Summer Exercises

Sep 04, 2013
Summer Exercises

For the last 2 months, I been in full swing in my off-season exercise plan. Thank God!  Since rugby season ended in April I always feel as if I


5 Water Exercises That Are Great For People With Disabilities

Sep 03, 2013
5 Water Exercises That Are Great For People With Disabilities

To me one of the greatest benefits of water for people with and without disabilities is being gravity free. Putting on a neck collar or getting in an inner tube and heading out to the deep end is a great way to lengthen the spine, especially for people who spend a lot of time sitting. Water exercises are particularly helpful for those that have decreased bone density or suffer from pain during normal movements of the body. Not only do water exercises provide


Business Benefits: Why Hiring Workers with Disabilities is One of the Best Business Moves You Can Make

Aug 30, 2013
Business Benefits: Why Hiring Workers with Disabilities is One of the Best Business Moves You Can Make


When the time comes to hire a new employee, employers sometimes overlook those individuals with disabilities. Workers with Disabilities are a talented segment of the workforce with surprisingly high rates of unemployment. Overlooking candidates with disabilities who are many times more than qualified may mean unnecessarily ending up with a mediocre employee because you limited the talent pool you searched in. Beyond just having a person to fill the job opening, employing people with disabilities can have several productivity, tax, and legal benefits to your company.


How to Fight Insomnia

Aug 29, 2013
How to Fight Insomnia

Sleep is a huge part of our lives—(about 33% actually,) and it’s vitally important that we get enough of it. Yet for many of us living in this world of 24/7 TV, internet in the palm of our hand, and the 40 hour work week, getting a good night’s sleep tends to take a back seat. Sleeping has become such a low priority that many of us


Goalball Anyone?

Aug 28, 2013
Goalball Anyone?

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about Goalball.  My high school basketball coach arranged for my team to meet with Jen Armbruster, a member of Team USA Goalball, that won a gold medal at the Paralympics in Beijing, China in 2008. As we walked into a room generally used for the football team meetings, I had no idea what I was about to hear.  My basketball coach asked Jen to come speak with us, because we were having


The Physician as a Partner: Beyond Rapport to True Collaboration

Aug 27, 2013
The Physician as a Partner: Beyond Rapport to True Collaboration

We’ve all gotten that standard form letter that contains the dreaded line, “your physician will be leaving.”  In my case, the recent letter announced that my physiatrist, Dr. A. would be leaving the region marking the end of a seven-year relationship. The unexpected news caused me to stop and reflect on Dr. A’s role in the development of my walking program.  What established the positive working alliance between us?  When I originally embarked on my journey to walk device- free, I did not know what a Physiatrist was or what a critical role this specialty would play in my progression.


What do you call it?

Aug 25, 2013
What do you call it?

I was asked to comment on obesity and if it should be considered a physical disability. In our world today, this issue has become a stigma in our culture because of the fixation on being thin or skinny.  Many believe that anyone who is not thin or skinny is considered unattractive.  Interestingly, if this is truly part of our cultural mindset then this would seem to make many of us unattractive. Regardless, what it does is continue to ostracize and abandon a group of society who are looking


What’s in a Dietitian’s Shopping Cart? Part 2: Quick Meals

Aug 23, 2013
What’s in a Dietitian’s Shopping Cart? Part 2: Quick Meals

Even as a dietitian I find it hard to grocery shop every once in a while. What do I want to eat? What will I actually cook? What is healthy AND flavorful? All of these questions run through my head when I’m on my way to the store. It is on these days that I use my quick and easy meal list which I have memorized over time. It is always a good idea to have a handful of recipes that you can recollect on the spot. This may be even more important if you have a physical disability that causes you to fatigue quickly. You don’t want to be trolling down every aisle to find what you need or to get ideas for your next meal because that is just wasted energy. I invite you to take a peek into my shopping cart and try out some of the recipes I use when I’m stuck in a grocery store rut.


Three Tricks for Reducing Back Pain

Aug 22, 2013
Three Tricks for Reducing Back Pain

A few aches and pains now and then are hardly unusual even for the healthiest of us, but more often than you’d think, these stiff muscles and sore backs can become more than just a minor annoyance. Up to 80% of people will experience chronic low back pain at some point in their life, and when there’s not a specific cause linked to it, this pain can be difficult to treat. Though surgeries and injections are often used as treatment, sometimes the best ways to relieve pain are the more natural, non-invasive ones.


The Power of Positive Thinking

Aug 21, 2013
The Power of Positive Thinking

Out of all the parts of the human body, the brain is undeniably the most mysterious and complex. Recently, more and more studies have emerged revealing the vast power the brain has to influence the body with even the simplest concepts. In fact, current research has shown how positive thinking in itself can have a significant effect in healing and longevity. Especially for sufferers of traumatic brain injuries, positive thinking is key, along with the help of therapeutic resources. These could include informative articles and support groups, such as the ones found through TryMunity, a resourceful virtual network of compassionate individuals who have all been affected by traumatic brain injury in one way or another.

But why exactly is positive thinking so powerful?