Ken Harrison

Recent Articles


How a Spinal Cord Stimulator Can Eliminate Chronic Pain

When he slipped and fell on a snowy driveway during the winter or 2017 and injured his back, Christian Doll began an arduous journey to regain a life free of pain.  The chronic pain he felt from the injury he sustained lead him to seek numerous treatments, which, he said...


How Vestibular Rehab Can Help Those Struggling with Dizziness, Balance Problems and Motion Intolerance

Vestibular rehabilitation is a complex discipline. Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network has a team of highly skilled vestibular therapists located throughout the state to meet the needs of patients experiencing various disorders including vertigo (true spinning sensation), dizziness (feeling off), balance problems, nausea and motion intolerance.  According to the National Institutes...


Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Recognizes World Lymphedema Day March 6

The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Lymphedema team will be on hand with information tables at Hartford Hospital, MidState Medical Center, Hospital of Central Connecticut and the Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center on March 6, 2019 in recognition of World Lymphedema Day. Did you know? Did you know 10 million...


Mother and daughter turn to GoodLife Fitness for improved health

Dynamic duo Donna and Julianne Joseph are no strangers to wanting to look and feel their best. As a former and a current cosmetologist, these New Britain residents have always been committed to maintaining their personal appearance. So it’s no surprise that they apply the same principals when it comes...

Low Back Pain

How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Low Back Pain

Low back pain, a common problem, is a major cause of disability resulting in difficulties with function at home and work. More than 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Jonathan Sylvain, manager of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network’s Spine Program, says physical...


Don’t Just Sit There — How to Stay Healthy at Your Desk Job

For many working adults, the 9 to 5 routine involves a lot of time sitting down, whether it’s sitting in a desk chair for eight hours, sitting through long meetings or sitting-down during your commute.  While sitting may be a requirement of your job, Ken Bruno, MSPT and Shawn Tuthill, MSPT...


Things to Consider When Choosing a Private Duty Caregiver

Choosing a caregiver for yourself or a loved one can seem like an overwhelming task. Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home is here to help with some questions to keep in mind when choosing a private duty caregiver. Do you need hands-on care? Help around your home? Companionship? If you need...


Indoor Exercise Ideas to Keep You Active in the Colder Months

As the temperature drops and the daylight hours begin to fade away, there’s no excuse to stop your exercise activities just because you can’t be outdoors anymore.  Those looking to keep up with their exercise routines during the winter months have plenty of options to stay in shape even as...


Arbor Rose and Jerome Home Honor Resident Veterans

Jerome Home resident Geraldine Anderson teared up as she gazed at the bright red U.S. Marine Corps flag she grasped in her left hand. “This is one of the best days of my life,” she said after receiving the flag, a congratulatory letter, an honors certificate and the Connecticut Veterans...

Woman with kettlebell.

Weight, Weight: Don’t Tell Me (Simple Exercises to Tone the Body?)

When most people hear the words weight training, images of bodybuilders lifting huge heavy weights may be the first thing that comes to mind. But you don’t have to look like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger to reap the benefits that weight training can provide. Weight training is an extremely important...


Steps for Safer Autumn Training Runs

As autumn approaches, many people look forward to getting out for a run in the cooler weather. While some consider fall the best time of year for training to run in organized races, Ken Bruno, MSPT, CSCS, of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, says that it’s important to remember some...

Seniors and Opioids

Seniors Not Immune to Opioid Epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities throughout the United States, it’s important to recognize seniors as a subset of the population sometimes overlooked in this crisis. Because seniors are more likely to experience physical issues that cause chronic pain, they are also more likely to be prescribed opioid...

Homecare

How to Know When it’s Time For Homecare

Knowing when your family member may need assistance at home can be daunting, says Hartford HealthCare at Home’s Karen Pagliaro. “When visiting, look around,” she says. “Is the home not cared for the way it had been in the past?  Are there dishes in the sink, laundry piling up, newspaper scattered...

GoodLife Fitness Center Upgrade

A New-Look Fitness Center at Mulberry Gardens

Newly remodeled GoodLife Fitness Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Mulberry Gardens supports exercise goals of older adults Dora Devino, a Mulberry Gardens of Southington resident, loves the newly remodeled GoodLife Fitness Center where she exercises several times each week. “The longer I stay on the machines, the better I feel,” she...


Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic Opens in Newington

Staff from Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network joined members of the Newington Chamber of Commerce and Town Council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Hospital of Central Connecticut Rehabilitation Network’s new outpatient clinic on Fenn Road in Newington.  The event was also attended by representatives from the Hartford HealthCare/GoHealth Urgent Care...


The Peruvian-Hartford Connection: Bringing Medical Care to the Underserved

For the past 12 years, a volunteer team of medical experts from Connecticut join the charitable organization Dreaming and Working Together in Lima, Peru, for a weeklong mission to help the medically underserved population there by providing various types of spinal surgeries, dental care and prosthetic and rehabilitative services. This...

Wendy Nichols

Exercising in the Searing Summer Heat? Some Tips

With summer in full swing, people are getting outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and get some exercise. Although being active is good for your health, Wendy Nichols, area director for the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, offers these precautions for staying safe: When to work out: It’s best to work out early...


Mulberry Gardens Pageant celebrates ‘What a Wonderful World’

The joy for life, vibrancy and a sense of humor characterized the contestants in the Ms. Senior Mulberry Gardens Pageant 2018 held June 8. The women, whose ages ranged from 75 to 97 years old, all had advice for staying young. “Don’t stay home – keep active. Don’t act like...


Hartford HealthCare at Home Nightingale Nurse: ‘It’s Very Rewarding Work’

When people think of health care, they think of doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals. But what about the hundreds of patients that receive care in their own homes? That’s where Luanne Salcito steps in. With her team of 49 aides, plus nurses and other care workers, Luanne coordinates home visits...

Caregiver with client.

In-Home Care: The Alternative to Nursing Homes, Assisted Living

Asking for help is difficult.  Knowing when someone you love needs help can be even harder.  The last thing any parent or family member wants is to be a burden to those they care about and will often avoid asking for help until it becomes evident they need it. But...


Hand Symposium May 5 in Hartford

The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network is hosting the 3rd annual Hand Symposium at the Hartford Hospital Ambulatory Surgery Building at the Bone & Joint Institute on Saturday, May 5, from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm.  The symposium, targeted to Occupational Therapists, COTAs, Physical Therapists and PTAs, will feature presenters Dr. Kevin Burton...


Athletic Trainers: An Integral Part of the Sports Health Team

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work performed Athletic Trainers.  The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network has 15 Athletic Trainers on the team who work tirelessly to help prevent injuries, provide emergency care for acute injuries and develop and implement rehab...

Compression bandage on swollen ankle.

Finding New Ways to Manage Fluid Retention of Lymphedema

March is Lymphedema Awareness Month and Linda Hodgkins and her team from the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network are hoping to shed some light on this serious and often misunderstood disease. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is compromised or damaged creating chronic swelling due to an accumulation of lymph fluid...