4/28/2017 0 Comments
Fourteen participants including 12 Alpine PTs attended the three-day Runity course hosted by Alpine Physical Therapy on April 21st through April 23rd. The primary founder of Runity, Juan Nieto, flew in to Missoula from Madrid, Spain, to lead the instruction of the course with the assistance of Alpine's own Runity Master Trainer, Leah Versteegen, DPT.
In this picture, Juan is surrounded by a few PTs from Alpine (left to right: Matthew Schweitzer, Leah Versteegen, Juan Nieto, and Samantha Schmidt).
Following the latest in research and scientific knowledge, the main purpose of the course was to guide participants on how to help facilitate painless running for their clients, allowing runners to return to their sport after injury or continue running with improved efficiency and decreased risk of future injuries.
Over the course of three days, participants learned about video running analysis and training running form using technology, common injuries associated with running and how to prevent such injuries, appropriate exercises to compliment a running program, and the best learning procedures to help teach proficient running.
The exercises blended plyometrics and functional movement exercises with Pilates movement principles to promote optimal mobility and stability throughout the system. It was truly amazing to watch everyone's running form and ability to teach efficient running progress over the course of one weekend.
Here's a picture of Juan demonstrating posture correction to improve running performance.
Alpine now has 12 Physical Therapists ready to serve the Missoula community of runners towards optimal efficiency and Painless Running!
For more information on Alpine's approach to running, click here.
A popular response from our new patients after their first PT visit is that they got so much more than they expected. So often they say they’d gone to PT somewhere else before, and all they got was a length of exercise band and a long ride on a stationary bike.
Not at Alpine Physical Therapy. We believe there’s more to quality physical therapy than Bands and Bikes.
Instead, we do lifestyle!
Check out this 30 second video I made to put a fun spin on bands and bikes!
Bands and bikes do have their place in physical therapy, but there’s a lot more to helping people get back to all that they enjoy than simply having them work out with a band or on a bike.
We believe in examining the whole person. Why? Doing so helps us discover other parts of the body that may be contributing to the pain.
A good example is when someone has elbow pain. It’s easy to look at the elbow and say, “Yep, there’s the problem.” Instead, we want to know what may be going on in the neck. After all, the nerves that go to the elbow start in the neck. And we’ll be interested in testing upper back, shoulder blade, and shoulder. After all, when the shoulder blade and the muscles around it aren’t working right, you can end up having pain in the elbow.
Likewise, when we’re helping people with sports injuries to their lower limbs, we want to know how the back and hips are working. So often problems in the lower limb can occur when there are problems further up, such as in the back or hips.
When we complete our evaluation, we design a treatment plan designed for more than taking pain away. We’re interested in making sure the pain doesn’t come back, yet we also go the extra mile to help you get back to the things you enjoy in life. That takes more than bands and bikes!
That’s why we boldly say, “We Do Lifestyle.”
For more information on our approach to expert physical therapy services, we invite you to visit our website by clicking here.
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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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