What is Therapy: Definition and 67 Discussions

A therapy or medical treatment (often abbreviated tx, Tx, or Tx) is the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a medical diagnosis.
As a rule, each therapy has indications and contraindications. There are many different types of therapy. Not all therapies are effective. Many therapies can produce unwanted adverse effects.
Treatment and therapy are generally considered synonyms. However, in the context of mental health, the term therapy may refer specifically to psychotherapy.

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  1. Chris Miller

    Medical Can vitamin K supplements help stabilize INR in VKA (warfarin) therapy

    Can vitamin K supplements reduce dietary considerations in stabilizing INR on warfarin? I understand a higher dose of warfarin would be required. But isn't vitamin K useful besides as a coagulant, and wouldn't dietary sources of K impact INR less with a 100-200 mcg daily base of vitamin K...
  2. T

    Medical Therapy holds back Cancer more than a decade

    Initial success rate reported as ≥25% and improving. Overview: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00241-0 Couldn't find the technical report.
  3. B

    In Vibroacoustic Therapy does the transducers have to be on the skin ?

    In vibroacoustic therapy does the transducers have to be touching the skin ? I get that power is lost in the air, but it is enough to matter ?
  4. Andrew Mason

    INKT (Invariant natural killer T cells) as a COVID-19 therapy

    I would be interested in hearing from the experts such as @Ygggdrasil about the prospects for a new therapy for COVID-19 using iNKT cells. According to this information page from the British Society for Immunology site: My interest was piqued by a recent announcement by AgenusBio (Agenus Inc...
  5. Ygggdrasil

    Medical Progress for Gene Therapy and CRISPR against Blood Diseases

    The New England Journal of Medicine published two papers showing data for successful treatment of a handful of patients with sickle cell disease or β- thalassemia using gene therapy techniques. Both teams used the strategy of inhibiting the BCL11a transcription factor in blood cells, which...
  6. J

    Dr. Middlebrook's "Technical Therapy For Analog Circuit Designers"

    Dr. R. David Middlebrook was a very well known professor of analog engineering at Caltech. He was also a cofounder of the power supply design and analysis group "Teslaco". Dr. Middlebrook developed a program "Technical Therapy for Analog Circuit Designers". The dvd was available for several...
  7. neilparker62

    COVID Is low dose radiation therapy a potential treatment for COVID-19?

    https://www.thegreenjournal.com/article/S0167-8140(20)30185-7/fulltext What's the relevant science here ? Would just like to hear a bit more as to whether it holds out any meaningful prospects for treatment of Covid 19.
  8. T

    Low level hand held lazer therapy for hair works?

    Hi, does low level hand held laser therapy work for stimulating the hair follicles, scalp and improve your hair’s appearance with a couple of fifteen minute sessions per week? if yes how much do they cost?
  9. nomadreid

    Medical PMC journals as source? Example on "ozone therapy"

    I am having a discussion with a friend who advocates "ozone therapy": re-injection of your blood after being enriched with ozone, done by a doctor. Since I am very skeptical of this fad (all I can see is that ozone destroys double bonds in carbon chains, which does not seem like a good thing--...
  10. J

    Medical Diagnostic procedure turned into potential treatment

    Hello everyone, I found this article that explains how some sorts of radiation treatments could be controlled with positron-emission tomography (PET). A team of researchers, led by Professor Samuel Achilefu from the Washington University School of Medicine’s departments of radiology and...
  11. Ygggdrasil

    Medical Gene Therapy Successfully Treats Teenage Boy with Sickle Cell Anemia

    *in one patient, for at least 15 months Research published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on a case of using gene therapy to potentially cure a teenage boy of sickle cell anemia, a genetic disease that impairs red blood cell function...
  12. T

    Isolating components of electroconvulsive therapy

    By the form of electricity, would it be possible to change brain chemistry without using the procedures of ECT? For instance, I would think in this day and age we could make a device that one would touch (like a doorknob) that could create a similar form of electroshock, only difference being...
  13. micromass

    Bacteriophage Therapy: Alternatives to Antibiotics

    Antibiotics have come a long way since their discovery. But I think it will happen quite soon that they'll be ineffective. So what are the alternatives? I've read a bit about bacteriophage therapies which could possibly form an effective alternative to antibiotics. On the other hand, the...
  14. S

    What are the Topical Interests of a Mexican Psychology Student?

