Be Well Blog

Kinesio Taping Will Aid Injured Olympic Athletes in Sochi

Kinesio TapingYou have probably seen athletes like David Beckham and Serena Williams sporting a mysterious colorful therapeutic tape called Kinesio Tex Tape. While it may not be as obvious at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, athletes from skiers to ice hockey players are sure to be using the tape for its therapeutic properties.

Recently Discovered Ligament Has Implications for Rehab

knee painMost sports enthusiasts have heard of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). ACL injuries by big name athletes, like NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III and NBA point guard Derrick Rose, keep the ligament in the news, but even with increased exposure and advancements in medical knowledge, not all is completely understood about the human body. Believe it or not, ligaments are still being discovered and studied.

Kids Should Stay Active in the Winter

Winter activities for kidsCold temperatures and falling snow should not keep children from exercising. Kids need to remain active all year long to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of indoor and outdoor activities to help keep kids active during the winter months.

Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids
Bundle up and exercise outside. When weather conditions allow:

Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

Technology that performs the tasks of a defective heart can provide cardiac patients with restored vigor, enhanced mobility and the best gift of all – time. The technology, called a ventricular assist device (VAD), extends the lives of patients who await a heart transplant or are ineligible to receive one.

Giving Thanks

John KristelI have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. First and foremost, I’m thankful for my supportive family. When I was presented with the opportunity to take the helm at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network – to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities – my wife and three children were eager to join me and to begin a new chapter.

Oncology Rehabilitation Combats Effects of Cancer Treatment

“How do I tell someone to exercise during cancer treatment, when I don’t exercise myself”?  This is what I was told by a radiation nurse when I asked her what restrictions I had during my own treatment for cancer. 

PM&R Physicians: The Quarterbacks of Concussion Management

concussion managementSuccessful teams have one thing in common—a leader who guides all members toward a shared goal.  A good example is a quarterback who leads his team to victory.

Good Shepherd Pediatrics: Mission Critical

PediatricsAs a father of three, I understand the importance of easy access to world-class pediatric services. At Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), our pediatric services include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and specialized care for children with developmental and physical disabilities. These services are nothing short of mission critical.

Handwriting Is Still as Important as Typing and Texting

HandwritingWith tablets and computers, text messages and emails, do we even need to write anything by hand anymore?  The answer is “Yes!”

When Fashion Causes Pain

As a woman, I love my shoes, especially my four inch purple patent-leather heels.  My favorite handbag is not the diaper bag that I am normally carrying, but my 15-inch tote.  So on the occasion that I have a girls’ night out and have shed the sneakers and diaper bag, the next morning I notice that I have increased back and foot pain.

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