SLIERS Chillin’ with Tony Hawk

SLIERS, along with a some wonderful volunteer physicians, provided successful medical coverage for Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam @ the Idaho Center in Nampa on August 18.


New- Back School!

Do you or anyone you know have back pain?  Back School provided through St. Luke’s ♦ Idaho Elk’s Rehabilitation Services will help answer any questions you have and give helpful hints to manage your back pain.

            We will discuss common causes of back pain and why some people are more likely to experience it than others.  Ways to prevent back pain will be covered along with which treatments are most effective for different conditions.  After the lecture there will be time for a question and answer portion where we can discuss any current problems or past experiences.

            Call 489-5085 RSVP and reserve a seat or with any questions.

Back School

2nd Tuesday of the month

6:00 – 7:00 pm

RSVP required

St. Luke’s ♦ Idaho Elk’s Rehab Services

520 S. Eagle Rd. Ste. 2106

Meridian, ID 83642


Lymphedema: Effects of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a unique situation for a woman’s body.  The hormones released during pregnancy and the expanding uterus can affect the expectant mother’s veins.  Consequently, one in three women experience common vein ailments such as heavy, tired, aching legs or swollen feet and ankles.  Existing varicose veins tend to worsen during pregnancy.

These conditions occur for several reasons, including:

  • Increase of blood volume.
  • Loss of venous wall tonicity from Relaxin in the system.
  • Increased pressure in the leg veins, caused by the position of the baby.
  • Change of blood consistency.


The likelihood of pregnancy-related venous disorders is further increased if the following factors are present:

  • Family history of venous disease.
  • Pre-existing venous conditions.
  • Multiple pregnancies.
  • Prolonged sitting or standing.


These factors on their own cause swelling in the legs (and arms) of many, so in the presence of already existing Lymphedema it can, and most likely will, aggravate swelling as it further stresses the lymph system.


This is a time to be extra diligent at your Lymphedema Home Maintenance Program.  You may find increasing the number of times per day you do your Self Manual Lymph Drainage Massage may help.


Sonja M. Maul PT, CLT-LANA

National Board Certified Lymphedema Therapist


Living with Multiple Sclerosis: What Speech Therapy Can do for You!

There is a common misconception that a speech-language pathologist only treats speech production and articulation.  However, when working with individuals with a neurological diagnosis, we target so much more.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 1 in 700 people or about 400,000 Americans with over 1,500 Idahoans diagnosed. Many people go without treatment or help because they don’t know or understand what can be done to help them on a personalized basis.

Speech-language pathology or speech therapy is designed to target a number of parameters that affect those persons with MS in all stages of the disease.




            -Exercises to strengthen and stretch facial muscles

            -Breath support/breath grouping

            -Compensatory devices or use of alternative communication methods if appropriate.


          -VitalStim® (electrical stimulation to swallow muscles)

            -Swallow strategies or use of modified utensils, posture, body positioning, etc

            -Diet Modifications

            -Exercise program to increase lip, tongue and throat muscles

-Voice Therapy

            -Increase loudness

            -Increase vocal stamina

            -Quality of Voice

-Lee Silverman Voice Treatment® (a treatment developed for people with Parkinson disease which has also been noted to improve voice quality in people with MS)

-Cognitive Therapy


            -Word finding

            -Occupational skills

            -Problem Solving


            -Processing skills, “clarity of thought”


Speech therapy is very individualized and treatment plans are established according to each person’s symptoms, goals and everyday needs.  Some therapy treatments require certification in those areas.  It is important to speak with your physician or neurologist to determine what treatments may be appropriate for you.  There may be hope and help waiting for you in a speech therapist near by.

Allison Berglund, MS, CCC-SLP

Talus Clinic, Meridian






Tony Hawk’s “Boom Boom Huck Jam”

SLIERS is the official medical provider for the “Boom Boom Huck Jam” on August 18, 2008.  SLIERS Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists, along with volunteer physicians, will be keeping all of the athletes on their bikes and boards.  But, that isn’t even the best part… 

SLEIRS is hosting a chance to win a Tony Hawk BMX Bike, a T-Mobile Sidekick & a Tony Hawk Autographed Skate Board!  Here is how to win all three- Go to any SLIERS location, make a $5 donation to “Project Play” and recieve 1 ticket for the drawing or make a $20 donation and receive 5 tickets for the drawing. OR, you can purchase tickets at the event on the 18th.  The drawing will be held at 11pm on August 18 to select the lucky winner.  Good Luck!

SLIERS, Project Play & Magic 93.1

Friday, August 8 was “Dan Tooker in the Morning’s Play Anything Day” to benefit “Project Play”.  From 6am to 6pm, Magic 93.1 listeners could call in and request any song on earth to be played for a $20 donation to “Project Play”, if they didn’t care for a song playing- they could kill it for $40, and to hear a song next is took a $50 donation to “Project Pay”.  It was a crazy day of music that included an hour straight of Twisted Sister, dozens of local artists, and everything from Hansen to Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Nothing was off-limits.  By 6pm,  SLIERS volunteers had answered hundreds of calls and Casey at Magic had edited hours of music by local artists to get it air ready.  But, it was all worth it!  “Project Play” is $6,500 closer to its goal!

“Project Play” is a community wide effort to get handicap accessible play equipment for Lakeview Park in Nampa, ID.  On September 27, 2008, there will be a dedication of the play equipment that will take place in conjunction with “Nampa Day of Play”.  There will be a huge community picnic and lots of fun for all!

Current sponsors for “Project Play” include: St. Luke’s * Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services, Magic 93.1, St. Luke’s, Saltzer Medical Group, Paul Collins, MD, D.L. Evan’s Bank & we are hoping it will grow to many more!