injury & rehabilitation

Exercise tolerance in stroke rehabilitation

Exercise tolerance in stroke rehabilitation

Rodriguez-Mutuberria et al 2011 investigated a new exercise rehabilitation protocol in stroke care. The Program for Neurological Restoration is organized into 4 weekly cycles of 39 hour weeks of therapy with physical, occupational speech, medical and psychological personnel. Drugs were used to modulate mood disorders, pain and spasiticity. The training emphasized balance, gait, posture and(…)

Advanced spinal stenosis and physical therapy

Advanced spinal stenosis and physical therapy

Spinal stenosis occurs when the canal in the vertebrae for the spinal cord narrows and impinges on the nerves. Sahin et al 2009 compared standard physiotherapy treatment with paracetamol and standard physiotherapy treatment with calcitonin. Both groups improved walking distance, functional status and pain levels. In fact, over the 8-week intervention, no significant difference in(…)

Weightlifting and senior health

Weightlifting and senior health

Singh et al 2011 placed 124 patients admitted to hospital for hip fracture in 2 random groups of standard rehab and standard rehab with high intensity weightlifting, nutrition counselling, vision counselling, depression support and home safety modification education. Risk of death was down by 81%! Nursing home admissions were down by 84%! Basic activities of(…)

Hypertension: aerobic vs. anaerobic training

Hypertension: aerobic vs. anaerobic training

Cardoso et al 2010 completed a literature review of the acute and chronic effects the different types of exercise had on hypertension. Extensive studies of the acute and chronic effects of moderate and intense aerobic activity were found. Interestingly, while some data indicated that low-intensity resistance training would help hypertensive patients, only 2 studies using(…)