Rehab

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Buying a house in another far-off state at the same time as selling your current one is a hell-ish process and I don’t recommend it.  Unless you’re like me and you’re absolutely suffocating in your current location and need to… Read More ›

St. Petersburg

I’m closing on my house in Florida tomorrow.  I finally feel like for the first time in my life I’m really doing my thing, what I want and not conforming to some vision that other people came up with as… Read More ›

Walking Bike

I want this both for myself and my future therapy gym. From Dean. walking bike for stroke rehabilitation Massive amounts of therapy available in one intervention. Balance. Walking. Upper limb extension. Hand grasping. Sensation – Wind blowing over skin. So… Read More ›

Dizziness and Nausea

I just received this email….. “Good day. My brother had a stroke of the left cerebellum a month ago. He had decompression surgery and was in Critical care for 3.5 weeks. He went to rehab 4 days ago but he… Read More ›

New Life

I’m getting married next month to the most wonderful man who ever existed on the planet.  He might not be real.  He is an empath, he is the funniest human being ever, and he is the most brilliant man I… Read More ›

Peer-reviewed

This makes me so sad. Figure out stuff for yourself because no one will do it for you. No one figured out anything for me.  NOT.A.THING.  I’ve learned to only depend on myself. Evidence-based medicine sure as hell doesn’t mean… Read More ›

Rotator Cuff

A search term on my blog yesterday was “rotator cuff exercises for stroke patient.”  The exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff are the same whether you had a stroke or not. The muscles and nerves are all the same as… Read More ›

Dermatomes

A search term on my blog today was ‘dermatome chart.’  I couldn’t remember in the last 3 or so years ever doing a post about dermatomes so I searched that word on my blog myself and the only thing that… Read More ›

Sleeping Posture

Ever wake up with a really sore back?  Or do you wake up like that every morning?  Has anyone ever asked you if your mattress is saggy?  I’ve been treating someone who has a tendency to fall asleep in his… Read More ›

Advice

I just spoke with a stroke survivor’s brother. This person sought me out and asked for my help and my advice. My advice was that for starters his sister needs to get into an intensive rehab program and begin a… Read More ›

Options

I had lunch with a lady earlier this week to discuss options for her brother, a stroke survivor.  We were talking for a while and she asked “so what are the options for stroke victims?”  I responded “there really aren’t… Read More ›

Heel Raises (calf raises)

I tried to explain to someone the importance of this exercise and strengthening this muscle. This will strengthen the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, the calf muscles.  These muscles, when contracted, will plantarflex the foot(point the toes).  So when you do… Read More ›

Blocking

Sometimes the muscle you want to contract isn’t the one that contracts when you try to perform a movement.  This goes for both orthopedic stuff and neurologic stuff.  Way the hell more with neurologic stuff though.  I’m working with someone… Read More ›