1/29/2014 0 Comments
What does China,Turkey, Singapore, England, Tunisia, Brazil, Cananda, and Alpine Physical Therapy have in common? Balanced Body University (BBU) Faculty! Yes, Alpine PT’s Sam Schmidt MPT, is in Sacramento, California, completing her BBU Faculty Training for Pilates.
Sam has been faculty for CoreAlign for the last four years, so it was a natural fit and need for her to step up for the leadership in Pilates education in the mountain west region. Sam is working with the industry’s top Pilates company and world’s top Pilates instructor this week to ensure the highest level of Pilates education to her instructor training program for Pilates.
Notably, Sam was fortunate to be able to room with Tatiana Trivellato of Brazil who happens to be the only other PT at this training. Tatiana is currently living in Baltimore where her PT husband is studying at John Hopkins University. This delightful couple may be leaving for Africa and a PhD program in the next year, unless Sam can convince them to instead head to Sam’s environs in Missoula, Montana!
For Sam it has been a great couple of first days, learning from Education Program Director, Nora St. John, of Balanced Body University as well as other experts in the field who are attending the course. Sam exclaims, “We even did a factory tour and saw new cutting edge equipment to one of Joseph Pilates’ original reformers!”
Here Sam “tests out” on proper instructor training protocol during the mat segment of the course.
Sam and Alpine Physical Therapy together with The Core Studio at Alpine will be offering comprehensive Pilates certification starting February 8th and 9th. Along with this scheduled “Mat 1” course, there will be several courses offered throughout 2014.
For inquires on courses, dates, fees, and registration visit the Pilates Instructor Training page by clicking here.
Sam will continue to bring CoreAlign to the world too. You are also invited to find CoreAlign instructor trainings at www.Pilates.com.
Stay tuned on this excited, international event and what Sam will bring back to Alpine PT afterward!
1/26/2014 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapy is hosting two free presentations with Dr. Hammerstein of Northern Rockies Orthopedics. Both presentations will be presented at each of Missoula’s Peak Health & Wellness Centers . Our topic this week is titled “Sorting Out Sciatica.” Get key information on what sciatica is . . . and what your options are for treating this condition. Here are the dates and times.
Each of presentation will include helpful information and insights by Dr. Hammerstein and by Alpine’s Brent Dodge, PT. Following each seminar, participants are invited to consult with one or both presenters and to have the opportunity for an orthopedic assessment.
For questions or for more information, call Alpine PT at 406-251-2323.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection and injury. While initial inflammation is necessary for healthy healing, prolonged inflammation can actually decrease the body’s immunity and prevent tissues from repairing. Here are some tips to reduce chronic inflammation without the need for over the counter medication.
1/19/2014 2 Comments
Samantha “Sam” Schmidt, PT, CPI of Alpine Physical Therapy announces the first course toward comprehensive Pilates certification with Balance Body starting with Mat 1. Sam’s overriding goal is “to bring Pilates on an organized, systematic front to western Montana in the most affordable way possible.”
When: Course dates are Saturday and Sunday, February 8th and 9th.
Where: The course will be held at The Core Studio in Alpine’s north facility at 2965 Stockyard Rd. on north Reserve, just east of Johnny Carino’s on Stockyard Rd.
Sam recommends mat certification for those who are not currently mat certified. She states, “You will benefit from understanding the principles of the mat work; plus you don’t need equipment for this so you can do it anywhere!”
Details on the BBU Pilates Certification
Balanced Body® offers a full range of Pilates instructor training programs. Whether you are interested in teaching Mat classes, Reformer classes or Pilates personal training sessions on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrels, we have the resources you need to succeed. Our program, like those of other leaders in the Pilates industry, offers an assessment-based certificate of completion, not a “Pilates Certification”, based on the recommendations of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
The Balanced Body Pilates instructor training program is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates teachers. Our curriculum emphasizes the principles underlying each exercise. Our faculty members have a wide variety of Pilates backgrounds from classical to contemporary to fitness and bring their exceptional depth of experience to the training. Our manuals are considered to be some of the best in the industry and for more in depth study, we have produced an accompanying DVD for each Mat, Reformer and Apparatus module.
