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Annual physical therapy checkups essential for active adults, healthy aging

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Active & Aging, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Annual physical therapy checkups essential for active adults, healthy aging

We all know that visiting your physician for an annual physical is critical in maintaining long-term health, just as dental exams twice each year helps ensure oral health throughout a lifetime. But what about annual checkups with a physical therapist? According to Brock Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras, annual physical therapy checkups provide the third critical (and often overlooked) piece in long-term health and preventative care. “The primary focus of a physical therapist is the musculoskeletal system – the bones,...

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Physical therapy proven safer, effective option to prescription meds

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Pain Relief | 0 comments

Physical therapy proven safer, effective option to prescription meds

October is National Physical Therapy Month. And as medical professionals across the U.S. work together to expound the benefits of physical therapy, the team at Apex Physical Therapy in Madras are joining the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in highlighting a topic that affects the lives of millions: opioid awareness. More specifically, says physical therapist Brock Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy, the goal is to create awareness around the fact that physical therapy is a safe and effective alternative to opioids (i.e.,...

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Rise Up at Work in the Name of Health

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Exercise, Healthy Living | 0 comments

Rise Up at Work in the Name of Health

It’s been said that too much of anything can be bad for you. And according to Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, this theory holds true with sitting – or, pretty much any prolonged sedentary behavior, for that matter. In an age when more people find themselves sitting for hours at a time at home, in transit and at work, researchers are finding sobering parallels between inactivity and an increased risk of health complications and chronic diseases. Yet studies have shown that the average American spends more than half of his or her waking...

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Managed exercise, physical therapy can improve concussion symptoms 

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Athletics, Concussion, Exercise | 0 comments

Managed exercise, physical therapy can improve concussion symptoms 

With high school sports starting up soon, and NFL training camp in full swing, concussions are certain to ramp up within the mainstream consciousness. And while talk will often point to conventional wisdom which states that “time and rest” are the best and only options for recovery from concussion, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger says that studies now suggest managed exercise and movement can hasten recovery.  “It wasn’t that long ago when concussion sufferers were told not to move – to rest, with no exercise, until symptoms improved,”...

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A positive attitude reaps positive results

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Active & Aging, Healthy Living | 0 comments

A positive attitude reaps positive results

“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science, but in Brock Monger’s world, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health. A physical therapist and co-owner at Apex Physical Therapy in Madras, Monger has witnessed numerous success stories, from clients overcoming chronic pain issues to those achieving full range of motion following surgery. And for each of these successes exists a single, underlying factor affecting the patient’s final outcome: a positive attitude. “The...

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Exercise essential during, after cancer treatment

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Breast Cancer, Exercise, Prehabilitation | 0 comments

Exercise essential during, after cancer treatment

As National Cancer Survivors Day is held in June, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger finds this annual celebration of life as the ideal opportunity to point out the ways research has shown that movement and exercise can improve the health and quality of life of those who suffer from and have survived cancer. According to American Cancer Society, multiple studies have shown that regular physical therapy and exercise can have profound effects on those battling cancer, both physically and mentally – even to the extent of improving survival...

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2017 Hikes: Burning Gluts for Lakes & Buttes

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Events, Exercise, Healthy Living | 0 comments

2017 Hikes: Burning Gluts for Lakes & Buttes

Apex Physical Therapy is celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, and we are proud to be part of the Madras Community. One of our most important goals is to give back to the community that supports us. We offer Aquatic healing classes at the Madras Aquatic Center, provide clinics to learn healthy habits with stretching and exercise, provide athletic training support to our schools, and sponsor local events here in Jefferson County. The Apex PT Motto is “Improving Lives Through Movement.” So with that in mind, Apex PT would like...

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Stroke is preventable, says Apex PT during Stroke Awareness Month

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Active & Aging, Exercise, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Stroke is preventable, says Apex PT during Stroke Awareness Month

As we start what’s been known since 1989 as National Stroke Awareness Month (May), Madras physical therapist Brock Monger is eager to point out that stroke is a medical emergency that’s highly preventable, and that movement and exercise are keys to such prevention. “As is true with so many conditions and ailments, getting out and living an active life can go a long way toward preventing stroke, which touches so many people across the country,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “In fact, so many of the consequences of living a...

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Protect your back in the garden and yard

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Active & Aging, Injury Prevention, Seasonal | 0 comments

Protect your back in the garden and yard

As winter turns to spring and local green thumbs plan for a season of gardening and general yard maintenance, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger has a message for garden and landscape enthusiasts: watch your back. “When gardening, a fact majority of your movement takes place in a bent position, which is unnatural on the body and, when prolonged, can lead to lower-back pain,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “Repetitive bending, reaching, twisting and lifting – all actions common to gardening – tend to put the lower-lumbar...

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Embrace cross training to achieve health goals, says Apex Physical Therapist

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Exercise, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Embrace cross training to achieve health goals, says Apex Physical Therapist

Those looking for an exercise regimen they can stick to long term may find more success if they opt for one designed around the basic theory of cross training, says Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. The reason: cross training makes workouts more agreeable to both the body and the mind. “While it may sound like a regimen that’s more extreme or for someone who’s already fit, cross training is nothing more than doing a variety of activities that challenge your body in different ways,” said Monger. “This...

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