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Gratitude and Neuromuscular Disease
Gratitude, an attitude of thankfulness, does more than benefit the receiver. In individuals with neuromuscular disease, keeping a gratitude journal was found to improve energy, positive mood, feelings of connectedness, positive rating of one’s own life, and even sleep duration and quality.
Gratitude Works! Book Review
Highly recommended, Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity, written by Robert Emmons, Ph.D., overviews the body of research regarding the practice of gratitude. This book also lays out a three week program for starting a gratitude journal.
Hammer Toes and Neuromuscular Disease
Technically referred to as hammer toe deformity, hammer toe is caused by contractures in the joints of the toe. Hammertoe is most common in the second toe, but can affect all of the four smaller toes. The affected toe or toes turn under into a claw-like position.
Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains DVD Review
Yoga, a low-impact exercise, has been recommended for individuals with neuromuscular disease. While not specific to neuromuscular disease, the gentle yoga demonstrated in the DVD Healing Yoga for Aches and Pains would be appropriate and beneficial for many individuals with neuromuscular disease.
Hip Problems and Neuromuscular Disease
Until my recent injury, I had not considered the possibility that Charcot Marie Tooth could affect my hips. Neuromuscular disease can be a significant risk factor in the development of problems of the hip, however, including structural abnormalities, hip displacement, and arthritis.
How to Start Balance Walking
Learning to use Balance Poles for exercise correctly is important, but not difficult. Along with providing significant health benefits over walking without poles, this form of walking is fun and easy to learn.
Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS 2015
Last summer, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised much needed funding and awareness for ALS. According to the ALS Association and MDA, the Challenge is being extended again during August of 2015. Get involved!
Influenza and Neuromuscular Disease
Individuals with neuromuscular disease are considered to be at high risk for complications from influenza such as pneumonia or bronchitis, hospitalization, and more rarely, death. Make sure to talk to your physician about influenza and ask if you should receive vaccination against the flu.
Influenza Season 2014-2015
Influenza, caused by a virus, primarily affects the respiratory system. Influenza is also known as the flu, seasonal flu or respiratory flu. While the flu vaccine will not protect against all cases of influenza, it does provide significant protection.
Inherited Neuropathies Consortium
Registering with the ICN was quick and easy. If you have CMT, consider registering with the INC so that you can be part of the search for more effective treatments and cures for the inherited neuropathies.
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