    Hello, my name is sergio , I'm from mexico and am a student of psychology . My studies are based on behavior modification , evidence-based treatments , CBT and third wave therapies . I'm interested in physics, chemistry , biology, genetics . Greetings from mexico , I hope to share with you, and...
  15. T

    Proton Therapy Programs: Find CAMPEP Accredited Programs for 2017

    Hello Forum members, I am very interested in pursuing a degree in Medical Physics and I have found the field of proton therapy to be quite interesting. I have been looking at various CAMPEP accredited programs to see which ones have strong proton therapy research faculty members and facilities...
  16. Gradon

    MATLAB Therapy imaging processing in matlab

    do you have imaging processing' document in matlab? can you share with me? Do you have code MATLAB about increase form yellow to red? Thanks your attention
  17. M

    Physics applications in cancer research/treatment

    I am a third year undergraduate physics major. Often time people ask what I want to do with physics, and I didn't really have an answer for them. I guess I always assumed I'd pursue a masters degree in some kind of engineering, but I want to be able to do something that I'm passionate about...
  18. Domenico94

    Cancer Therapy - Electromagnetic fields

    Hi everyone. I'm an electronics eng. student, and, during my studies, and my life outside university, I've heard several times of how electromagnetic fields could affect our body, in a way or another. There are also various resources talking about how these fields can attack cancer...
  19. P

    Are FFAGs Being Overlooked in Proton Therapy Technology?

    Hi everyone, I'm new at Physics Forum. I'm looking at the different accelerator technologies being used in proton therapy across the world. One of the more recent technologies I have come across is FFAG (fixed field, alternating gradient). It seems to have a lot of advantages over...
  20. L

    Programs Medical Radition Science, Radition Therapy Degree

    Hi, I am Leigh, a 28 year old mature aged, soon to be student. I got 92.5 on my ATAR in chemistry/life sciences/ English. I am seriously considering a Bachelors in Medical Radiation (therapy) degree, because the nuclear medicine branch of the degree on offer sounds like career prospects...
  21. D

    How can I protect my bandaged ankle while showering?

    I have a sprained ankle. On my first visit to the therapist, he stuck a bandage on my ankle, such that it went 270deg around. Issues: 1. No mention of how I am supposed to shower. Do I take care to leave the bandage or do I let it peel off? I take a shower everyday, and there is no way the...
  22. M

    Radiation therapy research ideas?

    Hello everyone, I'm a radiation therapy 4th year undergrad student about to pursue some research in medical physics as a 4th year thesis project at a hospital. However I am really not sure what my thesis project should focus on. Because it is mandatory to conduct research on your original idea...
  23. M

    How Can I Find Real Accelerators for BNCT Data Comparison?

    Hello All I'm doing my theses in BNCT(Boron neutron capture therapy).I did it with 2.5 Mev imaginary accelerator. there are many reactors to compare my data with theirs.but Unfortunately I couldn't find some Real accelerators based on BNCT to compare my MCNP-X output data with theirs. could u...
  24. P

    Germ Line Gene Therapy: Ethics and Regulations?

    Gene therapy consists of modifying the DNA sequence to replace the gene coding for the disease with a healthy gene. Germ line gene therapy does this by targeting the germ cells; this means that once the egg is fertilised, every cell which descends from the egg contains the modified gene, and...
  25. W

    Magnet therapy and magnetic blood

    Hello, Newbie here. Guess this is going to be a pretty odd first post. I've recently been having a discussion with a few friends, regarding whether it's plausible that magnetic bracelets could have any form of healing potential (for arthritis and similar conditions). To me, my friends lack of...
  26. N

    Radiation Therapy: Dosage, Duration & Effects

    Not sure if this belongs here or in the nuclear engineering forum. Many cancer patients in radiation therapy for cancer receive as much as 170-190 rads of daily radiation for 7-9 weeks. When I looked at a radiation chart I found that equates roughly to the dose at 1 mile from a Hiroshima...
  27. E

    Quantitative PEMF therapy data please

    I discovered Physics Forums when I searched for PEMF on Google. I became interested in PEMF when I was asked if I could repair two PEMF machines. (I have acquired a reputation as a "Mr Fix-it" in our small community here in Spain!) The first was a small portable device with a hand...
  28. M

    BNCT(Boron Neutron Capture Therapy)

    My research is about Design and modeling of beam tube of nuclear reactor for BNCT(Boron Neutron Capture Therapy) application and I need some journals and related books about it.
  29. S

    Low-level laser therapy: an emerging clinical paradigm

    Say, has anybody ever heard of this stuff? http://spie.org/x35504.xml It seems that certain specific frequencies/wavelengths in the near-IR band can have a very pronounced effect on parts of the cell, like mitochondria and on production of ATP and ROS. So is it conceivably possible to...
  30. bohm2

    Medical Statin therapy for healthy people with high cholesterol?

    I thought this was interesting commentary in a fairly recent issue of JAMA arguing for the 2 different viewpoints. To prescrtibe or not to prescribe statins for healthy people with high cholesterol? Healthy Men Should Not Take Statins http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1148381...
  31. M

    Engineering Physical therapy and engineering

    A little background: I am 22 years old, 3 years ago I got sick and lost a lot of weight. My physical condition deteriorated until I finally found someone who diagnosed me correctly (or at least correctly enough) and the physical deterioration halted. At the time I was in a lot of physical pain...
  32. N

    In heavy ion therapy ,how do you determined the exact location of the tumor?

