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Britt's Tips: It's all about ankles this summer!

Britt's Tips: It's all about ankles this summer!

 Some of our favorite summer activities necessitate ankle strength, stability and proprioceptive balance strategy. Hiking, paddle boarding, water skiing, soccer, yoga, surfing and even sandy or rocky beach walks all require stable ankle joint performance. Think of all the stress those joints take on, especially when navigating uneven ground or landing from a big jump. You can improve your skills by upping your ankles’ reliability.  Here are a few strength and balance exercises to prevent injury (the dreaded ankle roll), boost your strength, and keep you upright on that tricky paddle board! No special gym equipment or resistance bands required.  

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PNW Hiking Recommendations

PNW Hiking Recommendations

As an outdoor enthusiast, I appreciate all the amazing hiking and backpacking areas we have here in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve hiked and camped on many of the trails in Washington, but the possibilities are endless and there’s always more to explore. Here are some of my favorite hikes in the area, starting with my favorite, Colchuck Lake!

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National Bicycle Month

National Bicycle Month

May is one of my favorite months as it is National Bicycle Month!  Most of you have heard me drone on about all the amazing benefits of cycling and this gives me a wonderful opportunity to remind all of you that cycling is one of the best activities for your health and wellbeing.  Why cycling?

 

·         Cycling is easy on the joints and promotes healthy hips and knees.

·         Cycling improves both strength and cardiovascular fitness.

·         Cycling is social, often done in groups and provide opportunity to meet new, cool people who wear goofy clothes.

·         Cycling can also be solitary and provide you with time alone to destress and think

·         Cycling improve balance and coordination

·         Cycling keeps your mind sharp, not only through the positive effects of exercise but also the mental acuity required to ride outside and with other.

·         Cycling gets you outside to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

·         Cycling is a great way to see other cities or countries close up.

 

May 10th is also National Bike to Work Day.  If you haven’t given that a try, think about dusting off your old bike (‘cause everybody has one!) and give it a go.

 

Always be sure to wear a helmet, proper eye protection and clothing.  Learn the appropriate bike signals for stopping, turning and passing to ensure your safety and the safety of others.  Enjoy the ride!

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Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Impingement

Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Impingement

The rotator cuff refers to four specific muscles of the shoulder; the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the teres minor, and the subscapularis. The rotator cuff surrounds the shoulder joint and is meant to provide stability to the joint during dynamic movement. Learn why these muscles are important for you to be exercising.

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What Is Northwest Wellness?

What Is Northwest Wellness?

Northwest Wellness is the lifetime vision of Dr. Lorri Nichols of Federal Way, WA.  Beginning as a small chiropractic practice in 1989, Northwest Wellness has grown into a multidisciplinary, integrated practice providing comprehensive health care to Federal Way and the surrounding community.  Our practice consists of primary care, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and weight loss to serve all of your health care needs.

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Dr. McCarter's Spotlight on: Spring Renewal

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Springtime is upon us! It may not look or feel like it when you walk out of your door, but it is here and there is a bit of a buzz in the air. There is an expectation and an acceptance of renewal and newness that accompanies this season. We have no choice but to feel it as it surrounds up in the budding of trees and flowers. Tomorrow, will conclude the Spring into Health Event at Northwest Wellness and it has been wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of the energy of this season and either starting fresh or starting again on their journey toward optimal health. 

Spring (as a verb) describes action. There are a number of meanings depending on its use but a few of the definitions that catch my attention are:  to move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward; to originate or arise from, however, my favorite definition is to move quickly and suddenly toward a particular place or to a new condition. We are in the midst of a season dedicated to being in a different place. This can be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. I believe that it is never too late to begin, whatever that new beginning may be. As a Naturopathic physician, I believe this to be true about your health in particular. It is never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Even if it means just improving your quality of life. 

I often remind my patients of the amount of control that they actually have over their health. Outside of genetic factors, and these days, even with certain genetic predispositions, we have the power to effect great change in our health and lives. I think that embarking on the journey toward better health starts with investigation and requires commitment and consistency. One of the guiding principles of Naturopathic medicine is to treat the root cause. I complete a thorough investigation of an individuals health concerns addressing not only the physical aspect of the symptoms experienced but the psychological and emotional as well. In this way, both myself and my patients understand the connection between the mind and body and together, we develop a multi-pronged approach to their health concerns. 

I encourage you to take advantage of this season of renewal and literally, spring into the next phase of your life with better health-on all levels. There is so much that Naturopathic medicine can offer to you on this journey. Come in to Northwest Wellness so that we can get started!

Resistant Band Training

Resistant Band Training

Most people think of band training as useful for recovering from an injury. Resistance bands are also a great way for you to develop a great strength training exercise from home. Resistance bands are easy to use and you can develop a full body workout in the comfort of your own home. Exercises such as chest press, rowing, shoulder press, triceps extensions, and squats are some of the many exercises that can be performed with bands.

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Benefits of Using A Fitness Tracker

Benefits of Using A Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers have become increasingly popular over the past several years. The technology in these devices has evolved and they now have many new capabilities. If you are someone who enjoys seeing objective data about your health and wellness, these are a great tool for you. Many of the devices allow you to sync with friends and family to create fun challenges with one another and hold each other accountable with your fitness-related goals. Read more to learn about the benefits of these devices. 

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