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therapy

 [ther´ah-pe]
activity therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the prescription of and assistance with specific physical, cognitive, social, and spiritual activities to increase the range, frequency, or duration of an individual's (or group's) activity.
aerosol therapy see aerosol therapy.
animal-assisted therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the purposeful use of animals to provide affection, attention, diversion, and relaxation.
anticoagulant therapy see anticoagulant therapy.
antineoplastic therapy see antineoplastic therapy.
antiplatelet therapy the use of platelet inhibitors such as aspirin, dipyridamole, or sulfinpyrazone, to inhibit platelet adhesion or aggregation and so prevent thrombosis, alter the course of atherosclerosis, or prolong vascular graft patency.
art therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitation of communication through drawings or other art forms.
aversion therapy (aversive therapy) a form of behavior therapy that uses aversive conditioning, pairing undesirable behavior or symptoms with unpleasant stimulation in order to reduce or eliminate the behavior of symptoms. The term is sometimes used synonymously with aversive conditioning.
behavior therapy see behavior therapy.
carbon dioxide–oxygen therapy see carbon dioxide–oxygen therapy.
chest physical therapy see under physical therapy.
client-centered therapy a form of psychotherapy in which the emphasis is on the patient's self-discovery, interpretation, conflict resolution, and reorganization of values and life approach, which are enabled by the warm, nondirective, unconditionally accepting support of the therapist, who reflects and clarifies the patient's discoveries.
cognitive therapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy) a directive form of psychotherapy based on the theory that emotional problems result from distorted attitudes and ways of thinking that can be corrected. Using techniques drawn in part from behavior therapy, the therapist actively seeks to guide the patient in altering or revising negative or erroneous perceptions and attitudes.
collapse therapy a formerly common treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis in which the diseased lung was collapsed in order to immobilize it and allow it to rest. pneumonolysis and thoracoplasty are methods still sometimes used to collapse a lung and allow access during thoracic surgery.
combined modality therapy treatment of cancer using two or more types of therapy, such as with chemoradiotherapy. Called also multimodality therapy.
compression therapy treatment of venous insufficiency, varicose veins, or venous ulceration of the lower limbs by having the patient wear compressing garments such as support hose.
continuous renal replacement therapy hemodialysis or hemofiltration done 24 hours a day for an extended period, usually in a critically ill patient.
convulsive therapy treatment of mental disorders, primarily depression, by induction of convulsions. The type almost universally used now is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which the convulsions are induced by electric current. In the past, drugs were sometimes used.
couples therapy marital t.
diet therapy treatment of disease by regulation of the diet.
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (electroshock therapy) see electroconvulsive therapy.
endocrine therapy treatment of disease by means of hormones; called also hormonal or hormone therapy.
estrogen replacement therapy administration of an estrogen to treat estrogen deficiency, such as that occurring after menopause; there are a number of indications, including the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis and coronary artery disease, and the prevention and treatment of vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and of thinning of the skin and vaginal epithelium, atrophic vaginitis, and vulvar atrophy. In women with a uterus, a progestational agent is usually included to prevent endometrial hyperplasia. Called also hormone replacement therapy.
exercise therapy: ambulation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as promotion of and assistance with walking to maintain or restore autonomic and voluntary body functions during treatment and recovery from illness or injury.
exercise therapy: balance in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as use of specific activities, postures, and movements to maintain, enhance, or restore balance.
exercise therapy: joint mobility in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the use of active or passive body movement to maintain or restore joint flexibility.
exercise therapy: muscle control in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the use of specific activity or exercise protocols to enhance or restore controlled body movement.
family therapy
1. group therapy of the members of a family, exploring and improving family relationships and processes, understanding and modifying home influences that contribute to mental disorder in one or more family members, and improving communication and collective, constructive methods of problem-solving.
2. in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as assisting family members to move their family toward a more productive way of living.
gold therapy chrysotherapy.
group therapy see group therapy.
helium-oxygen therapy see helium-oxygen therapy.
hemodialysis therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as management of extracorporeal passage of the patient's blood through a hemodialyzer. See also hemodialysis.
hemofiltration therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as cleansing of acutely ill patient's blood via a hemofilter controlled by the patient's hydrostatic pressure. See also hemofiltration.
highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) the aggressive use of extremely potent antiretroviral agents in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus infection.
hormonal therapy (hormone therapy) endocrine therapy.
hormone replacement therapy the administration of hormones to correct a deficiency; usually used to denote estrogen replacement therapy occurring after menopause.
