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Category Archives: Health and Wellness

10 Oct, 2019

Do You Depend on Opioids to Keep You Moving? Understand how PT can Kick Your Opioid Dependence.

Do you rely on drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone to help you get through your day without agonizing pain? Do you worry that these drugs may be placing your health at unacceptable risk? Do you feel anxious or count the minutes until your next dosage of these pain relievers regardless of that risk? If

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20 Aug, 2019

Sprains, Strains and Ankle Pains! What You Need to Know and When to See a Therapist.

There you are, walking through the park on a bright summer day when suddenly you find a hole with your foot. Before you know it, you are in pain, collapsed in a crumpled heap, hoping no one saw your graceful fall. What do you do? How do you know whether it is an injury that

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10 Aug, 2019

Don’t Join the Opioid Epidemic. How Physical Therapy Can Help Ditch the Pain Meds.

It seems like every time you turn on the news there is another story about the opioid epidemic gripping the country. There is good reason for the panic. In 2016 alone, 116 people died each day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Some 11.5 million Americans misused prescription painkillers in some way, costing an estimated $504 million

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20 Jul, 2019

What is Pre-hab and How Can it Help Me Recover Faster?

It’s no secret that having physical therapy after an injury or surgery helps you recover faster. But what if there was a way to prevent an injury in the first place? Or what if there was a way to speed recovery from surgery long before you went under the knife? Pre-hab or preventative rehabilitation helps

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10 Jan, 2019

Getting to the Root of the Problem! Don’t Mask the Symptoms With Meds

Chronic pain and other types of pain can put a dent in your lifestyle. If you’re suffering from pain, be sure to give our office a call to learn how our physical therapists can get you on the path to a pain-free life. Don’t make the mistake of relying on meds, as meds only mask

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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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