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Newsletter – January/February 2022

 

The Real Solution to Incontinence

Laughing, sneezing, playing sports — those are just a few of the everyday activities that become difficult and embarrassing when you’re struggling with incontinence. It feels awful to lose control of your bladder, and it’s even harder to manage if you’re dealing with pelvic pain at the same time … CONTINUE READING

3 Things to Include in Your Post-Workout Meal

There’s plenty of emphasis lately on what you should eat before a workout, but not so much about after a workout. What you eat after exercising is just as essential for maximizing your workout’s effectiveness. After intensive exercise, many of us will feel hungry and turn to just about anything to satiate our hunger, but the wrong food could negate the effects of our workouts … CONTINUE READING

3 Warning Signs You Should Stop Exercising Now!

As we enter 2022, many people are putting their New Year’s resolutions into place. Getting in shape and going to the gym on a regular basis are popular goals every year. But we all know getting in shape is much easier said than done. We need determination and an extensive routine to meet the fitness goals we set up at the beginning of the year … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – November/December 2021

 

3 Holiday Wellness Tips From Kate

Last winter, my husband, Ross, and I strapped on big, awkward snowshoes and set off into the mountains. The shoes let us skim over the banks like hares! Even though it was a cold and cloudy day, we explored Montana’s beautiful backcountry for hours and snapped a picture to remember it by.

I haven’t been in Montana long enough to take adventures like that for granted yet, and I hope that I never will … CONTINUE READING

Determination Through the Recovery Process

Earlier this year, Alex Smith retired from the NFL after helping the Washington Football Team achieve an NFC East title last year — but that’s not what most people will remember him for. Rather, they will remember Smith for fighting through one of the worst injuries ever sustained by a player in the history of the game … CONTINUE READING

Should You Work Out on Thanksgiving Day?

Okay, fess up — which of your friends insists on getting a 5-mile run in before the turkey is carved? We all know someone who works out every year on Thanksgiving. The thought is that if you burn calories in the morning, the big meal won’t hit you so hard. But is that really true? And if it is, when and how should you get sweaty … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – September/October 2021

 

Lessons Learned From a Crushed Finger

If you’ve been a longtime reader of our newsletter (or just talked to me a lot at the reception desk), you might remember that years and years ago, I used to work in a jewelry manufacturing plant. I worked with big, dangerous machines creating rings for corporations and events. Then, one day in 1988, one of those machines … CONTINUE READING

Why You Should Cry

Ronda Rousey is tough. She was the first American woman to earn a medal in the Olympics for judo, and she was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame to commemorate her six titles. Rousey is noted for her physical and mental toughness, so it might surprise you to learn that … CONTINUE READING

The Secret Sauce

One upside to spending more than a year at home was that many people donned their aprons, learned new recipes and techniques, and began cooking meals regularly in their own kitchens. Even as restaurants reopen, over 70% of Americans say they’ll keep their new habit of cooking at home because it’s healthier and cheaper. That said, the average American can only whip up about five meals without a recipe at hand, and many people cook and eat the same types of … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – July/August 2021

 

Krista’s Tips for a Pain-Free Road Trip

Since moving to Montana from South Carolina, I’ve realized that camping is the thing to do for entertainment in the summertime. I’ve also discovered that to do it in style — especially with three dogs — it helps to have a … CONTINUE READING

Celebrity Chefs Prove Flexitarianism Is Delicious

America is the land of the free and home of one of the world’s highest per capita meat-consuming cultures. While veganism and plant-based diets seem to be trending among celebrities from Beyonce to Bill Clinton, most Americans are not ready to relinquish their burgers and bacon entirely. A recent Gallup poll found that the percentage of Americans who identify as vegetarian or vegan has barely shifted in the last 20 years, holding steady at 5% and 3% … CONTINUE READING

Kickboard Pool Exercises

If the heat of the summer is zapping your energy and motivation to exercise, it’s probably time to head to the pool to cool down and get moving without breaking a sweat. While swimming laps is a great low-impact exercise, there are many other ways to work out in the water. And there’s one humble, versatile, and widely available piece of equipment that can provide a full-body water workout: a foam … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – June 2021

 

How I Saved My Husband’s Life

One of the scariest moments of my life happened in May 2019. It was an ordinary weeknight, and I’d just gotten home from work. I went down to the basement to say hello to my husband, Scott, who was working out on our stationary bike. We chatted for a few minutes, and I left him to continue his workout.

