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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Optimal Health
    good health in terms of relationships and maintaining social interactions Still others believe that emotional health and intellectual challenges are most important We are all very different and complex persons We grow and change as different challenges problems or needs become a part of our lives But how do we continue to grow and keep in good health in the presence of a disability like spinal cord injury In recent years health care professionals agree that health is not merely freedom from disease or disability but that it includes life s physical emotional social spiritual and intellectual aspects as well It s not just medical self care and treatment of health problems that promote optimal health it s increasing potential as well Here then are five areas that make up your overall health Five Areas of Health Physical health relates to your body and includes eating habits exercise medical self care and treatment of health problems Smoking drugs and alcohol use have potential negative affects on your health Emotional health refers to your state of mind It is how you react to day to day stresses your sense of worth and your ability to relax and enjoy leisure Social health is the ability to keep healthy interactions with friends family neighbors or co workers Spiritual health includes having a sense of purpose in life the ability to give and receive love and the ability to feel goodwill toward others Intellectual health results from the mental stimulation and development we get through our work school community service hobbies or cultural pursuits How to Promote Optimal Health Promoting optimal health in any or all of these areas may mean changing your life style Yet choosing and sticking with healthy behaviors is tricky With a spinal cord injury even more roadblocks may impede the journey Coping issues wheelchair inaccessibility inadequate health coverage for general and disability related health care needs and trouble staying physically fit with paralysis are just a few of the challenges people with spinal cord injuries face What Can You Do Despite these potential roadblocks the following recommendations from A Practical Guide to Health Promotion after Spinal Cord Injury provides useful suggestions Physical Health Follow good health practices and seek regular medical follow up Stop smoking Eat a balanced diet Maintain the best body weight for your height and age Reduce alcohol consumption and keep track of the variety of medications you use daily Get regular exercise as allowed by your level of SCI If you have a high level SCI you might consider working on neck and or shoulder strengthening working on diaphragmatic breath control taking voice and or singing lessons Intellectual Health Read books and the newspaper regularly if necessary look into adapted page turners Attend lectures and programs Decrease time watching TV Explore at your local library Learn computer skills Learn from public library or college library audio and video tapes Explore volunteer possibilities Spiritual Health Set time aside each day for meditation and or prayer Attend

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Posture
    Lack of trunk muscles puts the body in a constant slump Muscle imbalance gravity or spasticity pulls us to one side or the other Inactivity or lack of exercising drastically decreases physical fitness leaving us fatigued or in chronic pain Habitual functional activities done the same way every day such as hooking the same arm on the chair back for support can cause contractures and severe muscle imbalances Poorly fitted equipment wheelchair cushion or back places the body in a poor position When left unaddressed the problems magnify possibly causing worse problems Sitting crooked means uneven weight distribution and possible skin sores Slumping or slouching makes the lungs work harder compromising respiratory function Poor posture while sitting or wheeling puts extra strain on the neck and spine causing pain and discomfort The more slumping or leaning or slouching in response to pain the more pain or fatigue that is produced Evaluation Determining whether you ve got a problem may be as easy as asking and honestly answering a few questions Do you have chronic pain in the neck lower back or trunk Is your fatigue more in the trunk and back rather than in your arms or shoulders Do you sit crooked Are you leaning to one side or the other Is one hip higher than the other Is one hip or knee more forward than the other Are you always leaning a bit forward or is balance a problem Do you have breathing problems or trouble getting full breaths Thinking about these questions is a good first step Answering yes to any means you may need to go further Looking at how you re sitting is a good second step Get someone to help When facing a mirror is more of the chair back visible on one side or the other When viewing a profile do your ear lobe shoulder joint and hip joint form a straight vertical line above the chair axle Remember living in our bodies day to day makes it difficult to always recognize small changes which can result in big problems You may need to make a conscious effort to observe and evaluate how you sit The third step is seeking the opinion and evaluation of a physical or occupational therapist or physician trained in spinal cord injury Getting Straight Changes in the body often require new or different equipment Gravity is not your friend says Craig Hospital physical therapist Cindy Smith Lack of trunk muscles or just minor trunk muscle imbalances can over the course of years cause major problems with posture Smith compares the spine to building blocks Stack them slightly off kilter and they ll probably be okay Put some weight on them and problems develop over time Eventually gravity takes its toll and the price is poor posture chronic pain decreased energy and skin problems We can address the problems in a number of ways what we sit in what we sit on and possibly even the types of weight shifts

