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Massage Therapy as Complementary to Physical Therapy

As one of the oldest healing arts it is no surprise that more people are finding out how beneficial it is to add massage therapy to their healthcare regimen. Studies show that nearly 90 percent of disease is stress related. We all have pressure and anxiety in our lives and while we cannot eliminate stress completely, it can be managed with massage. In this fun and informative podcast Tom Merrill, licensed Massage Therapist, joins the show to share the many benefits of massage therapy,...


Sleep Apnea: What You Need to Know

Sleep apnea is a common condition in the United States with more than 3 million cases identified in the U.S. annually. It is a potentially life threatening condition in which breathing starts and stops over and over again throughout the time a person is sleeping. In this podcast, Lindsay Murphy, Registered Respiratory Therapist at Meritus Health, discusses sleep apnea and the treatment options available so that you can get the restful, good nights sleep you deserve.


Benefits of the Wellness Program at Meritus Total Rehab Care

Our Wellness Program bridges the gap between the healthcare and fitness industries, offering affordable, semi-supervised fitness programs for people at ALL fitness levels. Wellness programs can be done on land or in water, or a combination of both. Total Rehab Care’s professionals can help create an exercise plan for you. In this podcast Lisa Allshouse, PTA, discusses our wellness program and how our sole purpose is to enhance the health, well-being and physical performance of our members...


Preventing Hospital Readmissions with Home Health Care

Do you find yourself being pulled in many directions as you juggle the needs of multiple family members? The demands of caring for a family member who has issues with memory, mobility, or other health concerns can easily become overwhelming. Nationally approximately 20 percent of pneumonia patients and 25 percent of Congestive Heart Failure patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Here to discuss ways that Meritus Home Health is helping prevent...


Regaining Arm and Hand Movement After Stroke

Each year more than 600 patients arrive in Meritus Medical Center's emergency department with signs and symptoms of stroke. If you have suffered a stroke, then you and your loved ones need to know that there are many modalities and therapies that are involved in regaining arm movement after stroke. In this podcast Patty Runkles, MS, OTR/L, speaks about regaining arm and hand movement after stroke, and what you can expect from therapy at Meritus Health.


Vocal Therapy for Voice Disorders

Many people have experienced losing their voice at some point. It may be from a cold or a respiratory illness, or it might be caused by a disorder of the of vocal chords. If you have a voice change that lasts for a few weeks, you may need to consider seeing a specialist that can help you with your voice disorder. Joining the show to discuss voice disorders and treatment options available is Marissa Yoes, MS CCC-SLP. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist with Meritus Health.


Long Term Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death among Americans. Experts think that many cases of diabetes are not reported as a condition leading to or causing death. But each year, more than 200,000 deaths are reported as being caused by diabetes or its complications. Complications of diabetes can include eye problems and blindness, heart disease, stroke, neurological problems, amputation, kidney disease, and impotence. In this segment, Laurie Sandberg, BSN, RN, CDE, discusses the long...


Anemia is Not a Normal Part of Aging

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, anemia is the most common blood disorder and it affects more than 3 million Americans. Here to speak with us today about anemia, is Dr. Syed Shahid Mahmood. He is a hematologist, oncologist with Meritus Health.


Tips for Successful Aging

Physical activity is a vital part of staying healthy. As we age, our bodies change. Our soft tissue and joints can break down and we are at greater risk for a loss in bone density and osteoporosis. In this segment, Ethan Roberts, P.T, joins the show to discuss the effects of aging on our bodies and how exercise can offset some of those changes and offer amazing health benefits.


Understanding the Bariatric Surgery Process

The Meritus Weight Loss Center offers minimally invasive bariatric surgery procedures, like gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding, and the most advanced laparoscopic surgical technique available—single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS). This surgical program is offered through a comprehensive, patient-centered program. In this segment, Cheryl Frushour, RD, discusses bariatric surgery to help those struggling with obesity get the long-term weight loss they need to lead a longer...


Do You Suffer From Back Pain?

Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won't realize that until you hurt it. Then you may wish you could return to the days when you took your back for granted and didn't have any pain. Even though you can't turn back time, you can recover from most back injuries. Back pain is the #1 disability for those under age 45 and Americans spend more than $50 billion each year on back pain. Studies show that participating in physical therapy can be just as effective...