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    How Yoga is Being Used To Counter Athetosis In Patients

    Athetosis is a condition that involves involuntary movements, which affect the entire body. The involuntary movement of the entire body can be tortuous, as it involves movement of the limbs, face, neck and trunk. The human brain has a part referred to as extra pyramidal system. This part of the brain plays a critical role in ensuring there is body balance. If the part is damaged or affected in any way, the resulting condition is athetosis. Therefore, it all boils down to the condition of the brain. This implies that it is important to take action early enough when dealing with matters regarding the brain. Is there an effective solution that can help alleviate athetosis? Well, you are about to find out. Yoga sessions There are a number of concepts that are involved in yoga, which are relaxation, deep internal awareness, autosuggestions and slow breathing. Essentially, yoga is a practice that aims to relax the body and increase internal awareness. As such, it is among the recommendable treatment for patients with athetosis. In the initial stages of athetosis treatment, a therapist will ask a patient to listen and follow instructions with eyes closed while noting progressive changes. This will be done for at least a week for significant outcome. The following elaborates on various yoga practices that are helpful when dealing with severe cases. Deep internal awareness To make the most out of deep internal awareness in an athetosis patient, you need to incorporate sukshmavyayama. This practice helps bring synchrony... Read more

    Treating Cerebral Palsy Through Physiotherapy

    One of the common causes of childhood disability is the actual cerebral palsy. As such, it is important for parents to closely monitor their children as they grow. If they exhibit any medical problems, parents should be quick to take an appropriate action. Ignorance can be costly in the long run. Cerebral palsy can be defined as a non-progressive but frequently changing motor impairment. Anomalies of the brain mostly arise in the early stages of the condition. Here is more on what you need to know when dealing with cerebral palsy. What are the associated handicaps? There are a number of handicaps that your child is likely to suffer from if he gets cerebral palsy. First, your child will experience brain damage, which usually leads to other body defects such as problems with sight, hearing, speech and language development. Your child can also suffer from perpetual defects, which are associated with difficulties in identifying and recognizing objects. Another condition that your child may also suffer from is apraxias. Apraxias is the kind of condition that limits your child from performing certain movements. It may involve limitation of movement in the eyes, face, limbs and tongue. What are the effective approaches to cerebral palsy? There a number of approaches that you can employ when dealing with cerebral palsy. First, you need to find a professional physiotherapist with a vast experience in handling cases of cerebral palsy and brain injury treatment. You can also find a good occupational therapist to help you... Read more

    Treating Gluten Ataxia Through Dietary Changes

    Gluten ataxia is a condition that is associated with body problems that result from an incompatibility of the body with protein gluten. To explain further, your body actually reacts to the protein gluten when your immune system get rids of gluten in your diet. If you are suffering from gluten ataxia, you need not panic because there are a number of solutions that you may consider to deal with the matter. Following a strict gluten-free diet is one of the effective ways of dealing with the problem. Theory behind gluten-free diet To have a significant outcome on the neurological effects that result when you take foods with gluten, you need to observe a strict gluten-free diet. However, quite a number of researches have indicated otherwise regarding the theory of gluten-free diet. The general knowledge is that when you do not take gluten products, you will not experience the neurological complications that are caused by gluten products. While many people are under the impression that taking gluten-free foods is among the most effective curative solutions, there is no sufficient research backing it up. As such, quite a number of physicians have not bought in to the theory. Is gluten-free diet the solution? There are only a couple of studies that have taken an in-depth look into the matter of gluten-free diet. One of the studies came into the conclusion that gluten-free diet is effective for reducing neurological symptoms. A research done on a number of individuals diagnosed with gluten ataxia indicated... Read more

    Why Is There An Acute Rise Of Younger Stroke Patients In Our World Today?

