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Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Fall Prevention for Older AdultsDid you know that falls are the leading cause of fractures and spinal cord injuries in the senior population and one of the leading causes of death? One in three adults over 65 experiences a fall at least once a year. An important part of preserving an older adult’s health, well-being and independence is fall prevention.  

Managing the Symptoms of MS Through Rehabilitation

Managing the Symptoms of MSMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms can range from mild, such as numbness in the limbs, to severe, such as paralysis or blindness.

Good Shepherd Is a Destination for Recovery

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has become a destination for hope and healing for those who suffer spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes and other neurological conditions.

Resources for Adaptive Winter Sports

If the Olympic buzz has you inspired to get off the couch and take to the outdoors to ski, snowboard or ice skate, there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to do so in Pennsylvania.  For those with disabilities, there also are a variety of local venues where children and adults can learn a new winter sport. 

Notes from the Barre: Proper Stretching To Achieve a Balanced Body

dance stretchIt is half time in ballet class. After forty minutes of barre work, the teacher tells the dancers to stretch before they begin to work on pirouettes and jumps. On queue, the dancers take to the floor and sit in the ever popular straddle position. Unfortunately, it is likely they will remain in that position until they begin the next combination.

Kinesio Taping Will Aid Injured Olympic Athletes in Sochi

Kinesio TapingYou have probably seen athletes like David Beckham and Serena Williams sporting a mysterious colorful therapeutic tape called Kinesio Tex Tape. While it may not be as obvious at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, athletes from skiers to ice hockey players are sure to be using the tape for its therapeutic properties.

Recently Discovered Ligament Has Implications for Rehab

knee painMost sports enthusiasts have heard of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). ACL injuries by big name athletes, like NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III and NBA point guard Derrick Rose, keep the ligament in the news, but even with increased exposure and advancements in medical knowledge, not all is completely understood about the human body. Believe it or not, ligaments are still being discovered and studied.

Kids Should Stay Active in the Winter

Winter activities for kidsCold temperatures and falling snow should not keep children from exercising. Kids need to remain active all year long to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of indoor and outdoor activities to help keep kids active during the winter months.

Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids
Bundle up and exercise outside. When weather conditions allow:

Giving Thanks

John KristelI have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. First and foremost, I’m thankful for my supportive family. When I was presented with the opportunity to take the helm at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network – to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities – my wife and three children were eager to join me and to begin a new chapter.

Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

Technology that performs the tasks of a defective heart can provide cardiac patients with restored vigor, enhanced mobility and the best gift of all – time. The technology, called a ventricular assist device (VAD), extends the lives of patients who await a heart transplant or are ineligible to receive one.

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