Athletes Get Stem Cell Therapy, But Should You?

“The risk from the stem cell procedure is that it could give someone a false sense of confidence, and they could go back to play too early” and reinjure themselves, he said. A spokeswoman for the Washington Nationals declined to provide information about Scherzer’s treatment, such as the type of stem cells used or the name of the clinician who administered them. Clinics that offer stem cell treatments prepare injections by withdrawing a person’s fat or bone marrow, then processing the cells and injecting them back into aching joints, tendons…

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Pinterest: A great place for treatment ideas

How many of you out there have heard of Pinterest? How many of you have used it before? How many of you use it as a place for finding OT treatment ideas?

If you (mentally) raised your hand to any of these questions, then you’re on the right track!

In case you don’t know, Pinterest is a place for sharing and organizing images and ideas that you find on the Internet. By following the “pins” that your friends share, you can create virtual pinboards that are organized any way you like and re-post your friends’ pins onto your various boards. Make sense? So, for example, I have a handful of boards that organize topics such as recipes, photography, kids’ activities (for someday when my 5-month-old grows up), do-it-yourself projects, and so on.

The pinboard that I’m MOST passionate about is my OT board. When I first joined Pinterest in the summer of 2011 (when I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 1st baby!), I noticed that there were all these great kids’ activities floating around and I thought to myself, I could totally use that in therapy! So I created an OT pinboard and started saving activities that I could potentially incorporate into my pediatric therapy sessions. As a new OT, this was such a breath of fresh air. I found a few ideas here and there and was content to have just a few things in my back pocket after being sleep deprived (you parents can relate!) and out of school and fieldwork for 6+ months.

Once I started working, however, I saw a flier that introduced me to a company that has put together the ULTIMATE world of OT resources: PediaStaff. I don’t work for PediaStaff and I had never heard of them before, so I’m not trying to covertly convince you to work for them. But what I am saying is that they have done something absolutely AMAZING…they have put together literally hundreds of pinboards for various topics related to pediatric therapy. I’m sorry if you’re not in peds and this doesn’t relate to you. But if you are? Oh boy, get ready! Their boards are for people who work with and teach kids — primarily OTs, SLPs, behavioral therapists, and school teachers (it’s possible there are other fields represented that I haven’t seen since there are so many pinboards). Off the top of my head, some topics of the OT boards include sensory/messy play, activities to promote hand strengthening, ways to develop and improve pencil grip, free printable visuals for visual schedules/picture exchange, picky eating, AAC, animal-assisted therapy, lots of boards related to specific diagnoses, and much, much, MUCH more. I can’t even begin to describe the depth and breadth of these boards, but once you dive in, there’s no stopping! I have been know to spend hours perusing just one board and saving articles and links that will be immensely helpful to me in my pediatric practice. Though some of the ideas I come across are things I already learned in OT school or fieldwork, many of the ideas are new to me and simply ingenious. I have also been introduced to many great blogs and articles that are written by OTs and cover a wide array of topics.

It is important to note that all of this idea sharing and pinning certainly does not serve as continuing education, as helpful as it is. But it most definitely supplements the formal education that we have already received and it can jump start our practice by giving us some new ideas for treatment and inspiring us to creative greatness.

So what about you? Have you found Pinterest to be a helpful resource to your OT practice? Are there other websites you use as a means of giving you new ideas and a fresh perspective on your profession? I would love to hear from you!

If you haven’t experienced Pinterest yet, go to and request an invite. You should receive an email within a few hours that will include a link that you can click on in order to set up an account. You will then be provided with suggestions for who you can follow, based primarily on your Facebook friends who are also Pinterest users. I hope it becomes as great a resource to you as it has for me!

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Aromatherapy For Self-Care

BY ACHS President Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG)

Responding to anxiety is something people obviously do to help control your system –but remaining at a continuous state of anxiety may eventually have adverse health consequences. Cortisol, also referred to as the stress hormone, also is also a portion of the human body’s natural reaction to pressure, but if published in elevated levels, or if is itn’t permitted to distribute as a result of chronic anxiety, it may reduce resistance, bone density and general wellbeing.

Practicing deliberate and consistent self-care to encourage the human body’s natural relaxation response and also to continue to keep our own body’s cortisol levels healthy and balanced is critical for long-term wellbeing. Self-care helps to handle stress before it will become continuous. Aromatherapy is one successful treatment method we could use to prevent stress from occurring within the entire human anatomy.

Aromatherapy activates the relaxation reaction, required for self-care. The relaxation response may be triggered by performing whatever you want, like heavy breathing, walking, walking along with self-massage. Triggering the relaxation reaction has several health benefits, such as healthy metabolic levels and decreased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, enhanced digestion and blood glucose sugar levels.

That is the reason it’s critical to make time to every single day, even if this means stolen minutes here and there, like while you are between clients, in the vehicle, washing machines or doing laundry. Aromatherapy is adaptable and mobile, and it offers a whole good deal of diversity, which means that your self-care time could be very meaningful.

Consider applying essential oils as part of your daily wellness regimen. Applying essential oils whenever you’re already rested, like through a massage, generates a favorable conditioning reaction, a positive institution.

To encourage everyday usage, attempt inhalation of essential oils, or, even in case you’ve got more time, then developing a private mix of essential oils. Both methods involve properties. Deciding which strategy is the most suitable to your immediate demands could possibly be a very simple variable of available moment.

