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Navigating Healthy Food Choices This Holiday Season

By: Sami Woolson, MS, ATC/LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center While the fall season means cooler weather and changes in the color of leaves, it also means the holiday season is coming. With that comes holiday gatherings and delicious fall foods and treats. At this time of year, it can be hard to stay […]

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The three most important things to know about dry needling

Written by: Daniel B. Garcia PT, DPT, Agnesian Sport & Spine Center Dry needling has been used in therapy for nearly 15 years; however, it has grown in popularity recently due to its exposure with Olympic athletes using it regularly to maintain performance. People turn to dry needling because it is effective at alleviating many forms […]

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Tips for raking leaves

Written by: Trisha West, DPT, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Whether you’re getting ready to head out onto the football field or raking all those leaves this fall, it’s important to remember three key things before starting to prevent injuries and be able to enjoy the fall. The first thing is to warm […]

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Intermediate plank challenge

Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reasons. In my last article I gave you reasons and an easy plank challenge to get you started. Here are some progressed moves to try… or just to add something new to your existing program. These are not beginner moves so please don’t try […]

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Five benefits of doing planks

Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reason: it works – in large part because it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. What are some of the benefits you can expect from adding this exercise to your regular routine? A Toned Belly Planking will help build your deep inner core muscles that […]

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Prepping for post race

I have people ask me to train them for an event, whether it’s a marathon or 5K, a 20-mile bike ride or mudder event. They’re all fun activities that are great goals to strive for, and great ways to be active and have fun in the process! They are all equally exciting and present their […]

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Care of the Weekend Warrior

Written by: Bryan Royce, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Agnesian Bone & Joint Health In my work as an orthopedic surgeon, I work collaboratively with individuals that are considered to be weekend warriors. But what does that really mean? Weekend warriors engage in irregular patterns of physical activity (one to two days each week), do so […]

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Be on FIRE every day!

Do you ever feel behind your day before it even starts – too busy, too exhausted, too stressed?  Or that your life is a toxic mix of the above making you impatient, irritable or unfocused? I think many of you probably could answer yes to those feelings at some time in life…our society of constant distraction […]

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Staying home safely in your elder years

I have had the honor of working in long-term care for a great many years. Most of the time, residents who moved into an assisted-living were people who chose to move. They had been fearful of living alone, they were declining in health, or they simply chose to live in a community where many amenities […]

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Shoulder instability in the competitive or leisure athlete

By: Billie Jo Braatz, PT, DPT, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Has your daughter ever said it feels like her shoulder “slips out” when hitting a volleyball, or has your son told you his shoulder “popped out” when making a tackle during a football game? If so, they may be experiencing what is […]

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