Medical Virtual Reality

March 23, 2018

Virtual reality is not just for the use of gaming anymore, it is used in a wide variety of revolutionary medical applications; from helping with people’s’ phobias to teaching the human body to walk again. (uoflphysicians.com) (MIT Technology Review 2018) There is amazing evidence of the benefit of virtual reality, which can also be said to be the same as mind over matter. Technology has found the perfect way to mimic these natural behaviours. Using this kind of exposure therapy is having a huge effect on rehabilitation for many disorders including Addiction-Dementia-Phobias-Trauma (mental & physical) as well as anxiety, Ptsd, Burn victims for pain management, Autism and Meditation.(Tech Republic (2015)) There are also a number of negative effects from the continual uses of virtual reality goggles. These include nausea, dizziness, walking into walls, tripping, over cables etc. (1995) communication in the age of virtual reality.   There is also a sense of leaving your own physical reality which can be harmful to the individual. A condition known as Photosensitive Epilepsy which is triggered when unnatural stimuli is inputted like flashing lights and moving patterns. (guardian helmets)

March 2, 2018

Physiotherapists are experts in the human body and its movement, which includes muscle and joint anatomy and physiology, therefore they have the expertise required to effectively prescribe Pilates for people with and without pain or injury.

Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates includes an initial assessment where the physiotherapist takes into account the individuals injuries, pain, weak areas, tight areas, poor movement patterns and posture, then develops a programme to specifically target those individual areas of concern or to enhance their performance with a specific sport or skill. This makes Pilates perfect for rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, and specific enough to be effective.

In summary:

Pilates with a physiotherapist improves core and spinal stability to help manage and prevent low back and neck pain, enhances postural control, body awareness, muscle and joint flexibility, helps to reduce the risk of pain or injury and strengthens and tones the muscles.

Clinical Pilates will benefit:

⦁ Neck & back pain ⦁ Pelvic Floor concerns ⦁ Sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue ⦁ Hip, groin, shoulder injuries ⦁ Poor Posture ⦁ Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis⦁ People with joint hypermobility syndrome ⦁ People recovering from surgery ⦁ Pre- and Post-natal women ⦁ People with no pain or injury!

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August 4, 2017

Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais Method is a holistic healing modality or exercise therapy designed by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). It aims to improve body movement in function, efficiency, and psychological state by reorganizing connections between the brain and body.

Benefits of the Feldenkrais Method

Healing of repetitive strain injuries. Pressure on joints and other weak points. General improvement of well-being. The Feldenkrais Method is considered part of integrative/complementary medicine. According to Feldenkrais good health is founded on good function. Self-education is central to the practice. Pupils are taught to become aware of their movements to discover areas of stress and strain. Acting on this information leads to a re-education of the nervous system. The method uses slow gentle repetitive movements and attempts to teach new patterns. The method has proven its self especially beneficial to musicians and also to athletes, children with autism, people with special needs and people suffering from degenerative diseases. Awareness through movement (ATM) is a related practice that involves thinking, sensing, moving and imagining. In Functional Integration (FI) the practitioner’s hands guide the movements of the patient in order to