Physical Rehab?

March 10, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Therapies

Physical rehabilitation is the process of physically recovering from your ailment and adjusting to any physical changes you may experience. Different diseases or injuries and their treatments affect some survivors’ bodies more than others. You may have been able to physically recover from disease or injury on your own. Or, you may have a hard time physically adjusting to life and want to seek help from a medical professional.

Medical professionals who can help you with physical rehabilitation focus on:

  • Restoring your independence
  • Preventing other physical problems you may get from being inactive for so long
  • Assisting you with adjustments from physical changes and disabilities
  • Helping you physically handle day-to-day activities

For some survivors, life after disease or injury means learning how to live with major physical changes. You may have to find new ways to do things or change the things you do on a daily basis. This may affect you emotionally. It’s perfectly understandable if adjusting to physical changes upsets you. The information in this site can help you identify whether you would benefit from getting help with your physical rehabilitation. If you want to learn more about how physical changes can affect you emotionally, you should talk to a mental health professional.

A physical rehabilitation plan is something you can develop with the help of your health care team. A part of your physical rehabilitation plan may be working with therapists who specialize in helping your body recover after your trauma. These therapists can help you with physical changes throughout your survivorship.

Who can benefit from physical rehabilitation?

Recovering from disease or injury and its treatment is difficult for many survivors. Getting back to work, regaining your independence and feeling like you have enough energy to get through the day may take time. It’s important to give your body some time to recover, but if you are struggling with your physical recovery at any time during your survivorship, you can talk to your health care team about physical rehabilitation.

Working with a therapist on physical rehabilitation is usually recommended for survivors who have a leg or arm amputated, receive a prosthetic, or experience any other serious physical change that interferes with their mobility or ability to physically function. It can also be helpful for survivors who experience minor physical changes but still have a hard time physically adjusting to life afterwards. If you feel like the physical effects are seriously interfering with your life after your treatment ends, you can ask a member of your health care team if you would benefit from help.


March 1, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Massage

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.

Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

So What Is It Exactly?
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.

Please note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.