2/27/2011 0 Comments
It’s remarkable what new paint, new carpeting, and an organized work setting can do. We completely ripped out our old work stations and completely redid everything. Now when we go to work, our productivity has soared, though there is a palpable sense of calm and ease. This was one major remodel. We’ve since updated our billing office, added a new treatment room, and painted accents in the back portion of our PT clinic at our south location.
The next touches will include accents throughout the main clinic, along with a brand new administrative office! So in the past 6 months, we’ve built a brand new 4,300 square foot clinic on north Reserve, opened a new business called the Core Studio at Alpine, and remodeled 4 of 6 rooms!
Our aim now is to fully focus our efforts on offering expert, effective, and caring physical therapy services on an enlarged and ongoing basis!
Stop in and check it out when you get a chance!
2/24/2011 0 Comments
Tele races have been going great for Team Alpine PT. We’re currently tied for 2nd place, and everyone has been doing well. Although team members have been sidelined with whooping cough, possibly the flu, and too much homework, we’ve all been pushing through on Thursday nights.
Sadly, tonight’s races have been cancelled due to extremely cold weather and wind chill values as low as 25 below zero. Team Alpine PT will be back to win on Thursday, March 3rd. Photos coming next week!!
Check out the website for the TeleMark Challenge Series by clicking here.
Alpine PT Brace Hayden took last week off from the Telemark Challenge as he was ripping it up in the Canadian Rockies! But he is back and loves to treat skiers when he is not skiing!! Call 251-2323 to schedule and ski without PAIN!
Get more information at our clinic website at AlpinePTmissoula.com.
She’s been hobbling around since she hurt her knee on the slopes earlier this winter. “It’ll get better,” she convinced herself.
Yet when I checked her knee out tonight, it was clear she’d torn her ACL. Neither of us wanted to admit it. But it was torn.
She could bend her knee all the way. Straightening the knee was another matter. For months now, her knee simply wouldn’t straighten. That rules out swelling as the culprit limiting her, as swelling in a knee gives a characteristic limitation when attempting to bend the knee more so than straightening it. When I relaxed her hamstring muscle, her knee extended fully. That over protective muscle was attempting to help out where the ACL couldn’t.
And the knee has continued to give out on her. She simply can’t trust it.
Now this is a young, athletic gal. She’ll do well to follow up with her orthopedic doctor for further direction, which will likely include a recommendation for surgery. Along with this news, I gave her a couple exercises to help her manage stabiltiy and strength of the injured knee. Then I made sure she had the online link to the document I wrote on the topic.
You too can view this free resource for people with ACL injuries by visitng my clinic website. Simply click here to read this highly illustrated and easy-to-read document.
2/20/2011 0 Comments
The Fit to Fight program helps cancer survivors return to a quality of life where they can re-establish trust in their bodies and return to daily life as a productive member of their community. Fit to Fight is a ten week small group program designed for cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and or disease.
Spread the word! We are starting two new sessions starting in March!
Session 1 begins Tuesday, March 1st and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5.
Session 2 begins Wednesday March 2nd and will meet every Monday and Wednesday morning at 7.
For more information about the program and how to get started please visit our website by clicking here or call us at 406-251-2323.
Mission Statement To empower cancer patients to improve their functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through an organized program of fitness and strength.
Kegels are often thought of as an exercise purely for pregnant or post partum women, when in fact they can be very beneficial for everyone and particularly those people with low back pain. Kegel exercises are one of the most commonly known methods of pelvic floor muscle strengthening. Kegels are most commonly described as tightening your pelvic floor muscles as if you are going to the bathroom and have to stop mid-stream.
Although Kegels have earned their merit for their contribution in helping with bladder control issues, Kegels also play another important role in spinal stabilization and management of low back pain. Spinal stabilization refers to the ability of the core muscles to effectively control movement and protect the spine during applied forces.
The three components that make up the core are the deep abdominal muscles (transverse abdominis), deep back muscles (multifidus), and the pelvic floor musculature. The pelvic floor musculature is often overlooked in its contribution to core stabilization. It is the interaction between these three muscle groups that provides a strong and stable spine and can significantly affect symptoms of low back pain.
Among individuals with a history of back injury or low back pain, core muscles are often weak and may not be doing their job of stabilizing the low back. In order for the core to work correctly, it is necessary to have the coordination and cooperation of all three muscle groups together. By re-training these muscles to work in concert during regular daily activities many people will report less back pain and higher functional abilities.
Although strictly performing Kegel exercises may not cure low back pain, adding Kegel exercises (specifically, contraction of the pelvic floor muscles) to additional exercises aimed at core strengthening may significantly improve the quality of the contraction and improve the overall stability of the low back.
To improve the health and stability of your back, visit the educational library on our clinic’s website by clicking here. And for additional information on physical therapy approaches to women’s health, clicking here.
The causes of low back pain during pregnancy are individual and can be numerous. Through an individualized evaluation performed by one of Alpine’s Her Health physical therapists we can get to the bottom of your pregnancy-related low back.
Possible solutions that we may provide include core strengthening, postural retraining, instruction in sleep position modification, manual therapy, fitting for a prenatal pelvic support brace, pelvic floor training, and instruction on a safe prenatal exercise program.
Also, water exercise, Pilates, and CoreAlign feel good on a pregnant woman’s body. Thus, we take advantage of our knowledge of these treatment choices to help provide a safe alternative to your pre-pregnancy exercises.
Tara Mund, DPT, the Director of Her Health at Alpine, describes in the accompanying video what physical therapy can do to help when low back pain occurs during and after pregnancy. Click on the video player below to view.
For more information on our women’s health services available at Alpine, visit our website at www.HerHealthMT.com.
It’s common to think about a chiropractic or osteopathic physician when considering spinal manipulation. Yet physical therapists have been performing spinal manipulation in the US since the very foundation of the Physical Therapy Association in 1921.
Several of the physical therapists at Alpine have advanced certification in manipulative medicine. Using spinal manipulation on a daily basis, they get stellar results with patients suffering with neck pain, back pain, and headaches–to name a few.
Take a few moments to watch as Brent Dodge of Alpine is interviewed by Dr. Randale Sechrest of the Montana Spine and Pain Center.
For more information, be sure to visit our website by clicking here.
My thanks to Tara Mund, DPT, women’s health specialist in physical therapy and Director of Her Health at Alpine Physical Therapy for submitting this informative article.
Pelvic floor strengthening or Kegel exercises are terms that are familiar to most women when preparing for and recovering from child birth. Kegels or pelvic floor muscle contractions also play a large role in rehabilitation for incontinence (leaking of urine or feces) prolapse, or even various pelvic pain conditions. But how many should you do, how long should you hold them, and how often should they be done in a day? The answers to these three questions are paramount in treating the conditions for which Kegel exercises are prescribed.
Three things need to be determined before an accurate prescription can be given for pelvic floor strengthening. First, we need to know how strong or weak the muscle is, Second, we need to know how long the pelvic floor muscle contraction can be sustained, and third, we need to know how many contractions can be done prior to fatigue. Based on these three factors, an individualized prescription can be given for pelvic floor muscle strengthening that is both effective and tailored to address the specific problem you may be experiencing.
Physical therapists can be specially trained to evaluate the pelvic floor muscles and determine each of these three factors on a personalized basis. If you are experiencing problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction I encourage you to seek individualized treatment from a physical therapist to ensure you are not only performing the exercises correctly but that you are following the prescription that is right for you.
Additional information on this topic and others is available on our clinic website at www.HerHealthMT.com.
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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