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August 2020 Newsletter

MEET KATE ERICKSON, OUR NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST!
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
EXERCISE YOUR WAY TO A CLEAN HOME
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 YOUR THRIFT STORE DONATIONS BEING
THROWN AWAY?
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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July 2020 Newsletter


 

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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April 2020 Newsletter

WILL YOU JOIN US FOR THE ICE BREAKER?
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
FIGHT THE SNEEZE WITH THESE HOLISTIC REMEDIES
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
LAUGHTER YOGA’S RISE AS A GLOBAL HEALTH MOVEMENT
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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March 2020 Newsletter

JEANA’S JOURNEY FROM CAR CRASH VICTIM TO NEW HIRE
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
POISON IVY MYTHS
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
GET FIT WITH FIDO
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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February 2020 Newsletter

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PT BECOMES THE PATIENT
If physical therapists across the country shared a mantra, it might be something like this: “We all fall down in life, but it’s important to get back up.” Every day, I work to help people who have been on the receiving end of life’s blows — things like injuries, illnesses, or surgeries — get back on their feet and tackle the next challenge. But despite my decades–long passion for PT, I didn’t fully understand what that journey was like until a few years ago when a nasty skiing injury forced me into recovery … CONTINUE READING
THE EFFECTS OF LOVE ON YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
The human brain is an incredibly powerful organ. It solves complex problems, recalls forgotten memories, and triggers a dizzying array of emotions. But its most incredible power is the effect it can have on the rest of the body. When it comes to love, well, our brains certainly love it, and our bodies reflect … CONTINUE READING
YOU CAN HAVE FUN WHILE WORKING OUT
“On belay?”

“Belay on!”

No, these aren’t strange magic spells. They’re basic safety commands rock climbers use before they start their ascent. Rock climbing as a hobby and a workout has been growing in popularity over the last few years …CONTINUE READING

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September 2019 Newsletter

MY CUSTOMER SERVICE JOURNEY
If you’ve been to our office, this is probably the second time you’ve “met” me. As the secretary, I’m the first face our patients see, and I love getting to be their first hello on each visit. If I remember your name and a little bit about you, it’s a mission accomplished. If not, don’t hesitate to fill me in. I like to make everyone feel welcome, and sometimes, learning about you means sharing a little bit about myself, too… CONTINUE READING
CHRONIC ANGER, YOUR HEART, AND YOUR HEALTH
Anger is a common emotion. It’s natural, and it’s a part of how you respond to certain circumstances in your environment. It’s how you express extreme displeasure. However, new research suggests chronic anger can be detrimental to your health. Essentially, it comes down to this: If you are stressed, tense, easily irritable, angry, and “snippy” all the time, you may be doing serious harm to your well-being… CONTINUE READING
GETTING TO THE ROOT OF IT BAND ISSUES
You feel great about your morning bike rides and are moving into your days with a sense of accomplishment. But suddenly, you notice the outside of your knee is really bugging you. Every time you get on your bike, it hurts.

Avid runners and bikers may be familiar with the discomfort caused by a tight or overused iliotibial (IT) band…CONTINUE READING

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July 2019 Newsletter

A CHANCE TO GIVE BACK: MY LIFE IN PT
During my four years at Advanced Practice PT, I’ve been fortunate enough to make some genuine relationships that will last a lifetime. My time with our staff and patients has not only allowed me to grow in my professional life as a physical therapy assistant, but it has also given me the chance to make some friends who have carried over far beyond the office… CONTINUE READING
3 FREE APPS TO HELP YOU CATCH THOSE Z’S
Everyone with a smartphone has heard time and time again that looking at your phone before bed is a bad idea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle” primarily because of the blue light emitted from the screen… CONTINUE READING
PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. CHIROPRACTIC
In the modern medical world, there’s no shortage of ways to treat your pain. Still, some rehabilitation systems work best for certain types of ailments, and understanding which recovery methods are available is invaluable. Two important options for any type of pain management are physical therapists and chiropractors…CONTINUE READING
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June 2019 Newsletter

4 DECADES OF THANKS: MY LIFE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY
I didn’t realize how good I had it until I left Montana. When I went off to school and took a job out of state, it really started to sink in that my own little private paradise couldn’t be found anywhere else. By the time I came back, I knew I was back to stay. I’ve always known that I wanted to help people, and now I’m able to do so in the place I call home… CONTINUE READING
THE BEST GREEN FOODS TO ADD TO THE MENU
You need to eat more green foods. No, this doesn’t mean green Skittles. Green vegetables comprise one of the most important food groups, and most people aren’t eating enough of them. But if you do decide to get more nutrients from green veggies, remember that not all greens are created equal… CONTINUE READING
2 STRETCHES YOU SHOULD DO EVERY DAY FOR BETTER BALANCE AND FLEXIBILITY
Your fitness routine is likely centered on building strength, tone, and endurance. But what about your balance? As American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified trainer Robbie Ann Darby points out, improving your balance benefits everything you do…CONTINUE READING
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May 2019 Newsletter

GETTING BACK ON MY FEET: MY JOURNEY IN PHYSICAL THERAPY
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to help people. Over the years, that desire took on different forms and manifested itself in different passions. From childhood dreams of being a scientist to the realization that made me who I am today, my innate desire to give back to the community and the people around me has remained a constant motivator in my life…. CONTINUE READING
BARRE-ING IT ALL: BURN FAT WITH THIS BALLET WORKOUT
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a ballerina, barre might be the perfect workout for you. With classes and studios popping up across the country, barre is trending. You don’t need the grace of a dancer to get the most out of this ballet-inspired workout… CONTINUE READING
SNACKING: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
There are many different opinions on the healthiness of snacking. Some people think of snacks as processed foods with high calories, but snacks don’t have to be junk food. Depending on what snacks you’re eating, and how often, these little in-between-meal bites can be highly beneficial or detrimental to your overall health…CONTINUE READING
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April 2019 Newsletter

Read our April newsletter available here to learn more about finding your balance in life, at home, and at the workplace. Also learn if it is truly okay to skip the “most important meal of the day.”