SpinLife : Get Out. Get Inspired. : Mobility DME Health Living and Fun 2016-09-22T13:09:47Z http://spinlife.university/feed/atom/ WordPress http://spinlife.university/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/favicon.png Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[The Best (Unexpected) Fall Foliage Destinations]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1553 2016-09-22T13:09:47Z 2016-09-22T08:57:44Z Have you ever noticed that those who have moved away from seasonal climates almost universally express missing one specific aspect: fall foliage, nature’s annual kaleidoscope. Indeed, fall foliage in many of these United States is a spectacular site. It most often begins in mid-September with a dash of color, a brushed yellow or rust leaf among the green. And, as the days pass, the temperatures cool, and as we head into pumpkin season and October, the trees change, leaf-by-leaf. Soon, once green hillsides are multi-colored canvases. Even the vision of a lone copper-colored leaf drifting down a stream is mesmerizing. So, where are among the best places to see such sites this fall, ones that are accessible by vehicle or mobility product? Holmes County, Ohio The iconic buckeye trees, along with maples and oaks, line the heart of Central Ohio’s Amish Country. Country roads lead to bend after bend of breathtaking bright red and yellow foliage, and the occasional horse-drawn carriage adds to the storybook charm. Sonoma County, California When most think Sonoma, they think wine and vineyards. However, in October, Sonoma County, along Arnold Drive, continuing along the Russian River, is ablaze with maples and oaks.     Northern […]

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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Spotlight on the innovative WheelAble shower commode chair]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1541 2016-09-20T13:04:24Z 2016-09-20T09:17:38Z The WheelAble travel shower commode chair is an innovative shower commode chair from Clarke Healthcare designed with your comfort and convenience in mind! While there are other shower commode chairs that fold, no other model folds as neatly and compactly. The WheelAble travel shower commode chair is specifically designed to allow you to take your vital showering equipment along with you on your travels. The WheelAble has some unique design features that make it more user friendly than many shower commode chairs. First, the overall width is only 19 inches, so you can get through bathroom doors with ease. It is built with an under-seat height of 18.5 inches, which allows it to slide over any commode. The whole structure is made of corrosion-proof molded plastic, with stainless steel fittings, so it’s easy to maintain, and rust free. The commode seat is padded, and the backrest is contoured for comfort. Armrests raise up and drop down flat for easy transfers.     Perhaps the neatest feature is the way it folds. Release the latches, and the backrest and seat fold forward and down, then the whole unit folds inward, like a wheelchair would, into a compact 26.13” X 8.97 “ X […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[The Noble Service Dog: an Awesome Companion]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1522 2016-09-13T15:57:13Z 2016-09-15T15:53:24Z September is National Service Dog Month. National Service Dog Month is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign for the noble dogs that enter a career of service to humans. And it is the perfect time to reflect on the roles that service animals play in our lives. Would you like to help? See our links below for some of the amazing organizations that train these dogs. Perhaps no other animal has been so universally connected to humans as the the dog. Over the evolution of mankind and canines, countless “working” relationships evolved, from ranching to rescue. The Service Dog program is one of the most remarkable examples of this relationship, supporting individuals with a huge variety of needs.  Some examples are: Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Seeing eye dogs have provided guiding eyes for the blind throughout history. Guiding Eyes for the Blind trains these assistance dogs to lead blind and visually impaired people around obstacles, making it easier to get around and providing a sense of confidence with their surroundings. Physical Assistance.  Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure […]

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Lisa Rohlfing <![CDATA[Looking for smooth riding travel scooters? Check out the Buzzaround XLS]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1509 2016-09-13T17:16:52Z 2016-09-13T17:14:33Z Travel  scooters have been around a while. Their small size and easy to handle weight makes them practical help-mates for nearly anyone with mobility issues. Not only are they transportable, travel scooters are really quite sporty as well. No wonder they are so popular! If there is ever a complaint about travel scooters, it usually relates to the “stiff” or “jarring” quality to the ride. After all, they have solid frames, with no shock absorbers (designed to keep the weight down) and solid tires with no “bounce” (no worries about flat tires). The combination adds up to a very stiff ride indeed! The good news is that Golden Technologies responded to that issue when they designed the new Buzzaround XLS travel scooters! Available in both three and four wheel models, I’d like to highlight some of the features for you. Most standard travel scooters are +- 37” in length. The Buzzaround XLS scooters are longer, but still compact.  The Buzzaround XLS 4-wheel is 41.5 “ long, and the three wheel version is 42.5” long, so they feel roomier and less cramped. The padded seat swivels, folds forward for transport, and can be set as high as 23” from the ground, […]

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Mark E. Smith <![CDATA[Therapeutic Massage: Improving Body, Mind and Spirit]]> http://spinlife.university/?p=1494 2016-09-09T12:11:25Z 2016-09-09T12:11:25Z There’s no question that a massage – whether by a partner or a professional – can be the ultimate in relaxation. However, did you know that therapeutic massage has become a scientifically-studied, proven form of treating many permanent disabilities, including spinal cord injuries (SCI)? Twenty SCI patients, with injury levels between C5 and C7, were involved in a therapeutic massage study. Half were randomly selected to participate in massage therapy for 40 minutes, twice per week. The other control group participated in typical rehab exercise routines twice per week. After five weeks, both groups showed physical improvement. However, the massage therapy group not only showed significantly higher physical improvements, but also lower anxiety and depression scores. Put simply, massage therapy proved dramatically more beneficial than traditional exercise with this SCI study. So, what specific areas does massage therapy help with? Circulation Among those with spinal cord injuries and other movement-restrictive conditions, proper circulation – especially in effected limbs – is among the leading causes of secondary health issues. These issues can range from as seemingly mundane as a tingling sensation to as deadly as blood clots. Therapeutic massage can dramatically improve blood flow as muscles and tissue is stimulated. And, […]

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