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Welcome to ExploreHealth with Sentara

We’ve launched a new digital channel and it’s called ExploreHealth with Sentara.

We’ve taken Sentara Today, a blog that has shared employee and patient stories, along with health and wellness tips, and transformed it into a new experience for Sentara customers. Our goal is to educate and inform you on the latest medical breakthroughs, health news and tips and ways to keep you and your family safe.

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New moms: Protect your posture

By Dr. Heather Dacey
Sentara Therapy Services

At first, when the babies are small, they are easy to carry or put down in order to complete household activities. Safely carrying these little ones means cradled in your arms close to the body or perhaps in a double shoulder carrying pack. While some argue the swaddle sling is best for the baby bonding, if not positioned correctly, this sling can cause significant pain and stress to the low back of the mother as well as increased stress to the baby’s back.

Once the babies get a little more mobile and older, the “new mom posture” really kicks in. The forward shoulders, hunched back, and forward head – all attempts at making dinner while answering the phone and carrying the baby on your hip. Anatomically, this means possible rotator cuff strains, upper and mid back pain, headaches and possible sciatica pain.

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Preventing osteoporosis

By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE
Martha Jefferson Hospital

We have 206 bones in our body and so it is really important to have those lifestyle habits that help protect your bones.

Osteoporosis or porous bones puts you at risk for a fracture-the most common places for fractures are the hip, spine and wrist. Unfortunately, about 44 million adults have osteoporosis. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

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Mammograms 101: Your questions, answered

By Dr. Rebecca A. Zuurbier
Sentara Radiology Specialists

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the message is clear: Women should get mammograms to detect breast cancer. While many may know that mammograms are important, there are often many questions about the technology that isn’t always clear. Here are some commonly asked questions – and answers – about mammography to help set the record straight.

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