2/27/2013 0 Comments
By Angela Listug-Vap, DPT, FAAOMPT
The big picture to me is INJURY PREVENTION. The key to injury prevention is training the body to withstand the repetitive stress of running. In order to do this several areas must be addressed:
CoreAlign is an exercise method that addresses all of the above in a functional position (standing) with the ability to use reciprocal gait patterns (moving legs in the same way we walk and run). It gives variety to the body so you won’t get bored. A CoreAlign class or session is a huge time saver for the runner trying to ‘get it all in’. Ideally one hour, twice a week and your body will reap all the benefits that a successful runner needs. From a PT perspective it is a training and rehab gem.
Try CoreAlign for yourself! The Core Studio offers free scheduled 15 minute demos, or sign up for a free “Feel It First” hour-long class on the first Monday of each month. Find out more information by viewing our Core Studio website by clicking here, or call 406-541-2606 to reserve your spot.
2/24/2013 0 Comments
By Diane Cummins, 800m Olympic Champion 2012 Women’s Age 35 – 39 and 10x Canadian National Champion
I am a runner, and I love CoreAlign. As an Olympic athlete it may be hard to believe that CoreAlign has taught me more about how to run and about my athletic strengths and weaknesses than any other form of exercise I have done to date. The exciting aspect of CoreAlign is that you can’t cheat. You can’t hide from your weaknesses, and you can’t fake your strengths or lack thereof I soon found out.
Through CoreAlign, I learned what is needed to get to the finish line stronger and faster without having to “try harder”.
CoreAlign is a set of hundreds of exercises incorporating every day functional movements that require the recruitment of the appropriate muscles in sequence to perform the task efficiently and correctly. Through what appears to be some basic exercises, I have built a foundation of strength, balance, and flexibility, all of which were previously lacking in my training program. This addition to my training program has a strong correlation with improved running performance and decreased running related injuries.
The principles and theory behind CoreAlign directly relate to running and running form. I have found them to be extremely beneficial in the following ways:
The exercises in CoreAlign have helped me become a more efficient, stronger runner with fewer injuries, which in the end, has been a far more enjoyable overall experience.
I have definitely gained a lot from CoreAlign by making it a part of my training schedule on a regular basis. I encourage you try it out and discover a deeper understanding of running, and of the running potential you never thought possible.
For more information on CoreAlign, visit or Core Studio website by clicking here.
Join us next time for CoreAlign from the Perspective of an Expert Physical Therapist, Angela Listug-Vap, DPT, FAAOMPT.
Four months in the making. Now it’s live. Alpine’s newly updated and freshly launched website.
This was a major undertaking and accomplishment, namely because this website is monster-sized and information-rich!
Our hats are off to Terrel Armstrong and Shawn Frazer who patiently and professionally synergized our ideas and content into the masterpiece we now call . . . our website! Thanks to each of you!Go Alpine!
Click here to view the new site.
Alpine Physical Therapy is putting the final touches on its brand new facility within the new Peak Health and Wellness Center, Downtown. We’re at 150 E.Spruce St. Suite A.
Alpine customers have access to the entire fitness facility and will appreciate our expanded Pilates rehab area, free parking (for Alpine customers), and free child care!
Our grand opening will be in conjunction with the grand opening of the Peak and is set for February 22nd from 4 – 8 PM. Stop by and see us.
2/10/2013 0 Comments
If you’re planning to run in this year’s Missoula Marathon, you are invited to a free seminar at the Good Food Store on February 11th at 7 PM.
Our topic is titled “How to Prevent Injury While Training for the Missoula Marathon” and will be presented by our two top physical therapy running specialists at Alpine Physical Therapy, Kristi Moore and Angela Listug-Vap.
This is a free event and is chalk full of ideas on how to train while preventing injuries. Get there early to get a seat, as it is well attended every year. The information is appropriate for runners, walkers, and run-walkers.
For more information on the services we provide to area runners, then be sure to check out our Runner’s Clinic at Alpine by clicking here.
Walking is one thing. Walking and thinking is entirely another. In fact, doctors think they’ve discovered a rather simple way to early detect Alzheimer’s. That’s right. By watching you walk.
According to the new research, the way you walk can tell a lot about your cognitive function . . . slowed or altered gait, for instance. And by having you do some basic brain work while walking, such as counting backwards as you walk, it’s possible for the trained observer to pick up changes in your walking pattern. For some people that change could be easily screened to help figure out the presence and, to some extent, the severity of Alzheimer’s.
As one doctor put it, “It may be that the brain is already so compromised that it cannot coordinate its circuits to efficiently manage such “dual tasks.”
Notably, the worse the walking pattern, the worse the presence of Alzheimer’s.
For the rest of this informative article from the New York Times, click here.
To speak with one of our physical therapists, please call our offices at 251-2323 (south) or 541-2606 (north), or visit our website by clicking here.
With the launch of it’s most recent TV commercial, our spoof on Person of Interest, we’ve become the PT clinic with the coolest TV commercials (watch it by clicking here). Now the deal gets even sweeter . . . and cooler! Enter Alpine logo Patagonia silkweighted Tees!
Special thanks to Brace Hayden and Leah Versteegen, star Alpiners and star models, for showing off our newest and best swag. These are special gifts to recipients of the 103.3 giveaways over the next 6 months. We’ll be making available one T-shirt and one free pain or injury consultation for winners of the weekly giveaway.
Go Alpine. What’s next on the “Coolest” agenda? Perhaps the opening of our 3rd location at 150 E. Spruce in Downtown, Missoula. Yeah. I bet that’s it!
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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