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Piriformis Syndrome and Massage Therapy

In my San Antonio, Texas based Massage Therapy and Bodywork practice I often treat pain from various syndromes including Piriformis Syndrome. Like many painful conditions Piriformis Syndrome responds quite well to massage therapy and bodywork.

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis Syndrome is the name of a painful nerve entrapment condition in which the sciatic nerve is placed under abnormal pressure by the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle attaches to the sacrum bone of the low back to the top of greater trochanter of the femur (thigh bone) and lies on top of the sciatic nerve. When the piriformis muscle becomes tight and enlarged, pain results from myofascial trigger points (knots) in the muscle, pressure on the sciatic nerve, and sometimes from the S-I Joint in the low back. Pain from Piriformis Syndrome is usually found in the extreme low back, buttocks, hip, and often the back of the thigh. Most of the time the symptoms are on one side, but may affect both sides in some cases. Additionally, people with Piriformis Syndrome often have trouble sitting for long periods and the pain may worsen when walking or squatting.

What is the cause of Piriformis Syndrome?

There are a number of causes for Piriformis Syndrome including direct blunt trauma to the buttocks, prolonged sitting while working or driving, Morton’s foot, or S-I Joint instability. Frequent or prolonged running on canted surfaces and participation in sports requiring quick lateral movement such as tennis, skiing, and basketball may also overstress the piriformis muscle and lead to Piriformis Syndrome.

Massage Therapy and Bodywork for Piriformis Syndrome

There are many ways that massage therapy and bodywork can be used to treat Piriformis Syndrome. The massage therapist will employ a number of techniques to relieve the condition. For example the massage therapist may use Neuromuscular Therapy or Trigger Point Therapy to eliminate myofascial trigger points in the piriformis muscle. The massage therapist could also use Myofascial Release techniques or Deep Tissue Massage techniques to release adhesions between the piriformis muscle and surrounding tissues while also using Muscle Energy Techniques to gently lengthen the piriformis muscle. Piriformis Syndrome also responds well to positional release therapies such as Ortho-Bionomy which work with the body’s nervous system to release muscles and improve joint movement in the area. In addition to working on the piriformis muscle it may be necessary to provide therapy for other muscles near piriformis and even to muscles opposing piriformis to improve muscular balance. Comprehensive treatment with massage and bodywork, in conjunction with a home program of stretching and exercise, usually helps to completely resolve Piriformis Syndrome.

Other Treatments for Piriformis Syndrome

While massage therapy and bodywork are an excellent treatment for Piriformis Syndrome there are other treatments you should discuss with your physician:

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Opting For A Good Medical College.

There are some best quality of Medical Colleges in India, Which provides both undergraduate and post-graduate programs in medical profession. India is listed among those few countries in the world, which produces thousands of medical graduates every year. These graduates work not only in India but across the world in countries like UK and USA.

Various degrees can be achieved in this profession such as MBBS, MD, BDS, MS, MDS, etc. The basic course in medicine is the MBBS, which is of four and a half year long course including a residential internship for the students. It is followed by post-graduation courses like MS or MD whose duration is about three years. Super or sub specialties are also pursued for which only an MS or MD degree holder is eligible, this qualification is known as DM or M.Ch.

Most of the medical colleges were established in the 50s and 60s by the government. Though numerous private medical colleges have came into existence since 1980s. All these institutes work under the supervision of the Medical Council of India (MCI). This organization keeps on inspecting the Medical Institutes from time-to-time. The Council gives certification to medical colleges, grants registration to medical practitioners and monitors medical practice in India. There are presently 273 Indian Medical Schools having a capacity of 31298 students.

Some of the best Medical Colleges in India are All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, Armed Forces Medical Colleges, (AFMC), Pune, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), Delhi and Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), Delhi.

An entrance test is taken by these institutes at national level opening the doors of admission for students. Candidates who have cleared 10+2 or equivalent in science stream can apply for these entrance exams. For post-graduate program the students should hold a bachelors degree in the relevant field.

