7/29/2012 0 Comments
To help our patients improve their balance and strength, we’ve added the Nintendo Wii Balance Board to our treatment services. Current physical therapy research supports rehabilitative interventions that focus on increasing balance, creating a direct effect on the reducing the risk of falls.
Falls and loss of balance are widely recognized as a leading cause of serious injuries and consequently disabilities in adults over the age of 65.
At Alpine, we are helping our patients take a stronger stand on keeping up their mobility and independence in our community by bolstering their dynamic balance.
According to program director, Brace Hayden, DPT, “The Wii Balance Board offers a variety of interactive and enjoyable ‘games’ to enable our patients and their PT to effectively address balance deficits.” Brace adds that “Patients comment regularly on the versatility and level of engagement this balance tool offers.”
The aim of our balance and vestibular rehabilitation outreach is ultimately to improve our patients’ wellness, balance, and strength . . . leading to greater safety and quality of life.
For more information on our use of this balance device, you are invited to call our south clinic at 251-2323.
The Hammer Nutrition Pro XC two weeks ago up at Marshall Mountain was insane. Some of the most talented riders in the country were in our own back yard!
High level athletes are constantly pushing the limits and occasionally injury and rehabilitation become a part of the job. Alpine’s Jamie Terry had the opportunity to work with America’s top male athlete (and local), Sam Schultz. One of the best parts of the video is when Sam talks about the help he’s gotten from Jamie at Alpine. In his book, she’s tops as a PT. In fact, he refers to Jamie as the “ultimate physical therapist!” In our book, Sam and Jamie are tops!
Here’s what Sam had to say about his experience. To see this exciting yet brief video, click 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.
By Kristi Moore, MSPT of Alpine Physical Therapy
More and more of our patients at Alpine Physical Therapy have been asking if they should try running barefoot or in a minimalist shoe. There are pros and cons to making this leap. The pros include: using our feet and lower extremities the way they were originally meant to be used for running; an increase in strength in our feet and entire leg; and for some an improved mechanics/form with running technique. As mentioned above a shoe changes the way our foot and leg function with walking and running.
Of course where this could be great for some individuals, it may also cause multiple problems for many others. The cons include: increased stress to the foot and leg if there is not proper strength/alignment to begin with; injury to the soft tissue of the foot; possible significant injury to the foot or leg if not done in a gradual manner.
The fact is that most of us wear shoes for a large part of our day and our feet/legs have adapted to this. Therefore, if we are wanting to revert to a more natural gait with running there are strength and alignment issue which should be addressed. Also a gradual program would be highly recommended, as our muscles and joints need time to adapt to this significant change. IF you are unsure if this is something you should try I definitely recommend talking with a physical therapist to see if this could improve your running.
For more information and to learn more about our services for area runners, please click here to view our Runner’s Clinic at Alpine.
The CoreAlign In Action
Success Story: Alpine Physical Therapy, Missoula, MT
Since its introduction nearly three years ago, the CoreAlign has been making a serious splash in the rehabilitation field. Nowhere is that more evident than at Alpine Physical Therapy in Missoula, MT.
Samantha Schmidt, PT, a long-time Pilates-based rehab practitioner at Alpine PT, first tried the CoreAlign at Balanced Body’s Pilates on Tour Rehab Summit in April 2009. “As soon as I got on it I immediately felt in my own body the potential this could have on my patient’s body. I knew it could be a great tool to teach proper movement to those stuck in compensatory, dysfunctional patterns.”
As soon as she got back to Missoula she met with Brent Dodge, PT the owner of Alpine. They immediately began making plans for Sam to start working toward Master Instructor certification. After that was accomplished they then turned their sights on the rest of the Alpine PT staff. Dodge also began his CoreAlign training. “We both knew this was going to change the landscape of our business,” said Dodge. “It’s such a phenomenally effective tool for functional movement, gait training, strength training and balance.”
For the rest of this informative article, click here to visit Balanced Body University’s COREterly newsletter, Summer 2012.
