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For most people, the difference between going to the physio or the chiropractor may not be very obvious. At the end of the day, unless we have a prolonged or severe pathology, our contact with them is probably sporadic and to treat any joint or back problems. In addition, it is not uncommon for a single clinic or professional to offer several of these combined treatments, so it is not always easy to distinguish from each other.

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In Physiotherapy, physical agents are applied to prevent and treat injuries and pathologies. There is passive part in the treatment (bandage, massage, heat, currents, mobilizations ...) and active part (exercises and movements) but which is better? Passive or active techniques? Characteristics of passive and active treatment By passive treatment we understand the techniques that are performed without the need for voluntary movement of the patient.

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Electrostimulation is an old acquaintance in injury recovery. It has been applied for a long time in physiotherapy sessions, and also improving in terms of its indications and uses. In this case we refer to local stimulation, used for therapeutic purposes, where the main objectives are to act against pain and cause muscle contraction.

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In Physiotherapy, we are used to seeing a lot of publicity with innovative techniques and treatments, both manual, electronic devices and others. In the press, television, Internet ... Information is usually seen on physiotherapy techniques that help the recovery of athletes and other celebrities, and seem to give the idea that the technique alone is what has recovered from the injury. Is this so ?

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In a physiotherapy consultation, many habitual failures are seen that have an impact on the good results of the treatment and, therefore, on the good recovery of the patient. That is why I invite you to know frequent mistakes that are made when you go to the physiotherapist, with the advantage that most have an easy solution.

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Clinical neurodynamics is a manual mobilization technique whose objective is to perform mobilization of the peripheral nervous system, which is useful to relieve, even eliminate, some types of pain that have their origin in alterations or problems that involve the peripheral nerve. We are going to make a small introduction of this physiotherapy technique, which is useful in problems such as cervical discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, problems such as sciatica, or some processes that occur with sensitivity alteration, pain, paraesthesia ... What Is it neurodynamic?

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Kinesiotaping is also called a neuromuscular bandage. It is a technique that uses a specific material (adhesive strips called kinesiotape) to perform bandage following a specific application that seeks various objectives. We go, to understand each other, the colored strips that we see that many athletes use.

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With the year almost closed, we review the most outstanding contents on Physiotherapy that we have published this 2015, with the idea of ​​making them known to those who have not read them at the time, and also remember them in case you already know them, but we think it may be good to have on hand.

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In the world of sports and in everyday life, physiotherapy plays an important role in the recovery of more or less serious injuries that anyone can suffer. The information that is disseminated on physiotherapy is very wide and varied, and that sometimes is not positive at all, because we fall into the risk that an excess of information leads us to error.

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In several sports, especially in those that are impactful and that involve twists and a lot of work of legs and knees in particular, the meniscus injury of the knee is usually probable. It is a topic that we have already talked about, and that we will continue to do in Vitónica, as it is a fairly common injury.

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We are closing the year and we have to review the most important contents of Vitónica in the Physiotherapy section, a profession that is undoubtedly closely related to sports, healthy living and exercise, both at preventive and treatment levels. Speaking of Physiotherapy, this year we highlighted the importance of doing things right from the beginning so that the treatment is really effective.

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The question has a trick, quite a trick, because it is clear that there is no single answer. Depending on the type of injury and the characteristics of the person, the total number of physiotherapy sessions can vary greatly. However, I want to raise the question to make some reflections that I think may be of interest to you on how many physiotherapy sessions are necessary to recover from an injury.

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Although massage is the technique that is most often associated with physiotherapy, if there is something that is really its essence is kinesitherapy, that is, therapy or treatment through the use of movement. Kinesitherapy is the group of physiotherapy techniques that are based on using movement as a measure to improve health or recover from an injury or dysfunction.

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Although massage is still the most recognizable technique of physiotherapy, the procedures for both treatment and physiotherapy diagnosis have changed a lot. I want to talk about ultrasound as a method to assess and reassess injuries in the field of Physiotherapy.

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We have already spoken on other occasions of the trigger points, those tense areas that generate so many musculoskeletal discomforts, and that in many cases are not well diagnosed and do not receive the appropriate treatment. If you have not done so, I invite you to read the entry about trigger points and pain, because it is based on the topic we will now discuss, the dry puncture of the trigger points.

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