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Stress

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Cheryl SchwietersStress….just saying the word elevates my blood pressure sometimes. But did you know thatstress is a natural process that occurs within our body and can have positive and negative effects? When working properly it is our body’s natural way of protecting us. It allows us to stay focused energetic and alert. Whether it be staying on task to finish a big project or mustering up enough strength to sprint to an emergency and somehow lift a car off a pinned child.



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AM I TOO OLD?

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Jessica KuipersThe answer is NO! When it comes to exercise and strengthening, I have heard this question countless times from my elderly patients. They think, that because, they are in their later stages of life, strength training won’t be beneficial. That is far from the truth! Yes, with aging comes a loss of muscle (called Sarcopenia) and consequently a decrease in strength. There are a number of reasons why we lose muscle as we age, but the big question is, can we gain strength in our later years? The answer is YES!



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Tummy Time Positions

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Mindy SimonThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies are placed on their backs for sleeping and on their tummies for supervised play time as part of their daily routine. So many of our carriers, including car seats, car seat stroller combos, bouncers and swings put our kids into a supine (aka, on their backs) position and make it more challenging to incorporate tummy time into your day.  As a PT, I was that person who was making my babies start their tummy time as soon as we were home from the hospital. My oldest and middle child were fairly content with what I referred to as classic tummy time, on their stomachs with maybe a receiving blanket rolled up under their chests and me on the floor in front of them. Then, along came my youngest child, who is also profoundly deaf.



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Lets talk about Pickleball

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Emily Dudzik

As a Physical Therapist and a relatively new pickleball enthusiast, I am often asked by patients to explain this game with the funny name. Pickleball is a sport that combines aspects of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played indoors or outdoors on a court slightly smaller than the size of a tennis court, using a paddle and a wiffle type ball.  Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles and is a sport that is enjoyed by individuals of all ages and skill levels.



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