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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 …

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Top 5 Exercises for Skiers

Winter is on it’s way. Have you prepped your body for ski season? Even if you work out daily, you’ll want to give special attention to you hamstrings, quadriceps, core and low back. Perform these exercises and you won’t be wimping out after the first run and you’ll help prevent injury. ¬†Here are the 5 best exercises to get you …

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6 Signs You Haven’t Fully Recovered from Whiplash

If you’ve been in a car accident, you may have experienced whiplash. Whiplash is a term that generally refers to the acceleration and deceleration of the neck after an impact. This often happens with car accidents but also occurs with falls, collisions and impacts during sports. Common symptoms include pain and aching in the neck, back, shoulders and headaches. Sometimes …

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I have low back pain. Do I need to get an x-ray?

This is a question I’m often asked. Sometimes people think they need to get x-rays before they come to see me so I can have a better idea of what’s going on with their low back. The truth is, the vast majority of people with low back pain do NOT need to get x-rays or other imaging like an MRI. …

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How to Ease Neck and Headache Pain at School and Work

One of the most common causes of neck pain and headaches is prolonged periods of sitting with poor posture. A lot of people underestimate the power of good posture and the positive effects it can have on your life. It’s easy to fall into the habit of slouching, especially when many of us are required to sit for a majority …