Wednesday, October 30, 2013

5 Ways to Encourage Your Child through Physical Therapy

If your child has an injury from athletics or an accident, physical therapy or rehabilitation is often a necessary component of recovery. Each child responds to rehabilitation differently, making it critical to create unique recovery strategies for all individuals. It is imperative that both the family and caregiver remain supportive to complete the exercises safely, whether at the doctor's facility or at home.

1. Be Selective

Rehabilitation often takes weeks or months. You want a practitioner that specializes in physical therapy for children to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Visit several different facilities before choosing a caregiver. Look around the waiting room and ask to see the therapy room. Each space should be child-friendly, including whimsical decorations or colorful wall paint. Books and toys need to be a focal point in the waiting room to keep children's minds occupied until their rehabilitation appointment. Avoid offices that are industrial and cold. Your child may not respond or recuperate well in these facilities.

2. Collective Fun

With everyone staring, children may be shy or scared to perform the necessary rehabilitation techniques. Make recovery a group project with friends and family joining in on the exercises. This distraction technique takes pressure off of the child and engages a sense of comfort with the situation. If this strategy works, continue to participate at each session to complete the therapy with flying colors.

3. Welcome All Questions

Even the youngest children have questions about their exercises and pediatric braces. Your practitioner should welcome all questions from adults and children. By answering children's questions with honesty, kids feel more comfortable with the situation. They may be more inclined to push through an exercise that may hurt when they know it will help them later. Ignoring questions makes children uneasy and distrustful to perform any exercises.

4. Session Rewards

The main goal for the entire rehabilitation program is to recover fully and lead a normal life. This abstract idea is too large for most children to grasp. You must create small goals with a reward at the end of every session. For sessions that are not too strenuous, a lollipop or other candy will suffice. Particularly painful sessions should be met with a larger reward, such as a small stuffed animal. As each session passes, they earn more rewards as their body heals.

5. Home Exercises

Some rehabilitation programs require extra exercises at home. Although they are normally simple, it may be painful for your child. Create a star chart to encourage these exercises each day. Draw a box for every day your child must exercise. When the exercise is completed, your child picks a sticker and affixes it to the chart. They must collect enough stars, or daily exercises, to earn a major prize, such as a dinner at a favorite restaurant.

Injury rehabilitation may be difficult for children to understand, but creative thinking encourages them to complete the program for other reasons. Treats and small prizes are smart distractions from recovery pain. Think of your child's favorite toys and foods to create a reward system that works for your family.

MMAR Medical Group Inc. has a wide selection of children’s physical therapy products and pediatric braces.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cold Therapy Systems for Healing and Comfort

Whether you have an upcoming surgery or a recent injury, using cold therapy for increased healing and comfort can have you feeling relief in no time. In part two of our three part series on cold therapy systems, we are discussing system brands and how they affect your recovery. Be sure to check them out to determine what cold therapy brand is best for your rehabilitation.

Bledsoe
For more than 30 years, Bledsoe has offered innovative rehabilitation products that treat a wide variety of injuries or conditions. Whether you are looking for the Bledsoe Cold Control or the Bledsoe bMini Therapy System, you will find relief and healing with their products.

Both systems are designed for usage immediately after an injury or surgery. They help reduce swelling, pain and speed up the healing and recovery process.

DeRoyal
DeRoyal is another popular and reliable cold therapy system brand. They have been manufacturing healthcare products worldwide for years, specializing in surgical and acute care products, such as cold therapy products. Two of their most popular products are the DeRoyal Cold Therapy Unit and the DeRoyal Hot/Cold Therapy Unit. Both are designed to help with soft tissue swelling as a result of surgery.

ThermaZone
ThermaZone manufacturer’s heat and cold therapy products that help patients rehabilitate injuries and decrease acute pain. ThermaZone has long understood that cold therapy pads designed for a specific part of the body increases the effectiveness and comfort during treatment. Easily change between heat and cold therapy with pads intended for the head, eye, neck, wrist, knee, shoulder, ankle and lower back. Drop the ice and invest in comfortable neoprene high-efficiency ThermaZone heat and cold therapy products.

Breg
Another reliable and trusted cold therapy manufacturer is Breg. They have been providing solutions in the cold therapy world since 1991. Their signature product, Breg Polar Care Cube Cold Therapy System, is easy to use and reliable. They are designed to reduce swelling, pain, and put the cold where it is need the most.

Other Cold Therapy System Brands
There are many other types of cold therapy systems. Besides the ones already listed, other popular and effective brands include:
  • Vitalwear
  • Aqua Relief
  • Aircast
  • Donjoy
 Regardless of the brand you choose, when looking for the best cold therapy for your healing, take time to do your research. There are plenty of products out there that are designed to provide you relief. Look for testimonials and ask professionals for recommendations so you are sure to find the best one for your unique needs.

If you need any help or support along the way, MMAR Medical Group Inc is standing by. We have provided high end medical brands at discount prices since 1990. We ship our products nationwide and our inventory is always stocked full for speedy delivery. Contact us with any of your cold therapy system questions today.