Monitor your injury before it actually happens!

Monitor your injury before it actually happens!

We are thrilled to see an increased focus on health and wellness in society today.  Focussing on diet and exercise is a key part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many are unaware they are actually over (or under) functioning ...until an injury occurs, alerting them to this fact. A common question we hear from patients is, “So, how do I avoid injury?”

The Health Importance of Staying Socially Connected

The Health Importance of Staying Socially Connected

What does social connection consist of and who is at greatest risk of isolation?

Social connection considers the amount of relationships you have, the extent to which those relationships can be relied upon, and your satisfaction within them. (Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD & Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University).1 There are several risk factors that have shown to increase likelihood of developing social isolation or loneliness, including:
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Protips for an Anti-Inflammatory Dietary Plan

Protips for an Anti-Inflammatory Dietary Plan

We asked newly Board Certified Cardiopulmonary Specialist, Amberlyn to compile a ‘short list’ about her years of research and her application of anti-inflammatory dietary practices.

Here are some tips to help you get started towards an inflammation free dietary plan.

  • Sugar is extremely inflammatory.  Limiting or eliminating sugar can have a huge impact on decreasing pain in acute and chronic diseases.  This includes not only chronic orthopedic injuries, but vascular as well as neurologic and cardiovascular.  This is THE number one inflammatory food.

  • Salt causes water retention and, in excess, also inflammation.  read more…

Food as fuel...and much more!

Food as fuel...and much more!

With regard to health and fitness, few things bring about as passionate a response as nutrition and diet.  Many advocate to be experts on the topic but it’s hard to wade through the noise to know who is right and who is wrong. We are all aware that a plethora of things impact how we view food and choices we make when we eat.  As Physical Therapists, we …

When will I feel better?!

When will I feel better?!

When will I be better?! How long can I expect to feel like this?
We get these questions a lot.
As a rule of thumb, pain from a recent injury will reduce after 3 months.  Pain lasting beyond 3 months is Persistent, chronic, and will not respond to common treatment for pain. This image shows the different potential pieces of persistent pain and a successful plan targets ALL the factors.

Sleep Matters - Here's Why

Sleep Matters - Here's Why

The importance of sleep is not a new concept. I’m not talking about when your parents made you go to bed early, so they could get a break! Your actual life depends on it.  Good sleep is 100% worth the effort to get it! Sleep can give you the edge at work, the compassion in your relationships and improve your ability to react quickly... in an appropriate manner!

Signs of chronic sleep deprivation include slow reaction times, brain fog, reduced athletic performance and increased risk of illness and…

8 ways to fix your habits

8 ways to fix your habits

Guest contributor Beth Kolar (www.center-fit.com)

I am going to tell you, right now, what pulls you down.  

Habits. Your habits are what keep you from having the lifestyle you want. (Sidenote: Of course we are talking ‘achievable goals’.  If you aren’t a pilot, you are not going to pilot a 737 flight to Paris next week, no matter how on point your habits are. So be realistic, do the little steps to get to the big ones. Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk.)

Decrease your risk for heart attack and stroke. Lift heavy!

Decrease your risk for heart attack and stroke.  Lift heavy!

Kettlebells for the win! We ran across this great article that addresses the benefits of weight training in regards to reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!

And let’s not forget that olympic lifts have been shown to increase ones capacity to withstand stress and can increase cardiovascular fitness which means decreased risk for heart attack and stroke. …