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March Madness 2012: It’s All in the Wrists!

In Exercise, Health, Lifestyle on 03/27/2012 at 1:38 pm

March Madness is coming to an end. And our brackets sure felt the hurt this year. We were upset about the latest ‘upsets’ and America’s favorites are sitting pretty on the sidelines. We’re showing support for the Final Four by shooting hoops in the office all of this week. You get 3 tries to win a PRIZE. Team MaxWell wants to be sure you’re ready to hit the courts; uninjured.

Wrist Exercises:

Active Range of Motion Exercises for the Wrist– Before you begin using weights after recovering from a wrist injury, start yourself off with some ROM exercises.

1.      Wrist Bends-

  1. Sit on a bench or chair and rest your forearms on your knees (Make sure you perform this exercise one arm at a time).
  2. Bend your hand back toward your wrist so that your fingers point toward the ceiling.
  3. Bend your hand down so that your fingers point toward the floor.
  4. Complete 4-5 sets of 15-20 repetitions.

2.      Wrist Rotations-

  1. Sit on a bench or chair and rest your forearms on your knees (Make sure you perform this exercise one arm at a time).
  2. Rock your hand back and forth sideways.
  3. Gently rotate (turn) your hand in circles.
  4. Complete 4-5 sets of 15-20 repetitions.

Tennis Ball Squeeze- This exercise uses a tennis ball to enhance your grip wrist strength.

  1. This exercise can be done while sitting or standing.
  2. Begin this exercise holding a tennis ball.
  3. Squeeze the tennis ball as hard as possible and comfortable without pain.
  4. It helps focus the effort on the muscles of the fingers and palm.
  5. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat a maximum of 10 repetitions.

Wrist Curls– This exercise can be performed with either a barbell or dumbbells and not only will this exercise help your wrist, but it will also strengthen your forearms.

  1. Sit on a bench or chair and rest your forearms on your knees.
  2. Hold the barbell or dumbbells with an underhand grip, so that your palms face up.
  3. Relax your wrists so they drop as far as possible toward the floor, and then raise the bar up and back toward you, but make sure you keep your forearms down on your knees.
  4. Return the bar or dumbbells toward the floor to complete one repetition.
  5. Complete 3-4 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

North Carolina’s Point Guard Kendall Marshall tried his best to have a quick recovery and play in the Elite 8 game against Kansas, but unfortunately, it is not an easy task to recover from a fractured wrist. With screws inserted in his right hand, he needed more than just a week to recover. But in order to DO MORE, you have to REST MORE! The key to every injury is REST! MaxWell Medical wants you to try out these exercises and GET BALLIN’!

Global Giving: 5 Websites to get Involved

In World on 04/04/2011 at 5:23 pm

 

One click is all it takes to find your elementary school crush who now lives in Wisconsin with her husband, three kids, two dogs and… she just accepted your friend request. Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and YouTube have now made our once private lives accessible to the world. With more than 500 million active users and counting, people can chat with their family, receive updates and status changes from long lost friends and poke their neighbors all in a matter of seconds. Yes, we are the viral generation! Where face time no longer means meeting someone for a coffee in person. Instead, your friend is streaming live onto your iPhone. These social media platforms provide us with up to date news coverage on the crisis in the Middle East, a politician’s infidelities, and your favorite basketball player’s ACL tear on the court. The information age has granted us the luxury of 24/7 global accessibility.

With this access, we no longer rely on newspapers, magazines or the ten o’clock news. Recent disasters occurring around the world are being broadcasted to us instantly. The year began with a devastating earthquake in Haiti, followed by another earthquake in Chile, Turkey, China, and Indonesia, a heat wave in Russia, a massive flooding in Pakistan and BP’s oil spill that caused 172 million gallons to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. Reporters could not fully cover all the devastations around the globe. Instead, people directly suffering from these disasters have turned to Twitter and Facebook to report the death tolls, the shortage of water and news of other impending crisis.

Now Japan is the latest country to be impacted by a devastating quake of 8.9 magnitude and the aftershocks have raised concerns for a real nuclear crisis. As a citizen of the world, many people feel compelled to do something, reach out and lend a helping hand. And social media has enhanced the convenience of giving. Whether it occurred in your area, or thousands of miles away, social media has stirred a revolution and helped bring people together. With just the click of a mouse, or a simple text message you can donate to the organization of your choice. Unfortunately, not everything published on the internet is accurate and reliable. MaxWell Medical has put together a list of 5 websites to help inspire change locally and globally.

5 Websites to Get Involved

  1. American Red Cross– This non-profit organization has been around since 1881, and is always the first humanitarian organization to provide emergency assistance all over the world.
  2. Global Giving – This non-profit organization is an online market place that was created in 2002. It is changing the way people give, offering donors a transparent, high-impact giving experience. You choose where you want your money to go, and they get it there, quickly and efficiently.
  3. Crowdrise– A fairly new organization founded in 2010 this website allows you to donate online to fundraisers. It currently raises money for over 1.5 million charities.
  4. CatachaFire– This organization was founded in 2009 and it matches volunteers based on their professional skills with nonprofits, organizations and social enterprises.
  5. Volunteer Match– This national non-profit organization was launched in 1998 and is dedicated to strengthening communities and businesses by making it simple for people to volunteer for a good cause.

There are thousands of websites promoting non-governmental and non-profit organizations that you can be a part of or donate to. MaxWell Medical has helped build homes through Esperanza International, donate over 150 coats to the homeless through New York Cares, and is currently raising money for March of Dimes and relief efforts in Japan. We’ve used our Twitter, Facebook, Blog and YouTube to collaborate with our thoughtful patients and other organizations to help GIVE MORE!

This movie can be a pain in your… WRIST!: An exercise inspired by “Social Network”

In Health on 02/23/2011 at 2:01 pm

Social Network is the chronicle of the founding of Facebook, the social-networking Web site.

  • CARPAL TUNNEL – Whether you are typing your newest status on Facebook, tweeting like crazy, or maybe even getting some actual work done, let’s face it, all of us in the city spend A LOT of time using our wrists and fingers. Because of this, carpal tunnel can be a problem especially for today’s office worker. Do your wrists a favor by remembering these simple tips to both treat and help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

1.     Pay attention to the motions your hands and wrists are forced to make on a repetitive and daily basis. Make sure you take regular breaks from these repetitive motions.

2.     If you type most of the day, stop periodically and make a tight fist, then fan out your fingers to stretch the muscles.

3.     You may also want to try squeezing a stress ball or making a fist and turning it in circles to both strengthen and stretch the forearm muscles. (MaxWell Medical is currently giving out popcorn shaped stress balls, specifically for the Oscars at each office.)

You may not be the next Mark Zuckerberg but, “Blackberry thumb” is far more common then you’d think. Try out these tips to relieve and minimize the effects of carpal tunnel. While watching the Oscars this year, MaxWell Medical wants to help you TEXT FASTER.

 Each day this week we will feature an Oscar nominated film and its corresponding stretch/exercise. Stay tuned to see what movies will motivate you to DO MORE.