Ultrasound and Physical Therapy: An IntroductionWritten by Jim Doree
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A typical ultrasound treatment will take from 3-5 minutes. In cases where scar tissue breakdown is goal, this treatment time can be much longer. During treatment head of ultrasound probe is kept in constant motion. If kept in constant motion, patient should feel no discomfort at all. If probe is held in one place for more than just a few seconds, a build up of sound energy can result which can become uncomfortable. Interestingly, if there is even a very minor break in a bone in area that is close to surface, a sharp pain may be felt. This occurs as sound waves get trapped between two parts of break and build up until becoming painful. In this way ultrasound can often be used as a fairly accurate tool for diagnosing minor fractures that may not be obvious on x-ray.
Some conditions treated with ultrasound include tendonitis (or tendinitis if you prefer), non-acute joint swelling, muscle spasm, and even Peyronie's Disease (to break down scar tissue). Contraindications of ultrasound include local malignancy, metal implants below area being treated, local acute infection, vascular abnormalities, and directly on abdomen of pregnant women. It is also contraindicated to apply ultrasound directly over active epiphyseal regions (growth plates) in children, over spinal cord in area of a laminectomy, or over eyes, skull, or testes.
Jim received his physical therapy degree in 1997 from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Please see more information and articles on his web site at 'The Physical Therapy Web Space' (http://automailer.com/tws/). View this and other articles related to Physical Therapy at The Physical Therapy Web Space.
The End Of The RoadWritten by Patrick Mathieu
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"Had I known that it was going to end at this time, I would have made some different turns. I was sure that there would be time to change my course."
· This is why I am constantly urging people to be mindful of present moment.
This is why I encourage people to acknowledge, accept and even embrace their own mortality. One of my key principles is something that I call "The Mortality Manifesto". It is a very powerful one page document and I invite you to read it for yourself.
Then I invite you to share it with your family and friends, because we are ALL traveling down highway of life.
About Patrick Mathieu
Patrick Mathieu has an expiry date. He was born with Congenital Heart Disease. Today, a barcode tattoo on his shoulder that reads 031800, or March 18, 2000 - date of his 30th birthday. Rather than see this as a death sentence, he used this as a call to action. Through his speaking, writing and coaching, he now shares his deeply personal story with audiences everywhere and reveals exciting insights that this life experience has given him. He helps people come to terms with death, which actually helps them experience fuller, more vital lives. Visit www.whatsyourexpirydate.com
Patrick Mathieu is a speaker, author and coach. In his speeches, workshops and seminars, he shares the lessons he has learned in coming to terms with his mortality. He shows others how to use those lessons so that their own lives may be filled with vitality.