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Exercise Can Grow Your Brain – Not Just Your Muscles

Exercise Can Grow Your Brain – Not Just Your Muscles

With the holiday hustle and bustle, who has time to exercise? As our schedules fill up, caring for ourselves is often the first thing we let go, but this is the best time of year to keep up with a regular fitness schedule. The stress of the holidays can take it’s toll, leaving us mentally exhausted. But have you ever thought about your brain as your most prized muscle? Research shows that different activities can have profound effects on your mental health. Moving your body could sharpen your ideas and memory retention, directly benefitting your grey matter. And, different exercises can be linked directly to certain aspects of brain health.

Brain health :: Exercise to grow your brain and muscles
Aerobic exercise, a very engaged low to high-intensity workout, is strongly connected to the hippocampus – the part of the brain that’s the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. Studies show that the more a person engages in physical movement, the more their brain structure grows.

Another study in young children has shown that recess can be beneficial to the overall mental growth of those who are still developing, not just those on the fringe. The study looked at kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and showed that when students participated in 8-20 minutes of physical activity such as running and playing, they showed a decrease in distractions and an increase in content retention. They were also more attentive to their class work in school.Exercise Can Grow Your Brain – Not Just Your MusclesStart by keeping it simple
Simple exercises such as walking, running, biking, aerobics, and yoga can not only help retain your loose memories, but also help boost creativity, productivity, and even your overall brain health. By working these things into your everyday life, you are sure to be on the path to a healthier cognitive lifestyle – boosting your brain health.

Besides improving memory, thinking skills, and brain health, there are plenty of other great reasons for being physically active. Reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are some big reasons. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just feel better.

Staying active and exercising regularly are two of the many important factors to staying (and feeling) young – both in your body and your brain health. If you’d like some assistance, we’re here to help you every step of the way. If you are experiencing pain when exercising, we can help with that, too. You can set up a free consultation with one of our fitness-focused physical therapists who can get you started on the path to wellness.

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Halloween Poll 2018

It’s no secret that Halloween is a big deal around here. Every year our teams try to out-do the previous year’s costumes, and this year was no exception.

“Allendoll’s” Raggedy Ann & Andy

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Caledonia’s Little Red Riding Hood
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Cedar Spring’s Coneheads
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Comstock Park’s Incredibles
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Coopersville’s Super Heroes
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Grant’s Stick Dancers Click to see the video.
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Lowell’s Thelma & LouiseHalloween Poll 2018

 

Sparta’s Senior Ladies
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Wayland’s Finding Nemo
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A big thanks to everyone who voted, and to our teams for being so creative. After nearly 1800 votes the winner this year is The Coopersville Superheroes! Check out the 2017 contest here, and the 2016 contest here.

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Dry Needling Now Offered Near You

Dry Needling Now Offered Near You

Dry needling is a relatively new treatment option in the US, having only been around for 30 years or so, but it’s popularity is rapidly rising due to the numerous benefits it provides for pain relief and range of motion.

What is dry needling?
In simple terms, dry needling is a safe and effective way to ease muscle pain. The technique involves thin needles, similar to those used in acupuncture, to pinpoint trigger points and tight knots that cause pain. Because of it’s ability to loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, and improve blood flow and oxygen circulation, dry needling can provide positive results for those who are trying to relieve pain, enhance sports performance, recover faster from an injury, or prevent and reduce chronic pain.

Dry Needling Now Offered Near YouDry needling can relieve acute and chronic pain:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Muscle spasms, strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Calf, shin, and knee pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Movement disorders

Dry Needling Now Offered Near YouBenefits of Dry Needling

Relieve Pain and Muscle Tightness
Think of dry needling as a way to “reset” your muscles. A physical therapist can identify the knots and trigger points that are causing you pain and use dry needling to help restore the muscle back to its normal length. In addition, the needles will reduce inflammation, tension, and pressure on the muscle. Once the muscle has relaxed you will experience pain relief and improved blood flow.

Improved Range of Motion
Why is range of motion so important? Let’s say you’re an athlete or even a hobbyist who enjoys gardening or golfing – either way, you’re always moving. You put a lot of stress on your joints, muscles, and in some cases, certain parts of the body encounter repetitive stress in the same area. Relaxed muscles that aren’t tight are able to move freely and extend farther – increasing the range of motion.

Speed Up Recovery
Anytime you suffer an injury, the recovery process can be the hardest part. Some injuries require longer periods of recovery than other, but no matter the amount of time, the end goal is to get back to full strength as quickly as possible. Experience has shown that patients who have undergone dry needling, compared to other treatment options, have experienced a faster healing process in regards to pain relief and range of motion.Dry Needling Now Offered Near YouWe recently hosted a dry needling course at our Wayland clinic, where therapists learned additional techniques and benefits of the treatment.

How is dry needling different from acupuncture?

Some people associate dry needling with acupuncture, and while the two practices use the same type of needles, the similarities stop there. Physical therapists who practice dry needling are releasing tension from knots and pressure points in the muscle. Acupuncturists insert needles to release endorphins and affect the nervous system. Traditionally, acupuncture is used to align a person’s energy, or chi.

Schedule a dry needling appointment

Are you ready to give dry needling a try, or do you want to learn more? We’re now accepting new patients at each of our clinics. In some cases this service can be billed directly to your insurance company, and cash based appointments start as low as $30. If you have questions as to which option you would qualify for, contact the clinic nearest you.  If you are experiencing pain you can schedule a complimentary consultation with a physical therapist near you by clicking here.

Northern Physical Therapy is offering dry needling services in Allendale, Cedar Springs, Caledonia, Coopersville, Comstock Park / Grand Rapids, Grant, Norton Shores / Muskegon, Lowell, Sparta, and Wayland.

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