Dry Needling at the Myofascial Release Center

We now offer dry needling.  I dug up this article to explain the service, for more information, click on the images: Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.   The technique uses a "dry"needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therap...
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Train Your Brain to Remember Anything You Learn With This Simple, 20-Minute Habit

If you want to remember what you learned from an interesting seminar or session, don't take a "cram for the exam" approach when you want to use the info. That might have worked in college (although Waterloo University specifically advises against cramming, encouraging students to follow the aforementioned approach instead). Instead, invest the 20-minutes (in spaced out intervals) so that a month later it's all still there in the old noggin.
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100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it.

There are 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, and an unknown number of them have back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, or other forms of pain that have no diagnosed physical cause. It’s not that their pain is “in their heads.” The truth is much more nuanced: All pain can have both physical and psychological components. But the psychological component is often dismissed or never acknowledged. Big pharma’s aggressive marketing of pills and the minimal training doctors get ...
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Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

It's still a mystery — what's causing the cluster of severe respiratory illnesses among people who've used e-cigarettes? The FDA says there have been at least 215 reported cases in 25 states. Nearly three dozen of those cases are in New York state, and investigators there say they are now zeroing in on vitamin E as a possible culprit. Health officials say state lab tests detected high levels of vitamin E in cartridges of cannabis vaping products used by people who vaped and suffered serious l...
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Mixing less than 6 hours of sleep with chronic disease is deadly combo

If you're a middle-aged adult with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or existing heart disease and you typically sleep less than six hours each night, you could be setting yourself up for cancer or an early death from heart disease.  That's the discomforting results of a study that sleep-tested 16,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 74 and then tracked their health for 20 years.
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Down Syndrome Awareness and the Buddy Walk

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of our abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. We can learn all about our history. We have a right to speak out about what it’s like to have Down syndrome and to learn the real story of people like us.  October 12th finds Boise hosting the Buddy Walk.  Click on the photos...
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National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy.  Get involved and urge people to choose physical therapy (#ChoosePT) to improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.
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Can a Western diet permanently alter the immune system?

The immune system's response to the Western diet is similar to how it reacts to infection by dangerous bacteria, according to new research led by the University of Bonn in Germany and published in the journal Cell.  Another disturbing result of the study is that, in the longer-term, a Western diet can make the immune system become hyper-responsive to inflammation triggers.  According to the findings, even changing to a healthful diet does not seem to undo the damage.  For more details, click on ...
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