Medical is a profession whose demand is always going to increase with time. Thus studying in a good medical college definitely adds in the progress of the student not only in India but around the world.

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Family Therapy Programs

At SUWS of the Carolinas, we understand that childrens limiting emotional beliefs and destructive behavior is the outcome of poor family cohesion. For this we provide parenting resources at our center to help them tackle the situation. Family therapy programs are run to let them connect with the experience their children are getting in the SUWS summer wilderness camps. These family therapy programs provide safe environment for parents to get individual care treatment and learn parenting skills. Different parenting resources like genograms, experiential activities, and communication techniques are used in these workshops. The summer wilderness camps give individual care treatment apart from various common activities and counseling sessions.

In the summer wilderness camps, each child is given individual care treatment and they are treated according to their family dynamics. These summer wilderness camps involve various situations in which children are left to response spontaneously and develop challenge facing skills. Furthermore, individual care treatment is given to them by certified therapists. Improvement of behavioral disorders also depends on family connection with the children. To make it realize, we also run family therapy programs and use different parenting resources. These parenting resources help the parents to understand and relate to their child. Family therapy programs have proved to be very successful.

Children and adolescents who feel socially isolated and experience behavioral disorders can join our summer wilderness camps with lots of activities and individual care treatment. Their particular disorder will be addressed in the individual care treatment by the therapist as well their behavioral improvements will definitely be appreciated in the summer wilderness camps. We try to shape the future of your kids with your involvement through the family therapy programs that uses a lot of parenting resources to help to plan your particular action plan specific to your family situation. Parents use parenting resources to learn different skills in these family therapy programs.

The family therapy programs culminate with graduation. After this a one-day seminar is organized using parenting resources to prepare the parents unite with their children and appreciate the transition in them during summer wilderness camps. The use of parenting resources during family therapy programs rediscovers the parenting skills in parents who find it difficult to address their specific family situations. In summer wilderness camps the children get to mingle socially and learn to communicate and behave in a group. Individual care treatment is given to them by therapist and regular follow ups and done to enhance the positive outcome of individual care treatment.

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Manual Therapy For The Treatment Of Temporomandibular Disorder New Research

You notice some pain in your jaw when chewing, which progressively worsens over several weeks. Occasionally you feel a clicking or catching in your jaw when opening and closing your mouth. Eventually you are unable to fully open your mouth and experience pain even when you speak. If you have never experienced this, count yourself very lucky. If you have, you are already familiar with the relatively common condition known as TMD.

TMD, short for temperomandibular disorder, is estimated to affect as much as 40% of the population at some point in their lifetimes, and is especially prevalent in the young. Initial diagnosis is typically made through a visit to the dentist, and the eventual treatment multidisciplinary with various management techniques. One of the lesser known treatment techniques, but something that is gaining in popularity, is soft-tissue therapy of the masticatory muscles the muscles used to move the jaw.

As a sports chiropractor using manual soft-tissue therapy on a daily basis, I have treated TMD on many occasions with success, however good research on the subject has been lacking. Recently however, this type of myofascial therapy for TMD was tested for efficacy in a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia examined the clinical effectiveness of manual therapy in the treatment TMD. Specifically, they compared myofascial therapy to myofascial therapy plus self-care and education and no care (the control group in the study).

This was a private clinic-based study, with eligible participants ranging from age 18-50 presenting with jaw pain with or without joint sounds of at least 3 months and a willingness to participate in the study. Patients with physical or psychological contraindications were excluded. The outcome measures were jaw pain at rest, jaw pain upon maximal active opening, and jaw pain upon clenching.

The primary therapy consisted of myofascial release of the masticatory muscles, including the temporalis, medial and lateral pterygoid, and masseter. The subjects were treated twice per week over a period of 6 weeks for a total of 12 therapy sessions. Additionally, one group was given additional education and self-care consisting of self-mobilization, exercises and stretching, as well as general education on TML anatomy, biomechanics, disc displacement and dysfunction, and the role of psychoemotional factors contributing to TMD.

