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…)
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.
Excel Physical Therapy‘s Physical Therapy team will be on the field during the Blitzz FC Yellowstone Kick-Off Classic 2015 soccer tournament to help with on field medical needs and injury screens. Look for our flag and booth. We’re here to help!
Excel Physical Therapy Community Education Series | Free & Open to the Public
“Common Rock Climbing Injuries: Prevention & Treatment”
presented by Matt Heyliger, DPT
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 6:30-7:30pm
Bozeman Public Library Community Room
Learn how to identify and self-treat the most common shoulder, elbow and finger injuries related to climbing.
Discover when it’s time to rest an injury and when it is safe to return to climbing after an injury.
Discussion of preventative exercises to protect against common climbing injuries.
Discussion of safe training techniques to reduce your risk of overuse/overtraining injuries.
Q&A with Matt Heliger, DPT after the talk.
Matt Heyliger, DPT has been an avid climber for the past 12 years and his passion for climbing has taken him around the US, Canada and Mexico. He enjoys all forms of climbing (trad, sport and bouldering) and loves the variation in movement and style inspired by different types of rock. Matt has developed a specific interest focus in biomechanics and how impairments at one level or joint affect other body structures. More specifically, he has a particular interest in the relationship of cervical/thoracic spine mechanics and upper extremity conditions. Matt practices in both the Excel Physical Therapy offices in Bozeman and Manhattan.
Thank you Bozeman Barracudas Swim Team for inviting Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS of #Excel Physical Therapy to speak on the “prevention of shoulder injuries for swimmers”. The Excel Physical Therapy team is always happy to support our local sports teams with injury prevention and sports performance information.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Montana Ale Works from 3-6pm
David Coletta, MPT, CMPT and Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS of Excel Physical Therapy will be providing free Bike Fitting Screenings at the Longest Day of Trails Headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. Come by with your bike to learn how David and Jason can help fit your bike to your body. Reduce pain while riding as well as increase your cycling performance. Free Specialized water bottle with every free Excel PT Bike Fitting Screen!
This GVLT annual dawn-to-dusk (6am–10pm) bike-a-thon and membership drive takes places on the Friday in June nearest the Summer Solstice. It highlights GVLT’s work to expand, improve, and maintain our community trails. Headquartered at Montana Ale Works, the event features bike rides for all ages and abilities on Bozeman’s Main Street to the Mountains trails, with an evening celebration at Montana Ale Works and live music from Jawbone Railroad.
For a $35 donation to GVLT you receive a $5 gift certificate from Montana Ale Works and a wrist band to participate in the cycling activities. For a donation of $50 or more you will also receive a $5 gift certificate to Montana Ale Works, a wristband to participate in the cycling activities AND a gift certificate to a local retailer.
Click Here for more Longest Day of Trails event details and information.
Join us for Excel Physical Therapy’s Fall 2013 Community Education Series Seminar
“Why Do Kids Get Injured? A Youth Sports Injury Seminar for Parents, Coaches and Athletes Ages 18 & Under”
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Bozeman Public Library Community Room
free and open to the public
Jason Lunden, DPT, Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, presents a free talk that will focus on the following:
- Latest updates for recognizing and treating concussions in youth ages 18 and under
- How to recognize risk factors for non-contact injuries
- Identify resources for injury prevention in youth sports such as soccer, football, baseball, skiing, lacrosse, etc.
- Q&A time with Jason for your specific questions
- Drawing for iTunes gift cards and more!
For more info: info “at” excelptmt.com or excelptmt.com/seminars
Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities – running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and overhead athletics. He has published on the topic of shoulder biomechanics and the rehabilitation of knee injuries and has a strong commitment to educating others. Jason serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams and is a frequent, well-received local and national presenter on the topics of sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. He is a recent recipient of the New Horizon Award from the American Physical Therapy Association and he as received advanced training in dry needling techniques for the extremities.
Just in case you missed our most recent library presentation on pregnancy & exercise, here’s a recap with some helpful tips for exercising while pregnant!
Pregnancy is an incredible time in a family’s life with LOTS of changes for everyone involved and LOTS of questions about the unknown. As an expectant mother myself, I realized that not a lot of guidance exists regarding exercise during pregnancy. With a little research, here’s what I found:
Exercise during pregnancy can be beneficial for both mother and baby, however you must check in with your prenatal care provided prior to beginning an exercise program and also regularly throughout your pregnancy to ensure the health of you and your baby. Benefits of exercise during pregnancy can include reduced risk of premature labor, reduced swelling, reduced risk of gestational diabetes & preeclampsia, decreased low back pain, and increased regularity of the digestive system.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes of daily exercise of moderate intensity for healthy pregnant women. Examples of moderate intensity are walking 3-4 miles per hour (15-20 minute miles), light swimming or cycling, and light resistance exercise. Can you maintain a conversation while exercising? If so, you are likely exercising at a moderate intensity.
