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Physiotherapist and Research Scholar, ESIC Model Hospital & PG Research Institute- ESICPGIMSR (Under Govt of India),Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore and General Secretary of Bangalore Physiotherapist Network (BPN) 2017-2020

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27 Feb 2017

Physiotherapy Central Council : 2017 Update

Physiotherapy Council Update Feb 2017: Healthcare Council Bill 2017: Physiotherapists, Dieticians, technologists and a host of other non-medical and non-dental professionals will gradually fall under the government’s regulatory net.

The Health Ministry has moved a Cabinet note on a draft law that seeks to create a regulatory structure to govern the quality of healthcare professionals who hitherto don’t have formal recognition or statutorily certified training.
Titled the Healthcare Council Bill 2017, the draft legislation provides for regulation of quality in respect of 59 professions that do not fall in the category of medical and dental courses.

Some professions sought to be standardised are healthcare technologists critical to medical disciplines like anaesthesia, blood bank, cardiovascular and radiology, clinical social workers, dialysis technologist, dieticians, nutritionists, nuclear medicine technologists, perfusionists and physiotherapists.

The council will come up along the lines of the Medical Council of India and will lay down standards for institutions seeking to impart courses. The ones already imparting courses will be subjected to the regulator’s scrutiny and given time to comply with its standards.

“Standards will be for curriculum, faculty and infrastructure. Regulation will become a norm. Today there is no way to know whether an ophthalmic assistant or a dialysis technologist has the requisite training. Once each course is standardised and institutions brought under watch, quality will automatically flow and healthcare professionals will stand a better chance of employment at home and abroad,” said a Health Ministry official.

The courses the new draft law seeks to monitor are ones that don’t fall under the regulatory ambit of the MCI, Dental Council of India, Pharmacy Council of India, Nursing Council of India and Rehabilitation Council of India.

Several universities today impart healthcare courses which are not recognised in the absence of statutory provisions. This leads to adhocism in the allied health sector, which is then exposed to related risks in terms of adverse health impact on the consumer of the service.

“Unless a professional is certified, one can never be sure of the quality of service. The Bill seeks to fill these gaps,” a ministry source said.
Aditi Tandon: Tribune News Service: New Delhi, February 27 Page 01


The name has been changed from the previously proposed "Allied Health Council" to "Health Care Council of India". That's a good news.

Information is that Health Ministry is forming a separate board for Physiotherapy with Autonomous functioning.Also th
e recommendations of Thirty-first Report of the Committee on the Physiotherapy Central Bill 2007 have also been taken to our advantage.

If that is the case, then we can welcome it to some extent provided Govt holds talks with the Physiotherapy Community and fulfills our basic demands before tabling it in the Parliament.

In case we do not get Autonomous Status with Independent Board we have to keep fighting for Independent Council which is our dream for past 50 years.

PS: My Personal opinion is for Independent Physiotherapy Council with the name as "Physiotherapy Council of India (PCI)

21 Feb 2017

Cure Sleeplessness Through Physiotherapy

Cure Sleeplessness Through Physiotherapy
-By Oliva Wilson

It has been said that one could survive for three times as long without food as one could without sleep.

Sleep is something that we all need, and the quality of sleep we get can have a huge impact on our daily lives. When we’re well rested, we’re more productive, nicer to be around and better at handling the challenges of the day, but it’s estimated that around 30-50% of the global population will suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives.

While one may understand the importance of sleep, it can sometimes feel like there is little that can be done to naturally end an ongoing insomnia.

But, people looking for cures of insomnia are less likely to consider Physiotherapy,  but it’s actually a great way to address the underlying cause of poor slumber.

Surprisingly, Physiotherapy is really effective for a bout of sleeplessness.

Physiotherapists look at the body as a whole in order to determine why a patient is not getting as restful a night as they need. After asking the required questions and determining if there are any external factors such as stress or worry causing issues with sleep, physiotherapists examine a patient physically in order to make sure their posture isn’t hindering their restful night’s sleep.

Physiotherapy is the best cure for sleeplessness if one is suffering from OSAHS (Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome) or Lower Back Pain.

