Controlling Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Putting on the blood pressure cuff in the doctor’s office can make anyone’s heart rate rise. Nobody wants to be diagnosed as hypertensive, especially when that label can mean a lifetime of antihypertensive drugs that come with a long list of side effects—dizziness, sexual dysfunction, coughing and more. Years ago, people were not considered hypertensive…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in PT eDigest

Get the Best Running Shoes for the Money

How to choose the best running shoes for the Money? Given the wide range of running shoes on the market, you may wonder whether you need to buy the most current or expensive pair of shoes. A shoe is only as good as the protection it offers the runner. Because the plantar fascia, a thick…

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Joint Supplements: Can Popping a Pill Cure What Ails You?

Walk through the supplement aisle of your local pharmacy, and you will likely see row upon row of “joint supplements”—pills or liquids that promise to relieve joint stiffness and pain, and increase mobility. If there are so many of these products on the market, they must be effective—right? Unfortunately, the answer is not quite so…

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The Pain of a Pinching Hip

A very complex joint in the body, the hip is formed by a ball on the end of the thighbone (femur) that sits in a socket formed by a cavity (acetabulum) in the pelvic bone. The ball is held in place by a very powerful ligament, and both the ball and socket are covered by…

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Make Your Winter Workouts Work

Exercise is essential—there are no two ways about it. But for many people, the ability to exercise is severely affected by their environment, especially people who live in areas with cold winters. Fortunately, a drop in temperature does not have to mean a drop in your exercise routine. Your exercises can be modified depending on…

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Instrument Assisted Massage?

Question: What is instrument assisted massage?Answer: Instrument assisted massage is where a specific massage instrument (Graston, ASTYM, etc.) is used to aide in the healing of tissues including loosening up of scar tissue or to breakdown muscle adhesions. It can be used following aninjury in the early stages or to help address longstandingpain issues. Contact your local STARS clinic 367-3315…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in Healthy Advice