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Smoking and Lungs, Skin, Bladder
    which is a collapse of the honeycomb like air sacs that often causes secretions to become trapped in the lungs The secretions build up and may lead to pneumonia one of the more common causes of both sickness and death with SCI Smoking increases the production of this mucus and contributes to congestion But Breathing Out too What s more smoking further impairs the ability to cough or expel these secretions A study of 165 SCI survivors found that smokers tested significantly lower in both the amount of air they were able to cough out as well as the force with which they were able to expel it Survivors are already at risk of congestion and infection due to their injury smoking raises the stakes placing them at even higher risk 1 2 SCI New Risks As people age both breathing capacity and lung volume decrease This is due to a loss of elasticity of the lungs and muscles of the chest wall These changes decrease the ability to fight off infections With SCI comes other potential concerns such as increased weight can make breathing more difficult general decrease in exercise can lead to decreased breathing capacity posture problems rounded shoulders or slouching can lead to smaller lung capacity a change in the type or severity of spasticity can affect the chest or breathing muscles increased number and severity of respiratory infections due to diminished ability to cough All these changes place SCI survivors at higher risk for respiratory problems as they age Smoking not only multiplies the problems but also increases the risks My Skin Can Be Affected Too Congestion and lung infection aren t the only problems associated with smoking Studies have also linked smoking to an increased incidence of pressure sores as well as longer healing time for both sores and the skin surgery which is sometimes necessary to repair them Specifically a study of 38 SCI survivors found smokers to have both a higher incidence and more extensive pressure sores than nonsmokers 4 After ruling out various other factors which might contribute to skin problems diabetes type of cushion completeness of injury spasticity body weight and the availability of help with skin care the conclusion was that smoking contributed to the development of pressure sores more than any of the above mentioned factors Why Read on Healthy skin depends on the good circulation of highly oxygenated blood to carry nutrients to the skin and remove waste products from it Smoking in general and nicotine in particular cause a decreased blood flow to the extremities In addition smoking produces carbon monoxide which severely impairs oxygen from even entering the blood In other words not only does smoking cause less blood to get to the skin but the blood that does get there has far less oxygen A decrease of oxygenated blood and nutrients to the skin as well as insufficient removal of waste products from it are good ways to develop pressure sores Actually that s exactly

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Spasticity
    important many people over time learn to deal more effectively or become more comfortable with their spasticity As they get stronger they learn to overpower their spasms or they learn what triggers their spasms and they avoid those things Some people even use their spasticity to empty their bladders to transfer to dress even to stand and walk Others say it keeps their muscles toned and improves circulation Some suspect it helps keep bones stronger and better mineralized True or not spasticity may not be entirely bad Warning Signs Changing spasticity regardless of your age is often a symptom as much as a problem Sensations that you may not even be able to perceive but which your nervous system senses when something is wrong make spasticity increase Within the nervous system itself perhaps the most serious complication is a cyst or cavity in the spinal cord sometimes called post traumatic syringomyelia Increased spasticity is a common symptom of this complication However decreasing or disappearing spasticity can also sometimes be a sign of a cyst Other diseases that may develop in the spinal cord tumors Guillain Barre syndrome transverse myelitis a spinal cord stroke also may cause spasticity to change Other problems outside your nervous system also can make spasticity increase Urinary tract infections an over full bladder or a skin sore are just a few examples Finally YOU may change in ways that make spasticity become more of a problem even though the spasticity itself doesn t get any worse Things like shoulder joint pain fatigue or general weakness may make it harder to deal with what once was a reasonable amount of spasticity The result is the same as if the spasticity actually had increased The bottom line don t ignore a significant change in your spasticity Two Perceptions So how much spasticity is too much Unless you re one of those people who walks on his spasticity uncontrollable spasms can make life pretty miserable Ask John who has an incomplete C6 spinal cord injury He thought long and hard about function and quality of life issues and finally got to the point where no spasticity treatment would have been too drastic After too many years of incredible spasms and mega doses of anti spasmodics he was ready to take a look at dramatic nerve destroying surgical procedures even if it meant potentially sacrificing sensation and sexual function that he had below his injury site Life was nearly impossible he says I feared staying in bed my legs would launch me out of it His hip was dislocating because of the spasticity and he was taking so many anti spasmodics that his memory was failing He tried rhizotomies with only short term success Now he s waiting to have a pump implanted Phil has pretty bad spasticity too he blames it at least in part for his worsening scoliosis Though he s independent in his wheelchair he describes his spasticity as very interfering Still unlike John he thinks most