OSAHS (Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome): While sleeping, some people experience upper airway collapse causing their breathing to be reduced or to stop altogether. There are several treatment options of OSAHS, but for long-term results, people turn to physiotherapy.

Lower back pain: Lower back pain is often a symptom expressed by people who also have sleep disorders. In fact, 55 percent of patients complaining about sleeplessness recently experienced an onset of back pain. Lack of sleep lowers the pain threshold and the mental capacity of the body to manage pain, and it has been discovered that better daytime pain control may lead to improved sleep quality.Therefore, it can be concluded that using physiotherapy to cure back pain may also correct sleeplessness.

Physiotherapy guide for a good sleep:

Below are several basic points to keep in mind to get a good and uninterrupted sleep from physiotherapy point of view:
A good posture is a key to restful sleep, as is choosing the right mattress and pillows. A night of poor sleep may mean the following day leaves you feeling grumpy, unable to concentrate, walking around like a zombie or physically exhausted.

Sleep posture: There are four main sleeping postures: lying on the right or left side, on your front, on your back or in the foetus position.
Lying on either side or the foetus position: Lying on your side posture has many forms. Some people lie with their knees slightly bent and both arms resting by their side, or stretch them out in front. Others may adopt the foetus position with their knees bent high, at a right angle to the body. While lying on the side, in cases of the mattress being soft or the sleeper having an hourglass figure, sinking into the bed may cause an asymmetrical strain to the lower back and in extreme cases, an unnecessary pressure to the hip could lead to burstitis i.e. inflammation of the sack of fluid on the side of the hip, especially if the sleeper is overweight.

Adopting the front position: Some people lie on their front with arms wrapped around the pillow or by their sides while others place their hands around the pillow and turn their head to one side. Physiotherapy does not encourage this posture as the sleeper is likely move out of the midline position and cause an asymmetrical strain to the neck.

Sleeping on the back: Lying on the back can be of two types – your arms are pinned to your sides or they are up around the pillow. If the legs are kept straight, it causes the back to arch which leads to unnecessary strain on the structures of the lower back.

Pillows to use: The type and number of pillows to be used depend on how wide your shoulders are along with the sleeping position and personal preferences. You may use an orthopedic pillow, which is a pre-shaped pillow designed to fully support the neck and head. When determining the number of pillows to use, keep in mind that having too many may mean they tilt your neck forward or too few pillows may tilt your head backwards. Similarly, while lying on your side be sure the gap between your head and shoulders is filled by pillows so in order to keep your neck correctly aligned. Find a balance that enables you to maintain the midline position.

Choosing the right mattress: It is extremely important to find the mattress that suits your needs. Physiotherapy recommends a mixture of support and comfort urging you to opt for a mattress that is on the firm side of medium. Try out a few before buying – lying on each for at least 20 minutes at a time and be sure it is supportive in keeping you in the midline position. If sleeping with a partner, consider the differences in body weight for levels of support required. Purchasing two single mattresses for a double bed may help here.

Above all, physiotherapy says that 95 percent people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, and poor posture is to blame in most of the cases. Thus, looking after your back is vital to a good night’s sleep.

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19 Feb 2017

Bangalore Physiotherapists Network (BPN) Bimonthly meet -Feb 2017

Bangalore Physiotherapists Network (BPN) Bimonthly meet in association with Apollo Hospital. Brainstorming Discussions on Documentation in Physiotherapy Practice , Professional Tax and Indemnity, Advocacy, Role of Physiotherapy in Communicable Diseases and a presentation by Neuro Surgeon Dr.Krishna on LBA. A fruitful professional meet with Positive discussions About Physiotherapy by Physiotherapists in Bangalore.

16 Feb 2017

Baahubali : Physiotherapy for Prabhas

Even Baahubali requires Physiotherapy !!: Actor Prabhas became a household name after the release of the record-breaking film, Baahubali. The phenomenal action scenes that he did with ease in the film made him an overnight superhero.

