Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
Do you have pain in your back? You’re not the only one. Statistics show that 8 out of every 10 people suffer from some sort of back pain at some time in their life.
The causes of back pain are varied, but some are very common – poor posture, poor body mechanics, a sedentary lifestyle, weight or trauma (i.e., car accidents, falls, etc.). Luckily, there are easy ways to minimize the possibility of back pain. Read more »
Children with mobility issues present unique challenges in rehabilitation, and technology can help to ensure that these children get the right treatment at the right time.
Often, children with issues such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, developmental delays and brain tumors, can have mobility issues that make it difficult for them to get around. This can seriously impact the quality of their lives. Read more »
Did you know that approximately one out of every five Americans becomes ill with influenza each year?
The flu is a serious respiratory illness that is easily spread and can lead to severe complications, even death, for you or someone you love.
The best way to prevent influenza is to receive the annual flu vaccine, and to make sure everyone in your family receives it as well. The flu vaccine is both safe and effective, and it will help protect you and your family from influenza.
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Learning that you have MS can be frightening. It’s a diagnosis that changes your life, and, as people with MS can attest, managing the symptoms of the disease can be frustrating and complex.
While everyone’s MS is unique, there are some similarities, and there are some lessons that can be shared. Read more »
I became president and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in 1997. It was then that I met the beloved Rev. Dr. Conrad W. Raker, son of Good Shepherd’s founders and long-time administrator. Read more »
In health care, competition is clear. There are health-care providers – small and large – seemingly around every corner. That means that you have a choice. When you need post-acute care, you can choose Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network or you can choose one of our competitors. Clearly, we want you to choose Good Shepherd. Read more »
Often, individuals find they have issues walking normally or balancing after a stroke. When combined with expert hands-on therapies, certain rehabilitation technologies can help get stroke survivors standing and walking normally again. Read more »
Welcome to my Fibromyalgia blog. The topics discussed will also apply to many other pain conditions, such as myofascial pain, arthritis and chronic fatigue. The topics discussed are a result of years of interacting with you, the patient. For each lesson taught, there is a lesson learned. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful patients. Thank you for teaching me along the way. Read more »
“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”
This quote, which appeared in an IBM manual, circa 1991, is one of my favorites, and it is especially relevant for stroke survivors. Read more »
Back pain is a real problem for millions of Americans. In fact, it is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives(1). Some people will have stiffness in their backs, while others may have radiating leg pain, weakness or altered sensation. Those with back pain have an increased chance of the symptoms recurring.
If you suffer from back pain, there is hope. One treatment option for back pain is the McKenzie Method. Read more »