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Please enjoy our archive of items that might be of interest to Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists.

Please check back regularly - we will continue to add content to this page as we archive news and features from our front page.

February 26, 2009
Helping You Help Yourself

Physical and occupational therapists evaluate and treat the underlying cause of a person's dysfunction. A therapist, working in conjunction with other medical professionals, utilizes conservative and non-invasive procedures. Restoring health and eliminating pain are the goals of successful therapy. (...)

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February 16, 2009
Patient instruction - An aging population brings new challenges to the world of therapy

Multiple chronic illnesses, strokes, closed head injuries and long-term smoking are just some of the conditions today's therapists see in America's growing senior population. Physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, along with speech-language pathologists, are working to make life better for the elderly in homes, hospitals and rehabilitation and long-term care facilities. (...)

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January 30, 2009
Tips for making yourself comfortable while sleeping

As a physical therapist, I receive a lot of questions concerning sleep. Everyone deserves a good night's sleep, but many of us struggle nightly to get comfortable. Sometimes it's a cranky neck or sore back, while other times the hips and legs may keep us awake. Below, you will find some suggestions that may help you rest easier when you turn in for the night. (...)

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October 24, 2008
New UAB lab helps spinal cord patients cope
Categories:OT/PT, Disability

A new lab at UAB's Spain Rehabilitation Center offers spinal cord injury patients a look at how technology can help them overcome disabilities, particularly in using computers and other electronic equipment. (...)

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October 15, 2008
Brain Training for Spinal Cord Injury
Categories:OT/PT, Disability

Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle report success in their first attempts to harness the brain to treat paralysis in people with spinal cord injuries.

Their technique isn't ready for patients yet, but researcher Chet Moritz, PhD, says it may one day be used to help paralyzed people walk.

"We haven't studied that directly, so it's all speculation on my part, but certainly it's possible in the next 10-20 years," Moritz said at a news conference. (...)

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September 8, 2008
Driving Simulator Helps Stroke Patients
Categories:OT/PT, Automotive Mobility, Disability

Occupational therapists now have a high-tech tool designed to help stroke survivors and those with brain injuries know when they can safely get behind the wheel.

A year ago, Gary Flesch had a major stroke or injury to the brain. He could barely sit up, let alone drive. (...)

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July 8, 2008
Wii Fit Finds A Place With Austinites Undergoing Physical Therapy


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June 15, 2008
Nintendo Wii popular choice for therapists, children


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June 5, 2008
Locomotor Training Restores Walking Function In Child With Spinal Cord Injury
Categories:Spinal Cord Injury, OT/PT


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May 3, 2008
Therapy's fun at this camp
Categories:Disability, OT/PT


Mobility Corner Feature of the Month
March 2008
"Guide to Vertical Lifts & Stair Chair Lifts For Occupational Therapists"
Alan Bodnaruk/Western Elevator Ltd.

This month's feature has been provided by Alan Bodnaruk at Western Elevator Ltd. It is a guide for Occupational Therapists to better understand Stairlifts and Vertical Platform Lifts (also called Porch Lifts or Wheelchair Lifts).
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Categories: OT/PT, Accessibility

This guide is useful not just to OTs, but to anyone who has questions or would like to know more about Stairlifts and Wheelchair Lifts. We are making Alan's entire document available on our website in a PDF format and have also separated the Stairlift and Vertical Platform Lift FAQs to their own pages for quick access.

Click here to view the entire guide in PDF format.

Otherwise, use the following links to view the individual FAQs:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding a Stairlift
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding a Vertical Platform Lift (Porch Lift)

Mobility Corner Feature of the Month
February 2008
"Wheelchair Cushion Selection - Making the Right Choice"
Kathy Fisher B.Sc.(OT), ATS, OT Reg.(Ont)
Occupational Therapist

Kathy is an Occupational Therapist working as an Assistive Technology Supplier and Education Manager for Shoppers Home Health Care in Toronto. Over the past 18 years Kathy has worked with a wide variety of client age and diagnostic groups with a special interest in pediatrics.

Kathy has presented at a variety of international conferences including the Canadian Seating and Mobility conference, International Seating Symposium, Medtrade, VGM Heartland Conference and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and is a faculty member of the RESNA Fundamentals in Assistive Technology Course.

Kathy is on the board of directors of The Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference, which you can visit at

Categories: Wheelchairs, OT/PT

There are numerous wheelchair cushions available on the market today; the choice may seem overwhelming to both clients and Assistive Technology practitioners. It is therefore extremely important to determine the goals of the equipment as they relate to each individual client. There are both inherent client needs as well as specific product design features that must be matched to create a successful seating solution for each client.

Read the entire article at "Wheelchair Cushion Selection - Making the Right Choice"

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