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New Therapy Technique Offers Relief from Pain

Graston TechniqueAs a physical therapist and director of outpatient musculoskeletal services at Good Shepherd, I am always pleased when we can offer our patients a new treatment that can help them recover from a painful condition or injury. We’ve recently introduced our patients to the Graston Technique®, a form of manual soft tissue therapy involvi

SPRINT to Independence

 
We all know someone who has suffered a stroke, broken bone, joint replacement, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma or brain injury. Medically necessary inpatient rehabilitation probably was part of the recovery process after your relative, friend or neighbor was stabilized at an acute-care hospital.
 

Be Prepared for Safe Snow Shoveling

physical therapySnow shoveling brings increased visits to local emergency rooms and physician offices as a result of lower back injuries. Improper body mechanics can result in muscular strain or possibly a more serious injury, such as a herniated disc or disc degeneration.

The following guidelines will help you prevent injuries and move snow more effectively:

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution To Get in Shape

The new year seems to bring with it endless possibilities. You vow to begin and stick with an exercise plan, and you’re extremely motivated…for now.  By the end of January, however, you’re probably ready to throw in the towel if you haven’t already. Sound familiar? 

Many people repeat this scenario year after year, and it’s not because they don’t have good intentions. The problem is that we live in an on-demand society. When we don’t see improvement quickly, it’s difficult to stay motivated.

Technology Gives a Voice to Children with Impaired Language Skills

“Hello.”
“Thank you.”
“I love you.”

These are all simple phrases that help us connect with the outside world. But, what if you could not speak to communicate your needs or express yourself? Technology can literally give you a voice.

Winter Sports Options for People with Disabilities

This is a great time of year for all people, including those with disabilities, to enjoy the great outdoors or to participate in indoor sports.  

Proper Posture and Ergonomics While Working at a Computer Desk

Are you reading this on a computer? Are you seated at a desk? If so, this blog is for you!

Although working at a computer doesn’t sound like dangerous work, it can cause repetitive strain injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome). Posture-related problems may also occur – like pain in the back, neck, shoulders, arm, wrist and hand.

Your First Step for Back or Joint Pain

Do you have back pain? Do you experience joint pain? The first step toward regaining function may be a visit to a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician.

PM&R physicians are specialists who complete four years of residency training in the diagnosis, non-operative treatment and rehabilitation of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders that impact function.

iPads Provide Learning Opportunities for Children

Have you seen the YouTube video of a 10-month-old baby playing with a magazine? She touched the page, squeezed her fingers together, pointed and swiped at the page, but nothing happened.

When her mother replaced the magazine with an iPad, the baby achieved results. The experience became interactive, and the little girl completed the same fine motor, finger and hand movements. Plus, she learned a valuable lesson about cause and effect play.

Low and High Tech Devices Broaden Horizons for Those with Disabilities

There's no doubt that technology has changed our world — making it easier to stay connected. But for many people with disabilities, technology provides something much more valuable than convenience, it provides independence.

Assistive technology (AT) is a very broad term that is used across disciplines to describe any device or system that allows one with disabilities to increase their ability to function and maintain independence.

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