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Are you just tired or is it chronic fatigue syndrome?
Are you just tired or is it chronic fatigue syndrome?

Everyone feels tired now and then. But, after a good night’s sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it may be a sign of a problem. Sometimes, fatigue can be the first sign that something is wrong in your body. For example,

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Reclaim your rest and put nighttime cramps to bed
Reclaim your rest and put nighttime cramps to bed

After a full day of activity, there is nothing more satisfying and well-deserved than a good night’s rest. Imagine that you’re comfortably tucked into bed and have just drifted off to sleep. The room is quiet and dark, your breathing is deep and your body is relaxed. Most importantly, your tired mind is at peace.

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How you can keep the “Winter Blues” at bay
How you can keep the “Winter Blues” at bay

Earlier sunsets and plunging temperatures are sure signs that winter is on its way to Alabama. For some people, these signs are dreadful reminders that their “Winter Blues” will make a return. “Winter Blues” is a common name for a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  SAD comes and goes with the

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Getting a good night’s sleep important to rehabilitation
Getting a good night’s sleep important to rehabilitation

Adequate sleep is essential for overall health and well-being. As we get older, getting a good night’s rest becomes more challenging because sleep patterns change with age. Sleep occurs in several stages, including light and deep sleep, and periods of active dreaming (REM sleep). According to the National Sleep Foundation, older people spend more time

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Are you still safe behind the wheel?
Are you still safe behind the wheel?

Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. There were about 42 million licensed drivers age 65 and older in 2016, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the population of older adults continues to increase, the number of older drivers on the road is expected follow suit. People age 65 and older

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Rehabilitation important after breast cancer treatment
Rehabilitation important after breast cancer treatment

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 268,600 new cases of breast cancer this year. Breast cancer also occurs in men, with about 2,100 diagnoses every year. The positive news is that deaths from breast

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Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy Month? Established in 1981 by the National Physical Therapy Association (APTA), this month is a time to raise awareness about how these professionals help us live better lives. Physical therapists and assistants help people with injuries and disabilities improve their mobility and manage pain. They play

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What can physical therapy do for fibromyalgia?
What can physical therapy do for fibromyalgia?

An estimated 4 million people in the U.S. are living with a condition that causes them pain and hinders their quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue and emotional and mental distress. Other common symptoms

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Flu: What can you do to keep yourself safe?
Flu: What can you do to keep yourself safe?

The 2017-2018 flu season was a rough one. There were a total of 19,398 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations reported between October 1, 2017 and February 10, 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those cases, the highest rate of hospitalization was among adults 65 and older. Flu season exacting a heavier

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Six ways to make yard work smarter, not harder
Six ways to make yard work smarter, not harder

Autumn is officially here and it’s time for milder temperatures and falling leaves. Doing yard work can be a rewarding pastime that help keep you and your lawn in shape. Working outside is a form of low impact cardiovascular exercise. In addition to burning calories, it can help older adults improve hand strength, lower stress,

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