Respect for Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist and patient doing gait training

My physical therapist tells me that one of the most insulting things he faces is the lack of respect that he gets regarding the level of education necessary to get his postgraduate degree. Some people have gone so far as to ask: “So… did you take couple classes at the junior college to become a physical therapist?” (more…)

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson: from $6.99 on Amazon:

Mark Manson’s #1 New York Times Bestseller is a perfect and funny rebuttal to all the self-help drivel that somehow finds its way into print these days. Sick of all the superficial “Power-of-Positivity” pablum that people serve up? Then this book is for you. (more…)

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage, by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage, by Ryan Holiday, from $8.85 on Amazon:


Generally speaking, I don’t seek out ancient wisdom and philosophy from 30-year-olds. However, Ryan Holiday is something of a prodigy with half a dozen books under his belt. This one is a very articulate and thorough introduction to the philosophy of Stoicism. (more…)

Mirror Box

Triangle Mirror

OPTP NOI Mirror Box Triangle, $60.00 on Amazon:

This is just plain weird, but I bought it anyway and it actually helps! You place your affected hand inside the triangle (where you can’t see it) and you stare at the reflection of your good hand while you do your exercises. Somehow, it fools your brain into believing that your affected hand is moving too. Jedi mind tricks, I suspect. (more…)

E-Stim: Electrical Stimulation Device

Hidow TENS Unit

Hi-Dow AcuXPD-S Rechargeable Physical Therapy Performance Tens Unit $348.98 on Amazon:

I received this top-of-the-line “TENS” (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit as a gift from my sister. Of course, she picked the most expensive one she could find. This one is deluxe. It has 12 different “modes,” or electrical pulse patterns, and two separate channels that allow you to electrify your arm and your leg at the same time. It’s very powerful. I regularly use it to treat both pain and spasticity. (more…)

Wheelchair Arm Tray

Wheelchair Arm Tray

Sammons Preston Modified Universal Arm Tray, $144.28 on Amazon:

If you’re in a wheelchair, here’s a device that will help relieve shoulder pain immensely. Check out my post for other solutions: Shoulder Pain. Fairly simple idea; it slides right on to the armrest and stays there without any tools or clamps or screws necessary. It keeps your arm up, taking the weight off of your shoulder joint. (more…)