Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Alpine Physical Therapy. Our team continues to grow as we expand our expertise and deepen our ties with our fav town, Missoula!
12/25/2013 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapy congratulates Tara Mund, DPT, for attaining national certification in her specialty area, women’s health physical therapy. She was notified this week by Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT the Director of Education for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Darla commended Tara by writing: “Your successful attainment of the Certificate of Achievement – pelvic floor (CAPP –Pelvic) . . . signifies your dedication to women’s health physical therapy and to patients and clients that you serve.”
Having attained this advanced certification, Tara is the sole physical therapist in Missoula who performs examinations and treatments at this advanced level, enabling her to skillfully address pelvic diagnoses in women (and men) of all ages. Having a certified women’s health specialist in physical therapy working at Alpine Physical Therapy strongly expands our existing outreach in the area of women’s health physical therapy.
Tara is the Director of the Her Health program at Alpine Physical Therapy (www.HerHealthMT.com). Whereas she’s been able to grow this program over the past four years, her attainment of this certification yields numerous benefits. Certification places Tara at the top of her field in our community, enabling her to communicate comfortably and with authority to area doctors and other referral sources. Additionally, her patients are directly benefiting from Tara’s advanced training as a specialist.
For more information on Tara, as well as women’s health physical therapy services at Alpine PT, click here.
12/22/2013 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapy proudly announces a new service specialty designed to help people with vestibular, dizziness, and balance problems.
Alpine’s Brace Hayden, DPT, OCS, CSCS completed advanced certification in these needed areas. He finished the six days of coursework and passed the examinations in “Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency-Based Course,” which is taught in Atlanta, Georgia, by world renowned expert, Susan Herdman, PT, PhD.
Upon completion and passing of five competency tests, a video exam, and a final written exam, Brace attained the coveted “competency certificate” in vestibular rehabilitation.
The course involves six days of in-depth studies on the assessment of vestibular system pathologies (vertigo, balance disorders, spinal cord dysfunctions), along with the current background evidence in research on the tests, measures, and the physical therapy related treatments of these conditions.
I asked Brace what made him want to achieve this specialty, to which he replied: “As a primarily musculoskeletal-focused physical therapist I would see patients with vestibular, as well as orthopedic (i.e. neck pain, leg weakness) issues periodically. I’ve been taking courses in this area for the past eight years, as it has grown as a special area of interest. The week long course at Emory is regarded as the consummate class taught by many of the masters in this field. Alpine PT will soon be offering the Missoula community a new specialty clinic in balance and dizziness management. This class has helped strengthen the knowledgeable backbone of this new vestibular physical therapy addition at Alpine Physical Therapy.”
Brace added that “many people have vestibular system (balance, dizziness, vertigo spells) issues that get more common as we get older. Physical therapy for these conditions has proven helpful to shorten the duration and severity of the condition, to reduce the risk of potential falls, and to help improve the over all function and fitness of people with balance, coordination, and dizziness issues.”
For more information, please visit our webpage on this topic by clicking here, or contact Brace at our south clinic by calling 406-251-2323.
Our thanks to Women’s Health Specialist Tara Mund, DPT of Alpine Physical Therapy for this blog post.
Urinary incontinence is very common among women, especially following childbirth. It is also a subject that most people are reluctant to talk about. Because it is common, it gets mistaken for “normal,” when in fact it isn’t normal and it can be easily treated.
Talking about you leaking is actually the best thing you could do. Telling your doctor or physical therapist is the first step toward taking control of you health and being proactive about your treatment.
Many people are familiar with Kegel exercises, and if you have been leaking you have also likely tried these exercises at some point in your life. Interestingly enough, the majority of my patients when tested aren’t doing them correctly or as effectively as they could be. Once you learn how to do the exercises correctly, it will take you less than 5 minutes of your day to train your muscles and put a stop to leaking.
By the time you have completed your treatment, this won’t be a subject you want to keep quiet anymore. You won’t be whispering to your friend about your embarrassing problem; rather, you will want to shout at the top of your lungs that you are dry and the treatment was easy, effective, and painless!
Watch this brief video in which Tara details approaches used by physical therapists with advanced training to address this important aspect of care.
For additional information, visit our webpages on this topic by clicking here.
Expert, Effective, Caring.
More than merely a tag line, these words set the bar for advanced physical therapy services at Alpine Physical Therapy. Casting these words creates direction for our company.
Although Alpine has a stellar reputation for providing expert manual therapy, we determined to take our expertise to a new level. To this end, we’ve encouraged our entire professional staff to pursue post-professional education toward manual therapy certification utilizing the Maitland approach.
We brought in a Maitland course presenter and held an in-house continuing education course last month in which most of our 15 PTs were present, along with several area PTs. The three-day training went smoothly, and the information and skills have proven themselves to be readily useful and effective.
Here is a picture in which Alpine’s Jamie Terry, DPT demonstrates specific shoulder treatments using the Maitland approach.
We’re getting ready to schedule our next in-house course in fall 2013.
12/8/2013 0 Comments
Missoula isn’t what most would consider a “big” city. Yet it has available a support program for cancer survivors that big cities would love to duplicate. It’s a program called Fit to Fight. Their tag line says it all: Stronger than Cancer!
Get to know this exciting program which was founded by Samantha Schmidt, PT of Alpine Physical Therapy and Mary Lynn Eiseman of the Peak Health and Wellness Center.
Ironically cancer treatment is often more brutal than the disease. Treatments leave the body diminished in function, affecting one’s state of mind and quality of life. The current medical model of cancer treatment may resolve the disease, but the resulting negative side-effects are often left unaddressed. Medical studies prove that exercise helps minimize the detrimental side-effects of cancer treatment, aiding in the return to a better quality of life. FIT TO FIGHT helps cancer survivors re-establish trust in their bodies and return to daily life as productive members of our community.
Empower cancer survivors to improve their quality of life through a program of fitness and health.
• Provide positive effects of group exercise
• Provide opportunity for social interaction, support, and exchange with others who are fighting or have fought cancer
• Involve the community in supporting cancer patients and aiding survivors in their return to a quality of life that is productive and satisfying
The FIT TO FIGHT program is an exercised based cancer support program and runs three 8-week sessions per year. We meet twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm at The PEAK Main Club. The format is a small organized group exercise session, with individual tailoring. Each session consists of stretching, breathing & relaxation, resistive strengthening, and endurance training. Sessions are led by an exercise physiologist, supervised directly by a physical therapist.
The PT directly oversees the program and is available to all participants for questions or advice. However, this program does not replace the important individual skilled PT that many oncology patients may need initially.
Watch this newly updated video on Fit to Fight.
For more information, visit the Fit to Fight website by clicking here. Or call Alpine Physical Therapy at 406-251-2323.
Dennis McCrea, PT, has joined Alpine Physical Therapy at its South clinic location. Dennis is a graduate of the University of Montana and received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 1995. Dennis looks forward to working with Missoula’s “working athletes,” “weekend warriors,” and recreational enthusiasts who want to learn how to prevent injuries or would like to return to their work and lifestyle after an injury, accident, or surgery. Areas of interest include orthopedic injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and spine care.
Philosophy of Care
“I see my patients as being athletes of all kinds who want to be active again without pain. I believe a combination of using hands-on manual therapy to decrease pain and restore movement and guiding patients in exercises to restore strength will help them to get moving again. And most importantly, I seek to educate and motivate patients so that they have an understanding of how to take care of themselves in the future and maintain that active, healthy lifestyle.”
Dennis can be reached at Alpine Physical Therapy South at 251-2323.
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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