Empowering Breast Cancer Patients With Exercise

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If your patient has been through breast cancer treatment, you know she’s on a brutal uphill climb. And the battle doesn’t end after the cancer is in remission.

The lump may be removed, but women deal with the psychological trauma of how their lives have changed after treatment. Plus, they may be struggling with limited function of their arms and shoulders after surgery and radiation.

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Stroke Rehabilitation

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More than 6.4 million people are living with the aftermath of a stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), which brings sudden neurological deficits when arteries leading to the brain are blocked or burst. During a stroke, brain cells die because the brain is not getting enough oxygen and physical and cognitive impairments result. The good news is that the brain is an amazing organ and can be “rewired” for optimal function thanks to its plasticity, or its ability to change and adapt.

The most common impairments from a stroke are loss of sensory function, motor function, cognitive abilities, perceptual capabilities and language function. The motor deficits are usually classified as hemiplegia (paralysis) or hemiparesis (weakness). Read More »

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Now Is the Time to Invest in Rehabilitation Technology

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Technology continues to change how therapists provide care. In fact, therapists often are helping guide or lead the technology development for neurorehabilitation and physical rehabilitation. Some therapy practices may be hesitant to purchase technology because of the price tag and the uncertainty how it will enhance patient outcomes and the overall business . But now is a great time for US-based companies to take the leap and become one of the successful practices that is fully engaged with rehabilitation technology. Read More »

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JeriLynn’s Road to Recovery with Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness

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Following a catastrophic motor vehicle accident in early 2013, my wife JeriLynn Draper spent seven months in a hospital bed recovering from a long list of injuries that included compound fractures and lost bone fragments in both femurs and fractures in her pelvis, foot, ankle, tibia, ribs, spine, forearms, right hand, head and face. Complications increased when she suffered a massive ischemic stroke that caused temporary paralysis of all limbs and loss of sight and hearing. Jeri was on a ventilator in an induced coma for about five months. She also lost her right leg below the knee as the result of a complication while still in the ICU. Read More »

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Managing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms with Exercise

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When multiple sclerosis (MS) disrupts the flow of information within the brain, each person living with the disease experiences different symptoms at different levels of severity. While the disease is unpredictable in so many ways, most people living with MS find that exercise help to improve some symptoms and overall health and well-being.

The majority of people diagnosed are women between the ages of 20 and 50. Some of the most common symptoms of this central nervous system disease, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are fatigue, walking (gait) difficulties, numbness and tingling (especially in the face body and extremities), weakness, pain and depression. Read More »

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Exercise Benefits Diabetics: A Measured Approach

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We all know that exercise is good for us, but for most people living with diabetes, exercise is essential. For diabetics or those who are at risk of becoming diabetic, the right type and right amount of exercise are important to reap the benefits of physical activity.

Diabetes is a disease where the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin or the body’s cells do not correctly use glucose (sugar). Both situations can result in glucose levels that are consistently too high as measured through an A1C blood test. Read More »

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Patients Reach New Recovery “Heights”

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With a goal of helping its patient heal faster, Heights Physical Therapy in Colorado is committed to bridging the gap between rehabilitation and optimum function.

A therapist owned practice, Heights focuses on holistic wellness for its patients, who include university athletes, mountain sports athletes and average people who need physical rehabilitation for an injury or after surgery. Read More »

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Where The American Diet Went Wrong: What We Can Learn From The Healthiest People On Earth

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In the 1930s, an American dentist named Weston A. Price made it his mission to discover what was responsible for optimal dental health. For over 10 years he traveled to various parts of the world to study different populations that had been relatively unaffected by western civilization. His travels included rural villages in Switzerland, indigenous North and South American tribes, Polynesian and Melanesian Islanders, Australian Aborigines, and New Zealand Maori. Read More »

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Specialized Rehab and Training for Runners

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As a former collegiate athlete, I understand how important it is for runners and other athletes to recover quickly so that they can continue participating in the sport or activity that makes them happy. My goal, as the owner of High Altitude Spine & Sport in Boulder, Colorado, is to return my patients to a pain-free and active lifestyle. I am dedicated to continuously challenging and educating myself in order to provide the most current and effective healthcare possible. That is why I incorporate the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® into my patient rehabilitation care and sports performance workouts.

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Moonwalking to a Healthy Weight

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You’ve heard the eye-brow-raising statistics: 66 percent of Americans are overweight and almost 38 percent of all of us are obese. That rate is alarmingly higher than it was a generation ago, according to the annual report The State of Obesity.

If you’re overweight, you probably know it. But if you’re truly not sure why you don’t fit into your jeans from high school, consider that the World Health Organization (WHO) defines an overweight person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 and an obese person with a BMI of 30 or more. Read More »

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