Do you feel guilty of your child suffering from dyspraxia? You are not alone in this ordeal. No one knows for sure about the exact cause of this disorder. The scientists suspect genetics or problems with the nerve cells as possible reasons for this disorder. Dyspraxia is a motor skill disorder which adverse effects about 6 - 10% of all school-aged children. Boys nearly have twice the probability of girls to suffer from this disorder.
The professional physio aims for the correct assessment of the child’s condition. He first of all checks whether the child can perform all the age-according physical activities. He checks whether the child has good shoulder movement control, hand-eye coordination, etc. Once he figures out the limitations, he sketches a suitable exercise programme to improve the child’s motor skills.
Correction of Posture
The child may suffer from pain and discomfort due to the poor posture. The physio finds the limitations in the child’s posture. The physio straightens the posture of the child. He also fixes the sitting, standing and sleeping posture of the child. By insisting on the proper posture, the physio helps the child to inculcate the good habit of maintaining a correct posture. The pain and discomfort vanish gradually as the child learns to maintain a proper posture.
Improvement of Balance
The physio teaches both static and dynamic balancing exercises to the child. The regular exercises improve the balance of the child. As a result, the child feels more comfortable and confident during sitting or moving around.
Better Movement Coordination
The physio detects the stiff joints which hamper your child’s movement. He aids the child to loosen these joints and improve the range of motion. The physio provides individualized exercise program for the child. Ensuring that the child performs the entire exercise regimen regularly improves the muscle coordination and functional ability.
Increase in Energy Level
Apart from the regular exercises, the physio also focuses on nutrition of the child. He advises the parent to provide healthy and nutritious food to the child. The regular exercises and the better choice of food increase the energy level in the child. The physio thus helps the child to live an active life.
Improvement in Muscle Strength
The physio chalks out exercises to improve the muscle tone and strength of the child. The child suffering from dyspraxia may improve the muscle strength and tone considerably by performing regular exercises.
The physiotherapist always keeps the regular exercise schedule short for the child. He focuses on the home-based training programs. The physio trainer tries to make it as fun as possible. Ideally, the child must be looking forward to the training instead of avoiding it. Do you seek an Expert physio for your child suffering from Dyspraxia? Book your appointment with InHome Physical & Massage Therapy. We currently operate in Edmonton, Calgary & Halifax.
Ranging from bone spurs to poor posture, a pinched nerve in the neck can be caused due to a number of reasons, such as your lifestyle, or due to accidents, etc. Your body sends warning signals in the form of pain, when you have a pinched nerve. A damaged or pinched nerve may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. A pinched nerve occurs when there is ‘compression’ on a nerve. The pressure may be the result of repetitive motions. Or it may happen from holding your body in one position for long periods, such as keeping elbows bent while sleeping.
It’s important to diagnose the problem and undergo a treatment method for nerve compression to quickly find relief. In some cases, you can’t reverse the damage from a pinched nerve, but the treatment usually relieves pain and other symptoms.
Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Nerves are most vulnerable at places in your body where they travel through narrow spaces but have little soft tissue to protect them. For instance, pressure or inflammation on a nerve root exiting the spine may cause neck or low back pain. It may also cause pain to radiate from the neck into the shoulder and arm. Nerve compression in your neck or arm may also cause symptoms in areas such as your: elbow, hand, wrist, and fingers. Performing various exercises prescribed by a professional physiotherapist may help recover from a pinched nerve faster.
Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve in the Neck:
Sometimes pain may be the only symptom during a nerve compression, or there may be other symptoms without pain. Pain in the area of compression, such as the neck or lower back, or radiating pain, such as sciatica or radicular pain are some of the common symptoms. Numbness or tingling sensation or ‘pins and needles’ or a burning sensation are some other common symptoms which do do include pain. Weakness in performing certain activities is also another symptom. Sometimes symptoms worsen when you try to turn your head in a particular direction or when you strain your neck.
Benefits of Performing Physiotherapy Stretches and Exercises:
Stretches for a pinched nerve in the neck can decrease neck pain, inflammation and stiffness. However, treatment varies depending on the severity and cause of the nerve compression. In many cases, all you need to do is simply rest the injured area and avoid any activities that tend to worsen your symptoms. Stretches increase neck mobility and facilitate everyday activities such as turning your neck to see blind spots while driving, etc. There are various exercises such as neck rolls, head turns, etc. which restores muscle flexibility and range of movement. There are more different types of exercises that are important but they should be performed with the help of a professional physiotherapist. Once they teach you the correct way to perform those exercises, you can do them at your home everyday, to prevent a pinched nerve from recurring.
Undergoing physiotherapy from professional physiotherapists may enable you to stretch and strengthen neck muscles in the most appropriate way. They examine your body and accordingly outline a recovery plan which is specifically for you. Our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton are well versed with all the different types of stretches and exercises that help relieving a pinched nerve in the neck.
