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Neck Stretches for People with Desk Jobs

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The first quarter of 2019 is now in the rear-view mirror and many of us are tied to our desks and hunched over computers or tablet devices and poor posture can lead to a significant amount of physical discomfort including in your neck and shoulders.

We love to see South African therapists putting their content online and sharing their valuable knowledge. We recently met biokineticist Kendra Dykman and she has put together these handy exercises that you can do at your desk:

 

Don’t forget that you can use our 3D Joint ROM tool to measure neck Range of Motion (ROM)

We also offer wellness presentations to staff at your company. If you would like more information on this, please e-mail marca@3djointrom.com

Tennis Basics: Improve Hip and Lower Body Range of Motion

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Sports like tennis, squash and badminton require a high level of mobility and flexibility in the lower limbs including your knees and hip. For players looking to improve their game, it is important to focus on developing Range of Motion (ROM) in these joints.

In this video, the team from Celota take players through simple exercises to improve ROM to elevate their game:

Don’t forget that you can use our 3D Joint ROM tool to measure your Range of Motion (ROM) in real-time.

[WATCH] Quick Fix for Shoulder Pain

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Are you suffering from shoulder pain and looking for some kind of treatment? The team from Total Motion Physiotherapy have put together this great educational video which will give you some easy -to-apply exercises to assist you.

Give us your thought on this treatment:

Remember that you can use our 3D Joint ROM tool to measure Range of Motion accurately and in real-time.

Physio Matters Podcast: The Elbow: Tennis & Otherwise with Val Jones

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Are you treating Tennis Elbow? This 60th episode of the Physio Matters podcast look the subject of Tennis Elbow:

This includes predisposing factors, triage, assessment, treatment, management, prognosis, prevention and more!

The team interviews Val Jones who is a hugely knowledgable upper limb specialist Physio from Sheffield who has helped to promote the ‘E’ in BESS (British Shoulder & Elbow Society) for many years.

Enjoy:

Don’t forget that you can use our 3D Joint ROM tool to measure Range of Motion (ROM) in the elbow highly accurately and in real-time

Measuring Proprioception / Kinesthesia Using 3D Joint ROM

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Often referred to as the “sixth sense” in humans,  Proprioception is defined as “the sense though which we perceive the position and movement of our body”.

It could further be defined as

“The awareness of the body in space. It is the use of joint position sense and joint motion sense to respond to stresses placed upon the body by alteration of posture and movement.” 

In the past, therapists have been utilised subjective analysis to see whether a patient is able to return a joint to a pre-determined position or starting point.

Therapists can now use the easy-to-set-up 3D Joint ROM tool to test and measure proprioception and feedback to patients in real-time. You can also use the tool to analyse trends – improvement / decline in Proprioception or Kinesthesia across multiple sessions and this could prove valuable in a medico-legal environment.

You can see 3D Joint ROM in action HERE or purchase it  through our online store. If you have further queries around the tool, you can e-mail marca@3djointrom.com

Measuring Quality of Movement using 3D Joint ROM

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While Range of Motion (ROM) is an important element to consider for clinicians, the ultimate goal is to measure Quality of Movement.

Our powerful reporting and graphing features allow a therapist to measure and monitor in real-time, the Quality of Movement in real-time.

  • Are the movements smooth or erratic?
  • Is the patient trying to compensate for pain or discomfort by moving the joint through one of the other planes
  • Can you as the clinician identify the exact moment that a patient experiences pain, record that pain marker and revert with objective data to show improvement in quality of movement?

The 3D Joint ROM tool provides a number of features to equip clinicians with the ability to measure the Quality of Movement to demonstrate outcomes or evidence based monitoring and improvement of quality of movement.

You can see 3D Joint ROM in action HERE or purchase it  through our online store. If you have further queries around the tool, you can e-mail marca@3djointrom.com

Measuring Range of Motion using 3D Joint ROM

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Current research guidelines suggest that academics gathering data on Range of Motion (ROM) may allow for up to 10 degrees “margin of error” when measuring ROM using traditional tools. Our 3D Joint ROM tool takes data gathering to a whole new level with highly accurate ROM measurement in all 3 planes simultaneously.

We expect this to become increasingly important in the clinical environment as one of the global trends emerging in healthcare is that therapists are moving toward outcomes-based or evidence-based therapy. Subjective analysis is coming under pressure from patients who expect to be able to see a measured, objective outcome to their therapy.

The 3D Joint ROM tool provides an easy to implement tool for demonstrating improvement of ROM in real-time.

You can see 3D Joint ROM in action HERE or purchase it  through our online store. If you have further queries around the tool, you can e-mail marca@3djointrom.com

Inactivity is killing us

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If you talk to South Africans, they will proudly tell you that we are a sporting nation. The facts however suggest otherwise.

