Archive for the Physical & Occupational Therapy Category

5 Power Chair Features that are Necessary for PALS

5 Power Chair Features that are Necessary for PALS

By Melody Fung, O.T. R/L Occupational Therapist 5 Features Power Tilt and Recline: These two functions enable you to perform adjustment of back and hip angles independently. They provide pressure re-distribution and postural support to reduce the risk of skin breakdown. Tilt and recline are also essential […]

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Exercise: Helpful or Harmful in ALS?

Exercise:  Helpful or Harmful in ALS?

Exercise:  Helpful or Harmful in ALS?                                                                By: Robert G Miller MD, Neurologist, Director Sandy McDade RPT, Physical Therapist Melody Fong, Occupational Therapist Forbes Norris ALS Research and Treatment Center   We are all familiar with the many benefits of exercise including improved sleep, appetite, mood, […]

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Maintain Ability to Type, Swipe and Point

Maintain Ability to Type, Swipe and Point

By Amy Roman, CCC-SLP The husband of one of my patients invented this horizontal stylus about 12 years ago.  His wife could no longer isolate her index fingers for typing but she could still move her arms to type.  Her other fingers were getting in the way […]

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Why all the swelling?

Why all the swelling?

By Bob Osborn, RN One of the most common problems that affects people with motor neuron diseases is called dependent edema. This is swelling of the hands and feet which gradually extends upwards into the arms and legs.  This is caused because veins depend on muscle movement […]

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