Posts Tagged 'exercise'

Strengthening for Shoulders

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Now that you understand a common cause of shoulder pain, and you have made some changes to your activities, you can start incorporating exercises to correct the strength imbalances. Specifically, you have to work the back muscles that don’t get enough exercise throughout daily activities that are using all of the pushing muscles. Strengthening these muscles will help keep the shoulder blade in its optimal position. Try doing the following shoulder exercises without resistance — it’s the best way to start incorporating them. Gradually increase resistance and repetitions as the pain decreases and the muscles get stronger. Start exercises in the least painful range. Ideally, you want to work in a pain-free range, but this may not be possible. Consider seeing your physical therapist to help guide you in performance and progression of these exercises.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 19, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Looking At Shoulder Pain (Part I)

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Shoulder pain is a serious health issue for people who use wheelchairs – some studies show a prevalence as high as 70%! And too often this pain, or the fear of causing this pain, limits participation in an exercise program. As a physical therapist, I often hear “I don’t exercise because I don’t want to hurt my shoulders” or “my shoulders hurt and I don’t want to do more breakdown or cause more pain.” I understand this. It is very natural to avoid pain. But we have to take a step back and look at the cause of the pain.

Posted by Kristin Mcnealus Dec 07, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

How Technology Will Improve Quality of Life for People with Paralysis

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Better computers and advances in neuroscience have created a recent flurry of progress in brain interface technologies and robotics. Now researchers are betting that these technological breakthroughs can pay big dividends for paralyzed patients. They can reduce the need for attendant care and improve the quality of life for the approximately six million people in the United States living with paralysis.

Posted by Jennifer Livingston Nov 29, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

Cyberbullying: A Battle for the Technology Age

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Back in October there was National Bullying Prevention Month, and we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the most prevalent types of harassment affecting young people today, cyberbullying.

Posted by Mark Kirkpatrick Nov 16, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

The Purpose of Sport and Play

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What is the true purpose of sport and play? What constitutes the essential core of these activities? How do sport and play serve humanity and societies around the world?  We believe there are five dimensions to the purpose of sport and play – relationships, education, social change, health and joy. In analyzing and studying the purpose of sport, we believe these five dimensions can help us better articulate the power and contributions of sport and play in the world. 
Posted by Bob Lujano Oct 31, 2016 Posted in Disability No Comments

How To Stay Active And Healthy, Here are some tips

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Having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be active and healthy at the same time. In fact, everyone needs daily exercise in their lives in order to feel good and improve body function and mood. The key is to ask your doctor about what’s right for you. For example, what will work well with any medications you’re taking, and how much exercise should you try to get in within a given week?

Posted by Rebecca Moore Oct 27, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

5 Reasons to Prioritize Healthy Food for Healthy Life

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The key to healthy living is to eat properly. When you consume healthy food your body is supplemented with all the necessary enrichment. So much so that eating right food has a direct impact on our way of thinking and how an individual feels. A healthy diet boosts immunity gives you energy and makes you feel good. All you have to do is find the right combination of food supplements which comprise required levels of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

Posted by Suzanne Winchester Oct 25, 2016 Posted in Obesity 1 Comment

5 Mental Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

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Mental illness is extremely common, and can manifest itself in many different ways. Unfortunately, not everyone gets the help they need to stay healthy—60% of American adults do not receive treatment for mental illness, even after diagnosis. With the stigma associated with mental illness, some are afraid to seek diagnosis and treatment. Treatment can also be expensive, or cause unwanted side effects that can be worse than the illness itself, and our ability to treat and eliminate mental illness is still limited. Though it cannot solve all the problems associated with mental illness or addiction, exercise can be a tool for people struggling with these issues, as it has numerous benefits and is completely free and accessible. It’s also a great tool for people who are often stressed, anxious, or have trouble relaxing. Here are just 5 of the many reasons exercise can have a positive impact on mental health:

Posted by Sarah Daren Oct 19, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Unexpected Lessons…The Emotional Impacts of Injury

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It has been a little less than a year since I broke two bones in my ankle. I have written previously about the importance of support following an injury and about the arduous process to discover why I went from being able to walk an average of 3 miles a day to barely being able to get from one side of a room to the other. After a series of visits to various Doctors and specialists, I finally received an accurate diagnosis and found out the pain I was experiencing was from stress fractures. A stress fracture is one or more tiny cracks in a bone.  I was applying excessive force on weak parts of my ankle.

Posted by Kerry Oct 10, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Top 3 Ways To Build Muscle & Strength

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There are two reasons as to why I watch the Olympics/Paralympics, the first is the demonstration of just how strong some of us can be and the second is the way it causes all of us to realize; just how far behind we are and how much we can improve. If your motivation stems from watching the Olympics/Paralympics or you are just looking to quickly increase your athletic ability, then follow along as we reveal the 3 most effective ways to build muscle and strength.

Posted by Phillip Duncand Oct 07, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment