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6 Journaling Exercises that Improve Your Well-Being

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

These days, a conversation about health and overall well-being isn’t complete without talking about emotional and mental well-being. And one of the ways that both aspects of health can be ensured is in taking the time to put pen to paper and journal.
Journaling can help with anxiety and stress associated with being a prosthetic wearer.

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Inspiring Individuals: Jake Sanchez and His Passion for Adaptive Climbing

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Just 5 years after his below-the-knee amputation, Jake competed in the Paraclimbing World Championships held in Innsbruck, Austria last September 13-14, 2018. He went up against adaptive climbers from all over the world and, even though he didn’t win, he still left the competition like a winner. 

Jake Sanchez is a below-the-knee amputee competing in the World Paraclimbing Championship 2018

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3 Exercises That Solve Common Physical Issues

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

For amputees, the benefits of exercise go beyond weight management and keeping health concerns at bay. It is the cure to many of the most common physical issues, such as being off balance, aching hips and backs, and a feeling that residual limbs are not robust enough to support your body weight. Simply put, regular exercise helps the body become stronger, allowing anyone to live as comfortably as possible. 

amputee warming up for exercise

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4 Moves for Amputees that Target Important Muscles

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

It's quite easy to neglect certain muscles in your body when your lifestyle changes and you find yourself not moving around as much due to amputation. Sitting for long periods of time or having poor posture can cause these muscles to disengage—a condition more commonly known as "gluteal amnesia".  Here are four moves that target important muscles for amputees.

4 moves to improve posture and comfort for amputees while walking.

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Fight Depression with Spinning

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO 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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