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Using Technology To Help Stroke Survivors with Balance and Walking Issues

Lite Gait Rehabilitation TechnologyOften, individuals find they have issues walking normally or balancing after a stroke. When combined with expert hands-on therapies, certain rehabilitation technologies can help get stroke survivors standing and walking normally again. 

Fibromyalgia: The Dots on the Image

Welcome to my Fibromyalgia blog. The topics discussed will also apply to many other pain conditions, such as myofascial pain, arthritis and chronic fatigue. The topics discussed are a result of years of interacting with you, the patient. For each lesson taught, there is a lesson learned. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful patients. Thank you for teaching me along the way.

Technology Makes Things Possible for Stroke Patients with Foot Drop

Ness L300“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

This quote, which appeared in an IBM manual, circa 1991, is one of my favorites, and it is especially relevant for stroke survivors.

Help Your Back Pain with the McKenzie Method

Back pain is a real problem for millions of Americans. In fact, it is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives(1). Some people will have stiffness in their backs, while others may have radiating leg pain, weakness or altered sensation. Those with back pain have an increased chance of the symptoms recurring.

If you suffer from back pain, there is hope. One treatment option for back pain is the McKenzie Method.

Fibromyalgia: The Game of Straws

Welcome to my Fibromyalgia blog. The topics discussed will also apply to many other pain conditions, such as myofascial pain, arthritis and chronic fatigue. The topics discussed are a result of years of interacting with you, the patient. For each lesson taught, there is a lesson learned. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful patients. Thank you for teaching me along the way.

Physical Therapy Can Help Weekend Warriors Get Back Into Action

There are 78 million baby boomers in America, and many of them are as active as ever. While boomers may feel they can do the same physical activities they did at a younger age, their bodies may now have a different idea. That means that baby boomers are often susceptible to strains, pains and sports injuries.

Whether you have tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, or another common sports injury, physical therapy can help you get back into action. Here’s how:

The AlterG (formerly Tibion) Is Helping Stroke Survivors Take Bionic Steps Forward

Good Shepherd Tibion Bionic LegOften neurological issues such as stroke result in unilateral weakness, where one side of the body is weaker than the other. When this occurs, physical therapy is often used to help retrain the muscles – and the brain – to function properly.

To Prevent Stroke, First Know the Risk Factors

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, more than 785,000 people in the US have a stroke or recurrent stroke. That’s the bad news.

The good news is most strokes are preventable. Knowing the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of stroke are the first steps to reducing your risk.

Good Shepherd Is Growing with the Right Partners

Recently, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network announced a contract to manage all medical rehabilitation services provided at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Read the press release here.

Benefits of Deep Abdominal Breathing

Are you stressed out? We all have feelings of tension or anxiety throughout the day. Sometimes we may feel lethargic or tired.

Deep abdominal breathing can help improve your mood, reduce stress and promote overall health.

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