Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
Everybody’s done it. Maybe you’re in a rush. Maybe you didn’t have time to pick up a pile of clothing, or you didn’t see that extension cord sticking out. Whatever the reason, everybody’s taken a spill or two in their home. Most of the time you’re ok, and you suffer nothing more than a bruised knee or a hurt ego.
Unfortunately, household falls sometimes can be quite serious, especially for the elderly. Read more »
Ski season is winding down in eastern Pennsylvania. I hope you all had excellent experiences hitting the slopes this year.
Now that winter is over, it is time to start conditioning yourself for next ski season.
During warm-weather months, your focus should be on maintaining the physical skills that are associated with skiing. Read more »
Although there are many ways to stay in shape during winter, many of you are probably getting a little sick of the indoors and are craving some fresh spring air.
Running is a great way to stay in shape. The beauty of running is having the capability of going wherever the path takes you. Just be careful. Although running in the spring is fun, it can get messy and even dangerous with the melting snow, rain puddles and mud. Read more »
Spring is just around the corner, temperatures are starting to rise and days are getting longer.
For a snow sports enthusiast, spring usually means that it’s time for a big trip up north or out west where conditions are still optimal.
If you stick around to enjoy some spring skiing close to home, you’ll find challenging conditions. The snow will be frozen in the morning and become wet later in the day.
Hopefully, most skiers have logged countless hours on the slopes this winter, and you are ready for this challenge. Read more »
Imagine you’re taking a leisurely stroll down the sidewalk, but you don’t notice that the sidewalk is uneven. As you set your foot down to take another step, you begin to lose your balance.
Normally, your ankle ligaments and leg muscles would kick in at this point, contracting to help you regain your balance. But, if you’ve endured repeated sprains to your ankle, these mechanisms may be damaged, and you would instead stumble or fall.
You could have chronic ankle instability. Read more »
King George VI, the subject of the Academy Award Winning motion picture, The King’s Speech, had trouble speaking fluently. Namely, he stuttered. But, with the help of an expert speech therapist, he overcame is challenges and gave a radio address that brought his country together during a raging World War. Read more »
Just watch the Winter X Games or visit your local ski shop, and you’ll see that snow sports – especially skiing – are now more popular than ever. Read more »
What do running, shoveling snow and sitting at your office desk have in common? These are all activities that you should not begin until you’ve stretched properly.
I know. Stretching before basic yard or office work sounds like overkill. But stretching can help you avoid aching muscles and painful injuries. In fact, you should consider stretching before many daily activities, including gardening, computer work or other repetitive stress tasks (i.e., line work at a factory). Read more »
For people in wheelchairs, including those individuals who have had spinal cord injuries, private body functions, such as bowel movements, can become an issue. This is because the injury prevents muscles and nerves from working together properly. Read more »
Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65, and 50 percent of seniors over the age of 80, experiences a fall. These falls often result from the inevitable musculoskeletal system changes that result from age. Changes in posture, a decrease in walking stride and loss of balance control and stability are some of the well-documented consequences of aging. Read more »