The Importance of
Human Touch

IMPORTANCE OF THE HUMAN TOUCH

Human Touch – displays a sense of caring that is unable to be replaced by any other modality. In today’s hectic automated world, we are loosing the interactions we once had with each other. This includes healthcare.

In healthcare the human touch provides two vitally important functions. First, it is one of the necessary elements in diagnosis of the condition/ailment. Second, human touch conveys the message of caring and healing.

Currently in healthcare, this function is being lost in the system. Physicians have to stare at their computer rather than focus on the patient and their health issues. These are difficult choices physicians are being pressured to make. Many of us did not choose the medical profession to stare at a computer screen all day. We want to be involved in the helping and healing process of real human beings. For many of us this passion and caring is what drove us to go through intense, complicated, expensive training in order to gain the comprehensive knowledge set that was necessary to become a physician.

In the middle of a rapidly changing healthcare system, some of the fundamental founding principles of medicine are being lost, such as the physical exam. I was taught in medical school, residency and fellowship the irreplaceable value of the physical exam, particularly for a neurologist. It was consistently demonstrated to me by each of my mentors the importance of carefully listening to a patient and then methodically examining them from head to toe. When this is completed, frequently a neurologist can create a precise differential diagnosis. Mentors would constantly remind trainees that follow up tests were simply available to confirm what had already been determined by a physical exam.

It is from this premise, along with a passion to help people, that Dr. Boland established Be Mobile Neurology. The focus of her care is on the patient and determining a healthcare plan to help them live a happier, healthier and higher quality life. She will visit you in the comfort and convenience of your own home; the focus of the time spent will be on your medical condition and what can be done to improve your own quality of life. She is available to you for questions or concerns when needed.

Be Mobile Neurology is getting back to the way medicine used to be with a strong relationship between the patient and the physician.

Dr. Deborah Boland, D.O., MSPT
Neurologist/Movement Disorder Specialist
Owner Be Mobile Neurology

ROCK STEADY BOXING FOR PD

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum. It is for ANY LEVEL of Parkinson’s disease! In our gym, exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At RSB, Parkinson’s disease is the opponent. Exercises vary in purpose and form but share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the perceived capabilities of the participant.

Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

Discovery of a cure may be many years away but in the last seven years, there is evidence that progress is made in all stages of the disease by those participating in the RSB program. Rock Steady’s intensions are to give hope, create a fun and empowering atmosphere, and increase quality of life TODAY. Call today to schedule an appointment to visit the gym, speak privately with a Coach, or watch a class in action.

2 convenient locations:
Largo: Bodyssey Performance + Recovery
14280 Walsignham Road Largo, FL 33770

Tampa: PUNCH Boxing for Fitness
411 W Grand Central Ave Tampa, FL 33606

727-276-8431

Jordan Whittemore
Rock Steady Boxing Coach

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NON-MOTOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS?

  1. Fatigue
  2. Constipation
  3. Anxiety
  4. Depression
  5. Low Blood Pressure
  6. Urinary Incontinence
  7. Constipation
  8. Drooling
  9. Sleep Dysfunction
  10. Sexual Dysfunction

BOLAND’S TIPS FOR NON-MOTOR PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS

  1. Drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluids (at least 64 oz daily)
  2. Get good quality sleep
  3. Participate in social activities on a regular basis
  4. Ensure you have plenty of fiber in your diet
  5. If your bowel regimen is not regular – consider adding something like Mira lax
  6. Keep your mind active, just like your body
  7. Do not hesitate to discuss the symptoms with your doctor! There are prescription medications for some of the non-motor symptoms