What's The Best Medicine For Your Back Pain?

By Jackie Oliver, DPT
jackie@excelptmt.com

It’s summer time and all you want to do is to be outside enjoying the weather and many outdoor activities that Bozeman has to offer. The only problem is, you have this nagging low back pain holding you back. You keep thinking, should I stay home and rest it or do you push forward and continue participating in the activities that you love? Will you hurt your back more if you charge full steam ahead? 

Statistics show that up to 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is considered the leading cause of activity, limitation and work absence throughout much of the world. The good news is that most of the time, low back pain has a favorable diagnosis. The question remains, what do you do in the meantime? 

Research shows that even though it might feel like you are doing your back a favor by taking a few rest days. In reality, you are doing yourself a disservice. It has been demonstrated that best rest after an acute onset of low back pain can lead to secondary complications such as depression, blood clots and decreased muscle tone. 

Studies show that moving is the best medicine for your low back. Early resumption of normal or vocational activities will help you get back on your feet sooner.  Promoting movement, such as stretching, while avoiding aggravating activities will help your back feel better. By incorporating low intensity, submaximal fitness and endurance type activities into your daily routine, you will help keep your back strong and decrease your chance of suffering from reoccurring low back pain. Specifically, exercises that target your core, low back and legs will help support your spine. 

The thing to remember is that there are many different causes of low back pain and many ways to treat it. If movement and exercise doesn’t decrease your low back pain and it continues to persist, a visit to your local physical therapist may be beneficial to help get you on the fast track to feeling better.

 

Jackie Oliver, DPT completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jackie is a certified dry needling provider with advanced training from Evidence in Motion and KinetaCore. Jackie has an intense passion for helping and educating others as well as preventative medicine. Because of her college sports background, Jackie loves working with athletes and has experience with biomechanical training and injury prevention in sports. Prior to completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Jackie played basketball for Carroll College in Helena, Montana, while also obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science. Jackie was Academic All-American her last two years at Carroll. Jackie enjoys outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, trail running, disc golf and especially enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs. 

Advanced training...we're at it again!

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Jackie Oliver, DPT

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Jackie Oliver, DPTphysical therapists with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) Lumbopelvic Spine Course in Seattle, Washington.

The main objective of this course was to guide evaluation and management of treatment programs for people with low back pain or other serious pathologies in the lumbopelvic region. NAIOMT is dedicated to providing physical therapy continuing education coursework that emphasizes biomechanics and mobilization/manipulation while providing a diverse education on interventions for manual physical therapists.

Running Shoes: Comfort vs. Function

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Have you ever stood in front of a wall of running shoes wondering which shoe is right for you? Maybe the Hokas with the super cushioned sole that feel like you’re running on clouds? Or the Brooks trail runners since the trails have cleared up and you’ve been wanting to try out the North Cottonwood trail? Or maybe the Saucony minimalist shoes because you’ve recently read about the benefits of minimalist running? Or my personal favorite, the hot pink shoes with tie-dye laces?! 

You may think that based on the available technology for running shoes and advancements in materials used to create modern running shoes that a plethora of running shoe research would be available. However, this is not necessarily the case.

Although the modern running shoe has been around for the past 40 years since the running boom in the 1970s, research specific to running shoes and injury is relatively new within the past few years. A wide variety of shoe functions exist in running shoes from a cushioned sole for shock absorption, motion control to decrease over pronation, a trail runner, or a minimalist shoe. While some runners may benefit from a specific type of shoes, recent studies on footwear for runners suggest that when shoes or orthotics are selected for comfort rather than function this results in a decreased frequency of running related injury.

So, unfortunately, you can’t base your choice on shoe color alone, but if the pink shoes with tie-dye laces have the best fit and are the most comfortable, they are also the most likely to keep you out of an injury!

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS specializes in manual treatment of spinal dysfunction, as well as knee and shoulder pain and is a member of the Excel Physical Therapy running specialist PT team. Megan’s philosophy for physical therapy treatment embraces educating patients about the tools they need for enhancement of proper body movements during work and play to promote a pain and injury free active lifestyle. 

Excel PT Running Camp 2017

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

​You are invited! Excel Physical Therapy is hosting our annual free Running Camp on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8am-12pm. We offer this camp each year because we want to serve the community we love. 

 

This comprehensive workshop helps to ensure you are running correctly to avoid pain & injury. Excel Physical Therapy is hosting the running boot camp at our Bozeman location at 1125 West Kagy Blvd., Ste. 101A (corner of South 11th and Kagy). 

 

Our Running Specialist PT Team will guide 30 participants, ages 21+, through:

  • Topics will include: training principles, stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of injury, cadence training and balance.

  • Running Mechanics instruction on how to decrease impact and increase efficiency.

  • Special guest discussions with Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist.

  • How to choose the correct running shoes and other helpful running gear.

  • A local training run with our Running Specialist PT Team after the in-clinic sessions.