Water walking or aerobic water exercise is a good option as water exercise can decrease force across joints as well as prevent an harmful rise in core temperature. Resistance and core exercises are appropriate during pregnancy provided that resistance is kept low (preferably body weight only) with high repetitions, and no sit-ups! Yoga is a great alternative to traditional core exercises although some positions may have to be modified to accommodate your growing belly and you should avoid inverted positions after 32 weeks gestation. Don’t forget the Kegels! It’s important to maintain your pelvic floor strength with kegel exercises during pregnancy to help prevent incontinence and to support the pelvic floor as it becomes stressed with the weight of the growing baby.
Some general advice for exercising during pregnancy:
Warming up and cooling down may be even more important during pregnancy than before to redistribute blood flow to working muscles in preparation for exercise.
Due to weight gain, changes in center of mass and balance, and hormonal fluctuations, exercise during pregnancy may feel different from exercise prior to pregnancy.
Listen to your body and stop if you feel discomfort! It’s important to stop exercise immediately if you experience the following signs and symptoms and contact your care provided should symptoms persist: dizziness, headache, chest pain, calf pain or swelling, bleeding, pre-term labor, amniotic fluid leakage. The farther along you are you are in your pregnancy, the more you may have to decrease the intensity and/or duration of exercise depending on your energy levels.
Pay attention to hydration, heat stress, fatigue, & exercise intensity as these may change from one week to the next.
Without a doubt, exercise during pregnancy has substantial benefits to mother & baby provided it is practiced safely. Please do not hesitate to contact your prenatal care provider should you have questions regarding exercise & your pregnancy!
Benefits of exercise during pregnancy can include reduced risk of premature labor, reduced swelling, reduced risk of gestational diabetes & preeclampsia, decreased low back pain, and increased regularity of the digestive system.
If you have any specific questions, contact Megan Peach of Excel Physical Therapy at 406.556.0562 in our Bozeman office.
Great for Parents, Athletes, and Coaches.
Posture: “Sit Up Straight, Don’t Slouch!”
“Sit up straight, don’t slouch!” Those words echo in my head close to the spot where I can almost feel the slap on the back of my head from my mother’s hand as she reminded me to sit up straight at the dinner table.
As a physical therapist, I can now appreciate the benefits of maintaining appropriate posture. Almost daily, I see patients with neck, back or shoulder pain. The majority of these patients have noticeably bad posture. We all do. It’s a constant battle between aging, our bodies and gravity. We must work to maintain appropriate posture or our bodies “slouch” into the easiest position, succumbing to the force of gravity and our office chair.
From a mechanical standpoint it all makes clear sense. Keep in mind, that it is scientific fact, that our entire body is related. One system affects the other. If our shoulders are “slouched” forward as we sit at our office desk, our neck must then extend to compensate so that we can continue to view the computer or look forward. The vicious cycle continues to take its toll. The muscles across our chest get short and tight, adapting to this poor posture. In return, the muscles between our shoulder blades and on our back become elongated and weak, further adding to the problem. This affects the mechanics of our shoulders. It also alters the mechanics of our middle and low back.
Simply put, poor posture places additional stress on your spine and the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue surrounding it. There is a solution however! Sit up straight. Here are few recommendations to sit properly and some simple exercises you can do on your own to address your posture.
1) You may have to alter your work station to make it more posture and ergonomically friendly.
2) Try a towel roll for lumbar support
- Make a towel roll with a (6-8) inch diameter
- Place behind low back
- Sit up with shoulder blades down and in your back pockets
3) Stretch the muscle across the front of your chest.
4) Strengthen the muscles across your back.
Make all of these simple exercises a habit!
Adam Groves, DPT specializes in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, whiplash, general orthopedic conditions, and vestibular or balance disorders. He received his doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida. Training under the instruction of Dr. Stanley Paris at St. Augustine’s highly regarded manual therapy program, Adam developed his specialized, comprehensive treatment approach.
Prior to completing his doctoral education, Adam received his Bachelors of Science in Education, with a major in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee. There he worked as a student athletic trainer with men’s athletics, and focused on physical wellness, conditioning and athletic performance.
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