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Around Town: October 2014

Posted on October 21, 2014 by

5th Annual Charleston Mac Off


Finally a food event your kids or grandkids won’t mind attending–the 5th Annual Charleston Mac Off. In only it’s 4th year last year, 0ver 5,000 folks decided to attend, and each year the event gets a bit cheesier…, maybe not. It’s actually a very cool event, and this year Jared Blake from NBC’s The Voice will perform, along with local country rock band Adalya. Local chefs, caterers and restaurants will compete for bragging rights of the best mac and cheese in town.

Where: The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road

When: Saturday, October 25th from 2-7pm

Cost: Admission free for children 10 and under; $10 general admission; $1 tickets for 2 oz sample of macaroni and cheese, $1 drink tickets; $5 for parking (charged by Patriots Point)

Other Attractions: live music, food trucks and vendors (BBQ, ribs, wings, hot dogs to complement your mac and cheese), kids activities, bars offering various liquor and beer

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Special Night for Special Olympics: Denim ‘n Diamonds

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The Special Olympics is an organization near and dear to our hearts at Imagine Physical Therapy. If you’re not familiar with the Special Olympics, their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.  

Please consider joining the Special Olympics on November 8th from 6:30-10:30 for a casually elegant event that will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a live auction, silent auction and an arm’s length auction. The event will be held at the Daniel Island Club, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Thanks so much for your generosity! To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit .



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Good Eats and Treats: October 2014

Posted on October 21, 2014 by

BOO!! Brownies

Boo Brownies Cute, easy and fun….and messy….but worth it! Take time to make these with a child or for children this Halloween–you won’t regret it! Another option is to make them for us–we are of course always delighted to sample your treats.


  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Original Supreme Premium brownie mix<
  • Water
  • vegetable oil
  • Eggs (called for on brownie box)
  • 1 1/4 cups Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy white frosting (from 16 oz container)
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • Betty Crocker black decorating gel (.68 oz tube)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil so foil extends about 2 inches over sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray. Make brownies as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch square pan. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove brownies from pan by lifting foil; remove foil. For 16 brownies, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

  2. Heat frosting in microwavable bowl uncovered on High 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until frosting can be stirred smooth and fluid. If frosting becomes too firm while decorating, microwave 5 seconds; stir.
  3. Top each brownie with 1 large marshmallow. Spoon 1 tablespoon frosting over each marshmallow to coat. Let stand until frosting is set, about 30 minutes. Use black gel to make eyes and mouths.

Honey & Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Honey Lime and Chicken Pix

A fantastic sweet and tangy twist on your typical enchilada recipe. Not only tasty but can be made partly in advance for anyone on the go. Enjoy!


  • 5 Tbsp honey OR 4 Tbsp agave
  • 5 Tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 3-4 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 8 flour tortillas (about 8″ each)
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 12 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 15 oz green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin


  1. Place chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Combine honey, lime, garlic & chili powder and pour over chicken. Cook on low 6 hours or on high for 3 hours. Shred chicken when done cooking.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Place 1/2 cup enchilada sauce in a 9×13 pan.
  4. Add about 1/4 cup chicken to each tortilla. To make sure I don’t short the last enchilada, I put all 8 tortillas down on a clean counter and divide the meat all at once, adjusting if necessary, so all are even.
  5. Sprinkle chicken with cheese (save some for the top), roll each tortilla tightly, and place in prepared pan.
  6. Add remaining enchilada sauce, milk, sour cream and cumin to remaining marinade. Combine and pour over enchiladas.
  7. If you want your cheese browned and crispy, sprinkle remaining cheese before placing in oven. If you want your cheese melted {but not browned} sprinkle with remaining cheese during the last 5 minutes of bake time.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of

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Trick of TREAT(ment)? Dry Needling Explained

Posted on October 21, 2014 by

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Nope, we’re not playing tricks on you–allowing our therapists at Imagine to stick you with needles can be a real treat! The pictures of our brave West Ashley Clinic Manager, Yves Gege, with needles in his face were taken during a 3 day dry needling continuing education course hosted at our West Ashley clinic. For the duration of this course, our therapists allowed themselves to be ‘stuck’ and did some ‘sticking’ in order that they could add another weapon to their treatment arsenal. Our goal is always to get you BETTER FASTER and to keep you BETTER LONGER…and dry needling is another way to do just that! Dry needling is an excellent adjunct to traditional physical therapy and our therapists are highly trained in dry needling techniques.  Please read the following interview with Yves to learn more about dry needling and how it benefits individuals in pain.

1) What exactly is dry needling?

Dry needling uses very small acupuncture-like needles to treat muscular pain and dysfunction. Dry needling is used to treat symptomatic trigger points and is used in corresponding areas based on muscular anatomy and neurophysiology to restore normal tissue function essentially making your muscle less tight and less painful.

2) How is dry needling different than acupuncture?

Dry needling uses an anatomical, muscular, neurological medical paradigm based on modern western medicine to treat your pain, in contrast to acupuncture which uses ancient eastern medicine knowledge based on meridians to treat systemic issues. Both use small gauge needles of various depths.

3) How can dry needling help those with pain? What type of conditions can it treat?

After a thorough and pleasant physical therapy examination is completed at Imagine, we’ll discuss the benefits and precautions associated with dry needling if we think it’s a viable option. Dry needling is used in conjunction with other therapies (therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, modalities) to improve range of motion and decrease pain. The needles are inserted into symptomatic areas creating less tension in the muscle and giving your body a stimulus to heal itself. Dry needling is commonly used for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, and also used commonly for muscle strains, neck issues and headaches.

4) How long do the needles stay in? Does it hurt?

Depending on your treatment plan, needles may be in for only seconds or they might be left in for 10-15 minutes with electric stimulation. Some areas of the body are quite sensitive and there is some pain; other areas you won’t feel hardly anything at all. Dry needling can be painful, typically however, there is minimal pain associated with this treatment. Most commonly there will be some muscular soreness over the next 12-24 hours.

5) Have you experienced lots of success with dry needling?

We have experienced lots of success. One patient recently came in and we performed dry needling to regain mobility and range of motion in his shoulders. With a combination of stretching and exercises, we had great success in meeting his goals. He actually chose to move on and have dry needling in other areas such as his forearms, elbows, biceps and chest and the treatment has been equally beneficial in those areas.

We also have had much success in helping to rid folks of headaches and tension in their shoulders and necks. I would encourage anyone who has an area of pain that won’t seem to go away to come in for a consult to see if dry needling might be an option.




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