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Imagine’s June BOGO* of the Month: Stronger Neck Muscles

Posted on June 24, 2014 by

*Imagine’s version of a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) is to take a healthy habit you’re already participating in (exercises, stretches, cardio, nutrition, etc) and share a small change or addition so that you receive maximum benefit for your efforts.

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For this month’s BOGO, we’re here to let you know how to strengthen deep neck muscles while performing abdominal exercises. So-strengthen your core and get your neck muscles strong FOR FREE! Neck muscles, you may ask? Who the heck cares about neck muscles? Although you may not see many people walking around flexing these muscles, please consider they are very important and there’s clinical evidence that correlates headaches and neck pain to weakness in deep neck flexors. At Imagine, we’re experts at fixing headaches and neck pain, and we do it everyday. Headaches and neck pain get BETTER FASTER and stay BETTER LONGER when your exercises include strengthening the muscles in the front of your neck.     Steps to Strengthening Neck Muscles: 1. While you’re working on your six pack, make sure you keep your arms across your chest. 2. Tuck your chin toward your chest and keep your eyes on your chest.

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Correct neck position, although our model is not looking at his chest (the sun was a little bright!).

  3. Go ahead and do your crunches while maintaining this neck position. 4. Don’t let your chin jut up. Remember you only

have to curl up until your shoulder blades lift off the floor. You should NOT experience any pain. If you do have pain…da…DO NOT CONTINUE TO SELF INFLICT PAIN!

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Incorrect neck position

Schedule a free consult with us if you feel you’re not having success with this addition to your exercise. Imagine Physical Therapy is where you always get your “money’s worth” for your BOGO!

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Good Eats and Treats: June ’14

Posted on June 24, 2014 by

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This month we’re highlighting two great recipes, the first is a wonderful Sweet Potato Cheesecake courtesy of Park West patient Beth Gannon (thanks so much Beth!). Clearly PT at Imagine isn’t all Pain and Torture, or our patients wouldn’t bring in such deliciousness! For our second recipe, with gardens ripe for pickin’, we present to you a Tomato, Basil and Feta Salad. This recipe is easy, healthy and wholesome…and will give you something to do with all of those tomatoes!!!
Please email your favorite recipes to us at BetterFaster@ImaginePT.com. We’d love to give them a try and include them in next month’s newsletter. And, of course, feel free to make your favorite recipe and bring it by one of our clinics. We are always grateful!

 

Sweet Potato Cheese Cake

Crust: * 1/3 c. margarine * 1/3 c. sugar * 1 egg * 1 1/2 c. plain flour   Filling: * Two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened * 3/4 c. sugar * 1 lb. cooked and blended sweet potato * 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg * 1/4 tsp. cinnamon * 1 tsp vanilla flavoring * dash of salt * pinch of ground ginger * 3 eggs   Topping: * 9 oz. cool whip *1/2 c. toasted coconut * 1/2 c. toasted pecans

Directions

Crust: Combine margarine and sugar (do not substitute butter for margarine-it will cause the crust to slide down the sides when baking). Beat in egg. Add flour and mix well. With floured fingers, press dough evenly on bottom and all the way up the sides of 8 inch springform pan. Chill in freezer 15 minutes then bake at 400 degrees for 4 minutes. Cool on a wired. Or….you could buy pre-made crust!!!   Filling: Cream the cheese and sugar, blend in blended potatoes and seasonings. Mix well. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Pour into cooled, baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Cool pan on wire rack. After completely cooled, gently remove pan sides. Chill in refrigerator overnight or until completely chilled.   Topping: Spread coconut and pecans on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes until browned. Stir occasionally to promote even browning. After cheesecake is chilled throughout, add cool whip topping. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and pecans on top.

Tomato, Basil and Feta Salad

Tomato, Basil Salad

 

Ingredients

* 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced * 1 small cucumber – peeled, quartered lengthwise and chopped * 3 green onions, chopped * 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips * 3 tablespoons olive oil * 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar * 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese * salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

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Around Town: June ’14 Edition

Posted on June 24, 2014 by

With 4th of July quickly approaching, the June edition of Around Town is your one-stop shop for all of the happenings of the holiday weekend. Whether you’re planning to celebrate at the beach or the North Charleston Riverfront, we’ve provided you with what you’ll need to know. And for our live music fans, we’ve spotlighted a local venue unknown even to many longtime locals. You won’t want to miss out on the Awendaw Green experience!

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North Charleston Riverfront Park

Time: 3-10 (fireworks begin at 9:10) Events: musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, a laser light show, fireworks Cost: free Why go here? They claim to have the Lowcountry’s Largest Light Show. Have anything to say about that Patriot’s Point? For more information: http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Special-Events/4th-of-July-Festival.aspx

Patriot’s Point

Time: 4-10 (fireworks beginning @ 9:10) Events: live music, children activities, food trucks; Cost: to view from U.S.S. Yorktown, tickets can be purchased for $30; landside is free; $10 for parking Why go here? You really can’t get more patriotic that fireworks at the U.S.S. Yorktown, can you? For more information: http://www.patriotspoint.org/news_events/tickets-to-patriots-points-fourth-of-july-fireworks-blast-now-on-sale/

The Beach (Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach)

Time: shortly after 9:00 Events: swimming, sand castles, volleyball, Bocci, surfing, fireworks…Sullivan’s Island will also have live music starting at 5:30 @ Stith Park. Cost: free Why go? see “Events” list above!!! ————————————————————————————-

Can’t Miss Venue: Awendaw Green

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Nestled in beside the Seewee Outpost on Highway 17 North you’ll find one of the best outdoor concert venues in Charleston, Awendaw Green. This intimate venue is family oriented, with room for the kids to run and play. Every Wednesday night, local bands take the stage to perform for anyone willing to make the short drive out. Feel free to pack your cooler with you favorite food and beverages, or purchase wood-fired pizza or food off the grill. The cost is minimal, a $5 donation for adults at the door (children are free!).   Location: 4853 US 17 North, Awendaw SC; beside the Seewee Outpost Date/Time: Wednesday nights (check website for information on performers); 6-10 Activities: live music, playground for kids, local produce sold, food, BYOB For More Information: www.awendawgreen.com

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Green venue looking at from beside stage

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Many insurance companies now cover Physical Therapy WITHOUT a doctor's referal.

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