Poor balance makes for poor fishing. I saw this first-hand while spay fishing for monster Steelhead last weekend. Even wearing steel-studded felt-soled wading boots, I was faced with severe “snot-like” conditions while wading the slippery rocks along the river in pursuit of a monster Steelhead.
Notably, my friend Dale who is only 3 months younger than me has NOT been doing CoreAlign exercises twice weekly for the last 11 months. He proved known science that by age 50, balance and strength tend to bolt downstream.
Together, Dale and I fished the Hog Hole, the Slaughter House Hole, and the Bridge Hole (among others). And then we fished a spot where the rocks were unusually slimy. Snot was clearly an understatement!
We’d just begun making a few casts, when all of a sudden, I heard Dale just downstream from me splashing frantically. When I looked over, all I could see of him were the bottoms of his wading boots kicking feverishly above the water’s surface. Just as I was ready to throw him a life line, he righted himself and safely (yet fridgidly) made his way out of the 36 degree water. We aptly named that new fishing spot the “Swimming Hole!”
Unfortunately, this was just one of the major falls Dale took during our trip. All told, he slipped and fell dangerously at least 5 times. And whereas it was nearly impossible for me to stay sure-footed a lot of the time, my balance and confidence were nearly laughable. I felt like a surfer looking for a bigger and more radical wave. In some cases, it was futile for me to even try to maintain my footing. Instead, I was seemingly in a mode of controlling a series of near-falls while still making 70 foot casts with ease.
This feat (pun intended) could never have occurred had I not been guided through a powerfully effective form of exercise, called CoreAlign, for the last 15 months by the skilled and knowledgeable instructors of The Core Studio at Alpine.
I plan to fish hard till I’m 90. To do so, I’ll need to incorporate hour-long CoreAlign sessions twice weekly over the next 40 years. This new model of exercise constantly challenges balance while also developing long and strong muscles. Resultantly, I’ll be able to keep up with the young bucks and avoid having to spay fish wearing a snorkel and with my ankles pointing vertically!
For more information on CoreAlign, click here.
Brent Dodge . . . (the one with the hat)
It’s always nice to receive a thumbs up for doing a great job. So we were thrilled that Ron Veillux of MT ErgoFit shared with us his testimony about the staff at Alpine Physical Therapy.
Ron writes: I just want to give you huge kudos on your staff. In the ten years I have been in the office furniture industry I always found it difficult to find people who could represent both our company and products correctly in the field and provide the level of service I expected.
As my new company starts to grow over the next year, I know the hardest part for me will be to find workers who I trust to provide the high level of service and knowledge that I expect, as well as end users.
My point is that you have fabulous people at Alpine. They are not good, but great, and at the same time diverse. At both facilities I could walk in and talk to anyone and feel confident that I would get what I needed, and with a smile and positive attitude. I don’t know how you have created such a wonderful team, Brent, but it says a lot about you as a leader.
“There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” — Robert Half
For more information about Ron and his company, MT ErgoFit, please visit his company website at www.mtegofit.com.
Of all our senses, pain may be one you’d prefer to live without. But pain may be your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. That can be a good problem . . . if you listen in and seek a solution sooner, rather than later.
Another problem with pain is that when it’s left to fester, it can oftentimes get out of hand. Chronic and lingering pain is often more difficult to treat successfully. In the 20 years I’ve been a physical therapist, that’s one of the biggest tragedies I’ve run in to. Yet when I’ve been able to help someone early on, they commonly need just a couple sessions with me to figure out the cause of the pain and to implement ways to head it off quickly and definitively.
Most of the time, we shrug pain off as insignificant. Then it gets worse and ends up impacting peoples’ ability to do their activities, including work and play.
One of my friends started having wrist and hand pain from working on her computer. She continued her attempt to meet deadlines, even when her pain talked ever louder to her. When the pain became unbearable, she finally sought help. But it was too little too late. Resultantly, she ended up with debilitating pain that to this day impairs her ability to use her hands in a normal way.
The moral of the story is to listen intently when your pain talks to you. When it does call out your name, seek help early on. Doing so heightens the likelihood you’ll be able to head off a potentially challenging problem right from the start.
So the next time pain starts blabbing at you, consider getting advice from your healthcare provider. In the early phases of discomfort, you may only need some helpful guidance to get you going in the right direction.