The results showed a statistically significant positive efficacy for both the myofascial therapy only, and the myofascial therapy plus education and self-care groups. Not surprisingly, the therapy plus self-care group showed a better 1 year outcome than the therapy alone group a trend that has been supported for the care of most musculoskeletal conditions.

Although the results of this study are no surprise to those practicing manual therapy, it serves to reinforce what we already know anecdotally. For patients suffering from TMD there is now evidence for another great intervention, and for manual therapists not currently treating TMD, there is a great opportunity to expand your skillset and serve those in need.

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Blue Light Therapy for Fighting Acne

Blue light therapy is a modern discovery in the fight against acne. Unlike other acne treatment solutions such as medicated creams and expensive dermatological procedures, blue light therapy for acne is more effective, affordable, convenient and free from side effects.

Acne light therapy has typically only been available in a clinical setting, such as a spa or dermatologists office, but a recent up rise in at home treatment systems is making blue light therapy available to the masses. Tabletop lamp like devices such as the “Blue Acne Light” from BlueAcneLight.com use a powerful multi-led bulb that emits light in various spectrums that have been proven to destroy acne and heal skin. The same light spectrums used in the spa and dermatologists machines are offered in a more compact, convenient and more affordable format. Most at home blue light therapy solutions range between $200 and $500. If you compare that to the cost of a spa or dermatologists treatment, which can be anywhere from $40 to $150 per treatment, over a course of 6-8 recommended treatment, these devices easily pay for themselves during the first treatment campaign and can be used if breakouts occur in the future.

Unlike many so called “acne treatment solutions”, blue light therapy is clinically proven effective by independent testing done by the British Journal of Dermatology and has been approved as an effective form of acne treatment by the FDA. It has long been known, and you have likely experienced that when you expose your skin to the sun for a moderate period of time, whether it is naturally or via a tanning bed, acne seems to improve or clear up. This is because of the natural blue light spectrum that the sun provides, even though you don’t see it as blue. The disadvantage to sun exposure and tanning is of course the artificial aging of your skin, not to mention the risk of skin cancer. Blue light therapy focuses specifically on the spectrums outside of the UV range that kill acne bacteria.

It has been proven that blue light in the 405nm-420nm spectrum actually kills Propionibacterium Acnes (P. acnes) bacteria. P. acnes bacteria create tiny molecules called porphryins. When porphyrins are exposed to blue light they produce free radicals that kill the bacteria that cause inflammatory acne. It sounds quite complex, but it’s a wonderfully simple solution.

Much like blue light, red light also has natural healing properties. Red light effectively speeds up the skins natural healing process and prevents scaring. The root of red lights healing properties is that when red light is absorbed into the skin it increases blood and oxygen flow. This increased blood and oxygen flow allow scars and blemishes to disappear much quicker than normal. The higher end home treatment Blue Light Therapy solutions on the market combine the acne fighting powers blue light with the healing powers of the red light, and effectively become a “destroy and heal” solution, exactly what it takes to clear up problematic acne.

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An Aging Population Calls Out For More Medical Professionals

Your career should be in a field that you look forward to working in everyday, and it should challenge you while providing opportunities for you to grow. It should also be able to provide for you and your family. If for some reason your current state of employment does not meet this criterion, you should consider a career change. One area offering employment that is both rewarding and fulfilling is the medical field.

The medical world is currently experiencing a severe shortage of qualified workers, and is desperate to hire individuals with the right experience and certification. Unfortunately, most people dont think that they possess the proper credentialsin fact, the majority of people dont attempt a career in the field of medicine simply for that reason. Meanwhile, there are approximately 78 million baby boomers about to retire, all of whom are aging, increasing the need for medical attention at a rapid rate.

According to the World Health Organization, the aging of the baby boomer is only one reason for the shortage of healthcare workers that the nation is experiencing. Other influential reasons include the aging of the current healthcare workers, and the lack of employees in fields related to the medical industry. These employees arent limited to nurses, pharmacists and doctors. The shortage applies to cleaners, cooks, and bookkeepersor any other field related to the medical world (i.e. required to make medical operations run smoothly). The problem is that once there is a shortage in one field, there is trouble in all of the fields (meaning the shortage affect everyone, regardless of profession), causing the entire medical net to be unstable in both its presentation and delivery to patients.