    In heavy ion therapy ,how do you determined the exact location of the tumor? 1.How position of any object can be determined by a nuclear detector. 2.Instrumentation involved in a heavy ion accelerator for cancer therapy.
  33. O

    Is Radionics Therapy a Legitimate Healing Method?

    I would like to know more about how Radionics Therapy or any kind of vibration can communicate remotely through a hair sample or digital photo, which is used to "locate" my energy and to transmit radionically to me. Does anyone have any suggestions on how it works? Thanks in advance for any...
  34. rhody

    Medical Gene therapy and stem cells unite

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15272081" and and from the research paper linked in the article: Rhody...
  35. C

    Medical Hookworm Therapy for Allergy Sufferers

    For anyone who doesn't know, hookworms are parasitic worms which inhabit the GI tract (instestines I think) of their host. They latch onto the intestinal walls and feed on the hosts blood. If infected by large quantities of them, it can cause major problems such as anemia due to blood loss but...
  36. Greg Bernhardt

    Medical Gerson Method and Nutrition Therapy (FoodMatters)

    I've been watching the documentary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001B3XZAW/?tag=pfamazon01-20. It seems like quackery to me! It makes the very suspicious claim that eating a proper diet will not only prevent all illness but can cure all current illness. A proper diet is defined as: raw, organic...
  37. M

    Cranial Sacral Therapy: Does It Work? Experiences Here!

    Does anyone here get it? I have a friend that likes to give me free cranial sacral, and it "helps me so much." (her words, not mine :rolleyes:) Does anyone here get it, and have you had any benefit from it? Know anyone that has? I just don't understand it. I'd prefer a massage...
  38. M

    Time Dilation & Stem Cell Therapy: Twin A vs Twin B

    I believe in the future stem cells will cure everything and stop the aging process, and I also think that any mammal traveling at high speed would be affected by failing organs and a weaker immune system (just my opinion). So, two people of the same age are on Earth. They are identical twins...
  39. J

    Progencell Stem Cell Therapy Aides Doctor Diagnosed with Parkinsons

    When Dr. José Luis Salgado Ruiz was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly six years ago, he thought his career and his future were over. Parkinson's Disease, also known as PD, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. The condition causes tremors, slowed...
  40. C

    Holding therapy for homosexuality

    I saw a link on youtube regarding holding therapy for homosexuality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJXWFZz0Qjo&feature=related they propose that one man should hold the other man for a long time, and it should cure the homosexuality of the latter. Anyway, I have two questions: one...
  41. B

    Non-Viral Gene Therapy: Effectiveness & Uses

    I was just wondering is non viral gene therapy effective enough; and in what cases/when would it be effective/non effective enough thanks
  42. P

    Magnetic Fields and Proton Beam therapy

    Proton Beam therapy is an advanced technique to destroy tumors by concentrating a high energy beam of protons to a specific depth inside the body of a patient. These proton beams are produced by accelerators and steered to the patient-treatment rooms by magnets. In a particular cancer treatment...
  43. B

    Can you achieve telomere maintenance without using gene therapy

    Can you achieve telomere maintenance without using gene therapy? if so, what are the ways? thanks
  44. B

    Viral or non viral gene therapy, in brain

    Im not sure if anybody here can answer this, but, this is my question What negative health effects etc can occur from viral gene therapy being used on a human brain (to add one or more extra copies of a gene) what are the odds of those negative effects occurring in the person from viral...
  45. I

    Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (B10->B11)

    Hi! I hope I've posted this in the right section, but it definitely deals with the nucleus, so here goes. I'm doing a presentation on Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, which, if you don't know, puts boron inside tumor cells, shines a neutron beam onto those cells, which causes the boron inside...
  46. J

    Gene therapy and infectious diseases

    Can gene therapy be used to cure the infectious diseases?
  47. R

    Volumetric modulated arc therapy

    Homework Statement volumetric modulated arc therapy (vmat) is a new technology in radiation therapy. It gives radiation treatment in a single 360 degree or less arc. During VMAT delivery on medical linear accelerator dose rate, gantry speed and MLC shapes can be simultaneously varied when...
  48. C

    Debunking Gem Therapy: Is Frequency Healing Real?

    It’s a fact that doctors use 528 hz to stimulate DNA to heal itself so I guess this could somewhat amount to a scientific background to this... I know when they make watches they blast the quartz with frequency till they get it set to 32768hz for a quartz watch. I have seen claims...
  49. lisab

    Medical Question about massage therapy

    Just had a massage this afternoon...so nice, since I missed work Monday because of a painful and stiff lower back, and it's been nagging me all week. But during the massage, and uncomfortable thing kept happening. As the therapist would work from my upper to lower spine, the muscles would...
  50. Ivan Seeking

    Teeter Hang Ups - Inversion Therapy

    Anyone have opinions on teeter hang ups? Below is what they claim: http://www.teetertv.com/