Pediatric CI Therapy - An Interview with Dr. Stephanie C. DeLuca

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

As each day passes, medical research communities strive to find alternative means of evaluating and treating specific conditions. One of those communities is comprised of a professional and highly educated team of PhDs at Alabama University at Birmingham, located in Birmingham, AL. Sharon Ramey, PhD developer and head of research efforts (of Pediatric CI Therapy) with co-researchers, Stephanie C. Deluca, PhD, K. Echols, PhD., Pt. PCS, and E. Taub, PhD. broadened Pediatric CI investigations. Pediatric Constraint-Induced Therapy, (also called Pediatric CI Therapy) was initiated to further advance treatment in children suffering from neuromotor disabilities. Funded by a grant fromrepparttar Alabama Health Service Foundation,repparttar 147838 Pediatric Neuromotor Research Clinic was established and is now being co-directed by Drs. Echols and DeLuca.

CI Therapy, also known as "Taub Therapy," was initially developed by Dr. Edward Taub, Director of Taub Therapy Clinic in Birmingham, AL. A medical innovation that is successful in over 95% of stroke patients in helping regain significant movement, Taub therapy is an effective stroke rehabilitation therapy that consists of restrictingrepparttar 147839 use of unaffected limbs to "rewire" neurons inrepparttar 147840 brain.

To explore Pediatric CI Therapy, I asked Dr. Deluca a few questions about this particular therapy in an informal interview:

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] Could you explain exactly howrepparttar 147841 therapy works?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] The therapy is aimed at children who have asymmetric abilities with their upper extremities because of a lesion withinrepparttar 147842 central nervous system. It involves castingrepparttar 147843 child's stronger arm and hand with a lightweight splint whichrepparttar 147844 children wear 24 hours a day for 3 weeks. Children are then treated for 6 hours each day for 21 consecutive days.

Q [C. Bailey-Lloyd] What can one expect from this therapy, and on average, how long is treatment necessary?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] This varies from child to child and is dependent onrepparttar 147845 child's incoming abilities. But children routinely develop numerous new motor abilities withrepparttar 147846 weaker arm and hand.

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] How long has this treatment been in use and how successful is it?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] We have been implementing this approach for almost 5 years with approximately 65 children and have seen very dramatic results. But again where children end up is dependent on where they start.

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] Are there any side effects to this treatment? Please explain

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] In general there have been very few negative side effects. Minor discomfort with relation torepparttar 147847 cast but that is usually very transient.

Q [C.Bailey-Lloyd] Who utilizes this therapy (in practice) and how widely is it used acrossrepparttar 147848 nation?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] We arerepparttar 147849 only clinic usingrepparttar 147850 entire protocol that we are aware of.

Q [C Bailey-Lloyd] Is this therapy effective on neurological disorders/ diseases other than Cerebral Palsy and Stroke patients?

A [Stephanie C. DeLuca] That still needs to be addressed with research.

Onrepparttar 147851 question of Pediatric CI Therapy effectiveness opposed to other conventional medical treatments, Dr. DeLuca referred me to recently published research efforts in a Pediatric paper. According torepparttar 147852 research team,repparttar 147853 stated results were"... Children receiving pediatric CI therapy compared with controls acquired significantly more new classes of motoric skills (9.3 vs 2.2); demonstrated significant gains inrepparttar 147854 mean amount (2.1 vs 0.1) and quality (1.7 vs 0.3) of more-affected arm use at home; and in a laboratory motor function test displayed substantial improvement including increases in unprompted use ofrepparttar 147855 more-affected upper extremity (52.1% vs 2.1% of items). Benefits were maintained over 6 months, with supplemental evidence of quality-of-life changes for many children."

Inrepparttar 147856 Pediatric Paper Conclusion, "...Pediatric CI therapy produced major and sustained improvement in motoric function inrepparttar 147857 young children with hemiparesis inrepparttar 147858 study."

Suffering from Osteoarthritis? Acupuncture to the Rescue

Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

Keeping in tune with our commitment to providingrepparttar latest, medical breakthroughs, I recently hadrepparttar 147837 rare pleasure of speaking with Professor Jorge Vas Ruiz , (Subdirector ofrepparttar 147838 Master University of Acupuncture, ACMAS Huangdi located in Sevilla, Spain) regarding acupuncture's effectiveness on osteoarthritis ofrepparttar 147839 knee.

For over 8 years, Professor Ruiz and his team of elite professors have investigatedrepparttar 147840 effectiveness of Acupuncture treatment. Inrepparttar 147841 past two years, his work focused on a trial of 40 patients whereby acupuncture and relative therapies were applied.

The discoveries were that Acupuncture Techniques relatively proceeded to exceedingly heighten internal healing organisms. Professor Ruiz writes, "The art of traditional Chinese Medicine categorized Osteoarthritis as 'Bi Syndromes,' Blockages in Qi energy circulation, which results in ill health."

From Ancient Widsom, analgesic properties were founded through points of acupuncture. Numerous studies have demonstrated which nervous system neurotransmitters and natural antigens respond torepparttar 147842 stimulus of Acupuncture; and howrepparttar 147843 analgesic effectiveness of acupuncture fine tunesrepparttar 147844 peptide pathways and allows natural opiote substances intorepparttar 147845 undefined gray areas. Inrepparttar 147846 case of Osteoarthritis, acupuncture has effectively reduced and alleviated pain improving mobility ofrepparttar 147847 joints, and finally, increasingrepparttar 147848 quality of life and overall wellbeing.

Recognizing which treatment is greater forrepparttar 147849 majority as opposed to surgery, our Investigation demonstrated that acupuncture is a good treatment for arthritis ofrepparttar 147850 knee. Normally, 10-12 repetitive treatments are a necessary process depending on seriousness. Normally, patients did not require treatment past 6 months.

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