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Adapting Thai Yoga Therapy for the Neurologically Involved Client

Neurologically involved clients (and their families) have been through an incredible trial physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Thai Yoga Therapy can be a medium for teaching clients to feel pleasure in their body again, and to show clients that they can still move their body in meaningful ways. When clients are taken passively through the stretches, they are able to relax and let go of the frustration caused by their body no longer moving like it used to. The gentle, rhythmic motions reduce tone and muscle tension, allowing clients to enjoy the therapeutic movement provided by this form of massage. Most clients find the sessions to be an oasis of calm in their tumultuous lives. Thai Yoga Therapy is often referred to as a “meditation of compassion,” 1 and when done in the spirit of metta it is a beautiful dance between giver and receiver. Case Study In order to best illustrate the use of Thai Yoga Therapy as an adjunct treatment for neurological clients a case study is presented. Patient History The patient is a 72-year-old male with a history of cervical spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal causing compression on the spinal cord and spinal nerves). The patient underwent acervical fusion in January 2003 with good initial results. After discharge from the hospital, however, the patient lost consciousness while getting up one night and fell to the floor. As a result of the fall the bony fusion became unstable. Additionally, the patient tore his left rotator cuff muscles (which had been surgically repaired two times previously), and he sustained a mild head injury. large amount payday loans Once medically stable the patient underwent a second surgery to have metal rods implanted along his vertebrae to stabilize the joints. After the second surgery the patient underwent intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation […]

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Low Back Pain Treatment and Stretches

You know the drill.  You are in your office, working away.  You drop your pen on the floor, reach over to pick it up, and BAM!  Serious low back pain.  It’s not like you were squatting your bodyweight or scaling a mountain; but, there you are, in a world of pain and wishing you had just left that pen on the floor!  How did you get to that point and what can you do to speed up your recovery and prevent reinjury?  That is the focus of this post. Low back pain (LBP) is a common problem affecting as much as 80% of the population at some point in their lives.  People of all ages, and both males and females are susceptible to acute and chronic low back pain.  Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office (outnumbered only by upper respiratory infection).  Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic, meaning not caused by serious medical conditions such as fracture or cancer.  Muscular causes of low back pain or low back myofascial pain syndrome are often overlooked because they are not accompanied by structural abnormalities (i.e. not seen on imaging studies). What may be the cause? Let’s look at factors that may predispose you to low back pain.  Among the many factors are obesity, lack of physical fitness, hypermobile joints, occupation, age, psychological stress, and smoking.  Smoking has been found to have an overall detrimental effect on the intervertebral discs, by causing vasoconstriction (reduced blood flow) and decreased rate of healing.  Other conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis may increase likelihood of low back pain, as may anxiety and depression. When to see a Doctor Before beginning any program of self-care, it is important to rule out serious pathology in the back.  […]

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