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.
6/16/2013 0 Comments
Earlier, we posted a blog about the recent publication in Climbing Magazine on Training for Off-Width Climbing written by local Missoula rock climber, Pamela Pack, with guidance by Alpine’s Leah Versteegen. Part I of the two part series published in May 2013 reviewed the basic foundation of a training cycle to prepare a climber for the grueling sport of off-widths. Part II, released in the June 2013 edition of Climbing Magazine, is on the shelves now. Check it out!
I want to highlight a specific area of Pamela’s training program, stabilization. At Alpine Physical Therapy, we put a lot of emphasis on stabilization training, for the core of course, but also the hips and lower extremities, shoulder girdle and upper extremities. Understanding core stability is an aspect of training that is important for everyone, but becomes absolutely necessary for elite athletes such as Pamela. After suffering dislocating ribs, herniated discs in her lumbar spine, a torn rotator cuff, torn MCL…the list goes on, optimal stability and biomechanics are allowing Pamela to continue her pursuit of tackling the most difficult off-width climbs imaginable.
As part of her article on training for off-width’s Pamela describes the role of Pilates in her program: “One of your greatest challenges may be working around injuries. If you are injured, addressing that should be a priority. Trying to get stronger around an injury means other areas are overcompensating, and you’ll never truly heal yourself and be full-body strong. In my experience, Pilates has been the single most effective form of injury prevention and rehabilitation. Shoulder, back, hip, and other pain/damage require more stabilization work to get your entire body back to full strength, and Pilates can create deep core stability while maintaining flexibility and mobility.”
Pamela attributes much of her success climbing to the detailed workouts that have been developed specific to her sport by a combination of exercise specialists during the off-season in Missoula. While Leah has guided her overall rehabilitation and training program, Samantha Schmidt at Alpine PT and Samantha Glaze at The Core Studio have taken her to the next level in stabilization training with fine-tuned mechanics and isolated stability utilizing Pilates and Core Align. Well done ladies.
For more information on Alpine’s sports performance outreach for climbers, visit our clinic webpage on the topic by clicking here.
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.
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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