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Hypnobirthing Blog

A comfortable, drug-free childbirth is possible with Hypnobirthing. For more than 17 years, the Hypnobirthing Method, founded by Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M.Hy. (certified hypno-anesthesiologist) has been helping mothers learn to totally relax their bodies, increase the production of endorphins (the feel good hormones), and release the fear that causes their bodies to tense. Fear and tension inhibit a woman’s ability to perform what is a normal physiological function-birth. Through relaxation, guided imagery, self-hypnosis, and special breathing patterns, women learn to trust that their bodies know how to bring their babies into the world in the same well-designed manner that occurs…

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Pain Truth or Myth: Do You Need to Get an MRI Before Seeing a Physical Therapist?

Do you need an MRI before you go to physical therapy

As the school year begins, summer vacations are coming to an end. Chances are, you or someone you know may have had a flare up of back pain while traveling, trekking beach gear down the boardwalk, or engaging in weekend warrior shenanigans. Believe it or not, each year 15% of the population has their first episode of back pain, and over the course of our lives a whopping 80% of us will have back pain at some point. We see these episodes all the time in our practice and the first question we often receive during an initial visit is,…

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Grow Tall (& Watch Your Pains Magically Disappear)

I have a little secret to tell you:  I’m watching you from afar, determining why your posture is a little off or what aches and pains may be causing your altered gait pattern. This is a problem, I know. It’s not obsessive, just clinical- I swear!  As a physical therapist, my eyes are trained to see even the slightest limp in your walk or wince in your face when you move awkwardly.  One of my pet peeves is how poorly we prioritize our posture. As the summer heat has hit Georgia full force, I’ve been spending more time at the…

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Parkinson’s and Daughters

Parkinson's and Daughters

“It’s not fair!” “You’re right. It’s not fair. Life isn’t fair. Baby, the closest to fair you’ll ever get is in my house.” Truly, my mom has always done her best to make good on that reply, one I heard many times as “it’s not fair” is somehow the battle cry of spoiled children everywhere. My life has never been fair; I’ve had it much better than many. Despite my sage wisdom and crystal clear hindsight at the ripe age of 29 (yes, I’m being sarcastic- don’t jump down my throat just yet), the spoiled brat still living within me…

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A Punch to the Jaw

In the fall of 2005, I woke up in the middle of the night with my jaw completely locked closed. I could not open my mouth and I felt like I had a vice grip around my jaw. As I was half asleep, I could not really make sense of what was happening to me. I remember trying over and over again to open my mouth, but without any luck. After many failed attempts, I was scared, confused, and desperate, so what did I do? The sensible thing any teenager would do: punch themselves in the face. And I did….

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Habit Stacking

Today I want to discuss the concept of “training in the in-between,” living with intention and reframing our mindset about fitness, health, and longevity to unlock untapped potential. By making premeditated decisions related to warm-up, recovery, and using small opportunities to manage or prevent symptoms, we might be able to live into a richer life. Turning potential energy into kinetic energy, if you can recall your old physics classes. If not, check out this horrible polka song explaining potential-vs-kinetic energy, you’ll be sure to never forget it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl4g7T5gw1M … Just kidding, seriously don’t click the hyperlink. The song is annoying….

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The Power Of Consistency: My Personal Journey to Recovery

“We are what we repeatedly do…” said Will Durant in his text The Story of Philosophy; this quote has been misattributed to Aristotle, but that’s neither here nor there. I am of course writing this to speak about the power of consistency! I preach consistency ad nauseam to clients. As it is my belief that consistency is one of the requisite principles for achieving goals. So it is only right that I go into a further explanation of why I believe consistency to be so relevant to goal achievement from a health and wellness standpoint. Hopefully, you will find that…

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“Swimmers Shoulder?” OR Secondary Impingement?

The most common cause of time lost in the pool for swimmers is shoulder pain. You may have heard this referred to as “swimmers shoulder,” but this really does not give accurate description of what is actually occurring. More often than not “swimmers shoulder” is actually a “subacromial impingement,” which roughly translates into “pinching under the acromion.” If you look at the diagram below you can see the bony process attached to the shoulder blade (scapula) called the acromion. This bone is essentially the “roof” that houses a portion of the rotator cuff (supraspinatus muscle). Many times when a rotator…

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Peri and Post-Menopausal Nutrition: What You Need to Know

Peri and Post Menopausal Nutrition | Blog

Women 40 (sometimes mid-30s) and older face multiple challenges with nutrition and health. Undesirable weight gain, the loss of lean body mass, bone health concerns, and other issues that occur during the years leading to menopause and beyond can be very frustrating. While estrogen therapy has been proven to help with some of these age-related changes, it is no longer a standard of care for all women, due to other potential undesirable outcomes including increased breast cancer risk. Working with a dietitian to establish a personalized approach during this stage of life can empower women to remain healthy and strong…

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Early Sport Specialization: What Parents Need to Know

Early Sport Specialization | Blog

It is becoming more popular for young athletes to specialize in a single sport. The advantages seem obvious—putting in more time early on and “outworking” the competition should lead to a better chance of success later, right? Even though this seems to make sense, early specialization may not be giving kids the advantages parents hope for, and it can come with some risks. THE ADVANTAGES The obvious advantage is skill acquisition. Baseball players use the off-season to work on hitting or pitching mechanics, basketball players work on their shooting, and tennis players might work to develop their serve. Specific skills…

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