Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Physical Therapy from a Historical Perspective

Physical Therapy has been able to treat a variety of pain issues associated with athletic injury, back or neck pain, and accident-induced injury just to name a few. In other words, physical therapy treats several musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. This specific practice, similar to modern medicine, has constantly been evolving over the last century and has a better chance and resolving pain related issues than ever before. Physical therapy has a profound, international past. This practice is globally known as “physiotherapy”, but in the U.S., we refer to it as physical therapist. That means if one was to travel abroad and seek treatment, they would have to ask for a “physiotherapist”, not a physical therapist.

If we were able to travel back in time, around 460 B.C., we would see forms of physiotherapy practiced through massage and hydrotherapy (water therapy). That is the earliest account of physical therapy. Around the late 19th century though, it evolved to where people were actually being trained in the practice. It spread from England to other regions very quickly and began to gain a significant amount of popularity. In the United States however, physical therapy took its position in the early 20th century around Portland, Oregon. This is where Reed College and Walter Reed Hospital graduated its first physical therapy students which were referred as “reconstruction aides”. These were certified nurses with experience and knowledge in physical therapy used to help manage the detrimental effects of World War I. It was during this time when the scientific method of physical therapy was introduced in hospitals as a form of rehabilitation.

Around the 1950s, physical therapy extended beyond hospital walls to clinic based practices. Most physical therapists still remained in hospitals up until the 1960s though. That is until the practice of physical therapy spread to schools, college/universities, rehabilitation centers, outpatient centers, and medical centers. In 1974, physical therapy specialization became center stage in the field and in the 1980s, the blast of technology and computers carved the path for further advancements in the field of physical therapy. These include therapeutic cold laser and Isokinetics just to name a few. Finally, the 1990s conveyed a lot of attention towards manual therapy in accordance with formal residency courses becoming more frequent. The popularity of this practice has developed into something that can alleviate pain sufferers’ distress. There are millions of people suffering from pain in the United States. Thankfully, physical therapy is now able to effectively treat people as a result of its evolution.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Using Botox Injections To Fight Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Receiving a Botox Injection
We all wish we can save our skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure, aging and stress. The truth is that it is difficult unless we lock ourselves in a tinted bubble full of non-polluted air and take some form of magical serum that prevents us from aging. There is a realistic approach to managing these symptoms though, and many people are increasingly finding relief in innovative aesthetic procedures. Botox is an example of an ideal procedure that not only reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but can also help prevent them from happening!

The FDA has been able to approve Botox as a cosmetic procedure and treatment for sweat-oriented issues. Men and women everywhere are taking advantage of the benefits Botox injections have to offer. Even though it lasts 3-6 months (depending on the patient), there is still an increasing demand for this service. There are close to 3 million Botox treatments being conducted every year in the United States. That means that it is effective in treating signs of aging, sun exposure and stress. It is efficient in treating and preventing wrinkles because the Botox solution is able to block nerves that contract muscles so that wrinkles have difficulty forming. This helps soften wrinkles that already exist and even prevents them from deepening.

A Vial of Botox
Botox offers many benefits such as the appearance of younger, healthier skin which can help people gain confidence at work or in the dating scene. It also helps people enhance their image without dramatic, invasive surgical procedures. This means that post-procedures, patients tend to look naturally younger and refreshed. So what are the side effects of Botox? You might be asking if it’s safe. Perhaps you’ve heard some statements claiming that it has negative side effects. Let’s clear up these facts.

According to several physicians who have been utilizing Botox in their personal practices for over 20 years, “Botox is very safe, for both cosmetic and medical purposes. However, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is important you don’t undergo Botox. Babies and toxins don’t mix.” Therefore, if you are a person that is not expecting or breast-feeding, Botox injections may be the solution for an improved appearance. Be careful however, although there may not be long-term, detrimental side effects, there are immediate side effects people may experience… but it varies from person to person. Some possible side effects include headaches and bruising at the injection site (usually a consequence of taking blood thinners such as aspirin or ibuprofen). These tend to go away within hours and should not really be a concern. Also, do not over-do it and ask your physicians for too many injections that may prevent you from being able to make a facial expression. Botox works best when the desired results are natural-looking.

As you can see, Botox is a safe procedure that can help you finally achieve the look you desire.