Assistive Device

World’s BEST Assistive Device

In Physical Therapy, we call canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and crutches assistive devices.

Following is a real-life assistive device I saw someone on at the Defiance County Fair in Hicksville, Ohio.   This is a true story.  Hicksville is my hometown, and I love the people.  So as a native, I can laugh at this home-spun device to help an injured person enjoy the fair!  I wanted to catch the passenger on the device, but by the time I got out my camera, the device was parked at the show arena for the pedal tractor pull.

Note the appliance cart, the kitchen chair seat, the rigged leg rest, and the convenient crutch storage compartment!  Ingenious!!


10 Nevers of Physical Therapy

The 10 Nevers in Physical Therapy

 1. Never say, “its easy” because we’ll just make it harder

2. Never say, “I want to go home” because you’ll stay longer

3. Never lose count because you’ll have to start at one again 

4. Never complain because we never listen 

5. Never argue because you’ll never win 

6. Never scream or cry because it only encourages us 

7. Never look like you’re enjoying it because we’ll put a stop to it 

8. Never say, “I can’t” because you’ll do it anyway 

9. Never hold your breath because if you pass out and die, we have to fill out the paperwork. 

10. Never lie or cheat because we know the truth and you’ll live to regret it

–this has been widely circulated among physical therapists.  Source unknown.

The Importance of Walking

My apologies.  I do not know the original source of this information.  A patient brought it to me, and I thought it worth posting:

The Importance of Walking

Walking can add minutes to your life.  This enables you, at 85 years old, to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home, at $7,000 per month.

My grandpa started walking 5 miles a day when he was 60. Now he’s 97 years old, and we don’t know where he is.

I joined a health club last year.  Spent about 400 bucks.  Haven’t lost a pound.  Apparently you have to go there.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing…

I like long walks.  especially when they are taken by people who’ve annoyed me!

Every time I hear the dirty word “exercise” I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so that when you die, they’ll say,  “Well, she looks good, doesn’t she?”

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with small country.

I got a lot of exercise the last few years just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older because there’s a lot more information in our heads.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

LOL these are fun!  If you have some more clean jokes on exercise, share them below in comments!