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Alternative therapies to be covered?

Alternative therapies to be covered?

Massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care – the three big alternative therapies. If Chanda Hinton Leichtle has anything to do with it, they will soon be covered by Medicaid. She’s on a mission to change what Medicaid covers in regards to alternative therapy. The reason Chanda cares so much about alternative therapies is simple: They saved […]

Temperature balancing blankets

For a lot of people with disabilities, uninterrupted sleep is next to impossible. Whether you have to wake up to turn or to catheterize, getting 8 hours in a row? Forget about it. I haven’t got that in 1 ½ years, and the one time I did, oh man, I felt like I was on […]

8 Air Travel Tips for Higher Level Quadriplegics

8 Air Travel Tips for Higher Level Quadriplegics

Q. I’m 28 years old and in my fourth year as a C4 complete quadriplegic. I have no movement below my shoulders and drive my chair with a chin control. It has a headrest, and power recline with elevating leg-rests. A group of friends is planning a reunion in the Florida Keys, and they invited […]

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

Jamboxx: Making Music Just a Breath Away

Tobias Koslowski lost the ability to play music five years ago, due to muscular dystrophy, but today he’s writing and performing saxophone with the help of the Jamboxx, a breath-driven musical instrument. The device and accompanying software allows novices and professional musicians alike to play 200-plus sounds — from electric guitar to oboe — right […]

Sleep Tight: Pressure-Free and Adaptive Beds

Sleep Tight: Pressure-Free and Adaptive Beds

On average, we spend close to one-third of our lives in bed. If you’re newly injured, just out of rehab, or recovering from a serious illness, the proportion is likely to be higher than that — and if you’re prone to skin breakdown, respiratory problems, or any other issues that can be exacerbated by lying […]

Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: Summertime Skin Protection

Q. I met a C7 quadriplegic who had returned to the hospital to have two of his toes removed because they had become infected and the infection had gotten into the bone. He said the whole thing started when he was wheeling around without shoes on a hot summer day and got a minor scrape […]

Bob Vogel

Autonomic Dysreflexia

Q. I’m in my second year as a T5 para. A buddy of mine who has been a T2 para for 14 years sometimes mentions he’s feeling “dysreflexic” and needs to get out of the heat or empty his bladder or take care of whatever is causing his dysreflexia. In rehab I learned that autonomic […]

Bob Vogel

Spasticity Relief

Q. I’m 37 and in my 14th year as a T6 complete para. Up until recently I’ve had just enough spasms to keep my leg muscles in shape, but nothing that bothered me. Within the last month my leg spasms have gone from mild to out of control — I have to Velcro them into […]

Preventing Urethral Damage and Erosion

Q. I am a polio quadriplegic and even though I have had normal bladder and bowel control most of my life, an incident that happened to me recently has me scared stiff. A home care RN inflated the balloon to my Foley indwelling catheter in my urethra instead of my bladder. For weeks there was […]

Bob Vogel

Managing Edema

Q. I’m 26 years old, a T4 complete para for eight years. My thighs are skinny due to muscle atrophy, but my lower legs are fairly “normal” looking. Last month I had to spend seven days in bed letting a small scrape heal. During bed rest my legs and feet got super skinny, and I […]