When we entered the main pool area I was excited like a little child. I had seen some other pools before but their state of decay only made them a big square hole inside a building. These two pools here were still intact and although there had been vandalism already, it still looks like you just have to clean up a bit and get the water running.

Abandoned rehabilitation facility, Germany, November 2014.

Seeing all of this promise with Alberta is why I’m particularly mad that left-wing activists on this website are ready to settle for Hillary in the U.S elections because “Bernie Sanders is too extreme” when in reality, he really isn’t if we stop focusing on Hillary’s bullshit. He’s a socialist democrat ready to fight tooth and nail for the poor, he supports abortion rights to all women, supports the battle against rape culture, supports same-sex marriage and LGBT rights across the board, he’s for Affirmative Action, he wants to see the fall (or at least checking of power) of massive corporations and this plutocracy we live in, voted against random drug drops for welfare recipients, supports the idea of rehabilitation rather than incarceration when it comes to drugs, is constantly voting to bettering the American school system (with passing grants to historically nonwhite colleges, lowering the burden of loans, etc.) I could keep going, and going, but you can read all of that here. Stop thinking that our choice has already been made for us, if this generation of voters can do some serious campaigning, get our asses to the primaries, we might have a serious, positive future in this country. 

‪#‎Asha‬ getting her routine check up by our veterinarian Dr. Vibha at the ‪#‎ElephantConservationandCareCenter‬! She is given a pedicure followed by medication for her wounds.
We love the way Asha smiles and cooperates with the team throughout her treatment.

My strive is to liberate
So with my scribe I demonstrate
Teaching those education who seek to be free
So with their own two eyes, the truth they will see
Oppressors abuse their authority with fallacious tendencies
To whom do officers rehabilitate, it ain’t you or me
If I could liberate just one, maybe two, or even three
They will know the cause of a revolutionary
Realizing that one can make a difference
Look at Malcolm X or Nat Turner for instance
Each with their own position in the cause
So this is why I strive to perfect my flaws
For their descendants is why my ancestors died
So regardless if I fail at least I tried
—  “Strive”, North Carolina Prisoner | MIM Prisons

Photo by @joelsartore | After an accident took the life of their mother, these three mallard ducklings were raised at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Nebraska. Once grown, they were all successfully returned to the wild. #duck #joelsartore #photoark #beautiful #photooftheday by natgeo


GoPro: Jumping into water with dogs

How do dogs experience the water? We used a GoPro to find out! Huge thanks to Greyfriars Veterinary Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Referrals for giving us a window into their world. While all of the dogs featured in this film were healthy and familiar with the water, we’d like to note that hydrotherapy treatment is dedicated to the welfare of dogs. Those recovering from injury or surgery may require veterinary assessment and that care should be provided by qualified canine rehabilitation or hydrotherapy professionals. For the whole Earth Unplugged team it was amazing to see how water can impact on the way dogs move and by allowing them to have fun in front of our cameras, we were able to capture these incredible images to help further understanding of how hydrotherapy works. This film is merely a snapshot of how our canine friends can benefit from working in water, for more information on how this rehabilitation works scientifically, check out this link:

By: Earth Unplugged.

Elephant World is a rehabilitation/retirement centre for elephants that have been broken and bruised from exploitation in the tourist industry. Today, @dfordisaster and I got to experience an incredible day here, and it really was an eye opener. Elephants aren’t meant to give rides on their backs, as they can only sustain 50kg without injury. They are also often beaten, starved, and dehydrated to keep them in submission while working for tourists. It’s heartbreaking to see what these animals have gone through, but amazing to experience how they thrive when given the right environment to live in. Please think twice about taking an elephant ride on your next trip, and maybe visit a rehabilitation centre instead 👍🏼🐘 #ElephantWorld #bestday (at Elephant World, Kanchanaburi)

I don’t think for a second that Jemma would hesitate to put Kara in counseling, and run every single medical and psychiatric test she could think of just to make sure Kara doesn’t end up as internally broken up as May or Skye. Kara can’t see it yet, but she’ll realize what Ward did to her, and she’ll wonder why Jemma would help.

Because it’s right, because Kara’s still a SHIELD agent, and because being the only one not taken in by the monster means that she can take her shot at taming him.