One particular example to draw upon are medical nurses. One of the greatest shortages lies in the nursing field, which comprises almost 10% of the entire medical world. Such a shortage could lead to poorly educated patients and the negligent care of sick individuals. Facing something like that is scary, which is why many institutions are offering higher salaries and greater benefits to their employees. So people looking to change career fields are wise to consider investing some research into the completion of a medically related career. From pharmacy technician training to studying to become a personal support worker (PSW), there is a great number of different medical careers.

Taking PSW courses is a great field to get into, and can help you get started in your medical career. Much like nursing, personal support workers help safeguard the rights of the elderly or impairedit is a career that has much to offer in terms of both tangible and intangible rewards. Regardless of the field you choose, consider the medical industry before making a final decision. You might be surprised at the opportunity that awaits you.

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Get A Medical Field Job – Online Medical Terminology Classes

Online Medical Terminology Classes

Part of the skill set needed for any job is learning and using the vocabulary associated with the concepts and processes of the job. There are certain words and phrases that are used in every job that hold certain meanings within a context. For example, the word lead in the music world is the person is singing the melody or the guitar player who performs the solos. The word lead in the sales world is a potential customer, and in the racing world it means the person, car, horse or dog that is at the front of the pack of competitors. While we all possess a certain vocabulary for every day life, professions have a vocabulary that may hold certain meanings according to the job performance or tools. Online medical terminology classes are an example of the set of vocabulary words that are used within jobs found in many medical professions. Taking online medical terminology classes is a requirement for completing a degree or certification program.

Some students may see online medical terminology classes as needless memorization. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like the previous example, there are vocabulary words and phrases that carry their own special meanings in the medical professions. It is a useful and necessary requirement that all students learn these terms and phrases to function successfully on the job. If, for example, a student is not exposed to online medical terminology classes they will likely not know the correct meaning or definition of certain words when they are exposed to them at work. This could cause serious repercussions for patients if there is misunderstanding between the professionals in charge of their care. Online medical terminology classes prepare all medical professionals with the vocabulary to communicate effectively and accurately with each other and with the patients.

Online medical terminology classes are required for every single career path a student may choose from the many available in the medical areas of study. This may not be the most exciting class a student will take, but its value should not be taken lightly. Just as practitioners in other fields must master a command of job specific vocabulary, those entering the medical job market must likewise absorb and implement the correct vocabulary for their profession.

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Avoid Hiring Fake Medical Staff Understanding The Importance Of Primary Source Verification

Before going into the main area of discussion, we first need to understand what primary source verification is? Primary source verification or PSV is an act of obtaining the applicants credentials from the original source. Means that education, experience, license etcetera of a job applicant should be verified from the source of origin. And when we talk about primary source verification for medical screening, before hiring the medical staff, it is highly important for the employer to verify the credentials of the applicant as the field of medical is very sensitive and related to the life of human being.

Now lets discuss why the primary source verification of a medical staff has high importance while medical screening. In the global scenario, shortage of qualified health professionals has made employers in many countries to look for the qualified foreign professionals to fill the unoccupied opportunities. And when these qualified professionals leave their home country, large number of unqualified locals starts to fill the positions left vacant by those. Many of them may have certificates and degrees earned from unaccredited or bogus institutes.

As the field of medical is highly sensitive, therefore primary source verification has emerged as the highly important task for employers. A well designed and implemented PSV programme gives maximum security to the employer and prevents medical staff having false education, employment experience or a license to practice as a medical professional.

Moreover, medical screening of a health professional is also a compulsory requirement from many regulators, but due to difficulties in background checks internationally, PSV of a medical staff often been implemented poorly or omitted from the case. This negligence during background screening may leads to medical malpractice done by fake medical person.

