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There’s Still Time To Hit the Slopes (Safely) in Spring

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.

Don’t Let an Ankle Sprain Keep You Down

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.

Even for a King, Stuttering Doesn’t Have to be an Impediment

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.

Injuries or Disabilities Shouldn’t Stop You from Hitting the Slopes this Winter

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.

Stretching: It’s Not Just for Intense Workouts Anymore

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).

Bowel Movements and Spinal Cord Injury

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.

Improved Balance Through Core Stability

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.

How Kinesio Taping Can Help You

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 kinesio tapingSummer Olympics.

For People with MS, Wellness Is a Lifelong Journey

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.

Protect Your Back While Shoveling Snow

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.

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