SpinLife : Get Out. Get Inspired. : Mobility DME Health Living and Fun 2017-01-18T18:06:08Z http://spinlife.university/feed/atom/ WordPress http://spinlife.university/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/favicon.png Courtney Skean <![CDATA[Relieve Pressure Using these Effective Wheelchair Stretches]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=311 2017-01-18T18:06:08Z 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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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Can lift chairs help prevent falls? Learn how today!]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1898 2017-01-04T21:21:44Z 2017-01-04T21:13:27Z January is National Falls Prevention month, and SpinLife is doing it’s part by hosting our Lift Chair Event. How can a lift chair help prevent falls you may ask? You may be surprised at the answer! Statistics prove that among our aging population, falls account for an enormous number of injuries every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. About half of those are unreported, but 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall related injury. 2.8 million! Many factors contribute to the increased risk of falling, and at the top of the list is lower body weakness. Lower body weakness has many causes. Lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle and a myriad of medical conditions cause muscle loss. Muscle loss in turn causes the lessening of strength in your lower body. Muscles beginning at your feet and ankles, all the way up to the gluteus maximus contribute to your ability to maintain your balance. They also allow you to get up from a sitting position to standing. When those muscles lack strength, your balance will be affected, and simply getting up from […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Join with Us and Celebrate the True Spirit of the New Year]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1889 2016-12-29T21:37:27Z 2016-12-29T14:43:51Z In modern times, New Year’s resolutions are goals for the coming year. However, the New Year tradition dates back over 4,000 years, and was actually about reflecting on the prior year. Put simply, it was about looking back, as opposed to looking forward, and using that momentum to improve. There’s a lot of empowerment in using the New Year to look back. After all, through the good times and the tough times of the past year, we made it! It’s via this enlightened lens that New Year’s serves as an especially poignant annual milestone for those of us living with disability, illness or any adversity. We made it! For those among us who made it through our first year of adversity, it’s a wonderful time to look back on the strengths and wisdom gained – maybe some we didn’t fathom we had until we drew it from deep within. Those among us who have faced years or a lifetime of adversity know it’s a fitting time to look back and remind ourselves how far we’ve traveled on this journey. For all of us, it’s an opportunity to realize that we made it with courage and tenacity through the year, and […]

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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Shop the Top 5 FSA Eligible Products Today]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1863 2016-12-21T15:13:36Z 2016-12-21T20:56:31Z Dear SpinLife, I have a balance in my FSA account at work, and if I don’t spend it by December 31st, I lose the money! Are SpinLife’s products eligible under the FSA guidelines, and can I use my FSA debit card to make purchases from SpinLife? Sarah Dear Sarah, Both of those questions are asked frequently around here, particularly in December, since many Flexible Spending Account plans do not offer a grace period. If your plan does not have a grace period, your unspent dollars actually do disappear at midnight on New Year’s Eve…Don’t let that happen! Let’s talk a little about what an FSA is intended for. You probably know your Flexible Spending Account is funded with pre-tax dollars. So the deposits in your FSA are your actual earnings, without taxes taken out. That gives you much greater buying power to pay for must-have items of a medical nature. The IRS allows this only for the purchase of qualified items (as set forth in their guidelines) to ensure that FSA money is spent on legitimate medical expenses, not other things. Here’s an example: Let’s say for instance, you purchase a rolling walker from SpinLife using your FSA debit card. […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[The Ultimate Gift: Give the lasting Gift of Mobility]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1838 2016-12-08T15:52:28Z 2016-12-14T15:37:48Z Looking for the ultimate gift?As we head into the holiday season, many wonder what to get the parent or grandparent who has it all. If your family is like many of ours, we have aging relatives who could benefit from a mobility device – whether that’s a lift chair, scooter or portable power chair – but have been reluctant to pursue one on his or her own. Why not, then, consider giving your loved one the ultimate gift: the gift of mobility. We surprised a grandfather in our family with the gift of mobility last year, and it’s turned out to be quite the gift. Like many as he aged, he saw slowing down as part of the process. He slowly spent more and more time in the house rather than outdoors doing what he loved. As family members, we brought up the topic of scooters in recent years, but he was resistant, not realizing the expanded mobility it would bring back to his life. As a result, on Christmas last year, we rolled in a red travel scooter with a red bow. To our joy, he took to it immediately, touched that we’d gotten him a true gift. See, as […]

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