host modulating therapy efforts to control periodontal disease by directly targeting the host response; an example is the use of drugs that do this, such as sub-antimicrobial doses of doxycycline, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, or bisphosphonates.
humidification therapy (humidity therapy) the therapeutic use of air supersaturated with water to prevent or correct a moisture deficit in the respiratory tract; see also humidity therapy.
immunosuppressive therapy therapeutic immunosuppression.
inhalation therapy the term formerly used for respiratory care (def. 3).
intravenous therapy (IV therapy) in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as administration and monitoring of intravenous infusions of fluids and medications.
leech therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the application of medicinal leeches to help drain replanted or transplanted tissue engorged with venous blood.
marital therapy a type of family therapy aimed at understanding and treating one or both members of a couple in the context of a distressed relationship, but not necessarily addressing the discordant relationship itself. In the past, the term has also been used in a narrower sense to mean what is defined as marriage therapy, but that is increasingly considered a subset of marital therapy. Called also couples therapy.
marriage therapy a subset of marital therapy that focuses specifically on the bond of marriage between two people, enhancing and preserving it.
milieu therapy
1. treatment, usually in a psychiatric treatment center, that emphasizes the provision of an environment and activities appropriate to the patient's emotional and interpersonal needs.
2. in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the use of people, resources, and events in the patient's immediate environment to promote optimal psychosocial functioning.
multimodality therapy combined modality therapy.
music therapy
1. the use of music to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems. Music therapy is used for a wide variety of conditions, including mental disorders, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions related to aging, brain injury, substance abuse, and physical disability. It is also used for the management of acute and chronic pain and for the reduction of stress.
2. in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as using music to help achieve a specific change in behavior or feeling.
neoadjuvant therapy in single-agent therapy or combined modality therapy for cancer, initial use of one modality, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, to decrease tumor burden prior to use of another modality, usually surgery.
nutrition therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as administration of food and fluids to support metabolic processes of a patient who is malnourished or at high risk for becoming malnourished. See also nutrition.
occupational therapy see occupational therapy.
optometric vision therapy a treatment plan prescribed to correct or improve specific dysfunctions of the vision system; it includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of strabismus (turned eye), other dysfunctions of binocularity (eye teaming), amblyopia (lazy eye), accommodation (eye focusing), ocular motor function (general eye movement ability), and visual-motor and visual-perceptual abilities.
oral rehydration therapy (ORT) oral administration of a solution of electrolytes and carbohydrates in the treatment of dehydration.
oxygen therapy see oxygen therapy.
peritoneal dialysis therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as administration and monitoring of dialysis solution into and out of the peritoneal cavity. See also peritoneal dialysis.
physical therapy see physical therapy.
play therapy see play therapy.
pulp canal therapy root canal therapy.
PUVA therapy [psoralen + ultraviolet A], a form of photochemotherapy for skin disorders such as psoriasis and vitiligo; oral psoralen administration is followed two hours later by exposure to ultraviolet a radiation.
radiation therapy see radiation therapy.
recreation therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the purposeful use of recreation to promote relaxation and enhancement of social skills.
reminiscence therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as using the recall of past events, feelings, and thoughts to facilitate pleasure, quality of life, or adaptation to present circumstances.
renal replacement therapy therapy such as hemodialysis or transplantation that takes the place of nonfunctioning kidneys. See also continuous renal replacement therapy.
replacement therapy treatment to replace deficient formation or loss of body products by administration of the natural body products or synthetic substitutes. See also replacement. Called also substitution therapy.
respiratory therapy respiratory care.
root canal therapy that aspect of endodontics dealing with the treatment of diseases of the dental pulp, consisting of partial (pulpotomy) or complete (pulpectomy) extirpation of the diseased pulp, cleaning and sterilization of the empty root canal, enlarging and shaping the canal to receive sealing material, and obturation of the canal with a nonirritating hermetic sealing agent. Called also pulp canal therapy.
shock therapy obsolete term for convulsive therapy.
simple relaxation therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the use of techniques to encourage and elicit relaxation for the purpose of decreasing undesirable signs and symptoms such as pain, muscle tension, or anxiety.
speech therapy the use of special techniques for correction of speech disorders.
substitution therapy replacement therapy.
swallowing therapy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitating swallowing and preventing complications of impaired swallowing.
thrombolytic therapy the administration of drugs for thrombolysis (dissolution of a thrombus in an artery), to reduce the size of occlusion and thereby reduce damage to muscular tissue; the coronary artery is a commonly used site. Agents commonly used are streptokinase and tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA).
thyroid replacement therapy treatment of hypothyroidism by administration of thyroxine, usually in the form of levothyroxine sodium. Called also thyrotherapy.
ultraviolet therapy see ultraviolet therapy.

