It is a growing phenomenon that more people are diagnosed with chronic fatigue or pain syndrome. It may not be a life-threatening condition, but it sure has a great impact on one’s quality of life. The saddest part of it is that once it is developed, nothing seems help to alleviate it. People are passively drawn further into the situation and don’t know what to do.
Chronic fatigue or pain syndrome (fibromyalgia may also be used loosely for this diagnosis) has multiple causative factors which intertwine tightly with each other. It is almost impossible to identify the cause of it and how to resolve it. However, it is a general agreement that people respond positively to physical exercises. The question is how to get started. The endurance of this group of people is extremely low and they cannot tolerate even gentle exercises.
Aquatic therapy has been utilized by physical therapists for many decades with the purpose of assisting patients with reaching their goals using the unique properties of the water. Metter Center partners with the YMCA to treat patients with this same purpose in mind. The water allows the therapist to treat a variety of patients who otherwise have a difficult time completing exercises and activities in a traditional physical therapy setting.
Our Physical Therapy team has had the privilege of working with many elite athletes over the years. We would like you to meet local speedskater, Theron Sands, who shows us every setback is a chance to make an even greater comeback! In his own words, he explains he is even stronger after going through surgery and physical therapy rehabilitation.
I achieved success (second place overall and world champion of the 3000 and 5000 meter events, including breaking the 5000 meter world record six times in the last 12 months) at the World Masters Speedskating level at age 52.
"When should I use hot or cold for an injury?" is one of the most common questions I get from patients. Before we answer it, let’s first review the effects of hot and cold.
Effect of Heat
When heat is applied to a superficial area, it increases the blood flow to that region. An increase in blood flow means more nutrient is brought to the area, and thus, healing is promoted. Heat, in general, reduces the viscosity of body fluid and so improves the overall flexibility of the soft tissue.
Effect of Cold
Use of cold, on the contrary, reduces the tissue metabolic activity. Hence, it greatly reduces the swelling produced by injury. In addition, it numbs the nerve endings, and so decreases pain.