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What is Parkinson’s Disease and how can exercise help?

What is Parkinson’s Disease and how can exercise help?

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by both progressive motor (physical) and nonmotor impairments. As nerve cells in the brain die, levels of the chemical dopamine decrease. Appropriate levels of dopamine within the motor and insular...

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Falls + Breaking Down the Basics of Balance

Falls + Breaking Down the Basics of Balance

Balance is defined as the ability for an individual to remain upright and steady. Every year, significant numbers of Americans fall and incur injuries. The following statistics provide insight into why it is critical to appropriately assess and treat balance...

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About Neck & Shoulder Pain

About Neck & Shoulder Pain

Northern Michigan physical therapy that takes a global, big picture approach to treating the shoulder and getting you back on course! The shoulder is one of the most common areas of the body we treat. One that involves looking at more than “just the shoulder.” Whether...

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A Guide to Achilles Tendonitis

A Guide to Achilles Tendonitis

Having pain in the back of your heel and up the back of the ankle is terrible. You know those first few steps in the morning are going to be tough. You can feel yourself limp when you walk on Esch Rd beach because with every step the pain is there. Forget going on the...

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Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

Walking was once enjoyable, now you dread the thought of it.   At the park, you’re looking for the nearest chair so you don’t have to stand.  You have become hesitant to run on the TART trail or play with your kids.   Shoes become a necessity, even in the summer!  ...

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Guide to Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction

Guide to Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction

How long have you noticed yourself sitting down into a chair differently? You used to be able to pop right up from a chair, now it’s a chore.  You’re out on the beach, and bending forward to pick up a Petoskey stone is out of the question, in fact, all bending motions...

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