Someone worthwhile rehabilitating Kara, and not judging her is very important to me.

here’s a little reminder for anyone who still has their holiday wreaths/garlands up… please remove them before the birds start nesting! I received over a dozen baby birds last year who were found in discarded wreaths, many of them were injured from being thrown into dumpsters. Please be kind and remove old xmas decor asap, you can provide better nesting options to local birds by putting up nestboxes or creating habitat if you have a yard. Thankyou c:

Stumbled across this gem while searching for some information for fieldwork.  Terrific list of PDF downloadable rehab resources for occupational therapists, PTs, and SLPS. 

All this and more:

Occupational Therapy
Home Management Education

Ascending/Descending Stairs in a Wheelchair
Concepts of Energy Saving
Energy Conservation Tips
Grooming Dressing Tips

Home Assessment – Basic

Home Assessment – Advance
Home Safety Caregivers
Homemaking for Wheelchair Patient
Homemaking for Incoordination of UE
Homemaking for Suggestions for Hemiplegic
Make Your Home Tumble Free
Positioning While Lying Supine
Ramp Specifications
Running Man Position
Scar Tissue Mobilization
Shoulder Home Routine
Walker Safety

Home Exercise Programs
Active Hand Exercises
Active ROM Exercises, pg 1.
Active ROM Exercises, pg.2
Active Wrist Exercises
Exercises for Parkinsons
Hand Home Program
HEP with Weights
Keys to Understanding Arthritis
PROM Sitting
PROM Supine
Shoulder Exercises for Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Exercises for Total Shoulder
Shoulder Exercises with Ball
Straightening of Fingers
Stretching Palm
Stretching Wrist and Forearm
Thumb Exercises
Towel and Dowel Home Exercises
Upper Extremity Exercises
Wrist Finger Flexion Extension

How stroke survivors could benefit from computer games

The popular computer remote could be customised to offer bespoke physiotherapy for stroke survivors in their own home according to research led by Lancaster University.

A preliminary study showed that playing specially adapted Wii games improved the arm movements of stroke patients, with a threefold increase in their ability to pick up and put pegs in holes.

One stroke survivor was even able to lift and drain a cooking pan for the first time since her stroke 11 years before and her hand “wanted to open of its own accord.”

There are an estimated 110,000 new strokes in the UK each year, costing more than £2.8billion, and over a third who survive are left with a long term disability.

Seven out of ten suffer from arm weakness as a result, with no more than a fifth of these ever regaining the full use of their arm.

Led by Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves of Lancaster University, the 15-month Research in Wii Rehabilitation study published in Disability and Rehabilitation was carried out at five NHS sites.

Dr Tsekleves said: “The innovative use of the Nintendo Wii could present a way to enhance community based stroke rehabilitation of the arm by providing a motivating and cost-effective way of exercising that could be remotely monitored and exercises adjusted as required by a physiotherapist.”

Participants took part in three trials using the Wii as a way of improving their arm movements after stroke. They had to imitate a 3D avatar on screen following movement patterns for the shoulder, elbow and forearm. They also had to play games that included hitting randomly appearing balls and playing air hockey on screen.

One said: “I can now play games and do things not possible for me before,” while another said: “It’s great! I can see my arm movement appear instantly on screen and can tell how well and far I have gone.”

Each patient’s movements were recorded, and the physiotherapist could remotely monitor progress and give advice as well as customise the game in terms of movement, speed, duration, scoring and feedback.

If You Find A Baby Bird

Is the bird injured (bleeding, broken bones, puncture wounds, been in a cat’s mouth, open wounds, etc.)?

If YES, take the bird to your nearestwildlife veterinarian or rehabilitator

If NO, see below.

Is the bird fully feathered?

If YES, any fully feathered baby bird found on the ground, seemingly unable to fly, is probably just fledging - a natural state of development in the bird’s life. If it appears to be uninjured, leave the area, and do your best to keep pets and children away from the bird. The parent(s) will not feed the youngster while people are around

If NO, attempt to find the nest. An uninjured bird found on the ground with few or no feathers needs to be returned to the nest. Look around in trees and bushes to see if you can locate the nest. Correct identification of the nestling or of the parents will help locate the nest (i.e., bluebirds are box or cavity nesters, morning doves build basket nests on horizontal branches or in a tree fork)

Can you find the nest?

If YES, simply put the bird back. However, make sure the young are warm to the touch. If the baby is not, you can simply warm the bird in your hands before returning it to the nest. Returning a young cold bird to the nest will sometimes encourage the parent to push the baby out of the nest, as it is trying to remove a cold object away from other warm eggs and/or young.

