Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Health Check: benefits of acupuncture for chronic pain

[CCX News, August 1, 2017] When it comes to treating pain, doctors frequently prescribe medications containing opioids. Now, patients and physicians are exploring non-drug therapies to manage chronic pain, such as the integrative therapies practiced at Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, part of Allina Health.

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Deep relaxation is the hot remedy for preventing and curing symptoms of stress

[Star Tribune, June 27, 2017] The rise of the relaxation movement, some say, is a direct response to the ever-increasing stresses of modern life. “We’re overstimulated from our environment,” says Dr. Courtney Baechler, vice president of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, where deep relaxation methods are routinely prescribed for a […]

Fitness trackers fail and the healthy way to count calories

[KARE11-TV, June 20, 2017] Annoying news for fitness tracker wearers. You might not be getting accurate calorie counts. Steve Moore, exercise physiologist with LiveWell Fitness, part of Allina Health, explains how trackers work and how to get more reliable information.

Healthy dose of yoga to treat back pain

[KARE-TV, March 2, 2017] Forget over-the-counter pain relievers to find relief from your aching back. Doctors now say you should grab your yoga mat instead. Gail Ericson, a physical therapist from Penny George Institute’s LiveWell Fitness Center, explains.

Why does smell trigger strong memories?

[WCCO-TV, December 7, 2016] Ever smell something, like cookies or markers or old hockey gear, and a whole bunch of memories come flooding in? It turns out our sense of smell can really transport us back in time, often better than what we see or hear. “You definitely have memories associated with when you hear […]

Got stress? Just sit back … and smell

[Twelve News, November 29, 2016] The holiday season is known as the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ but for some, the holidays can get overwhelming, making stress relief essential to our mental health. For people looking for a new way to manage stress, registered nurse Julie Streeter of Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health […]

Exercise as medicine

[12 TV, October 4, 2016] Have you ever thought of exercise as medicine? Instead of a prescription for a pill, what if exercise could take it’s place and actually be better for you. 12 TV News talked with Gail Ericson, a physical therapist with the Penny George Institute’s LiveWell® Fitness Center, about exercise as medicine.

Health Check: Exercise as a form of medicine

[Twelve News, October 4, 2016] Several times a week, you’ll find 46-year-old Dede Jackson in a gym, getting in her recommended dose of exercise. That’s a message physical therapist Gail Ericson of Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing wants to get out to everyone, especially women over the age of 40. You […]

Why seasonal scents remind us holidays and special event

[KMSP Fox 9, October 4, 2016] Ever wonder why certain smells remind us of the holidays or a special event? KMSP News talked with Julie Streeter, a clinical aromatherapist with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, about why that is.

Are dietary supplements safe?

[WCCO Radio, August 6, 2016] A Consumer Reports study finds certain ingredients in dietary supplements sold around the country can carry major health risks, including heart palpitations, allergic reactions and pain. Dr. Debra Bell from Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing is an integrative medicine specialist. She talked with WCCO Radio about […]