For kyphosis, physiotherapy is a crucial and useful treatment method. Especially for postural kyphosis, physical therapy is certainly essential because an expert physiotherapist can help you learn how to correct your posture and strengthen your spinal muscles. Moreover, physiotherapy may also be recommended for patients with structural kyphosis, including Scheuermann’s kyphosis and kyphosis caused by spinal fractures.
Kyphosis is a postural syndrome of the upper back and neck. The upper back appears typically curved with rounded shoulders, the scapula (shoulder blades) are protracted (positioned further away from the spine) and the chin pokes forward rather than being tucked in. This happens in all sections of the population. In the world of sports, cyclists and baseball players are at high risk, as they have to hold postures for long periods. Also, amateur bodybuilders who develop and tighten their pectoralis (chest) muscles neglect the muscles in the upper back.
Cervical posture syndrome is sometimes also called upper crossed syndrome. This is due to the muscle imbalances which are present with this type of posture. For instance, the pecs and posterior neck muscles are tight and the muscles of the upper back and deep neck flexors are weak. On connecting the two tight muscle groups and the two weakened muscle groups with two straight lines, they form a cross shape, hence the name upper crossed syndrome.
Adopting a poor posture over a prolonged period of time can cause cervical postural syndrome or kyphosis. This may occur due to sitting (working on a computer or driving) or while performing everyday activities such as cooking and cleaning. Muscle imbalance may also contribute to poor posture.
Imbalance of muscles in the upper back and neck means that the pectoralis major muscle in the front of your chest and the muscles in the back of the neck are shortened and tight. The muscles at the back of the shoulders and upper back (trapezius, latissimus and rhomboids) are weakened and stretched.
Burning or aching sensation in the upper back and neck. Pain eases with movement and is usually not present once active. Pain is made worse by prolonged standing or sitting especially when leaning forward.
Professional physiotherapy treatment for kyphosis or postural syndrome can significantly help reduce symptoms, ensure an optimal outcome and prevent recurrence. Physical therapy may comprise of:
If you’ve been experiencing various problems related to your upper back and neck, it’s crucial for you to get in touch with us. We can help you learn safe exercises for kyphosis. Exercise is important to improve bone health. We work closely with our patients to help develop an exercise plan that may involve weight bearing exercises. The exercise plan will be outlined for particularly for your condition, taking into account your bone health, health history and physical abilities.
Injury specific rehabilitation is meant for the recovery of an athlete or a patient who has sustained physical injury. This program includes flexibility exercises, strengthening exercises, endurance activities, and coordination and agility training. This program is meant to return the same functionality of the muscles pre-injury.
Physiotherapy is part of the rehabilitation program. It includes mobility, posture, and stretching exercises. It is done after the surgery of the injured area is complete. Surgical procedures leave the muscles in the body in a weakened state. Thus, physiotherapy focuses on the speedy recovery of these areas.
Commonly caused by sports such as hockey, this is a ligament tear in the knee. Generally, this injury happens due to improper movement in the field. Physiotherapy helps with this injury in minor cases. However, severe cases require surgery. In the rehabilitation program, the physiotherapist will introduce various muscle strengthening programs.
This is caused by tearing or bruising of the ankle. It happens when an athlete twists his ankle, straining the ligaments holding it together. RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) can be implemented. This gives immediate relief to the injured athlete. Then the athlete will continue physical therapy.
This is caused due to straining the muscles in the thigh. Ignoring to do stretching exercises can facilitate this condition. In severe cases, the athlete may have to use crutches due to this injury. Muscle strengthening exercises are commonly prescribed by the physiotherapist.
Lower back pain
Severe cases of spondylitis can end an athlete’s career. Improper form while exercising is the most common cause of lower back pain. Thus, the physiotherapist includes posture improving exercises in the regimen. Lower back pain can also be treated by massage therapy as a part of the rehabilitation program.
Commonly attributed to the elderly, arthritis is caused by the wear and tear of joint tissue not uncommon in athletes. Certain medical conditions may rapidly deteriorate the joint muscles. Thus, certain athletes tend to suffer from arthritis at a young age.
Rehabilitation program after surgery includes physiotherapy exercises for strengthening joint muscles. Exercise regimen will also include body posture, mobility training, and agility exercises that will enable the injured athlete to move normally again.
Rehabilitation programs can be a non complicated alternative to surgery. But for best results they tend follow after a surgery. Physiotherapy done wrong can harm your body. Hence, it is important to choose the right physiotherapist.
In home physical therapy, brings athletic therapy programs to Edmonton. Our injury specific rehabilitation programs are supervised by certified physiotherapists. Furthermore, these services can be brought to your home, for your convenience. Our exercises regimen is meant to return muscle functionality to normal and minimize restrictions to mobility. Physiotherapy in Edmonton will also include posture and movement exercises, to reduce the chances of exacerbating the condition. This comprehensive rehabilitation program will allow athletes to return to their peak performance state.
