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Yoga therapy — one-on-one visits which take place in medical clinics, physical therapist offices and yoga studios — takes into account pain and injuries for a customized experience.
Yoga therapy is nowhere near as popular as one-pose-fits-all classes. Still, in the last three years, membership in the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a trade group based in Prescott, Ariz., has almost tripled to 2,060, from 760.
There is no national credentialing system, and the lack of industry-wide standards worries doctors. “You need some core set of certification that allows a patient to know that they are going to someone from whom they can reliably get appropriate treatment.Just as certain conditions can be helped by extension, flexion, twisting or side bending, they can also be aggravated

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General Rules for the first-aid treatment of an unconscious patient:

  • Place the patient on his side with his head turned so that vomit can run out of his mouth.
  • Make a quick survey to exclude arrested breathing or severe bleeding. These conditions must be given priority of treatment.
  • Loosen all clothing and let him have plenty of fresh air.
  • Remove spectacles or dentures. If his breathing is difficult, instruct an assistant to place his thumbs behind the angles of the jaw and draw the jaw forward; this will keep the tongue from falling back and blocking the air passage.
  • Do not move him, unless he is lying in a place of danger, until you have completed first aid.
  • Keep him warm with the aid of blankets, including one underneath him.
  • Do not give him anything by mouth until he regains consciousness.
  • Keep him under continuous observation. If he is restless he should be gently restrained.
  • Remember that the unconscious patient does not feel pain.
  • Remember that with a severe injury associated with much loss of blood unconsciousness may be due to shock.
  • Remember that with a head injury unconsciousness may be due to concussion or compression of the brain.

How Dangerous Are Sports?

The most dangerous sport widely played in Australia and New Zealand is rugby. Rugby League and Rugby Union have higher rates than Australian Rules, with a greater number of broken bones and face injuries are fewer, less serious and usually affect the legs.
In cricket and hockey, a major cause of injury is the hard ball hitting a player on the head. In squash, tennis, badminton and athletics, pulled muscles and sprains are the most common injuries, but eye injuries are also common injuries, but eye injuries are also common in squash.
The following are the sports which provide the greatest number of injured players for treatment at a leading Australian Sports of Medicine. The figures are the percentage of the total number of injuries treated over one year.

Rugby League: 26.46%
Rugby Union: 14.85%
Soccer: 14.03%
Tennis: 5.99%
Athletics: 4.58%
Squash: 4.03%
Basketball: 3.71%
Golf: 2.52%
Australian Rules: 2.03%
Cricket: 1.95%
Ballet: 1.40%
Swimming: 1.35%
Hockey: 1.33%
Skiing: 1.19%
Water skiing: 1.17%
Baseball: 1.12%


General Treatment of Fractures

In dealing with fractures various aims should be kept in mind.

(1) Reduction of the fracture and restoration of the normal alignment of the bone or bones. With a simple fracture of a finger this may not be difficult, because it is easy to feel the bone throughout its length. A fracture of the thigh bone presents a different problem, because the bone is deeply embedded in powerful muscles held in spasm and the two ends of the bone may overlap. Since you cannot give the patient a general anaesthetic, the best you can hope to do is so immobilize the limb and prevent the jagged ends of the bone from doing further damage to the tissues.

(2) Fixation of the fracture,, whether reduced or not, in splints so as to immobilize it, care being taken that the lower fragment is kept in correct alignment and not twisted - for it is, even though the fracture may have been reduced, much disability will result.

(3) Treatment of any wounds that may be present. Bandaging of the splints should be so done as to enable the necessary (perhaps daily) attention to be given to the wound without the splint having to be removed.

(4) Relief of Pain. After a splint is put on there may be considerable swelling of the part, which will cause pain by interfering with the blood supply. Tell the patient to let you know about any pain and watch the extremities for swelling, blueness, pallor, or numbness. If any of these signs is present, loosen the bandages. (As the swelling decreases, it may be necessary to tighten the bandages.)


Choking may be caused by a foreign body blocking or partly blocking the windpipe and is frequently described by the victim in some such terms as: "the food has gone down the wrong way". Artificial teeth and fish bones a re sometimes to blame.

TREATMENT: The patient is distressed and at times hysterical. He should be made to lean forward and should be thumped several times between the shoulder blades. If this fails, he should be told to sit up leaning well forward and you should then pass your finger to the back of his throat and endeavour to hook up the offending object. If this too fails. seek medical aid.

Dislocation of the Lower Jaw

Dislocation of the lower jaw may be caused by a blow on the point of the jaw when the mouth is open, or by yawning, laughing, or dental extractions. The history is usually clear, and there is obvious deformity of the face and inability to close the mouth, from which saliva dribbles away. The head of the bone can be felt on the surface of the cheek, slightly in front of its normal position. The chin is prominent and the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper. Dislocation is usually on one side only, though it may be on both.

1. Pad your thumbs well with strips of lint and insert them into the patient's mouth over his back teeth.
2. Exert steady pressure downwards to depress the angle of the jaw, at the same time raising the chin with your fingers outside the mouth. The head of the bone slips back into position with a snap, hence the need to protect your thumbs.
3. After reduction take care to prevent the recurrence. Do not give solid food for a week.

Recurrent dislocations are not uncommon. People to whom this has happened on a number of occasions often know how to put the bone back into place without assistance.