Effects of spiral taping applied to the neck and ankle on balance

In clinical practice patients with balance impairments are often seen. This can have several causes, e.g. after trauma, vestibular or neurological. However there is no clear definition of human balance. Postural control is defined as the act of maintaining, achieving Read more

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Imoove® is a device with a broad spectrum of functional rehabilitation applications. It represents a major evolution in the rehabilitation field. Associated with your experience, Imoove® enables you to treat a large number of osteo-muscular pathologies. -Read more here   The observation Read more

The effect of Xbox Kinect intervention on balance ability for previously injured young competitive male athletes: A preliminary study

Objectives: To explore the outcomes of an Xbox Kinect intervention on balance ability, enjoyment and compliance for previously injured young competitive male athletes. Design: Experimental pre-/post-test design with random assignment. Participants: Sixty-three previously injured young competitive male athletes, aged 16  Read more

Effects of spiral taping applied to the neck and ankle on balance

In clinical practice patients with balance impairments are often seen. This can have several causes, e.g. after trauma, vestibular or neurological. However there is no clear definition of human balance. Postural control is defined as the act of maintaining, achieving or restoring a state of balance during any posture or activity. Postural control strategies may be either predictive or reactive, and may involve either a fixed-support or a change-in-support response. Clinical tests of balance assess different components of balance ability (Pollock et al. 2000).
Lee et al. (2015)  have shown that neck taping can have an influence on balance similar to ankle tapes.

Maintaining balance and posture is influenced not only by the muscles around the ankle, but also by input from the visual senses, and vestibular system, and sensory information from the somatic senses in the neck 23. Burl et al. 24 reported that balance improves when stability was provided to the neck in a study that investigated the effect of taping the cervical spine on standing balance. Yoo 25 also reported that taping the neck positively affected posture, a result which is in agreement with our present study’s findings. Cervical spiral taping improved the stability and balance of the head and neck muscles, which improved proprioception and balance. The balance indices improved after taping interventions for the two areas. Taping fixed the joints and stimulated the proprioceptiors, eliciting the fusimotor reflex, which increased contractibility of the surrounding muscles, which improved postural balance.

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These results can be taken into consideration as an addition to balance exercises. However, the sample size of this trial consisted only of 20 subjects. Furthermore, they were healthy university students, therefore this might not fit the clinical patient population and the results of this trial might not be generalizable.

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Imoove

Imoove® is a device with a broad spectrum of functional rehabilitation applications. It represents a major evolution in the rehabilitation field. Associated with your experience, Imoove® enables you to treat a large number of osteo-muscular pathologies.

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The observation of the movement of the vertebrae ones on others, the elispheric® movement of the plate reproduces the natural spiral movements of muscles and joints patterns of the body.
The Elispheric® Movement stimulates a deep proprioception and restores the musculopostural balance of the body: functional exercises proposed by IMOOVE® take advantage of the instability of the plate and through the sollicitation of all functions of proprioceptive and biomechanics adaptation, train control motor and postural of the body as well as joint flexibility. 

The control of instability, in a context of fully controlled disbalance, combined with the attentional mobilization tasks, restores and develops proprioceptive skills and generates musculoskeletal health of the body.

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The effect of Xbox Kinect intervention on balance ability for previously injured young competitive male athletes: A preliminary study

Objectives: To explore the outcomes of an Xbox Kinect intervention on balance ability, enjoyment and compliance for previously injured young competitive male athletes.
Design: Experimental pre-/post-test design with random assignment.
Participants: Sixty-three previously injured young competitive male athletes, aged 16  1 years.
Interventions: Participants were divided into three groups: one group received Xbox Kinect (XbK) training, one group received Traditional physiotherapy (TP) training, and one group did not receive any balance training (Control). Intervention involved a 24 min session, twice weekly for 10 weeks.
Main outcome measures: Overall stability index (OSI) and limits of stability (LOS) scores using the Biodex Stability System. Enjoyment using the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale. Self-reported compliance.
Results: Both experimental groups demonstrated an improvement in OSI and LOS mean scores for the right and the left limb after the intervention. In addition, the results revealed important differences between the experimental groups and the control group on balance test indices. Group enjoyment rating was greater for XbK compared with TP, while the compliance rating was not. Conclusions: These findings suggest that the use of XbK intervention is a valuable, feasible and pleasant approach in order to improve balance ability of previously injured young competitive male athletes (Vernadakis et al. 2013).

 

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Bioness L300 Footdrop system

Now there is a way to regain your freedom and independence by helping you walk with greater speed, stability and confidence.1 The award-winning L300 Foot Drop System is designed to help people with certain neurological conditions walk more naturally, with increased speed and improved balance. The L300’s advanced technology delivers programmed, low-level electrical stimulation to activate nerves and muscles that lift the foot, giving you the mobility to step back into life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mehlhaff explained that Foot Drop System stimulates the muscles in a patient’s foot with mild functional electrical stimulation, which prompts him or her to lift toes when the foot is off of the ground.

Once the patient’s heel hits the ground, she said a switch in the patient’s shoe senses that and turns off the electricity so the foot can come down.

“It’s superior to a brace in many ways because the electricity helps strengthen the muscle,” she said. “And it allows a lot more freedom in the ankle motion so that your walking can be much more symmetrical.”

