PHYSIOTIMES Vol.11 Issue 1 JULY 2019

Dear Readers

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to this new edition  of PHYSIOTIMES, which also marks completion of 10 years of knowledge sharing in the field of physiotherapy. We are happy to have been able to revive the magazine from this issue onwards after a brief hiatus of six months. This issue also marks the beggining of the 11th Volume (year) of the magazine.

This issue features an interview with Abhinav Bindra, the man who changed Indian Olympic history by being the first to clinch a Gold Medal in shooting at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. More importantly, he has now started Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centres across India to help promising athletes train with latest technology and world class facilities. The issue also contains several topics of interest to readers in different areas along with some regular sections like Best of Web, Book Review and Current Affairs. 

I am sure you would love reading it as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you. 

As the saying goes, change is the only constant in life and hence we must all embrace change with optimism and hope. I wish to apprise you of the changes at the  management level at PHYSIOTIMES as we move further in this journey.  After having served for almost a decade, Editor-in-Chief, Bhumika Nayak has decided to pass the baton and hand over the reins of the magazine to a young and dynamic person. She would however be involved in the affairs of the magazine in the capacity of a Chief Patron from now on.  The new editor in chief shall be Anubha Singhai who brings with her a rich clinical and academic experience of over 14 years in the field. 

I, on the other hand, shall play the role of a mentor and advisor in place of the company’s director. I am happy to share that Mr. Pradeep Karamblekar, a highly competent and experienced person is taking charge as the director of the company from this issue onwards. I welcome him on behalf of all the readers and wish him good luck to take PHYSIOTIMES to newer heights of success. 

A brief introduction of the Editor and Director duo is included in the ensuing page for readers’ perusal.

I also wish to announce one more path breaking development. The launch of a dedicated Mobile Application with all the past issues and articles for the readers along with a host of other features. This shall replace the existing App by Magzter and readers would have access to all the past issues and articles published in the past 10 years right from the maiden issue of July’09 to the current edition. Make sure you download the APP from Google Playstore and I-phone store. 

It has always been our endeavour to bring the most contemporary and latest information in the field of physiotherapy through our articles. This legacy shall continue even in future and serve the information needs of the physio fraternity.

With best wishes,
Mukesh Nayak
Mentor and Advisor

Cover Story: Interview with Abhinav Bindra the man who changed Indian Olympic History

Abhinav Bindra needs no introduction. The Olympic gold medallist has redefined shooting in India. His illustrious career is a result of incessant passion and commitment. At a very young age, Abhinav made his Commonwealth and Olympic debut. However, his first breakthrough came in 2001. He won a bronze medal at the Munich Cup. In the next few years, he achieved one milestone after another. In 2002, he won his first CWG medal and in 2006 he conquered the world by winning the World Championship. ... Read More

Techvantage: Hand Glove Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation by Sourav Mitra

Stroke is a global health problem that is the second commonest cause of death and fourth leading cause of disability worldwide. WHO defines stroke as ‘The rapid development of clinical signs and symptoms of a focal neurological disturbance lasting more than 24 hours or leading to death with no apparent cause other than vascular origin’. Stroke can be ischaemic or haemorrhagic depending upon its etiological factor. Ischaemic stroke are caused by interruption of the blood supply to ... Read More

Fitness Funda: Cancer Rehab - Effect of Physical Activity by Surajeet Chakrabarty

The term “cancer” refers to a group of diseases in which abnormal cells divide and form additional similar abnormal cells with uncontrolled growth. A cluster of such uncontrolled cells is called tumor. It can be described in a very simple way as - a mad cell. Why? The brain of a cell is the DNA, which controls and guides the entire process of cell reproduction, and when the DNA is damaged it is not able to send proper signals, or sends wrong signals to the cells, because of which ... Read More

Snapshot: Foot Calluses - Why Orthopedic Shoes May Not be Really Good for our Feet by Maria Cohut (MNT)

Why orthopedic shoes may not really be good for our feet

New research has made a surprising finding about the function and effects of foot calluses, leading investigators to question how good orthopedic shoes really are for foot health.

