Be Well Blog

Resources for Adaptive Winter Sports

If you are anxious 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. 

Prevent Low Back Pain from Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, are an excellent way to get fresh air and exercise during the cold winter months, but the low temperatures, icy surfaces and speed of these sports also can lead to more injuries. While skiing and snowboarding are more often associated with knee, ankle and upper body injuries, there also is risk of back injury.

Mindfulness as Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers

Stress among parents and others who care for people with disabilities is persistent and linked to lower quality of life, unhealthy family functioning and negative psychological consequences. Caregivers can easily burn out or experience compassion fatigue – the secondhand experience of trauma resulting in tension, anxiety, hopelessness and exhaustion.

Know Why, When and How to Seek Help for Concussion

With Will Smith’s new blockbuster, “Concussion,” shining a Hollywood-sized spotlight on the neurological condition, it is the perfect time to review the seriousness of concussions - their causes, symptoms and obtaining the right treatment.

10 Tips to Make the Holidays Joyful and Avoid Holiday Depression

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is common to feel stressed and a bit overwhelmed. The holidays put a lot of extra demands – shopping, baking, entertaining and cleaning – on our already hectic lives. We all have visions of a picture perfect holiday, and these high expectations can lead us to overextending ourselves, disappointment and sometimes, depression.

Sleep Apnea Can Increase Risk of Stroke and Other Serious Injury

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which you periodically stop breathing and/or take shallow breaths. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Be Fast To Identify the Common Signs of Stroke

Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability amongst adults in the United States?

GSRN Earns CARF Accreditation for Seven Programs

CARF AccreditationGood Shepherd Rehabilitation Network recently was granted accreditation and re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for seven programs – more than any other provider in our region.

CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization, which works to ensure that high standards of care and quality are met by its accredited inpatient rehabilitation providers.

Does Weather Affect Fibromyalgia Pain?

Too cold? Too hot? Too dry? Too humid? The weather is seldom just right, and if you suffer from fibromyalgia (FM) or chronic pain, you may often feel like you step outside and surrender to suffering.

The theory that temperature and precipitation affect joint and muscle pain is a widely held belief that even some health care professionals share – but it has yet to be proven.


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