Physiotherapy in general involves exercising and manipulating the body. Whether you suffer from any physical disorder, injury, or you simply wish to improve your physical health, physiotherapy is the only solution. It can help improve joint and muscle function, which directly helps improving coordination, muscle-strength, posture, range-of-motion, and overall fitness.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a movement (motor) skill disorder. It isn’t related to physical disorders such as cerebral palsy, or to any intelligence disorders. DCD usually affects school-going children. Children with DCD have poor coordination skills below the expected levels in regards to their age and intellect, and these movement problems significantly interfere in their overall schooling performance and everyday activities. DCD affects areas of the brain that help in learning or ‘remembering’ basic things which involve movement. Each motor task may seem new to the child, regardless of how many times it is repeated.
Signs and Symptoms of DCD:
Only parents can initially identify signs and symptoms of DCD in their child. However, signs and symptoms of DCD may not become apparent until the child reaches school age. It is only possible to identify when the child does not play during recess or takes too long to complete schoolwork. Children with DCD are unable to skip, run, jump, or hop on one foot. They take too long to get dressed, cannot write well or use other hand-held objects properly such as scissors, and are unable to throw or catch a ball accurately. They may express feelings of low self-esteem and show lack of interest in playing with other children.
How does Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapy can help in many ways by improving:
Muscle strength: When a muscle is weak, movement against gravity alone is strenuous. Professional physiotherapists exactly know which areas of the body needs to be worked out in order to improve the muscle strength of a particular body part. There are many forms of exercise that help increase muscle strength of different areas of the body. As muscle strength increases, resistance is gradually increased by using stretching bands or weights. In this way, muscle size and strength increases improving the overall endurance.
Coordination and Balance: Physiotherapists perform specific tests to determine the strength of motor development by asking you to walk on a straight line, or a balance beam. Various coordination and balance exercises can help people do specific tasks. The exercises involve repeating a meaningful movement that works more than one joint and muscle, such as picking up an object or touching a body part.
Ambulation (walking): Walking independently with appropriate coordination of all the limbs may be the goal of rehabilitation. Physiotherapist will first check if the person is able to balance properly while standing. To improve balance, you need to improve a joint’s range of motion or muscle strength before starting ambulation exercises.
A combination of range-of-motion, muscle-strengthening and ambulation exercises is used to counter the effects of poor body coordination. Our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton would make you perform general conditioning exercises which help improve cardiovascular fitness (ability of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels to deliver oxygen to working muscles), as well as maintain or improve flexibility and muscle strength. So, if you’ve been experiencing dizziness, weakness, poor body coordination or difficulty balancing yourself while standing or walking, contact our physiotherapists today! They will outline specific plans to help you recover as swiftly as possible.
The area between the layers of tissue that line the lungs and the chest cavity, known as the pleural space, can get filled with either transudate or exudate forms of fluid. Transudate is usually composed of ultra-filtrates of plasma due to an imbalance in vascular hydrostatic and oncotic forces in the chest, while exudate is typically produced by inflammatory conditions. Exudative pleural effusions are usually more serious and difficult to treat. Most pleural effusions are not serious by themselves, but some require treatment to avoid problems. Let’s take a look at how physical therapy helps.
What causes pleural effusions?
There are various factors that can cause fluid to build up in the pleural region. The following is a list of some of the major causes:
What are the symptoms?
A minor pleural effusion may not cause any symptoms. Symptoms are more likely when a pleural effusion is moderate or large-sized, or if inflammation is present. Symptoms of pleural effusions may include:
How are pleural effusions diagnosed?
A doctor may suspect a pleural effusion based on a person's symptoms and physical examination. Most often, pleural effusions are discovered on imaging tests. Common tests used to identify pleural effusions include:
How are pleural effusions treated?
In mild cases of pleural effusions, your physician may target the underlying medical condition that is causing pleural effusion. For example, prescribing antibiotics for pneumonia or diuretics for congestive heart failures. Large, infected, or inflamed pleural effusions often require drainage to improve symptoms and prevent complications. Various procedures may be used to treat pleural effusions, including:
How does physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is primarily concerned with developing, maintaining and restoring an individual’s maximum movement and functional ability. For patients with respiratory conditions, physiotherapy includes, but is not limited to, chest physiotherapy or clearance of secretions, and breathing exercises. Respiratory physiotherapy is recommended, and should be applied during the first weeks of treatment.
Your lungs play an important role is maintaining and stabilizing oxygen and CO2 levels in your body. Healthy lungs mean you will be able to live a much better quality life. Don’t live with the fluid congestion of pleural effusions. Consult with our team of expert physical therapists at HCR Calgary today.