Thursday, November 26, 2009


I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Please enjoy this NYTimes article that describes how a young man with cerebral palsy is learning to get his physical health back. Please also see this post by Daniel Coyle of The Talent Code blog, which is how I found the story. The human body is truly wonderful and resilient. And all health care professionals should look to examples like this for insight into the power of movement, time and purposeful practice. This is what physical therapy should be.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

OT: My Vet ER Visit Tonight

I was told my 4 month old kitten, Felix Frankfurter, probably just sprained his R front leg after leaping over the edge of the stairs after his crinkle ball--about an 8 ft drop. Now if you zoom in on either of these images, I think you might see something is amiss. If you spend any time watching the patient, you might think his behavior and your observations of the limb itself support what the image shows.

I have no formal training in radiology and I cannot tell you the anatomy of the feline forefoot. But I kinda know what a human hand/foot looks like; and if my hand/foot looked anything like this, I'm thinking there's something more than a sprain going on here. I was told there is no fracture in the R limb and that I should have Felix checked out in 3-5 days. I then insisted on a splint, paid my bill ($334.60) and made sure I had a copy of the xrays to give to my regular vet tomorrow.

I am definitely NOT returning to this particular animal emergency clinic. And I will always insist upon a copy of any records, images and reports with me upon discharge from an emergency clinic visit.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Straight Arm Pulls with Hexlite Bar

The Hexlite Bar offers a different way to do explosive pulls for those who do not wish to use a straight bar. I have been using this type of pull with my big boys (6'10 and 6'9"). Now, why do you think I would choose to use this particular movement vs. traditional barbell pulls from the floor or from the blocks? I would appreciate constructive commentary and feedback from those out there who use pulls in workouts for athletes who are not competitive weightlifters.