Therapeutic ultrasound is a treatment modality often used in physical therapy. It has been used historically to improve circulation and tissue healing, but research has called into question its efficacy. Does ultrasound really work, and is it an important component of your rehab program after an injury?
After a period of immobilization or after injury or illness, you may notice limitations in your ability to move around. You may need the assistance of another person to move in bed and get out of bed, to move into and out of a chair, or to walk. You may also require a cane, walker, or another assistive device to help you maintain your balance and walking ability.
At the Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory at Northumbria University, our team of researchers look into ways of keeping the spine healthy in astronauts during space missions. But this research can also be used to help those of us on Earth keep our spines healthy when working from home.
If you're not taking regular breaks to move around during your workday, your muscles may rebel after being scrunched in your desk chair hour after hour.
Functional mobility describes a person's ability to move around in his or her environment. Examples include walking, scooting along a bed, and rising from a chair. If you are injured or ill, you may have a difficult time maintaining normal functional mobility. That's where your physical therapist comes in.