1. Rawlins County Dental Clinic and Rawlins County Health Center receive Kansas Community-Based Primary Care Clinic Program

    Rawlins County Dental Clinic and Rawlins County Health Center have both been awarded a matching grant of $50,000 from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This grant assists clinics with operating costs throughout the year. While Rawlins County Dental Clinic has received this award in years past, this is the first year that Rawlins County Health Center has applied and received the award.


    Per the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website, the Kansas Legislature appropriates state general funds to assist in the development and operation of clinics that focus on improving access to quality health care with an emphasis on community-based services and reducing health disparities for underserved populations. Grant funds are intended to make primary medical and dental care and preventive health care services accessible and affordable to underserved Kansas residents. The Community-Based Primary Care Clinic Program began in State Fiscal Year 1992 with 9 grantees receiving a total of $1,000,000 and has grown to now include 40 grantees receiving over $7,000,000.


    “Thank you, KDHE for believing in the future of our clinic and entrusting us to be good stewards of these funds! A huge thank you to our staff, who without your hard work and dedication none of this would be possible!” stated Deb Pochop, CEO Rawlins County Dental Clinic.


    “We are thrilled to join the Rawlins County Dental Clinic as recipients of this grant and are grateful for the financial support from KDHE. Thank you to all who were a part in making this grant a reality.” Sharon Cox, CEO Rawlins County Health Center

  2. Rawlins County Hospital Foundation Awarded $100,000 from Dane G. Hansen Foundation

    The Rawlins County Health Center is in the process of creating a new Central Sterile area in the facility and the Rawlins County Hospital Foundation saw a way they may be able to help.  Along with funding from the 2012 Capital Campaign, there was the talk of a possibility of finding some funding through grants, specifically a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

    “There is a lot of critical equipment that carries a pretty hefty price tag,” said Suzanna Dozbaba, RCHC Marketing/Foundation Manager. She continued, “We felt as though we had a great chance at finding some funding to help with that cost.”  The Central Sterile Area in the Health Center will be used by the entire facility and the completion of the area will also mean the use of the new Operating Suite that was completed last year.

    “We are looking forward to retiring the outdated operating and central sterile areas,” said Mary Clark, RN, Pharmacy and Surgical Nurse, “We’ve worked hard to continue using the extremely outdated area but the time saved in the new spaces will be amazing. The improvements on both the patient and staff sides will be noticeable.”  The new Central Sterile Area began construction this week and should be finished this fall.

    The Rawlins County Hospital Foundation and the Rawlins County Health Center are grateful for the $100,000 awarded to them to go towards the equipment.  “We are feeling blessed right now and don’t take the decision lightly.  There are a lot of worthy causes out there and we are grateful that the Dane G. Hansen Foundation saw the need we had here and awarded us with so much financial help for the project,” said Dozbaba.

    The Dane G. Hansen Foundation was established as a charitable organization in 1965, with the primary goal of making the communities of Northwest Kansas better places to live. You can learn more about the Dane G. Hansen Foundation at www.danehansenfoundation.org and about the Rawlins County Health Center and the Rawlins County Hospital Foundation www.rchc.us.

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  4. Myofascial Release Therapy to Treat Trigger Points

    If you experience pain throughout your body that seems to stem from one area, you may be experiencing what are known as trigger points. A trigger point is a specific area within your myofascial tissue, often located in the back or the neck, that causes pain or discomfort which carries to different areas of your body. Since trigger points can cause chronic pain, it is important that they are treated through the use of myofascial release therapy. With manual massage techniques from trained physical therapists, myofascial release therapy can be very effective in treating tight spots, knots, or soreness throughout long bands of muscle tissue.

    Our goal at Rawlins County Health Center is to educate patients so that they may live a happier and healthier life. If you feel that you could benefit from myofascial release therapy, learn more by reading our article below. We’ll outline what myofascial pain is caused by, how myofascial release therapy works, and the easy techniques you can do at home to aid in myofascial release.

    How it Works

    Due to stress, injury, or overuse, muscles can begin to tighten and shorten, causing individuals a great deal of pain, discomfort, and loss of flexibility. According to the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists, “patients evaluated in one pain management center were found to have a myofascial component to their pain in 95% of cases.” Knowing this information, you can begin to see how common trigger point pain can be for individuals. Many people who experience myofascial and trigger point pain aren’t even aware that their muscle fibers are permanently contracted, which leads to muscle tension and tightness. The purpose of myofascial release therapy is to effectively return permanently contracted muscles to their relaxed state.   