Then, I heard it: A loud thump from the basement … CONTINUE READING

A Surprising Way to Fight Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is an ailment that continues to baffle us, even as we learn more about it than ever before. Doctors and scientists have made huge strides in understanding and fighting Alzheimer’s, especially in the past three decades. But for everything learned, more questions must be asked. Sometimes, things just work, and we aren’t sure why. For a long time, exercise and physical therapy were … CONTINUE READING

Did You Know Archery Can Keep You Fit?

Martial arts get added to the list of activities we can’t do as we age, right? Unless you’re doing tai chi or aikido, most people think there’s no place in contact sports for aging folks.

Except, as it turns out … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – April 2021

 

Dawn Says Goodbye to Advanced Practice PT

Sometimes, the hardest decisions in life turn out to be the best ones. That’s how I feel about my choice to leave Advanced Practice PT and start at Peak West Bank Landing later this month. After spending nine years building this clinic from the ground up with Donna and Andrea, it was a tough call to make, but I think it’s the right one for all of … CONTINUE READING

Caring for Pets Brings Health and Happiness

As people grow older, they’re more likely to find themselves at home with less company. If your family members live far away or you have physical limitations that make it difficult to leave the house, you may be at an increased risk of experiencing loneliness. This is why adopting an animal can be so helpful. Pets offer comfort and love, and many encourage physical activity. Integrating a pet into your life as you grow older can be just what you need to lift your spirit and keep you … CONTINUE READING

Did You Know Archery Can Keep You Fit?

The word “fitness” brings to mind a number of images: jogging, cycling, lifting weights — the list goes on and on. However, people rarely think of archery. This activity has been around for thousands of years, and a bow used to be a key weapon in hunting and war. Today, archery is most often practiced as a sport, and it confers many health benefits you may not be aware … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – March 2021

 

Will You Test Out Leslie’s Superpower?

I have a secret for you this month: Every secretary, office manager, and front desk person has a superpower. Not only that, but we also all have the same one. It’s not invisibility, flight, or laser eyes, though. It’s something better: optimism … CONTINUE READING

The Easiest Anti-Aging Tactic? Laughter

As we age, we’re told to wear sunscreen, eat more vegetables, take vitamins, and even walk more — all in hope that our internal clocks will slow down and we will age better. But something as simple as laughter could actually be one of the easiest ways to slow the ticking clock of aging … CONTINUE READING

3 Simple Hand Exercises to Avoid Cramps

Hand health is so easy to take for granted — but the minute we start to lose it, we realize just how important it is. If you’re using your hands to type, scroll on your phone, or do other repetitive motions every single day, this can cause problems later on. Luckily there are some simple hand exercises you can do to keep your joints … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – February 2021

 

PT Anna Stoick’s Valentine’s Day Tips for Heart Health

Hey there, it’s Anna! So much has happened since I last wrote you one of these newsletters in July. The world finally said goodbye to 2020, Advanced Practice PT celebrated its ninth anniversary, and most importantly of all (at least to me), I got a new last … CONTINUE READING

Your Guide to Cooking Oil

Cooking oils have experienced a renaissance in recent decades. Today, health experts point to oils as essential sources of key vitamins and nutrients. So, why did we ever give up oils in the first place? Well, not all oil is created equal! Some cooking oils are good for you while others should be enjoyed  … CONTINUE READING

You’re Building Muscle While You Rest

February is the month when many of us give up on New Year’s resolutions. We lose motivation, or life simply gets in the way. If you find yourself sitting on the couch more than you did in January, when you may have been actively pursuing your fitness goals, consider this permission to sit a little while longer: Rest days are good for you! Here’s … CONTINUE READING

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Newsletter – January 2021

 

Goal-Setting Tips from a Fitness Expert

When I was a kid, I used to play every sport under the sun. Volleyball, basketball, track and field — I loved them all! Health and fitness were my passions back then, and they’re still front and center for me today as a physical therapist. Considering that, it’s probably no surprise that I … CONTINUE READING

Don’t Shy Away From Talking About Your Pelvic Floor

It can be awkward to talk about, but pelvic floor health can have a significant impact on your lifestyle and happiness. For many, the pelvic floor is a source of pain and incontinence, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Your pelvic floor is just like any other body part; with proper strength, it can … CONTINUE READING

Are You Up for a Challenge?

Everyone’s done it. We’ve rung in the new year on the promise that this is our year to get healthy. We’re going to finally lose the weight, eat healthier, and feel better than ever. Sadly, many of us … CONTINUE READING

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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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