    In the recent past, the number of cases of younger people undergoing post stroke treatment has increased and research shows that there is a rise of young people being affected by stroke than the older people. A decade ago, this was not the case and it is surprising to see that what was once considered to be a condition that mostly affected the elderly is now prevalent with our youth. Ischemic stroke is very common and accounts for about 80% of all stroke cases. Ischemic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the neck and those leading to the brain get blocked and so brain cells, in turn, get deprived of oxygen and nutrients. This leads to the death of brain cells which control muscles or even speech and render a person immobile. There are a number of factors that have contributed to the rise of stroke in young people and here we help you understand that although stroke can affect anyone and at any time we can still reduce the risk factors that lead to the increase in stroke cases in young people. Problematic diets Young people, especially from the age of 15 to 35, are not keen on the kind of diet they take and with time obesity is on the rise as young people are increasingly indulging in unhealthy foodstuffs. Obesity is one of the factors that can lead to an Ischemic stroke. The body accumulates high cholesterol in the blood which makes blood to clot easily and... Read more

    How Post TBI Patients Can Prepare To Go Back To Work

    Patients who suffer from Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) have been known to fully recover after quality brain injury treatment. It is unfortunate that sometimes a brain injury can happen to a person who is the sole breadwinner at home and that he/she has to work to earn a living because of dependents looking up to them for financial support. If this is the case, post TBI patients sometimes face challenges when it comes to going back to work. In this article, we help post TBI patients understand the changes that take place and ways they can adapt to make their re-entry into the workforce easy. Reasons why returning to work may take longer than expected Generally, a brain injury is a very sensitive condition and doctors and therapists have to take the time to examine the patients to ensure that they are healing well. The brain system is very sensitive and when affected it affects most areas of our bodies including mobility which may render a person to be in a state that they cannot work or perform basic tasks like personal hygiene. Sometimes the healing process can take as long as two years and even after a person is totally healed there are cases of post TBI patients complaining of fatigue. This can hinder one from going back to work soon. There are post TBI patients who get so demoralized because they feel that life will never go back to the way it was before and so they take... Read more

    A Look At Multiple Sclerosis And Ways To Diagnose It

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that is known to disrupt the myelin, which protects and insulates nerve cells found in the spine and brain cells. Multiple sclerosis is believed to affect people from the ages of 20 to 50 and can also occur in young children. Women stand the risk of getting multiple sclerosis two or three times higher than men. MS has a genetic component and it is believed people with first-degree relatives who have the disease also stand a risk of getting the disease than any other person. What causes multiple sclerosis? What exactly causes this disease has not been found yet. There are many theories surrounding what may cause multiple sclerosis but they have not yet been proven. Some of these theories state that the disease can be associated with the deficiency of vitamin D in the body or that it could be a viral infection. In some cases, it is believed that consuming too much salt may cause this disease. However, there is no need for alarm since it has been established that the multiple sclerosis is not contagious and does not put people near an infected person at risk of getting it. Signs and symptoms Multiple sclerosis attacks nerves in the spinal cord and brain and some of the early signs and symptoms include experiencing eye discomfort or at times having double visions. You may also feel some parts of your body experiencing numbness, twitching and tingling sensations. In severe cases, a person... Read more

    How To Deal With TBI Headaches Effectively

    Headaches are a common issue after traumatic brain injury. It is also known as “post traumatic headache”. It has been observed that over 30% of patients who have undergone a brain surgery treatment get these symptoms long after the operation. These headaches mostly come and go and this can make it hard for you to carry out your daily activities effectively. They can sometimes cause a difficulty in thinking and remembering things. Headaches may occur in some people after surgery is done on their skulls or when blood or fluid collect in the skull. There are conditions that may lead a person to get these headaches and some of which include stress and tension and medication side effects. There are typical types of headaches that occur after a TBI. Migraine headaches This type of headache occurs when an area of the brain develops sensitivity and this triggers pain signals to spread to other parts of the brain. You know you are experiencing a migraine when you have throbbing sensations which usually take place on one side of the head. You can feel nauseated and even vomit at times. You become very sensitive to light and loud sound. The pain starts moderately and gradually becomes severe. You may experience what is called an aura, whereby you start seeing bright lights and spots and this can serve as a warning that you are about to experience a migraine. Rebound headaches This type is usually caused by the medication used to cure it... Read more

