5/28/2015 0 Comments
Special thanks for this blog post to Ron Veilleaux with MT ErgoFit. We honor the hard work Ron has put in to help Fit to Fight transition as the key ingredient to organization and implementation of this year’s Peak Triathlon.
This year Fit to Fight took over the running of the Peak Triathlon. This would be the 6th year of the Triathlon and we were very pleased to be able to take this over as Fit to Fight’s main fundraiser of the year while maintaining the core partners of the event: The Peak Health and Wellness Center, and our Race Director, Kayla Johnson.
This year we had over 230 competitors, and over 95 volunteers. Additionally this year we had a new Corporate Cup division, with 9 teams competing for their business to bring home the Corporate Cup. The team from First Security Bank edged out some close competition to win the 1st Corporate Cup.
The Peak Triathlon always has some great stories. This year we had two teams compete in the Triathlon that were alumni from our last Fit to Fight session. It is truly inspiring to have our alumni competing in the event showing their strength after their battles with cancer. As in years past there were plenty of first timers. The first timers are the most fun to follow on the course as they always seem to have a bundle of nerves at the start to an overwhelming sense of accomplishment at the finish line. Finally, we had a new course record set this year by Dylan Gillespie, tearing through the course in 52:44.
The Peak Triathlon truly can offer something to any level of athlete. The proceeds from the triathlon go directly to Fit to Fight and help us offer our three free sessions each year for folks that are battling or recently battled cancer.
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Ron Veilleux, CEAS
5/23/2015 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapist, Brace Hayden, DPT , with the help of his esteemed co-worker, MS Graduate Candidate in Exercise Physiology, Laura Porisch, had the chance to present at the annual conference for the joint Montana Geriatric Society and the Governor’s Council on Aging last week in Helena. This was a 3-day conference entitled “Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease” with a variety of speakers and panel discussions on the looming topic of how do we prepare for the silver tsunami of aging baby boomers…losing their mind, or at least a large part of their memory and cognitive function.
Startling epidemiology reports published in a 2014 Neurolology journal estimate that the size of the older population (over 65) will double over the next 25 years, growing to 70 million by 2030. The US could expect a 44 – 70% increase in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease, with an estimated 7.7 million people affected in the next 10-15 years. The growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease is estimated to soon affect every 1 in 8 Americans over 65 years old. Our fine state of Montana can expect an 81% increase in those affected by this neurological degeneration condition with numbers projected upwards of 29,000 in 2025.
Brace Hayden has a special interest in the Missoula community working with the often elderly population on balance, vestibular therapy (dizziness management) and the business of falls prevention. He jumped at the opportunity when asked to present at this statewide, multi-practitioner and lay public attended conference on the topic of “The Benefits of Physical Activity to Slow Cognitive Decline”, as fit/well-balanced seniors are near and dear to his PT heart. Preparing 110 slides over a 3 month period for a 90 minute presentation, on a topic he knew little about was his own dementia reduction physical exercise for the Spring.
The take-home message of the presentation was performing a routine cardiovascular exercise program 5 days per week for 20 – 60 minutes, has many “neuroprotective” health benefits. Increasing circulation and stimulation to your brain and body as you age not only can improve your chances of avoiding neurological illnesses like Alzheimer’s Disease, but it helps reduce many other health complications like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes. So if you want to improve your chances of living a longer, healthier life, get out for some daily exercise. Your long-term physical, immune-system and cognitive health will benefit greatly.
For more information, visit our Vestibular and Balance at Alpine webpage by clicking here.
5/12/2015 0 Comments
Here’s an update from one of our running specialists at Alpine, Matt Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, CSCS.
A couple weeks back, a group of runners gathered at Alpine Physical Therapy’s North location (by Jonnny Carino’s) for a beautiful morning run. When the runners finished their training run, a group of five of Alpine’s physical therapists and one athletic trainer were stationed by to help the runners prepare for the upcoming Missoula Marathon.
The runners’ had their flexibility tested, core strength measured, and were tested using our new force plates. Runners learned new stretches, received exercises to increase core strength, and got to see if there was an imbalance with side to side stance on the force plates.
This was a super fun event, and everybody walked away with some things to work on with their training for the upcoming Missoula Marathon!
Nearly every day in my physical therapy practice, I hear patients tell me their pain “is from old age.” Until I tell them that I had a 20-year-old in just before them with the same complaints.
And then they say, “Well, I figured it would just get better by its self.”
Like the lady who had mid back pain for 20 years. A single maneuver in PT, and 20 years’ worth of pain . . . gone!
Too often, people experience pain, think it’s normal, and choose to live with it . . . for a long, long time. It’s not normal. Why?
Pain is telling you something. Listen to it.
After 23 years in practice, I am pleased to see so many new approaches and technologies available to people as never before. The result?
Painfree IS the new normal.
People are finding fast and effective solutions through physical therapy. They’re choosing to do something about it.
I encourage you to do the same. Call us at Alpine Physical Therapy.
Get your solution today.
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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