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  • Neurological Medications and Their Impact on Exercise

    November 17th, 2016 by

    Most neurological clients are on multiple medications, both to manage symptoms and in the cases of chronic diseases such as MS and Parkinson’s disease, to slow disease progression.What does that mean for you as a teacher?First, you need to understand that many of the medications for neurological symptoms cause… wait for it… neurological symptoms. That’s Continue Reading..

    That Time I Broke My Knee

    November 17th, 2016 by

    For some reason, I think the universe feels the need to:a. Teach me how to rehab nearly every injury conceivable through personal experience.b. Keep me humble.c. Remind me that when one body part isn’t working, you can always work something else.d. All of the above.In a recent non-MS-related fall straight down on my knee cap, Continue Reading..

    Ten Tips for Working with Neurological Clients

    November 17th, 2016 by

    Program design for clients with central nervous system problems is pretty similar, regardless of what the problem is – stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, head injury, etc. Sure, there are differences between the disease processes and treatments, but as exercise professionals, there are certain things that hold true for all of them. Here are my Continue Reading..

    Walking Funny? Here Are a Couple of Reasons Why

    July 5th, 2016 by

    (photo from Pilates Anytime – Wobbly: A Balance workshop) If you’ve taken a workshop with me, you have probably heard me wax poetic on the importance of strengthening the gluteus medius (glute med). In the neurological as well as the normal populations, weakness here is one of the main problems in walking. In my Balance Tutorial on Pilates Continue Reading..

    Fixing Neuropathy Through Desensitization

    July 5th, 2016 by

    Damage to the sensory nerves or sensory nerve pathways can cause an extremely painful condition called neuropathy. It’s common in neurological conditions, as well as conditions such as diabetes and even damage from chemotherapy. What does it feel like? Depending on the person – it can present as burning pain, numbness, tingling, hypersensitivity, buzzing, and other weird sensations. Continue Reading..

    The Dilemma of Choice in Chronic Disease

    December 24th, 2015 by

    Over the summer, I had a massive liver tumor removed. My PT found it. I had a CT scan. I met with a liver surgeon. He said it had to come out a.s.a.p. The surgery was scheduled for the following week. A student later asked me if I learned anything from the situation. Nope, I thought. Continue Reading..

    Understanding Fear of Heights (and Falling)

    August 4th, 2015 by

    You stand perfectly well on the sidewalk, but if you’re up on a box or ladder, you start to feel wobbly. Ever wonder why?   The fear of heights is a common one. Actually, fear of heights is slightly different than the true fear most people have – the fear of falling. The fear of Continue Reading..

    “70 Percent of Disability Could Be Prevented”

    July 13th, 2014 by
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    Recently, I was meeting with my orthotist to try to design plan #43 (at least) to deal with my ankle-that-does-not-move-properly. I asked him how much disability he sees that could have been prevented with early intervention physical therapy. Like, if that person who is post polio or post stroke or who was diagnosed with MS Continue Reading..

    Why You’re Yelling at the TV

    June 29th, 2014 by

    It’s the middle of the World Cup, and I have to admit, I’m loving this soccer thing. Actually, I’m loving the men who play soccer. Have you seen those abs? Some of the team’s shirts are practically transparent. I approve of this sport. Soccer is amazing. My husband, who has been watching (and playing) soccer Continue Reading..

    “You have MS”

    May 29th, 2014 by
    Ever have double vision? Can't say I recommend it.

    They’re not exactly words that you anticipate hearing in your life (at least I didn’t). “You have MS,” she said. “But you should know that most of my patients aren’t in wheelchairs.” I was diagnosed in 2002, officially by a neuro-ophthalmologist whose job it was to review my MRI and deliver the news. I was Continue Reading..