Computers, Digital Cameras, Mobile Phones, Smart Photos, iPads – these are just some of latest technologies we use every day. Making phone calls, checking emails and using the internet are everyday activities which happen at our fingers tips. But what happens if you have an injury or illness which affects your ability to use technology?
The Geelong Osteoporosis Study which was released today has stunned experts by showing that nearly a third of all Australian adults have brittle bones which puts them at risk of fractures, frailty and declining health. It is estimated that there are now over 1.2 million Australians aged over 18 years old with the condition, this is much more than first thought.
At diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, most of the cells producing Dopamine have been destroyed. As the disease progresses, more and more of these cells die leading to further poverty of movement and difficulty with everyday tasks such as walking, talking, swallowing, fine motor skills such as writing and doing up buttons. Until recently, it was thought that this progression of cell death was irreversible and could not be slowed. New evidence suggests that although Parkinson’s Disease cannot be cured, the progression of the disease can be slowed……..
John has made amazing gains and walked 50 metres in his last session with a stick and help of one person! Prior to this John needed maximum help of two people just to get in and out of his wheelchair and was unable to take a step at all..
Injuries in the workplace happen all too often. The risk of injury at work is present across all industries, whether you are a Builder or a Librarian there will be tasks you complete each and every day in your workplace which place you at risk of injury. Slips, trips, falls and repetitive strain injuries are amongst the most common incidents reported across all sectors, yet it is often these incidents that are the most avoidable.
Traditionally, it is harder to get good results following a knee replacement than a hip replacement. We know from many studies and our own observations in the clinic, that despite the surgery and rehabilitation, many people are left with significant loss of strength, fitness and functional limitation following their knee replacement, with some even reporting severe pain up to 12 months following surgery. Recent research is showing us there may be a better way.
Occupational Therapists assist clients adapt to changes in their lives which have occurred as the result of injury, illness or ageing. Occupational Therapists assess a client’s physical skills, thinking skills, the tasks they need to complete- whether that be showering and dressing or returning to work, and their environment. Are you missing out on areas of your life...
Life-altering experiences which require rehabilitation, such as stroke, brain injury, acute or chronic illness, motor vehicle accidents, surgery and ageing affect not only the people directly involved but also their family, friends and carers. Art Therapy is a counselling service designed to complement the rehabilitation services people receive and to offer support to the significant others in their lives.
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Recent studies show that on average people receive less than 60 minutes of rehabilitation a day in inpatient care following a stroke. Is this enough? We still don’t know exactly how much is enough, but we do know that people who receive more therapy, earlier, tend to have more positive outcomes and less dependency.
Approximately two thirds of stroke survivors continue to experience difficulty moving their arm resulting in diminished quality of life, dependence and possibly pain. Conventional rehabilitation can provide modest improvements but physiotherapists are looking at new ways to improve the outcomes of therapy. Virtual reality (VR) technology is becoming more and more common as adjunctive therapy in neuro-rehabilitation. VR and video game applications like Wii and Pablo® are novel and potentially useful technologies that can be combined with conventional rehabilitation for upper arm improvement after stroke.