Be Well Blog
Your guide to a healthier body and mind from the experts at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
If you are a runner, you have probably heard about the recent trend to run “barefoot.” Barefoot runners may actually be running without shoes or with minimal cushioned footwear – shoes with thin soles. What are the benefits of running barefoot? Read more »
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision on the health-care form law in June. Whether the law remains intact or is repealed, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is focused on providing high-quality post-acute care with the best possible patient outcomes. Read more »
People recovering from a cerebral vascular accident (CVA), commonly known as stroke, no longer have to be saddled with visual deficits. There are new and progressive treatments to help make their lives better as well as the lives of their spouse or caregiver.
People who have had strokes can suffer many visual problems. These problems include: Read more »
It’s that time of the year when we begin to enjoy the warm weather, outdoor activities and water fun! But have you considered the health benefits of year-round swimming? Indoor pools are available in most communities. Local YMCAs, fitness centers and some high schools or colleges offer community memberships or have hours dedicated to “open swims.” With a little research, you could be on your way to a lifetime activity that reaps many physical benefits. Read more »
Contrary to popular belief, age does not play a factor in one’s risk of falling. Problems with balance can affect people at all ages and stages of life – impacting one’s ability to work, drive, play sports and enjoy life. There are a number of factors that could hinder balance, including: Read more »
Does your child have difficulty swallowing food and drink? Is your child dependent on a feeding tube for all or most of his nutrition? Does your child suffer from aspiration of food or drink?
Besides the obvious benefits of nutrition and energy, he or she may be missing out on social interactions that often surround the act of eating. Many children with multiple medical conditions have difficulty eating and swallowing age-appropriate foods; therefore, they are missing the pleasurable and social experience of enjoying food and drink. Read more »
As a professional, independent art instructor for 15 years in the Lehigh Valley area, I have seen first hand the benefits of the pursuit of painting and other art activities. I have worked with many older adults who discover relaxation and respite from their busy lives through the creation of a work of art that they can cherish and/or share with their loved ones. Some even go on to reap financial reward by selling their artwork. Read more »
At Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center in Allentown, aquatic therapy is performed in a pool heated to 92 – 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimal temperature according to current research. As an aquatic physical therapist, I work with many people who are unable to tolerate physical therapy in a regular therapy gym. I see people overcome many painful conditions while experiencing the fun of the pool environment. Read more »
By Denise Stryker, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Speech Language Pathologist and Sherri Repsher, MS, CCC-SLP/L, Speech Language Pathologist, Clinical Supervisor
One of the most frustrating aspects of suffering a stroke is recovering the ability to communicate.
For a patient with back pain, simple activities like sitting, standing and walking can be difficult. Back pain symptoms can range in intensity from a slight “tight feeling” in the back to severe back and/or leg pain. Physical therapy offers many treatment options for patients with back pain. Read more »