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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.

Adaptive Rowers Participate in World Championships

Recently, I had the honor of serving as chief classifer for adaptive rowing at the World Rowing Championships, held on beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia. The competition included five adaptive rowing events, four of which were qualification events for the Paralympics. One of the great things about most rowing competitions is that the adaptive rowing events are included with the “able-bodied” events. Most other sports hold separate adaptive and able-bodied world championship competitions.
 

Safety Tips for Raking Leaves

It’s official – autumn has arrived! And, I think most of us can agree that the changing leaves are beautiful on the trees but troublesome on the ground. Raking leaves can be hard work and an excellent form of exercise, but the task also poses risk of injury. If you’ll be raking fallen leaves, consider these important safety tips: 
 
  • As with any exercise program, stretch gently before starting and cool down when finished.

Child Passenger Safety

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18 – 24, 2011. This year’s theme is “Back to 2!” It was chosen to reinforce the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recent recommendation to keep toddlers in rear-facing seats until the age of 2 (or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their car seat).

"Your Eyes are Your Window to the World:" Vision Therapy

We have all heard someone say, “Your eyes are your window to the world,” and it’s true. From birth through our elder years, 80 percent of what we learn is through the visual system, so, it’s very important to have good visual abilities.  

Back to School: Backpack Safety

backpack safetyBackpacks have become a must have for back to school. Students use their backpacks to carry an overabundance of books, papers, smart phones, video games, sports equipment and more. In fact, a recent  study found that the average backpack weighs about 14 pounds, or 15 percent of a middle school student's body weight.

Preparing for a Long Fall Run

Summer is a great time to run. The beautiful weather provides us with opportunities for many joyful outings, from morning to evening. But it also gives us the chance to ramp up our training and set a possible goal of racing a half marathon in the fall.

Half marathons – 13.1 miles – are challenging but fun, especially when you are prepared for them. If you ever want to do a full marathon, it is a good idea first to train for a half marathon to test your fitness level and stamina.

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