Despite their widespread occurrence, concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI) continue to be among the most elusive diagnoses to make. They often turn up negative in scans and doctors often go by symptoms to identify them.

With back to school just around the corner, children are playing it up during these last days of summer - in backyards, parks, playgrounds and just about anywhere else kids can be kids. But, during fun time, safety comes first. This week's post highlights the dangers of child and youth concussion to help parents spot the signs.

Even people who have never experienced a spinal injury are aware of how devastating such an injury can be to the way one lives. The paralysis that often accompanies such an injury can make it difficult for the person affected to complete tasks that previously were simple.

As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob Smith spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does.

Following a spinal injury, the treatment the injured individual receives could have a bearing on the extent to which they recover. Because a spinal injury can have such a devastating impact on the body of the person who suffers it - potentially leaving them unable to move their limbs as a paraplegic

The majority of people with SCI (60%) are overweight and often struggling with ways to rid themselves of their added pounds. However, we recently had an email from a consumer asking us for healthy ways to gain weight. He, like many other underweight individuals with SCI, struggles with trying to pack the pounds on.

Author Mitchell Tepper, Ph.D., knows first-hand how surviving a serious injury or illness, or living with a chronic condition, brings a host of physical changes, emotional responses, and relationship challenges. Those challenges can leave one feeling like less of a man or woman, undeserving of love, fearful of rejection, and avoiding sex. However, injury or illness doesn’t have to end your sex life, promotes Tepper.

It's a hard fact to swallow, but those of us with reduced HDL (good cholesterol) levels combined with increased LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels, are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Spring is a time of time of renewal, re-growth and rejuvenation.

This season often motivates us to Spring clean our home, tidy up closets and re-plant the garden, so why not also apply this same revitalizing energy to your body! 

Bone health is important for every one as we get older and even more so for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Following SCI a person can lose anywhere from 30-50% of their bone mass and this usually occurs below the level of injury in the weight bearing bones of the hips, thighs and shins. These weakened bones can make a person more susceptible to the development of osteoporosis and fractures. 

It is no surprise that you need to stay well hydrated when engaging in physical activities, sports or when working out. Maintaining proper hydration levels is extremely important not just for maximizing performance and recovery, but for sustaining your health and even safety.

Welcome to our blog series called Gluckstein Nutrition for Rehabilitation. Here you will find helpful, healthful nutritional tips and recipes every month to help you and your clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Recently, the Toronto Star featured an article surrounding the importance of nutrition for those who have a spinal cord injury. It referenced a book titled, Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury & Other Neurological Disorders.

Life after spinal cord injury can be challenging in many ways.  Dealing with bladder management issues can be frustrating and cumbersome, but obtaining a better understanding of the physiology of the bladder and effective strategies to minimize risk of bladder complications can provide you with the tools necessary to make your bladder work for you, rather than against you. 

The Limb Loss Task Force, which was convened by the Amputee Coalition, has issued a white paper that sets a new standard for limb loss prevention and care.