SpinLife : Get Out. Get Inspired. : Mobility DME Health Living and Fun 2017-04-24T12:04:48Z http://spinlife.university/feed/atom/ WordPress http://spinlife.university/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/favicon.png Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Flex-A-Bed adjustable beds relieve back pain for a great nights sleep]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1983 2017-04-24T12:04:48Z 2017-04-20T14:50:22Z Lying completely flat on your back is uncomfortable if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer with lower back pain. In case you are not familiar with them, we’d like to introduce Flex-A-Bed. This manufacturer of luxury adjustable and high-low beds is located in LaFayette, Ga. Flex-A-Bed is one of the few companies who still build each one of their bed frames and mattresses by hand. Flex-A-Beds are proudly made in the USA, just like they were when they were founded in 1969. All of Flex-A-Beds products are backed by an industry-leading warranty which covers every design feature- even the mattress! Their warranty is even transferable. If you sell or give the bed to someone else, it still remains under warranty. But why would you want an adjustable bed? Well first of all, for most of us, lying completely flat on a bed strains the muscles of the lower back and is just not comfortable. Secondly there are documented therapeutic values to sleeping in certain positions. Did you know… Sleeping with your head somewhat elevated, and knees slightly bent takes the strain off the lower back and eliminates back pain. Lying down with the head section flat, […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Follow These Four Simple Steps to Promote Heart Health]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1954 2017-03-30T19:58:27Z 2017-03-30T02:00:15Z Sure, when we think of heart health, aspects like intense cardio workouts come to mind. However, how can those of us with disabilities or conditions, including those of us who are aging, maintain – and even improve – our heart health? It’s easier and more practical than one may think. Sleeping Your Way to a Healthier Heart Indeed, increased heart health can be as easy as sleeping. Studies show that sleeping around 7 hours per night reduces calcium in arteries and heart disease. The quality of sleep, matters, too, so if you can get a truly sound 7 hours of sleep, you’re dramatically improving your heart health. Now that’s wonderful news! View Your Weight Not Just From a Mirror, But From Your Heart Weight is a physical, mental and emotional battle for many. It also weighs on your heart – literally. Speak with your doctor about your weight, and get a true diagnosis on whether your weight is appropriate. For most who are moderately overweight, losing just 5% can dramatically not only improve heart health, but decrease cholesterol. hypertension, and diabetes. This means for a 5’9” male, who ideally should weigh in the 170 lb. range, at 200 lbs., losing […]

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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Diagnosis: Dementia. Repetitive behavior; Survival Secrets for Caregivers]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1940 2017-02-02T19:59:22Z 2017-01-31T21:42:34Z They refer to it as the Dementia Epidemic. As many as 5.2 million people in America are living with this disease. To review: Dementia is an umbrella term describing a variety conditions that develop when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally. The damages to these nerve cells cause changes in one’s memory, behavior and ability to think clearly In the next installment in the series, I’d like to discuss a common trait exhibited by individuals diagnosed with dementia: Repetitive behavior. That behavior may be exhibited as an action- like searching for something, changing the channels on the remote, or verbally-like repeating a question, or making the same statement over and over. For caregivers, repetitive behavior is enough to get on your last nerve. You may remember Bill Murray’s memorable performance in Goundhog Day, the 1993 movie where he plays Phil- a TV weatherman doomed to live out the same day every day, for the rest of his life. Answering the same question over and over, day after day can make you feel like Phil, and you are certainly not alone. First let’s talk about some of the reasons a person with dementia may repeat. The most obvious reason is short […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Who’s Caring for Caregivers?]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1931 2017-02-02T19:57:38Z 2017-01-25T19:53:03Z Among those of us in our 40s, 50s and 60s, huge numbers  are called upon to provide caring for aging relatives. More than ever before. By 2020, for the first time in human history, there will be more individuals over 65 than children under the age of 5. What this astounding statistic translates to is that for many of us, if we’re not caring for our aging spouses, we’re likely caring for our parents and grandparents. And if we, ourselves, aren’t caregivers, we undoubtedly are close to someone who is. With this reality, an intriguing and vital need has arisen: How do we care for caregivers? While we naturally focus on those who need caregiving due to medical necessity, the fact is, primary caregivers – most often spouses and children – have profoundly important needs, as well. How do we as a society and as individuals assess and support those needs? The first step as those on the outside is to recognize the breath of the situation the caregiver is addressing. Often caregivers, based on pure love, shoulder far more responsibility than they express. Caregivers can feel every emotion from ultimate obligation to feeling as though their own needs are less important, so they […]

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Courtney Skean <![CDATA[Relieve Pressure Using these Effective Wheelchair Stretches]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=311 2017-02-02T20:02:25Z 2017-01-18T12:05:38Z Stretching and exercise are great ways to relieve pressure issues that come with prolonged sitting. Here are a couple of easy stretches that can be done, every day and without drawing undue attention to the exercise. Each technique can be done independently or with assistance; depending on your strength and balance. Be sure you are in a wheelchair of adequate weight when doing these stretches- for safety’s sake. Leaning forward and from side to side: Leaning from side to side relieves pressure over one buttock at a time. Lock your wheels, hold onto the other armrest and lean your body to the opposite side, taking the weight off one buttock at a time. Repeat with the opposite side. Lean forward with both hands to relieve pressure from your bottom. You don’t need to feel “obvious” when doing this- we all shift around and change positions continuously. Think of the forward lean as just some time “fixing” your shoe laces, feet or the hem of your pants to achieve your pressure relief         Crossing your legs: These techniques are easy to do and are less obvious in public places to relieve pressure. You can cross one leg over the other and lean […]

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