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Welcome to Health and Fitness 101, a blog for people who enjoy the Montana lifestyle.
The aim of our blog is to interpret, distill, and then deliver to you the threads that bind physical medicine with applicable health and fitness ideas and principles.
It's all about helping to connect the dots that foster optimal human function and, ultimately, superior performance. Feel better. Perform better.

Missoula Area Events

Alpine PT Takes it to The Top at The 2015 Missoula Telemark Ski Race Series

The Missoula Telemark Ski Race Series, known to locals as the “Telechallenge” recently finished it’s 32nd season this year. Team Alpine Physical Therapy, with the sporty hybridized anatomical name of “GluTELEus Maximus” finished this year with an overall team standing of 2nd place.

Alpine’s star PT, Brace Hayden, captain of this merry band of telemark skiers, took 4th overall in the 2015 season’s total world cup points. New teammate and co-worker, Morgan York-Singer, also a rising star at Alpine, had a shortened season due to a knee injury while free skiing at Big Sky. We hope to get her back up to Snowbowl’s ‘Moonrise’ bowl next year with her knee-rehab’ed and stronger than ever.

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Racers (right to left) Willy Welzenbach, Alpine PT’s own Brace Hayden, Martin Fahrney and Erik McBride

The overall telemark race season was a good one for Team Alpine PT with fast times on rather smooth dual slalom courses and top finishers by GluTELEus Maximus racers. We would like to chalk this up to the pre-season strength training, telemark slalom skill development, and not due to the dwindling numbers of telemark ski racers.

Please check out the Facebook page or website for the TeleMark Challenge Series.

Brace Hayden would like to thank Alpine PT for their continued support (6 years and racing!) on behalf of the Missoula Telechallenge Race series. We couldn’t have such a fantastic evening sport series filled with competitive camaraderie and exhilarating slalom racing without community sponsors.

When Brace isn’t shaving the Thursday evening ice or weekend corn snow, he loves to treat skiers and mountain sport enthusiasts.  Call 251-2323 to schedule and recreate without PAIN!

Get more information at our clinic website at AlpinePTmissoula.com.

The Benefits of Back Pain

You mean to say that back pain has its benefits. Really? Yes.

At Alpine Physical Therapy we’ve treated over 4,000 Missoulians with it.

Strangely, the main goal of PT isn’t merely pain freedom. Why? Because many folks tend to feel better after first0time back pain within 6 weeks no matter what they do or don’t do.

But that’s not a good reason to go it alone.

Actually, back patients at Alpine get big benefits such as:

1. Learning about their condition and why their back isn’t working right.

2. Gaining strategies to protect their back for the long haul.

3. Learning ways to strengthen their back and core so they can get out and work and play hard.

4. Discovering how to transition from back exercises to full body, fat burning, muscle building exercises to improve health, wellbeing, and longevity.

If you have back pain, don’t wait to get better. Instead, discover the benefits that await you at Alpine Physical Therapy.

For more information on our approaches to helping people with back pain, click here.

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Alpine Physical Therapy, Missoula’s Choice . . . Again

The results are in once again for the top spot for 2015 in Missoula’s Choice for the category of Physical Therapy. Hands down, Alpine Physical Therapy got a big thumbs up from our cherished area patrons. We’re proud to be Missoula’s Choice and will continue to lead the charge in excellent patient care in outpatient physical therapy services.

Visit us online at www.AlpinePTmissoula.com.

Thank you, Missoula!

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Kick the Tires of Your Physical Therapist

Know that choosing a physical therapist is first and foremost your choice. So take some time to kick a few tires before simply “going to PT.”

All legally practicing physical therapists in Montana are licensed. That’s great. And there are a lot of quality PTs out there.

Some, however, have gone the extra mile to specialize in areas that may dramatically improve your situation.

At Alpine Physical Therapy, we have specialists in manual therapy, women’s health, spine care, jaw and face pain,vestibular and balance disorders, along with various sports experts in climbing, court sports, soccer, cycling, and running.

Of our 15 physical therapists at Alpine, 11 have doctorates, 4 are board certified through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities, and we hold 11 advanced and prestigious national certifications.

More people have kicked the tires of Alpine’s physical therapists and resoundingly say they are glad they did.

Click here to learn more about the advanced specialties of each of Alpine’s expert team.

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Alpine PT Puts the Foundation in Training

New information is constantly being shared among our professional staff during our monthly inservices at Alpine Physical Therapy.

Special thanks to student intern, Josie Sweeney, for her dynamite presentation this month of Jonathan Hoffman’s Foundation Training.


