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Blog Posts in 2016

  • How Well Does Occupational Therapy Improve Manual Dexterity?

    Manual dexterity is defined as a person’s ability to make precise, small, or intricate movements with their hands and fingers. It is our body’s unique capability to grasp and manipulate objects with total control but also to do so without thinking about it. Most of us do not realize just how important manual dexterity is in our day-to-day lives until it is gone. As we age, manual dexterity will ...
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  • How Occupational Therapy Improves Motor Coordination

    Motor coordination is your natural ability to be able to control your body without actually thinking about what you are doing. People with amazing motor coordination can perform acrobatic stunts, whereas someone with poor motor coordination may have difficulty keeping balance, holding small or using small objects, or even just walking. There are two ways that motor coordination can diminish: ...
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  • Is It Possible to Improve Your Memory?

    Are you finding that you forget where you left your keys more and more often? Can you only remember the birth months of your closest friends and family, but not the birthdays? Do you find yourself walking into rooms and not knowing why you went in there in the first place? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are experiencing common symptoms of memory loss. There is nothing strange ...
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  • The Many Benefits of Pet & Animal Therapy

    Can you recall a time when you were feeling glum or sad due to one circumstance or another, but your dog walked into the room and helped cheer you up just by being there? Did you ever have trouble sleeping but you could rest easy the moment your cat curled up with you? This unspoken yet powerful companionship between man and man’s best friends is known as the human-animal bond, and it is starting ...
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  • How Mental Health Affects Physical Health

    Mind over matter. We have all heard this mantra and understand that it means that our minds have more power than our physical bodies. What many people do not realize is just how true this may be, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. There are so many problems that originate in the mind yet resonate in our bodies. Stress, anxiety, nervousness, worry, and depression ...
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  • The Importance of Eliminating Stress

    Stress. The word has so much weight to it and meaning behind it, just saying it can actually cause it. If you talk to your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and even children and ask them about what causes them stress, they will all inevitably have an answer. Stress is a part of our day-to-day lives, regardless of our walks of life. It is an inevitable part of life and can be managed, but if ...
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  • Defining Subacute Care & Explaining Its Importance

    Some patients may require intensive and extensive care in a hospital to fully recover from a serious injury. Others may only require basic physical therapy courses and attention from a nursing facility to get back on their feet. For people who fall into the intermediate between severe and slight injuries, subacute care may be necessary. Patients who require subacute care are generally considered ...
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  • Bluebird Nesting Boxes at King Street Rehab

    The bluebird is a cavity nester, meaning that instead of making their own nests, they use the various nooks and crannies available to them. As a medium-sized bird, the bluebird has to compete with larger, more aggressive species for safe nesting space. One of the most effective measures that has been taken to protect the bluebird is the introduction of nest boxes. At King Street Rehab, we have ...
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  • What is Hemodialysis?

    If you have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or have suffered a severe injury to one of your kidneys, your doctor may have prescribed hemodialysis treatments. Without a full explanation, hemodialysis can sound quite intimidating. It is important to remember that this is a crucial and unique medical treatment, and that there are professionals who can help you through it. What Exactly is ...
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  • The Importance of Respite Care

    The special needs of an elder often require constant or near-constant supervision and care from one other person. If you are the dedicated caregiver to your elder, you know firsthand how many responsibilities you handle during a typical day. Needless to say, this can understandably exhaust you if you have not had a break or a few days to yourself in a while. When you are starting to feel tired, it ...
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  • Long-Term Care Options: Alzheimer's Treatment

    Every year, millions of elders, many of whom are right here in the United States, will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Dedicated professionals in medicinal and psychological fields, such as neuroscientists, are pushing the boundaries of our technology to further advance our understanding of this degenerative illness. But even with their consistent and impressive efforts, no permanent cure ...
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  • The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

    More than two millennia ago in China, Tai Chi was developed to focus the body and mind into one comfortable entity. Even now that medicine, surgery, and health science as a whole has advanced through technology and study, Tai Chi is still widely used to this day. Many people describe Tai Chi as “meditation in motion” as it involves gentle yet deliberate movements to heal the body and calm the ...
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  • The Benefits of Gentle Yoga

    The Benefits of Gentle Yoga When you think about yoga, you probably imagine a room of people sitting perfectly still with their legs crossed strangely. But the reality is that not all yoga is calm and meditative. Some yoga sessions are quite strenuous, stretching the body to the limit to strengthen it, and so demanding of the practitioners that they are guaranteed to break a sweat. If you do not ...
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  • The Benefits of Meditation: Relax Your Body and Mind

    There is a common misconception that meditation is only for certain kinds of people, and that it can only help with certain types of problems. How many people do you know who have tried meditation but said it “didn’t work for them”? Probably a few. The truth is that meditation can provide a wide variety of mental, physical, and emotional benefits for anyone . It is all a matter of finding ...
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  • Dementia: Basic Information and Possible Treatments

    As your elderly loved ones get older, you may begin to notice that they have trouble getting their thoughts together during conversations, feeling comfortable during social situations, or even walk without slow, deliberate movements. While this might be a natural part of aging, it could be early warning signs of dementia, a chronic condition that affects millions of elders in America and around ...
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