Monday August 7, 2017

Managed exercise, physical therapy can improve concussion symptoms

With high school sports starting up soon, and NFL training camp in full swing, concussions are certain to ramp up within the mainstream consciousness. And while talk will often point to conventional wisdom which states that “time and rest” are the best and only options for recovery from concussion, local physical therapist Dante Leone says that studies now suggest managed exercise and movement can hasten recovery.

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Thursday July 6, 2017

Positive attitude reaps healthful rewards

“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science, but in Bryan Cummings’ world, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health.

A physical therapist and co-owner at New Life Physical Therapy in Baraboo, Portage and Westfield, Cummings has witnessed numerous success stories, from clients overcoming chronic pain issues to those achieving full range of motion following surgery. And for each of these successes exists a single, underlying factor affecting the patient’s final outcome: a positive attitude.

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Wednesday June 7, 2017

Exercise essential during and after cancer treatment

As National Cancer Survivors Day was on Sunday, June 4, local physical therapist Mary Rose Strickland finds this annual celebration of life as the ideal opportunity to point out the ways research has shown that movement and exercise can improve the health and quality of life of those who suffer from and have survived cancer.

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Wednesday May 3, 2017

Stroke is preventable – Stroke Awareness Month

As we start what’s been known since 1989 as National Stroke Awareness Month (May), Portage physical therapist Kristina Hellenbrand is eager to point out that stroke is a medical emergency that’s highly preventable, and that movement and exercise are keys to such prevention.

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Monday April 3, 2017

Avoid these five running mistakes during 5K season

It’s the season for weekend fun runs, charity 5Ks and multi-stage team relays. But as recreation and competitive runners hit the roads and trails to prepare for upcoming events, local physical therapist Bryan Cummings reminds us that avoiding common early season training mistakes can keep runners healthy and competitive throughout the season.

This is an especially important message considering about 60 to 65 percent of all runners experience an injury during the average year.

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