rheumatoid arthritis is as a motivational coach. The physiotherapist should be trained in the psychology of chronic disorders and pain management. She will be there to encourage you to keep trying, keeping moving, and never giving up.

Physiotherapy is only a part of the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Diet and medications are also used, for example. Yet, without physiotherapy, many people who suffer from this disease would be in much worse pain.

Physiotherapy’s Role In Treating Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a neurological disease that causes muscles to weaken and literally waste away. The motor neurons in the spinal cord degenerate to the point that the spinal muscles gradually deteriorate. There are several forms of this disease and, sadly, it affects young children, some as young as two months old.

Physiotherapy has been instrumental with helping children suffering from this genetic disease achieve some sort of normal quality of life. Physiotherapy’s role in treating Spinal Muscular Atrophy is most effective at onset of the illness and must be carried through during the course of the child’s life. Many children with mild conditions of this defect lead lives into adulthood. Other children die at an early age, mostly due to pneumonia.

Here are three main types of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Type One is Severe Infantile SMA, which is also known as Werdnig-Hoffman disease. This is the most severe form of the disease and the child is unable to sit or roll unsupported. The muscle weakness and atrophy eventually causes feeding problems and children with this condition generally do not live beyond the age of 18 months. Sadly, there is nothing that can be done for children with this severe disease, even with physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy’s role in treating Type 3 Spinal Muscular Atrophy has been significant, especially over recent years. Children who suffer from this milder condition of the disease can benefit from care from a physiotherapist. Children with Type 3 are often diagnosed around the age of two years old. Some children are able to walk, but with difficulty. The inability to walk by the age of two often leads to the diagnosis.

Physiotherapy’s role in treating spinal muscular atrophy when it is Type III can be instrumental in a young person’s life, particularly when treatment begins at an early age. Physiotherapists can help the children to move and strengthen muscles that are unaffected to prevent them from becoming deformed. By working with parents, the physiotherapist can help the child to move more an encourage exercises such as swimming that will help strengthen and develop muscles and also give the child a much needed confidence boost.

Physiotherapy’s role in treating spinal muscular atrophy can also be utilized later at a time when walking may become so difficult due to degenerated muscles that the child must learn to walk on splints. Although this is a heartbreaking experience for both parents and the physiotherapist, it will enable the child to get around on his own a little while longer. By teaching the child to develop good arm muscles, the physiotherapist can enable the child to be able to walk, even using splints, for a longer period of time.

In addition to strengthening muscles, providing exercises and counseling to both child and parents, physiotherapy’s role in treating spinal muscular atrophy can extend to the time when the child does become wheel-chair bound. A good physiotherapist can teach the child how to take care of himself by dressing himself and using proper hygiene. In many schools, physiotherapy to treat spinal muscular atrophy can be used to help a child enjoy some of the leisure activities enjoyed by the other children as well as learning how to write and cut as well as other school activities. By working with the school officials, a good physiotherapist can make a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy’s experience in school a little less traumatic.

Being a physiotherapist is a rewarding career, but can be heartbreaking at time, particularly when dealing with children with life-threatening conditions such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. However, physiotherapy’s role in treating spinal muscular atrophy goes more beyond simple massages and helping a child to walk and dress himself – it puts a lot of emphasis on the self esteem of the child. A physiotherapist who wants to help children with life threatening conditions needs patience and compassion so they can make a difference in the life of a child suffering from this terrible disorder.

Physiotherapy in Treating Huntington Disease

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Huntington Disease is an inherited, neurodegenerative disorder.
This devastating illness, although inherited by genetic disposition at birth, normally emerges when a person is between the ages of 30 and 50. Juvenile Huntington Disease is rare, but affects young people under the age of 22.

Physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease is often one of the only treatments effective in managing this slowly progressing, life threatening illness. Huntington Disease robs individuals of their physical abilities as well as speech and causes emotional confusion. This is a slow growing disease, but eventually fatal. Most people with Huntington Disease live about 20 years after diagnosis.

Many people with this dreaded disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone, often turn to physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease. Because of the gradual physical deterioration of patients with this disease, early intervention of physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease can not only prolong life, but also improve the quality of life for those individuals suffering from this condition.

Huntington Disease effects mostly Caucasians with Western European ethnicity. At the present time, there is no cure for this dreaded disease. Certain medications have proven to alleviate some of the symptoms and physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease has proven to be effective in maintaining movement and stabilizing emotional well being.

Symptoms of Huntington Disease include physical, cognitive and emotional changes in an individual. The first to appear are the physical symptoms which include imbalance, involuntary movements of arms and legs and slurred speech. When physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease involves manipulation of the arms and legs, massages, exercises to strengthen muscles and better develop coordination. If treated early on in the disease, this can sometimes stave off some of the physical symptoms of the illness, although it cannot cure the disease.

Huntington Disease is a neurological illness. Other symptoms include dementia, short term memory loss and difficulty in solving problems. These symptoms mirror others, including Alzheimer’s and many who present with such symptoms are often misdiagnosed with this illness.

A person suffering from Huntington Disease ma experience mood swings, develop aggressive tendencies, experience depression and become impulsive. They may do things in public that are out of the ordinary and many who present with these symptoms are also misdiagnosed as suffering from mental illness.

Huntington Disease affects each patient in a different manner. Physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease is one of the most effective treatments that we have today in trying to help people with this devastating, life robbing illness. There are various organizations that are working diligently for better treatments, medications and a potential cure.

In the early stages of Huntington Disease, it is crucial to seek physiotherapy intervention as well as proper medical treatment. The early stages enable a person to continue to function in normal capacity at home and at work. The early stages of the disease can be extended with proper therapy and treatment. Physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease is three-fold – it works to maintain the early stages of the disease by massage, physical and speech therapy and helps the individual maintain full functionality for as long as possible.

During the second stage of the disease, the person will begin to become incapacitated. Physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease during the second stage of the disease involves continuing with physical therapy and improving speech patterns.

Physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease during the late stages of the disease involves movement exercises to keep the individual from forming blood clots that can lead to stroke. During this stage of the disease, an individual can no longer care for his or her self. Many people in the late or advanced stages of the disease are confined to nursing facilities where physiotherapy in treating Huntington Disease is used to prolong life and maintain movement with these individuals who are no longer able to care for themselves.

Like Alzheimer’s, Huntington Disease is a cruel, life robbing illness that causes a patient to deteriorate over a long period of time. Physiotherapy to treat Huntington Disease is consists of many facets. Until there is a cure for this dreaded illness, physiotherapists will work to try to preserve a patient’s mobility, dignity and life for as long as possible.