has written more than twenty computer
software manuals, numerous newspaper
articles, including a
monthly health column
for The Sarasota
She's the author of two books
Living With Big Cats:
The Story of
Jungle Larry, Safari
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The author currently lives on Florida's Space Coast.
Shara signed with a New York Literary agency in December.
"Back" to Health
Physical Therapy and Self Help Tips
- (Part 4 of 5)
Most physical therapists
use the standard approach of first evaluating
and analyzing the patient's problem, so they can determine a treatment
A rule of thumb for a physical therapy timetable after an injury is four
to six weeks. Treatment may involve ultra sound, electrical stimulation,
massage, mobilization, ice packs, and/or moist heat to relieve a
patient's pain. The first three weeks of treatment often address pain
relief. After that, the agenda shifts to patient education and strengthening.
Physical therapists use diverse techniques to relieve their patients'
pain and promote healing. These include ultra sound, electrical
stimulation, moist heat, ice pack, stretches, exercises, and massage.
Some physical therapists are willing to visit a patient's workplace to
observe him in action and make suggestions to modify body movement or
the work environment. A therapist with knowledge of biomechanics can
make a number of suggestions without even visiting the workplace.
Reminders for employees who sit at a computer much of the day: Typists
should sit with their feet flat on floor straight and in front of them.
To alleviate stress on the wrists, when typing, arms should be bent at
the elbows so the forearms are parallel to the floor.
Prevention costs less than time lost from work. Employers can increase
productivity in the workplace by supplying employees with a good desk
chair with support, perhaps a headset for the receptionist so she won't
have a painful, stiff neck from being on the phone much of the day. If a
person has pain accumulate until he or she has to take time off work,
this costs the employer time in lost wages, plus he or she may have to
hire a temporary replacement.
Tension- and Pain-Relievers
Currently we choose any number of self-help items for relief.
Contour and other pillows are sold in some drug stores, department
stores, health food stores, online stores, mail order, and chiropractor
offices. Pillows vary! You may need to try several before you find one
you're satisfied with.
Issue # 17
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998
"Back" to Health
Part 1 of 5- Looking After Your Back
Part 2 of 5- Avoiding Back Sprains
Part 3 of 5- Medical and chiropractic treatments
Humour and Health
Part 1 of 5
- "Think You're Funny?" (A look at laughter.)
Part 2 of 5
- What the Experts Say. . .
Part 3 of 5
- A Matter of Perspective
Part 4 of 5
- Humour as a Coping Mechanism
Part 5 of 5
- Wooten on Humour and Coping
Overcoming Sleep Disorders
Part 1 of 4
- how your mattress can make all the difference.
Part 2 of 4
- strategies to help you sleep.
Part 3 of 4
- more strategies to help you sleep.
Part 4 of 4
- what is a sleep log and how does it work?
Stats indicate that for those over the age of 50, one of every two women
and one in eight men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. Our
sedentary lifestyle puts us at risk for this disease. Yet osteoporosis
is not inevitable. Here's some information on
this disease and how we can prevent it.
Part 1 of 4 -
- details the likelihood of developing this disease, and its dangers and consequences.
Part 2 of 4 -
- presents the risk factors of osteoporosis and some of our
misconceptions about the disease.
Part 3 of 4 -
- insights into diagnosis, and basic management techniques.
Part 4 of 4 -
- new medical treatments to stop osteoporosis, and safety in the home of osteoporosis sufferers.