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Phytonutrients

By PSSM Staff,

Ever wonder why we are told to eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day? This is because they contain compounds known as phytonutrients. The purpose of phytonutrients is to help protect the plant and increase the lifespan of the plant. Certain phytonutrients help to protect the plant from insects, while other phytonutrients help protect the plant from UV rays. The good news is that these phytonutrients are passed along to those who eat them as well. To […]

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Papaya

By PSSM Staff,

Ever go into a grocery store and see a large spherical/pear shaped fruit that is green/orange and quite exotic looking? Most likely you have seen this fruit, but you have not bothered to buy it or to eat it. This interesting fruit is called a papaya. If you cut open a papaya you will find black, round seeds that look like fish eggs. Although papaya’s seeds are edible, they are bitter and I personally don’t enjoy the taste. The fruit […]

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Hip Extension

By PSSM Staff,

Loss of hip extension range of motion is a common problem we see in PT. This can be related to symptoms in the lower back, hips, knees or ankles. Modern lifestyles can contribute to this problem. Hours spent in a seated position and decreased use of the gluteus muscles are two common things people who have restricted hip extension often share. A simple exercise with some pertinent cues can help increase hip extension range of motion. The bridge is a […]

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Tips to Prevent Injury as You Get Out and Garden

By Christopher Lybarger, DPT

With spring time rolling around quickly on the east coast, countless people flock outside for different activities. One of those most often performed is gardening/yardwork. People love to get those flower beds looking pretty to go with all the sunshine! However, with this increased motivation to get active comes an influx in patients in most Rehab clinics. Most often people tend to not pay attention to body mechanics, or if they do the long hours spent gardening finds the body […]

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Tips to exercise when you are really busy

By PSSM Staff,

Making sure that you find time to exercise is difficult for a lot of people especially for people with careers and children in their lives. Fortunately, there are a few ways to try and promote a healthy life style where you can raise your heart rate or get on your feet even if it is for short periods. For example, exercise trackers like a FitBit are great ways to promote walking and standing to get steps in during a busy […]

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Prolapse

By Kurien Abraham,

Thunder down under A lot of women are embarrassed by feelings of pelvic pressure associated with pelvic organ prolapse. To understand exactly what is happening when you have prolapse, PT Julie Wiebe, makes reference to an inflated balloon in the abdomen. In order for the air to be properly balanced all sides of the balloon have to be intact and the pressure has to be equal. The pelvic floor acts as the bottom of the balloon. When the floor is […]

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Pain while travelling

By Kurien Abraham,

A common complaint for people who have to drive or fly far distances for work or travel is that their back begins to ache while sitting for a prolonged period. There are a few ways to try and reduce this pain for the everyday traveler. One tip is to use a lumbar support for the low back to promote proper sitting posture. You can purchase a lumbar roll or even try rolling a beach towel for support to trial how […]

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Detox Diets

By Kurien Abraham,

Detox diets are common with people trying to “cleanse” their bodies of toxins accumulated from food, drink, the environment and even stress. These diets promise to boost energy, help you lose weight, clarify the skin, reduce headaches and decrease bloating. While there is no standard definition of a detox, most begin with restriction of processed foods, meat, sugar, wheat, eggs, salt, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. It is recommended to consume only liquids for the first few days after which time, […]

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