ther·a·py

(thār'ă-pē),
1. The treatment of disease or disorder by any method.
See also: therapeutics.
See also: psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis.
2. In psychiatry and clinical psychology, a short term for psychotherapy.
See also: psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis.
Synonym(s): therapeusis (2) , therapia (1)
[G. therapeia, medical treatment]

therapy

(thĕr′ə-pē)
n. pl. thera·pies
1. Treatment of illness, injury, or disability.
2. Psychotherapy.
3. Healing power or quality: the therapy of fresh air and sun.

therapy

A general term for any form of management of a particular condition; treatment intended and expected to alleviate a disease or disorder; any technique of recovery, which may be medical, psychiatric, or psychological. See Ablation therapy, 'Abracadabra therapy, ' Adjunctive therapy, Adjuvant therapy, Air ionization therapy, Alternative therapy, Amino acid therapy, Androgen deprivation therapy, Androgen replacement therapy, Angiogenic gene therapy, Antiadhesive therapy, Antiarrhythmic therapy, Antibiotherapy, Antibody directed enzyme prodrug therapy, Anticoagulant therapy, Antioxidant therapy, Antiplatelet therapy, Antisense therapy, Antistenotic therapy, Autohemotherapy, Autolymphocyte therapy, Autosuggestion therapy, Aversion therapy, B chain therapy, B-1 therapy, Baggie therapy, Balance therapy, BCS therapy, Bee venom therapy, Behavior therapy, Benjamin system of muscular therapy, Biodynamic therapy, Biotherapy, Bladder-conserving therapy, Blood component therapy, Body therapy, Body-oriented psychotherapy, Boron therapy, Brachytherapy, Breast conservation therapy, Breath therapy, Bright light therapy, Burst therapy, Cardiovascular gene therapy, Castration therapy, Catheter ablation therapy, Cell therapy, Chelation therapy, Chemotherapy, Chiropractic therapy, Chronotherapy, Cognitive therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Cold therapy, Colon therapy, Combination therapy, Combination chemotherapy, Combined modality therapy, Concentration therapy, Concept therapy, Condom therapy, Confrontation therapy, Conservative therapy, Continuous sleep therapy, Conventional therapy, Convergent therapy, Creative arts therapy, Cryotherapy, Cymatic therapy, Cytokine gene therapy, Dance (movement) therapy, Desensitization therapy, Detoxification therapy, Differentiation therapy, Directly-observed therapy, Double whammy therapy, Drama therapy, Dream therapy, E5 therapy, Electric therapy, Electroconvulsive therapy, Encapsulated cell therapy, Electroporation therapy, Encounter group therapy, Enzyme therapy, Enzyme replacement therapy, Estrogen replacement therapy, Exercise/movement therapy, Ex vivo therapy, Ex vivo gene therapy, Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, Fab therapy, Family therapy, Fever therapy, Fourth therapy, Germ cell gene therapy, Gene therapy, Gestalt therapy, Group therapy, HAART therapy, Heat therapy, Hematogenic oxidation therapy, Heroic therapy, High-dose chemotherapy, High pH therapy, Hippotherapy, Home infusion therapy, Hormonal therapy, Hormone-replacement therapy, Hydrogen peroxide therapy, Hypnotherapy, Hypnotic psychotherapy, Image aversion therapy, Immunoaugmentive therapy, Immunosuppressive therapy, Immunotherapy, IMRT, Induction therapy, Information therapy, Injection sclerotherapy, Integrative therapy, Interstim® continence-control therapy, Interstitial therapy, Interventional therapy, Intracavitary therapy, Intraoperative radiation therapy, Intrathecal baclofen therapy, Intravesicular therapy, Iron-chelation therapy, Laser therapy, Laughter therapy, Leukemia therapy, Life-extending therapy, Light therapy, Lipid therapy, Local therapy, Low-flow oxygen therapy, Magnet therapy, Magnetotherapy, Maintenance drug therapy, Maintenance therapy, Malariotherapy, Management, Massage therapy, Maternal blood clot patch therapy, Mechanotherapy, Medical fetal therapy, Megavitamin therapy, Mobilization therapy, Monopolar/electrohydrothermal coagulation therapy, Monotherapy, Movement therapy, Multimodal therapy, Myeloablative therapy, Myelosuppressive therapy, Myofascial release therapy, Neoadjuvant therapy, Nicotine replacement therapy, Nutritional therapy, Ocular photodynamic therapy, Open therapy, Oral chelation therapy, Oral rehydration therapy, Oxidative therapy, Ozone therapy, Palliative therapy, Patch therapy, Pet therapy, Photochemotherapy, Photodynamic therapy, Phototherapy, Physical therapy, Physiotherapy, Play therapy, Polarity therapy, Postural therapy, Preventive therapy, Pranic therapy, Psychotherapy, Preemptive therapy, Preemptive chemotherapy, Pressure point therapy, Prophylactic antibiotic therapy, Psychotherapy, PUVA therapy, Quality of life therapy, Radiation therapy, Radioimmunotherapy, Radiotherapy, Reconstructive therapy, Recreational therapy, Remission induction therapy, Reperfusion therapy, Respiratory therapy, REST, RIGS®/ACT therapy, Rogerian therapy, St John's neuromuscular therapy, Sclerotherapy, Sensory therapy, Shot therapy, Single-drug therapy, Steam inhalation therapy, Stem-cell therapy, Step-down therapy, Strain-counterstrain therapy, Stress therapy, Subliminal therapy, Suicide gene therapy, Surfactant replacement therapy, Superovulation therapy, Supplemental therapy, Supportive therapy, Synvisc® injection therapy, Systemic therapy, Third-line therapy, Thrombolytic therapy, TIL therapy, Topical chemotherapy, Topical immunotherapy, Treatment, Tremor control therapy, Trigger point injection therapy, Triple therapy, Ultrasound therapy, Vaccine therapy, Virtual reality exposure therapy, Vision therapy, Water-based therapy, Water-induced thermotherapy, Water therapy, Zone therapy.

