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Meditation Better Than Placebo for Pain Relief

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Mindfulness meditation reduces reported pain significantly more than does placebo, say U.S. investigators, who found that different neural mechanisms are employed by different pain relief interventions. The study of healthy volunteers revealed that although a placebo cream and sham mindfulness meditation significantly reduced experienced pain in response to a thermal stimulus, mindfulness meditation achieved pain reductions significantly greater than both. The findings also showed ...

Posted on: November 25, 2015
Obesity Linked to Higher Risk of Surgeries

ROSEMONT, IL -- A study appearing in the Nov. 18 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) finds a link between obesity and a higher risk for surgery in orthopedic trauma patients. In addition, researchers found that patients with obesity had longer hospital stays and greater treatment costs. They were also more likely to be discharged to a care facility, rather than to home. Researchers identified 301 patients with multiple orthopedic injuries at a Level I trauma center from 2006 to 2011. ...

Posted on: November 24, 2015
CHESS Partners with Goshen Medical Center

HIGH POINT, NC -- CHESS, a health enablement solutions company, and Goshen Medical Center (GMC) announced Nov. 23 that they have joined into a long-term partnership that will assist GMC in transitioning its healthcare delivery model from one based on fee-for-service (volume-based) to one rooted in pay-for-performance (value-based). "As healthcare reimbursements migrate to payment models based on quality, outcomes and cost, we expect our work with CHESS to help us stay ahead of the curve," said Greg ...

Posted on: November 23, 2015
HealthSouth Teams with St. Joseph Health System on Rehab Hospital

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- HealthSouth Corp. and St. Joseph Health System, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives, announced Nov. 20 an agreement to jointly own and operate a 30-bed inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital in Bryan, Texas. The hospital will be named CHI St. Joseph Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partnership with HealthSouth. Initially, the joint venture will own and operate St. Joseph's existing 19-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital located at 1600 Joseph Drive in Bryan, Texas. The joint ...

Posted on: November 22, 2015
MedStar Rehabilitation Network Receives Vehicle Donation

WASHINGTON -- MedStar National Rehabilitation Network announced Nov. 18 that it has received a donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO. The stationary vehicle is designed to help patients recovering from injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedic injuries learn to safely transfer in and out of a car. The vehicle also serves a role in the MedStar NRH Driver's Education Program's evaluation process. In both ...

Posted on: November 21, 2015
ATI Foundation Hosts Fundraising Gala

CHICAGO -- The ATI Foundation announced Nov. 19 that it raised more than $86,000 at its most recent gala, held Nov. 14 at Navy Pier in Chicago, for children with physical impairments. The ATI Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization founded by ATI Physical Therapy. The families of four local children were honored at this year's gala as special guests, sharing their stories and the difference the ATI Foundation has made in their lives. "The kids and families we honored at this year's ATI ...

Posted on: November 20, 2015
OPTP Releases 2nd Edition of Pilates Text

MINNEAPOLIS -- OPTP announced Nov. 19 the release of Stretch Out® Strap Pilates Essentials 2nd Edition, by Angela Kneale, OTD, OTR.The book shows participants how to enhance Pilates movements by using the original Stretch Out® Strap, a tool that features multiple loops for deep, personalized self-stretching. Readers learn dynamic exercises that lengthen and strengthen the body while challenging core stability and control. The exercises, optimized by the Stretch Out Strap, are designed to ...

Posted on: November 19, 2015
Research Shows Benefits of Bike Riding in Autism

RAPID CITY, SD -- New research by Andrew Shim, chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department, confirms that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show a significant improvement in limit of stability (LoS) outcomes after riding a balance bike for five weeks. "Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration," said Shim, who conducted the research at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, Iowa. The five-week study ...

Posted on: November 18, 2015
Tai Chi As Effective as 'Standard' PT for Knee OA

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tai chi can improve the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis as much as -- or more than -- standard physical therapy, new research suggests. "The value of tai chi goes beyond physical therapy because it includes movement, meditation, mindfulness, breathing, social support, and strength training," Chenchen Wang, MD, told Medscape Medical News. "Here you have mind, body, and spirit integrated together." Wang, from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, presented the finding at the ...

Posted on: November 16, 2015
PT Solutions Opens Atlanta Location

ATLANTA -- PT Solutions announced Nov. 12 the opening of PT Solutions of Morningside in Atlanta. The location marks the practice's 70th clinic and 19th in Georgia in a network of locations that includes Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee. Clinic Director John Michael Caraway, PT, DPT, will oversee the facility, which offers physical therapy, manual therapy, industrial rehab, spinal care, temporomandibular disorders, balance and dizziness, sports medicine, and ...

Posted on: November 15, 2015
PCOM Launches Master's in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration Program

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) announced Nov. 13 a new master's degree program in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration (ALTCA), for those interested in advancing their career in the growing field of aging services and the administration of institutional and community-based care. At the core of the new program is the Nursing Home Administration 120-hour program, which satisfies the educational requirement for licensure in Pennsylvania. In addition, students will complete a ...

Posted on: November 14, 2015
FOTO Partners with Clinicient on Outcomes System

PORTLAND, OR -- Clinicient Inc. announced Nov. 10 a technological collaboration with Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes Inc. (FOTO®), a medical rehabilitation company that measures and reports functional outcomes. FOTO's web-based outcomes measurement system will fully integrate with Clinicient's clinical, financial, and revenue cycle management platform, Insight, to measure and communicate the quality and efficiency of patient treatments. The full integration of FOTO with the Insight platform will ...

Posted on: November 13, 2015
Memorial Hermann Opens Convenient Care Center

HOUSTON -- Memorial Hermann announced Nov. 12 plans to open its ninth Convenient Care Center in League City. The nearly 47,000 square-foot medical facility will be the largest of its kind for Memorial Hermann. Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in League City will be built in Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-use town center development. The new Convenient Care Center will be a freestanding 24-hour emergency department that offers on-site imaging and lab services. Other components will include a breast ...

Posted on: November 12, 2015
Alta Bates Summit Offers Robotic Exoskeleton

OAKLAND, CA -- Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Acute Rehabilitation Program announced Nov. 11 that it will offer the Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton therapy to help survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower-extremity weakness to walk again. Alta Bates Summit's Regional Stroke Center cares for more than 600 patients per year. Patented by Ekso Bionics, the Ekso GT body suit adjusts advanced rehabilitation therapy to continuously support a patient's steps as they begin to walk again. ...

Posted on: November 11, 2015
Nova Medical Centers Develops New Brand

HOUSTON -- Nova announced Nov. 10 the launch of a refreshed brand design to position the company for future national expansion. Nova treats on-the-job injuries, conducts pre-employment services and screens, and offers preventive services such as vaccinations and flu shots. Nova also connects with employers to maximize employees' health. The company developed Occuflex, its proprietary patient management software, to track and share outcomes through real-time web-based reporting. Nova Medical Centers has ...

Posted on: November 10, 2015
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