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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..

    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..

    Two Hours in an MRI Machine

    October 21st, 2015 by

    This blog post includes language that might be offensive to some people. Proceed at your own risk. I am generally a very mellow person. Someone cuts me off in traffic? Whatever. A client cancels at the last minute? Awesome – found time. I’ll read my book. Housekeeper breaks an irreplaceable statue my sister got me Continue Reading..

    What Causes Multiple Sclerosis? Could it Be Different for Everyone?

    May 5th, 2015 by

    “I don’t know why your spasticity is getting worse,” my doctor said. “Your MS is stable. You’re doing everything right.” And I was. I understand how to work with spasticity with exercise, stretching, diet, etc. I know the available medications and what’s on the horizon. “Spasticity treatment” is a long-standing Google alert, and I’ve read Continue Reading..

    Depression and Suicide in Chronic Illness

    August 14th, 2014 by

    With the death of the beloved Robin Williams this week, the Internet is abuzz with some of the best, honest, in-your-face truths about depression and its most profound side effect, suicide. In a statement released by his wife, we also learned that Robin Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and was unready to discuss Continue Reading..

    It’s 90 degrees… or as I like to say, “Kryptonite!”

    July 1st, 2014 by
    Hot. No bueno.

    It’s about two degrees shy of hell right now in Washington, D.C. Last year at this time, I swore I would be living in San Diego for the summer. That has not happened. That needs to happen. The other day, DC was the hottest city in the entire country!! Look!! A hallmark symptom of multiple Continue Reading..

    Adventures in Spasticity, Botox, and Myofascial Release (Part 1)

    June 24th, 2014 by

    If I had to come up with one word to describe me it would probably be driven. Some people would call it stubborn, but I prefer driven because stubborn has negative connotations, and I believe in sending positive vibes out to the universe. Driven has made me try and try and try again to get Continue Reading..

    “There’s No Point in Treating That. You’re Just Going to Get Worse.”

    June 9th, 2014 by

    Over the years, I have had a lot of problems with my left foot/ankle – ankle pain and swelling, instability, and an annoyingly persistent case of plantar fasciitis. Fed up and frustrated, I started going to different doctors. I went to ankle specialists. I got orthotics, AFOs, dorsi-splints, functional electronic stimulation devices, and even went a 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..