Why wait until after you are injured to see a physical therapist? Did you know that a great time to see a physical therapist is before you are injured? I recently evaluated a patient who wanted to see a physical therapist to learn a home exercise program to prevent future episodes of low back pain. Orthopedic physical therapists are trained in injury prevention and recognizing range of motion or strength deficits that may lead to a future injury. A comprehensive home exercise program can address deficits, ensure proper mechanics, and build strength to reduce the risk of future injury especially for those involved in athletics or repetitive movements. Runners, soccer players, skiers, and people who frequently lift heavy items are all great candidates for a physical therapy evaluation before an injury occurs!

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS specializes in manual treatment of spinal dysfunction, as well as knee and shoulder pain. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Montana State University, Megan earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Duke University. Post-graduation, Megan became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Shortly thereafter, Megan completed the Kaiser Permanente Residency program in advanced orthopedic manual physical therapy in San Francisco, California. Megan received the advanced Orthopedic Certification Specialization (OCS) after passing a rigorous exam from the American Physical Therapy Association’s American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. If you have specific questions about how to strengthen, restore, or get back to what you love to do, contact us at Excel Physical Therapy, 406.556.0562 in Bozeman, Montana or 406.284.4262 in Manhattan, Montana. #excelptmt

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed a three day course titled, “Manual Therapy and Pregnancy: An Integrative Approach” in Portland, Oregon. This course, through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), focused on the physical and physiological changes during pregnancy with an objective to gain knowledge and tools for treating the pregnant patient using manual therapy techniques that are safe for both mother and baby. This course also covered up to date exercise guidelines for the pregnant population and tools for the physical therapist to use during pregnancy as well as in the postpartum period to reduce pain and improve function.

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.

Jason Lunden, physical therapist and co-owner of Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, Montana, recently completed Rehabilitation of the Injured Runner: An Evidence-based Approach course held at the University of Minnesota.  Hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association, the course focused on runner-specific treatment, including gait analysis and runner drills, for running injuries.

David Coletta performing a bike fitting David Coletta, physical therapist and co-owner of Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed the BikeFit Clinical Level 2 advanced training in Seattle, Washington.  His instruction included upper level road bike fitting and tri-bike/time trial bike fitting.  David provides bike fitting services out of the Bozeman location and offers both health insurance billing and cash pay options. 

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS, with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed a North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) advanced training course in Seattle, Washington. This course, taught by Brett Windsor, PT, PhDc, MPA, OCS, FAAOMPT, offered instruction on biomechanical assessment of the lower extremity and rationale for individualized treatment programs. Treatment techniques focused on manual interventions including joint mobilization, manipulation, and soft tissue massage as well as taping techniques and exercise intervention for the knee, foot, and ankle.

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, was a featured presenter at this year’s Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference in St. Paul, MN.  Jason gave a podium presentation and a breakout session on the rehabilitation of hamstring injuries, to an audience of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers. 

David Coletta, MPT, CMPT, physical therapist and owner of Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, recently completed a seven day advanced spinal manipulation training from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). The course was held at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and was taught by Erl Pettman, PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMPT, a world leader in the development and education of safe and effective spinal manipulation.

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.

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.

"Thank you for being so accommodating with appointment times." --Manhattan Patient

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