    Clinical Pathway Effectiveness In Dealing With Acute Stroke Care

    Clinical pathways also known as care pathways are guidelines used to systematically plan and follow a focused patient care programme. They are viewed as a multidisciplinary tool to improve on the quality and efficiency of evidence based care. They are also used as communication tool among the professional to standardise outcome oriented care. The medical care a patient gets immediately after suffering from an acute stroke determines the level of recovery he will attain. People who have suffered acute stoke need specialised and organised care. This not only saves their lives but there are high chances of them getting their mobility and independence back. Patients need to be admitted in an organised ward specifically for those suffering with acute stroke and the advantage of this are that there is 24-hour monitoring and care. Unlike a general ward where patients are given general care, these specialised wards have the equipment such as CT scans that monitor the patient’s progress every second. Occupational therapists The other important reason why you should consider organised care for these patients is the therapy they have to undergo after the initial stages of medical care. Patients undergoing Athetosis treatment also need therapy thereafter so as to help them regain the use of limbs. Occupational therapists have to understand the amount of damage a victim has undergone for them to be able to help them effectively. At the hospital there are special arrangements where such things as model kitchen are presented and this helps the stroke victims... Read more

    How Occupational Therapy Can Assist Post-Stroke Patients

    A stroke happens when there is a temporary cut-off of oxygen to the brain, leading to the death of brain cells and resulting in loss of specific abilities controlled by the affected area of the brain. Contrary to popular myths, persons who suffer from strokes are not necessarily permanently disabled. One of the best ways to help victims of stroke to recovery is through occupational therapy. This involves assessment of various capabilities of the patient – motor skills, vision, coordination, sensation and cognition – and treatment of any deficits. The aim is to help the individual to recover lost skills and maintain their daily living abilities. Occupational therapy starts as soon as the patient’s medical condition becomes stable. It involves assessment on various levels and is directed at improving as much of their lost abilities as possible. Independence One of the most important gifts any adult possesses is their independence and this is greatly compromised after the occurrence of a stroke. Effective post stroke treatment will aim at restoring as much of the patient’s independence as possible. The initial step involves analyzing the effect of stroke on daily activities, personal care, household chores, work and even leisure activity. The therapists then prepare a tailor-made program to help the individual improve on the specific aspects that need intervention. Gradually the patient is helped to regain crucial skills and their quality of life is improved as they can operate with little or no assistance from a third party. Learning to live with... Read more

    Don’t Be Blinded By These Common Spina Bifida Misconceptions!

    Spina bifida, just like Autism, is common among children. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much awareness about spina bifida as is the case with autism. That explains why there are so many misconceptions today about spina bifida. Such misconceptions include: Babies born with spina bifida don’t survive This often goes with yet another misconception that even for children who survive the condition at birth, they hardly make it through early infancy. Of course this is false because the chances of a fetus with a neural tube effect not surviving is a mere 5%. It gets better because an isolated neural tube defect, which causes spina bifida does not spell doom. There is also the fact that treatment for the condition is always improving. The only instance where an infant born with spina bifida may have low chances of surviving is where the infant is born with other underlying conditions like a heart defect. That goes on to explain why it is important for an expectant mother to go for ultra sound at every trimester of her pregnancy. Some conditions may be detected while the baby is still in the womb. Managing such a condition and treating it may therefore be easy. Individuals with spina bifida die early It is hard to state with precision how long individuals with spina bifida live. One thing’s for sure though. They have normal life spans pretty much like other healthy individuals. It should however be noted that a decade or two ago, this was not... Read more

    What You Need To Know About The Diet Needs For Children With Cerebral Palsy

    Eating healthy meals and working out on a regular basis is an important aspect of maintaining optimum health and wellness. That’s not something that should change once one develops a mild or life threatening condition. If anything, one should observe a healthy diet as soon as he realizes he has an underlying medical condition. Take cerebral palsy for instance. It affects millions of children across the world today because of several medical reasons that can best be explained by doctors. But unknown to most people, there are special meals with special dietary nutrients that can go a long way to ease down cerebral palsy effects. Read on to learn more about special feeding and dietary meal plans for children living with cerebral palsy. Diet for gastrointestinal complications Studies have revealed several times that children with cerebral palsy are more likely to develop secondary undernourishment compared to children without the condition. This happens mainly because of oral motor dysfunction and other feeding difficulties. Oral motor dysfunction is in simple words, the inability to effectively control muscles inside and around the mouth, which enable proper food intake. Nutritional assessment steps in here to determine which meal would be ideal. But before then, it is important to first note or rather know symptoms of oral motor dysfunction. The most common ones include swallowing difficulties, abdominal pain, chronic constipation, pulmonary aspiration and regurgitation. Proper feeding basics Treating undernourishment can only be hard for some time. Once one has learnt the basics, everything else gradually... Read more

