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Six ways to lose weight this year…and keep it off!

Portions. We live in a world of portion distortion. Start reading labels and measure out your food! If you don’t know how much food you are really eating, you will never lose weight. A plate at a restaurant typically is three or more servings. Dinner plates have doubled in size since the 1960s. In the […]

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Protect Your Skin When Outdoors This Winter

By: Ashley Beyer, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Figuring out what to wear when you are going to be outdoors in the winter can be difficult sometimes. While it is cold outside, you may be doing an activity that will cause you to be warm, such as running, skiing, an outdoor workout […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when again when fitness centers fill up with New Year’s “resolutioners.” There is a mad rush to the treadmill or weight machine, then two months later the gym numbers return to normal. How do you avoid the same pitfalls that these individuals always seem to run in to? First, set […]

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Are you sure you are sitting in your chair correctly?

By: Ashley Beyer, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Freeze! How are you sitting at your desk right now? You probably find yourself quickly scooting back in your chair or sitting up a little straighter. Whether you spend a lot or a little time at your desk, your posture can affect how you […]

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Living well with MS: medications to modify disease course

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves attacks on the myelin sheath covering your spinal cord and nerves.  This process, referred to frequently to as a relapse, causes a variety of symptoms, such as general weakness, fatigue, numbness and tingling, sudden changes in vision, muscle spasticity, mood changes, cognitive changes, bladder and bowel issues, dizziness and vertigo, sexual […]

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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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