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Imagine’s July BOGO* of the Month: Better Balance

Posted on July 22, 2014 by

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*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

With summer heat having rolled over the Lowcountry, we hope everyone is staying inside and enjoying the comfort of an air-conditioned house. Our BOGO this month? Working on your balance while doing what you’re already doing—staying cool inside!

Balance can be a big issue for all of us no matter what your activity level or age. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause a multitude of injuries from concussions to broken hips as well as keep us from being active in the community and enjoying time with our families. Depending on your stage in life, you may need to simply walk safely to your mailbox without falling…or who knows, maybe you’d like to land triple handspring. Regardless, below you’ll find a simple exercise to work on your balance and prevent falls. Beneath the exercise we’re suggesting, please don’t miss our tips for preventing falls. If balance isn’t a problem for you, consider printing this information out and sharing it with a friend or family member who might benefit. And remember, our therapists at Imagine are experts in fall prevention and balance, so please call us for a free consult—this exercise is only one of many that can help with balance.

“The Stork”

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In the picture above you’ll see that our exercise model, Liam, is doing a great job simply standing on one leg. Doing this several times a day is a simple way to increase your balance! The safest place to perform this exercise is a doorway, as you can hold onto something if needed (we don’t recommend the driveway although it’s pictured above!).

The goal here is to be able to stand on one leg for as long as possible. Thirty seconds is the gold standard, and if you’re only able to do 5 seconds or less please understand you’re at high risk for falls. Please make sure and read on to learn how to prevent one.

If this exercise is too difficult try putting one leg in front of the other like you’re standing on a balance beam. This should challenge

you, but allow you to use both leg muscles until you’ve improved enough to perform The Stork. Maybe one day you’ll be able to walk the balance beam like Liam!

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Tips for Preventing Falls

  1. Begin a regular exercise program. Look for activities that you enjoy regardless of fitness level like walking or gardening. Your physical therapist can provide you with a detailed plan of exercises that will target posture, leg strength, and balance
  2. Review your medication with your doctor. Studies show that taking 4 or more medications at a time leads to greater fall risk, as some combinations can make you feel dizzy or sleepy. If you are experiencing frequent dizziness or vertigo, make it a point to discuss it with your doctor.
  3. Have your vision checked at least once per year.
  4. Make the following adjustments to your home, as about 1/2 of falls happen at home:
    • Remove things you can trip over (ie electric cords, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
    • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
    • Improve the lighting in your home by placing nightlights in the bathroom and keeping lights turned on in the daytime.
    • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
    • If necessary, have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
    • Use non-slip mats in the tub and on bathroom floors.
    • Make sure you have handrails and lights on all staircases.
    • Wear shoes inside and outside your house. Avoid wearing flip flops, slippers or going barefoot.
    • Also, studies show that off the shelf arch supports can decrease the risk of falls. Our therapists at Imagine are happy to help you get these if you’re interested!

Imagine Physical Therapy has locations in Mount Pleasant, Charleston / West Ashley and on Daniel Island. Our mission is to provide a physical therapy experience that is immeasurably better than could be asked or imagined.

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Good Eats and Treats: July ’14

Posted on July 22, 2014 by


In sticking with the fresh vegetables from the garden theme for the summer months, we have a delicious and nutritious Mexican Bean Salad recipe. This recipe, as made specific to directions, will either feed many people or leave you something to snack on for days. It’s a hearty portion and tastes amazing. We promise you won’t regret the time you have to invest cutting up the veggies, and you won’t even realize you’re eating super healthy! The bean salad can be eaten alone or as an appetizer served with tortilla chips. And for our second recipe this month…. yep…. we’ve got another cheesecake! What can we say, they’re a speciality of our patients, and who doesn’t love them? In last month’s Good Eats and Treats, we shared cheesecake that featured a veggie, a Sweet Potato Cheesecake. This month we wanted to
thank Mr. Joe, a patient at our West Ashley clinic, for presenting the clinic with a New York Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit–and for allowing us to share his recipe with our Imagine family. And as always, thanks so much to all of our patients who bring us goodies. We do our best to take care of you, and truly appreciate your kindness in taking care or us—especially when it involves our stomachs!


