Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
What do running, shoveling snow and sitting at your office desk have in common? These are all activities that you should not begin until you’ve stretched properly.
I know. Stretching before basic yard or office work sounds like overkill. But stretching can help you avoid aching muscles and painful injuries. In fact, you should consider stretching before many daily activities, including gardening, computer work or other repetitive stress tasks (i.e., line work at a factory). Read more »
For people in wheelchairs, including those individuals who have had spinal cord injuries, private body functions, such as bowel movements, can become an issue. This is because the injury prevents muscles and nerves from working together properly. Read more »
Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65, and 50 percent of seniors over the age of 80, experiences a fall. These falls often result from the inevitable musculoskeletal system changes that result from age. Changes in posture, a decrease in walking stride and loss of balance control and stability are some of the well-documented consequences of aging. Read more »
Lance Armstrong wore it while cycling to victory in the Tour de France. It can be seen peeking out of the uniform of Boston Celtics basketball star Kevin Garnett. It’s the brightly-colored adornment that caught international attention when American beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh wore it during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Read more »
The term “wellness” is used a lot these days. Often, we hear people taking about improving their wellness by quitting smoking, joining a gym or dieting.
In fact, wellness is more than a short-term commitment to improving one’s health, it is a lifelong process of actively developing physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well being.
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic degenerative disease, this commitment to lifelong wellness is essential. Read more »
It’s cold outside and the snow is starting to pile up. You’ve strapped on your boots, wrapped your scarf tight and pulled on your gloves. You’ve dusted off that snow shovel, and you are ready to tackle the snowy sidewalks.
But beware – snow shoveling is the number one cause of back pain during the winter months. Luckily there are a few basic things you can do to prevent spending your days on the couch with an aching back. Read more »
Swimming pools have many fun and healthy uses. They’re fun to splash in, they’re great for cooling off in the sweltering summer heat and they can help you shed a few extra pounds. You may not think of swimming pools as a tool for rehabilitation therapy, but you should. Read more »
Winter is here, and winter means snow and ice. It also can mean slips and falls!
For people who are 65 or older, a fall can happen anywhere at any time, even if there is no ice on the ground. In fact, one in three older adults will sustain an injurious fall at some point. Read more »
With the start of a new year, many people are prioritizing their resolutions. Topping most people’s lists are the resolutions to lose weight or get in shape. But as the winter months wane, many resolutions fall by the wayside simply because of the chilly weather. This doesn’t need to happen, as there are many ways to stay in shape even during the cold winter days.
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Lately, everyone has been talking about the Apple® iPad®. It’s on everyone’s Christmas list this year, because it can be used for many applications. You can send e-mail with the iPad, play music via iTunes, download pictures, surf the web and much more. Read more »