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Things I Learned From My First Wheelchair Vacation 

Last year I had an accident playing rugby that left me without the use of my legs, the time since then has been a learning experience for me like I have never experienced before and everyday brings new challenges. something which I have just recently learned, is how difficult it is to take a vacation in a wheelchair and that wheelchair friendly hotels are not always what they are made out to be. The whole vacation for me was quite strange and something that I have definitely learned from. I wanted to write down my experience for anyone out there who is planning on going on their very first vacation as a wheelchair user in the hope that my experience can help a little.

Hotels, Be Careful

I stayed in a hotel that claimed to be wheelchair friendly when in fact it was only just sufficient for me to get around in my wheelchair. The truth of the matter is that many hotels want to be known as wheelchair friendly when in fact they are not, they think that because the rooms are pretty sizable and there is plenty of space around the pool, that this will be enough. Before you go on your vacation make sure that the hotel is 100% wheelchair accessible and that you can get to all of the places inside the hotel that you need to. I had a great deal of difficult for example, moving around in the restaurant area as there simply was not enough space, for reasons like this I would urge you to thoroughly check the place out first.

Surrounding Area

Another rookie error that I made was not checking out the surrounding area of the small town that we stayed in before we went. The result of my not checking was that I was forced to climb up and down hills for the duration of the vacation because we were essentially inside a valley. I am not the type of person that can just relax around the pool all and I wanted to get out and explore, unfortunately that is not so fun to do when you are pushing your own body weight in the searing heat.

Transport is Key

My vacation lasted two weeks and it was not until the second week that I realized that there was a small trolley bus that zipped around the town taking people form A to B. As soon as I was aware of the bus I was able to travel much farther and see many more things. I was annoyed because I had specifically asked the hotel if there was a bus and they had said no, for what reason I am still unsure. My advice to you then is this, make sure that before you go, you are reading forums and checking out reviews to see what kind of transport there is at your destination as it makes a huge difference to your vacation.

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The Basics of Wardrobe Design and Constructions

Wardrobes allow for custom design storage that makes organization easier around your home and particularly the bedrooms. It allows for multiple sections of drawers, doors, and shelves so that you can store items in a more functional and aesthetically pleasing manner. Without a good wardrobe design, the bedrooms in your house will often be cluttered with socks, ties, belts, shirts, and pants. Here is what you need to know about the basics of installing a wardrobe.

Size and Dimensions

The main difference between a closet and a wardrobe is that the former is built into the wall. Since wardrobes are external, they can be of whatever size that fits your needs. However, certain conventions still influence the dimensions of the wardrobe today.

  • Depth: The depth of the wardrobe can be just deep enough to allow for the hanging of clothes. However, the depth can vary from between 50 and 70 centimeters and 62 cm is the recommended depth.
  • Width: It needs to be wide enough to accommodate the swinging of doors and placement of items in the open spaces with minimal obstructions. The width can vary between 40- 300 cm.
  • Height: This will depend on the dimensions of the space you want to place the wardrobe. Usually, wardrobes are between 140cm to 250cm high.

Style

You need to consider the style of the wardrobe if you want to make it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. There are many styles of wardrobes today with designs to incorporate your storage needs. If it is for hanging clothes only, an open section will be enough for most of your needs. However, you may require more partitions if you find there is also a need to store other items such as shoes, belts, ties, cufflinks, etc.

The wardrobe often has one, two or three partitions. Two partitions can be one for storing clothes, and the other partition set aside for other items. You may opt for one with more partitions if you have a wider range of accessories and you need your space to be more functional. Instead of getting a new wardrobe, you can add shelves to any of these partitions. If you are sharing the wardrobe with a partner organizing your things becomes much easier when you have more sections and shelves.

Materials

Old wardrobes were ready made and were built with metal, usually iron. Many homeowners bought them because they had a safe inside. Nowadays, wardrobes are lightweight and made of more affordable materials. Most are made of wooden boards and plywood to divide partitions and sections. A cheaper alternative to plastics such as MDF and particle boards are becoming more popular than plywood which has limited applications due to relatively high costs. For aesthetics, materials such as colored glass and polyurethane are used to provide the extra gloss and a finish to enhance its appeal.

Construction

Doing your own construction will require that you acquire the skills to work with hardwood and plywood, amongst other materials used to make wardrobes. If you are not confident with your ability to handle the process use your local handyman services to reduce the risks and associated costs.

Remedial Massage Can Heal!

Medical science has proven the benefits of all legitimate massage styles. Massage therapy has built a reputation for helping you calm your nerves, release tension and help eliminate pain you have in your muscles, tendons, ligaments, common joints and bones.

There are many different types & styles of massage, each with a different focus, but generally speaking they all do what is mentioned above. However some massage styles are more rooted in traditional medicine. The claims of medical benefits from massage therapy has built over decades to the point where many traditional medical practitioners have utilized elements of massage and found them to be extremely helpful for patients.

At the top of the list of effective massage types, is remedial massage. This type of massage is practiced by the most well-trained massage therapists and is used in hospitals and medical clinics around the world. The reason it has become so popular is because of the specific benefits remedial massage offers. Here are a few of those wonderful benefits.

Understanding Remedial Massage

Remedial massage begins with a detailed and in-depth assessment of the patient and their body. There is a specific focus on the condition of the ligaments, connective tissues, tendons, joints and muscles so that the therapist can understand the type of therapy that needs to be implemented. This vital information dictates to the therapist the type of massage regimen to use. Each patient will have a different set of circumstances and require a different, specialised therapy.

Remedial massage therapists are trained in the movements and workings of the body including pathophysiology, physiology and anatomy as well as many different types of massage. This massage therapist will mix & match different massage techniques in order to create the most effective massage therapy.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

Remedial massage patients will often visit a remedial massage therapist on the advice of a medical physician if the patient has chronic, recurring or severe physical injuries that have a chance to be helped with massage therapy.

Remedial massage can benefit patients by:

  • The elimination of muscle tightness
  • Increased function in the Lymphatic System
  • Improved circulation
  • Better joint mobility and flexibility

Recovery from Soft Tissue Injuries

Remedial massage can also heal some soft tissue injuries. These can occur from many situations such as a trip or fall, car accident, playing sports or due to a degenerative disc or tissue condition. Remedial massage is able to aid with quicker and better healing of these injuries.

Remedial massage therapists are often thought of as the most skilled massage therapists because of their in-depth knowledge of the body and how to use massage to both relieve pain and heal. They take techniques from the best massage therapies and use them as needed on patients.