How Healthy Am I Really?

By Matthias Wiederholz, M.D., Founder

Those of us that try to eat right, exercise and take nutrients to improve health hope that these efforts translate into improved quality and quantity of life. But how do we know? Sure, we can look at blood work such as cholesterol and this gives some of the answer. Blood pressure is also important. But how can we actually assess the health of our vascular system from a functional perspective? Simple… EndoPAT. EndoPAT is a diagnostic tool that measures endothelial […]

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Physical therapy and matters of the heart

By Gary Fuschini, PTA

Pain and limited mobility are generally what brings patients in for physical therapy, though what they don’t feel can be just as important. Gary Fuschini who works as a physical therapy assistant at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine said some of the common ailments they see in patients are various types of hypertension, which limit sensation in the body. The other side effects of hyper or hypotension can’t be seen with the eye, but still need to be monitored. “Most […]

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Heart opening yoga

By Aisling Linehan, DPT

Heart opening in yoga is both a restorative path and process. Dr. Aisling Linehan, a physical therapist at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, uses heart opening yoga to help reverse some of the incorrections modern life can apply to over-burdened backs. This form of restorative yoga specifically focuses on decreasing thoracic kyphosis, or increased curvature of the spine, according to Linehan. The main cause: long work days at a desk, in front of a computer. Linehan implements techniques from Pilates […]

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Fire Cider: A Natural Remedy

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

Looking for a natural remedy made from everyday ingredients for that cold or chest congestion, try fire cider. Don’t let the name fool you, fire cider is delicious. Made from natural ingredients it is a warming and energizing drink, especially in the fall and winter months. It works extremely well to break up congestion and as an immune system booster. Ingredients 1 quart Organic Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 cup Horseradish root grated 1/8 cup (5-10 cloves) of Garlic finely chopped […]

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Cervical Health Month: Physical therapy to Aid Monthly Cramps

By Krista Rubini, DPT

We all know stretching and exercise help lessen menstrual cramp discomfort, but did you know physical therapy can help with severe cases? January is Cervical Health Awareness month, highlighting health maintenance through pap smears and screenings for the Human Papilloma virus (HPV). Krista Rubini, DPT, of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine in Newtown, takes this month as an opportunity to teach women how physical therapy can actually ease the pain of menstrual cramps. Rubini specializes in the field of women’s […]

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Not just good for your heart.

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

Do you have joint pain? Taking a regiment of fish oil or Omega-3 fatty acids may help. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a recent review of 17 randomized, controlled clinical trials looked at the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in people with joint pain. Results suggested that omega-3 fatty acids, along with conventional therapies, may help relieve joint pain. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, meaning you must get them from your diet. The […]

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Attaining, maintaining vascular health

By Alan Guy, M.D.

Vascular and heart health? You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. See how moderate changes can make a big difference. #PSSM #HeartHealth #Wellness There is no better way to ring in the New Year than with good health. And according to Dr. Alan Guy of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, the systems driving all parts of the body is heart and vascular health. He recommends a two-fold approach, between diet and fitness to start 2015 off right. “You are what […]

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Butterbur For Your Migraines

By Matthias Wiederholz, M.D., Founder

No, you’re not going to rub butter on your head. Butterbur root, or Petasites hybridus, is a perennial shrub used in ancient times and has recently been rediscovered for medicinal purposes including migraine headaches. Here is a photo of the flower: A 2004 study in Neurology studied the effects of butterbur for the prevention of migraine headaches. They enrolled 245 patients and separated them into three groups. One group received placebo while the other two groups received 50mg twice a […]

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