Read more at: http://siouxcityjournal.com/lifestyles/local/stimulating-walk-foot-drop-system-helps-those-with-paralysis-get/article_f8dca8eb-d0ac-591f-85ad-768dd3a6a0cf.html

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Alter G – Anti gravity treadmill

Thanks to its precise unweighting technology, the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® allows you to push your training and physical therapy rehabilitation further than ever before.

You can:

  • Reduce gravity’s impact by selecting any weight between 20% and 100% of your body weight by 1% increments

  • Rehabilitate lower extremity injuries with less pain and less impact

  • Improve mobility, strength and safety for those with neurological conditions

  • Provide a safe way to lose weight and exercise more intensively while unweighted

  • Train without pain and reduce the stress to joints and muscles

  • Recover effectively and with less pain after training or competition

The innovative AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a game changer in physical therapy rehabilitation. Whether you’re a patient or an athlete dealing with lower body injuries, chronic pain or neurological conditions that inhibit mobility, you can benefit from the unweighting capabilities. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps a broad spectrum of people – top level athletes, orthopedic and neurologic patients,pediatric, geriatric and those looking to lose weight – to achieve their personal health, wellness or performance goals.

Read more at http://www.alterg.com/products/anti-gravity-treadmills/m320-f320/health-wellness  

Recent studies in patients with muscular dystrophies suggest positive effects of aerobic and strength training. These studies focused training on using bicycle ergometers and conventional strength training, which precludes more severely affected patients from participating, because of their weakness. We investigated the functional effects of combined aerobic and strength training in patients with Becker and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies with knee muscle strength levels as low as 3% of normal strength.

Eight patients performed 10 weeks of aerobic and strength training on an anti-gravity treadmill, which offered weight support up to 80% of their body weight. Six minute walking distance, dynamic postural balance, and plasma creatine kinase were assessed 10 weeks prior to training, immediately before training and after 10 weeks of training. Training elicited an improvement of walking distance by 8 ± 2% and dynamic postural balance by 13 ± 4%, indicating an improved physical function. Plasma creatine kinase remained unchanged. These results provide evidence that a combination of aerobic and strength training during anti-gravity has the potential to safely improve functional ability in severely affected patients with Becker and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies.

Read more http://www.nmd-journal.com/article/S0960-8966(14)00076-5/abstract 

 
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Fitness is like Lego

If you look at how far you have to go in your goals, you’re likely to get discouraged. LEGO fans can look at a box with a complex build and don’t easily get discouraged. NerdFitness suggests applying that do your fitness goals:

“Today I want you to stop worrying about that final plan, and instead focus on just putting the next LEGO brick in the right spot. THAT’S IT.” That’s pretty much how you build with LEGO. One brick at a time,placed in the right place. Don’t worry about the next brick. Just the brick in front of you. 

Read more http://lifehacker.com/fitness-is-like-lego-you-build-it-brick-by-brick-1684283107

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Kinesis Physio & Rehab looking for Therapy Assistant (Permanent position)

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Kinesis Physio & Rehab looking for Therapy Assistant/Receptionist
To assist the Physiotherapist during patient rehabilitation and
Counter reception and cashier
A Level/ Diploma
Work on Alternate sat
Need to converse with Chinese-speaking patients
Service orientated and compassionate
Available from Jan 2014

Salary $1600-1800
Pls email your CV with a recent photo to recruit@kinesisphysio.com

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Kinesis Physio & Rehab looking for Therapy Assistant/ Receptionist (Temp Jan-Apr 2014)

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Therapy Assistant/ Receptionist.

 

To assist the Physiotherapist during patient rehabilitation
Counter reception and cashier

Work on Alternate sat
Need to converse with Chinese-speaking patients
Service orientated and compassionate

A Level / Diploma
Available Jan to Apr 2014
Only Singaporean and PR

Ave 28 hrs per week Salary $800
Pls email your CV with a recent photo to recruit@kinesisphysio.com

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Too much coffee can make you fat: study

Too much coffee can make you fat: study
While research finds that drinking coffee in moderation can be good for your health, overdoing it isn’t. In a new study, Australian researchers have found that drinking more than five or six cups a day can lead to weight gain and boost your risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, such as large waist size, high blood pressure, and high triglyceride levels, that increase a person’s risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and stroke.

In the new study, researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research and the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology looked specifically at the effects of polyphenols, or more specifically CGAs, which are very rich in coffee but also found in tea and some fruits including plums.

“Studies have shown that coffee consumption lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said professor and lead researcher Kevin Croft in a news release released May 26. “This also included research on decaffeinated coffee, which suggested that the health benefits are from a compound in coffee apart from caffeine.”

In mice studies, the team found that the equivalent amount of CGAs in about five or six cups of coffee for humans made the mice retain fat in their cells. The obese mice also had a tendency for a higher degree of glucose intolerance and increased insulin resistance.

“It seems that the health effects are dose-dependent,” said assistant professor Vance Matthew. “A moderate intake of coffee, up to three to four cups a day still seems to decrease the risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.”

Extract from full article http://sg.news.yahoo.com/too-much-coffee-fat-study-163059743.html

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