    Self Myofascial Release at Home

    If you are unable to schedule a session with a massage therapist or physical therapist, myofascial release can be achieved at home with a little effort. To easily treat trigger points in the comfort of your own home, simply purchase a tennis ball or foam roller. Foam rollers are common tools that are used to break up tight muscle tissue, and can be found online or at major retail stores. After you’ve purchased your trigger point tool of choice, begin by laying on your back and placing your tennis ball or foam roller underneath you. Start by using your foam roller or tennis ball to slowly roll around sore spots on your back until you find a trigger point. You’ll know you’ve found a trigger point when rolling over an incredibly sore spot that causes pain and discomfort.

    If you are using a tennis ball to massage a trigger point, let the tennis ball rest on the trigger point until it begins to relax and give way to the tennis ball. After your trigger point has relaxed and loosened, begin using your body’s weight to leverage the tennis ball deeper into your muscle tissue. This will ensure that you are reaching the main source of your trigger point, and will help eliminate the root cause of pain altogether. Alternatively, if you’re using a foam roller, use your body’s weight to move the foam roller up and down your back. After you’ve found the sorest area affecting you most, begin slowly rolling up and down the muscle tissue. Although you may not be massaging the trigger point directly, you can effectively help the trigger point release by massaging the long muscle fibers which connect to your trigger point. This will cause your trigger point to relax, allowing myofascial release to occur naturally.

    With enough practice, you will begin to find your trigger points quickly and easily. Myofascial release therapy can alleviate most of the pain an individual is experiencing, improving their quality of life and muscular mobility. If you are a resident in Atwood or its surrounding areas and want to learn more about myofascial release therapy, get in touch with our friendly staff at Rawlins County Health Center! Our physical therapists are experienced in myofascial release therapy, and work with patients to ensure that they leave our facility with an increased range of motion while decreasing their overall level of pain. Contact Rawlins County Health Center to schedule your appointment today!

  5. Four Easy Stretches to Increase Your Range of Motion

    The importance of stretching to maintain flexibility and overall health is often understated. While many individuals attribute muscle soreness or tightness to old age or pre-existing injuries, the truth is, muscle tightness can easily be avoided with a few simple stretches during your morning routine. Not only will daily stretching aid in injury prevention, it will also help you increase your range of motion and overall level of flexibility.

    At Rawlins County Health Center, we’re dedicated to helping residents in Atwood, Kansas and the surrounding areas maintain an optimal level of health and wellness. Throughout this article, we’ll talk about four easy stretches you can implement into your morning routine to increase your range of motion and improve your quality of life. Through consistent stretching, you’ll begin to notice a decrease in injuries while introducing a sense of calm and wellbeing into your life.  

    Neck Stretch

    Do you experience general tightness or soreness throughout your neck upon waking? Does your job require you to look at a screen for an extended period of time? If so, an easy neck stretch can help loosen tight muscles that cause discomfort to your neck. While sitting in a comfortable position, gently bring your left ear to your left shoulder and hold the stretch for 20 seconds. This will effectively provide a deep stretch to the right side of your neck. Alternatively, to stretch the left side of your neck, bring your right ear to your right shoulder and hold for 20 seconds. While holding this stretch, you may feel your neck begin to loosen up. If possible, gently work the stretch deeper as your muscles loosen, but be mindful not to extend your stretch too far. While a deep stretch may feel very relaxing, it is important not to stretch past your body’s level of flexibility as injury may occur.

    Lying Spinal Twist

    If you sit for long periods of time, or wake up from an uncomfortable night of sleep with radiating back pain, the lying spinal twist will help relieve muscle tension and soreness felt throughout your back. The lying spinal twist is an easy, yet effective, stretch that requires little effort and provides excellent relief. While lying on your back on the ground, gently lift your right leg towards the ceiling and begin to let it fall slowly over your left side. While your right leg hangs over the left side of your body, slowly turn your head towards the right side. This will maximize the benefits of the lying spinal twist by deepening the stretch felt throughout the back while fully rotating and stretching your spine. Continue to slowly deepen the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds while your back muscles continue loosening. Slowly bring your right leg back towards the ceiling and then gently place it back on the ground. Repeat the same stretch with your left leg while turning your head towards your left side. The lying spinal twist will help stretch your lower back muscles while relieving sciatic pain caused by excessive sitting.

    Standing Forward Bend

    If you are susceptible to leg or back pain from extended periods of sitting, you could benefit from an easy standing forward bend. The standing forward bend is a simple stretch designed to increase your overall level of flexibility while deeply stretching your hamstrings and calves. Begin by standing with your feet at hip width and then slowly begin bending at the waist towards your toes. Let your upper body continue to hang while deepening your stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Be mindful to exhale while moving into your stretch, as this will make it easier to deepen your stretch naturally, reducing your risk of injury. After holding the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds, begin slowly returning to a standing position so as not to cause a rush of lightheadedness from standing up too quickly. Repeat the standing forward bend for up to five repetitions while relaxing in between each stretch.