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Super fun. Super effective. These progressions are designed in a way that even beginners can grasp key positions and movements that make up a meaningful progression of Foundation Training. You can do these exercises at home, at the gym, or while traveling.

Josie created and presented handouts based on the work of Jonathan Hoffman, allowing our PTs in all our locations to be able to integrate them as a cool home program for select patients at Alpine.

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For more information on Foundation Training, visit Jonathan’s website by clicking here.

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Alpine Adds the Foundation in Training

New information is constantly being shared among our professional staff during our monthly inservices at Alpine Physical Therapy.

Special thanks to student intern, Josie Sweeney, for her dynamite presentation this month of Jonathan Hoffman’s Foundation Training.


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Super fun. Super effective. These progressions are designed in a way that even beginners can grasp key positions and movements that make up a meaningful progression of Foundation Training. You can do these exercises at home, at the gym, or while traveling.

Josie created and presented handouts based on the work of Jonathan Hoffman, allowing our PTs in all our locations to be able to integrate them as a cool home program for select patients at Alpine.

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For more information on Foundation Training, visit Jonathan’s website by clicking here.

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Alpine PT Puts the Foundation in Training

New information is constantly being shared among our professional staff during our monthly inservices at Alpine Physical Therapy.

Special thanks to student intern, Josie Sweeney, for her dynamite presentation this month of Jonathan Hoffman’s Foundation Training.


AlpinePT_2

Super fun. Super effective. These progressions are designed in a way that even beginners can grasp key positions and movements that make up a meaningful progression of Foundation Training. You can do these exercises at home, at the gym, or while traveling.

Josie created and presented handouts based on the work of Jonathan Hoffman, allowing our PTs in all our locations to be able to integrate them as a cool home program for select patients at Alpine.

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For more information on Foundation Training, visit Jonathan’s website by clicking here.

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Fit To Fight Offers Free Exercise Resources to Cancer Patients and Survivors

Missoula has always had an active community. Active is the key word! Exercise can help fight depression, regain strength, and combat fatigue. Exercise is the best medicine. There is no population that understands this more than cancer patients and survivors.

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FIT TO FIGHT is here to help

Medical studies prove that exercise helps minimize the detrimental side-effects of cancer treatment, aiding in the return to a better quality of life. This unique program is based on education, health, and fitness to empower those fighting cancer to understand how to become stronger and maintain strength. FIT TO FIGHT helps cancer survivors re-establish trust in their bodies and return to daily life as productive members of their community.

Program Format

The FIT TO FIGHT program runs three 8-week sessions per year, twice weekly. The format is a small organized group exercise session, with individual tailoring. Each session consists of stretching, breathing & relaxation, resistive strengthening, and endurance training. Each class of the session was developed by a licensed physical therapist and is led by an exercise physiologist.

Who can participate in the program?

FTF is open to cancer patients and survivors of any age, gender, cancer diagnosis, and stage in the treatment process. A medical release is required from their doctor.

How much does it cost?

The program is free of cost to all participants. Donations go directly to the FIT TO FIGHT program and its participants.

Upcoming Sessions

Winter Session Beginning Feb. 24th, 2015

Spring Session Beginning April, 2015

For applications, to donate, or for additional information, visit our website www.FitToFightMT.org by clicking here.

Or contact Emily at 406-750-0943 or by email at:  emily.fittofightmt@gmail.com.

Knowledge is Power Over Pain

People who take steps to learn about their aches and pains tend to improve, faster. Knowledge is power, a huge first step toward healing an orthopedic ailment.

Shoulder pain? It doesn’t always spell a torn tendon and imminent surgery. In fact, most people we see in physical therapy for shoulder pain do quite well with the care of their doctor together with physical therapy treatment.

Learn all you can.

To help, we’ve created a Resource section on our website filled with information on over 200 orthopedic conditions, such as back pain, rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis. Go to Resources and click on “Conditions.”

You can also access our video library of hot topics in PT, orthopedics, health and wellness, and sports performance. In the Resource section, click on Health Information and go to AlpineTV.

Check out AlpinePTmissoula.com under “Resources.”

Get the facts in easy read format with some of the best anatomical artwork available today on the web, making learning about your condition meaningful and easy.

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Open House for Fit to Fight

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When  Thursday, February 5th

Where  Alpine Physical Therapy, Downtown. 150 E. Spruce St. Ste A (In the Peak Health and Wellness Center, Downtown)

Time  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Light foods and snacks provided. Please come celebrate and support this program of fitness and education those fighting cancer.

We’d love for you to stop by. Thank you for your support!

For more information and to RSVP, contact Emily at 406-251-2323. Also visit the Fit to Fight website by clicking here.