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The Stress-Free Zone

Posted by Taylor Locke on July 1, 2021


Stress can manifest itself in many ways in our body. Take a minute to focus on your shoulders: are they relaxed, stiff or strained? How about your jaw – is it loose or clenched? Tight or tense muscles, headaches, increased heart rate, uneven breathing, or a rise in body temperature are all common physical responses to stress. Stress may also be felt in the mind in the form of racing thoughts, worrying, sadness, irritability or anger. Chronic, unmanaged stress can lead to serious health issues, that’s why managing stress is essential to healthy living and improving your quality of life. Here are nine things you can do in your immediate environment to create a stress-free zone and manage stress effectively.

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The Link Between Shoulder Pain and Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by Kate Hunt, MSPT on June 14, 2021

What if one letter in the alphabet could help you breathe better, jump higher, balance better, move without pain, and keep you lean?  As a Physical Therapist, I am always looking for ways to get my patients well faster. 

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How Low Testosterone Affects Injury Recovery and Exercise Performance

Posted by Kate Hunt, MSPT on June 1, 2021

Do you experience decreased muscle mass?  Fatigue?  Frequent strains, sprains, or fractures?  Increased weight in your chest and abdomen? Mood swings or lack of motivation?  Any of these could be related to low testosterone-and not just in men.

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Men's Health

Posted by Sarah McDougal on June 1, 2021


Men’s Health month is a great opportunity to remind all men that good health lies in the hands of man. According to the CDC, on average, men die five years younger than women and are often more likely to be afflicted with chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Statistically, men are less likely than women to seek medical care. Men also have unique health concerns related to prostate and testicular health. Here are a few simple things that men can do to improve health and well-being.

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Stand Strong with Better Workplace Ergonomics

Posted by Kate Hunt, MSPT on May 3, 2021

Don’t let sitting crumble your bones. It is said that “sitting is the new smoking”, and in our modern culture exacerbated by post-Covid business and social practices we are tethered to our phones and computer screens more than ever. Terms like “Tech Neck” have more than just an aesthetic impact on our musculoskeletal system. According to the Mayo Clinic, prolonged sitting increases your risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means porous bones and by our mid-twenties, we have reached our maximum bone density. As we age, bone health maintenance is critical to our skeletal support system.

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Musculoskeletal Health and Heart Rate: Know Your Norm

Posted by Kate Hunt, MSPT on April 20, 2021

How do you know if you are truly stressed? Transitions to the home work environment and social isolation are the biggest culprits of this stress response. The result? Dramatic changes in cardiovascular health.

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Living in the Moment

Posted by Kate Dawson on April 2, 2021

How many of us have calendars with more “To Do's” and events than hours in the week? I know this is how my calendar appears more weeks than not. I feel myself trying to juggle my calendar, my spouse’s, and my kids. Add to that managing school assignments for children in this new blend of virtual and "in-person" schooling, socializing on the many web based platforms, and attending doctor appointments. I feel like I can’t catch my breath. Am I alone?

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Relieve Stress and Tension with Respiratory and Pelvic Diaphragm Exercises

Posted by Kate Hunt, MSPT on March 23, 2021

Don’t reach for the TUMS just yet, instead, sit tall and take a breath. Prolonged sitting and the notion of gripping or tightening the abs can create a hypervigilant compressive force on the pelvic floor contributing to tight hip flexors, a painful back, urinary stress incontinence, constipation, painful sex, and even heart burn. Pelvic floor dysfunction for men and women is does not just include weakness or laxity according to www.health.harvard.edu.

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Power Couples

Posted by Kelly Dickson on February 24, 2021

We have all heard the saying "two are better than one." It’s often used in reference to a team or some kind of support system, but have you ever thought about that phrase in reference to food?

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Posted by Sangeeta Pradhan on February 2, 2021

If your New Year’s resolutions are beginning to fade as January turns to February, do not despair. We have some simple, plant-centered, nutrition hacks that will help you stay on your plan to eat healthy and nourish your heart - without breaking the bank!

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