Humans - that is to say, our modern ancestors, Homo sapiens — have been around for at least 195,000 years. Yet, it was only maybe 40,000 years ago that our speci... Read More

Feature Article: Rotator Cuff Tear - Effectiveness of EDF Taping by P. Karthick

Rotator cuff tear are a common contributing factor of shoulder pain and occupational disability, it can be partial or complete hence the application of EDF Taping improves healing and reduces pain.


EDF Taping provides stimulation of body neurological system through surface of skin (kaze2014).

Epidermis  taping stimulation cell reproduction via stem cell of stratum basalis.

Dermis taping optimize capillary flow to papillary re... Read More

Spotlight: Rehabilitation in Health Systems - Goal for Action: A WHO Report

Rehabilitation and universal health coverage:  Rehabilitation is a fundamental health service for people with a wide range of health conditions, throughout all stages of the life-course, and during all phases of acute, sub-acute and long-term care. Rehabilitation addresses the impact of a health condition on the person’s life by focusing primarily on improving their functioning and reducing the experience of disability. Rehabilitation focuses on the functioning of an individual and... Read More

Special Article: Lower Extremity Field Flexibility Tests: Identifying Health Related Fitness by Screening Flexibility Levels by Sunanda Bhomick and Asir John Samuel

Abstract: Flexibility is the ability of joints and body parts to perform their full range of motion. Flexibility first attained its importance in early 1900s as a tool of fitness. A poor flexibility leads to obesity, decrease cardio respiratory fitness, and several musculoskeletal problems later in life. Increasing childhood obesity heralds a greater health burden in adult life. A number of flexibility tests for assessing lower back flexibility are now easily available. These tests could be e... Read More

KnowHow: TENS - Differentiating Various Types bu Subin Solomen

TENS is the application of low frequency current through the surface electrode on the patient’s skin to reduce the pain.

  1. High Frequency TENS (Conventional TENS)

This type of application is High frequency low intensity TENS. It is used for relief of acute pain. The mechanism is blocking Aδ by stimulating Aβ fibres. Treatment has to be given for a minimum period of 40 minutes to one hour. By the applications of TENS, patient... Read More

Reportage: Myofascial Therapy in Gatroesophageal Reflux

Researchers from the Departments of Physical Therapy, Medicine and Surgery of the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera of Valencia (Spain), have developed and successfully tested, for the first time, a pioneering myofascial therapy for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux. Their study has shown that applying the manual therapy designed to relax the fascia in the area of the diaphragm decreases the symptoms of gastric reflux and the consumption of medicine to alleviate them, thus improving the... Read More

Current Affairs: Latest news in Physiotherapy across the globe

Treadmill exercise can ease period pain and improve quality of life

A treadmill exercise regime can reduce period pain and improve long-term quality of life, according to a new study published in the journal Contemporary Clinical Trials. The study found that the women who took part in the supervised exercise reported 6% less pain after four weeks and 22% less pain with continuing the exercise for an additional six months. 

Source: Read More

Book Review: When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

Mark Twain said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir written by a neurosurgeon, writer, husband, and father in the last year of his life. His work is one of great bravery, completed during a fierce battle with terminal lung cancer. While cancer invaded his life as a neurosurgeon, he decided to confront death with words. 

What makes life worth living in ... Read More

Best of Web:

The Knee Resource is founded by two clinical knee specialists Richard Norris & Daniel Massey. RICHARD AND DANIEL HAVE A WEALTH OF CLINICAL, RESEARCH AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE, WORKING ALONGSIDE KNEE CONSULTANTS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF TRAUMATIC AND NON-TRAUMATIC KNEE CONDITIONS. Together they created The Knee Resource to assist healthcare professionals to make better decisions and provide patients with informatio... Read More




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