To Medicate or Not to Medicate?

By Riva Preil Perhaps this would have been Shakespeare’s question had the medical technology at our disposal been available to him. The questions we are able to ask nowadays far surpass those asked even one generation ago thanks to the vast amount of research performed since. One such question many women  “at risk” of developing …

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Lymphedema and Diet

By Roseanne C. Schoen, PT, DPT, LLCC There is no specific lymphedema diet, but there are some general guidelines to follow: -Limit salt intake- try to avoid processed foods or foods with high sodium content which can cause fluid retention and increased swelling -Adequate water intake- proper hydration is essential, especially following lymphedema treatment sessions, to …

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Vaccine Provides Dual Protection!

By Riva Preil Approximately 70% of cervical cancer is caused by two types of human papillomaviruses (HPV), HPV 16 and HPV 18.  In addition, it is believed that many cases of oropharyngeal cancers, especially amongst heterosexual males, are caused by sexually transmitted viruses which are transmitted through oral sex.  The past thirty years have demonstrated …

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Beat the Heat!

By Riva Preil During these hot and humid summer days, it’s important to be mindful of taking appropriate precautions to stay healthy. Unfortunately, hundreds of deaths occur in the United States annually due to extreme heat. Taking the proper precautions to ensure summer safety is crucial. Sweating is our body’s natural cooling process.  Heat is …

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Women’s Health in a sn-APP!

By Riva Preil The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proudly presents “A Primer for Women’s Health: Learn about Your Body in 52 Weeks.”  This wonderful tool will present a different health tip every week for one year in regards to women’s health. For example, week one …

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It is NOT Okay to Pee During Workouts!

By Riva Preil A disturbing and somewhat shocking You Tube video was recently produced by Cross Fit entitled “Do You Pee During Workouts?” As of this writing, over 220,000 viewers have watched this video which features a misinformed gynecologist expressing her view that it is okay to pee while exercising. The video proceeds to feature …

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Craniosacral Therapy and BBPT

By Riva Preil The craniosacral (CS) system refers to the brain, spinal cord, and surrounding membrane (referred to as the Dura Mater).  The CS system also contains cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which is constantly being produced and reabsorbed.  It is a semi-closed hydraulic system that undergoes pressure changes continuously due to the fluid pressure changes with …

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Stop Flip-Flops?

By Riva Preil Sure, they may be cute, comfortable, and convenient in an attempt to beat the summer heat…but from a biomechanical perspective, flip-flops may be a poor choice for your summer footwear.  Consider the force that is sent through the lower extremities to the pelvis and spine with each step…multiply that by 10,000 (the …

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Scleroderma Scholarship II

By Riva Preil Scleroderma is more prevalent in women than men, and in fact they are four times more likely to develop the disease.  In the United States, 1 in 1,000 individuals develop scleroderma, and onset is usually between 30 to 50.  The older a person is at the age of diagnosis, the more dangerous …

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