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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

March is “National Nutrition Month”

It’s common knowledge that a healthful diet is an important part of a healthful lifestyle, but most people have trouble figuring out what to do when planning a complete diet overhaul. During National Nutrition Month®, the American Dietetic Association reminds everyone that an easy way to focus on eating better is to start with the basics: build your nutritional health from the ground up. Keep these factors in mind when selecting foods:

Look locally: From farmer’s markets to community supported agriculture, you have many options to find new, fresh foods in your area.

Make calories count: When choosing between food options, focus on the one with more vitamins and nutrients ~ not necessarily the one with fewest calories. To figure out how many calories you need to achieve a healthy weight, visit http://www.mypyramid.gov.

Test your taste buds: A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. However…expand your horizons! Try a fish you’ve never eaten before or find a new vegetable recipe.

Trick yourself with treats: A healthful diet doesn’t mean deprivation. If you have a sweet tooth, have fruit and yogurt for dessert. If you want a snack in the afternoon, have some trail mix or nuts. There is no reason to go hungry just because you’re making healthful changes.

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This information was provided by HealthQuest Physical Therapy and Wellness Centers: Return to Work, Return to Life, Return to Play.  To learn more about HealthQuest Physical Therapy services and how we can help you recover from an on-the-job injury, regain your independence and get back to living your life, or return to the physical activities you love visit our website at www.hqpt.com.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

April 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Your Heart Rate – A Wealth of Information at Your Fingertips!

What is Heart Rate?
Your heart rate is simply the number of times you heart beats per minute (also know as your pulse).  It is a very accurate measurement of how hard you are working.

Why Should I Bother Checking My Heart Rate?
Knowing your heart rate will help you exercise safely and efficiently by determining how close you are to your target heart rate. It helps you maintain proper workout intensity by accurately assessing whether you need to “pick-up-the-pace” in the exercise routine of “back-off” a little if you are working too hard.  Checking and recording your heart rate will also help you determine your current fitness level and measure progress.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

October 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Stress Will Not Be Ignored…

1 NERVOUS SYSTEM
Under stress, the body shifts its energy resources to fight off the perceived threat. Known as the fight or flight response, the sympathetic nervous system signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. These (stress) hormones set off a number of significant physiological responses, not the least of which interrupts sleep patterns. This can lead to impaired judgement, mood swings, depression, anxiety, panic attacks; even endangering a child’s brain development.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

March 25, 2009 at 4:19 pm

No Prescription. No Adverse Side Effects. Healing with Exercise.

“There is no medication or nutritional supplement that even comes close to having all of the effects exercise does,” declares David Nieman, PhD and author of The Exercise-Health Connection.

Exercise offers a tremendous healing influence on our bodies by reversing negative biochemical trends, while improving resiliency and immunity at virtually every level of our physiology.
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Written by Brooks Juneau

October 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

The Cup that Cheers, But does not Inebriate.

Not only will tea cheer, but black and green tea will enhance your overall health and well being. The differences between black and green tea lie solely in the manner in which they are processed after harvesting. The tea leaves (for both) come from Camellia sinensis, the tea bush. For black tea, the leaves are dried longer and undergo full fermentation and oxidation. This results in color change, as well as a more robust aroma and flavor.
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Written by Brooks Juneau

October 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm

It’s “Herbal” Tea Time… Anytime

While they are called herbal teas, they are not teas in the true sense. Herbal “teas” are simply herbs with medicinal properties infused in hot water; notably absent are any parts of the tea bush, a.k.a. Camellia sinensis.

Historically, herbs and herbal teas have been a staple of Chinese Medicine. However, ever-increasing health care costs, especially prescription drugs, have recently fueled an interest in alternative medicine here in the U.S. In addition, consumers are being driven to explore preventative measures to avoid the long list of side effects linked to nearly all prescription drugs.

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Written by Brooks Juneau

July 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm