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What if I Told You…Your Discs Don’t Slip

I’m guessing you’ve heard someone say they have back pain because they “slipped a disc” or maybe even that they’re getting treatment “to put the disc back in.” Sounds kind of scary doesn’t it? And maybe all of us should be very careful with our backs so as to not have a “disc slip out of place.” Well, I’ve got …

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The Ugly Truth About Recovering From An Injury

I was carrying a basket of laundry down the stairs, slipped, and landed hard on my right side. The pain was immediate, radiating from my mid-back down to my right knee. After determining I wasn’t critically injured, my first thought was “Shit…The race I’ve been training for all winter and spring is out the window.” Mind you I was still …

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Sleep – 7 Steps to Get More of It

If you struggle to fall asleep, or have difficulty staying asleep, these tips may be just what you need. Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Even on weekends, days off, or holidays. This helps establish and maintain your body’s sleep-wake cycle. A cool and completely dark bedroom is the most conducive environment for sleep. Cover …

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5 Myths About Back Pain

  Nearly 85% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. There’s a lot of incorrect and outdated information floating around out there. This can lead to people managing their back pain inappropriately and suffering for longer than they need to. Here are five of the most common back pain myths, and their realities. Gone are …

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Why So Many People are Getting Physical Therapy WITHOUT Using Their Insurance

  Over my past 9 years as a physical therapist, I have seen significant (and frequent) changes in health insurance benefits. Premiums, co-pays, and co-insurance have continually increased while the coverage for medical treatments has continually decreased. The required paperwork from insurance companies increased significantly creating a burden for both the physical therapist and the patient. And then, the insurance …

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Keep Your Feet Happy in Your Ski Boots With These Stretches

Alpine ski boots are inherently rigid to allow you to transfer pressure from your foot and ankle to the ski. And, because of that rigidity, it can be a challenge to find a good balance between comfort and performance. The first step to creating that balance is finding a standout boot fitter. They will help you find the best boot …

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Isn’t physical therapy only for after surgery? Part II

In Part I of this series, I discussed why people are often surprised to know that physical therapists treat people for lots of different conditions, not just after an orthopedic surgery. Here’s a quote from a recent patient about what he thought physical therapy was for prior to coming to see me.   This client was dealing with back pain …

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Isn’t Physical Therapy Only for After Surgery?

I bet I’ve been asked this question at least twice a week since I started practicing in 2008. At first I was really surprised to get this question! I thought it was obvious that physical therapy is utilized for so much more than only recovering from surgery. But, I’ve realized that we as physical therapists haven’t done a good job …

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What Your Health Insurance Company Isn’t Telling You

Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing and the coverage you are getting is likely going down. In fact, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana’s premiums are going up an average of 58% for 2017! Now, it may feel like your healthcare is completely out of your control, but you have choices. It’s becoming more and more common to have a high …

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Why Being Fit Doesn’t Require a Gym Membership

We’ve all had that nagging feeling, “I should go to the gym but I’m short on time today… I should go to the gym but I really don’t want to…I should go to the gym but it’s so cold out my car won’t start.” Or maybe you’re someone who despises the thought of being inside exercising with all the wonderful …