Fragile bones

February 13, 2018

By Hillary Hawkins, M.D. The statistics are sobering. Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every three seconds. After age 50, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures. We would love to see those statistics change. Too often, we see patients after […]

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The health benefits of leisure time

February 2, 2018

By Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Leisure is unobligated time or “free time.” It is an attitude or emotional state of mind that creates a positive experience and contributes to overall wellness. When physical or emotional challenges occur, activities once enjoyed are often not considered critical. As a result of decreased activity, depression and […]

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The heart and brain connection

January 31, 2018

The one factor that is the strongest indicator of brain health is high blood pressure and it the most significant risk factor for stroke. So, taking care of your heart helps your brain and reduces the risk of stroke. There are several reasons why blood pressure may be consistently high, and most notably these include […]

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The power of neuroplasticity!

January 30, 2018

By Angela Elmore, PT, MPT We once believed that the brain did not change after childhood. Scientific advances now tell us that this is not true. The brain can and does change throughout our lives. The brain is adaptable and flexible like plastic. Scientists call this brain adaptability NEUROPLASTICITY. How does neuroplasticity work?  Think of […]

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Is an injury robbing you of sleep?

January 24, 2018

By Mary Wells, PhD Sometimes the biggest obstacle to healing after an accident or illness is not the physical hurdle of recovery, but the mental hurdle of recovery. At Sheltering Arms, we treat the whole person, not just the disease or injury. That invisible mental hurdle may not even be observed by the patient, but […]

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7 steps to shoulder pain freedom

January 9, 2018

By Roxanne Williams, PT, DPT Shoulder pain is very common. It affects approximately one-third of adults and it’s something we see a lot of at Sheltering Arms. Subacromial Pain Syndrome (SAPS) is one type of shoulder pain in which there is no specific injury. Symptoms are usually limited to one shoulder and centered on the […]

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How to safely return to driving

January 9, 2018

By Meredith Bowen, MOT, OTR/L The ability to drive is a vital part of independence. For patients who have suffered a stroke or other neurological injury, there are often changes in vision, motor skills, and/or coordination. There is also a lack of awareness in how these deficits impact the ability to drive. Sheltering Arms Hanover […]

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The 2017 orthopedic top five

December 27, 2017

The end of the year is about review, contemplation, and lists! At Sheltering Arms, we see a lot of patients throughout the year for various issues. What did we treat in 2017? Here’s our list of the top five most seen orthopedic conditions: 5. Gait and mobility abnormalities – this diagnosis code could mean a […]

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Reasons to resist winter weather overeating

December 27, 2017

By Bryan Gilreath, PT, DPT, OCS, CWCE Winter weather conditions can pose a challenge to our plans to remain active and healthy. As our normal habits and typical recreational activities change due to staying inside, our diets also tend to be impacted. The stress of the holidays can lead to overeating or binging on unhealthy […]

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Sheltering Arms Parkinsonism Clinic: A New Approach to Interdisciplinary Care

December 27, 2017

By Robert Hand, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS One of the most challenging aspects of managing your Parkinson’s disease or movement disorder can be the coordination of care between your various healthcare providers. The goal of Sheltering Arms is to provide a resolution to this problem with an interdisciplinary clinical evaluation day for individuals with Parkinson’s […]

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A Thanksgiving message

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is generally the time of year when people step back and reflect on the year and why they are thankful. At Sheltering Arms, we are thankful for our patients who discover the power to overcome their illness or injury every single day. We want our patients and community partners to know that each and […]

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6 tips to reduce stress-induced jaw pain

November 1, 2017

By Meredith Dunford, PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. DN, CKTP Does your jaw bother you when you are stressed? The jaw joint and stress have a unique bond. For many people jaw pain is secondary to stress. Stress is how the body reacts to and handles harmful situations, but ongoing stress can manifest in physical ways. […]

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Understanding diabetes: Are you part of the 23%?

November 1, 2017

By Sean McBride, PT, DPT Diabetes is an epidemic in America, affecting more than 24 million people; however another 7.2 million people (23%) are undiagnosed. Since it is American Diabetes Month, it’s important to recognize and understand the disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes is characterized by high […]

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Gym-going mermaids

October 30, 2017

In time where seniors prefer to age in place as long as possible, the gym has become a destination to not just build muscle, but also to feel like a part of a community. As we age, the social connections that tie us to our area weaken. Friends and family retire, some move away, and […]

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

October 6, 2017

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a social movement created to ensure that everyone with cerebral palsy has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. Children with developmental disabilities are living longer due to improved technology and healthcare delivery. In response to that, the population of adults with cerebral palsy has increased. Adults with cerebral […]

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How much exercise is enough when you have arthritis?

October 1, 2017

Between 2013 and 2015, 22.7 percent of Americans were diagnosed by a medical doctor with some form of arthritis. The most commonly diagnosed type is osteoarthritis, although other conditions include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is widely known that exercise can help to improve function, decrease pain, and improve overall quality of life for […]

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Got to Go!

October 1, 2017

Are you constantly running to the bathroom to empty your bladder more than 5-7 times a day? As they age, many women feel this is a normal part of the aging process. Some women are embarrassed to talk to their doctors about frequent urination and/or incontinence. However, there may be a medical reason for those […]

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Join Richmond’s Heart & Stroke Walk

September 26, 2017

In 1999, the American Heart Association set a bold 10-year goal: reduce coronary heart disease, stroke, and risk by 25 percent by 2010. They achieved the reduction in deaths ahead of schedule and made substantial progress against three of the six risk factors. Their 2020 Impact Goal focuses on helping people build stronger health and […]

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The leading cause of fatal injury in older adults can be prevented

September 21, 2017

Most falls can be avoided. Adults accept dizziness, vertigo, and unsteady balance as a consequence of age. Those symptoms are often a sign of a vestibular/inner ear problem which impacts balance and can lead to unsteadiness or a fall. “Falling is not a normal part of aging and it is the leading cause of fatal […]

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FREE Wellness Classes for Active Aging Week

September 5, 2017

In celebration of Active Aging Week September 25 – 30, 2017, Sheltering Arms is offering a series of FREE wellness classes and educational sessions. This week-long observance celebrates adults ages 50 and older and promotes the benefits of leading an active lifestyle regardless of age or physical limitation. What better time to try something new […]

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