    Lying Chin Tuck

    If you suffer from forward head posture, you probably experience many aches and pains around your suboccipital muscles. Fortunately, by doing lying chin tucks daily, you can improve the strength of your neck while increasing your overall range of motion. Lying chin tucks help strengthen your front neck muscles, known as neck flexors, while also stretching your suboccipital muscles. To perform a lying chin tuck, begin by lying on the ground or in bed and gently lift your head while tucking your chin towards your chest. Hold this stretch for two to three seconds, then gently bring your head back to its resting position. If you aren’t used to this particular stretch, you may notice your neck begin to tremble. This is completely normal, and is due to your neck flexors not being used often enough. In simpler terms, a neck tremble simply indicates that you’re neck flexors are turning back on. Repeat the lying chin tuck for up to 10 repetitions, and then rest. With consistent stretching, lying chin tucks will help increase neck strength while improving your neck’s range of motion.

    Are you located in Atwood, Kansas or its surrounding areas and are in need of quality care? Visit our friendly staff at Rawlins County Health Center! We provide a wide variety of services to our patients such as physical therapy, emergency care at our 24-hour emergency room, and so much more. To learn more about our full list of services we provide, contact Rawlins County Health Center today!

  6. The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy

    Tension, stress, and chronic pain are all unavoidable aspects of life. While pain may come and go, the underlying effects that pain creates can branch out into different aspects of your day-to-day activities, decreasing your overall quality of life. However, through the use of massage therapy, patients can find pain relief and a release of stress to improve their well being. Many studies continue to confirm the effectiveness of massage therapy and the lasting benefits it provides patients.

    According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, countless studies have been conducted which have shown positive results in reducing stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and depression through the use of massage therapy. While many individuals can benefit greatly from massage therapy, there are various massage therapy techniques which are applied on a patient-specific basis. In this article, we’ll outline just a few of the effective massage techniques that can aid in the breakdown of injured muscle tissue while reducing the amount of soreness and tension felt throughout the body. If you feel that massage therapy is right for you, contact Rawlins County Health Center to get in touch with our staff of highly qualified physical therapists.

    Swedish Massage

    If you frequently suffer from joint pain and general tightness,a Swedish Massage could significantly reduce your level of pain and inflammation. Swedish massage has been shown to increase blood circulation and flexibility while reducing stress and muscle tension. A recent study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine showed just how effective Swedish Massage can be in helping treat inflammation. According to the study, “participants who received Swedish massage had a significant decrease in the hormone arginine-vasopressin (which plays a role in regulating blood pressure and water retention) compared with those who were treated with light touch.” For this reason, Swedish massage is an excellent choice for patients seeking to reduce tissue inflammation or muscle soreness.

    Deep Tissue Massage

    Do you experience an incredible level of muscle tightness that refuses to relax or loosen? If so, deep tissue massage could be the perfect massage therapy technique for you. A masseuse utilizing the deep tissue massage technique leverages their weight to press deeply into the affected muscle areas, breaking up the tightest muscles or knots you may be experiencing. Since your muscles are composed of several layers that need to be broken up one layer at a time, there will be several stages during your massage where you will experience an increase in massage pressure. As your muscle tissue breaks down, your masseuse will continue to work deeper into the areas that are affecting you most, so that the source of your pain is effectively located and eliminated. Patients should consider deep tissue massage as an effective complementary treatment if they experience severe muscular tightness that affects how they conduct their daily activities.

    Trigger Point Massage

    Myofascial pain can be incredibly uncomfortable, causing soreness to radiate throughout your body, which often makes locating your source of pain complicated. Myofascial trigger points react intensely to pressure, and require slow therapeutic massage to release muscle tension. A simple method of at-home trigger point massage therapy involves your body weight and a tennis ball. To easily find a trigger point, begin by laying on the ground and placing the tennis ball underneath your back. Start by slowly using your body weight to roll the tennis ball around sore or tender areas of your back. Once you’ve located one of your body’s trigger points, keep the tennis ball resting directly underneath the affected area. After some time, you will feel your trigger point begin to relax and give way to the tennis ball. At this point, you can use your own body weight to increase the amount of pressure applied to your trigger point which will help reach the deepest areas of pain.

    Are you a current resident in Atwood, Kansas or its surrounding areas and are looking for an experienced staff of care providers? Visit Rawlins County Health Center’s state-of-the-art facility! We offer an extensive lineup of services to our patients like cardiac wellness programs, physical therapy sessions, wound care, and much more. To learn more about all that Rawlins County Health Center has to offer its patients, contact us today!

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