According to the World Health Organisation, up to 40% of South Africans don’t do the minimum recommended daily dose of physical activity

Recently Discovery CEO Adrian Gore posted an article talking about how lack of activity was leading to a spike in health related issues including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Gore makes the point that physical inactivity makes up 6% of global deaths and costs billions more in general healthcare treatment.

Since launching Dynamic Body Technology, we have done a couple of talks around the importance of movement and we do something a little bit different: We do a Range of Motion (ROM) test on employee necks and you’ll be surprised at how little mobility many people have. This is often as a result of poor posture at their desks, “head-down” position over a cellphone or a telephone tucked between ear and shoulder.

When you show them – in real-time – the range they should be reaching, it hits home the physical impact that work is having on them.

Just the other day, we were in a small business talking about movement and the [supposedly young and healthy] 28 year old receptionist did a quick ROM test on her neck. By 2pm in the afternoon she was suffering from shoulder pain and had very limited ROM on her right hand side because of the way she cradled the phone between her shoulder and neck.

Once we had started the discussion about the importance of movement, the finance executive at the business joined the conversation saying that he had effectively checked himself off for a week because of shoulder immobility that meant he couldn’t use a computer. Ultimately a physiotherapist was able to put him on a treatment regime to improve mobility but it’s another simple example of lost productivity through inactivity and poor office posture.

The scary thing is that inactivity is becoming a bigger and bigger issue from a younger age.

The Australian Physio Association recently pointed out that 80% of Australian children between the ages of 5 and 17 do not meet the minimum physical activity recommendations which is 60 minutes a day.

Bearing in mind that Australia also positions itself as a “healthy” and “sporting” nation, that is a telling statistic. Throw in the prevalence of mobile devices and the long-term impact this has on neck and hand / wrist joints and you start to realise that we need to tackle this issue of inactivity.

The economy is struggling so employees are being forced to work longer and harder to try and keep productivity levels are high. This is having a material impact on their health and wellbeing and what is being dismissed as short-term pain is in reality a precursor to long-term health issues such as cancer.

If you would like our team to come and talk to your staff and do some Range of Motion (ROM) testing, you can pop me a mail on marca@3djointrom.com

Do clinicians need to be accurate when measuring ROM?

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Marc Ashton, CEO, Dynamic Body Technology

Does objectivity and accuracy matter for clinicians? In the process of rolling out 3D Joint ROM to the market, this has been an interesting question that clinicians have turned back on us and one that I believe should be debated.

The premise behind the 3D Joint ROM tool is that it allows clinicians to accurately measure Range of Motion (ROM) in multiple planes in real-time and provide an objective recording of patient range.

When presenting to clinicians, the question has been asked: “Why do we need objective recordings of ROM? Why can I not simply use my clinical experience to judge improvement or decline?”

As a solutions provider with an interest in accuracy and objectivity, this was an interesting rebuttal. While much has been made about the impact of technology on the healthcare sector and concerns that the subjective skill and analysis are being discounted, we believe we have a couple of comments on this:

Medico-Legal

A recent installation we did for a podiatrist in South Africa highlighted the importance of objective data when referring a patient. An issue raised by this clinician is that orthopedic surgeons were disregarding subjective opinion and opting to operate despite the patient being within range guidelines.

As patients and consumers are using technology to help educate themselves around their treatments, they are going to interrogate the advice (and associated costs) provided by clinicians. Objective and accurate data will lead to higher quality referrals and treatment plans.

Tracking the pain point

At what exact moment does a patient feel pain during a movement? If you can diagnose the pain point, you can save significant recovery time by focusing on the right outcomes rather than struggling to replicate the movement.

Outcomes-based healthcare

When running a business, it is easy to work out whether you are achieving an outcome: If your income exceeds your expenses, you are heading in the right direction. As a clinician, it’s less black and white and there is significant pressure on clinicians to demonstrate their outcome in an accurate and objective manner.

Clinicians are increasingly reporting that there is a focus on outcomes – particularly from the sports science fraternity – patients no longer just want to hear that “Range or mobility has improved” – they want to know to what degree it has improved as a result of your treatment.

Gaming an outcome

When it comes to treatment and rehabilitation, patient motivation is a major factor and one that many clinicians will battle with. How do I motivate my patient to hit their rehabilitation goals?

By showing a patient real-time data of their movement, they can have an accurate measure of exactly how much further they have improved and aspire to hit their rehabilitation goals. Data that is provided in real-time can add a gaming element to rehabilitation.

Conclusion:

When doing some research for this post, I typed into Google “How important is accuracy in Range of Motion measurement” as a search phrase (combination of words not complete search phrase) and ended up with 39.2 million links on the internet. There is clearly a lot of interest in the topic.

Where I think we need to be careful is this narrative that objective technology replaces the need for subjective insights from qualified medical professionals. Technology should be there to support the clinician not replace them or discount their skills.

We at Dynamic Body Technology would love to get insights from clinicians around the importance of accuracy and objectivity when it comes to medical data. Please feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a line on marca@3djointrom.com