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Stretch of the Week: Shoulder Stretch

Posted on by allylofgren
Week 3! How are your shoulders feeling? Are you stretching daily? Couple times a week? Keep it up! This weeks shoulder stretch will take you through the shoulder's range of motion from front to back. Again, this is a pretty straight forward stretch. I don't recommend this stretch for people that have any shoulder injuries where it hurts to bring the arms above the head. Read More

A Variety of Ways to Position Your Pillows to Reduce Pain

Posted on by Sarah Clough
Patients often report difficulty sleeping as a result of having pain when they lay down in bed. In response, therapists will commonly ask the patient what position they sleep in, how they position their pillow(s), and how many pillows they like to use.  Pillow positioning is a strategy that can be different for each individual.  Below are a few of the many examples of ways to position your pillows to reduce and prevent pain and improve your body alignment for a better night's sleep! Read More

Benefits of Foam Rolling for Hockey Warm-Up

Posted on by Patrick Becker
As a medical professional who not only works with the Chicago Blackhawks but also a large number of hockey players of all levels, one of the more recurrent questions I receive is, “how to adequately warm-up before taking the ice?” My answer is the foam roll, for a variety of reasons. Read More

Stretch of the Week: Forearm Wall Stretch

Posted on by allylofgren
This weeks stretch is called forearm wall stretch. It's not so much a forearm stretch as it is a shoulder, upper back and chest stretch. The only thing you'll need for this stretch is a sturdy wall :) I don't recommend the stretch for people with severe shoulder injuries or upper back injuries. Read More

Healthy Super Bowl Watching Experience

Posted on by Dave Heidloff
Here we are: the NFL Super Bowl is here. This usually means that my couch game is in full swing, with me parked on the couch watching other people being active. However, this year will be different. I’ve developed a five-pronged approach to a healthy Super Bowl watching experience, based on increased activity, healthier snacking options and better football watching mechanics (seriously). As always, consult with your physician before trying any new exercise or eating routine. Read More

Stretch of the Week: Cow Face Arms

Posted on by Athletico
January is all about loosening the shoulders up! This month we will take a look at four different stretches that will loosen up the muscles in the chest, the shoulder girdle, and in the front and back of the arm. Please remember to honor your body and not overly push yourself in these moves. The shoulder has a very wide range of motion and can be easily injured if stressed too far, so please listen and be aware of what your body is telling you.  Read More

Stretch of the Week: Child’s Pose

Posted on by allylofgren
The final stretch of this month is what we call in yoga, child's pose. It's a wonderfully grounding stretch. If you feel stressed out, its nice to calm the nerves and mind. Especially with the holidays the past few weeks, this stretch is an excellent one to end the month with. The benefits of this stretch are: clams the brain and helps relieve stress, stretches the hips and thighs, and stretches the ankles as well. This pose is again not recommended for people with severe knee injuries or if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy. Read More

Stretch of the Week: Hero Stretch

Posted on by allylofgren
This weeks stretch is called the hero stretch. This one can be very difficult for many people because of tight ankles AND quads, so please go back to the last three weeks' stretches to warm up and prepare for this stretch. I do not recommend the stretch for people that have severe knee or ankle problems. The benefits of the stretch are: stretches thighs, knees, and ankles; improves digestion; helps to reduce swelling in the legs for pregnant women; helps to strengthen the arches of the feet. Read More
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