    Autism Disorders: Why Early Symptom Detection Is Crucial

    Otherwise referred to as the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism is and has been for a long time a cause of concern for many parents and doctors. The behavior can be easily described as a developmental setback that affects an individual as a toddler. It can progress to adulthood if left untreated and make it hard for one to focus on just about anything. Early diagnosis is therefore recommended as it can make a big difference when it comes to managing the condition. But just how should one start detecting early autism symptoms in the first place? Are there types of autism disorders that are more serious than others? Read on to find out. Early symptoms There are different types of Autism disorders with each type exuding its own set of symptoms. There are however, a few symptoms that cut across all types of autism. Such symptoms include: • Trouble socializing and maintaining existing social relationships • Engaging or displaying repetitive and fixated behavior • Difficulty communication It is important to note that autism symptoms can be treated only up to a certain extent. There are of course reports that suggest there are possible treatment methods that are 100% effective. Much as such studies might be controversial, one thing remains relevant as far as autism symptoms are concerned. Early detection is extremely important. Treatment might not be guaranteed but progress towards normalcy is. There is also the fact that there are yet other minor conditions under autism which can either be... Read more

    The Role Of Your Diet In Post Stroke Treatment

    We can all agree that having a stroke can be debilitating for many people, since it usually affects their functionality. However, statistics show that an increasing number of people will end up suffering from the condition in future. It has been shown that non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are on the rise, and will become the major killers in the near future. Unfortunately, both of these also increase the risk of stroke. It is therefore important for everyone to understand how to prevent one from having a stroke, and how to manage it once they get it. There are many things that need to be done during post stroke treatment to ensure that the patient returns to full function, and to also ensure that they have a reduced risk of getting another stroke. One that many people do not usually pay attention to is diet. If you have suffered a stroke in the past or know of someone who has, it’s important to pay attention to this in addition to everything else you are doing for therapy. Getting rid of fat One of the important diet changes you will need to make is to reduce your fat intake. You should only take the minimum required for the proper functioning of your body, and not much more. This is because fat tends to clog up some of the arteries particularly in the heart and the brain, and this could increase the risk of the stroke recurring in future. However,... Read more

    Getting Brain Injury Treatment For Your Child

    The brains of newborns are usually very delicate, and they are usually at increased risk during the birth process. In fact, it is during this time that the majority of children end up getting conditions such as cerebral palsy and other similar conditions. As a parent, it’s important for you to identify the factors that can contribute to this diagnosis, and also how you can get the best brain injury treatment for your child in case they end up having the problem. To do this effectively, there are several factors you can use to aid you in seeking such help. Some of the most important ones of these include: Getting the right treatment on time is important If your child suffers from brain injury during birth, it’s important that you try to get them the best treatment for the condition as soon as possible. This is because as time goes by, it usually becomes more difficult for one to reverse the condition as their brains become more mature. In addition to that, you will find that there are some brain injuries that can progress over time, though slowly. When they are not addressed, they could lead to increased morbidity and even mortality. Identifying and managing the brain injury as soon as possible should therefore be a priority for such parents. Ideally, every person expecting a baby should be prepared for this eventuality, so that when the time comes they will not waste too much time. Reversing the damage is a... Read more

    Lower The Risk Of Cerebral Palsy By Reducing The Amount Of Time You Are In Labour!

    Cerebral palsy is one of the major neurological conditions affecting children, and one which many parents all over the world strive to avoid. Most people associate the condition with long term morbidity and a reduced quality of life. Classical symptoms of cerebral palsy such as athetosis also tend to be alarming particularly to parents who are not familiar with the condition. Current research towards the condition means that today, one can care for their affected children in such a manner that they will be happier and have a higher quality of life compared to in the past. If you are a potential parent, it may also be a good idea for you to identify the conditions that might lead to an increased risk of having this condition in your unborn baby. One of the commonest of these is a delay in labor. The second stage of labour, which is marked with full cervical dilatation, is particularly sensitive to this. If you are about to give birth, you should therefore do all you can to ensure that there will be minimal delays in this stage, which will in turn reduce the risk of the child getting cerebral palsy. Some of these include: Regular antenatal clinic visits Getting your antenatal clinic visits on a regular basis is very important, since it allows the doctor to investigate potential problems that might lead to cerebral palsy. To get the best care in this regard, it’s usually important to identify a doctor that you will... Read more