We’ve posted these questions on this blog in the past. In actuality, we answered these questions with 14 impressive reasons. One of these is the fact we hold 9 advanced certifications. This is exciting news for Alpine Physical Therapy and says a lot about who we are and why we are the obvious choice in Missoula for Expert, Effective, and Caring physical therapy services.
Just today, Alpine’s owner Brent Dodge received notification that he successfully attained recertification as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Recertification is required every 10 years.
This is great news for Brent, for our patients, and for Alpine Physical Therapy.
For the other 13 reasons answering the questions Why Us? Why Alpine? click here.
As always our customers will now be in receipt of more than they expected at Alpine. Along with ongoing excellent physical therapy services, our clients will also be able to participate in a formal and supervised wellness and weight management program. . . as part of their physical therapy services.
It’s comprehensive. It’s ongoing. And it’s FREE.
Here’s our mission statement for this new add-on service : As part of our comittment to wellness, you will be guided in the fitness component, basic nutrition, and goal tracking of an overall wellness and weight management program.
For the steps we’re taking to help you in this quest, please read the summary statement on our brand new web page by clicking here.
Welcome to the new Wellness Program at Alpine Physical Therapy, and thank you for joining us in striving to optimize your health. As physical therapists, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to feel great and get the most out of your daily life.
We are choosing to take a little extra time, free of charge, to assist our patients in making the lifestyle modifications most beneficial to their health. Once a week, we record body weight, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, every four weeks, we take body circumference and skin fold measurements to monitor changes in body composition and mass.
We have new participants fill out a brief questionnaire about their food choices, stress management, exercise schedule and other lifestyle choices.This gives us a better idea of what area of wellness participants would most like to focus on.
Our goal in this process is simply to increase peoples’ personal awareness of their lifestyle decisions and the impact these decisions can have on overall health. We also hope to also assist our patients in making the most reasonable and effective lifestyle modifications to help them reach their goals.
At the conclusion of physical therapy, we review the wellness program and help in setting set realistic, long-term goals. After participants complete the program we are available to see them once every eight weeks for a complete wellness screening . . . on us.
Congratulations are in order for those taking this step toward improving their health and wellness. Now get ready to achieve some helpful and healthful goals!
5/24/2011 0 Comments
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Peak Triathlon on Saturday. Alpine Physical Therapy, one of the major sponsors of this annual event, was there in full color. They joined in to swim and to bike for various Fit to Fight teams. They supported individual participants by walking with them. And they even helped direct traffic!
That was big news. In fact, KPAX picked up the story and did a great job connecting the efforts of Fit to Fight in their quest to raise money and awareness for this helpful and local nonprofit organization.
Our hats go off to all the successful efforts mustered by Race Director Kayla Johnson. In addition, we thank the founders of Fit to Fight, including Alpine’s Samantha Schmidt and Mary Lynn Eiseman, co-owner of the Peak Health and Wellness Center. Check out the article below, or sit back and watch the video (click here for the video version).
Peak Triathlon helps cancer patients and survivors
Saturday’s triathlon at the Peak Health and Wellness Center brought out beginners and hard core competitors. But one of the main goals behind this event is to raise money for a cancer organization that helps the disease’s survivors to get in shape and empowers those still battling cancer.
For the rest of this exciting story, click here.
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 or to get started call our clinics at 251-2323 or 541-2606.
Attending physical therapy a couple times per week can challenge anyone’s schedule. With kids in tow, it can be even more challenging.
At Alpine Physical Therapy, we’ve made it a little easier for you. We provide FREE child care while you attend each scheduled physical therapy visits with us. Make that FREE care for your child . . . or children. When you receive physical therapy at our south location within the Peak Health and Wellness Center, we’ve got you covered.
FREE child care. . . yet another reason why people choose Alpine Physical Therapy.
For a list of other reasons that answer the questions Why Us? Why Alpine? click here.
5/11/2011 0 Comments
You’ve made some tremendous fitness gains this year. Smart decision! Resultantly, you’re 25 pounds lighter. You’re tight. You’re lean.
But the pain and swelling in front of your elbow that started two months ago hasn’t let up. In fact, it’s worsened.
Gotta push through. Gotta burn fat. Gotta reach that pivotal fitness point.
Stop and rest it? Nonsense! Not after working this hard and getting this far.
Whoa! Hold it for a sec. You’re smart. After all, look at the decisions you’ve made and the transformation you’ve experienced. Can’t stop now, right?
Look. I’ll be the first to congratulate you on your decision to optimize your health and figure. I love to hear about successes like yours. However, you’re facing a greater challenge if you choose not to allow time for healing.
From the sounds of it, you might possibly have a brachialis muscle contusion compounded by overuse. If this is the case, you may wish to consider ways to stay active in fat burning and muscle development but without putting strain on the wrist and elbow flexor muscles.
If you don’t rest the area, you may be heading for bigger problems. First, the area will NOT heal, and will likely only worsen. The scar tissue that is forming is weaker than normal tissue. If you continually strain the new and immature scar, you’ll further weaken the area, prolonging recovery.
Second, you may also be at risk for developing myositis ossificans in the injured brachialis muscle, which is basically bone that gets laid down within the injured muscle tissue. Not good! If you think
you’ve got a problem now, think for a moment about being completely sidelined by having a muscle that may become basically non-functional.
