To Your Health

Gale brings years of experience in hopes of helping those in need

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Counselor William Gale of Choices First in Dover will now be offering his services in the Bethany area on Monday mornings. Gale has more than 20 years of clinical experience.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Counselor William Gale of Choices First in Dover will now be offering his services in the Bethany area on Monday mornings. Gale has more than 20 years of clinical experience.There’s a new doctor in town. William Gale, a lifelong educator and counselor, recently started offering his services in south coastal Delaware in the hopes of helping more people.

“What initially drew me to the field was education,” he said. “When I was teaching, I was never just a teacher-teacher. I had the empathy and the compassion. I found that it’s tending to the student. “

Gale was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, as one of six children. Although he moved north in adulthood, he still has family in the area.

“I still drive by our house on Munson Street,” he said with a smile.

Gale is a licensed professional counselor of mental health with 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. He has worked with diverse populations in the delivery of psychotherapy.

Having had his practice in Dover, Gale recently decided to start offering his services in Bethany Beach on Monday mornings.

Aging and falls: A guide to pitfalls and prevention

By 2030, Delaware officials say, the state will have the ninth highest proportion of the population age 65 or older compared to the rest of the country. With aging, the risk of falling increases dramatically, and the results can be devastating.

Guest Column: Occupational therapy touches nearly all parts of life

Being a local of the Eastern Shore beaches for my entire life, it is only destiny I return back to my hometown to find a job once I complete a master’s degree program in occupational therapy.

Stand-up paddleboarding delivers health rewards and injury challenges

Coastal Point • File Photo : Two stand-up paddleboarders enjoy a night ride near the bridge in Fenwick Island during a stand-up paddleboard event held last year.Coastal Point • File Photo : Two stand-up paddleboarders enjoy a night ride near the bridge in Fenwick Island during a stand-up paddleboard event held last year.Have you tried it, yet? Stand-up paddleboard is one of the hottest new sports. It doesn’t require much gear, and it lets you enjoy lakes, rivers or the ocean. Aside from having a great time, stand-up paddleboard’s biggest reward is that it gives you a terrific full-body workout and develops core strength.

The rewards, however, come with challenges. In this sport, it’s important to understand that, while it looks simple, looks can be deceiving. Along with lacerations and whacks to the head and other body parts from falling, overuse injuries are a big issue. Your back, knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders and elbows are all at risk because of the increased demand placed on them from being in a stand-up position while using your body’s force to push the paddleboard forward.

Back injuries are amongst the most common problem, because of the constant bending and pushing motion required to maneuver the paddle and propel your paddleboard. They are a part of your core and a significant stabilizing mechanism for your body. Improper technique often leads to back strain and disk problems.

Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries are also extremely common, because stand-up paddleboarding makes a big demand on these muscles. Doctors are seeing patients complaining of burning sensations from the elbow and shoulder into the hand, while other patients are complaining of numbness from the shoulder to the fingers.

Carve, grind, air or ramp — keep young skateboarders safe

I hope you had a chance to catch this year’s Dew Tour. I didn’t get to go, but Coastal Point readers like me got to follow the action along with the more than 100,000 folks who converged on Ocean City for an incredible 10th season. The world’s best skateboarders put on quite a show, and who wasn’t excited to see Baltimore native Bucky Lasek become this year’s Skate Bowl Dew Cup champ?

FIFA aims to keep young soccer players safe

Like so many of you, I am really caught up in the excitement surrounding soccer’s World Cup matches. Whether Team USA wins or loses, the spotlight on soccer and our team’s strong play has really energized soccer fever here at home. Of course, having Maryland’s Kyle Beckerman on the team adds to the excitement for all of us on Delmarva.

Could your young athlete be risking Tommy John surgery?

In April, Major League pitchers set a new record. Since spring training, more than a dozen Major League baseball pitchers had undergone Tommy John surgery. For all of last season, the number was 19. Doctors say elbow injuries requiring Tommy John surgery have reached epidemic proportions in Major League baseball, and they’re worried about young athletes.

I’m betting you’ve heard about Tommy John surgery, but do you know what elbow injury leads to the surgery and what you can do to protect the athletes in your house? As I always tell you, getting the facts and understanding what you can do can make an important difference for the young athlete in your house.

Surgeons perform Tommy John surgery to repair an elbow ligament called the ulnar collateral ligament or the UCL. Think of a ligament as a kind of piece of rope that connects two bones in the body. The UCL connects the inside of your upper arm (humerus) to the inside of your forearm (ulna). Its main job is to control and support the arm’s movement and stability when performing any kind of motion.

Hedetniemi honored with Beebe award

Mark Hedetniemi, manager of Beebe’s Rehab Services Department in Georgetown and Millsboro, has been honored with the Beebe Healthcare’s “You make a Difference” Award for May.

School of nursing graduates Class of 2014

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare recently celebrated the Class of 2014 graduation, with 24 graduates, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Struggling with headaches?

If you’re struggling with headaches, you’re not alone. The real question is who hasn’t had a headache? The painful answer is they are all too common. The National Headache Foundation says that more than 45 million Americans suffer from more than just an occasional headache. They’re dealing with recurring, chronic headaches every year.

Help for your aching back

“Oh, my aching back.” How many times have you or someone you know uttered that old expression? Back pain is terrible. It limits your mobility, impacting typical daily activities, and it can really decrease your quality of life. From something as simple as putting on a pair of shoes to picking up a bag of groceries, back pain can make any task frustrating and painful.

Heroin: Part three of a three-part series

'This is a public health problem – addiction is a chronic illness.'

With the increase in heroin abuse throughout Delaware, many state, local and private agencies and organizations are working hard — and sometimes together — to find a
solution to the growing issue.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

Heroin: Part one of a three-part series

From October 2013 to February 2014 – 5 months – 70 Delawareans’ deaths were attributed to suspected heroin overdose. Their average age was the early 40s.

Health seminar to focus on chronic disease education

For those who are struggling with chronic illness, or know someone who is, naturopath Brian D. Jones and his wife, Ellen F. Cook, hope to help.

“We’ve had a good turnout each time,” said Jones of previous seminars. “Our focus is on immune stimulation and nontoxic approaches to human health and nutrition.”

Tools can help Delawareans fight fat

We all know that being overweight or obese is a very serious health problem. For Delawareans, the statistics are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 34.7 percent of Delawareans are obese. The statistics for our kids are just as troubling, as 35.2 percent of 10- to 17-year-old Delawareans are overweight, too.

Girls’ softball is changing, and so are the injuries

I’m as sick of winter as anyone, but we’ve almost turned the corner. Spring is just about here, and that means it’s time for softball.

It’s working for Olympians and star athletes — could PRP help you?

The Sochi Winter Olympics are upon us, and I am psyched. Like so many of you, I really enjoy watching the competition and rooting for Team USA.

Dietician shares the straight skinny on sugar, calories

At the top of most everyone’s resolution list is eating healthier in the new year. Part of being healthy is understanding sugar.

The average American eats about 150 pounds of sugar each year, which equals 30 5-pound bags of sugar.

There are 15 calories in one teaspoon of sugar (or one packet).

On average, we consume 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, which equals 330 calories.