To help you in your quest, I’ve placed numerous documents on Alpine’s clinic website describing many of the orthopedic problems that seem to plague us the most. Take a few minutes to inform yourself on a potential problem. In this way, you’ll have the upper hand and be able to talk back to whatever ails you.
Click here to access our free orthopedic library.
When you’re gasping for breath midway through a CrossFit Games WOD (Work Out of the Day), you can’t help but say: “I’d rather be . . . (here’s where you insert the word that best describes what you’d really rather be doing). But you gotta hand it to the minds behind CrossFit who got creative and birthed the CrossFit Games. Perhaps by using the word “game” people would think fitness at this level might somehow be fun. Perhaps it is, in an odd sort of way.
They must have done something right, seeing that the number of registrants around the world doubled this year to over 55,000 participants!
So far, in the Master’s Men (visualize old codgers from 50 to 55 years old), I’ve completed 4 of 6 weekly workouts. That is to say, I’ve survived 4 of 6 weekly workouts. I’ve been having so much “fun” I nearly didn’t realize that I’m in 102nd place in this age group. Last I looked there are over 600 other older gentlemen in this age category who are squeezing out their last few drops of Testosterone.
Despite the challenges posed in the WODs, CrossFit does what it’s motto suggests in that it is truly: Forging Elite Fitness. That translates into tremendous personal gains in performance: whether sport, hobby, or in my case, repeatedly launching and catching my active 3-year-old daughter. The payoff is most certainly worth it.
Alright. Here’s the workout that I’ll push through first thing in the morning. If you’ll notice, the list doesn’t include vital information such as “breathe here” or “fall down with a sharp stitch in your side here.” Okay. It’s gonna be awesome. Maybe even a little fun. After all, it is this year’s CrossFit Games! (http://games.crossfit.com).
Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below:
3 Barbell Thrusters
3 Chest to bar Pull-ups
6 Barbell Thrusters
6 Chest to bar Pull-ups
9 Barbell Thrusters
9 Chest to bar Pull-ups
12 Barbell Thrusters
12 Chest to bar Pull-ups
15 Barbell Thrusters
15 Chest to bar Pull-ups
18 Barbell Thrusters
18 Chest to bar Pull-ups
21 Barbell Thrusters
21 Chest to bar Pull-ups…
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 21, go on to 24. If you complete 24, go on to 27, etc.
Wish me luck. Now let’s go have some FUN!
My thanks to Leah Versteegen, DPT, of Alpine Physical Therapy for her thoughts and insights on this topic.
Research overwhelmingly shows that by maintaining a healthy body weight and getting regular moderate intensity exercise, you can significantly improve your cholesterol and blood pressure, while also decreasing the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
It is often intimidating to begin an exercise program, especially if you view your self as overweight or obese and don’t want to enter a public setting to workout. You might also be afraid of injuring yourself or aggravating an old injury. Or you may simply have no idea where to even begin.
Utilizing the services provided by a Physical Therapist (PT) can be a safe and reliable gateway to making a lifestyle change toward adding regular physical activity to your daily routine. The traditional view of PT is to treat a specific injury or help recover after surgery. The reality is that physical therapists are also available to help minimize knee or back pain, which are common when beginning a new exercise routine. PTs also teach safe body mechanics to minimize joint stress with exercise, and they provide guidance on proper exercise progression to fit your individual needs.
For more information visit our clinic website at www.AlpinePTmissoula.com, or to get started call our clinic at 251-2323.
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Back pain will simply not stop wide crack climbing expert, Pamela Shanti Pack. She describes the exercise training and therapy she’s relied on to rehab and regain strength to resume her sport.
Training for Wide Crack Climbing
There are a few questions I am asked repeatedly as a climber specializing in wide crack climbing in particular inverts: why do climb upside-down, how do you get upside-down, how do you get right-side up and how do you train for offwidths? I will start with how I train because I wouldn’t be able to get upside down much less right side up without a powerful core. Keep in mind that training for wide cracks has been an experiment over the last few years and I often modify my training according to various injuries and weaknesses.
For the rest of this detailed and helpful article, click here.
Patients and professionals agree that Alpine Physical Therapy is the place in Missoula, Montana, to help you get better, faster.
Take a moment to watch this brief video and hear what some of our past patients and our staff are saying about Alpine. Serving our customers with excellence in customer service and clinical skills is the common thread in our aim as a company. Thanks for watching.
For more information on our services at Alpine, 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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