You are an intelligent person (given your choice to transform your health and figure). You’re also smart enough to know that the area must be given a chance to heal.
Here are some potential choices you may wish to consider in order to selectively rest your elbow and wrist flexor muscles.
1. Opt for high intensity workouts that tax major lower extremity muscle groups (see www.AlpinePTmissoula.com and click on Intensity Interval Training in the “Health Information” section). That way, you can accomplish your workout goals while giving your elbow needed rest.
2. Consider purchasing a pair of Flexolate workout straps (developed by fitness guru and local Missoulian, Terry Baldwin). Go to: www.flexsolate.com. With the straps, you might be able to sneak in workouts that focus on the triceps and lat muscles, while avoiding heavy gripping , wrist flexion, and elbow flexion.
3. Get a reality check. Book the next available flight to Costa Rica for at least 6 weeks. While there, you must hold all eating and drinking utensils in your other hand. Make sure to lather up with sunscreen every morning and then lie down at the beach on one of four sides for at least an hour in each position.
Get it? I know you do. You’re smart.
For more information on the aches and pains that may be hampering your workouts, recreation, or sport, be sure to visit our clinic website at www.AlpinePTmissoula.com.
5/10/2011 0 Comments
Alpine shoulders a huge part of the efforts of the annual Missoula Marathon, including educational seminars, injury consultations, pre and post-race massages. We converge in full force to support the Expo prior to race day, and we provide 10 therapists for 6 hours to doing post-race massages.
Having expanded our south clinic to include a new treatment room, we decided to dedicate the new treatment room to our sponsorship of the Missoula Marathon.
We place t-shirts from each year, all of our sponsorship plaques, annual runner’s medals, and posters from the event. We even got a mile marker painted in Griz fashion, which matches beautifully the wall we painted in . . . you guessed it . . . Grizzly maroon! Check it out!
The 5th Annual Missoula Marathon is slated for Sunday, July 10, 2011. Notably, Alpine Physical Therapy has been on hand every year, providing pre-race injury consultations, educational talks, and post-race massages.
According to the readership of Runner’s World magazine, Missoula was named in 2010 as the top Marathon destination. Resultantly, registrations in 2010 jumped 4 times to nearly 5,000 people. In addition, fitbie.msn.com recently listed the Missoula Marathon as one of the Ten Best Beginner Marathons in the US, mainly because it is a relatively gentle course and because of the excellent community support of Missoulians!
Growth every year, especially last year by 4x (5,000 registrants and from every state), largely on the heels of the news that Runner’s World magazine named it the top Marathon destination of 2010 . . . and the fact that many runner’s return because they love the course and the community support.
According to Race Director Anders Brooker of The Runner’s Edge, registration is about on par with last year, which is great considering all the promotion behind the award last year. We have all but two states, Rhode Island and West Virginia. A couple cool additions for this year are better more visible mile markers and the best shirts we have ever had!
Alpine is ramping up its involvement again for the big day in July. We’ve already provided several education seminars. And all participants of the Missoula Marathon are provided free injury consultations (before and after the race) with one of our physical therapists.
Additionally, many race participants are taking advantage of a unique service offered at Alpine Physical Therapy. It’s called the Runner’s Clinic at Alpine.
Participants entering The Runner’s Clinic undergo 2-D video analysis of their stride, along with a comprehensive body and movement examination. Integrating the 2-D video analysis with the clinical exam provides an exacting assessment for identifying running faults that can contribute to injury and impact performance. The results of the examination form the basis of specific corrective exercises that you’ll begin learning and doing on day one!
Be sure to stop in at our booth at the Expo on July 9th in the center under the Caras Park canopy. We’ll be in full force, with all our PT staff and reception team, on the west end again on race day providing post-race massages.
For more information, be sure to visit our clinic website at www.AlpinePTmissoula.com.
5/5/2011 5 Comments
We’ve been creating and providing online resources for orthopedic patients since the early days of the Internet. Our websites at Alpine, including our blog, attract a number of people who discover some of the best graphics and topics on the web.
People seeking health information are online, and they want quality information. We took efforts early on to answer their orthopedic questions. By doing so, we’ve built inherent trust among many Missoulians who routinely utilize our patient information resources.
Having quality information that is unbiased and free of advertisements builds trust among users. It sets Alpine apart as a leader in outpatient physical therapy services in Missoula. Ultimately, our efforts in online information deployment has had a large role in helping us become the largest free standing outpatient physical therapy clinic in Missoula.
Our blog is updated three times per week with posts on hot topics in health, fitness, and rehab.
Our website, www.AlpinePTmissoula.com, boasts a robust database of easy to access and easy-read patient information. For example, in our “Patient Resources” section of the website, we have over 200 fully illustrated and easy-read modules covering all of the common orthopedic conditions including: carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, low back pain, tendonitis, along with numerous sports medicine topics.
There’s also a news feed with thousands of articles culled from 18 top peer reviewed orthopedic journals. These news articles are updated constantly over the course of each month. You can get the latest research boiled down on most any orthopedic topic, such as new approaches in various types of surgery, treatments for a host of conditions, and best practice in many aspects of orthopedic medicine.
There’s also a section called “Health Information,” which has a growing list of nearly 50 video topics covering all aspects of orthopedic physical therapy, along with a host of fitness topics.
Thanks for visiting our blog. Be sure to also access the many free online resources available on our website at www.AlpinePTmissoula.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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