ther·a·py

(thār'ă-pē)
1. Systematic treatment of a disease, dysfunction, or disorder.
See also: therapeutics
2. psychiatry, clinical psychology Psychotherapy.
See also: psychotherapy, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis
[G. therapeia, medical treatment]

therapy

Treatment of disease or of conditions supposed to be diseases. The term is often qualified to limit its range, as in CHEMOTHERAPY, PHYSIOTHERAPY, PSYCHOTHERAPY, RADIOTHERAPY, HYDROTHERAPY and HYPNOTHERAPY.

ther·a·py

(thār'ă-pē)
Treatment of disease or disorder by any method.
Synonym(s): therapeusis (2) .
[G. therapeia, medical treatment]

Patient discussion about therapy

Q. What is the Treatment for Anemia? I would like to know what are the possible treatments for anemia?

A. The first step in treating anemia, is discovering the cause for it. By a series of simple blood tests it is easy to discover iron defficiency, folic acid defficiency and vitamin B12 defficiency anemia, all which can be treated with oral supplements or a change of nutrition. Anemia that is associated with rectal bleeding should be further investigated, because it is often the first sign of colon polyps or colon cancer. Colonoscopy is then recommended.

Q. What Is the Treatment for Dysentery? My son has been suffering from dysentery as of this morning. What is the recommended treatment?

A. Dysentery treatment should include both proper fluid intake to regain the volume that has lost, and proper medications to treat the possible causes- bacterial or parasite infection. Viral infections usually do not cause dysentery. At any signs of dehydration, it is important to seek medical care.

Q. Does omega-3 interfere with diabetes treatment? I’m a 55 years old man, and was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, along with high lipid levels several years ago. A couple of months ago I read that omega-3 can protect your heart and brain, so I started to take omega-3 pills every day. Yesterday I read in some website that omega-3 can interfere with the drugs I take to treat my diabetes- Is that right?

A. Omega-3 doesn’t influence the treatment of your diabetes, and since you have high lipids, that can contribute to some of the damage diabetes does to your body, omega-3, that may lower the lipid level in your may actually help you treat yourself overall better. However - consult your doctor. Better be safe than sorry...

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"Older people will really benefit because it keeps their minds and hands active and provides relaxation therapy. "Everyone involved will learn how to crochet, and even if they find it difficult, absolutely anyone can get involved in sewing up the granny squares to create blankets.
It describes what causes them, the risks and benefits of hormone replacement and nonhormonal therapies, and the background and research on hypnotic relaxation therapy; how to measure hot flashes, identify triggers, assess sleep, and rate the interference of hot flashes with mood, relationships, and quality of life; and how to use hypnotic relaxation therapy, with audio sessions provided online.
Washington, July 13 ( ANI ): Men who experience hot flashes won't reveal much about it, but they may find relief from their silent suffering if they are willing to try an unusual treatment, Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy, according to findings from a Baylor University study.