What works best for relieving sore muscle knots?

Posted by Katelyn Berens, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on May 1, 2019 12:33:45 PM

Muscle knots, also known as trigger points, are focal areas of sensitive muscle and connective tissue kept in a state of contraction.  This feels like a “knot.”  These can develop anywhere in the body. Some common areas include the neck and shoulders, lower back and calves. Muscle knots can be caused by physical stress, poor posture, dehydration, injury, stress, heavy lifting or repetitive motions.
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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

Eight easy steps to start meditating

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 28, 2017 12:57:41 PM

I’m writing this piece about meditation not as a well versed, practicing for years, can float-in-the-air guru. I’m writing this as a wannabe. Because, come on, all the cool kids are doing it.

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Topics: Primary Care, Women's Health, Fitness/activity

At risk for diabetes? Take this test

Posted by Jennifer Jerde, Lead RN, Health Navigator, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 14, 2017 1:51:23 PM

There is an easy test available online to determine if you are at risk for diabetes. Visit the diabetes risk test website and take the test now.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

How can physical therapy help you?

Posted by Tracy Shupe, PT, LAT, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Oct 24, 2017 1:28:05 PM

October is National Physical Therapy Month. However, many people aren't completely aware of the profession of physical therapy and what it can do for them.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation, Specialty Care

What is your thyroid and when should you be concerned about it?

Posted by Sara Maurer, NP-C, Endocrinology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Oct 4, 2017 2:32:33 PM

The hormones produced by your thyroid gland influence almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, endocrine gland that sits low on the front of the neck, just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. These hormones influence and regulate metabolism, growth and development and body temperature. Thyroid disorders are caused by either too many or too few thyroid hormones.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

Is your child's backpack to heavy and causing injury?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Aug 22, 2017 1:32:48 PM

Have you ever picked up your child’s backpack and thought that it seemed extremely heavy?  You are not alone. Children today are carrying more and more in their backpacks. In fact, some recent studies have shown that on average, a child’s backpack weighs as much as 25 percent of their body weight. However, American Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Associations recommend that a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of a child’s weight.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Rehabilitation

10 tips to a healthy heart

Posted by Susan K. White, RDN, Minneapolis Heart Institute on Aug 1, 2017 1:53:36 PM

As a dietitian with Minneapolis Heart Institute® (a partner of Ridgeview Medical Center), I meet with many patients who feel overwhelmed with advice and tips for improving their heart health. I recognize that often articles, news stories and research can be confusing, so I've simplified these messages into my top 10 tips for protecting your heart.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

What exercises can help manage diabetes?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jul 26, 2017 9:51:37 AM

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or have been dealing with this condition for a period of time, you know that managing it can be very difficult. Your physician has likely advised you that exercise can play a role in the management of your blood sugars.  However, many of you may feel lost and uninformed about what type of exercise is appropriate and effective. 

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Keep your kids safe during summer fun

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jul 13, 2017 8:08:42 AM

We want our kids to explore the outdoors and enjoy the summer, but we also want them to be safe and injury free if possible. Follow these tips to protect them this summer from the sun, bug bites and more.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Wellness

How can you prevent injuries at work?

Posted by Karlene McDonald, PT, CCCE, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jun 28, 2017 8:10:49 AM

Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries to muscles, joints, bones or connective tissue and can affect any part of the body. They also account for 32 percent of all injuries and illnesses causing time away from work. So what can employees do to prevent these injuries and stay healthy in their work environment?

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Topics: Fitness/activity, 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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