Health and Wellness

Deep Breath, You’ve Got This: The Importance of Breathing

We all know oxygen is essential, and, therefore, breathing is necessary for survival. Without adequate intake of oxygenated air, we experience mild symptoms such as dizziness and headaches, or serious symptoms leading to interference of heart and brain function. Breathing is normal and natural, and most of us never need to think twice about doing…

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Your NEAT is Neat!

Have you ever thought about how the small activities you do throughout your day impact your overall health? Yeah, me either, until now! Let’s say you have a goal to improve your health by eating cleaner and working out more. Oftentimes, there is too much focus strictly on the results one is getting from their…

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Now Walk It Out

Did you know weak or tight muscles may alter the way you walk? Did you also know that physical therapists study walking mechanics for multiple years and therefor know how you should or should not, Walk It Out? If not, you are in the right place! Hi, I’m Tara, a physical therapist at SportsCare PT…

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10 Greatest Kettlebell Exercises EVER!

Disclaimer: This is a subjective statement made by the author and is subject to change and possibly already has! The kettlebell is simple and basic, yet highly effective at building strength, power, endurance, and flexibility. You may have seen one in the gym and wondered what to do with it or witnessed someone performing swings…

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Isometric vs Isotonic: How to Train Your Muscles

There are multiple ways in which muscles produce tension, including isometric and isotonic contractions. Training in these specific methods produce similar outcomes, such as increased strength, but also provide unique benefits, such as improved muscle/tendon/joint health. Before we get too far, let us take a step back and look at each type of contraction. Isometric…

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Indoor Cycling: Set-Up Tips for Oregon’s Rainy Season

The days are getting shorter, wetter, and cooler, but that does not mean that the cycling season is over. Some may choose to retreat to the indoors for their riding and fitness fix, and if you do, there are ways to make it more enjoyable and comfortable. Below I have outlined some great tips and…

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Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Injuries

Thanksgiving is arguably one of the best holidays of the year for three specific reasons: Friends, Football and FOOD! If you are not careful, though, Thanksgiving can turn into one of the most dangerous holidays. Every year people are rushed to the emergency room for a variety of cooking related injuries. The staff at Gresham…

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Tips for Improving Comfort When Working from Home

“Improvement Comes from Movement” Whether you kept traditional office hours or now work from home, we are all under more stress as we adapt to change and navigate the unknown. As many individuals are now working from home away from their usual workstations, possibly taking on the additional workload of laid-off coworkers, and adding the…

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Home Gym Equipment

Must Have Equipment for Your Home Gym

  Patients often ask me what home equipment would be best for them to purchase? That seems like a simple question, but when you think about it, there are many different answers. What do they like to do for exercise? Do you have any underlying conditions? What can you afford? What are your goals? In…

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Vertigo

Vertigo: You’re Too Busy to Be This Dizzy!

  Hello, Pain Pals, Hi, I’m Tara, a Physical Therapist at Gresham SportsCare and today we are going to discuss the vestibular system, vertigo, and what physical therapy can do to help patients who experience these room spinning symptoms. What do you feel when you think about the Disney teacup ride? If you’re anything like…

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