PHYSIOTIMES Vol.9 Issue 1 July-August 2017

“Adventure without risk is Disneyland”. Sounds interesting when you hear this for the first time. More so when you learn that the statement comes from a 15 year old. Yes, this is what the home page of her website says. This is what her email signature reads. This single statement portrays her life philosophy of how taking risks is what adventure is all about.

Yes! I am talking about the 15-year-old mountaineering sensation, Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru from Hyderabad, who aims to become the first and youngest girl from India to scale all 'Seven Summits' in the world. The highest peak on each continent - Asia Mt. Everest, Australia Mt. Kosciuszko, South America Mt. Aconcagua, Antarctica Mt. Vinson Massif, North America Mt. Denali, Europe Mt. Elbrus and Africa Mt. Kilimanjaro - are part of Misson7Summit.

By the age of 14 years, she has completed Phase IV of her Mission. Out of the 7 continent peaks, she has completed Africa, Europe, Australia and North America and is all set to complete the rest 3 continents.

Her mission started with Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa (5,895 mt) on October 2, 2014, where she was the youngest girl from India to achieve this feat. She created a world record on July 31, 2015 by climbing the highest mountain peak in Europe - Mt. Elbrus at the age of 13. She climbed Mount Kosciuszko in Australia (7,310 ft) in Dec 2015 and most recently Alaska’s own Mt. Denali (20,308 ft) which she summited on July 10th 2016 to become the youngest Person from India to accomplish this feat.

In this issue, we bring to you an exclusive interview with this mysterious mountain girl and what makes her take up such a challenging sport at this age. What are the kind of preparations required, how is her training schedule and most importantly, what is the role of physiotherapy in her journey. 

Cover Feature: Interview with Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru

Jaahnavi Sriperambuduru (The Mysterious Mountain Girl - Himaputri) is a 15 year old from Hyderabad, Telangana, probably the youngest girl in the world to have started her adventure career at an early age of 10 months, when her parents took her into wilderness in a specially designed backpack to give her the first taste of outdoor. She is on a Mission to climb the highest peaks of the 7 continents known as the #Mission7Summit and reach the farthest point of th... Read More

Social Support: The key to rehabilitation adherence by Devdeep Ahuja

Rehabilitation adherence is an outcome of a complex interaction of physical, social, therapeutic and psychological elements. In a previous article, I had discussed the central role of therapeutic relationship in facilitating rehabilitation adherence. This second article, based on the findings of my doctoral research, centres on the role of social support and other social influences as a determinant of rehabilitation adherence. 

During the last 30 years, researchers have shown g... Read More

The latest in Tendon Rehabilitation – Concluding by Parivesh Kumar PT, Australia

In the previous edition I have covered the basics of the tendon including the biomechanics, patho-mechanics and the continuumoftendinopathy, its time now to shed some light on tendinopathy treatments.

Management aim -     

  • An argument for high tendon load as one of the key components of a successful tendon rehabilitation program has always been raised.
  • One of the key goals of rehabilitation should be to increase tend... Read More

Dry Needling: Benefits in conditions which have no defined treatment approach By – Saachi Varyani, Simoni Shah, Diana Pinto

Dry Needling is an invasive form of treatment useful for treating Neuromusculoskeletal and Fascial conditions. Much has been said about Dry Needling to help improve Myofascial Pain syndromes through the release of Myofascial Trigger points (MTrP’s). However Dry Needling can be used to improve a multitude of other conditions that have less defined approaches to treatment. There are a multitude of conditions where in Dry Needling has not been attempted as yet.This article attempts to shed... Read More

Cupping – an old wine in a new bottle

 “That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” said American gymnast Alexander Naddour, USA Today reports. “It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.” Cupping has become popular after Rio Olympic, though it is an ancient mode ... Read More

Art in Physiotherapy - Understanding the need and importance By Bhavan Bhavsar

Art is an integral part of humanity. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60000x faster in the brain than text. Everyone’s brain has a visual tool kit and this depends upon what we see in normal environment on a daily basis. According to our visual kit, our brain gets the meaning of the visuals. So, visuals make it easy for our brain to understand. At one workshop, a participant asked me, how visuals can give meaning? I told <... Read More

GEN X - The healthoid way By DR.Smruti Dash & Mr. Ansuman Rath

Whether we agree or not, we are already in the clutches of technology and the youth these days is suffering from the APP FEVER. The cell phones with faster internet, 4G and mobile application market in different stores (GOOGLE PLAY STORE, APP Store) is gripping us; whether you are a student, a professional, a technical person, a teacher, a doctor; name a profession and you have an app for your taste and skill. Definitely there is no reason as to speak; to avoid smart phones and the apps. But ... Read More

Home Healthcare: Best Practices By Poonam Botadara

Home health care is a system of care provided by skilled practitioners to patients in their homes. The goals of home health care services are to help individuals to improve function and live with greater independence; to promote the client’s optimal level of well-being; and to assist the patient to remain at home, avoiding hospitalization or admission to long-term care institutions. When it comes to physiotherapy, home health care is an integral part of the practice. More so in the mode... Read More

Current Affairs: The latest news in Physiotherapy

Neonatal physios should monitor preterm babies until age of two, NICE says

Specially trained physiotherapists should be involved in the care plans of premature babies from as soon after they are born as possible. This is according to new clinical guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which recommend that the expertise of neonatal physiotherapists is used more commonly when it comes to treating preterm babies.

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Book Review: Orthosis, Prosthesis and Assistive Devices for Physiotherapists

This book presents a comprehensive, yet concise description of orthoses, prostheses and various assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walking aids and therapeutic positioning devices (chairs, standing frames and parawalkers). The subject matter is presented in three sections dealing with orthoses, prostheses and assistive devices.  In this book detailed description of hand splints and foot orthoses (Jaipur foot), concise descriptions of spinal orthoses with specific clinic uses and biom... Read More

Best of Web

In this section we bring to you interesting websites of clinical & academic relevance to physiotherapists. In this issue, we introduce...
This site features daily blog updates, weekly podcasts, research reviews, videos, and more!" Winner of Therapydia’s coveted Best Overall Blog for 2014,* *which should be enough to make you check out the link. 

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Event Calendar: List of Upcoming Conferences

11th Gujstate Conphycs 2017
13-14 October, 2017 Organised by J G  College of 
Physiotherapy, Ahmedabad

Stride 2017, International Physiotherapy Conference
26-27 October 2017, Organised by Saveetha College of 
Physiotherapy, Chennai www.scpt.saveetha... Read More

World PT Day: Share your Story

SHARE YOUR STORIES of the World PT DAY Celebrations done by you on 8th Sept 2017. Your stories will be published in PHYSIOTIMES Sept-Oct 2017

email: [email protected]

You can email us  in brief (not more than 200 words) about the activity you undertook on the World PT Day in your area / town / city / college / clinic / hospital  along with the key impact that this activity had on the people. You can also send us a few high resolution p... Read More

Word Maze: Myofacial Trigger Points

Search as many words as you can related to Myofacial Trigger Points from the given word maze. They can be in any order or any direction. (Horizontal, vertical, from left to right, right to left, top to bottom, bottom to top & overlap).

You can e-mail the answers (only key) of this word maze along with your name, city, designation & a profile picture on our email id: [email protected] before 14th Oct’2017 & the participant(s) with maximum correct responses wil... Read More



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