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Graston Technique offered at HealthQuest!

Feeling a little stiff after surgery? Have you recently been slowed down by an injury and need to get back in the game? Do the bottoms of your feet hurt when you get out of bed? Does shoulder or elbow pain prevent you from simple things like picking up a gallon of milk or combing your hair? The Graston Technique® could be just the thing to iron out tangled tissue, eliminate your pain, and get you back to doing the things you need to do.  

Would you like to experience the benefits of the Graston Technique®? Call any one of our 8 clinic locations to schedule a Free Consultation with one of our physical therapists to learn how the benefits of the Graston Technique® can get you back to work, life and play!

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Written by Michael Wacht

May 25, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Help That Aching Back

Sometimes, it’s as predictable as clockwork: As the new year begins, you start to feel it ~ that unmistakable twinge in your back, or the ache in your joints. It’s your arthritis flaring up…as the temperature goes down. If you’re like the estimated 45 million Americans suffering from arthritis, you know that this time of year can bring new discomfort or even pain to your events of daily living.

If you suffer from arthritis, don’t let winter’s chill discourage you from moving and staying active. In fact, activity and movement are among the things that might make you feel better than you could ever imagine!

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Written by Michael Wacht

January 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Posted in Back

New and Expecting Moms… Let’s Get BACK to the Basics!

Sharla Buza, Physical Therpist

Sharla Buza, Director of Women's Health

Pregnancy can be a time of excitement, yet it also brings tremendous change to our bodies and our lives. During pregnancy and postpartum, many women experience pain in the spine (often low back), pelvis, hips and rib cage. This is caused by elevated maternal hormones that increase elasticity of soft tissues in the body (ligaments, tendons, etc.) as well as weight gain, which leads to postural changes. 

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Written by Michael Wacht

January 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Posted in Back, Womens Health

Back on Course

Spring has sprung and it’s time, once again, to face the fairway, but not until you face some facts that will improve your game and help prevent injuries on the course.

The lower back, wrist and elbow account for 80% of all injuries sustained by golfers. Like most sports, golf recruits muscles from nearly every part of your body (see diagrams); This is why the importance of a comprehensive exercise program cannot be ignored, and why your participation in one is mandatory.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

May 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Posted in Back, Sports

In Celebration of Our Patient’s Success – No Longer on the Back Burner

It seems almost second nature for mothers to put everyone else’s needs before their own. Wendy Kiefer is no exception to that rule. For over 20 years, Wendy suffered with constant, and often severe, pain.

“When you’re a mom, you take care of yourself last, so it just got progressively worse. I did window treatments for a living; cutting, sewing, measuring, and installing. It took a real toll on my back.”

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Written by Brooks Juneau

May 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Fit for the Fairway

Golf may be a relaxing sport, but professionals and amateurs, alike, often sustain injuries to the low back, shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand. When left untreated or improperly treated, these injuries can become serious, long-term problems.
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Written by Brooks Juneau

June 1, 2006 at 8:02 pm

Posted in Back

Oh, My Aching Back!

Let’s face it, we’re tough on our backs. Stressful living and working, poor posture, improper body mechanics and excess weight can be very destructive to the structures of the low back. Add to these, the normal aging process and it’s easy to se why low back pain is so common. In fact, an estimated 80% of the general population can expect to experience back problems at some point in their lives.


A proactive lifestyle is essential. Regular walking and/or performance of a professionally designed exercise program is a great start. In addition, diligent adherence to some basic postural and body mechanics principles is crucial. For example, when you are upright, a natural hollow or reverse curve of the low back should be maintained. When you are bending and lifting, remember that hollow of your back. Bend from your hips and knees and keep your head and chest up. When you are sitting, maintain that hollow of your low back. A pillow or lumbar roll can be used as needed. Getting out of these positions, by slouching or bending improperly, puts excess stress on the discs and ligaments of the low back. Repeated stresses to these structures can cause injury. Also remember to change positions frequently when sitting or standing or prolonged periods.

By adhering to a regular exercise program, learning to maintain proper posture in any position and improving your body mechanics while bending and lifting, you will reduce the stress on you back , thereby actually improving your quality of life.

Written by Brooks Juneau

February 1, 2005 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Back