7/7/2012 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapy will, for the 6th consecutive year, be the exclusive physical therapy sponsor of the Missoula Marathon. This prestigious sponsorship puts us face-to-face with runners of all skill levels, giving us opportunities to provide consultation to all participants and to present numerous training seminars for area marathoners.
Our team of 10 therapists provides both pre- and post-race massages for all Missoula Marathoners. In addition, we offer free injury consultations both before and after the race.
We offer a unique service for all runners called The Runner’s Clinic, which is overseen by expert physical therapist, Angela Listug-Vap, DPT. Angela is the only Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the state Montana. As such, she is an expert diagnostician, particularly as it relates to sport biomechanics associated with high-mileage running.
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! For more information on The Runner’s Clinic, be sure to visit our website by clicking here.
Gaining knowledge about your injury and what you can do to resolve it puts you ahead of the pack. We invite you to peruse the Runner’s Clinic section of our website for information on various injuries common to runners. Gather additional information by clicking on the Patient Resources section of our website for news and information on these and other conditions runners face.
We have two locations in Missoula.
All participants of the Missoula Marathon are provided free injury consultations with one of our physical therapists. Call to schedule a free injury consultation or to schedule for The Runner’s Clinic.
It’s that special time of year again when the Missoula Marathon is upon us this Sunday, and I’m sure the first thing that is on nearly every runner’s mind is what you will do after the race. After weeks of training and discipline, it’s only natural to want to let loose, go crazy, or just go home and take a nap. Here are a couple things that you will want to keep in mind after you cross that finish line to ensure you do not spend the next week in pain.
• Cool down : This is an important part of any workout. After your run, make sure you cool down with a walk or light jog for about a mile. This could be as little as walking around the expo area, but make sure you keep moving. When you stop moving your muscle will begin to stiffen and will cause you to hate your body for the next couple days.
• Rehydrate and refuel!: If there is one thing you MUST do post-marathon it is rehydrate. Focus on sports drinks. These drinks are more ideal then water post-Marathon because they will replenish the electrolytes you lost during the race. Make sure you drink at least 16 oz after the race even if you feel hydrated. Dehydration is common in post-marathon runners, so watch out for the signs such as headaches and dizziness. Make sure you also replace your body’s glucose levels by eating some bread or fruit. These simple carbs will help refuel your tired muscles.
• Stretching: Don’t neglect to stretch. It’s another important part of a cool down. Keeping your muscle long and loose will help you avoid severe soreness over the next couple days. Focus on stretching all your major muscle groups. If you need stretching ideas please come visit Alpine Physical Therapy’s stretching stations at the marathon this Sunday and at the expo on Saturday.
• Massage: Alpine Physical Therapy’s team of physical therapist will be at the marathon this Sunday offering massages for your sore muscles. Stop by for a quick massage and chat with a therapist. Massages are going for $20 for 15min! See you there and Good Luck!
Congratulations to all of Missoula Marathon’s runners out there. Make sure you treat your body to some stretching, carbs, sports drinks, and massage. Soreness is unavoidable post-marathon, but a strategic cool down can reduce it.
Although there is already a surplus of reasons to avoid excess body weight, a recent study done by the Mayo Clinic has provided yet another: fat cells contribute to the development of arthritis in more ways than we previously thought. We already know that joints overloaded by extra pounds are at risk for osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis caused by wear and tear on the cartilage and bone in joints. However, the Mayo’s new research has shown that the activity of the fat cells themselves may be more influential to the development of rheumatoid arthritis than the burden of the extra weight.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body itself attacks the lining of the joint which causes the painful damage that is indicative of the illness. Inflammation is the culprit in the destructive process of rheumatoid arthritis, and fat cells are what fuel the fire. Although we think of fat cells as obnoxiously just sitting around, they are actually incredibly active. Fatty tissues secrete proteins which activate inflammatory processes as well as the female sex hormone, estrogen. Estrogen may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis as 75% of sufferers are women.
Losing weight, especially fat, will not only unload your joints, but it helps stop inflammation that may lead to or worsen rheumatoid arthritis. Also, many people who are trying to control rheumatoid arthritis have found that losing weight helps the drugs work better. Now that is a reason worth noting!
For more information on rheumatoid arthritis, visit our clinic resource section 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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