This is done by a World Health Organization-trained wheelchair service provider and trainer. The World Health Organization describes wheelchair-provision:
“The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing the personal mobility of people with disabilities. An estimated 1% of the world's population, or just over 65 million people, need a wheelchair. In most developing countries, few of those who need wheelchairs have access, production facilities are insufficient and wheelchairs are often donated without the necessary related services. Providing wheelchairs that are appropriate, well-designed and fitted not only enhances mobility, but also opens up a world of education, work and social life for those in need of such support.
The guidelines, developed for use in less resourced settings, address the design, production, supply and service delivery of manual wheelchairs, in particular for long-term wheelchair users. The guidelines and related recommendations are targeted at a range of audiences, including policy-makers; planners, managers, providers and users of wheelchair services; designers, purchasers, donors and adapters of wheelchairs; trainers of wheelchair provision programmes; representatives of disabled people’s organizations; and individual users and their families. By developing an effective system of wheelchair provision, Member States support implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the May 2005 World Health Assembly resolution A58/23 Disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation.”
An effective and scientific approach to staying active and independent
Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative medicine aimed at helping patients maintain, recover or improve their physical abilities.
Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. They can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits.
PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
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A safe and natural way to be pain-free
Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands-on approach to healthcare and is based on the principle that how the body moves influences how it functions. It is a natural and drugless system of diagnosis and treatment that balances the body to correct chronic and unresolved body pain syndromes.
Osteopaths are highly trained and competent healthcare professionals recognized by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health as fully qualified to diagnose and treat somatic dysfunctions. People who suffer from a variety of painful conditions visit an osteopath. This includes neck or back pain, joint or muscular pain, sports injuries, recurring headaches and more. Many patients are pregnant mothers, children with difficulty, or those with work-related pain and strain, and stiffness related to advancing years.
Whatever your age and no matter what challenges you may have with your health, there is probably something an osteopath can do to help. Osteopathy treats more than just the spine. It treats all parts of the body.
Bowen Therapy is a gentle Australian healing system that is applied to treat a broad range of physical ailments including muscular, structural and visceral complaints. It is a minimalist approach to bodywork which does away with the need for repetitive and often aggressive action. It is especially helpful with its ability to be effectively applied when many other therapies cannot, such as with clients with extreme trauma and with elderly people or babies.
Dorn Method, developed by Dieter Dorn in the 1970's in the South of Germany, has become the widely used therapy for back pain syndromes and many spinal disorders in Germany. This true self-help method is a holistic, effective, safe and non-manipulative therapy (needs no spine cracking) to correct misalignments in the spine and joints.
Craniosacral Therapy or CST, is a gentle, hands-on therapy developed in USA that taps into the body’s own natural self-corrective ability to create balance and wellness in the nervous system. The goal of CST is to free up restrictions inside the skull and the spine, thus relieving stress, decreasing pain, and enhancing overall health in the central nervous system. A properly functioning central nervous system determines how relaxed, capable, and resilient the health of an individual will be throughout life.
The Ken Yamamoto Technique (KYT) is a Japanese treatment system for chronic low back pain and other spine-related pains done via specific therapy skills that is centred on positioning the human body to its ideal frame. With this technique, pain goes away when specific joints and muscles are returned to the right position. For example, the pain goes out when one ankle is adjusted for the sake of fixing a neck problem and symptoms of the herniated disc at the cervical area go away by adjusting a finger. The KYT is a set of therapy techniques that can take the pain away without touching the main site of complaint.
Kinesiology taping provides support and stability to joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It can also be applied for the purpose of prevention and to treat pain and edema. Osteopaths, physical therapists and other medical practitioners mainly use this taping method. Comparing it with athletic taping, it is placed around a joint for stabilization and support during a sporting activity without obstructing the flow of bodily fluids and hindering movements.
During treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, taping contributes to the healing process by supporting and protecting the injured structures from further stress or damage. With its skilful application, it reduces the need for prolonged treatment and reduces time off sport or work for the athlete or patient. Taping can also be used for the enhancement of proprioception which aids in the prevention of injuries by supporting unstable joints and improving control and stability. Therefore, it is a knowledge and skill that is essential for physical therapists, coaches and athletic trainers.
Dry Needling utilizes acupuncture needles to stimulate trigger points in muscles and fascia. It is a technique done by osteopaths, physical therapists and doctors that is applied to tender points in muscle in order to reduce pain or muscle spasm.