Sunday, October 13, 2013
San Juan De Dios Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has a seminar today October 13 2013 on Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. For those who attended you can download a copy of the first part of the lecture here it is in PDF format. Hope you learned something new.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Here in the Philippines, may it be at daytime or night time, the major TV/Network channels have their way of luring viewers to watch. Their technique is to have what they call “Telenovelas” or “Teleseryes”. People get to be glued either in the afternoon or even during and after supper to watch local or foreign (usually Korean) translated to tagalog series. Now why in all of the topics I am covering this time has got to do with such series?
I usually see patients in the clinics wherein the relatives, caregivers or even the patient themselves complain that home exercises taught to them are not being done. Reasons usually range from there is no more time, they are tired already, no one is able to monitor the exercise, or the home exercises are too many.
My highly recommended time is then to add the exercises during “telenovela” time.
How come? Since these major networks want to get your viewing time, they will make you watch a 30 mins to an hour show BUT their style is that they will have the “teleserye” show for around 4 to 5 mins and then followed by a 4 to 5 minute set of advertisements ranging from 10 to 15 commercials. After which the cycle begins again. 5 mins show, 5 mins advertisements until the show ends for the day. Then you will watch it again the next day, Monday to Friday. Sure you can get glued to the show for the 5 minutes but what do you do on the 5 minutes of advertisements?
My highly recommended activity, Add Ads Exercises at home!
Simply stated, you add exercises during ads time. The set of exercises that are given by the physical therapist can be done during the advertisement time. How many times? Do 1 repetition of an exercise during 1 commercial. Once that particular 5 minutes is through, you have done 1 set of 10 to 15 reps of that exercise. On the next set of advertisements, do another type of exercise or another set. By the time you are finished with 1 show, you completed it. If you are glued the whole night, then the more you have done your exercises.
1. It solved the no time to do it at home.
2. You won’t get tired. By doing 1 exercise per advertisement which is around 10 to 15 seconds per advertisement most likely is not that hard. And what else would you do to make your time more meaningful during those commercial breaks.
3. Monitoring. The companion of the patient can be glued to the show but during breaks can help out with the patient. It is a win-win situation.
4. Too many exercises dispersed during the whole series of shows made you enjoy your night in watching and at the same time been able to do what is needed. What more can you ask for!
Home exercises are given to help the patient carry out the program even at home. But in order to make it easier, simpler and even convenient is just by doing 1 rep of exercise per advertisement time. It may be not enough to look on a short term goal but it will be meaningful in the long term. As the saying goes, “One step at a time and you will get there eventually”. In this case, Add 1 Ads Exercise at a time and it will make you reach your goal at the convenience of your HOME!