9/28/2016 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapy is pleased to announce a new form of pool therapy at our South location in the Peak Health and Wellness Center, aquatic biking. Aqua Creek Products, a local manufacturer of durable pool equipment, has generously donated a Water Rider pool bike to Alpine PT. The new Water Rider can provide many benefits (see below) for our patients that want to improve knee, hip and ankle mobility with minimized joint compressive forces and a maximized cardiovascular workout in the warm or cool pool.
Alpine PT graciously thanks Aqua Creek Products for this fantastic new piece of rehabilitation equipment that will help our patients get back on the road to improved function and strength.
Some of the benefits the pool bike provides include:
• Reduced Joint Impact: The buoyancy of water supports the body weight of the rider. This results in improved leg movements and reduced compressive forces on the back and legs.
• Challenging Resistance: The movement of the legs and long pedals in the pool creates moderate to easy resistance that assists in improved muscle strength and endurance. The faster the rider pedals, the more resistance and challenging effort is generated on the bike.
• Easy To Use: The bike can be customized to fit most people with seat height, seat length, and handle bars adjuster knobs. The bike can also be placed in shallower or deeper sections of the pool to optimize the challenge to the rider.
• Safety: Pool-based therapy provides a safe environment for people with back and leg injuries or arthritis.
For more information on our new water rider, call our south clinic at 406-251-2323. And for more information on our aquatic center, click here.
That’s right. Today is Fall Prevention Awareness Day 2016, the 9th national celebration and the 8th Montana state celebration! Please help our aging adults stay safe by offering education, reminders, home assessments, fall risk screenings, and lots of safe physical activity classes designed for the age group.
Here are some important resources for those needing additional information.
Here’s a link to the CDC website, highlighting the STEADI(Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries): www.cdc.gov/steadi.
And here’s a segment from the National Council on Aging on Falls Prevention Awareness Day: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/
Finally, here’s an announcement from our very own University of Montana: http://news.umt.edu/2016/09/092016fall.php
If you missed our most recent blog on Alpine’s involvement on keeping our aging adults safely on their feet, click here!
Let’s keep our beloved aging adults steady on their feet!
For more information on Alpine’s Vestibular and Balance Clinic, click here for our webpage on this topic.
9/18/2016 0 Comments
Alpine PT is stepping up to reduce falls in Missoula as a part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and prevent these avoidable, costly and deadly fall events.
September is National Falls Awareness month and we have teamed up with the Peak Health & Wellness Center’s senior fitness class instructors to provide balance and falls risk assessment inservices using the STEADI’s (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries) tests and educational materials. Alpine PT is trying to get the Peak’s fit seniors aware of their relative risk and hope they can double as vocal advocates and falls risk prevention ambassadors in Missoula, Montana.
Alpine PT offers free 15-minute balance screens and education to Missoula’s seniors throughout the year. Call 406-251-2323 to conveniently schedule a balance and falls-risk consultation at any of our three Missoula locations and at a time that works for you.
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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