Sunday, 18 April 2010

150 traditional masseurs roped in for Games

India may not have enough masseurs and physiotherapists with specialised sports oriented training, but filling the gap at the Commonwealth Games will be ayurvedic masseurs and therapists from Kerala and West Bengal.

Thousands of athletes and players are expected to take part in the October 3-14 event - the 19th edition of these Games during which sports masseurs and therapists will be needed.

In India, however, sports masseurs are very rare to come by and in fact the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has around 10 of them working under it at any given time. So to meet the deficit, organisers have looked outside the state and have chosen those involved in ayurveda - an Indian system of medicine - which experts say could be an added advantage.

"Around 150 ayurvedic masseurs from the Indian system of medicine have been identified to be trained in sports massages. The Delhi government shortlisted the names from Kerala's Directorate of Health Services and we have recently given the names to the Games Organising Committee," JP Singh, the Delhi government's health secretary, said.

In addition, the Delhi government has identified 100 more people from Kerala and West Bengal for physiotherapy requirements also.

However, these ayurvedic masseurs will undergo rigorous training conducted by foreign experts before the sporting event.

"Since a sports massage is a very different concept from the Indian system of medicine-based massage, the selected candidates will undergo training from foreign experts. After the Games they can be inducted for the domestic demand also," Lalit Bhanot, the organising committee's spokesman, said.

The foreign experts will teach the candidates massages like 'Petrisage' (massage based on pressure application for relaxing), 'Efflurage' (for warming up muscles before a sporting event) and many more, he said.

"Typically, this type of specialised training is made available in countries like the United Kingdom and Australia. The training will be an 11-day module. This is likely to held in Kerala and the experts from abroad will be flown down there. After that, the masseurs will be tested through a written exam ahead of the Games," the official added.

Explaining the importance of masseurs in any sports event, Alakananda Banerjee, head of the physiotherapy department at Max Hospital in Saket, told IANS: "They are a very important aspect of the training for sportspersons and are required in all sports like hockey, football and others. Masseurs are required before, during and after any sporting event.

"When sportspersons play, their muscles get tightened which can lower their performance. The sports massage helps in blood circulation, ultimately helping the sportspersons."

According to sports medicine expert PSM. Chandran, the concept of sports massages is still unknown in India.

"Sports massage is an unknown entity in this country. As of now under the Sports Authority of India (SAI), we have just 10 of them and they too have knowledge of the ayurveda system. Even without the Games, there was a demand for them but no supply," Chandran, who is also director of sports medicine at the SAI.

"If you know some massaging technique, it is better since you can be easily trained. Ayurvedic massages are used for certain diseases and have different training. The masseurs already know how the hands are used and have knowledge of the human anatomy," he added.

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Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement said...

Knee Arthritis? Options That Can Help Keep You Active

Patients between the ages of 40 and 60 are experiencing knee arthritis, is growing day by day. This patient population presents a unique set of treatment challenges. Understanding available options and tailoring treatments to each patient’s needs and desires is the key to successful outcomes.
We examined both surgical and non-surgical treatments available for younger patients with knee arthritis, to determine the best action for patients who want to continue to participate in demanding sports. More active patients require more flexible treatment programs to allow them to remain as active as they would like.
There is an increasing trend with the people who want to stay active in sports and recreational activities after the age of 40. These patients are not concerned with being told to stop what they love doing. As a result, orthopaedic surgeons and physicians need to come up with different strategies including non-operative treatments or even cartilage restoration procedures, to address pain and functionality, and to help keep patients as active as possible.
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Although alternative treatments like acupuncture, glucosamine and chondroitin may be incorporated into an overall treatment plan, but currently there is no strong clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of these alternative-types of treatment.
Approach to help patients remain active:
• Take control of your situation—understand the disease process and symptoms and learn about different treatment options.
• Work with your physician to come up with both short-term and long-term courses of treatment to help know your symptoms early while maintaining the health of your knee and body for as long as possible.
• Be flexible with your activities. In most cases, mild activity modification such as switching to more biking or swimming and less running may make a huge difference in the number and severity of symptoms. Trying new activities also can help keep morale high.
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your doctor. Look for a doctor who can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option, and who is willing to work with you to tailor a treatment strategy to your individual needs.

