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Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

Vacations are intended to be stress free: a time to relax, travel, sight-see and enjoy activities with friends and family.

Traveling for people with disabilities, however, can be complicated, stress-inducing and sometimes a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. A little preparation can go a long way. 

General Travel Tips

Virtual Reality System Helps People Recover from Balance Disorders

A patient dons a safety harness, steps onto a platform that begins to shift beneath his feet and tries to keep his balance while watching a moving figure on a 180-degree screen. This may sound like the latest virtual reality game, but it’s actually the Bertec Dynamic CDP balance system, a device that uses NASA-inspired technology to help people recover from balance disorders.

Tech Tips: Accessibility Options on Your iPad

Did you know that iPad devices have accessibility options already built into the operating system (iOS)? Without any additional upgrades, apps or other sophisticated gadgets, your iPad can read you a book, magnify print, lock the device onto a single app and reduce clutter on webpages. Say goodbye to all those pesky shoe ads!

What Is Spasticity?

Weeks to months after a traumatic injury or the onset of a chronic illness, patients may develop a variety of complications, including a movement disorder called “spasticity.” Patients with spasticity often experience involuntary muscle tightness and stiffness, spasms and slow or uncontrollable movements.

Baseball: Preventing Shoulder and Elbow Injuries

Shoulder and elbow injuries are common for baseball players – too common. A 2013 study by Bleacher Report injury analyst Will Carroll said that one-third of current MLB pitchers have had Tommy John surgery (named for the first major league pitcher to undergo the procedure) to repair overuse and other arm injuries.

Kinesio Taping To Treat Common Running Injuries

Whether you are a seasoned marathoner, a recreational jogger or just recently strapped on your running shoes, you should consider ways to prevent injuries. A runner’s best course of action for injury prevention is proper preparation, including: checking with your doctor to ensure it is medically safe to begin or continue a running program, wearing appropriate footwear and preparing your muscles and cardiovascular system for the activity.

Tips to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety

Contrary to popular belief, being a child isn’t all fun and games. Everyday moments that thrill some children – like making new friends, riding in an airplane or going to a new school – provoke anxiety in other children, and sometimes, children face extraordinary situations, like illnesses or injuries, which cause additional stress.

Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to help ease your child’s anxiety. Here are some tips:

Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

After a long, cold winter, Spring is a welcome change. The season brings open windows, fresh air, blooming buds and – for many – Spring cleaning. The deep cleaning ritual typically involves scrubbing floors and windows, washing and replacing heavy linens and window coverings and returning to long neglected yard work.

S.M.A.R.T. Lifestyle Changes

We all make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, cut out junk food or join a gym. Whether the goal is to lose weight, gain strength or make healthier choices, we often look for the easiest means to the end.

Aquatic Therapy Benefits People with Parkinson’s Disease

Most people are aware that exercising in the water offers great benefits for people with joint issues, such as arthritis. But did you know that aquatic therapy also helps people with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD)?

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