  • Q&A time with our running experts and special guests.

  • Attendees will receive a running training program from our Running Specialist PT Team. 

  • Raffle prizes include 2 entries for the Sweet Pea Run 5K. We are proud sponsors of the Big Sky Wind Drinker's Sweet Pea Run! We have designed this running camp to help get you in top form for this Bozeman running tradition held in early August.

Presented by: 

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

with special guests from the Gallatin Valley sport and health community: Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist

Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017

Proud sponsors of Fast and Female Champ Chat

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

Bozeman, Montana's inaugural Fast and Female Champ Chat at The Mountain Project gym

A big thank you to our patients and clients who make it possible for us to sponsor inspiring local community events. On May 7, 2017, Excel Physical Therapy sponsored Bozeman's first ever Fast and Female Champ Chat where accomplished ambassadors brought inspiration and encouragement to help girls stay in sports. 

What is a Fast and Female Champ Chat? Girls age 8-18 meet inspiring local role models from sport, develop physical literacy in a non-competitive context through a circuit of exercises suitable for all sport backgrounds, and make friends. They get to dance, do yoga and get autographs from great role models on a poster that they take home to put up and remind them of their empowering experience. 

We happen to know of one Champ Chat participant who woke up at 6am the next day to go running with her dog. Sounds like Fast and Female inspiration to us!

Hip to be Cool: Preventing Running Injuries - Outside Bozeman Magazine

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

"Hip to be Cool - Preventing Running Injuries" article from Outside Bozeman Magazine

by Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

Join Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS and Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS at our Running Experts Forum event on 3/29/2017, 6:30pm at the Bozeman Library for a lively discussion of ALL things running. Our Physical Therapists who specialize in Running Injury Treatment and Running Evaluations along with several Bozeman running expert special guests will discuss various running related topics and answer audience questions. Bring your questions or email them in advance to megan@excelptmt.com!

Running Experts Forum • March 29th @ 6:30pm

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

Community Education Series - free and open to the public 

Running Experts Forum

Join us for an interactive, moderated panel discussion with Bozeman's running experts about ALL things running. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

6:30-7:30pm

Bozeman Public Library Community Room

Door Prizes!

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Panel Guests:

  • Mike Wolfe, owner of The Mountain Project training gym and professional mountain ultrarunner 
  • Casey Jermyn, owner, Bozeman Running Company and Bozeman High School cross-country team head coach 
  • Jason Lunden, Sports Physical Therapist and co-owner of Excel Physical Therapy 
  • Nikki Kimball, Physical Therapist, professional ultrarunner & running coach at Epic Athletics
  • Moderated by Megan Peach, Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist at Excel Physical Therapy

 

Panel discussion topics to include: 

Injury Prevention • Running technique • Shoe selection • Foot strike pattern • Staying motivated • Answering your questions!

 

Please submit your questions in advance for the running panel guests to megan@excelptmt.com or if you don't mind raising your hand, bring them to the event! 

Seating is limited to 100 attendees

 

For more information, contact Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS at 406.556.0562 or megan@excelptmt.com

2015's Running Experts Forum
Bring your questions for Bozeman's running experts panel!

Are You an “ACTIVE" Couch Potato? 

By Jackie Oliver, DPT
jackie@excelptmt.com

A big draw to the city of Bozeman, Montana is the proximity to recreational activities and easy access to outdoors. In this community, we are above average when it comes to being active but have we really decreased our health risks? We exercise on a regular basis so we don’t have to worry about the slogan “sitting is the new smoking”, right? Wrong. A growing body of evidence has demonstrated a decreased life expectancy for those individuals who sit for most of the day, even if they exercise on a regular basis. It is entirely possible to meet the current physical activity guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization, while still being incredibly sedentary. (more…)

Stress Fractures: From Trail to Icy Sidewalk by Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Snow flurries don’t stop most runners from running here in the Gallatin Valley and while running may continue well into cooler temperatures, don’t let a running injury inhibit your ski season! Especially a stress fracture. Up to 10% of runners may suffer from a stress fracture at some point during their running career, and the majority of these injuries are due to training error. Many runners don’t consider a change in terrain a change in training, but a change from trail to icy sidewalk can make a big difference in impact. A stress fracture begins with repetitive stress to the bone such that eventually causes microdamage. (more…)

Excel PT is a proud 2016 Huffing for Stuffing Sponsor

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

The Excel Physical Therapy Team is a proud sponsor of the 10th Annual Huffing for Stuffing Thanksgiving Day Run again this year. We greatly appreciate the support of our patients so that we can give back to our community through this sponsorship and help stock the Gallatin Valley Food Bank shelves. Get those pies baked early so you have some extra time to run or walk on Thanksgiving Day morning! You’ll feel awesome! Here’s how to register or volunteer.

    

 

"What a great team at Manhattan! So enthusiastic and very caring. Always varied the exercises - Never boring. Wonderful experience!"--P.L., Manhattan Patient

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