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Using Cupping During Physical Therapy For Patients With SMA

Using Cupping During Physical Therapy For Patients With SMA

Recently, Michael, our patient with SMA, has exhibited some increased tenderness and reduced tissue mobility to his calf muscles bilaterally. This is no surprise since he doesn’t wear footrests and is constantly in a plantarflexed, or toe-down position. In this...

Positive Updates Regarding Physical Therapy For SMA Patients

Positive Updates Regarding Physical Therapy For SMA Patients

As mentioned in our previous article, Michael, our patient with SMA, had been suffering from tailbone pain that was subsided by a modified stuck drawer technique to his sacrum. We had initially intended on performing this every other week, but since Michael has been...

Coccyx Mobilization for Increased Comfort

Coccyx Mobilization for Increased Comfort

Our bodies are not designed to sit all day long. We are designed to absorb shock through many different joints throughout the day, such as hips, knees, and ankles. When a patient is unable to use the lower half of their body and must sit all day, all that pressure...

Improvements in Range of Motion with Physical Therapy

Improvements in Range of Motion with Physical Therapy

A frequent complaint and limitation for patients that have been diagnosed with SMA is lack of flexibility throughout their body. Contractures, or shortening of muscles leading to deformity of joints, can occur secondary to lack of ability to perform active range of...

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  • Foot Problems
    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 I was a […]

  • 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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    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 […]