Our program is designed in modules so you can take your first course now and continue your training next week, next month or next year. Each module is self contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow. In addition to our instructor certification program, we offer a number of additional modules as well as workshops.
For more information on Mat 1, click here.
Samantha Schmidt, PT, CPI
Alpine Physical Therapy, Downtown
150 E. Spruce St. Ste. A
Missoula, MT 59802
Here are some valuable insights from one of Alpine’s star PTs, Antara Quinones:
Thanks in part to all the new babies at Alpine Physical Therapy, I’ve had the pleasure of working at all three Alpine locations. I’m frequently asked which location I prefer, to which I can honestly reply: all of them! While all of our clinics maintain a high standard of care, each offers specialized services that makes them individually valuable to Alpine and our patients.
The North Clinic, located behind Johnny Carino’s off North Reserve, shares a space with The Core Studio. The clinic offers private treatment rooms and a calming atmosphere. Women’s health, chronic spine pain, Real Time Ultrasound, and sports and running assessments are among frequent services offered.
For a fun atmosphere that’s always hopping, our South Clinic is in the Peak Health and Wellness Center on Blue Mountain Road. The open space allows for a lot of camaraderie between patients and staff alike. Aquatic therapy, vertigo treatment, and PRRT are all available.
The latest addition to Alpine, our Downtown Clinic, is in the Peak Health and Wellness Center off Spruce Street. Come play ‘80’s Thursday trivia’ while you get a bike fitting, or let one of our sports specialist therapists help you get back to 100% on the field. Like all of our clinics, therapists at downtown frequently utilize Core Align and Pilates based rehabilitation.
So take advantage of all of the latest and greatest services we offer, and come see us at a location that is most convenient for you knowing that, where ever you do go, you’ll get consistent and effective care!
For more information on Alpine and its locations and clinics, visit our clinic website by clicking here.
Antara Quinones, DPT
Alpine Physical Therapy, North
2965 Stockyard Rd.
Missoula, MT 59808
Can running on a treadmill take the place of running outside when the smoke is bad? The levels of smoke in the air fluctuate from day to day. If you are training for a specific event it may be hard to decide whether it is better to turn indoors to a treadmill or keep running outside. There is not a single answer to this question, but following are some suggestions.
AirNow.gov recommends that people should not run outside when the visibility is less than five miles due to smoke. If you have heart or lung conditions this may be different. The AirNow website provides air quality information and maps to help you determine if it is ok to be doing a more exertional type of activity outside.
If you have determined to do some of your workouts on a treadmill, the question then arises about how to get a similar running workout on a treadmill as the one you would get outside. There has been research suggesting you can get a similar workout with some adjustments to the treadmill settings. You should know that your running gait will be different, just like it is different when you run on asphalt vs. trail. The treadmill should be set up 1% on incline to mimic running on level ground outdoors. You may also want to vary your speed throughout your run slightly.
When we run outside we are adjusting our pace frequently due to the changes in terrain. On a treadmill you could just set a pace and stay exactly the same throughout. The overall calories burned tends to be less on a treadmill than outdoors due to increased muscle recruitment outdoors (hamstrings and glutes are used to pull you forward, on a treadmill the belt moves your forward). Also in general people tend to run faster, and longer when running outdoors compared to running on a treadmill. So if you want to attain a specific goal with a treadmill workout you may need to run a little longer to get the amount you need.
Good luck in all the future training endeavors. Here’s to clear skies and more smoke-free days that will let us enjoy the great Missoula fall running weather!
Kristi Moore, MSPT
Alpine Physical Therapy, South
5000 Blue Mountain Rd.
Missoula, MT 59804
Our thanks to Alpine Physical Therapy super star and running expert, Kristi Moore, MSPT, for this article.
