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Homes and apartments are a lot more accessible for people with disabilities than they used to be. There are standard door sizes that are wide enough to roll wheelchairs through. Handrails have regulated heights to be able to protect people of varying heights and mobility. Smoke detectors now have lights as well as sounds, to be used by the hearing impaired.
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While consumers around the nation have benefited from ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, people with disabilities have been neglected by such services. In fact, Uber has recently been targeted by multiple lawsuits for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. What can drivers do to better address accessibility concerns?
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We discussed the causes of shoulder pain, now let’s look at how to make some changes to prevent it or improve it. When you use your arms to move yourself, resting the area, while ideal, is rarely possible. But here are some suggestions to modify your daily activities in order to decrease the stress you put on the shoulder joint.
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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.
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Yoga may be the latest trend that’s gaining traction worldwide, but in truth, it’s an ancient practice that’s been around for thousands of years. Yoga emphasizes the mind-body connection, and for most people, the image of a “yogi” is a fit young woman twisting into challenging shapes most of us could only dream of achieving. For many people who live their lives from a wheelchair, gaining the many benefits of yoga may seem impossible. The truth is that yoga is less about the poses themselves—and more about the breathing, connection and meditative aspects of the practice. But how can yoga poses even be adapted for a chair? Let’s find out!
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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?
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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.
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The big story on today’s internet was finding out that Olympic gold medals are valued at $25,000, while Paralympic gold medals are valued at $5,000. There is a separation and maybe some equality.
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Hello Sports fans! What an Incredible conclusion to our Paralympics in Rio as well as the Wheelchair rugby event as whole was well represented. For Team USA it would not be any other way, led by Team Captain Chuck Aoki against Australia, the defending gold medalist in London in Paralympic games of 2012, featuring the best player in the world Ryley Batt.
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It’s that time of the week when at the Paralympics the sport that has everyone on their heels or wheels . This sport will either make you a lifetime fan or a hater of the sport. It is time for the world to know about the sport of wheelchair rugby. Get Ready Rio!