Howard: Stay Active With Custom Braces


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Do you want to be more active this summer, but your joint pain is holding you back? A custom fitted brace can make it possible to enjoy the activities you miss. If you want to walk again without pain, or engage in your favorite sports activities, a custom-fitted brace can give you the support you need. Braces come in all shapes and sizes, fitting a variety of joints, including the spine. However, it is important to understand that generic braces are no where near as effective as a custom-fitted brace. A

custom-fitted brace is fitted exactly to your body shape and size. As we are all made differently and our needs are different, having a specialist evaluate and fit a custom brace will give your joints the exact support they need.

Custom-fitted braces from The BracePlace are used for: • Relieving knee pain and providing support with walking or sports • Providing ankle support , which is especially important after injury • Low back pain to allow freedom of movement while providing support • Elbow and wrist pain support for lifting activities or sports If you currently have a brace do remember that over the years, your brace will stretch out and become less effective over time. It is important to keep your brace up to date with the latest technologies and materials. Most insurances cover custom-fitted braces, so call us today at Howard Orthotics and Prosthetics, to discuss your needs and help you live a more active, pain-free lifestyle.

• Spinal Cord Injury • Stroke (CVA) • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

• Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Howard Orthotics & Prosthetics now offers the WalkAide System ®

WalkAide is a class II, FDA cleared medical device, designed to improve walking ability in people experiencing foot drop caused by upper motor neuron injuries or conditions such as: • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) • Stroke (CVA) • Cerebral Palsy (CP) Foot Drop or Dropped Foot is a condition caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot, which causes a person to drag the toe of the shoe on the ground or slap the foot on the floor. If you or someone you know could benefit from this technology please give us a call today! • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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Patient Results

“Before wearing the brace I had a difficult time walking and balancing myself. Now that I have the brace I can walk easier and I am more confident with my ability to balance. I am no longer afraid I will trip and fall.” Kimberly D. “I have really appreciated the help with me ankle brace. Sara has been awesome! With the brace I can walk so much better. My ankles do not hurt, my hip or lower back does not hurt anymore. Wish I was told about this brace 2 years ago!!. It is great being able to walk and not be hurting or in pain-THANK YOU!!” Betty L.

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Health Tips

Mindful Actions You Can Do To Reduce Stress at Work Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, even while walking, drinking tea, or writing an email. Follow these simple action steps to let go of the illusion of control and instead cultivate resilience on the job . 1. Loosen the grip—Let it Go Emotional stress can manifest as physical tension. To help ease both, practice relaxing your body with this simple exercise: • While sitting at your desk, settle your attention on your hands, and/or on your shoulders. • If you find your grip extremely tight (or your shoulders tense), realize that this will make you feel stress. • Choose to loosen your grip and/or release the tension in your shoulders as much as you can (Breathing helps!). • Take a moment to observe the different sensations you feel when you bring your attention to your body. Remember, this is something you can do even as you plod through your to-do list! 2. Establish regular meditation Committing to a regular meditation practice—even just 10 minutes a day—can go a long way toward helping you feel calm in the face of work stressors. There are a wide variety of practices to choose from, so experiment to find what works best for you.

Adapted from again By Charlotte Lieberman

Exercise Essentials

Try this simple exercise to help you feel better... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Good for those who sit for a majority of the day

Hip Flexion- Inner Range Sit in a chair with good posture. Position your feet flat on the floor, knees and hips at 90 degrees. Maintaining good posture, lift your knee as high off the chair as you can. Do this 5-8 times on each side.

Exercises copyright of

S H A R E P l ease sha r e t hese exercises with friends and family members to help them stay healthy and free from pain. S A V E Save these in a place where you can easily use them as needed. Watch for more exercises in our next issue.

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