If you are someone who chooses to run outdoors in the winter instead of on a treadmill there are many differences from running in the other seasons outdoors. This is especially true if you do trail running in the winter months when there can be snow, ice, puddles and significant uneven terrain you are dealing with. You may find that your feet get tired quicker than usual; that your hip muscles tense up more and that you have to slow down to keep yourself upright at times.
It is helpful to have something on your shoes to help with traction, but you will still get some slight slipping if you are on ice or small motions of your feet in the snow. It is a constant balance workout to do this type of running; which requires different muscle recruitment than running on firm dry ground. Our balance reactions start at our foot and ankle, then work up the chain to our knees, then hips.
You can help improve your balance reactions by doing balance type of exercises daily. It can be as simple as standing on one leg while brushing your teeth, maybe even standing on a pillow on one leg while tossing a ball with someone. You can work on the small muscles in your feet with towel scrunches or picking up marbles. You can work on hip strength with side stepping using an exercise band or side shuffles for a warm up, also make sure you stretch your hips good after running (thread the needle/figure 4 stretch).
Running outdoors in the winter can be beautiful and very peaceful when there is a fresh snowfall, but know you will be working your body slightly different, which can be a good thing!
Alpine Physical Therapy, North
2965 Stockyard Rd.
Missoula, MT 59808
1/3/2014 0 Comments
Q & A with two of our physical therapists who are using Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging
Angela Listug-Vap, DPT, FAAOMPT
Tara Mund, DPT, Women’s Health Specialist
What is Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)?
Quite simply it is a tool we can use to see your muscles in action. For women, it is similar to your OB using ultrasound technology to see your baby. Physical Therapists can use different settings to look at muscle layers and determine if they are working properly.
What muscles do you look at?
Right now we are both using it to look at core muscles including the pelvic floor, transverse abdominus, obliques and multifidus. Over the next several months we will additionally be using it to assess many other muscles around the hip and deep muscles in the neck.
Does it hurt?
Not even a tiny bit. It’s fascinating to see what your body is doing or not doing, then and gain control of these muscles in an accurate way. Gone are the days when you keep wondering – am I doing this right?
How is this helpful?
We all learn differently but for most people vision is a very strong learning tool. For example when we are first learning a new exercise watching ourselves in the mirror helps initially. Learning a motor skill such as contracting the correct muscles is similar. RUSI gives us that visual feedback to know if we did it correctly or incorrectly. It’s our mirror for muscles deeper than the surface.
When would this be appropriate?
It would be helpful in any of the following conditions:
If someone is being treated by another PT would they have to switch?
Absolutely not! At Alpine we are used to collaborating with each other which allows our patients to benefit from the various specialties of individual PTs. We extend this same service to our colleagues around the area. A person can schedule 1-2 visits to focus on training their core using RUSI and incorporate what they learn into their plan of care with their primary PT, wherever they may be. Alpine PT is the only clinic in Western Montana and potentially the state that is offering this advanced training tool and we want to help as many people as possible in their healing efforts.
What should I expect from a treatment session?
Before your visit you are asked to not urinate for 1 hour prior and drink 1-2 glasses of water in that same hour. Wear something with a comfortable stretching waistband. We keep the lights low so you can see the screen easily and you’ll be on your back with your knees bent for part of the time and on your stomach or side to visualize the deep back muscles. We sometimes will use things to help you get a better contraction like a ball or a wedge. By the end of your treatment session you will given a list of things to practice on your own. It takes at least one hour visit and sometimes requires 2 visits depending on how many areas we are examining.
What are some interesting things you’ve seen so far?
None of these are 100% true but we’ve seen a few trends.
Will this ‘cure’ my painful condition?
A professor once told me that if someone tells you this cures everything, walk away. After 10 years of practice, I believe that more than ever. Restoring musculoskeletal health to alleviate pain requires a strong foundation, appropriate flexibility and movement strategies that do not continuously over stress tissue. RUSI helps us in the foundations and building strength from the inside out!
For more information, call Angela or Tara at our north clinic at 406-541-2606.
Visit our clinic website by clicking here.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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