If the nest is unreachable, construct a substitute nest of a similar size and shape (small berry baskets, or margarine tubs with drain holes punched in the bottom, filled with grass make fine substitute nests) and securely attach it as close as possible to the original nest site. Contrary to popular belief, the parents will not be frightened off by your “scent” and will return to feed the baby if it calls for food. If you want to be sure the parent(s) will continue to feed the baby, watch the baby from a safe distance, preferably indoors. Do not be alarmed if you don’t see the parent return. Typically wild animals will not return to the nest if you are visible and/or in the area.

If NO, you can’t find the nest, construct a substitute nest in the place where the nestling was found. Watch from indoors to see if a parent returns (be patient, it may not happen immediately). If a parent does not visit the nest for more than half a day, contact a licensed songbird rehabilitator for advice.

Please give baby birds the best possible chance for survival and leave them in the wild where they belong! Never attempt to treat or raise a baby bird on your own. Despite your best efforts, most hand-raised birds will die.

The best baby bird rehabilitation is prevention. Educate your friends, family, neighbors and yourselves about the fledging process. It is normal for birds at fledging to be on the ground unable to fly! Birds need several days - up to four weeks, depending on their species - to learn how to fly and forage for food. One or more parent will feed them during this period. Know where nesting sites are located and keep cats and dogs indoors around the time you think the birds will fledge to avoid predation. Ask neighbors to take responsibility for their pets as well.

NOTE: Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have both state and federal permits. For information on how you can become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, contact the Wildlife Center of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, or your state’s wildlife agency.

The brain thinks, the spinal cord implements: Research team at MedUni Vienna identifies important control mechanisms for walking

Even after complete spinal paralysis, the human spinal cord is able to trigger activity in the leg muscles using electrical pulses from an implanted stimulator. This has already been demonstrated in earlier studies conducted in Vienna. Now, as part of a joint international project, a team of young researchers at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at MedUni Vienna has succeeded in identifying the mechanisms the spinal cord uses to control this muscle activity. These mechanisms still work even if the neural pathways from the brain are physically interrupted as the result of a spinal cord injury. This is the first time throughout the world that the spinal-cord activation patterns for walking have been decoded.

Paraplegics still have neural connections (so-called locomotion centers) below the site of the injury and these can trigger rhythmic movements in the legs. “Using statistical methods, we were able to identify a small number of basic patterns that underlie muscle activities in the legs and control periodic activation or deactivation of muscles to produce cyclical movements, such as those associated with walking. Just like a set of building blocks, the neural network in the spinal cord is able to combine these basic patterns flexibly to suit the motor requirement,” explains study author Simon Danner, from the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering of MedUni Vienna. The results have now been published in the leading journal “Brain”.

Although the brain or brain stem acts as the command center, it is the neural networks in the spinal cord that actually generate the complex motor patterns. These locomotion centers are to be found in most vertebrates. A well-known example of this is when the spinal cord continues to transmit signals even when the brain is no longer involved, as in the headless chicken running around the farmyard. Even after control by the brain has been lost, the spinal cord continues to send out motor signals, which are translated into movements of the legs and/or wings.

New possibilities for rehabilitation following spinal paralysis
These new findings relating to the basic patterns for triggering and coordinating muscle movements in the legs should also help in developing new approaches to rehabilitation aimed at utilizing those neural networks that are still functional following an accident and the resulting paralysis by stimulating them electrically. This opens the way to new therapeutic options for helping paraplegics to at least partially regain lost rhythmic movements.

Exactly how the neural networks need to be stimulated depends upon the patient’s individual injury profile and is the subject of further studies. To help with this, the scientists at MedUni Vienna have developed a unique, non-invasive method for stimulating the spinal cord, which involves attaching electrodes to the surface of the skin. “This method allows easy access to the neural connections in the spinal cord below a spinal injury and can therefore be offered to those suffering from paraplegia without exposing them to any particular medical risks or stresses,” says Karen Minassian, senior author of the current publication.


1: An aural abscess in an eastern box turtle. A client found her in their garden and saw she was unable to retract her head into her shell, so she brought her to our clinic. The next morning, I took her on up to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where she had surgery and post-op wound management.

2: All healed and trying to release herself!

3: Because turtles have to be released as close as possible to where they’re captured, I got to release her at the client’s house near my work. Here is in her state-of-the-art transport carrier in my car on the way to the site ^_~

4: Freedom!