If you select inhalation, pick essential oils using a nice association. amara, or bergamot Citrus aurantium var. Inhale deeply.

If you decide to generate a mix, choose key oil with soothing or relaxing properties. Anise Pimpinella anisum, basil Ocimum basilicum, clary sage Salvia sclarea, geranium Pelargonium graveolens, grapefruit Citrus paradisi, lavender Lavandula angustifolia, nutmeg Myristica fragrans, petitgrain Citrus aurantium, rose attar Rosa damascena, lavender Rosmarinus officinalis, candy orange Citrus sinensis, tangerine Citrus reticulata, and ylang ylang Cananga odorata are particularly helpful for easy, stress-reducing mixes.

To see the full-text post, which originally appeared at the May 2011 variant of Massage Magazine about, see

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Pamper Yourself with a Home Spa (recipes included)

We all Enjoy a Little pampering.

When finances are tight not take some opportunity to make your own spa break at the comfort of your residence? Together with the basic recipes supplied you can create indulgent all-natural beauty remedies to leave your skin smooth, soft and shinier. Letting yourself some significant me-time provides you the opportunity to unwind and forget regular stress for a little while.

You Will Have to Create the toilet melts, additives and pumice foot scrub Ahead of Time. These are fun and simple to create, and you’ll have sufficient products to get some pamper sessions or even to give as presents.

Light a candle in the restroom approximately 30 minutes before starting your house spa to allow the scents fill the space.

Create the face bunch your decision that will fit your skin simply by mixing the components together till you’ve got a consistency you are able to apply to your neck and face. Pour a generous spray of bath gel into a bowl, then add a spoonful of ground olive oil and then stir well until blended. Ground olive stones really are an economical all-natural exfoliant sometimes called”washing machines” that cleansing and enhance skin. It’s very good worth to get the grains and utilize to your hair dryer one time every week.

Bring all you want into your toilet; put a”don’t disturb” sign if needed!!

 When You are undressed utilize a dry skin brush to brush securely against the feet up the thighs towards the center and then by the palms the arms up. This fosters the flow of lymph and blood, detoxifies the body, enhances the look of cellulite and can definitely leave you glowing!

Love a Fast shower, together with the body scrub you created. Eliminate any make-up and cleansing the face as you operate a deep hot tub. Pour the Organic Bath Salts or fall 2 or 1 Luxurious Melts (based on their size) to the sport. Employ your head mask and revel in a relaxing retreat for 20 minutes. Just take a while to listen to songs, read a magazine, and have a glass of wine or anything feels like a cure.

Luxury Bath Melts

Cocoa Butter 50g

Shea Butter 25g

Coconut Oil 10ml

Dried Rose Petals (discretionary )

Silicone moulds or elastic ice cube tray

Melt the butters at a heat-proof jug to a low heat Working with the bain marie microwave or method, include coconut oil and simmer fry. Allow to cool a little as you scatter a few bits of dried rose petals from the molds you’re using. Set the molds on a flat plate or tray and then pour the melted butter to the molds. Refrigerate before sound for a few hours and get rid of the molds.

In case you don’t own a tub, these pliers may be applied as a moisturising body pub. Simply massage warm moist skin after a bath rather than your regular oil or cream.

Natural Bath Salts

Dead Sea Salt & Epsom Salt OR

Pink Himalayan Bath Salt (approx 200g)

Dried Rose Petals (discretionary )

Vital Oils (discretionary )

Quantify out Your Favorite salts to a bowl, then add 6-8 drops complete crucial oil and simmer and blend well.

A pleasant relaxing mix would be 3 drops Mandarin, 3 drops Bergamot and two drops Ylang Ylang or attempt Geranium 2 drops, Lavender 3 drops and Rose Total 3 drops.

When you’ve got a vacant broad necked jar or some kilner jar you are able to make double and delight in another curative bath. To turn the capsules to your body scrub only include a spoonful of oil like coconut, apricot kernel or sunflower and stir fry well. Utilizing un-fragranced salts is absolutely fine.

These additives are completely of valuable minerals and help detoxification and comfort.

The melts are greatly nourishing and will leave your skin feeling very tender.

As soon as you’ve enjoyed a great beverage use a pumice rock then pumice foot scrub, then massaging well into every foot.

Pumice Foot Scrub

Shea Butter 70g

Coconut Oil (Strong ) 50g

Coconut/ Additional mild acrylic 25ml

Earth Pumice 85g

Dead Sea Salt 85g

Peppermint Essential Oil (don’t use if pregnant) 20 drops

Mix the ground pumice and Dead Sea Salt into a bowl and then put in the Peppermint essential oil when using. Melt the butters utilizing the bain-marie procedure or microwave and stir into the liquid light or coconut oil. Allow to cool slightly then pour in the pumice and stir fry well. Set the wash to a container like a kilner jar or plastic bathtub as you’ll have a lot to get a couple programs. Set the wash to the refrigerator to permit the butters to company up. Before using only wake up using a spoon.

Wrap yourself a Huge towel and remove the face mask with warm water.

To get a last bit of luxury spritz your body and face using a few aromatic, cooling Rose Water.

You also May Want to paint and shape your nails before drifting off!

Earth Pumice and freshwater Stones Can Be Bought by

Organic Salts for your tub and also for scrubs are available by

Butters, oils and essential oils are available from Turmeric providers. I utilize

Aromatherapy Soy Candles can be purchased from my website

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