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October 20th, 2017

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Join us to learn more about how to incorporate foam rolling in to your exercise routine! Decrease pain, improve flexibility and learn new techniques to take your workout to the next level.

November 9, 2017 from 7pm-8pm

Snap Fitness-Andover

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October 20th, 2017

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Dry Needling. Functional Dry Needling. Trigger Point Dry Needling. Trigger Point Therapy. It goes by many names, but the one thing it isn’t is Acupuncture. Acupuncture and Dry needling use similar tools, small, thin, solid needles, but that’s where the similarities end!

How does it work?

Dry Needling  is used to help decrease tightness in sore muscles, by inserting a needle into the trigger point or muscle “knot”. Trigger points are sensitive spots in the muscle, that can cause pain. Trigger points can decrease the blood flow and oxygen to the muscle tissue, which is what causes pain. It can also reset the neuromuscular system to help you return to the activities you enjoy without difficulty.

What happens during a Dry Needling session?

Physical therapists go to specialized training courses to become certified in Dry needling techniques. The PT will feel the muscle for the trigger points, or tight bands of muscle. Then the small needle will be inserted into the tissue. The therapist may move the needle up and down or use an electrical stimulation to get a “twitch response”. A twitch response is a controlled muscle spasm or contraction, which helps the muscle relax. The therapist may needle a few different muscles or groups in a session. The “needling” usually lasts 10-20 minutes, and then the remainder of the session is spent completing stretching and strengthening exercises to reinforce the changes made during the dry needling.

What happens after a session?

It is normal to be a little sore after a needling session. Soreness can last 24-48 hours following treatment. Some people feel relief immediately following treatment, some are sore for a day or two and then get relief, and for others it can take up to 3 sessions to feel relief. All are completely normal responses! Minor bruising may also occur. It’s important to drink plenty of water, stay active, and apply ice to decrease post-treatment soreness.

Interested in scheduling a dry needling session or finding out more information? Physical Therapy Consultants currently has 5 providers certified in Dry Needling. Call 1-888-THERAPY or visit us at physicaltherapyptc.com to request more information or schedule an appointment.

Rebecca Varoga, PT, DPT

Physical Therapy Consultants-Isanti

October 18th, 2017

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October is National Physical Therapy Month and this year we would like to focus on a very important and much discussed topic on how Physical Therapy can reduce the use of opioids.

No one wants to live with pain but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Since 1999, Americans have increasingly been prescribed pain opioids which are painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin,Opana, methodone, and combination drugs like Percocet.

In some situations, dosed appropriately, prescription opioids are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, opioid risks include depression, overdose, addiction plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States the past 3 years. Nearly 2 million Americans, aged 12 or older, either abused or were dependent on prescription opioids in 2014.

The CDC is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safe alternatives like Physical Therapy. Don’t just mask the pain. Treat it.

Do you know someone in pain? Encourage them to talk to their physician or physical therapist about safe ways to manage pain.

Patients should choose Physical Therapy when….

1. The risk of opioid use outweigh the rewards.

-Potential side effects of opioids include depression, overdose and addition plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.

2. Patients want to do more than mask the pain.

-Opioids reduce the sensation of pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain.

3. Opioids are prescribed for pain.

-Physical Therapists treat pain through movement while partnering with patients to improve function and quality of life.

Physical Therapy for pain management involves a variety of different techniques including:

-Movement and exercise

-Mobilization of joints

-Manual therapy/Trigger Point Dry Needling

-TENS unit/ultrasound therapy

-Hot/cold therapy

Our Physical Therapists will not only assist in improving daily movement but will also help you understand where the pain is coming from and why.  We can play a valuable role in the patient education process, including setting realistic expectations and goals. Before you agree to a prescription for opioids, consult with a PT to discuss options for an alternative treatment. Please give one of our 7 clinics a call and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Kaitlyn Grell, LPTA

 

 

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October 12th, 2017

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President and Founder of Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

Physical Therapist

Educational Institutions: Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota (1979)

Professional Organization Memberships: Member of APTA Private Practice Section, Sports PT Section, Previously served on numerous committees for the Minnesota chapter as well as the chapter treasurer,  member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, Member Central Minnesota Workforce Investment Board, Previous Member and Chair of Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council, Previous member of Minnesota State Council on Disability,  Founder of Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc. and American Ergonomics

Professional Interest Area/Treating Philosophy: Post Injury Forensic Ergonomics and Preventative Worksite Ergonomic Evaluations, Worksite Functional Capacity Evaluations

Other: Mark enjoys getting recharged in the garden and in the BWCAW and enjoys traveling to warm places in the dead of winter.

October 10th, 2017

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Clinic Coordinator

Professional Interest Area: Rhonda enjoys getting to know the patients and watch as they progress throughout their treatment.  One of her favorite parts of working for PTC is when former patients drop in to say hello and update us on how they are doing.

Other: In her free time, Rhonda likes to fish at her cabin in Wisconsin and work in her flower gardens. She really enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 4 grandchildren. She has a German Shepherd puppy who keeps her quite busy re-doing all the things he enjoys destroying!

October 3rd, 2017

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Clinic Coordinator Assistant

Professional Interest Area: Enjoys watching patients progress through their plan of care. She also enjoys seeing them come in the clinic with chronic pain and after a few appointments on the road to recovery!

Other: In her free time, Gayle enjoys  golfing, boating, fishing (summer & winter) cross country skiing, and walking.

October 2nd, 2017

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Clinic Coordinator Assistant

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October 1st, 2017

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Clinic Coordinator

Educational Institutions: Currently attending Anoka Ramsey Community College for a degree in Exercise Science. She plans to work towards her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.

Professional Interest Area: Alyssa’s favorite part of her job is watching patients transform in a positive light, physically and mentally from their first day with us to the last. She really enjoys getting to know patients; their story, what brings them joy, and helping ensure their success in any way she can.

Other: Alyssa is in the works of planning her wedding with her fiancé to take place in 2019! They have three very spoiled rabbits who she enjoys spending time with. In her free time, she likes to cook/bake, read, and get together with friends and family and just enjoy spending quality time together.

September 30th, 2017

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Clinic Coordinator

Educational Institutions: Currently attending college to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management.

Professional Interest Area: Kayla’s favorite thing about her job as a CC is connecting with the patients and getting the opportunity to learn about their lives; as well as seeing the progress of their care from beginning to end.

Other: In her free time, Kayla enjoys completing DIY projects, group painting nights with friends, reading, travelling and hitting the lake for fishing and boating activities.

September 30th, 2017

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