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Maximize your mobility For seniors, stronger muscles equals more independence

Over the past few months, I’ve been asked by several patients what they can do to maintain their independence as they age.

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Hitting the links again following back surgery

When can I golf after back surgery?

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One of the best things about living in Northern Michigan is having access to all of our nearby lakes and rivers.

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Is pre-season conditioning necessary for young athletes?

Every year millions of children participate in athletics, and every year thousands and even millions sustain relatively minor injuries that could be avoided with pre-season conditioning.

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Maximize your mobility Is pickleball a good workout?

One of my favorite ways to get to know a patient during our first meeting is to ask about what kind of hobbies they have.

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Maximize your mobility "Can I garden after a knee replacement? "

Nicer weather is finally (mostly) here, and I know for many folks that means it is time to get out in the garden.

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Maximize your mobility  Calling all runners!: Get your summer program off on the right foot!

I’m headed into my 15th year as a practicing physical therapist.

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Maximize your mobility Never too late: New study shows exercise lowers mortality risk even when started later in adulthood

Good news!

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Maximize your mobility Make it a pain-free spring this spring

After a mostly mild start, our winter season certainly made up for it (and then some) over the past two months.

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Maximize your mobility It's true, exercising in cold weather burns more calories

Yes! It’s true!

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I’ve written at length in the past about different aspects of acute and chronic pain as it relates to musculoskeletal injuries.

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Maximize your mobility Can exercise improve brain performance in kids?

The positive impact of physical activity on brain performance is not a new concept.

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Want to stay out of “The Home"? Strong muscles are key

The second sentence of this column is going to be a disclaimer on the title, because I know it’s going to ruffle some feathers, so here it goes.

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Mahoney a huge asset to Cheboygan athletics, NMSMC

Over the last eight years, that person has been CHS athletics trainer Emily Mahoney, who’s been there to help athletes every step of the way.

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Maximize your mobility Are you afraid of falling this winter?

The winter season brings many things with it.

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Maximize your mobility Why am I so dang stiff?

This is a question that I am asked by my patients at least once a week, especially during the winter months.

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Don't let pregnancy be a pain, in your back

Back pain during pregnancy is no laughing matter, as any mom-to-be with back pain can attest.

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Maximize your mobility Worried about back pain while traveling for the holidays? Read on

Americans will spend 19 billion hours traveling to see family and friends this year, logging more than 1.1 trillion miles in the sky, on the road and on the rails.

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Surgery typically the last resort when it comes to addressing lower back pain

Back pain is among the most common reasons for patients to seek medical care, with some estimates that as many as 80 percent of the population will experience lumbar pain at some point in their life.

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Maximize your mobility: Keep your ACL healthy this ski season

With the leaves quickly falling from the trees and the upcoming storms of October and November on their way, anticipation of the upcoming ski season grows by the day.

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Into the woods: Hunters should begin prepping their bodies now

Opening day for rifle season 2018 is about 6 weeks away, and that means many across Northern Michigan are starting to air out their thermal gear and sight in their rifles.

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In pain? Give physical therapy a try first

It probably isn’t news to anyone we’re in the midst of an opioid crisis at the national, state and local level.

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Lifespan vs. healthspan: The human body was made to move

The concept of adding years to one’s life is as old as time itself.

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Afraid of falling this winter?

Afraid of falling this winter?

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In pain? Give physical therapy a try first

It probably isn’t news to anyone we’re in the midst of an opioid crisis at the national, state and local level.

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Concussion identification, prevention for athletes

The 2018 football season is fast approaching and that means concussions are once again a hot topic on sports pages across the country. Unfortunately, concussion risk comes with the territory any time a sport involves contact between participants.

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Which type of hip replacement is right?

Which type of hip replacement is right?

Hip pain which is caused by arthritis is one of the most common diagnoses treated by physical therapists.

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Shouldering the pain: Racquet sports may lead to aches, pains

Tennis and pickleball are extremely popular sports in Northern Michigan, and the summer weather brings with it a flood to the courts of enthusiasts of all ages. Veteran players of both sports are usually the ones who are less likely to sustain an injury early in the season because they have learned the benefits of pre-season conditioning.

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Our company hosted a pain education course a few weeks ago which contained some of the most up-to-date research available on how the body deals with pain.

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Is There Help for Scoliosis?

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Spring Cleaning: Viva Variety

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Where is the Alligator?

Where is the Alligator?

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Golfing with Back Pain

Golfing with Back Pain

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Summer Gardening Tips:

Summer Gardening Tips:

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Are you doing better than last year?

Are you doing better than last year?

You walk a few miles every day, exercise a few days each week and generally try to keep yourself fit and flexible.

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Are you afraid of falling this winter?

he winter season brings many things with it.

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Is your headache also a pain in the neck?

Is your headache also a pain in the neck?

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Maximizing Your Mobility: Ski conditioning starts now…continues through March

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Study: More Than 50% of Young Adults Trip, Fall

Study: More Than 50% of Young Adults Trip, Fall

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Should I use Ice or Heat?

Should I use Ice or Heat?

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5 Running Tips to start your season

WHAT SHOE SHOULD I WEAR?

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Athletic Trainers are Experts

Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center

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STOP DOING SIT UPS! Gain more with a Plank.

STOP DOING SIT UPS! Gain more with a Plank.

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Does Running Cause Osteoarthritis?

Does Running Cause Osteoarthritis?

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Aquatic Therapy, not just for summer!

We all like to dip in the water on a warm day to cool off, but what about when it's cold outside with the wind and snow blowing? Would you like to take a dip in a warm water therapy pool?

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Our Physical Therapists are Your Balance Experts

Our Physical Therapists are Your Balance Experts

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Lymphedema…is there help?

Lymphedema…is there help?

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Good posture helps reduce back pain

“Sit up straight.” We have all heard that before. But now it’s time to do it. Correct posture is a simple but very important way to keep the many intricate structures in the back and spine healthy. It is much more than cosmetic - good posture and back support are critical to reducing the incidence and levels of back pain and neck pain. Back support is especially important for patients who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or standing throughout the day.

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Answers to 5 common questions asked by runners

 

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