Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
Lance Armstrong wore it while cycling to victory in the Tour de France. It can be seen peeking out of the uniform of Boston Celtics basketball star Kevin Garnett. It’s the brightly-colored adornment that caught international attention when American beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh wore it during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Read more »
The term “wellness” is used a lot these days. Often, we hear people taking about improving their wellness by quitting smoking, joining a gym or dieting.
In fact, wellness is more than a short-term commitment to improving one’s health, it is a lifelong process of actively developing physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well being.
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic degenerative disease, this commitment to lifelong wellness is essential. Read more »
It’s cold outside and the snow is starting to pile up. You’ve strapped on your boots, wrapped your scarf tight and pulled on your gloves. You’ve dusted off that snow shovel, and you are ready to tackle the snowy sidewalks.
But beware – snow shoveling is the number one cause of back pain during the winter months. Luckily there are a few basic things you can do to prevent spending your days on the couch with an aching back. Read more »
Swimming pools have many fun and healthy uses. They’re fun to splash in, they’re great for cooling off in the sweltering summer heat and they can help you shed a few extra pounds. You may not think of swimming pools as a tool for rehabilitation therapy, but you should. Read more »
Winter is here, and winter means snow and ice. It also can mean slips and falls!
For people who are 65 or older, a fall can happen anywhere at any time, even if there is no ice on the ground. In fact, one in three older adults will sustain an injurious fall at some point. Read more »
With the start of a new year, many people are prioritizing their resolutions. Topping most people’s lists are the resolutions to lose weight or get in shape. But as the winter months wane, many resolutions fall by the wayside simply because of the chilly weather. This doesn’t need to happen, as there are many ways to stay in shape even during the cold winter days.
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Lately, everyone has been talking about the Apple® iPad®. It’s on everyone’s Christmas list this year, because it can be used for many applications. You can send e-mail with the iPad, play music via iTunes, download pictures, surf the web and much more. Read more »
Do you have pain in your back? You’re not the only one. Statistics show that 8 out of every 10 people suffer from some sort of back pain at some time in their life.
The causes of back pain are varied, but some are very common – poor posture, poor body mechanics, a sedentary lifestyle, weight or trauma (i.e., car accidents, falls, etc.). Luckily, there are easy ways to minimize the possibility of back pain. Read more »
Children with mobility issues present unique challenges in rehabilitation, and technology can help to ensure that these children get the right treatment at the right time.
Often, children with issues such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, developmental delays and brain tumors, can have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to get around. This can seriously impact the quality of their lives. Read more »
Did you know that approximately one out of every five Americans becomes ill with influenza each year?
The flu is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death, for you or someone you love.
The best way to prevent influenza is to receive the annual flu vaccine, and to make sure everyone in your family receives it as well. The flu vaccine is both safe and effective, and it will help protect you and your family from influenza.
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