Tag: Health Promotion
What’s all the confusion about “complete” and “incomplete?” Complete usually means “total” or “whole,” while incomplete usually means “unfinished,” or “not yet perfect.” Although there aren’t many situations where we would like to hear ourselves described as “incomplete,” spinal cord injury may be one of them. Indeed, when it comes to nerve injuries and muscle paralysis, most everyone thinks that a partial paralysis or an Incomplete Injury is better than a complete injury or total paralysis. Does this mean that an incomplete injury is a good injury? It depends on how you look at it.
You’ve probably heard those narrators on the National Geographic specials say things like “Water gives life” or “Without water there could be no life.” They’re overly dramatic, but they’re right.
It’s easier than you think to get dehydrated
We humans are more than 70% water. We begin to get dehydrated and our performance drops off with just so much as a 2% water loss. What can cause a 2% water loss? It doesn’t take much. It can happen to an athlete who’s competing, to someone who’s in bed with the flu or diarrhea, in the very hot weather, or even to someone who just doesn’t drink enough.
Most people seem to exercise for one or more of four reasons: to improve flexibility, increase strength, increase endurance or aerobic conditioning, or improve body shape. Although a spinal cord injury can make any or all of these harder, it doesn’t need to make any of them completely impossible.
In your initial rehab, you may remember “Range of Motion” or stretching exercises. Both of these can reduce pain and stiffness, improve posture, and allow you to use the muscles that you do have working to their maximum.
Eating is one of the more enjoyable things life has to offer. That’s why what to eat and what not to eat – especially as it relates to our heart’s health – can be frustrating, complicated, and confusing. However, from your heart’s and circulatory system’s point of view, there seem to be two main things to worry about: fat, and fat!
The First “Fat” to Deal With
It freaks many people out, but to some spinal cord injury survivors, a colostomy is a perfectly reasonable way to manage those cranky bowels. In fact, in one study, nearly three-quarters of the spinal cord injury survivors with colostomies reported an improved quality of life.
Just What is a Colostomy?
As a children’s book says, “Everyone poops.” Although you may not talk about it or even think about it much, it’s important to your body and, yes, even your happiness. In fact, one study showed bowel function was a source of distress for more than half of people with spinal cord injuries. Are you one of those people? Does it have to be that way? Probably not.
Many spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors were taught early on to combine different techniques for their bowel programs – especially the use of digital stimulation, medications, and/or suppositories. Surveys show that while people do tend to stick with the combination approach, they make changes as well. Why? Researchers don’t know for sure, but it’s likely that some, if not most people make changes because of various complications or problems they’ve had with their bowel programs. The most common problems they seem to report are constipation, Incontinence, hemorrhoids, bleeding, and pain.
The Transverse Myelitis Association Named Recipient of Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) announced today that The Transverse Myelitis Association has been awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant. The Transverse Myelitis Association and the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center are co-sponsoring the Rare Neuroimmunologic Disorders Symposium. The Health Promotion Quality of Life grant will be used to support this symposium.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) August 7, 2004 — The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) announced today that The Transverse Myelitis Association has been awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant. CRPF awarded a total of $779,321
BRECKENRIDGE – The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) has awarded the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant as part of more than $713,000 it distributed to 103 organizations nationwide recently.
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice ADA home page.
ADA Technical Assistance Program
Consisted of a diverse array of projects to further the understanding and implementation of the Act. The program has created a vast infrastructure of resources, including numerous ADA publications and videos, materials targeted to specific audiences, training packages and an unparalleled knowledge of the ADA.