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Outside Play Promotes Childhood Development

Playing together as a family is a key tool in promoting your child’s overall development. From active vacations to biking or hitting baseballs in the backyard, regular outside play improves various motor skills and promotes language development. Here are some fun activities you can do with your little ones to stimulate learning and development:

Get Your ‘Head’ in the Game When Back/Neck Pain Stress You Out

Most people experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives, but when sudden-onset pain keeps you from work, family involvement and/or the activities you enjoy, it is time to take fast action.

 “Put Your Best Fork Forward”: 10 Reasons to Consult with a Registered Dietitian

“Putting your best fork forward” is about using the utensils and other tools we have to help us make healthier food choices every day. Each of us has the internal means necessary to make small changes that will lead to large health improvements in the future.

Five Ways To Manage Stress Starting Today

I am a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and specialize in stroke and non-traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, musculoskeletal issues, osteopathic manipulative medicine and general rehabilitation.

Maximizing Vision Following a Concussion or Other Brain Injury

Following a brain injury, it is common to experience visual problems, such as decreased blink reflex (that feeling of “staring to focus,”) and light and/or glare sensitivity. To make matters worse, the computer screens, tablets and phones we use have a blue-violet light, which can cause eyestrain and fatigue.

Should Your Child See a Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician?

When I tell people that I am a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, they usually ask what I do and how it differs from a regular pediatrician.

Knitting Should Not Be a Pain: Six Steps to Avoid Discomfort While Knitting

There are many benefits to the art of knitting. As knitters count the rows and stitches, other stressors leave their minds. The rhythmic nature of knitting can give one a sense of calmness and consistency.

Maximizing the Benefits of Exercise Balls

There are many benefits to using an exercise ball, also known as a physio or a Swiss ball. A ball can facilitate proper posture and core strength. It also is used to increase mobility, coordination, balance and cardiovascular fitness.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Children

Splashes, giggles and floating noodles - these may not be typical words one associates with a child’s therapy session. However, aquatic therapy utilizes toys, physical activity and warm water to improve function and independence.


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