Posts Tagged 'Physical Activity'

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

People with Disabilities and Healthcare Industry

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Doctor visits are important for anyone, but particularly for people who have a disability. It’s wise to check in regularly to prevent future complications and determine what lifestyle adjustments will provide you with the best quality of life. But those visits can take up hours to get through, and often, you have to schedule an appointment weeks in advance.

Posted by Dennis Hung Nov 07, 2016 Posted in Disability No Comments

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

Restore with Water

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October is widely known as Breast Cancer awareness month with cities hosting several walks and races. Sadly most of us can say that we know or have known someone who has journeyed this road.  Those whom are surviving can find themselves in a de-conditioned state in the blink of an eye.  Everyone that is dealing with the recovery of cancer will echo the same thing.  I want to feel better, get stronger and increase my endurance. 

Posted by Windy Wills Oct 14, 2016 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

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

Prevent Pressure Ulcers for Wheelchair Users

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Pressure ulcers or bedsores arise if you have an inadequate supply of blood flow to the skin in a particular region. They form when your skin and soft tissue presses against a harder surface such as chair or bed for a long time. This pressure reduces the blood flow to the area. Lack of blood supply damages the skin tissues resulting in pressure ulcers. The most typical reason for a pressure sore is the lack of movement. So, it is common in people who are moving in wheelchairs or lying in a bed. People who are overweight or underweight can also develop pressure ulcers. It also happens to people who are not able to control their bowels or bladder and people who spend a lot of time in one position.

Posted by Renu Sharma Sep 26, 2016 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Get Moving: Run, Swim and Hula Hoop!

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We all know that good health is critical to our well-being, and exercise is a key component of achieving good health. And for many, the hardest part of a fitness routine is simply getting started. You may be fighting a chronic condition. You may be struggling to get the hang of a certain activity. You may be simply overwhelmed at how far off your goals appear. But here’s the good news: no one starts out a world-class athlete!

Posted by Mark Kirkpatrick Sep 06, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment