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Massage and Stretching Techniques For SMA Patients

Massage and Stretching Techniques For SMA Patients

During physical therapy, there are many different techniques that can be utilized to maximize the patient’s care. Some of these can include different manual techniques such as soft tissue massage, edema reduction massage, and manual stretching to increase the comfort...

Importance of Balance While Maneuvering on Uneven Surfaces For SMA Patients

Importance of Balance While Maneuvering on Uneven Surfaces For SMA Patients

Balance is typically a part of everyone’s treatment plan during physical therapy. Whether you have back pain or ankle pain, improving your balance carries over to an increase in functional mobility that will in turn improve your functional strength and increase your...

Nerve-muscle Communication Molecule May Be SBMA Therapeutic Target, Study Says

Nerve-muscle Communication Molecule May Be SBMA Therapeutic Target, Study Says

Increasing the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) — a molecule involved in the communication between nerve cells and muscle — specifically in muscle delayed symptom onset and slowed disease progression in a mouse model of spinal and bulbar muscular...

Hip Flexor Stretching For Patients With SMA

Hip Flexor Stretching For Patients With SMA

In previous articles, we have discussed different techniques for manual stretching to improve functional mobility and range of motion for Michael, my patient with SMA. We have discussed the importance of maintaining and increasing range of motion in joints such as...

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    by DeAnn R on January 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    For someone who never uses their feet, mine sure can be bothersome.  I know sensitive feet can be an issue for many of us.  When […]

  • Shoutout to Kinova Robotics
    by Kevin Schaefer on September 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    As I’ve written about multiple times in the past, I received a JACO robotic arm several years ago through the company Kinova Robotics […]

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    by DeAnn R on September 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I’ve been eyeing these cellphone holders for a while now: […]

  • JACO Is a Life Changer
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    I acquired my JACO robotic arm two days ago, and it has changed my life already. I can get drinks for myself, and even make coffee. I can […]