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Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement said...

Tips To Prevent Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow happens when you damage the tendons that connect the muscles of your forearm to your elbow. Tennis elbow typically result from repetitive arm movement. If you continue to do the activity without allowing the tears to heal, the tendons can become inflamed It is common with the players playing out-door games like football, cricket, table tennis etc and some other activities like gardening, using a screw driver, panting and using iron. It occurs mostly due to the use of equipment in a wrong way or having a wrong size. A direct blow to the outer elbow can also cause tendon damage. To diagnose the tennis elbow, it needs to be examined in a proper manner. But x-ray may not need to be done. If you don’t get better with the treatment, you can go for image test or MRI.

1. Use proper backhand technique.
2. Use the correct equipment when playing tennis.
3. Do strengthening exercises.
4. Stretch and warm-up before playing tennis
5. Lift properly
6. Include times of rest in tennis playing schedule
7. Keep wrists straight.
8. Apply ice to elbow.
9. Use an elbow brace

For more details please contact:
Dr. Prateek Gupta (Senior Surgeon)
Arthroscopy Surgery Clinic
C2/5 Safdarjung Development Area (SDA),
Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi - 110016
INDIA
Telephones: +91 9810852876, +91 11 26517776
24 x 7 Helpline & Appointment: +91 9810633876
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Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement said...

Seven days to ZERO figure

Next week you got an important event and feeling you are out of shape... Here’s how to tone up in seven days flat!

Swap tea...
Swap your tea with something else. If you are looking to get in shape eagerly, ditch your regular cup of tea and go for a fat-burning one instead. Studies show that green tea revs up your metabolism, so aim for several cups a day.

Take some supplement
Fish oil supplements, two times a day, are a great way to shed pounds. A recent study found that volunteers who took them have lost, on an average, two kilos over three months without changing their diet or exercise habits. Fish oils are great for helping your body burn fat more efficiently.

Avoid salt
That’s the advice most weight-loss experts give. When people cut down the salt in their diet, they instantly look slimmer and less bloated. Too much salt makes your body retain water, which makes you puffy around your face and stomach. Go for low-salt breakfast options such as a khichdi with less salt or no salt .

Also, don’t add table salt to your food or cooking, avoid salty snacks such as crisps and go easy on processed sauces which are often packed with salt.

As a guide, avoid foods that contain more than 0.5g of sodium per 100gm on the label (sodium is just another way of describing the salt content). The fresher your food, the less salt it’s likely to contain. And be very careful about take-away – Chinese food, in particular, is loaded with salt because of the sauces.

Ditch sugar
Like salt, sugar is a diet baddie. Even though sugary foods – such as boiled sweets and mousses – are often labeled as ‘low-fat’, but they’re incredibly high in calories. And if you don’t work off the calories by exercising, that sugar gets stored as fat – usually around your stomach and waist. Sugar also increases your hunger. So, ditch the sugar in your tea and also the colas that you gulp down every day.

Eat low-sugar snacks instead. Chopped vegetables, for example are rich in fiber, so they’ll keep you fuller for longer and will aid your digestion, which helps to reduce bloating. Alcohol is practically pure sugar, so give that a miss, too. If you drink regularly, you’ll notice the difference after giving it up for a week.

Relax
If it is day seven already, don’t worry. You can still lose weight! Stress really does make you fat. It causes hormones to be released into your body that encourage fat deposits around your waist and stomach.

Scientists have found that those with the biggest waist measurements had the highest stress levels. The hormones secreted during times of stress are instrumental in causing more fat to be stored, particularly around the abdomen.


For more details please contact:
Dr. Prateek Gupta (Senior Surgeon)
Arthroscopy Surgery Clinic
C2/5 Safdarjung Development Area (SDA),
Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi - 110016
INDIA
Telephones: +91 9810852876, +91 11 26517776
24 x 7 Helpline & Appointment: +91 9810633876
Email: sportsmedicinedelhi@yahoo.com,
sportsmedicineclinics@gmail.com
Website: http://www.sportsmedicineclinicdelhi.com/arthroscopy.htm,
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