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Physical Therapy for the Brain on the Horizon

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Scientists believe they have developed a device that will bring hope to the millions of people who suffer from neuromuscular impairment.

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Topics: Healthcare

Scheduling Self-Improvement Time Can Change Your LIfe

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Americans are busier now than ever. With increasing technology that keeps us connected to our jobs after work hours, more demanding work schedules, and coordinating seemingly endless family activities and school projects, there can sometimes be little leftover for self-care. Without a little me-time worked in every now and then, you may feel like your tank is on empty, leading to unhappiness. So, what's the best cure for unhappiness?

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Productivity

The Cartoonist Guide to Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Mental Health is a serious subject, but that doesn't mean that there is never an occasion for humor when discussing it. Graphic artist and author Ellen Forney used her talent to share her struggles with mental illness to help fellow sufferers understand and cope with their own mood disorders in her 2012 memoir Marbles. As she chronicled her experience with being bipolar in a cartoon format, Forney used humor to soften the hard edges of mental illness. After her relief of finally understanding what was wrong with her ability to control her emotions, other concerns arose. Her greatest fear was that addressing the disorder pharmacologically would affect her creative impulse in a negative way.

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Topics: Mental Health

Effective Physical Therapy Methods that Relieve Recurring Headaches

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Did you know that some headaches are caused by musculoskeletal problems? The physical therapists at Steppin' Up Physical Therapy understand that when certain muscles are impaired, they always send pain into certain areas of the body. These are called "specific referral patterns."

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Topics: Healthcare

Leadership & Proper Etiquette in Facilitating Meetings

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Ugh. Ever been in a meeting that could've been an email? Or a meeting where no clear action items were assigned to attendees? Let's face it, there are serious opportunities with meetings, especially meeting etiquette.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Productivity

Social Workers Need Self-Care to Avoid Burnout

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to Civil Beat, social workers sometimes find themselves needing the same help they provide to clients. That's because social workers are human too. Bodies need sleep, food, oxygen, and more. When the body doesn't get those essential needs, it can't perform. Same goes for your mental health. Assisting clients can deplete your tank until you're running on fumes.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Speech Therapy Across The Digital Divide - Telehealth Brings Help to the Underserved

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Speech therapy intervention is imperative for children with communication problems. Many rural school districts and the families who attend those schools don't have resources for full-time staff and rely on contract therapists for speech and language help. 

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Topics: Healthcare

How to Show Up and Really Produce at Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Every organization wants their employees to come to work, excel and be highly productive. A major factor in productivity is employee wellness and employers have a responsibility to address employee wellness issues such as workload concerns, stress, and professional advancement. Conversely, employees have the responsibility of tending to their own personal and professional wellness needs so that they can bring their whole selves to work. Bringing your whole self to work is about taking an active leadership based approach to your job rather than a passive going-through-the-motions one. This is the key to really showing up at work and increasing productivity. Below are 3 strategies for bringing your whole self to work and producing like never before.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Productivity

Improve Mental Health With These Tips

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

You are what you think. Battling mild depression and anxiety can be draining. Allowing negativity to dominate your thoughts can rob you of energy, motivation and interfere with your quality of life. There's never a second while you're awake that you are not thinking about something. If you are plagued by self-doubt and fear of failure or contemplating impending doom, there are ways to turn your thoughts to work for you instead of against you.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Mental Health

Bill Gates Highlights Artistic Bionic Arms for Children Needing Prosthetics

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Many types and styles of prosthetic arms are available for adults, but kids who need a prosthetic arm have less options. A company in Florida called. Limbitless Solutions has addressed this need by creating bionic arms geared toward children. Limbitless is a non-profit company supported by the University of Central Florida, and they not only want to create an arm that children can use and feel comfortable wearing; they want to be able to distribute them widely at no cost to the families of the disabled children.

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Topics: Healthcare

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