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Relax With Massage Therapy


Massage therapy offers many benefits towards relaxation and relief from pain. Find out more about the impact that therapeutic massage can have on your well-being. What is massage therapy? Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft-tissue muscles in a way that reduces stress, tiredness and various other ailments. These techniques are also used to improve circulation, which contributes towards many of the benefits. Massage therapy offers a natural approach to deal with pain and enhance the body’s…

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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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The Facts About Antibiotic Use

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

We’ve read and heard about the serious healthcare issue of “antibiotic resistance” for years. What does it really mean, and what do we need to remember about antibiotics the next time a cold or sore throat strikes? First, it’s important to know what antibiotics treat – and what they don’t. Antibiotics kill bacteria and are effective in treating bacterial infections. They don’t kill viruses, which typically cause many common ailments, such as cold, flu and…

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Your Questions About BMI, Answered

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

There’s a lot of hype about BMI (body mass index), but what does it really mean in terms of determining a healthy weight? How is it calculated? Is it accurate? Does it have shortcomings? The answers might not be what you’d expect. What is BMI? BMI is a simple method for determining the health of an individual’s weight based on his or her height. The technical calculation is mass in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. However, there are easy-to-use BMI calculators on the…

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Conquering Food Cravings

04/20/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansHealthy Eating

Ever wonder what causes you to crave certain foods? Do your cravings seem to occur in similar situations, such as when you’re under stress? Research points to specific areas of the brain – those involved with memory and sensing pleasure – that are responsible for food cravings. Cravings also are linked to emotions. They may arise as a way of reducing anxiety or relieving stress. Studies show that a combination of fat and sugar can have a calming effect, and carbohydrates increase…

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Seniors with health conditions stay strong with physical therapy

04/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesExercise

How can seniors with health conditions safely pursue exercise? “The best way is through a professional who takes into consideration all their co-morbid conditions,” says Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “The medication history alone has an impact on what type of exercise endurance they have.”  To identify exercise parameters based on individual conditions, Stackhouse says it’s appropriate to ask a doctor…

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Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You


What is joint pain? There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience…

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Use it or lose it: the science of aging and exercise

04/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesWellnessExercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise offers numerous health benefits. Among its many selling points, exercise decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and some cancers. It can also ease symptoms of depression and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the downside of a sedentary lifestyle will. Without exercise, our cells become weaker. A steady trickle of chemicals prod your body to decay, according to Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical…

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Five tips to help female runners stay healthy

04/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationExercise

When Frank Shorter won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Marathon, he set off a chain reaction. Running became a national obsession for millions of Americans, attracting a segment of the population that had previously been underrepresented: women. Today, women are a driving force in the sport, drawn in part by the modest amount of time and instruction it takes to see benefits. Fitness enthusiasts and researchers continue to debate whether running is appropriate for female bodies. But how different…

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Serious Wounds Need Serious Treatment


 What should you do if your wound just won’t heal? HBO therapy can help to heal serious injuries in a safe and comfortable environment. What is HBO and who should use it? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is used by wound centers to heal severe injuries. If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in 30 days or more with our treatments, you could be a candidate for HBO treatments. Types of wounds requiring HBO therapy include: Diabetic foot ulcers Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency…

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