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  • When your body stops speaking softly…

    December 5th, 2017 by

    One of the things I’ve learned from having MS for most of my adult life is that your body talks to you. If you’re a healthy person, it talks to you. If you have a chronic illness, it talks more. Sometimes it’s with a mild tingle. Other times, it’s balance that’s worse than usual. And Continue Reading..

    Week Intensive of Neurorehab – Review

    August 26th, 2017 by

    I just got home from a full week of daily neurorehabilitation at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. By the end of today, we managed to get my ankle to an active -10 degrees of dorsiflexion (Monday was -25) and passive to +17 (Monday was 0). Since ankle tightness is my major problem, we’re considering that Continue Reading..

    Aquatherapy for Gait Training

    August 24th, 2017 by

    I have waxed poetic in previous blog posts about my love of the water, so when I began my PT today at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, I was super excited that it was pool day! The Center has two different pools – one slightly larger than the other (but definitely not large enough for swimming). Continue Reading..

    Determining an ASIA Score and the Role of a Physiatrist in Neurorehabilitation

    August 23rd, 2017 by

    If you don’t have a significant injury or medical condition, you don’t need a physiatrist. You can stop reading. But if you do have one of the above things, a physiatrist can be one of the most valuable treatment partners you have. A physiatrist is like a physical therapist, except a medical doctor. His or Continue Reading..

    Adventures in Neurorehab – Day 2: Gait, and Stairs, and Therapy Monkeys – Oh My!

    August 22nd, 2017 by

    Today was Day 2 of my 2 weeks at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, and I have to say, I felt a lot better about what we did today than what we did yesterday. Yesterday was a lot of measurements. Today, was a lot of work. Since I want to keep this as part Continue Reading..

    Goal: 0 Percent Dorsiflexion (Adventures in Neurorehabilitation)

    August 21st, 2017 by

    Today marks Day 1 of a 2-week exploration of neurorehabilitation at The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore – one of the nation’s premier spinal cord rehabilitation centers. (Multiple sclerosis is, in case you’re wondering, considered a spinal cord injury). Most people with my functional ability would be happy with the mobility they have, especially after Continue Reading..

    Neurorehabilitation in the Ocean

    August 8th, 2017 by

    I had the great blessing of a childhood spent near a beach. It wasn’t the best beach. The water wasn’t clear, the tourist traps were tacky, and parking was a nightmare. But, I would bet that no one really fares better in childhood fun than those of us lucky enough to be raised near a Continue Reading..

    Is an MS Cure Already Here?

    June 15th, 2017 by

    Ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, I’ve been hoping for a cure. Since that time, doctors and scientists have given us more than a dozen new medications, you can get a stem cell transplant if you meet some criteria (I don’t) and want it (plus have amazing insurance or enough money Continue Reading..

    Can Mirror Neurons Help Us Become Better Athletes?

    March 20th, 2017 by

    Photo: pixabay Just over a couple of years ago, we talked about the sports spectating phenomenon known as mirror neuron, here on our blog.  In a nutshell it’s about the idea that we’re not just watching other people’s action (in this case, a soccer match), we can actually feel ourselves in it. To a certain Continue Reading..

    Understanding Stroke – 4 Minutes/4 Hours

    November 17th, 2016 by

    There are several types of strokes, but for this article – let’s look at the most common – an ischemic stroke (85% of strokes). In this type, a blockage (like a blood clot) occurs and prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching parts of the brain. Any point downstream of the blocked blood vessel can be Continue Reading..