Category: Therapy Services

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Pain Management Part-Two: Pain is Personal

By MiKayla Christensen, PT, DPT, MTC, Physical Therapy Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain —and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recommend physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to addictive opioids for...

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Pain Management Part-One: The Brain on Pain

By MiKayla Christensen, PT, DPT, MTC, Physical Therapy Did you know that physical therapy is a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) uses the month of October to encourage others to learn about the multiple ways physical therapists can help manage pain. As physical therapists,...

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Pack It Light, Wear It Right

Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day. Over 23,000 people a year go to the emergency room because of injuries related to backpacks and book bags! It is reported that 55 percent of students carry a backpack heavier than the recommended guideline of 10 percent of the child’s body weight. Watch our video for a brief...

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Specialties in Occupational Therapy Help Patients Overcome Daily Challenges

By Tammy Vig, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent – or live better with – an injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapy involves more than what you may think including many specialty services. Did you know that...


Physical Therapist is Now a CSMT: Certified Spinal Manual Therapist

Angela Redepenning, Physical Therapist at Glacial Ridge Health System, is now a CSMT “certified spinal manual therapist.” To attain this certification Angela completed a year of coursework, tests, and hands-on training specifically targeted at evaluation and treatment of the spine. You may be thinking – “What is a spinal ‘manual’ therapist?” This means she has...