Mexican Bean Salad



1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained 1 (15 ounce) can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels 1 red onion, chopped 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 tablespoon salt 1 clove crushed garlic 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 dash hot pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon chili powder  


1.In a large bowl, combine beans, bell peppers, frozen corn, & red onion. 2.In a little bowl, whisk along vegetable oil, wine vinegar, lime juice, juice, sugar, salt, garlic, cilantro, cumin, & black pepper. Season to style with sauce & seasoning. 3.Pour olive oil dressing over vegetables; mix well. Chill thoroughly, & serve cold. *Recipe originated at    

New York Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit



Graham Cracker Crust: 4 oz graham cracker crumbs 1 oz granulated sugar 2 oz melted butter Cheesecake: 2 lbs 4 oz softened cream cheese 9 oz granulated sugar 1 oz cornstarch, sifted 3.5 ounces of whole eggs 4 grams of lemon juice 4 grams of vanilla extract 9 oz sour cream  


1. Combine crumbs, sugar, and melted butter thoroughly. Press into the bottom of an 8″ cake ring wrapped in parchment. 2. Cream the softened cream cheese. 3. Add sugar and cornstarch and blend in. 4. Slowly add the eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. 5. Add sour cream and blend until combined. 6. Fill mixture into a prepared 8″ cake pan or cake ring. 7. Bake at 315 degrees until firm around the edges, yet still loose in the center. 8. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature for one hour. 9. Place cake in freezer and freeze for 1 hour. 10. When cooled, use a paring knife to cut cake loose from the mold.  

Fresh Fruit Assembly

1. Arrange fresh fruit of your choice on top of cheesecake. 2. Glaze with thinned down apricot marmalade.   Imagine Physical Therapy has locations in Mount Pleasant, Charleston / West Ashley and on Daniel Island. Our mission is to provide a physical therapy experience that is immeasurably better than could be asked or imagined.

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Around Town: July ’14

Posted on July 22, 2014 by

Summer is quickly coming to a close and we want to highlight a few of the special summer events around town you won’t want to miss. We also wanted to let you know about an opportunity to give back through the Seacoast Dreamcenter’s Annual Back to School Bash coming up on August 2nd. Thanks for reading!

Memorial Waterfront Park Splash Days


Giant water inflatables fill Memorial Waterfront Park during Town of Mount Pleasant Splash Days. Local camps, residents and visitors are treated to a host of inflatable attractions including a 27-foot Tropical Plunge. A special area is set up for small children. All children must remain supervised by parents, guardians or camp counselors at all times. All activities, admission & parking are FREE! Food and beverage available for purchase.

  • July 30 – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • August 13 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Movies in the Park with Cinebarre

Mount Pleasant residents and visitors bring blankets and lounge chairs, sit back to enjoy an incredible sunset, and then watch an outdoor movie on Cinebarre’s giant movie screen with the beautiful Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop. Movies begin at sunset, around 9:00 p.m. Free admission & parking! Food and beverage available for purchase.

  • July 25 – Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • August 22 – The Princess Bride (1987)


Back to School Bash

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The North Charleston Seacoast DreamCenter is gearing up for their annual Back to School Bash! This event, falling on the first Saturday in August, aims to provide school supplies, book bags, haircuts, food, fun and much more to help the families in the surrounding areas prepare and get excited for the school year. More than 500 book bags full of supplies are given away, and at Imagine Physical Therapy, we’re collecting supplies for this years event. Our locations are accepting donations of composition notebooks, packs of pens/pencils and notebook paper, as well as anything else you’d like to bring in. Your donations can also be dropped off at the North Charleston Dream Center or at Seacoast Church at the Long Point Campus. If you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information about the event, please contact the church at

We truly appreciate your helping us in our efforts to collect supplies!   Imagine Physical Therapy has locations in Mount Pleasant, Charleston / West Ashley and on Daniel Island. Our mission is to provide a physical therapy experience that is immeasurably better than could be asked or imagined.

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