Archive for January, 2015

Posted on January 14, 2015. Filed under: Balance, Exercise, Falls, In the news, Lifestyle and wellness, Prevention, Research |

I enjoy reading new research on balance and how to help ourselves get better. Ball catching was found to enhance balance in seniors. The article discusses anticipatory control. When you catch a ball there is a small perturbation that happens right before you catch the ball. The body needs to anticipate by stiffening the muscles in order to catch the ball without falling over. Senior and other patients with neurological issue are not able to anticipate well. This skill can be worked on to improve control.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/287875.php?tw

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Practice makes Perfect…No Perfect Practice makes Perfect

Posted on January 13, 2015. Filed under: Ataxia, Balance, Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Cerebellar Degeneration, Falls, Neuroplasticity, Postural Control |

Here is an article about practicing strokes in tennis and the follow through movement making a difference in learning. Practice and repetition is associated with neural changes in the brain. How we practice makes a big difference. In the patient world and for those with disability BalanceWear can provide the balance control needed to practice correct movement. In some cases patients do not realize what is changing and can not feel the difference. An example I noted recently; a patient with cerebellar degeneration did not really feel the difference BalanceWear made in their walking however other people did. Every time she walked she her feet hit her walker because they were so far out to the side in wide base support. When she was wearing BalanceWear her legs were underneath her and did not hit the side of the walker during gait. She said she falls daily even in her walker. Why? Because she trips herself on the walker. She did not feel the difference with her legs underneath her but she is less likely to trip on the walker. Walking with her legs underneath her with a better base of support for many miles over the next several months should provide improved control as the brain learns more accurate movement.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/287836.php?tw

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2014 in review

Posted on January 12, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Lifestyle Changes May prevent Heart Disease

Posted on January 8, 2015. Filed under: Articles, Exercise, Lifestyle and wellness, Prevention |

Nice tidbit of information for women. Six factors noted to change risk in heart disease.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/287595.php?tw

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MS and the Neurological System

Posted on January 7, 2015. Filed under: Articles, Multiple Sclerosis |

Excellent review of MS and the neurological system. I found this article and wanted to share the information.
http://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/multiple-sclerosis-101/comments/

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Similarities in Resident Health Between Independent and Assisted Living

Posted on January 6, 2015. Filed under: Elderly, In the news |

Interesting post from a recent blog I just read on people living in Independent or Assisted Living.
http://www.affinitaslife.com/blog/uncategorized/data-opinion-define-surprising-similarities-resident-health-independent-assisted-living/#comment-57

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