Be Well Blog

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.

Choosing the Right Footwear

Foot pain is a very common problem that becomes more prevalent as people age. The use of poor-fitting or non-supportive shoes is one of the primary causes of foot pain and deformity. Unfortunately, wearing ill-fitting shoes is very common. In order to promote better foot health, I offer the following recommendations for the proper fitting of shoes. 

Driving After a Stroke

Driving a car is not only convenient, and a majority of the time necessary, but it also provides a feeling of independence. For many individuals who have suffered a life-changing event, such as a stroke, that feeling of independence is important.

The Fibromyalgia Roller Coaster Ride

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is an increasingly recognized chronic pain illness that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body part can be involved. Fibromyalgia patients experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane over time – similar to a roller coaster.

Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Prevent Torticollis

Torticollis Prevention“Torticollis” is not a fancy name for a turtle or a pastry!  It is actually an acute, congenital or acquired condition affecting the muscles in a person’s neck. Torticollis is characterized by a tilt of the head to one side with the chin turned to the opposite side.

Concussions and the Prevention of Second Impact Syndrome

The topic of youth and professional sports-related concussions has been making the news recently. In Pennsylvania, legislation was recently passed that establishes standards for managing concussions and other brain injuries among student athletes.

Handwriting Help for Homework Time

With the return to school comes the dreaded routine of homework for some families. For children who have difficulty with handwriting, homework can be especially stressful. It is estimated that 30 to 60 percent of an elementary school student's day involves handwriting. Research indicates that difficulty with handwriting contributes to an overall lower school performance.

Pages

Subscribe to Syndicate