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Everything You Need to Know About Desensitization Exercises

Posted by Bryan Potok 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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Fight Depression with Spinning

Posted by Bryan Potok on

No one is exempt from feeling down, but major depression is a different story. If you have recently undergone a sudden lifestyle change due to amputation, you may have found yourself in an extra gloomy state, or denial and even shock, especially after surgery. Could exercise—particularly the trendy Spinning classes—and fresh air be the remedy that you’re looking for? Researchers sought to find out in a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. 

Go to spinning class to counteract the affects of depression.

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If you're feeling depressed, do you know what to do?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

You may be a recent amputee in the depression phase of your grieving process and on your way to acceptance, or maybe you accepted your amputation long ago and have already moved forward. Adjusting to your new ability is part of the recovery process, but your physical experience doesn't have to define who you are. 

It takes time and support to heal from depression related to amputation.

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Prosthetic Roadmap for Expecting Mothers

Posted by Bryan Potok on

And no matter how much advice you get or books you read, when it comes to the challenges of pregnancy, can anyone truly prepare you for all the obstacles and pitfalls? What about expectant mothers who are amputees? As if new mommy worries aren’t enough, you’re contending with life as an “amputee mommy”.

Amputee mommy and wearing a prosthetic leg.

Courtesy Christa Couture. Photography by Jen Squires.

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