For the sequel of the film, the actor and the makers are raising the ante and Prabhas will be seen doing some high-octane action stunts. However, the makers took a lot of precautions to ensure the safety of the 37-year-old actor. "Prabhas gave his everything to Baahubali. Since there was so much of physical activity involved, the makers didn't want to take any chance," reveals a source. There was a team of doctors, including a Physiotherapist and even a disaster management team to handle any mishap.
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News Source: Hindustan Times: http://htsyndication.com/htsportal/article/Extra-precautions-taken-for-Prabhas/19060547

15 Feb 2017

How Technology Is Changing Physical Therapy

How Technology Is Changing Physical Therapy
-By Cher Zavala

Over the last decade, virtually every aspect of health care has been affected by technology in some way. From electronic health records to telehealth, from wearable devices to apps that let you make appointments and refill prescriptions with a few taps, technology has made the delivery of health care more efficient and more effective.

One area that is changing drastically due to technology is physical therapy. While it might seem like some of the innovations in PT are something out of a science fiction movie, they are very real — and making a very real difference in patients’ lives, especially when it comes to reduced healing times and more comfortable care. Technology is allowing physical therapists to deliver better care than ever before, and leading to new advancements beyond what anyone imagined.

Technology and Clinical Research

No discussion of technology in physical therapy would be complete without addressing the role of clinical research in advancements. Thanks to new technologies that allow for the collection of trial data electronically, research has become more efficient and more accurate than ever before. More researchers than ever are relying on eCOA clinical trial protocols, which are speeding up the timeframe for new therapies.
One such study that has been receiving a lot of attention was conducted at the Netherlands’ University of Twente. Researchers here equipped a lightweight suit with 41 different sensors to collect data about stroke survivors’ strength, flexibility, ability to walk, and other key metrics and send it wirelessly to university databases. This data can be used to track patients’ recovery progress and develop more effective treatment plans. As the researchers noted, most clinical assessments of stroke patients take place in a doctor’s office, and don’t always tell the whole story about how well a patient is progressing. By having patients wear one of these sensor-equipped suits under their clothing for a few months, therapists can have a more accurate picture of patient progress — and reduce the amount of time treatment is required.

Video Games

Many people have a negative view of video games, believing that they are too violent or a waste of time. But for those receiving physical, occupational, or neurological rehabilitation services, video games can actually be an important part of the treatment plan. Using game consoles that require players to move to play the game helps patients develop better balance and movement, improve their range of motion, improve coordination, and develop better reflexes and hand-eye coordination. Not to mention, playing games is usually more fun than traditional therapy, and allows family members to join in as well.


The idea of telehealth is gaining traction across the health care continuum, and physical therapy is one area where it’s actually showing a great deal of promise as a viable alternative for patients who wouldn’t otherwise see a therapist in person, thanks to improved broadband services, as well as widely available devices.
According to the CDC, more than 700,000 people receive full knee replacements each year, but about 70% of those patients do not follow through with the complete course of postsurgery physical therapy. This leads to hospital readmissions, chronic pain, and other issues for the patient. To help reduce these problems, many rehabilitation providers are turning to telehealth services, which allow them to work with patients from the comfort of the patients’ own homes. Research indicates that tele-rehabilitation services effectively reduce painkiller prescriptions, readmissions, and the need for additional follow-up care, as well as improve overall quality of life.


Robotics is quickly becoming an integral part of the delivery of physical therapy. In fact, the American Physical Therapy Association referred to the pairing of robotics and PT as “The New Age of Function, Movement, and Recovery.” Robots are now being used to help patients with everything from learning to walk again to guiding them through therapy sessions. One major benefit of using robotics for PT is the ability to more accurately gauge patient progress. While rehabilitation providers have the education and skill to evaluate patient condition and progress, they have to rely on their own subjective measurements. Using technology, these measurements can be standardized to ensure that patients are progressing appropriately and their care plan is on the right track.

As researchers continue to develop new technologies, there is no doubt that the field of physical therapy will continue to expand and improve. We are only at the beginning of a new frontier of more personalized and more effective care.

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12 Feb 2017

Physiotherapist Vacancies in India, Maldives, UAE- February 2017

Physiotherapist Vacancies in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Pune, Kolkata, Surat, Maldives, UAE.
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