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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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Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Athlete Injury, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

With basketball season in full swing and winter weather affecting large areas of the country, it’s peak season for ankle sprains, one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. And yet Madras physical therapist Brock Monger says incidents of ankle sprains can be minimized through simple strength, balance and flexibility exercises. “Ankle sprains happens when your foot turns or twists beyond its normal range of motion due to a slip, trip or roll on an uneven surface, injuring the ligaments in in your ankle,” said Monger, co-owner...

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Avoid ‘text neck’ injury with better smartphone posture, says Apex PT

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Healthy Living, Injury Prevention, Technology | 0 comments

Avoid ‘text neck’ injury with better smartphone posture, says Apex PT

In so many ways, our smartphones make elements of our lives easier and more convenient, putting the world at our fingertips at a moment’s notice. But as we turn to our phones more often to connect, learn about the world and simply occupy downtime, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger warns that these technological tools have a downside. “Prolonged smartphone and tablet use makes it easier for us to adopt bad posture, which can have long-term health consequences,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “As we spend time looking down...

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Find relief from holiday tension headaches through physical therapy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Healthy Living, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Find relief from holiday tension headaches through physical therapy

The fact that the season of giving, joy and celebration can also be our most stressful time of year is one of the worst kept secrets of the Holidays. And yet, year after year, we charge forward, often fighting through tension-type headaches to complete our shopping, plan for get-togethers with friends, and fulfill all our family obligations. But why fight through the headaches, asks Madras physical therapist Brock Monger with Apex Physical Therapy, when a physical therapist can often provide relief from tension-type headaches by correcting...

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Direct Access to Physical Therapy

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Clinic News, Healthy Living | 0 comments

A common question I receive is, “Can I refer myself to physical therapy, or do I need a referral for physical therapy?” Did you know that Oregon law allows for unrestricted access for patients to self-refer to physical therapy? Sure, most patients learn the benefits for physical therapy when their trusted care provider refers them to physical therapy for some musculoskeletal condition. But many people do not know that they can visit a PT on their own, without a physician’s referral. This is considered Direct Access to physical therapy....

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Physical therapy offers pain-free option for those suffering from arthritis

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Active & Aging, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Osteoporosis | 0 comments

Physical therapy offers pain-free option for those suffering from arthritis

While it’s true that arthritis suffers can find relief through movement and exercise, those living with the disorder may naturally assume such treatments would be painful. But not so, said Madras physical therapist Brock Monger. “Movement is definitely medicine for those who suffer from arthritis, but that doesn’t mean you have to move through pain,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “If exercise is painful, it can cause harmful inflammation. But mobility will go far to minimize arthritis symptoms.” For instance, according to...

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Testimonial: Reaching Great Heights with Apex Physical Therapy

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Clinic News, Testimonial | 0 comments

Testimonial: Reaching Great Heights with Apex Physical Therapy

Following our recent summit of South Sister as part of our Apex Challenge 2016, participant Steve Shannon decided he wanted to share his thoughts about the experience within the following testimonial. Enjoy!   Four months ago I never even considered that I would accomplish what I did on Saturday September 3, 2016. By most standards it isn’t much but to me it is a giant accomplishment. I have always been competitive, always wanting to win but for sure finish. Four months ago I was invited to climb 4 peaks in 4 months as part of the APEX...

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Apex Challenge 2016 concludes with summit of South Sister

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Clinic News | 0 comments

Apex Challenge 2016 concludes with summit of South Sister

The Apex Physical Therapy Summit Challenge was established to encourage the exploration of our beautiful Central Oregon peaks, make new friends, have fun, and be fit – a series of group hiking excursion where participants could summit four peaks in four months. These peaks, in order, includes Black Butte, Black Crater, Mt. Bachelor, and culminating with a South Sisters summit last month. On Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, five remaining hikers stood at the South Sister summit trailhead at 6 a.m. with 32-degree temperatures to take on the last of the...

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Join the Apex Challenge: August update!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Clinic News | 0 comments

The Apex Challenge hike #2 to the summit of Black Crater on 7/23/16 was a fantastic success! We had a beautiful day for hiking on Saturday morning with cool morning temperatures and a very scenic trail which started in the forest off Old McKenzie highway, 3 miles from the Dee Wright Observatory. We got on the trail about 7:15 a.m. and hiked for about 2.5 hours to the summit. It is a great hike that I highly recommend due to the variety of the terrain and moderate slope to the summit which is 3.7 miles from the start and gains 2400 feet of...

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Apex Physical Therapy’s Brock Monger talks sports injuries, prevention during recent radio interview

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Clinic News | 0 comments

Apex Physical Therapy co-owner Brock Monger discussed sports injury prevention and identification over the Central Oregon airwaves recently during an interview on 1110 AM KBND, Bend’s top news radio station. Invited to appear on a regular local news segment titled “Your Town,” Brock started the segment talking about student-athletes and the upcoming fall sports seasons, for which practices are set to begin soon. He discussed common early-season sports injuries for those participating in football, soccer and cross country...

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