Gratitude Improves Health

Thank You

Have you ever considered how being thankful can influence your health? If you really stop and think about it, it makes sense. We’ve all been around the person who complains all the time, views every situation with a glass is half-empty approach, or just has a flat low-energy negative personality. You are probably picturing the…

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Keeping Halloween Safe Instead of Scary

I have fond memories of Halloween – dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating, and celebrating my Mom’s birthday. Yes, she was born on Halloween. Because she was always giving away candy at the front door, we always had pizza and pop for dinner and then candy for dessert. It didn’t get much better than that…

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Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month, so I would be remiss if I didn’t share how amazing this profession really is. What also amazes me is that so many people don’t really know or understand what physical therapists actually do. When people think of physical therapy, they often think of a person who had surgery going…

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DIY Series – How to Perform Self-Massage with a Tennis Ball

Tennis Ball Massage

Have you ever had that spot on your back right by your shoulder blade that felt tight, yet you couldn’t reach it? Do you sit at a computer all day and experience shoulder and neck tension that doesn’t seem to go away? If you answered “YES”, I can totally relate! That’s why I do self-massage…

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DIY Series – How to Make an Ice Cup for Ice Massage

Ice Cup Massage

Ice massage? Ever heard of it? Isn’t massage supposed to bring warmth and relax me? Ice massage is awesome! No, it won’t bring you warmth but because ice can decrease muscle spasms, it might relax your muscles and decrease your pain caused by muscle spasm. Ice massage is typically reserved for smaller areas so it’s…

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DIY Series – How to Use a Hot Pack

Hot Pack

I rarely see skin burns from hot packs but on occasion I have had patients burn themselves because they did not know how to correctly apply a hot pack. Skin burns can easily be prevented. Heat from a hot pack is a great way to reduce general muscle soreness and joint or muscle tension. Heat…

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How to Make a Homemade Ice Pack


Seriously, ice is super important if you have just suffered an injury because the more quickly you apply an ice pack after an injury – hopefully within the first 5 minutes – the less overall tissue injury will occur. Don’t get me wrong, if you tear your ACL and apply ice, it doesn’t mean that…

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Student Activities and Organization


With school, sports, music, theater, and club schedules often overlapping, the life of a student and a student’s parents or family can be a little chaotic. When students participate in multiple activities, the schedule can be overwhelming, meal time is often on-the-go, and sleep schedules are often disrupted. Keeping everything organized is the key to…

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Food and Water for Sport

Every person, athlete or non-athlete, functions best with good nutrition. Athletic performance is influenced greatly by nutrition. Getting the right amount macronutrients and micronutrients can often be the missing link in improving performance. Macronutrients = carbs, proteins, and fats Micronutrients = vitamins and minerals Let’s keep it simple. Athletes will need the following macronutrients: Athletes…

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Safety in Cheerleading


Wow! Cheerleading today is not your Mom’s cheerleading! I remember cheerleading back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Most cheerleading was about jumping up and down on the sideline of a football game, cheering, pom poms, and standing on each other’s shoulders. Cheerleading is about real athleticism – which is why many colleges and…

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