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Upper-Extremity Pain
    upper extremities but most often affect the shoulders and wrists Pain may be constant or may appear only during certain activities like wheeling long distances Sometimes pain begins when daily overuse is combined with a specific injury like lifting something too heavy or too quickly That something could be a grocery bag a wheelchair or your own body during a transfer Rotator Cuff Tears Biceps Tendinitis Carpal Tunnel Sydnrome Three frequent injuries among persons with spinal cord injuries are rotator cuff tears bicipital tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons These muscles support the shoulder and contribute to nearly all of its movements Many factors including both activity level and aging can combine to increase pressure on these tendons and decrease their circulation Eventually a tear may occur either partial or complete depending on the amount of damage to the tendons and soft tissue The most common symptom is pain or weakness when reaching above your head Bicipital tendinitis is an inflammation of the biceps tendon and is often found in people who also have a rotator cuff tear During normal arm movement the tendon of the biceps glides in a groove in the bone of your upper arm Repetitive movements can cause swelling and pain in and around the tendon Repeated use may even cause the tendon to fray You usually feel pain near the middle of your shoulder in the front or slightly lower on the outside of your arm You might also have pain when you try to reach behind your back Without treatment you could lose some of your active shoulder movement Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a particular nerve is pinched as it passes through a narrow tunnel in your wrist The usual symptom is pain or tingling in your thumb and first two fingers It might awaken you from a sound sleep but then go away if you shake your hand Bending your wrists tends to narrow the tunnel and increase the symptoms even more And as research already has shown repetitive stress and strain on your bent wrist does greatly increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome Unfortunately SCI survivors do many daily activities with a bent wrist transfers weight shifts wheeling and using crutches are just a few examples Getting Help Upper extremity pain can begin with many different injuries often the symptoms of one are very similar to those of another As you evaluate the type of pain that you re having ask yourself what kind of pain is it a sharp pain with certain movements or a dull nagging pain Where is it all over or maybe one specific spot on your shoulder or your wrist When does it hurt all of the time or just certain times How did it start did it come on quickly or has it seemed to develop slowly Many people endure lots of pain before they seek treatment But ignoring pain probably won

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Weight Gain: The Battle of The Bulge
    Research is showing that SCI survivors are at risk for shoulder pain joint deterioration even things like rotator cuff tears simply because of the amount of stress they place on their arms It s a problem that affects quads A 1993 study found that over half of its participants with long term quadriplegia also had pain in the shoulders A few had it in the elbows wrists and hands too In addition to the risk of injury there s also the risk your skin faces If your bulkier body can t avoid hitting that wheelchair tire when you transfer or if you just can t turn yourself in bed your skin may pay the price Excess weight also puts more pressure on the skin As people gain weight skin folds develop which trap moisture greatly increasing the risk of skin sores Then there are the cost comfort and convenience issues A bulkier body may not fit in those awful tiny airplane seats Wide first class seats cost more If you need to get a wider wheelchair more doors hallways and aisles will become inaccessible Special equipment costs more And if you re not able to do all of your own care it s harder on your attendant too In fact it may be even harder to find attendants If attendants think that lifting you will cause them back problems they won t be eager to sign on Then you have another problem that may mean more Does Anyone Ever Win the Battle of the Bulge Millions of nondisabled people struggle with unwanted weight For SCI survivors the struggle may be even harder First following spinal cord injury the body s metabolism changes how we use food we eat and the fat we store is altered In short we use up less energy than we did before our injuries and the higher the level of spinal cord injury the less energy we seem to need We also know that lean body mass meaning muscle tissue decreases after spinal cord injury At the same time the amount of body fat increases In fact much of the muscle tissue below the level of the injury may be replaced by fat This happens even if you don t look or feel like you ve gained weight or gotten wider This is partly because you re less active than before your injury and partly because how your body itself works is changed by the injury The result It s much easier to become obese even by overeating just a little This combination of changed metabolism and decreased muscle mass along with an often lower activity level means that even the Ideal Body Weight charts used by doctors and insurance companies may not be the best guides Several authors have reduced those charts by 10 15 Using their suggested guidelines the average 5 4 spinal cord injured woman should weigh between 110 125 lbs the average 5 11 spinal cord injured man should weigh between 145

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Advocacy Resource List
    Phone 1 800 800 8586 Consumers Email Us at info pridemobility com Providers please refer to www prideprovider com Canada Pride Mobility Products Company 5096 South Service Road Beamsville ON L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Resource Center General Links Advocacy Resource List Tweet Advocacy Resource List Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability 1600 James Naismith Drive Gloucester Ontario K1B 5N4 CANADA Phone 800 771 0663 or 613 748 5747 Fax 613 748 5782 E mail disability alliance rtm activeliving ca For Canadians with a disability who desire hands on tools an advocacy resource package and other materials to effect change and ensure that opportunities for participation are accessible to everyone Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates P O Box 81 7327 Hollywood FL 33081 0327 Phone 954 966 4489 Fax 954 966 8561 E mail copaa copaa net Website www copaa net An independent nonprofit tax exempt organization of attorneys advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities Disability Rights Center 1346 Connecticut Ave NW Dupont Building 1 Washington DC 20036 Fax 202 223 3304 Defense Fund Inc DREDF 1629 K Street Ste 802 Washington DC 20006 Phone 202 986 0375 Fax 202 775 7465 Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Inc DREDF 2212 6th Street Berkeley CA 94710 Phone 501 644 2555 510 644 2626 TTY 800 466 4232 ADA hotline Fax 510 841 8645 E mail dredf dredf org Website www dredf org Serves individuals with disabilities in areas of housing employment access discrimination and education National Association of Protection Advocacy Systems 900 Second Street NE Ste 211 Washington DC 20002 Phone 202 408 9514 Fax 202 408 9520 E mail napas earthlink org Federally

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  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - American Art Therapy
    Pride Owners Club VA Resource Center Profiles In Motion Meet Our Customers Jazzy Power Chairs Meet David Pahl View All Profiles Pride Mobility Scooters Meet Jase Leddy View All Profiles Go Go Travel Mobility Meet Michael Slotwinski View All Profiles International Australia Arabian Peninsula Canada China C ech Republika Deutschland España France Greece Italy Japan Latin America Lebanon Netherlands New Zealand Polska Switzerland United Kingdom About Us Inside Pride Mobility Products Corp Our Company About Us Company Timeline Careers Our Community Community Outreach Pride Volunteers Press Releases Press Release Archive Contact Us America Pride Mobility Products Corp Corporate Headquarters USA 182 Susquehanna Avenue Exeter PA 18643 Phone 1 800 800 8586 Consumers Email Us at info pridemobility com Providers please refer to www prideprovider com Canada Pride Mobility Products Company 5096 South Service Road Beamsville ON L0R 1B3 Phone 888 570 1113 Fax 866 514 1303 View All Locations PrideMobility com Resource Center General Links American Art Therapy Tweet American Art Therapy American Art Therapy 1202 Allanson Road Mandelein IL 60060 Phone 847 949 6064 Fax 847 566 4580 E mail arttherapy ntr net Website www arttherapy org The American Art Therapy Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence and developing and promoting knowledge in and of the field of art therapy Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Worldwide AMFPA 9 Inverness Place London W23JF ENGLAND or 5150 Broadway Depew NY 14043 Phone 716 683 4624 E mail team vdmfk com Website www amfpa com The AMFPA is a self help organization that supports artists who due to handicap or illness have created works

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