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Empowered Mobility Through a Virtual Presence THE ROBOT AS YOUR CHILD’S AVATAR

BY CHARLES M. SCHWAB, ARCHITECT Telepresence robots – used today by children’s hospitals, various healthcare providers and individuals alike – can provide virtual mobility by allowing your child to go somewhere and move with freedom when he or she may not be able to physically be there, 100% in person. Telemedicine models for healthcare have been growing in recent years. These programs allow specialists to perform consultations between hospitals and remote areas or populations. Telemedicine […]

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Maintaining Range to Maintain Mobility

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If you have not received skilled instruction on how to perform range of motion, it may be beneficial to learn how to gently perform stretches firmly to safely prevent and improve any limitations, but also while not causing injury. Given this month’s theme of “mobility,” I considered many ways to approach this article. As a physical therapist, I concluded that range of motion has the greatest impact […]

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JACK’S STORY

  Jack’s father decided it was time to try a custom contoured back. The lightweight back support incorporates body alignment, pressure distribution, and directional forces for comfortable postural control. For an individual who relies entirely on a wheelchair for mobility, anything that increases comfort and support is a welcome addition to the wheelchair seating configuration. Not only does the new Ottobock Ortho Shape wheelchair back provide Jack Dunn with needed postural support, it also gives […]

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Leveling The Playing Field

BY KELLY LONG Imagine for a moment that it is a warm summer day and your children are begging to go on a picnic. Where do you take them? Many parents would head to their local park so that the children can play on the playground after lunch. But what if one of your children was in a wheelchair or has special needs? Would you still be able to go to that playground? If you […]