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6 Stretches that Improve Residual Limb Function

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

If you’re someone who exercises regularly and stays active, you may not notice anything for a while. Your diet's okay, you stay lean, and you look just as great as you feel. You may ask yourself: Why do I need to stretch? Learn six stretches that can improve limb function.

Stretches that help improve your prosthetic limb function.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Antibacterial Soaps, Bars, and Gels

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Even after 40 years of research, the FDA can't find substantial evidence that antibacterial soap and other antiseptic wash products curb bacterial growth. As a result, manufacturers had to prove that their products are safe and more effective than regular soap and water. Here are 5 reasons to stop using antibacterial soaps. 

Using antibacterial soaps are not good for your body and are no more effective than regular soap.

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Everything You Need to Know About Desensitization Exercises

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In your rehabilitation journey, living healthily post-surgery will help you recover much faster and feel better sooner both physically and mentally. However, a skilled physical therapist can also teach you simple exercises to increase your comfort in everyday living, how to manage your prosthesis, and how to work through movements while minimizing pain with desensitization exercises.

Learn everything about stump desensitization exercises.

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Inspirational Individuals: Robert of Los Angeles

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Just like everyone else, he has his good days and bad days–he admits that recovery requires a lot of patience as you adjust to a different body and your prosthetic leg. "It's worth it", he says, because his life did improve. Despite losing his leg and vision to diabetes, he continues to work as a massage therapist at a well-renowned spa in Los Angeles. He lives independently and takes public transportation to and from work daily – a subway and 2 buses to be exact. Read Robert's story.

Lost his vision and leg to diabetes and still takes 2 buses and one train to work everyday.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Physical Therapy Sessions

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

When your physician recommends that you undergo physical therapy, you submit yourself to a highly individualized program—which consists of education, functional training, manipulative techniques, and therapeutic exercises, among others—created by your physical therapist (PT). This program is usually developed in collaboration with your prosthetist to ensure that your prosthesis will be uniquely tailor-fit to your body and is able to adapt well to how you move. Learn how-to get the most out of your PT sessions.

Learn how to maximize your physical therapy appointments.

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