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How to Keep Your Wheelchair Running Smoothly

Poor wheelchair maintenance can increase the risk of your wheelchair breaking down, which can lead to personal injury or even death, and increase the cost of your medical care. Additionally, wheelchair breakdown can limit your mobility and social participation. Here are tips to keep your wheelchair running smoothly.

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5 Assistive Tools to Help with Daily Living

Staying independent and functioning efficiently in your daily life is important for your overall well-being. Occupational therapists are trained to analyze an activity and find the best tool to assist you. Here are 5 common examples.

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Does Every New Mother Need Physical Therapy?

Have you or a woman you know experienced leaks when laughing? Contrary to popular belief, this is not normal. The U.S. is following in the footsteps of other countries when it comes to postpartum health. Sheltering Arms Institute’s pregnancy recovery services aim to prevent such issues as more women receive education and a referral from their doctor to see a women’s health physical therapist after childbirth.

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How to Improve Fatigue

One of the most common symptoms among people with chronic medical conditions is fatigue. For some people, fatigue is their most debilitating symptom. Disease-related fatigue is associated with a poorer quality of life and increased disability; however, many people feel like they do not have a treatment plan to address fatigue. Here are some common questions you may have regarding fatigue.

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Apps for Improving Memory

In a time where people are focused on their health more than ever before, many are seeking out ways to not only improve their physical health, but their cognitive health as well. As a speech-language pathologist, one of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “Are there any apps that I can download to improve my memory?” The first line of defense is to speak with your physician about your memory concerns; however, there

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Novel Ways Occupational Therapists Can Use Bodyweight Support Technology

Bodyweight support technology (BWST) is used in physical rehabilitation to offload a percentage of an individual’s body weight with a harness and robotic technology. Many existing technologies implement body weight support. Bodyweight support technology decreases a person’s risk of further injury while also optimizing the challenges implemented in therapy. It can help increase confidence for both the patient and clinician when trying new, taxing activities in a safe environment. Strength, activity tolerance, and balance can

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Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain; approximately one in 10 people will develop it at some point in their life. The plantar fascia is a tissue that supports and helps maintain the longitudinal foot arch. Plantar fasciitis is an over-stretch injury; inadequate arch support can lead to plantar fasciitis. The good news: nearly 90 percent of individuals respond to conservative treatment such as physical therapy.

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Understanding the Different Types of Stroke

Stroke? CVA? TIA? With so many acronyms and names, it can be overwhelming to understand how and why a stroke might happen. A stroke, or a cerebral vascular accident (CVA), is a medical emergency in which the blood supply to the brain is limited or interrupted. This causes a lack of nutrients and oxygen that may result in brain damage and cell death.

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Rediscovering Identity: Navigating Life After Limb Loss

The full or partial loss of a limb is a challenging, life-altering event. Those who experience it often endure changes in many aspects of their life from their work to their relationships to their perception of themselves. There is a grieving process due to the loss of the limb, and the apparent loss of the life that they had once lived. These factors can leave individuals with limb loss struggling with their personal identity or

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5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

The core and its importance in exercise is far more complex than most people know. In its entirety, the core can be thought of as a box that includes the abdominals in the front, the spinal and gluteal muscles in the back, the diaphragm as the roof, and the pelvic floor and hip muscles as the bottom. When all these muscle groups are equally strong and working together, safe and stable exercise is possible. However,

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Why Do My Therapists Collect Outcome Measures?

If you have received physical rehabilitation services at some point, your therapist likely said to you, “Today, we are going to collect some outcome measures to see where we are starting.” Hopefully, you also heard, “Today, we are going to repeat those outcome measures to see how well you are doing.” Those two statements alone should provide some insight as to why outcome measures are being performed. Outcome measurement can give therapists an idea of

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Occupational Therapy for Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can have far reaching effects on daily life by impacting vision, balance, memory, attention, problem solving, emotions, and sleep. Occupational therapists specialize in rehabilitation and adapting activities of daily life. Occupational therapy is highly individualized and centers on the specific roles, impairments, and demands of each person. Based on the specific needs of the individual, occupational therapy is often used to address the following after

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What is Lymphedema and How is it Treated?

Lymphedema refers to an injury or issue with the lymphatic system that leads to excessive accumulation of lymphatic fluid. This fluid can build up anywhere in the body and result in swelling. Lymphedema is most often caused by cancer treatment such as lymph node removal or radiation therapy though some other common causes include surgery and venous insufficiency.

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Aphasia and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist

Aphasia (pronounced uh-FEY-zhuh) is the medical term used to describe difficulty with the production and comprehension of language. This can occur after a stroke or other injury to the brain. In addition to speaking, aphasia can also affect listening, reading, and writing. Individuals with aphasia may experience trouble finding the right words and producing intact sentences, which can impact their ability to express themselves as well as having trouble understanding what others are saying to

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What’s Your Target Heart Rate?

