Matt Heyliger, DPT, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) Level II course held in Seattle, WA with a focus on assessment and treatment of lower extremity conditions. The course emphasized assessment of the foot and ankle addressing correlations with foot and ankle biomechanics and overall lower extremity function. Many mobilization and manipulation treatment techniques were presented for the foot, ankle, and knee. Matt has now completed all Level I, II and III courses through NAIOMT, the equivalent of 231 hours of hands-on continuing education coursework in manual therapy.
Matt Heyliger, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed a Level III Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration course with an emphasis on integrating biomechanical assessment of the lumbosacral region, hip, knee, foot and ankle. The course follows the respected North American Institute for Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) program for advanced certification training. Key concepts studied during this four-day intensive course, held in Seattle, included advanced clinical reasoning and assessment approaches and integrated manual therapy and join manipulation approaches for complex biomechanical presentations.
Excel Physical Therapy Community Education Series | Free & Open to the Public
“Injury Prevention and Safe Training Strategies for Climbers”
presented by Matt Heyliger, DPT
Monday, September 12, 2016 | 6:30-8:00pm
Bozeman Public Library Community Room
What You Will Learn:
I have recently been thinking quite a bit about the importance of joint mobility, not strictly for function, but for joint health. In manual therapy, assessment of a given joint in the body always consists of consideration of joint mobility. Is there enough mobility? If not, why not? Does the joint itself have a motion restriction? Or is there perhaps some tissue outside the joint, like a tight muscle, that is limiting mobility? While it makes sense that a certain degree of motion is important for functional tasks, like bending your knee a certain amount to ascend stairs, mobility is also critical for joint health. (more…)
Matt Heyliger, DPT, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed part two of the Level III “Upper Quarter Integration” course with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) held in Phoenix, Arizona. This course emphasized assessment and advanced manual therapy treatment techniques for shoulder and upper extremity dysfunction originating from cervical and/or thoracic spine dysfunction.
Matt Heyliger, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed part one of the Level III “Upper Quarter Integration” course with the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). This course emphasized advanced manual therapy techniques and joint manipulation for the cervical spine.
Climbing unquestionably takes a toll on the body and many if not all climbers end up dealing with some type of injury each season. When our bodies tell us a break from climbing is mandatory, we often make the mistake of not correcting the biomechanical factors that made us vulnerable to injury in the first place. Often times these predisposing factors are easy to correct with proper assessment and the right treatment plan.
- A quick evaluation of any climbing-related injuries.
- Advice on proper management of the injury.
- Screen for any further medical assessment needs.
Each screening will be approximately 15-20 minutes long so please be prompt.
Sign up online at the following link: www.spireclimbingcenter.com/onlineregistration
Scroll to Events and select the FREE Injury Screening link and fill out the appropriate information.
Matt Heyliger, DPT is a physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy and an avid rock climber.
by Matt Heyliger, DPT, Physical Therapist at Excel Physical Therapy in Bozeman, Montana
While some of us are still hoping to get in as much spring skiing as possible, the season is changing and the thought of warm days and dry rock is enticing. This is the time of year when climbers realize that winter has taken a toll, and it’s time to grow our forearms again. It’s also when we’re at an increased risk of injury due to de-conditioning. So how can you make this your strongest season yet, red-point last year’s projects, and move on to new objectives? To get started, let’s review some well-documented training concepts, like the “4-3-2-1 concept” developed by Erik Hörst in his book Conditioning for Climbers.
Four weeks of endurance training: rack up as much mileage below your highest on-sight grade as possible. Shoot for three to four days a week of rope climbing on a variety of rock types.
Three weeks of power training. Head to Spire and spend those rainy May days bouldering. Complement this with hang-board training, systems training, or campus training.
Two weeks of anaerobic training. This is maximum-intensity training over short periods of time with equivalent rest time. For example, climb four boulder problems (or roped pitches) consecutively without rest, then rest for the same duration of time. Repeat to fatigue. This will increase your ability to dig deep in situations where rest is not an option.
One week of rest at the end of this 10-week cycle is vital for proper tissue healing and an injury-free season.
Additionally, antagonist training provides muscular balance without adding mass where it’s not useful. We do a lot of pulling in climbing so go push on something—high repetitions of push-ups and shoulder presses are good. Strengthening forearms is important for the stabilization of the elbows and wrists. Try the following exercises:
Forearm flat on thigh, hold dumbbell with wrist flexed. Bend wrist up (extend) to feel muscle activation on top of forearm. Lower and repeat.
Forearm flat on thigh, secure band with foot tracking band to outside of hand, palm up. Rotate palm downward feeling muscles inside of forearm, slowly return to start. Repeat.
Forearm flat on thigh, lower slowly toward opposite knee, return to start position feeling burn in extensors in each direction. Repeat.
Forearm flat on thigh, lower slowly in casting motion, return to start position feeling burn in top of forearm. Repeat.
Arm straight at side, weight facing back, perform casting motion back, slowly raising weight to feel burn in back of forearm. Slowly lower and repeat.
Theraband (or rubber band) around fingers with fingers bent. Straighten fingers and thumb and pull out and up. Hold for five seconds, return to bent finger position and repeat.
Shoulder stabilization is also key. Extensive research confirms the benefits of scapular and rotator-cuff stabilization for overhead athletes. In climbing, we spend a lot of time with our hands overhead pulling on holds in awkward postures. Try the pictured exercizes to protect your shoulders and prevent overuse injuries this season.
All climbers benefit from core strengthening regardless of ability. Emphasize more static exercizes, like plank and side-plank, as these aare more specific to our sport than crunches.
Do these exercises three times a week until you are climbing regularly, then cut back to once or twice a week for the remainder of the year to reduce the risk of elbow tendinopathies, wrist injuries, and finger injuries.
While just getting out and climbing is way more fun than training, being able to climb is also way more fun than being injured. “Roctober” is many months away, so tune your machine this spring and have an injury-free season.
Matt Heyliger, DPT is a physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy. Please call the Bozeman office with any questions at 406-556-0562.
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Matt Heyliger, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed 3 advanced training courses from the respected North American Institute for Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
- The first NAIOMT course focused on the cervical spine with emphasis on advanced assessment techniques and manual therapy treatment.
- The second course focused on thoracic spine assessment and treatment including mobilization and manipulation techniques.
- The final course focused on the Shoulder/Elbow/Wrist/Hand assessment and treatment of upper extremities with emphasis on joint mobility and appropriate treatment techniques for different stages of rehabilitation.
At Excel PT of Bozeman and Manhattan, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of physical therapy treatment. Our physical therapists focus on evidenced-based practice, rigorous continued education in specialized areas of treatment, and weekly research-based study to allow our patients to quickly and effectively achieve the best results. To further ensure preeminent physical therapy services and patient care, each of our patients are directly treated by our licensed, specialty certified physical therapists – without interaction from assistants or aides.
Our patient came to physical therapy in December 2014 with a history of episodes of chronic low back pain. He was treated by Excel Physical Therapy's Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS. He was instructed on a home exercise program for core strengthening and educated on the importance of maintaining core strength for reducing the frequency of low back pain episodes. His low back pain resolved and he was able to scuba dive in Aruba a few weeks later!View more testimonials from Excel PT clients »