Professional background screening companies can help a lot in this regard. Writing a letter or email to primary source and hope for the response may not be a useful tool anymore. Background screening companies have experience to do the screening successfully and provide the accurate results. They have standard procedures to execute the process of screening from start to end efficiently. Therefore, hiring services of background check companies for medical screening would be a definite advantage.

Remember!

Neglecting the primary source verification during the medical screening of a medical professional may lead to a life and death of a human. Therefore it is a social responsibility of employers to perform the background check dutifully and regulators to keep a strict check on medical background screening of all the medical staff hired locally or from foreign countries.

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Laughter Therapy and Weight Loss

Are you facing any issues due to those extra calories in your body? Laughter therapy is a unique method that helps you lose a considerable amount of weight. According to laughter experts, if you give yourself a hearty laugh, you are able to keep away those extra pounds. This technique is known to deliver positive results and one should practice laughter yoga on a regular basis. Humor decreases considerable levels of stress in your life, and makes you feel in control while dealing with difficult issues.

How Does Laughter Therapy Work?

Laughter therapy not only uplifts your mood, but also helps the immune system to fight with various critical diseases. It increases the production of T-cells which further protect the body from getting sick. Laughter therapy makes you stronger physically, mentally as well as psychologically.

Laughter Therapy and Weight Loss

According to scientific researches, 15 minutes of laughter every day can burn up to 30-40 calories. The more force you put while laughing, the more calories you are able to lose. Laughter has immense ability to decrease the norepinephrin and cortisol levels that contribute to weight gain. It is one of the best aerobic exercises that can unwind the entire body, thereby decreasing the stress levels of hormones, which also cause weight gain.

If you wish to lose certain pounds, laughter therapy is one of the most natural solutions for you. Its results may not be instantaneous but if you follow the therapy regularly, you can find significant results in your body. Besides basic regular exercises for reducing calories, you can include laughter therapy as a powerful exercise of shedding extra weight. When you bring humor as a regular exercise, the goal that you set to lose weight will be easier and more enjoyable. Laughing for around 10 to 15 minutes each day can uplift your spirits to see life from an optimistic perspective. A tremendous slimming effect can be achieved if your mood is elevated during the laughter therapy.

Therefore, laugh for your own well-being. Even when you are not attending a laughter session, you can find ways to laugh with your friends, family members and so on. Laughter not only helps you lose good amount of calories but also gives you confidence to deal with life in a more positive way.

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Hipaa Training Essential For Medical Answering Services

Do not be fooled into believing that all answering services are set up to handle calls for medical facilities. It is absolutely essential to find a company that provides HIPAA training so that their staff understands how to field calls in a way that is compliant with patient legal rights.

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act and was enacted to provide specific legal rights for patients in the United States. Under this act, medical facilities must maintain complete patient information confidentiality and must comply with patient medical insurance rights. A medical call center that does not provide their staff with HIPAA training may cause your facility to run into legal problems. However, employing the help of an answering service that is compliant with all HIPAA laws will be of tremendous help in running your medical facility with great efficiency and with providing superb patient care.

HIPAA training will help your medical facility meet mandatory federal and state laws. It will also give your patients the confidence to trust you as a primary care or urgent care provider. A medical phone answering service that is compliant with HIPAA law will back up patient information and ensure that this repository of sensitive information is kept confidential, as well as available to you at all times. With this important information secured offsite, you can be sure that patient information will not be lost even in times of natural disaster or power outages. This is of utmost importance in giving your patients the most appropriate care based on their medical history.

Contemporary managed care facilities, physician offices, hospitals, and urgent care units rely on medical call centers that provide HIPAA training to their staff. For services that offer the most effective medical attention, make sure that the company you choose includes a nurse telephone triage unit that will be able to properly assess the immediate needs of your patients. Employing advanced medical answering services that are HIPAA compliant and that have a telephone triage unit on hand will be of tremendous assistance to your medical facility. A reputable medical telemessaging company will ensure the most reliable services for your patients from the moment they first contact your facility. This type of attentive, professional care will set your patients at ease and will give the utmost confidence in the medical services that you provide. With a little bit of research, you will find a competent medical telemessaging services that you can rely on even when you are not in the office.