Hydrotherapy – an Effective and Natural Therapy for Pain Relief

“Hydro” means water and “therapy” means treatment. So, the use of water for the treatment of different conditions like arthritis and related complaints is called Hydrotherapy. It is different from swimming because in hydrotherapy you are made to do special exercises in a warm-water pool which helps getting relief from some painful condition. The water temperature is maintained at 26-30 oC, which is quite warmer than a typical swimming pool. Usually, hydrotherapy treatment is a part of the hospital’s physiotherapy department. A physiotherapist with special training demonstrates how to do the exercises. The intensity and frequency of the exercises are adjusted to help your range of movement or strength, depending on your conditions. For what conditions is Hydrotherapy used? Hydrotherapy is beneficial, no matter how many of your joints are affected. It is sometimes recommended if you had joint replacement surgery or if you are suffering from back pain, psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, and osteoarthritis. It can be used for many other conditions too. How does Hydrotherapy work? Hydrotherapy works in different ways to relieve your joints and muscle pain: The water supports body weight, which helps in relieving pain and increases the range of movement of your joints. The warmth of the water helps your muscles to relax and reduces the pain in the muscles and joints, helping you to exercise and move better. The water provides resistance to moving your joints. When you push your arms and legs against the water, it helps in improving your muscle strength. How effective is Hydrotherapy? Scientific research has shown that hydrotherapy can improve general fitness and strength in people with various...

Are You Suffering from Chronic Pain?

Pain is a part of life. We all get headache, stomachache or toothache in our day to day life. If we get injured, then also we get pain. These kinds of pains usually resolve by itself or with rest and medication. Sometimes we even need to see our primary physician if pain continues for 2-3 days. The doctor prescribes appropriate pain killers for the specific condition so that we can get relief. Chronic pain is different from normal pain. In case of chronic pain, the body continues to send signals to the brain even after an injury heals. It can last for many weeks or months. Chronic pain can affect your movement, flexibility and strength and disturb your daily tasks and activities. The pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more is called chronic pain. The pain can be sharp, dull, burning or throbbing. It may be steady or intermittent, come and go without any reason. It can happen in any part of the body. Some of the most common examples of chronic pain are: Lower back pain Headache Neck pain Joint pain Neurogenic pain (pain caused due to nerve damage) Post-trauma pain Psychogenic pain Postsurgical pain What are the causes of chronic pain? Chronic pain occurs when nerves or muscles get damaged due to some previous injury like a sprain or pulled muscle. The nerve damage makes the pain to last longer. In case of chronic pain, treating the injury does not resolve the pain. However, in some cases, people may experience chronic pain even without any history of injury. The exact cause in such cases may not...

How Kinesiology Tape helps in relieving pain? Find out

What is Kinesiology taping method? It is a rehabilitative taping technique that facilitates body’s inbuilt healing process while providing support and stability to joints and muscles without restricting the movements. Taping techniques had been used for treating different ailments from a very long time. However, a small disadvantage with the rigid taping material was that the movement of joints was restricted. The patient usually faced difficulty in the joint movement with the tape on. Hence, later on Kinesiology tapes were introduced, which brought a revolution in the field of sports science. It is widely used in the treatment of various disorders in conjunction with other treatments and is highly preferred by athletes. What are the properties of Kinesio tape? It is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive strip. It has the ability to stretch to 120- 140% of its original length. It can also recoil to original length after it is stretched and applied The glue is heat activated.     What are the benefits of Kinesiology tape? The tape almost resembles the skin, has numerous pores in it and hence allows normal breathing of skin. Does not cause any skin irritation and therefore it is safe. It is water resistant, hence can be used during exercise and even during profuse sweating. Patient can take bath with the tape on. Allows free movement of the joints without any restrictions and at the same time provides protection to the injured structures. It can stay for 3 to 5 days or even longer. How is the tape applied? Kinesiology tape can be applied in different ways. Only...

Neck pain & Spondylosis – Risk factors, Diagnosis and Treatment

Neck Pain Neck pain is a widespread medical condition that has affected almost all of us at some point or other. Causes: Neck pain can be caused due to a number of diseases or underlying condition. Common reasons for the neck pain include Spondylosis and spondylitis due to inflammation of the vertebral joints. Degenerative disc disease Neck strain Neck Injury Herniated disc or a pinched nerve Neck pain can also arise from various infections such as Viral Infection & throat infection leading to swelling of lymph node and neck pain. Neck pain due to tuberculosis of neck Infection of spine bone in the neck (osteomyelitis and septic discitis) Meningitis accompanied by stiffness of the neck Neck pain arising from conditions that directly affect the neck muscle Fibromyalgia Polymyalgia Rheumatica Risk Factor Neck pain is inevitable, however knowing about the risk factors can reduce your chances of a chronic neck pain and potentially increase your overall health and well-being. Some of these are: Bad posture Prolonged sitting Injury due to involvement in contact sports Motor-vehicle accidents Bull or bronco horse riding, Prolonged sitting & Bad Posture This is the most common cause of neck and back pain and is commonly seen in IT professions which involves sitting in a single position for a prolonged duration of time. Sitting with chin protruding forward for prolonged hours puts a strain on the ligaments provoking neck pain. In the same token sitting with back protruding and rounded puts a similar strain on the ligaments. Mechanical pain arises when the joint between the 2 bones has been placed in a position that overstretches the...

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) also known as work-related upper limb disorder or non-specific upper limb pain is a term used to describe painful conditions of the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues caused by repetitive movement and overuse. Commonly computer operators, typists, musicians and people doing repetitive tasks in factories are the one who most commonly develops repetitive strain injury (RSI). It’s the arm, wrist or hand but of course, it depends on which part of the body is being repeatedly used. For example, in wheelchair users, it’s often the shoulders which are jerked when the chair is manually propelled. Symptoms At first, the symptoms may only occur while you do the repetitive task and ease off when you rest. The symptoms tend to develop gradually and are: Pain, aching or tenderness Stiffness Throbbing Tingling or numbness Weakness Cramp Lifestyle changes to you do if you are at the risk of developing RSI Varying your work tasks – This reduces the repetitiveness of your work load. Taking a break – You should take 10 minutes break after every two hours of computer work. Ergonomic work environment – When you have a proper set-up your body will be working in the correct position reducing the risk of RSI. Typing with a neutral wrist position – By doing this your wrists will be in the correct position (reducing stretching and straining of your wrists). Invest in a gel mouse pad that supports your wrist. Sit up straight – Bad posture is a primary risk factor in RSI. Regularly stand up and stretch – By taking a break and having a stretch...