PHYSIOTIMES Vol.9 Issue 2 Sept-Oct'2017

If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it.

Consistency is a word we have all heard before. Who would know the importance of being consistent better than us physiotherapists. The prognosis of our patients improve with our relentless efforts and perpetual patience. Consistency is not rocket science. All it takes is unwavering commitment. We salute this spirit of consistency in each one of you as you play your role in alleviating suffering and pain of the ailing humanity. At PHYSIOTIMES, it is your continued patronage that has helped us remain at the forefront in serving you consistently for over eight years with useful & clinically relevant information.

The cover story in this issue is an article on Yo Yo Test which sets the minimum fitness level as a mandatory criterion by the Indian Cricket team management for a player to qualify for selection to the national side. The players are now required to play several formats - Tests, One-day games and T20s - and some players get tired very easily. They don't have the stamina to stand on the field for a longer duration. The Yo-Yo test gives a very good idea about the fitness and endurance capacity of the player.

The issue features a detailed account of the role of physiotherapy in cardiac surgery and pediatric neuro rehabilitation. Dry needling and Cupping are also covered to throw light on important aspects. Scoliosis and Obesity are being discussed in view of our clinical practice. Details are included about a Free Online Course on CLUB FOOT by PhysioPedia.

We are sure you would enjoy this issue with varied topics that would help you in your pursuit of knowledge. Do write to us with your valuable comments & feedback on [email protected] 

To your good health and comfort,

Dr. Bhumika Mukesh Nayak, PT

Editor-in-chief, PHYSIOTIMES

Cover story: Yo-Yo Test: A Fitness Ordeal for Indian Cricketers By Bhumika Nayak

Besides batting and bowling skills, one of the most-important pre-requisites of modern-day cricketers is fitness. Over the years, fitness has become a significant aspect for the selection of players in the Indian squad as well as the playing XI. With the ever growing demands of world cricket, and the rise of T20 cricket for the last couple of years, there is very little room for unfit players. The Indian team takes fitness very seriously and undergoes a series of tests to keep themselves up t... Read More

Review Article : Role Of physiotherapy in Cardiac Surgery By Narasimman Swaminathan & Praveen Surendram

Background: Heart diseases are the most common cause for death at present across the globe. Much importance are given in preventing the coronary artery disease and the role of physiotherapy is being established in preventing coronary artery disease. Owing to the improved medical care facilities, subjects with coronary disease are effectively managed by open-heart surgery and the role of physiotherapy in postoperative care is well established. The objectives of this article is to discuss the p... Read More

Feature Article: Physical Therapy in Pediatric Neuro- Rehabilitation By Jayakrishnan Nair

Children referred to a physical therapy clinic with a history of developmental delay have a typical medical diagnosis of cerebral palsy, autism, or a certain genetic disorder that affects their sensory motor development. On receiving such medical diagnosis, the traditional management approach is to treat that child using a biomedical intervention model, which is centered around correcting the primary pathology in their body. This biomedical intervention approach may be valid and necessary for... Read More

Case in point: Dry Needling: In Temporomandibular Disorders: A Clinical Commentary By Dr.Rajkannan.P

Dry Needling (DN) is a new form of treatment that is used formusculoskeletal Pain. Physiotherapists(PTs) across the globe are adopting this technique to manage patients who havemyofascial pain and dysfunction. American Physical Therapy Association(APTA) defines Dry needling as “a skilled intervention provided by physical therapists that uses a monofilament needle to advance into the skin and to treat the underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular tissues, and connective tissues for ... Read More

Spotlight: Cupping: An old wine in a new bottle By Prof.Satyen Bhattacharyya

Cupping is an ancient form of treatment. Tomb of the Nobles near Luxor of Egypt depict Cup along with other medical equipment’s at the entrance of the tomb. Introduction of Ice Cupping, Myofascial Cupping and Sports Cupping in recent era made Cupping more popular.

Cupping is now most popular way of healing pain without any medicine. It is now a trendy treatment tools of the Physiotherapist. We have discussed the Origin of Cupping, Who can practice? and Types and Methods of Cup... Read More

Special Article: Muscles affected in Scoliosis By Simoni Shah

Scoliosis – A closer view:  When a patient with a Right Thoracic scoliosis is assessed in standing, they tend to rest weight on the Right Limb. As a result, their pelvis tilts to the opposite side and the vertical spinal column is forced to bend. In the Lumbar region, it becomes convex on left limb, then convex in the right Thoracic region and convex on the left in the Cervical region. Muscular tightness along the spinal column shows a remarkable adaptive quality to automatically r... Read More

SnapShot: Physiotherapists : The champs in fighting Obesity By Jane Sandwood

Overview: Obesity is a condition that poses a problem on a global scale and is a leading preventable cause of death and disease worldwide. It is probably one of the greatest challenges to our health systems around the world in the 21st century. Around 39% of the world’s adult population is overweight and 13% are obese, as reported by the World Health Organization. When addressing India on this matter, it might come as a surprise to learn that in recent years, India’s obese populat... Read More

Reportage: Clubfoot: A free online course for physical therapists

Introduction: In 2017 Physiopedia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI) are collaborating to deliver a free online course on Managing Children with Clubfoot.  The course is joint funded by ICRC and Physiopedia, the ACT Team and partners, including the University of Oxford, CURE International and Global Clubfoot Initiative have kindly provided content for the course, which is also being supplemented with additional material from g... Read More

Current Affairs: Latest physiotherapy and rehabilitation research from prestigious universities and journals across the globe

Just 1 hour of exercise per week could prevent depression: A new study that examined data from almost 34,000 people has found that as little as 1 hour of exercise each week, regardless of intensity, can help to prevent depression. Recently, Australia-based not-for-profit group Black Dog Institute, who offer support to people with mood disorders, launched a 1-month campaign encouraging people to exercise. They suggest on their website that regular physical activity can help to... Read More


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Book Review

The Brain’s Way Healing : Remarkable Recoveries and discoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity By Norman Doidge

The new york times- bestselling author of the brain that changes itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injuries and illness in this updated and expanded paperback edition. In one of the most riveting books on the human brain and its mystery power ever written, Doidge Addresses the role of alternative medical therapies t... Read More

Result of Word Maze#32 on Myofacial trigger points

Congrats to the winners

1) Dr. Monali Tanna (PT), Rajkot, Gujarat

2) Dr. Sagar Mangela (PT), Virar, Maharashtra

Prize: The book "Biophysics and therapeutic Electricity" - Physical agents in physiotherapy (Principles and practice: Volume 1) By Subin solomen and Pravin Aaron

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