After suffering a life-changing event such as a stroke, oftentimes patients wonder “Now what? What can I do outside of therapy to help with my recovery?” One of the best things you can do is MOVE! What is good for your heart is also good for your brain. To help drive that recovery, exercising at a certain level of intensity can be one of the best things you can do. It increases blood flow to

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What is Manual Physical Therapy?

Manual physical therapy is a hands-on treatment involving the application of targeted pressure, stretching, and manipulation of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the body. There are many reasons to perform manual therapy such as reducing pain, improving mobility, and improving posture and alignment. This type of therapy is performed by a licensed physical therapist and is commonly used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, often in conjunction with therapeutic exercise.

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Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury You May Not Know

What exactly is a traumatic brain injury? A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that can be caused by a forceful jolt, bump, or hit to the head. It can also be caused by a sharp object that pushes through the skull and into the brain. Such injuries are often caused by car accidents, falls, sports, or natural disasters. For example, a concussion is a mild form of TBI; however, not

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Exercises for Temporomandibular Disorder

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the most widely used joint in the body. It is estimated that 50-70% of the adult population will suffer from at least one symptom of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) in their lifetime. However, many people do not realize the symptoms they experience are a result of TMD. When assessing the TMJ, we typically assess both sides of the jaw as they function as a pair. We also assess the individual’s

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Tingling in Your Fingers? Is it Carpal Tunnel or Something Else?

A concussion occurs when a large amount of force is applied to a person’s body and/or head. This linear or rotational force causes the brain to move rapidly within the skull. As a result, there is a short-term change in the metabolic functioning of the brain, which is why concussions are classified as brain injuries. Most people are familiar with concussions due to sports injuries, however, there are also other events that can cause a

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3 Ways to Stress Less this Holiday Season

For most of us, these next few weeks will be filled with love, laughter, family, and friends, all accompanied by a fair amount of stress. You may spend all your time organizing and trying to prepare so all of your holiday festivities are smooth sailing. However, everything may not go according to plan. If your plans go awry, your stress levels can skyrocket, making a simple problem feel like a complicated issue.

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Take this Test to Check Your Articulation

Many different conditions can cause speech impairments, including, but not limited to, a stroke, a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a brain tumor, a neurodegenerative illness such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, or a congenital diagnosis such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. However, the most common cause for motor speech impairment is a stroke. Speech is affected by motor planning, or the brain’s ability to program the movements needed for speech to occur. Motor

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Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors

It’s safe to say that everyone wants to age with grace. One of the key components to aging optimally is having sufficient mobility to perform activities of daily living with ease. Another component of optimal aging is having the capacity to live safely and independently in your community of choice. As we age, our bodies undergo many changes, some of which are inevitable, and chronic health conditions start to take a greater toll.

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Is a Concussion a Brain Injury?

A concussion occurs when a large amount of force is applied to a person’s body and/or head. This linear or rotational force causes the brain to move rapidly within the skull. As a result, there is a short-term change in the metabolic functioning of the brain, which is why concussions are classified as brain injuries. Most people are familiar with concussions due to sports injuries, however, there are also other events that can cause a

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Stretches to Relieve Low Back Pain

The structure of the back and neck is an intricate system that works together to support your body. The upper back curves in the opposite direction of the neck and lower back. Together, these curves distribute force every time someone takes a step in order to protect each individual unit of the back and the amount of force going into their head. However, stiffness can throw this entire system off course. If any section of

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Speech Therapy After Stroke

Having a stroke can be life-altering, but Sheltering Arms Institute is here to help. A stroke is a neurological event caused by either a blockage of blood flow (ischemic stroke) or a bleed in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Depending on the areas of the brain that have been impacted, individuals may experience different impairments. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are certified professionals who can help with a variety of post-stroke difficulties, including speech and language, swallowing, and

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Enjoy Your Holiday Meals Without Overindulging

The holidays are some of the best times of the year filled with laughter, lots of food, and friends and family. Even though holidays may look a little different this year, we hope you find endless ways to enjoy them. When it comes to holidays, typically, lots of food is involved as well as distractions that may make you end up overindulging. Here are some ways to not overindulge, but still enjoy your holiday meals!

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Why Physical Therapy After a Brain Injury is Important

After a brain injury, your brain must heal in order to return to your prior level of function and maximize mobility. That is the goal of physical therapy, which combines intensity, repetition, and desired goals. It enhances your ability to produce neuroplastic change. In other words, you must rebuild connections among nerve cells and “re-wire” your brain.

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