Activity

Ultra Trail Running and the Many Rewards of Suffering

By guest blogger, world class trail runner, and Cuba City native Justin Andrews “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Laozi, Ancient Chinese Philosopher Twenty-seven hours and five minutes—that’s how long I spent circum-ambulating Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji this past April. It was a week after my 34th birthday, and I couldn’t [read more]

Pain Explained. Recovering from Injury.

by Joshua Bruner, PT, DPT, CSCS We’ve all heard the phrase “No pain, no gain.” When taking part in rehab to come back from an injury, is there really any truth to the saying? In the United States, chronic pain has become more prevalent over the past few decades. According to the National Institutes of [read more]

Reducing Muscle Pain & Improving Movement

by Julie Grabandt, MPT, OCS, ATC Therapist’s use many different forms of treatment to assist with healing and pain control. Instrument assisted soft tissue massage (IASTM) has been very successful in helping patients decrease pain and improve movement. IASTM is the use of instruments to assist with mobilizing and decreasing tension within muscles, tendons, and [read more]

Zen of Exercise

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications To read about exercise is to be told what you should do. This article is the complete opposite. This is about doing nothing. Well O.K., not literally nothing. None of us gets away that easily. As you read, be mindful I make the assumption you’re like me [read more]

Trigger Finger/Thumb

By Occupational Therapist Ann Morley, OT Stenosing Tenosynovitis, commonly known as trigger finger/thumb, involves the pulleys and tendons in the hand that bend the fingers. It most frequently occurs in middle age or older women. Each finger and thumb have flexor tendons that work like long ropes going from the muscles of the forearm and [read more]

Forget the Fitness Maze — Top 5 Benefits of Walking

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications and leader of Sole Mates Free Walking Club Getting healthier doesn’t have to be complicated. Just step outside, and go for a walk. That simple and pleasurable act is so basic and so beneficial, it’s a wonder not everyone is doing it. Each of us is given [read more]

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Meditation and Stillness Groups

By Jeff Wright, MA – On his “Mindfulness and Meditation” presentation as part of Southwest Health’s My Healthy Life seminar series. I think most of you have heard that secular meditation (AKA “Mindfulness”) offers many benefits for both mental and physical health.  There is a wealth of responsible research suggesting that ten to twenty minutes of [read more]

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Exercise for Successful Aging

By Samantha Jordan, DPT, OCS, CSCS Unfortunately no matter how hard we try to take care of ourselves we will all experience physiological aspects of aging. Knowing what to expect and practicing some healthy lifestyle habits can help you stay looking and feeling young. The Effects of Aging Loss of bone and muscle mass cause [read more]

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Hard Lessons Made Easy

You don’t have to run a marathon to understand running 26.2 miles is hard. The same goes for racing an Ironman triathlon, training for an Olympic sport, or doing any of the athletic exploits that make headlines or make you wince in sympathetic pain. The great news is all of us who may never train [read more]

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Deadly Decisions – 25 Short-term Choices that Could Kill You

Humans are lousy at estimating risk. Science has demonstrated this over and again. So, let’s give everyone out there a hand in avoiding some particularly disastrous choices we might be tempted to make in the short run. In completely random order: “Nah, I don’t need to buckle up.” Texting and driving. There is no text [read more]

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