REHABILITATION PRODUCTS

REHABILITATION PRODUCTS

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Summary: Rehabilitation products are available to help patients go about the rehabilitation phase more efficiently.

Walking aids, braces, supports, and other rehabilitation products are recommended not as a lifetime gadget but basically to aid the patient in a more successful rehabilitation process.

There are numerous online sites that offer wide selections of rehabilitation products. From the very basic ankle, knee, and wrist supports, to the more complex traction kits, one can find the right rehabilitation products according to one’s needs.

Rehabilitation products are designed to meet the special needs of persons who are medically-challenged so that they may be able to live their lives better than their conditions would allow. The different health conditions that may require individuals the use of rehabilitation products are: acute and chronic pain, acquired brain injuries, amputees, arthritis, back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, hip replacement, injury rehabilitation and therapy, multiple sclerosis, paraplegics, Parkinson disease, surgery and accident patients, quadriplegics, rheumatism, stroke victims, and those visually impaired persons among others.

The normal aging process may also influence the mobility of people. Elderly persons are often required to utilize walking aids to be able to move about more efficiently and with greater ease.

Choosing the proper rehabilitation would require more than looking at the online site listings and the prices that come with products. Consulting your health care provider regarding your health condition would lead you to the proper way to address it. Some rehabilitation programs may not necessarily prescribe you to use any rehabilitation products. Simple exercises may be practiced regularly to restore normal functions. There are also treatments that would entail hospital visits so that health professionals like therapists may be able to assist you in your recovery. If getting around would pose as a problem, walking aids as well as wheelchair may be the rehabilitation products that would not really need the approval of your doctor.

Some people who have purchased rehabilitation products that aid them in their daily activities may have become dependent on these and have forgotten to comply with the real rehabilitation procedures. This attitude will not only defeat the purpose of these rehabilitation products, but it may also result in a longer rehabilitation time. Also, long term use of rehabilitation products and neglect of rehabilitation therapy like exercise, may result to a more difficult rehabilitation process.

There are actually simple exercises that one can do if suffering from a very minor problem. However, the advise of a health professional is highly recommended because disability has a major impact on the lives of people. It can either make continue where they left off or it can make them feel doomed for eternity. How you deal with the disability will dictate the quality of your life.

Sports Provide a Welcome Outlet for the Disabled

Sports Provide a Welcome Outlet for the Disabled

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In years past, a serious physical disability meant unemployment, isolation, and inactivity for many thousands of people.
No longer. While the Americans with Disabilities Act has opened up the workplace and public facilities to people with disabilities, many organizations around the country have sprung up, offering access to sports programs both for wheelchair-bound individuals and amputees with artificial prosthetic devices. Disabled people are experiencing the joy of participating in Alpine and cross-country skiing, all kinds of water sports from swimming to sailing to scuba diving, and even more extreme sports such as mountain climbing and sky diving.
The importance of both competitive and recreational sports for individuals with disabilities can’t be overestimated. Particularly for formerly able-bodied people who find themselves disabled, sports can serve as a tremendous motivation in the rehabilitation process and can help alleviate the depression, confusion, and loss of self-esteem that often accompanies a debilitating injury. For those born with a serious disability, sports can serve as an important way of connecting to the “abled” world.
Competitive sports for the disabled are experiencing phenomenal success. The world-wide organization now known as the Paralympic Games was founded in Rome, Italy, in 1960, inspired by a 1948 competition organized in England for disabled World War II veterans. According to the Paralympic Games website, participating athletes compete in a variety of sports based on one of six disability-based classifications: amputee, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, intellectual disability, and a general group including individual disabilities which do not fit into one of the other five categories.
Both summer and winter sports competitions give disabled athletes the change to compete in a variety of sports; the list of summer sports includes 21 different competitive sports, ranging from archery and cycling to equestrian, powerlifting and judo. Five competitions designed specifically for wheelchair-bound athletes include basketball, dancing, fencing, rugby, and tennis. The list of winter sports is smaller, but no less challenging: athletes can compete in either Alpine or Nordic skiing, ice sledge hockey, and wheelchair curling.
Children with physical disabilities have special challenges; they’re dealing with sometimes substantial limitations at the same time that they are meeting all the other demands of becoming competent, balanced, emotionally and mentally healthy human beings. The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) offers opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of sports activities, from skiing, ski racing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter to rafting, horseback riding, and in-line skating in the summer.
The Paralympics and NSCD are only two of many organizations founded to involve disabled individuals in sports. It’s evident, from the success and increasing popularity of these organizations, that both adults and children with disabilities benefit greatly from participating in adaptive sports activities, and that the benefit extends to all aspects of their lives.

Fitness center: The Mecca for Good Body and Health

Fitness center: The Mecca for Good Body and Health

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Maintaining a physically fit body is vital to being healthy. Fitness centers can help us to keep in shape. In a fitness center, one would find a lot of equipment in which he can physically exercise.

Below is a listing of the equipment and programs commonly found in fitness studios:

* Treadmill

This is a piece of sporting equipment that allows the user to run without actually moving a distance. The word treadmill is used to refer to a kind of mill which is run to grind grain.

The treadmill operates by the principle called belt system in which the top side of the belt runs to the rear so that the runner could run the same distance. Therefore, the speed of the mill can be measured or set since the rate of the belt equals the rate of the runner.

* Weight training

Weight training is under the strength training program designed to develop the size of skeletal muscles and physical strength. It uses the principle of gravity; the trainee’s force would be used to oppose the pull of the earth. This weight training makes use of different kinds of equipment to develop specific groups of muscles. Dumbbells, weighted bars or weight stacks are the most commonly used.

* Cycling

Cycling is commonly done by people who want to improve their cardiovascular health and fitness. In this view, cycling is particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis and for those who are not fitted to play rigid sports like running which require strength of the joints.

* Swimming

Swimming is a very good exercise. Swimming is also usually recommended for those who with disabilities or who want to rehabilitate after injuries.

* Racquetball

Racquetball is a sport game where racquets are used along with a hollow rubber ball. This can be played either in indoor or outdoor courts. Unlike other racquet sports like badminton and tennis, the usage of the floor, ceiling, and walls of the court is legal instead of out-of-bounds. Two players are involved in the game, although some variations of this game have three and four players.

* Aerobics

Aerobic classes usually include stepping patterns, done with music and signals directed by an instructor. Researches show that aerobic is one of the healthiest exercises. Aerobics, literally meaning “with oxygen”, helps the body to use consume the oxygen more efficiently by training the lungs and heart. This helps to reduce stress and to control weight.

* Basketball

While this very common sport is an indoor game, other variations have been popular as this sport can also be played outdoors.

* Yoga
Yoga focuses on meditation. It is considered as a way to both spiritual and physiological mastery.

* Martial arts

Martial arts are structures of arranged traditions and practices of combat training. Martial arts today are not just being learned for combat purposes, but also for fitness, self-defense, mental discipline, self-cultivation, and character development.

* Physical therapy

Physical therapy deals in maximizing and identifying movement potential in promotion, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation. This includes services that are concerned with circumstances where function and movement are threatened by injury, disease, or ageing.