What are muscle knots and how do I get rid of them?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 27, 2015 10:41:00 AM

Did you know that muscle makes up more than 70 percent of your body’s weight? Muscle tissue has such a large presence in our bodies because it is responsible for so much of our movement – inside and out. Muscle is the key tissue behind big efforts like walking, lifting, laughing and speaking. It is also behind the smallest movements, like changing the diameter of a branch of an artery. 

However, muscle does not work alone. It is a metabolic machine that is always in concert with connective tissues, with collagen and bone, and with the nervous system, both central and peripheral. Understanding that connected relationship helps us explain what muscle knots are, and how to get rid of them.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

10 Ways to Get Your Kids Back on a Regular Sleep Schedule

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 25, 2015 2:30:36 PM

Although adults typically require seven to eight hours of sleep per night, teens and younger children need more – perhaps as much as nine to 10 hours. And the quality of their sleep matters just as much as quantity. That makes it all the more imperative that your children move successfully from their late summer bedtime to an earlier hour that will help them be ready to learn each morning.

No matter what time your child’s school day will start, the transition from summer to school will need some planning, so here are 10 things you can do to help them get back on a regular sleep schedule.

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Topics: Wellness

Prepare for the return of fall allergies

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 20, 2015 1:45:47 PM


The start of fall means the end of summer, the first days back to school, and the onset of fall allergies. Some allergies are with us year-round, whereas real hay fever hits us head-on in the fall. So, depending on what you’re allergic to, fall allergies could be a significant problem for you and your sinuses. In this article, we'll offer tips to help relieve some of the symptoms of common fall allergies.

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Topics: Wellness

The three essentials to maintaining a healthy colon

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 18, 2015 11:23:00 AM

If you have had colorectal cancer, maintaining a healthy colon is a priority. Maintaining a healthy colon is important to overall health, and even more important if you've been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It’s never too late to make better choices about diet and exercise, and the benefits will extend far beyond your intestines. 

Health professionals recommend starting with something that is especially worrisome to you, whether that’s getting your weight under control, quitting smoking or getting more exercise. The reasoning is simple: your biggest concerns often cause you more stress which also impacts your health. Besides, the pride you will feel in making one healthy change will spur you on to make more. 

Focus on these three essentials to maintain a healthy colon:

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Topics: Colon Cancer

The Best Colonoscopy prep checklist

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 13, 2015 10:49:00 AM


The purpose of a colonoscopy is to enable your doctor or a gastroenterologist to view the inside lining of your colon. Because your colon must be 100 percent devoid of tiny stool particles that can block the view, the best colonscopy prep is a thorough cleanse. Preparing for the procedure isn’t difficult, but it must be done exactly as prescribed.

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Topics: Colon Cancer

What to expect during a colonoscopy

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 11, 2015 1:19:00 PM


The purpose of a colonoscopy is to detect early cancers or polyps in the colon (large intestine) and rectum. A polyp is a tiny growth on the inside of the colon. They are usually benign, but sometimes they can become cancerous, which is why adults over age 50 should be tested. It’s a common procedure, yet it seems that everyone wonders what to expect during a colonoscopy.

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Topics: Colon Cancer

Five Things to Consider When Creating a Birth Plan

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 6, 2015 2:52:31 PM

Creating a birth plan is the important process of thinking through what you want your labor and delivery to be like. And there is a lot to consider – mainly personal preferences, but your doctor or midwife may have certain recommendations for you based on your health status or your health insurance may not cover your first choice. For these reasons, you should start the conversation with your health care provider early and keep your provider informed about your wishes.

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Topics: Women's Health

What Should I Know About Midwives?

Posted by Shawn Johnson, CNM, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Aug 4, 2015 1:54:59 PM

What is a midwife? What is midwifery care? What are the differences between seeing a midwife and an OB for OB/GYN care?

These are common questions that we get asked often. What makes it even more confusing is that there is a broad group of different kinds of midwives in the United States, each with a different title, different training, and different scope of practice. The midwives who practice at Ridgeview are Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), who are trained in two disciplines, nursing and midwifery. In addition to being a registered nurse, a CNM must also obtain a Masters degree in nursing specializing in midwifery and pass a national board exam. In the state of Minnesota, CNMs are also licensed as advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) by the Board of Nursing and are considered to be women's health care practitioners. In the world of midwifery, CNMs are the most educated and well trained. CNMs at Ridgeview work collaboratively with Board Certified OB/GYNs. This unique partnership allows for consultation, collaboration and referral within Western OB/GYN, a division of Ridgeview Clinics, to provide optimal health care for women should high-risk complications arise. Within this partnership, the CNMs at RMC also provide care to women with moderate risk pregnancies. CNMs are trained to quickly recognize and treat emergency obstetrical complications should they occur.

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Getting ready for baby: how to choose your birth options

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jul 30, 2015 3:17:33 PM

Childbirth choices for every interest at Ridgeview’s Birthing Center

You’ve just confirmed your pregnancy, and now you’re getting ready to welcome a new member of your family. Congratulations! One of your first–and most important–decisions to get ready for baby is to choose where, how and who will help you deliver.

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Topics: Women's Health

Are free health screenings worth your time?

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Jul 28, 2015 11:39:22 AM

Ridgeview’s Dr. Nina Hamza provides a Q&A on the topic.

I recently went to a local fair and among the brats, lemonade stalls, and booths selling honey there was also a booth willing to screen me for neuropathy. 

I was confused about what neuropathy screening entailed and it occurred to me that most others would be too. But this is just one of my issues with these free health screenings. 

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Topics: Wellness

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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