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Newsletter – December 2020


All I Want for Christmas Is … Takeout? Yes, Please!

When you see a big pile of white and red Chinese takeout containers, what’s your first thought? Maybe your mind leaps to “movie night,” “game day,” or even “hangover cure.” All of those would be pretty normal reactions, but if you sat someone from my family of six down in front of that spread, I guarantee their first thought … CONTINUE READING

Perfect Fit

Buying the wrong shoes can have a profound impact on your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. If you don’t get the right support, it can affect the health of several areas throughout your legs. Adversely, buying good shoes can help you maintain better health through these same areas. It just comes down to finding the … CONTINUE READING

Physical Therapy Before Surgery?

Physical therapy has become a common part of most post-surgery rehabilitation routines. However, did you know that going through physical therapy prior to your surgery can benefit your recovery process as well? Strange as it might sound, strengthening your muscles and joints before surgery — after which they’ll most certainly be weaker — can ensure that you recover faster. This is called “prehabilitation,” … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – November 2020


3 Thanksgiving Mistakes I Won’t Make This Year

Do you ever fall into bed at the end of the day and think, “Man, if only I could do today all over again?” That’s how I felt last Thanksgiving, which was my very first Thanksgiving in Great Falls. As you might remember, we had a big snowstorm just before Turkey Day that covered all the roads with snow and ice. My boyfriend, Adam, and I were planning a road trip to North Dakota to visit his family for the holiday, but … CONTINUE READING

What Is Family Burnout?

According to one study from 2018, over half of all parents surveyed were experiencing some form of burnout (i.e., exhaustion, cynicism, lack of professional satisfaction, etc.) — and that was before the pandemic. Now, as the world enters the eighth month of the coronavirus pandemic, many parents are working from home or dealing with … CONTINUE READING

How to Measure Your Oxygen Uptake

Unless you’re a seasoned endurance athlete, you probably don’t know exactly what a VO2 max score is — but understanding it can benefit athletes at all levels. In short, your VO2 max score (also known as maximal oxygen uptake) is … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – October 2020


Andrea’s Tips for Staying Active in a COVID-19 World

How are you doing today? If your answer is, “Not so great,” you’re not alone. This marathon of a pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, and I think we’re all having trouble getting off the couch right now. Personally, I’ve been relying on the tips and tricks I’ve learned as a physical therapist to stay positive, fit, and healthy during this tough … CONTINUE READING

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Though there are very real medical conditions, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, that deprive people of sleep, the reason most of us probably don’t get enough sleep is simply because we put off our bedtime. Instead of getting into bed, we opt to check off another item on our to-do list or watch another episode of our favorite show. This is sometimes called “bedtime procrastination.” We all know a good night’s sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, so how can we stop putting it … CONTINUE READING

Is Celery Juice All It Claims to Be?

Every couple years, a new “healthy” food or drink makes its rounds through celebrity social media accounts. Some of them are okay and actually have health benefits, but others are outright dangerous. Over the past few years, it appears that celery juice is one of the latest health fads purported to help with weight loss, skin health, digestive issues, and more. Some claims even border on the miraculous. So, how many of them are …CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – September 2020

It’s Time to Celebrate!

It’s hard to believe, but just a few weeks ago on Aug. 1, our little business turned 9! It seems like just yesterday that Dawn, Andrea, and I walked into the empty building that would become Advanced Practice Physical Therapy. The year was 2011, and the building was the vacant site of a company called Johnson Controls. It didn’t look much like a physical therapy office, but with a little bit of love and a lot of renovation, we managed to turn it into our … CONTINUE READING

How Stress Can Lead to Injury

While it’s pretty intuitive that physical stressors can cause physical injuries, you might not know that mental and emotional stress can also lead to musculoskeletal injuries that require physical therapy. That’s right — a lack of sleep, a busy workweek, and other stressful life events can make you more prone to injury. Why is this, and how can you prevent the stresses of everyday life from … CONTINUE READING

Feel the Burn From Your Living Room

Your living room might not be the most conducive environment for a good workout. But as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus, working out at the gym, or any other public facility, is out of the question for many of us. Fortunately, you can still work up a sweat from home with the right workout videos for a fraction of the cost of a monthly gym membership. Here are a few …CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – August 2020

Hello there, readers! As you probably already guessed from the title of this article, my name is Kate Erickson, and I’m the newest addition to the Advanced Practice PT team. I started my job here in early June, so if you’ve come in for an appointment since then, you may have already met me. I’m really excited to get to know all of you … CONTINUE READING
Everyone knows how labor-intensive cleaning can be. A long day of scrubbing down your house is a great way to work your muscles and get your blood pumping, so crank up some tunes, grab a mop, and get ready to transform your cleaning routine into a great … CONTINUE READING
Are you thinking about donating your kids’ old clothes or that slow cooker you haven’t used in months? Though donating your unwanted items is a great thing to do, amid the pandemic, many people have not considered the future of secondhand shopping and charity-based thrift stores like Goodwill. In 2018, Goodwill funded …CONTINUE READING
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Newsletter – July 2020

Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

Hello everyone, it’s Anna here! Dawn asked me to step in and write this month’s newsletter because I have some big news to share: If everything goes to plan, then next month on Aug. 15, my fiancé, Brian, and I will be tying the knot on the shore of the … CONTINUE READING

Build Stronger Knees Without Surgery

Knee injuries are all too common for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, but the problem may originate higher than you think. Many knee injuries can be tied to hip weaknesses. Because hip muscles play a big role in controlling the position of the knees, even slight imbalances can lead to problematic knee flexion or … CONTINUE READING

What Should I Wear to Physical Therapy?

When your doctor refers you to a physical therapist after an injury, you may be wondering what you should wear to your appointments. If you’ve never been to physical therapy before, it’s natural not to know what to expect — much less what to wear while …CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – June 2020

Doughnuts, Garage Sales, and Tomatoes — Oh My!

Summer is finally here, and even with the threat of the coronavirus hanging over all of our heads, I plan to enjoy it to the fullest! This is one of my favorite seasons, partly because it brings so many delicious snacks and partly because there are all kinds of new ways to spend time outdoors … CONTINUE READING

Why a Home Exercise Program Is Vital to Healing

Seeking rehabilitation through physical therapy can be one of the wisest choices you make for your health, well-being, and life. But committing to a physical therapy routine is much more than just showing up for your appointments … CONTINUE READING

attle Your Friends and Get Healthier With These 3 Platforms

Through smartphone apps like Words With Friends and 8 Ball Pool, you can compete against your loved ones from virtually anywhere, and creators in the fitness world have taken notice. Now, a number of virtual fitness programs offer the same level of friendly competition along with the satisfaction of completing your fitness goals …CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – May 2020

Coming Together in a Crisis

A lot has changed in the world since our last newsletter arrived in your mailbox. I won’t try to summarize everything here — thanks to constant news updates, I’m sure you’re fully aware of what’s happening with the pandemic. But knowing how much has changed in recent weeks, I wanted to reach out and let you know that at least one thing remains steady: our commitment to helping you … CONTINUE READING

Meet the Woman Who Biked 4,200 Miles in 18 Days

Picture the distance between Oregon and Virginia on a U.S. map. Now, picture crossing that distance on a bicycle. Odds are you either can’t imagine it or you conjured up a monthslong slog, but in 2016, ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox crossed that distance in just 18 days and 10 minutes — the second-fastest time in the history of the Trans Am Bike … CONTINUE READING

Should You Skip Your Workout If You’re Sick?

Getting sick is terrible, especially if you’re trying to stick to a consistent workout routine. You may think sickness means more rest days — but in fact, depending on your symptoms, continuing to exercise could be a good thing. While it may seem like common sense to avoid exerting yourself too much when you’re feeling under the weather, the effects of exercising while you’re sick are a bit more nuanced than you …CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – April 2020

Here at Advanced Practice PT, we always tell our patients how important it is to stay active. So this spring, we figured that on top of talking the talk, we should walk the walk — literally! On Sunday, April 26, we’ll meet up with more than 3,000 other Great Falls athletes at the Civic Center to tackle the Ice Breaker Road Race. Rain, shine, or snow, we’ll be there for the 1–mile run/walk, and we’d love for you to join … CONTINUE READING
The season of sniffles and sneezes is upon us, but you don’t have to let your allergies stop you from enjoying gorgeous April blooms and fresh spring breezes. Try these natural solutions to help combat your allergies and breathe a little easier this spring — though if your allergies are persistent, seek professional medical … CONTINUE READING
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, and it turns out that human physiology supports this claim. When we laugh, our body releases a flood of feel–good chemicals and neurotransmitters. Our blood flow increases, and our production of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, decreases. Oh, and laughing also burns …CONTINUE READING
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Newsletter – March 2020

It’s so nice to finally meet you, even if it is over paper. My name is Jeana Lane, and I’m the newest hire here at Advanced Practice PT! If you’re in and out of our offices regularly, then you might have already seen me, either in my new role as office coordinator or out on the clinic floor doing exercises. Yep, that’s right — I used to be a … CONTINUE READING
The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising, and the great outdoors are calling your name. It’s time to start planning your summer adventures! Just remember to watch out for the enemy of all outdoor enthusiasts: poison ivy. Found in every state except Hawaii and Alaska, poison ivy — or more accurately, the rash–causing urushiol oil on its leaves — can quickly ruin a trip. Before you head out on your next outdoor adventure, make sure you get your facts … CONTINUE READING
Creating a healthy lifestyle is often easier with support, but if youre struggling to find someone to join you on your path to wellness, then look to your furry friends instead. Read on for some ways to get active with your pet, and learn more about their wellness and health at …CONTINUE READING
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