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Category Archives: Health and Wellness

10 Nov, 2018

5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Stretching

If there’s one thing that you can count on a St. Francis Rehab & Sports Medicine physical therapist introducing into every session, it’s stretching. Yes, building strength and endurance is important. But whether you’re an athlete, or someone coping with the aches and pains of aging, increasing your flexibility through stretching is crucial. Read on

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10 Aug, 2018

The Unexpected Benefits of Stretching

Many non-athletes — and even a few actual jocks — are guilty of either rushing through their warm-up stretching, or skipping the cool-down moves after the workout. Yet, along with cardio and strength-training, stretching also delivers significant health benefits. You probably already know that stretching extends your overall range of motion, while also elasticizing your

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20 Jun, 2018

Still hurting? Your Diet Could Be Why  

What you put in your mouth can make your aches and pains worse. Like they say, “You are what you eat.” There are many foods that can cause inflammation and actually result in pain. Eating a healthier diet can help you feel better, without those nagging aches and pains. Foods To Say “No” To While

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10 Apr, 2018

How to De-Stress Your Body For Better Health

We live in a fast paced world filled with deadlines, endless hours staring into a screen, sleepless nights and battling traffic. What does this do your body and most importantly, what can you do to change it? Ultimately, your health is in your hands. Depending on pills to handle aches, pains and stress is not

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10 Jan, 2018

Are You Breathing Correctly?

Do you have to deal with aches, pains, feeling stiff, headaches or just plain fatigue? Your breathing patterns may be to blame. We are all subjected to daily stresses that cause us subconsciously to change our breathing patterns. The normal responses to stress are a whole host of reactions, including shallower, but rapid breathing, increased

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9 May, 2017

Happy Spring

I just returned from North Carolina where I was a teacher assistant within my Medical Therapeutic Yoga program.  The classes were held an ocean side beach house; the meals were all prepared and organically homemade. This was a picturesque setting for a week of relaxed intensive learning; all without the “typical” responsibilities we have in

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12 Sep, 2016

How to Put the Spring Back in Your Step

 There’s no avoiding it; with age can come a whole host of new challenges, and with them seemingly random aches and pains. Fingers and joints may become sore after mundane chores, and physical undertakings that once brought joy now result in discomfort. It can be easy to become discouraged away from participating in activities that

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29 Jul, 2016

Practice makes perfect…

Practice makes perfect… except perhaps when it comes to a Yoga Practice. A yoga asana practice is just that… a practice.   The same yoga routine should not be practiced over and over in the attempts for perfecting a pose or out of habit. Reason: we are not the same each and every day. A yoga practice

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13 Jul, 2016

The Amazing Benefits of Stretching

As you age, your muscle tissue actually dries out a little, tightening. This causes a loss of range of motion in your joints and tissues. In addition to the loss of range of motion, it can really limit your active lifestyles and hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as dressing

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10 May, 2016

What You Eat Can Make You Hurt More

If you are suffering with aches and pains, whether it be low back pain or even headaches, what you eat can make the pain worse. When it comes to aches and pains, we generally don’t think of our food causing us more pain, but it can. When you have pain in your body, it is

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