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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Kari Dembouski

Lifestyle Health
“My massage therapist worked with me to find the tense muscles in my neck and shoulders and then created a plan that included monthly massage visits and gym exercises.”

Lifestyle Health to the rescue again with medical massage

After a ski accident left Kari Dembouski with a hurting neck and shoulder, she turned to Lifestyle Health for relief. After previously using the program’s weight management services and losing 102 pounds, the 46-year-old felt optimistic when they suggested medical massage.

Having had spa massages prior, Kari was interested to see how medical massage would differ. The biggest difference was the presence of a treatment plan. Kari explained that her massage therapist, Shawn Linn, CMT, worked with her to find the tense muscles in her neck and shoulders and then created a plan that included monthly massage visits and gym exercises. These exercises strengthened the muscles around her problem areas.

As far as cost and ambiance, such as mood lighting, soft music and relaxing environment, these aspects were all similar to spa massage.

After only one visit, Kari felt her muscles loosening and the pressure in her problem areas subsiding. Although her muscles were tender after the massage, Shawn noted this was normal and usually feels better within 2-4 days.

“Kari’s experience is a good example of what you can expect from a medical massage. It is extremely targeted to the problem areas that often prevent us from reaching the goals we set for ourselves. Massage, in any form, is a great benefit for our health, but medical massage can be the difference between just getting by and truly living in a state of wellbeing.”

After her neck and shoulder pain subsided, Kari continued the medical massages once a month. She says these massages give her something to look forward to and keep her on track if she starts to develop pain in any other muscles or problem areas. Had it not been for the medical massage recommendation from Lifestyle Health, Kari wouldn’t be able to do what she loves, tending to her large garden near her home in Pierz.