Robin Williams (Chicago, Illinois, 21 de julio de 19513 - California, 11 de agosto de 2014)4 fue un actor y comediante estadounidense. Ganador de un Óscar y cinco Globo de Oro, es conocido por sus actuaciones en películas como Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Patch Adams y El hombre bicentenario.
Los vértigos, mareos y problemas cervicales
Aunque los vértigos y los mareos no siempre están asociados a problemas cervicales, cada vez son más los pacientes que acuden a consulta por este tipo de problemática de origen cervical que tienes su origen en problemas degenerativos o mecánicos del segmento cervical alto.
Una de las causas más comunes de vértigos y mareos es el síndrome de la arteria vertebral, originado por la compresión mecánica, asociada o no a procesos arterioescleróticos de la arteria, ya que tiene un recorrido realmente retorcido muy cercano al cráneo; que origina una isquemia del sistema vertebro basilar sobre todo cuando se realizan movimientos de extensión y rotación del cuello. Ocasionando desde vértigos posturales, acufenos, cefaleas occipitovervicales e incluso trastornos visuales.
Otra de las causas de los vértigos y mareos relacionados con las cervicales es el síndrome de Barre-lieu, de causa mecánica, ya sea por degeneración o alteraciones posturales, con afección del sistema simpático cervical posterior que a demás de cefaleas puede producir otros síntomas como acufenos, vértigos, hipoacusias.etc. Este síndrome se caracteriza porque el paciente solo quiere estar a solas, en silencio y a oscuras.
Aunque los síndromes que hemos mencionado son casos específicos que provocan vértigos y mareos, hay una infinidad de causas relacionadas con las cervicales que los pueden provocar, casi todas de origen benigno, ya sean por problemas musculares, posturales e incluso tensiónales.
Si nos encontramos en alguna situación en la que nos mareamos o padecemos vértigos, nuestra primera reacción ha de ser la de acudir al médico, ya que estos síntomas pueden estar debidos a muchas causas, no solo a problemas cervicales.
Una vez que el médico nos ha diagnosticado que dichos problemas son derivados de algún problema cervical, tenemos que comenzar la rehabilitación, es entonces cuando tendremos que acudir al Osteopata, el nos realizara una valoración biomecánica de nuestro cuerpo para asegurarse de que el problema nace en las cervicales y no en otro sitio.
Toda Recuperación sigue unos principios básicos, aunque cada individuo es único y cada problema cervical es diferente, siempre se comenzara la recuperación por una valoración, seguida de un tratamiento que comienza siempre por el tejido blando con masajes, estiramientos, tratamiento de las fascias, seguido de unas premanupulaciones para dar más movilidad a las articulaciones y por ultimo de unas manipulaciones (cuando procede) para restablecer el correcto funcionamiento de las vertebras.
Para el ello el profesional utilizara todas las herramientas que conozca para que el tratamiento sea lo más corto y efectivo posible.
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theguardian.com, Tuesday 12 August 2014 11.09 BST
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Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam.
Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam. Photograph: Allstar /Touchstone /Sportsphoto Ltd
The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams, whose range extended from manic mimicry to understated character portrayals, was found dead in his California home on Monday.
In a statement, the local sheriff’s office said that it was treating the death of the 63-year-old star as a suspected suicide.
His wife, Susan Schneider, confirmed the news in a statement released through the actor’s publicist. “This morning I lost my husband and best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” she said.
Williams was last seen alive at the house that he shared with Schneider in Tiburon, north of San Francisco, at about 10pm on Sunday night, the Marin County sheriff’s office said.
His representative, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that he had lately been “battling severe depression” and added: “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams, who was born in Chicago, brought a hyper-kinetic energy to screen roles and stand-up comedy. He rose to fame in the television series Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982, in which he played an alien who arrived on earth in an egg-shaped spacecraft, sent from the planet Ork to observe human life.
Robin Williams in the TV series Mork and Mindy.
Robin Williams as he appeared in the TV series Mork and Mindy. Photograph: Everett Collection/REX
He experienced a string of film successes, with Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987, Dead Poets Society in 1989, Awakenings in 1990, and the Fisher King and Hook in 1991. The nearly unbroken line of success continued with Aladdin in 1992 and Mrs Doubtfire, a 1993 comedy about a divorced father who impersonates a Scottish nanny to be closer to his children.
He won a best supporting actor Oscar for Good Will Hunting in 1998.
A sequel to Mrs Doubtfire had been announced and it was rumoured that filming would begin this year.
In her statement, Schneider said: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The White House released a statement by Barack Obama, who said: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”
Officers from the Marin county sheriff’s department responded to a 911 call received from Williams’s home at about 11.55am local time. “The sheriff’s office, as well as the Tiburon fire department and southern Marin fire protection district were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12pm,” the department said. “The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12.02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63-year-old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, California.”
The statement said the coroner suspected the death to be a “suicide due to asphyxia” and that a comprehensive investigation would be completed before a final determination was made. “A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.”
Robin Williams with his wife Susan Schneider at a film premiere in 2009.
Robin Williams with his wife Susan Schneider at a film premiere in 2009. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Williams had openly talked about his battles with alcohol and cocaine in the early 1980s, his years of sobriety, and relapse in 2006. He appeared to have recovered but last month he returned to rehab – the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota.
His representative played down the news at the time, telling TMZ: “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”
In a Guardian interview in 2010, he spoke about a relapse into alcoholism, his rehabilitation and his open-heart surgery.
“Oh, God, you find yourself getting emotional. It breaks through your barrier, you’ve literally cracked the armour. And you’ve got no choice, it literally breaks you open. And you feel really mortal,” he said.
Asked if he felt happier, Williams replied: “I think so. And not afraid to be unhappy. That’s OK too. And then you can be like, all is good. And that is the thing, that is the gift.”
Williams’ extraordinary acting range, as well as his activities outside of the entertainment industry, were remembered in tributes from fellow performers and film industry figures.
Steven Spielberg, who directed Hook, told Entertainment Weekly: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Fellow comic Steve Martin said on Twitter: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul”.
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
The British actor and stand-up star, Eddie Izzard, tweeted: “Robin Williams has died and I am very sad. From every comedian here at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we salute him & we say goodbye.”
Mara Wilson, who acted with Williams in Mrs Doubtfire, and who has become a prolific writer and user of social media, wrote: “Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.”
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014
• In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14